Fun Facts Friday: Beatrix Potter
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 28, 2017

Beatrix Potter (28 July, 1866 – 22 December, 1943) was a British writer and scientist who is known for her children’s books featuring animals. Beatrix Potter, 2012, Olivia Waste – Image from Art Now and Then Books by Beatrix Potter* 1)      Born in South Kensington, London to a wealthy family, young Ms. Potter lived a very comfortable early life. 2)      Ms. Potter was very interested in nature, she was a curious botanist, collected fossils and was able to expertly draw fungi. 3)    One of her pet rabbits was called Benjamin Bouncer. 4)      Not surprisingly, the young Ms. Potter was an avid reader. Some of the books she enjoyed were The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley, the Brer Rabbit stories by Joel Chandler Harris, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. 5)      When on vacation,, Ms. Potter used to send letters with stories and illustrations to the children of her former nanny. One of those letters formed the basis of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. 6)      The first “Tales series” books was published in 1902, the author published 22 more books (for a total of 23). 7)      Ms. Potter was a savvy businesswoman, she designed and sold the rights for merchandising of her books. 8)      Even though she was born in a big city, Ms. Potter…

Giveaway (Over): Interpretation by Dylan Callens
Latest Posts / July 26, 2017

The author is giving away 3 paperback copies of Interpretation – please fill out the Rafflecopter form below Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers back, afraid of this monster. Carl runs. His life of luxury is ripped away. Forced beyond the city limits, Carl sees a land bereft of life. Traveling in search of answers, his quest comes to a sudden halt when he collapses. As darkness shrouds him, a figure hovers from above. Traveling along the same route, Eva Thomspon finds Carl and nurtures him back to life. Together, they continue the journey, finding out that their lives have too much in common to be a coincidence. As their affection for each other deepens, an unknown nemesis attempts to remove their only source of happiness – their love for each other. Interpretation is a dystopian fiction that explores hope and happiness in the bleakest of conditions and what happens when it’s torn away. Give­away Give­away ends: August 4 2017 Winners must have a valid e-mail address This is…

Guest Post: The Resurgence of Dystopia
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / July 25, 2017

On Friday January 20th, 2017 the craziest thing happened.  Dystopian novels became popular again.  North Americans suddenly couldn’t get enough of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World.  Random House and its subsidiary, Harvill Secker threw a party.  I can only imagine that it was a depressing, dystopian-themed party.  These novels, written decades ago, were back on the top of the best-seller lists.  While I’d like to think that the hubbub is over my new novel, Interpretation, I think the event to shake the book world is the United States’ inauguration of Donald Trump. Now, I’m no fan of the man, myself.  You might be, and that is okay.  I will not pass judgement and I hope for the same in return.  But I think the entire world of dystopian writers should collectively thank him.  The genre has shown increased sales.  Many of these novels have hit the top ten on Amazon over the last few months. I find the shift interesting, to say the least.  I’m happy it’s happened – I started writing a dystopian novel just over a year ago, before the spike in the genre.  So entering into a ‘hot’ category makes me hopeful.  And despite writing about…

Fun Facts Friday: Ernest Hemingway
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 21, 2017

Ernest Hemingway (21 July, 1899 – 2 July, 1961) needs no introduction… From the Collection of the United States Postal Service Books by Ernest Hemingway* 1) Born in Oak Park, IL, Mr. Hemingway worked a bit for the Kansas City Star for a few months after he finished high-school before enlisting in the military for World War I. This was in response to a Red Cross recruitment effort. 2) The author served as an ambulance driver on the Italian front before being seriously injured. 3) Despite his serious injuries, the author assisted Italian soldiers to safety and got the Italian Silver Medal for Bravery. 4) Hemingway’s first love, Agnes von Kurowsky, was a nurse he met at the hospital while recuperating from his injuries. The couple planned on getting married, however Ms. Kurowsky left the author in favor of someone else. Hemingway was devastated and his biographer, Jeffrey Meyers, thinks that it’s because of this that the author had a habit of abandoning his wife before she abandons him. 5) Visiting Pamplona, Spain in 1923 with Hadley (his wife at the time),the Hemingways attended the Festival of San Fermin which sparked the author’s interest in bullfighting. 6) Mr. Hemingway wrote…

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