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Julie Kagawa on Worldbuilding and the Finale of Her YA Fantasy Iron Fey Series

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This post was originally published on Dead Darlings, a blog about novel writing run by alumni of GrubStreet's Novel Incubator program.

 

In 2010, we first followed Meghan Chase into Faeryland on a journey to retrieve her kidnapped brother in the YA fantasy, The Iron King (Harper Collins). Now, 12 years later, we will follow her a final time with The Iron Vow, the last installment in Julie Kagawa’s ten-book, four-novella saga.

If you’ve read the series, you’ve made many friends over the years, from talking grumpy cats to princes of ice to jesters …

October 20, 2022 | Info

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Emiko Jean Discusses AAPI Princess Stories and Her New Sequel, TOKYO DREAMING

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This post was originally published on Dead Darlings, a blog about novel writing run by alumni of GrubStreet's Novel Incubator program.

 

In Emiko Jean’s Tokyo Ever Aftera Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller—main character Izumi Tanaka is a high school teen turned Japanese royalty overnight. After learning her father is the Crown Prince of Japan, she’s dropped into a strange, new world of politics and protocols, royal heritage, and self-discovery. Oh, and she meets a handsome bodyguard, too. Between not feeling Japanese enough in America and feeling too …

October 13, 2022 | Info

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On Writing Funny: An Interview with Christine Simon, Author of 'The Patron Saint of Second Chances'

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This post was originally published on Dead Darlings, a blog about novel writing run by alumni of GrubStreet's Novel Incubator program.

 

Christine Simon’s delightful debut novel, The Patron Saint of Second Chances, is a story of survival. Welcome to the southern Italian town of Prometto, a “going nowhere place.” The population is dwindling, there is little to no tax revenue coming in, and to make matters worse, the pipes are busted. All 212 souls residing there are (unbeknownst to them) weeks from being relocated by the water commission if Signore Speranza—local vacuum repairman and self-appointed …

August 19, 2022 | Info

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How to Write a Novel in 30 Short Years: An Interview with Literary Veteran & Grub Debut Novelist Steve Almond

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Steve Almond taught his first class for Grub back in 1998 as one of the organization’s earliest instructors. In the years since, he has taught hundreds of classes, not just at Grub but at Emerson, Boston College, and, most recently, Wesleyan and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He’s published twelve books, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have appeared in the Best American Short Stories, Best American Erotica, Best American Mysteries, and the Pushcart Prize; and his essays have appeared everywhere from the New York Times Magazine to Playboy. …

April 28, 2022 | David Blair

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Talent in the Family: Michelle Hoover on her Mom, Lorene Hoover’s Debut Novel, Milk Without Honey

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This post was originally published on Dead Darlings, a blog about novel writing run by alumni of GrubStreet's Novel Incubator program.

 

“My mother did not move from the bungalow’s doorway. Her apron, stained with baby burp and breakfast grease, seemed to pull down at her narrow shoulders

June 25, 2021 | Pamela Loring

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