R. J. Keller, author of Waiting for Spring and the forthcoming The Wendy House, my partner in the PaperRats writers’ relief YouTube series Inside the Writers’ Studio, Backword Books member,  and obsessive Star Wars fan, has recently had her independently released novel, Waiting for Spring, picked up by Amazon’s Encore imprint. Here, she answers some […]

Some time ago, I wrote about RJ Keller’s Waiting for Spring in my review titled, “Waiting for Spring: what is ‘white trash,’ anyway?” Well, RJ Keller is now working on The Wendy House, her prequel, of sorts, to Waiting for Spring. The Wendy House, in RJ Keller’s words, “follows an alcoholic, deadbeat dad during the […]

About two weeks ago, Caroline Leavitt (whose new novel Pictures of You will release this November) – a huge fan of the Inside the Writers Studio videos – allowed RJ Keller and me some space on her blog to answer questions about our writing. Thank you, Caroline! Keller and I discuss NyQuil, literary drinking games, […]

In Episode IV of “Inside The Writers’ Studio: Self-Promotion FAIL” with special guest star Caroline Leavitt, three authors illustrate why maybe – just maybe – self-promotion doesn’t always work.

A recently uncovered informational video – that may or may not be from the 1950’s – explores how writers balance their writing lives with their everyday lives. Or not.

(IWS stands for “Inside the Writers’ Studio”…I’m hoping it’ll catch on, because it takes a lot less time to type.) While Episode III gets wrapped up, we thought we’d release a little blooper compilation. Enjoy!

The American Psychological Association estimates that each year thousands of writers suffer from delusions of inflated worth, knowledge, and identity. In our latest episode of Inside The Writers Studio, we visit one such author, R.J. Keller, as she is interviewed by a hair-obsessed reporter.

“Raving Reviews” Fellow Backword Books author RJ Keller and I are both working on writing projects. It seems this is what we do when we’re “writing.”

…can be tricky to find out about because, well, they’re not getting that coverage. But there’s a blog site I discovered yesterday that can make finding something to read much, much easier. A number of books you may be interested in, and that are being favorably reviewed, appear in  The New Book Review, blogged by […]

I don’t use “white trash” in conversation, don’t generally label people, or groups of people, or see them in such a one-dimensional way, but I have to use “white trash” here because I understand the way it’s used, and what people think it is, and how they look at “those people”… and I appreciate the […]