Writer’s Digest Author Spotlight / 46 posts found

Jessica Pryde: On Representation in Romance

Jessica Pryde is a Contributing Editor for Book Riot, where she is the co-host of the “When In Romance” podcast, and writes about bookish things of all kinds. Having earned an AB in the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis and her MLIS at San Jose State University, she is now a librarian for a public library system in Southern Arizona, where she lives with her husband and an ever-growing collection of Funko!Pops. Black Loves Matter is her first book. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Jessica Pryde © James Galloway-Reed In this post, […]

Jacquelyn Mitchard: On Forgiveness in Fiction

Jacquelyn Mitchard was born in Chicago. Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was published in 1996, becoming the first selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club and a #1 New York Times bestseller. Nine other novels, four children’s books and six young adult novels followed, including Two if By Sea, No Time to Wave Goodbye, Still Summer, All We Know of Heaven, and The Breakdown Lane. Mitchard’s writing has won or been nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award, the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, UK’s Talkabout Prize, and the Bram Stoker Award. A former daily newspaper reporter, […]

Jillian Cantor: On Reimagining a Classic

Jillian Cantor has a BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from the University of Arizona. She is the author of award-winning and bestselling novels for teens and adults, including The Hours Count, Margot, The Lost Letter, In Another Time, and Half Life. Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Cantor currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Jillian Cantor Photo by Galen Evans In this post, Jillian discusses why she chose to reimagine The Great Gatsby from the women’s perspective in her new historical fiction […]

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Nick Petrie is the author of seven novels in the Peter Ash series, most recently The Runaway. His debut, The Drifter, won both the ITW Thriller award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Edgar and the Hammett Awards. A husband and father, he lives in the Milwaukee area. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Nick Petrie © Troye Fox, 2016 In this post, Nick discusses how he listened to the story that wanted to be told in his new Peter Ash triller novel, The Runaway, what he hopes readers get out […]

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton spent her childhood in Angola, Zimbabwe, Belgium, and Italy, and worked as a flight attendant for many years. Karen is a graduate of the Faber Academy and, having now put down roots in Hampshire to raise her young family with her husband, she satisfies her wanderlust by exploring the world through her writing. She is also the author of international bestseller The Perfect Girlfriend and The Last Wife. Karen Hamilton In this post, Karen discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband, what she hopes readers get out of the experience, and more! […]

Jen Frederick: On the Power of Found Family

Jen Frederick is a Korean adoptee living in the Midwest with her husband, daughter, and rambunctious dog. Under the pseudonym Erin Watt, Frederick has co-written two number one New York Times bestselling novels. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. In this post, Jen discusses how she represented the adoptee experience in her new romance novel, Seoulmates, her advice for other writers, and more! Name: Jen FrederickLiterary agent: Steven AxelrodBook title: SeoulmatesPublisher: Berkley JoveRelease date: January 25, 2022Genre/category: Romance/General FictionPrevious titles: Last Hit; Last Breath; Last Kiss; Last Hope; Heart & SeoulElevator pitch for the book: Korean adoptee travels to […]
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