“The Destiny of Shaitan” by Laxmi Hariharan » Anne Chaconas, Writer

Title: The Destiny of Shaitan Author: Laxmi Hariharan (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, MySpace) Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Book genre: Young adult/Epic fantasy Number of pages: 236 Book summary (from Amazon.com): Inspired by Indian mythology and partially set in a futuristic Bombay, The Destiny of Shaitan is a coming of age story,…

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Laxmi Hariharan, author of “The Destiny of Shaitan” » Anne Chaconas, Writer

I have the pleasure of hosting young adult/fantasy author Laxmi Hariharan today. Laxmi was kind enough to humor me and answer questions about herself, her work, her favorite authors, and her creative process. Find Laxmi on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest….

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We are the gatekeepers now. » Anne Chaconas, Writer

I have the pleasure of being a guest blogger this week on author Amelia Curzon’s blog. Want to know what I wrote about? Read on! As writers, we are highly single-minded—our primary pursuit (as well it should be, I believe)…

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Stop treating your readers like idiots. » Anne Chaconas, Writer

I’m angry today. Actually, I’ve been angry for a week. Not punch-a-kitten angry–not even punch-a-wall angry. But angry, nonetheless. It all started early last week, when I was told I needed to dumb down my writing. Well, no. Let me…

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Book Review: “Forgive Me, Alex” by Lane Diamond

Title: Forgive Me, Alex Author: Lane Diamond (Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads) Publisher: Evolved Publishing Book genre: Psychological Suspense Thriller Number of pages: 262 Book summary (from Amazon.com): Tony Hooper stands in shadow across the street, one amongst many in the crowd of curiosity-hounds gathered to watch a monster’s release. Seventeen…

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“Moa,” by Tricia Stewart Shiu » Anne Chaconas, Writer

Title: Moa Author: Tricia Stewart Shiu (Facebook) Publisher: Human Being Publishing Book genre: Young Adult Number of pages: 144 Book summary (from Amazon.com): Hillary Hause is not a witch. But, everyone in her conservative small town thinks so. When she is given a trip to Hawaii…

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Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012.

Sad news from the literary world today: Maurice Sendak, author of beloved children’s classic Where The Wild Things Are, has passed away. He was 83. Keep heaven wild, Mr. Sendak. I’m pretty sure they won’t send you to bed without…

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Please: Don’t be “that guy.”

I’ve been pretty active, in the last two months or so, on various social networks–Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, and GoodReads (although Facebook and Pinterest definitely have the lion’s share of my attention). As part of this activity, I have…

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Poetic License

A few weeks ago, I was going through my computer files, cleaning things out and organizing folders (something which, I must confess, I find immensely therapeutic), when I ran across some files that looked unfamiliar, almost dusty, in a folder…

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Change is good (or, “How I learned to stop worrying and love the Timeline layout”). » Anne Chaconas, Writer

_____________ A version of this post has been featured on the Novel Publicity blog! You can check it out here. _____________ It’s always amusing to me, how reticent we are to change. You’d think humans, of all creatures, would embrace…

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