Siri Mitchell

Author Interview

Meet Allison Pittman

This month's interview is with Allison Pittman, the author of the Crossroads of Grace Series: Ten Thousand Charms, Speak Through the Wind, and With Endless Sight. She also has a work of nonfiction, Saturdays with Stella, which takes the reader through the journey of learning spiritual truths in dog obedience school.

When she’s not writing, Allison is busy being a wife to her husband, Mike, and mother to three sons. She resides in Texas in a town just outside of San Antonio.

Read more

Kelly Klepfer

Reviewers Corner

This month's featured reviewer:

Kelly Klepfer of Scrambled Dregs

Kelly Klepfer is a reader and a writer who lives in the heartland of America. Iowa born and bred, Kelly is a wife and mother of three. Her house explodes with activity, and currently animals who wear black fur. She manages Novel Reviews, the popular book review site, her own blog Scrambled Dregs, which offers up slices of insanity along with unique author interviews and book reviews. She also manages Fridays at Novel Journey, one of Writers Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers.

Read more
Amy Wallace

Genre Happenings

It Was a Dark and Romantic Suspense

If that line conjures no semblance of a memory, then you probably aren’t familiar with my favorite writing book, Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life. And that’s fine. But while you might not know Snoopy’s writing book, I’m fairly certain you’ve at least heard of Snoopy’s famous line, “It was a dark and stormy night.”

A paragon of literary genius that serves as an inspiration for all suspense writers, yes?

Read more
Stacy Hawkins Adams

Multicultural Fiction

The Benefits of Multicultural Reading

Most of us read fiction to enjoy the experience of being transported to another world through characters who are familiar in some way or whose lives are so different from our own that we’re enthralled.

Multicultural novels offer the added advantage of introducing characters that may not look like, talk like, think like, or live like the readers who come to know them.

When readers are intrigued (and sometimes brave) enough to pick up a book that features people from a culture or race different from their own, or with a plot that delves into issues as foreign to them as another nation, they’re often rewarded by a story that enriches their lives.

Read more
John Olson

Spine Chiller Thrillers

Writing In The Shade

It was the spring of 1998, and I was totally clueless. Okay, I know what you’re thinking. I’m still clueless, but back in 1998, I was even more clueless. I had this dream of becoming a great writer like my hero (please stand and remove your hats), C. S. Lewis. I wanted to stand out in my generation, to have a distinctly Olson-shaped impact on the world. I hadn’t yet attended enough writers’ conferences to learn the fine art of writing, so I had this naïve notion that novels were supposed to be novel—that originality and innovation and boldness were actually good things.

Read more
Nancy Moser



Let’s be honest. In this season to be thankful, could we do without some holiday particulars we’re not particularly thankful for?

Indulge me . . .

I am not thankful for having to decorate. Some decorating devotees thrill with lugging a dozen boxes out of storage and figuring out where everything goes...

Read more