Fact and Fiction: Understanding the place of research in genre fiction

We often think of fiction as the exception to fact and reality – but how true is this? Should fiction be exempt from reality?

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Baton Rouge School Library Destroyed in Historic Floods

From “Book Riot: This Week In Books” email newsletter:

There are many heart-breaking, jaw-dropping stories coming out of Louisiana in the wake of recent destructive flooding there. As is often the case in these kinds of situations, there is destruction of many kinds and help needed in many ways.

Glen Oaks Elementary lost its entire library collection. The school librarian there, Trey Veazy, is asking for donations to help refill the shelves for the new school year. They’ve set up an Amazon wishlist and are open to receiving mailed books as well:

Glen Oaks Park Elementary School
Attn: Trey Veazey
2401 72nd Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70807

This story broke my heart. Please help in any way you can, folks!

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Entry 15: Every Witch Way But Wicked (Wicked Witches of the Midwest #2) [RECOMMENDED]

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Author: Amanda M. Lee
Genres:
Comedy
Fantasy > Paranormal > Witches
Fantasy > Urban Fantasy
Mystery > Cozy Mystery
Published/Publisher: March 28th 2013/Createspace Independent Publishing Pages: 242
Format Read In: E-Book

Summary from Goodreads:

*THE FOLLOWING SUMMARY CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK*

Where there’s a witch, there’s a way! Where there’s a whole family of them, there’s trouble.

Bay Winchester, editor of Hemlock Cove’s small weekly newspaper, thinks her small hamlet’s upcoming murder mystery weekend is going to be all about fun, food and frolicking. Instead, when another dead body is discovered in Hemlock Cove, things turn into murder, mayhem and migraines (the latter is mostly thanks to her family, of course). The body belongs to the town drunk – and no one can figure out who would want to kill him, or why. Bay’s investigation is stymied by her new boss, Brian Kelly, and her old flirtation, FBI agent Landon Michaels, both of whom seem to have more than interviews on their mind. When you couple that with her cousin Thistle’s obsession with making their Great-Aunt Tillie pay for the curse she recently put on them (you don’t want to know) and her cousin Clove’s conviction that she is not – no matter what the rest of the family says – a blabbermouth, Bay has her hands full. When the murder investigation takes a turn, though, a long-held Hemlock Cove secret is bound to be exposed. If it is, Bay may find herself in trouble – again – and this is the kind of trouble that she may not be able to find a way out of – even with Aunt Tillie’s help.

My Review

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How to Come up with Diverse Protagonists

A couple years ago I wrote a post titled What to do When All Your Characters are White. I liked it, but in retrospect, it describes short-term solution. Panicking about representation partway throu…

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Great tips on racially diversifying your cast of characters that can be used to diversify in other ways.

Angel’s Bits – Writer Diseases (And When Do They Stop?)

Hi all! It’s been an odd summer – too hot, too busy, too many things to figure out – so my personal writing has been in something of a slump. (Yes, there were releases. Re-issues, dontcha know.) Anyway, I find myself battling some common writer maladies…

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Truly, I have been afflicted with Writer’s Guiltosis for many years.

To the Writer Who Can’t Seem to Write

Cleaning out my digital folders while avoiding writing (ahem!) I found a letter I had written to myself during another season when I was struggling to write. I shaped it up a  bit and thought I wou…

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Some inspiration for all those writers who are struggling with their writing (ex., me).

So You Want to be a Creepy Writer…

I don’t mean the type of writer that sits in the corner at parties and writes secret character sketches for every person in the room. (Actually, who am I kidding? We’re all that type of writer. Inn…

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Some advice on how to add ‘spook’ to your writing! I really don’t like horror/suspense movies, mostly because a) I startle easy and there are too many jump scares in this genre, and b) I get nightmares so easily that it’s ridiculous. But despite that, I know how horror/thriller/suspense relies heavily on the visualization of whatever freakiness has been introduced so I couldn’t imagine how writers translate this into words. Advice like this helps me learn how authors manage to do it and maybe introduce some of my own brand to my writing, even if my novels aren’t even in the realm of horror.