On reading and writing Archives - Shawna Seed

42 Books to Read Before You Die

Awhile back, The Independent published a list of 42 books to read before you die. I linked to it on my Facebook fan page and invited folks to offer their submissions. First, of course, everyone had to scoff at The Independent’s offerings. Too much Tolkien! Why on earth would you choose Stephen King? Where are the Russians? Faulkner? Middlemarch? Oh, please, not Middlemarch!…

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Big Day for Big D Book Lovers

Do you live in the Dallas area? Do you love books? Mark your calendar for April 30. That’s the date of the Dallas Book Festival, presented by the Dallas Public Library. The roster of authors for the festival is really impressive. I read Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy in one sitting. Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive was one of the thillers that had me checking the…

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Caring about Characters

What makes a reader care about a character? I visited a book club the other night that read Identity, which gave me the opportunity to hear the members’ reactions to the characters. Book clubs are fascinating (and a little terrifying) for authors, but the insight is unbelievably rewarding. One reader spoke movingly about her concern for the protagonist, Sharlah Webb, who finds herself in desperate…

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