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Internationally Acclaimed Author Stewart O'Nan Hunts for the “Emotional Center” of a Story

May 26, 2009 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on Internationally Acclaimed Author Stewart O'Nan Hunts for the “Emotional Center” of a Story

Stewart O'Nan provides Authorlink columnist Ellen Birkett Morris with insights into his writing life. O’Nan is the author of a dozen novels, including Snow Angels, The Speed Queen, A Prayer for the Dying, The Good Wife and Last Night at the Lobster. With Stephen King, he wrote Faithful, a nonfiction account of the 2004 Boston Red Sox. His newest novel, the international bestseller Songs for the Missing, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and many others.


Write What’s Growing in Your Heart, Advises Janice Y. K. Lee

March 31, 2009 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on Write What’s Growing in Your Heart, Advises Janice Y. K. Lee

Reading the richly interwoven story of two women and the man they love in Janice Y. K. Lee's THE PIANO TEACHER it is hard to believe that it was originally a short story. Lee, who started writing fiction in junior high school and never stopped writing, used to find the short story “the most natural form” for her writing.