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Podcast: Meet Nancy Ellen Dodd, Author of The Writer’s Compass

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Podcast: Meet Pete Morin, Author of Diary of a Small Fish

Book Spotlight: Meet Darlene Quinn, Author of Webs of Fate

PODCAST SCHEDULED

Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Duration: 30 minutes

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SUMMARY

Webs of Fate is a gripping story of greed, conquest, love, and forgiveness…

In the high-fashion world of the mid-’80s, Ashleigh McDowell falls victim to a painful betrayal by Danielle Norman, a naive and vulnerable young buyer who is fighting to save her plummeting career. How high a price will both women pay in their battle over a grave secret?

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Book Spotlight: Meet Nancy Ellen Dodd, Author of The Writer’s Compass

PODCAST SCHEDULED

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Duration: 30 minutes

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SUMMARY

How do you tell the story you want to tell and capture your audience’s heart? Regardlessof genre or format, to tell your story effectively you must fi rst sort through all the ideas you’ve been toying with—organize them, whip them into shape, and turn them into great writing.

The Writer’s Compass is here to show you the way. This guide to better writing teaches you to visualize your story’s progress by creating a story map that helps you see all the different components of your story, where these components are going, and, perhaps most importantly, what key components are missing.

You’ll learn to:

  • develop your ideas into a finished story by working through your writing in 7 thoughtful stages
  • evaluate and improve your work by mapping out your story’s progress and structure
  • assess your story’s strengths and weaknesses so you can write the story you want to tell

Whether you’re writing a novel, a short story, a play, or a screenplay, the 7 stage approach of The Writers Compass allows you to focus on one aspect of your story at a time—including forming and developing ideas, building strong structures, creating vibrant characters, and structuring scenes and transitions.

The path of a writer isn’t always easy. Let The Writer’s Compass be your north star by simplifying a wealth of writing advice into easily applicable concepts that will help you improve your craft.

AUTHOR BIO

Nancy Ellen Dodd is a writer with many voices, a university instructor, and an editor. She received her master’s in Professional Writing (MPW, which is a multi-discipline approach to writing) from the University of Southern California with a concentration in dramatic writing/screenwriting and her MFA in playwriting at USC’s School of Theatre. Having studied writing for more than 25 years, Dodd currently teaches screenwriting at Pepperdine University for undergraduate and graduate students. Dodd has received numerous awards for her writing and studied with several successful, award-winning writers. Currently on faculty at the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University, Dodd serves as academic editor of the “Graziadio Business Review.”

LINKS TO NANCY ELLEN DODD

The Writer’s Compass Website

Nancy Ellen Dodd’s Blog

Nancy Ellen Dodd’s Facebook Page

Nancy Ellen Dodd’s LinkedIn Profile

BUY THE BOOK

The Writer’s Compass is available at the following online locations:

Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble

All BookStores.com

BetterWorldBooks.com

Buy.com

Chaos

eCampus.com

Powell’s Books

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Book Spotlight: Meet Pete Morin, Author of Diary of a Small Fish

PODCAST SCHEDULED

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Duration: 30 minutes

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SUMMARY

Pete Morin’s debut novel is a darkly funny, often sardonic look at the underbelly of Massachusetts politics.

When ex-rep Paul Forté is served with a subpoena to testify about his golfing with a lobbyist pal, he is pulled into a labyrinth of the criminal justice system for which he is ill prepared. Following the code of honor and telling the truth just isn’t going to be enough to deal with the machinations of U.S. Attorney Bernard (don’t call him “Bernie”) Kilroy.

In his grand jury appearance, Paul neglects his lawyer’s warning about the thin-skinned prosecutor. When Paul offers “Bernie” a sardonic assessment of his allegedly felonious eating and drinking, he infuriates the lawman. But grand juror Shannon McGonigle approves of Paul’s taste for osso buco, and lights a fuse in Paul that will burn more slowly than he can endure.

Paul’s problem is not that he has played golf with everyone but the Pope (not a golfer), but that he ignorantly testifies that he’d never done anything to help any lobbyist. The truth, he thought. But Bernie Kilroy has a different version of the facts at hand, and moves to indict Paul for perjury. In the course of his duties, Bernie Kilroy takes egregious liberties with the process due Paul.

Aside from the usual mendacity and hunger for political power, there is no explanation for Bernie Kilroy’s pursuit of such a small fish.. But there is something deeper to his motivation that will take Paul some time to unravel. When he does, the war is on. Before it’s over, Paul isn’t so sure he’s the innocent victim.

AUTHOR BIO

In my adult life, I’ve been a trial attorney, a politician, a bureaucrat, a lobbyist, and (I like to think) an observant witness to human behavior. I’ve tried to combine all of them in my debut novel, Diary of a Small Fish.

My creative writing began at the University of Vermont in the mid-1970’s, where I was very fortunate to have studied under award winning authors David Huddle and T. Alan Broughton. Following college, I pursued a wide-ranging career in law and politics in which I served three terms in the Massachusetts Legislature and two years as general counsel of the MBTA. In what some friends peg a mid-life crisis, I returned to writing fiction in 2007.I now split my time between fiction and law.

My short fiction has appeared in NEEDLE, A Magazine of Noir, Words With Jam, 100 Stories for Haiti, and Words to Music. I republished many of them in a collection titled Uneasy Living.

When I’m not writing crime fiction or practicing law, I play blues guitar in Boston bars, enjoy food and wine with my wife of 28 years, Elizabeth, and our two adult children. On increasingly rare occasions, I play a round of golf. We live in a money pit on the seacoast south of Boston, in an area once known as the Irish Riviera.

LINKS TO PETE MORIN

Pete Morin’s Website

Pete Morin’s Blog

Pete Morin’s Facebook Page

Pete Morin’s LinkedIn Profile

Pete Morin at Twitter

BUY THE BOOK

Diary of a Small Fish is available at the following online locations:

Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

Createspace

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Podcast: Meet Jasha Levi, Author of Requiem for a Country