Hive mind – are you out there? Folks, this is an interactive blog post, so wake up. On March 24, I’ll be presenting my first writer-in-residence workshop at the Main Library, from 1-4 pm. Obviously, everyone should come. But before you do – talk to me. I want to know—here in the comments section, or on Facebook at Emma Carlson Berne Books what you would like to hear about. The goal of the workshop is to talk about what happens before the manuscript: getting the idea, conceiving of characters, doing research, outlining or not—everything that
I just this minute finished reading the first two chapters of Kurt Dinan’s second novel, WANNA BET? which he’s currently revising, and hopes to have to his agent in February. WATCH OUT, WORLD. IT IS SO GOOD. I realize I’m not exactly providing a Kirkus-level review here. Funny—so funny, real, poignant (though I kind of hate that word). You already love Boone by the end of page one. Kurt! You’ve produced brilliance! And a good thing too, because this is Kurt’s official sign-off. With this blog post, he’s fulfilling the last requirement of his
So, first of all Kurt had the flu. Way to go, Kurt! Kurt Dinan and I were supposed to have an event together on Saturday, January 20. We were going to have all kinds of fun and ask each other snarky questions and he was going to read from his mind-blowing, brand-new second novel. But at the last minute, he thought he’d weasel out of this by getting the flu. Nice one, Kurt. We see right through you. You really think a 104 degree fever is a reason not to go to our event?
To be perfectly honest, I was supposed to write my first blog post yesterday. But yesterday, some of you may know, was a snow day. It was a snow day. School was cancelled. On the first day back after winter break. A seventeen-day long winter break. During which time I and my three small children – ages 9, 5 and 2 ½ – experienced so much togetherness. Children are a blessing. Children are a blessing. Say it fifty times, then make them eat cold toast for breakfast while you rage around the house, sweeping
In this episode, Kurt sits down with our 2018 Writer-in-Residence Emma Carlson-Berne! She has written and published more than 150 books, including Young Adult thrillers, sports fiction, and children’s books. Berne has written several of the American Girl Doll books and some Star Wars books, too. She talks about being a “writer-for-hire” and what it’s like writing stories that publishing companies ask for. Berne gives insight on how to be an adaptable writer and being able to write with different voices. She also dives in to what she wants to accomplish as the 2018
In this episode of Inside the Writer’s Head, Kurt talks with Jim Spaeth. Spaeth is the author of the memoir “Up, Up and Astray” which tells of his adventures in the airline industry during 4 decades of travelling the world. Spaeth worked for an airline during the “Golden Age of Air Travel” in the 1960s and 1970s. He didn’t publish this book, his first one, until he was 77 years old! Spaeth talks about writing a memoir, how he remembered all the stories he told, and gives some self-publishing tips. He also reminisces on
In this episode, Kurt speaks with Young Adult author Natalie Richards. Richards is the author of “Six Months Later” and “One Was Lost.” They talk about what it means to be a “good” writer and how many books Natalie actually wrote before one was good enough to be published (a lot). Natalie also talks about thinking like a writer and how what you’re reading can impact what you write. She discusses her writing process and how it’s a little different than what some might expect. There’s even a little discussion about why writing Buffy
In this episode of Inside the Writer’s Head, Writer-in-Residence Kurt Dinan speaks with Paul Tremblay about his novels and experience as a writer. Tremblay is an author and editor of contemporary horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction. He has written “A Head Full of Ghosts” and “Disappearance at Devil’s Rock.” The podcast focuses on writing, reading, and creativity, and this time: horror. Kurt and Paul discuss writing for the horror fiction genre and its challenges and stigmas. Paul also talks about his personal experience writing scary and suspenseful stories, and what it feels like to
In the latest episode of “Inside the Writer’s Head,” you’ll get to know Lance Rubin and his hilarious Young Adult novel “Denton Little’s Death Date.” The podcast, hosted by the Library Foundation’s Writer-In-Residence, Kurt Dinan, focuses on writing, reading, and creativity. Lance discusses how he entered the world of Young Adult Fiction, and the challenges and expectations that come along with writing for that genre. His book is set in a world where everyone knows the date of their death, and follows a teenager, Denton Little, through the hours leading up to his “death
In the latest episode of “Inside the Writer’s Head,” you’ll get to know Jessica Strawser, a local author, and hear about her thriller novel “Almost Missed You.” The podcast, hosted by the Library Foundation’s Writer-In-Residence, Kurt Dinan, focuses on writing, reading, and creativity. Jessica discusses how she meets publishing deadlines while working full time as Editor-In-Chief for Writer’s Digest and raising kids. Her book, “Almost Missed You” is an emotional thriller about a young family with many secrets, and the turmoil that ensues when the husband abducts the child while on a family vacation.