Monday Muse: Ben Percy

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In a recent essay for LitHub, Benjamin Percy shared his childhood love of genre books, subsequent shame in the face of the academic world, and his eventual reconciliation of the two into something uniquely personal. Substitute fantasy for horror, and every word of this essay might as well be my own. In sixth grade, I read anything whose cover art … Read More

Monday Muse: Froelich’s Ladder (Cover Design)

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Jamie Duclos-Yourdon and I have a lot of things in common: we both live in Portland, we’re both members of the venerable writers group known as┬áThe Guttery, we both have debut novels coming out this fall, and we both have the same cover designer, Gigi Little. In fact, I like to think of Jamie’s Froelich’s Ladder (which launches August 1st) … Read More

Monday Muse: Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks

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Every now and then, you read a fantasy novel that’s so wise, so smart, so affecting and downright addictive that you find yourself whiling away the hours until you get to read it again–but when you near the end, you tend to slow down, not wanting it to end. Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks is such a novel. Thankfully, … Read More

Monday Muse: Dolly Parton

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Most of us know Dolly Parton as a celebrity, and a many of us love her voice and music. But I’m ashamed to admit that until this weekend, I had no idea what an incredible writer she is. Yeah, a writer. Of songs, specifically–according to the emcee at this weekend’s Dolly Parton Hoot Night at the Alberta Rose Theater in … Read More