Romance is a genre that makes some unbreakable promises to its readers. There’s two people. They meet or they meet again, and we know in our heart of hearts that they belong together. But, there are obstacles or problems or tensions, or all three. Like they hate one another, or one of them is clueless… Read More The Romance Trap by Cindy Rizzo
I did an interview recently and one of the questions asked what my background is and whether it influences my writing. My response explained that I come from an Italian immigrant family and that, yes, it does influence my writing. Children of immigrant parents often have to grow up quickly and take on certain responsibilities… Read More Speaking of Representation…
So I’m going to keep it kind of short. I’m on the road for the next few months, touring this big, wonderful, complicated, stunning, confused country that I live in: the United Stated of America. Are we united? Reading the news, it sure doesn’t seem like it. It seems like we’re splitting apart at the… Read More Road Tripping USA
This time of year always gives me a jolt. In a good way. There’s so much happening that, when I stop to think about it, humbles me. Flowers are blooming, young animals are exploring my neighborhood, and most important, the sun stays out a little longer each day. This all adds up to the aforementioned… Read More Feeling Inspired?
Over the long Easter weekend of 30th March to 2nd April 2018, the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate played host to around 1,000 science fiction and fantasy fans for the 69th EasterCon, the annual British National Science Fiction Convention, named this year, in honour of the date, FollyCon (a previous EasterCon, held in Liverpool 1988, which… Read More FollyCon 2018/EasterCon 69
The Floating Garden is set in 1920s Sydney. The novel was inspired by a friend’s grandmother who was evicted from her house for the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. She survived this upheaval and the 1930s Great Depression by growing flowers and selling them from a suitcase outside a city railway station. In The… Read More The Floating Garden by Emma Ashmere
Do You Realize What You Say? This is going to be a serious blog. Again. Before delving into this idea I want to offer an opportunity to have a chuckle. Check out this Wanda Sykes video. It’s kind of relevant to what this piece is going to be about- Do you realize what you say? When… Read More Trigger