Category Archives: Books and Reading

Interview with Scott E. Tarbet

Welcome Scott E. Tarbet to My Literary Quest! I’m glad to have you here and looking forward to hearing the wit and wisdom you have to share with my readers.  I got to know Scott through the editorial process of … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Bring Your Writer Friends Joy

‘Tis the season to give and show gratitude, and for those of you with a writer in your life, now is the perfect time to make an extra effort to bring them joy.  Writers and creative people tend to lead … Continue reading

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Reading for Pleasure

We all have our favorite books, those stories that we just fall into and never get tired of.  They are the ones that call to us every few years to read again.  Sometimes it’s one specific book, sometimes it’s a … Continue reading

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The Caged Bird Has Flown Free

This morning I was saddened to learn of the passing of renowned poet and icon of her generation, Dr. Maya Angelou.  Although I’ve never been a terrific student of poetry, I have experienced Maya’s work when in a high school … Continue reading

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Is Tragedy Worth Writing?

We’ve all read at least one tragedy, whether it was the required high school reading of Romeo and Juliet, or perhaps the recent Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Some readers are drawn to the heightened emotion that is … Continue reading

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Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott

If I were to ever teach a writing class, heaven forbid, I would have everyone read at least two different writing books written by writers.  It wouldn’t matter which ones either, because honestly they all say variations of the same … Continue reading

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Orson Scott Card’s “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy”

Although it say’s it’s for writers of science fiction and fantasy, I’ve found enough gems inside this book that it’s worth sharing with all my fellow writers.  Orson Scott Card, author of the award winning “Ender’s Game” and many other … Continue reading

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Investing in a Good Book

This Christmas I received a happy little gift card to one of my local bookstores.  With that gift card came a huge decision – to splurge on a new juicy piece of fiction or … to acquire a popular reference book recommended … Continue reading

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The Thirteenth Tale

For those of you who missed me yesterday and the rest of you who didn’t, be assured that I was not neglecting the blog.  Instead, I was pressed between the pages of this month’s book club selection, The Thirteenth Tale … Continue reading

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Juvenile Fiction where have you been all my life?

I happened to stumble on a section of my local library that I didn’t know existed, the juvenile fiction area.  This is fiction written for grade school kids who aren’t quite ready for full fledged chapter books but want a … Continue reading

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