If You’re Longing for a Sense of Place by Beverly Varnado

If You’re Longing for a Sense of Place by Beverly Varnado

A sense of place has always been important to me. It’s been important in where I have chosen to live, and it’s important in the stories I write. I know what a sense of place feels like and yet, I find myself struggling to capture words that define it. While researching the topic, I came [...]

When You Need to See Again by Beverly Varnado

When You Need to See Again by Beverly Varnado

In The Key to Everything, we find these words: “’Wish I could’ve seen my grandmother’s work exhibited in that depot. She stopped painting in her twenties, though.” David took a sip from his soda. “Why’s that?” Genny swallowed the last bite of her hot dog and plucked one of the zinnias from the pot in [...]

The Best Book I (Almost) Never Wrote by Jackie Minniti

The Best Book I (Almost) Never Wrote by Jackie Minniti

A Guest Post by Jackie Minniti I’m a firm believer that nothing important happens by chance. This belief has been validated  many times as I’ve traveled through the six decades of my life, but never more than a serendipitous experience that shed a new light on an old story. My dad was a WWII veteran [...]

How NOT to Write Middle Grade Fiction by Jackie Minniti

How NOT to Write Middle Grade Fiction by Jackie Minniti

A GUEST POST BY JACKIE MINNITI One thing I learned from my years of teaching reading in middle school was that middle graders have very definite opinions about books. We had some very lively discussions about what they liked (and hated) in the books they read. This came in handy when I decided to write [...]