Showing posts from November, 2008

Lists _ Blog Novels

Updated March 24, 2010 A growing number of writers are using blogs as a way of making their literary efforts accessible to others. Below are links to some blog novels that we've been able to find. If you know of others, please do send us links and we'll include them here as well. About Ben Adams by Nora A Change in the Weather by Robert Gould [ Interview ] a fucking awful weekend by Albert a million penguins , a collaborative novel by various authors All Saints’ Day Novel (Super-Natural Heroes) by Patricia Herlevi Anonymous Lawyer by Jeremy Blachman Bartlett House by Patricia J McLean & Duane Poncy Beasts of New York by Jon Evans Blog Love Omega Glee by Wred Fright Brutus Weaver by A. Chatfield Bull City-in-Wonderland by Mel & Al Chaos Fighters by William Chaos Fighters: Cyber Assault by William Colony: Alchibah , a group sci-fi blog novel Corvus , by L. Lee Lowe [ Interview ] County Road by Parker Pruett Dark Inspectre by Jason Kahn

[Interview] Benjamin Stainton

Benjamin Stainton was born in Bury St. Edmunds and grew up in and around the Suffolk countryside. His debut collection of poems, The Jealousies , was published by Bewrite Books in October 2008. In this email interview, Ben Stainton talks about his writing: When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Quite late really, I was 26 or 27. At that time, I thought of myself as a musician who occasionally wrote poetry, quite badly. Around autumn 2005, I’d written some newer poems that seemed better, a little more assured, so I submitted a few for an anthology called The Soul Gatherer , and the editors accepted one called "9th of October". The Jealousies was being published three years later, to the day. Who is your target audience? As this is my first book, just anyone who reads or has an interest in modern poetry I suppose. I'll be booking myself in for some readings shortly, so my target audience will be whoever's in the room. How would you describe y

[Interview_1] Zukiswa Wanner

South African author Zukiswa Wanner has a degree in journalism from Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has contributed material to newspapers and magazines that include the Sunday Independent , Oprah , Elle , Juice and Afropolitan . Her debut novel The Madams (Oshun Books, 2006) explores race relations while her second novel, Behind Every Successful Man (Kwela Books, 2008) looks at what happens when husband and wife roles are reversed. Both novels are set in post-apartheid South Africa. In this email interview, Zukiswa Wanner talks about her writing: When did you start writing? I started writing when I was five. As a prospective published writer though, I was kind of pushed into it by South African writer Lewis Nkosi who had seen some of my opinion pieces and suggested that I should consider writing fiction. I told him I was too much of a realist to write fiction and he told me it was the greatest bull he had ever heard. I thought it a challenge and in

[Interview] Harry Hughes

Harry Hughes is an award winning song writer, a professor of psychology and an author. His first novel, The Bait Shack was published by BeWrite Books in October 2008. Hughes is also the subject of the National Book Critics Circle Award nominated book, Home Fires: An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-Class Family in Postwar America (Harper Collins Press, 1992), by Donald Katz. In this email interview, Harry Hughes talks about his writing: When did you start writing? In 7th grade, at the age of 12, I was struck by a desire to both read and write fiction. The book that started it all for me was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World . But the writer who really grabbed me and refused to let go was Edgar Allan Poe . My father had bought me an LP record on the Vanguard label of Nelson Olmstead reading six highly abridged stories by Poe. I played it so many times that my parents were on the verge of breaking it over my head. I then staring reading Poe’s works at full-throttle

Interview _ Group Captain Peter Petter-Bowyer

Peter Petter-Bowyer was born in 1936 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe). He joined the Royal Rhodesian Air Force in 1957 and was a senior operational pilot during Zimbabwe's war of independence. He was also instrumental in designing and producing a range of aeronautical weapons systems that were used in the conflict. In 1980, with the advent of President Robert Mugabe’s rule, Petter-Bower retired as group captain. His autobiography, Winds of Destruction (30° South Publishers, 2008) has been described as "a unique account" of service in the Rhodesian Air Force. In this email interview, Group Captain Peter Petter-Bowyer talks about the concerns which informed his writing. When did you start writing? In 1984, I started recording the story of my life for my family. However, in 2000, friends read what I had written and persuaded me to expand the information as nobody had yet written an autobiography that covered the Rhodesian post-WW2 story of th

[Interview] L. Lee Lowe

Short story writer and novelist, L. Lee Lowe holds an M.A. in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Heidelberg. She publishes her short stories on the blog, Into the Lowelands . Her debut novel, Mortal Ghost , is also available in a variety of formats online. Readers have the added options of being able to listen to podcasts of the novel or to download it as a PDF file or e-book . Lee Lowe was born in the United States but now lives in Germany. Before that, she spent 18 years in Zimbabwe. Currently she is working on a second novel, Corvus . In this email interview, she talks about her concerns as a writer. Do you write every day? I write every day unless ill, or when family events make it impossible. I begin with checking my email and a few blogs, then reading a new or favourite poem and one entry from an etymological dictionary. After that, I revise what I've written the day before, sometimes more, then write till I've at least reached my