Author Essay

On Writing Fiction about My Real Life

The author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree illuminates how the real and imagined create truth together.

By INGRID ROJAS CONTRERAS • 9 months ago
Author Essay

The Syntax of Literature’s Greatest Lines

The Joy of Syntax author explains why it's okay to break editors' rules (occasionally).

By JUNE CASAGRANDE • 9 months ago
Author Essay

A Letter From Guernsey Author Mary Ann Shaffer

"There my characters stand: bored, boring, and mute. Furthermore, they don’t like me any more than I like them."

By MARY ANN SHAFFER • 9 months ago
Author Essay

5 Women in Literature Who Are Total Bosses

The author of Like She Owns the Place spotlights leading ladies who changed their own stories.

By CARA ALWILL LEYBA • 9 months ago
Author Essay

How to Keep Plot Twists Fresh

Somebody's Daughter author David Bell reveals the most crucial component for building suspense.

By DAVID BELL • 10 months ago
Author Essay

How to Curate the Ultimate Home Library

Making a space that reflects your taste, choosing books that excite, and other tips from an expert minimalist.

By TARA BUTTON • 10 months ago
Author Essay

On Attempting to Be an Ally

The House of Rougeaux author talks the uncomfortable—and necessary—foundation of allyship.

By JENNY JAECKEL • 10 months ago
Author Essay

Proust’s Muses

The author of Proust's Duchess reveals the real-life women who crafted themselves into living legends.

By CAROLINE WEBER • 10 months ago