How Novelists Recover History’s Marginalized Heroes

I started off as a fiction writer with one goal and one goal only: create and bring to life protagonists from off the beaten path. I wanted complex, accurate portrayals of LGBTQ people. People of color. Poor people. People living with disabilities or without families or struggling with PTSD.

I wanted all sorts of stuff. In all sorts of books. And with so much of that raw material existing in our day-to-day, it’s disappointing that canonical literature largely continues to stick to a particular—shall we say—bent.

July 22, 2016 | Milo Todd

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Sometimes, They Even Want to Eat Lunch with You: How I Found My Writing Community

I was the kid the other kids threw rocks at, a sacrifice to the gods of normalcy, in a small town that recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of Donald Trump in the Massachusetts primary. I did not have many friends and I liked it that way, retreating into a Flogging Molly hoodie rather than meeting the eyes of the guy who sat next to me in homeroom, hanging around the English department’s office instead of heading to my next class

June 1, 2016 | Ashley Weckbacher

The Writing Life

An Interview with Michelle Hoover, Author of Bottomland

Building on her critically acclaimed debut novel The Quickening, Michelle Hoover’s gripping, brilliantly crafted new release, Bottomland, follows the Hess family’s struggle to stay together on the Iowa plains following the mysterious disappearance of two family members during the years after World War I

March 8, 2016 | Marc Foster


An Interview with Dawn Tripp, Author of Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe

Dawn Tripp is a favorite among Boston-area writers and readers—and for good reason. I first met her at the Boston Book Festival where I moderated a fiction panel we quickly dubbed “Three Blondes and a Brit.” There we were: James MacManus, author of the acclaimed forthcoming Midnight in Berlin, Holly LeCraw, best-selling author of The Half Brother, Tripp, who nailed the Massachusetts Book Award with her second novel, and me. Though I hadn’t met Dawn before or known her books, she had such an open-armed kind of warmth, and such a passion for other writers and their work, that ...

February 25, 2016 | Michelle Hoover


News from Dead Darlings

Over at DeadDarlings we’ve been embracing the fickle weather patterns by getting lost in good pages. Whatever mood you are in – ready for summer getaways or holding out for the last snow days of the season, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of our favorite posts from January.

Be a hero at home

February 19, 2016 | The Editors at Dead Darlings