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Interview: Ellen Edwards, Executive Editor at Penguin Random House

I have been with Ellen Edwards at New American Library, a division of Penguin Random House, since I became a traditionally published author. In an age where writers often lament that they do not get edited, I can firmly say that not only do I get edited, but Ellen’s sharp eye, brilliance, and insights have greatly enhanced my work. She is a master at finding the diamond in the rough, and like any great coach, she encourages me to grow and learn […]

Drawing from Real Life in Fiction

Unlike many people I know, I’ve never wanted to write the story of my life. And I’ve come to belatedly believe that this lack of autobiographic desire on my part has affected my fiction writing, and not necessarily for the best.

I say “belatedly” because I’ve been writing fiction for close to 15 years, but only a few years ago did I start to readjust what I now see as a rather closed and negative mindset I’d been maintaining.

In the past, […]

Therese Walsh’s Sisters on The Moon Sisters

Several WU’ers encouraged me to put up an interview today to help spread the word about The Moon Sisters, and while I recognized the value in doing that I also felt the idea lacked…spark. And then I thought, hmm, I wonder if my real sisters might be willing to step up today to talk about this book we know so well.

Let me introduce you to them. Aimee and Heather are my sisters. They won’t refer to me here as Therese; they’ll call […]

Take Five: Erika Robuck on Fallen Beauty

Erika Robuck, long-time contributor to Writer Unboxed, recently released her fourth novel Fallen Beauty. Erika also writes about and reviews historical fiction at her blog, Muse. We’re very pleased to have her here today to tell us more about her newest novel!


Q: What’s the premise of your new book?

ER: In Fallen Beauty a poor, small town seamstress, ostracized for her past, is commissioned to create a reading tour wardrobe for the scandalous poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay. […]

Songs on Surviving the Midlist: from Opera Singer, Circus Performer & Novelist, Gretchen McNeil

When I learned the theme for this month was “a peek behind the publishing curtain”, it was an easy decision to invite today’s guest for an interview. For as long as I’ve known her, Gretchen McNeil has been a model of grace and resilience under pressure; a woman who feels passionately and has a big personality, yet who makes pragmatic writing decisions when they’ll benefit her career.

Her flexibility has earned her editorial trust and loyalty at a time when such […]

Writer Unboxed is 8 years old today! Here’s an Everything-You-Ever-Wanted-to-Know-and-Some-Things-You-Didn’t Q&A about WU.

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Therese here. Back in November, I put a call out to the WU Facebook group for pitches to claim one of the last remaining spots on our calendar for 2013. Eddie Louise won the spot I had set aside for the win. Some of the pitches were so good that I hoarded them for later use. Jeannie Ruesch has a fantastic post coming up next Sunday with some giveaways of Stephen King’s On Writing. And then […]


Hi, friends. I am thrilled to welcome Wiley Cash, author of the debut A Land More Kind Than Home and the upcoming novel This Dark Road to Mercy.

I came across Wiley’s debut after following Book Pregnant, a blog that describes itself as “a group of debut authors who met via the internet and have been commiserating, cheering, consoling, cackling, and congratulating each other through this strange and unusual process of bringing a book from contract to publication and beyond.”

Reading […]

Be Bigger Than Chickens: an Interview with Joshilyn Jackson

I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint, in a Circle K. It was on a Friday afternoon at the tail end of a Georgia summer so ungodly hot the air felt like it had all been boiled red. We were both staring down the barrel of an ancient, creaky .32 that could kill us just as dead as a really nice gun could.

The opening lines of Someone Else’s Love Story belong to Shandi Pierce, a young, virgin mother […]

Why So Serious?

I tried – I really tried – to make it through Breaking Bad. Admittedly, I waited until the series was nearly over to even watch an episode, but within the first 30 minutes I could immediately see why people got caught up in it. The writing is topnotch, the acting incredibly good, and the conflict is constant and powerful. And the episodes were like crystal meth itself: almost instantly addictive, causing me to fall into nightly Netflix binges.

Still, I ended […]

Interview with Robb Cadigan

What do George Pelecanos, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the Giant Foods in Baltimore have in common? They all played a role in the journey that brought Robb Cadigan’s debut novel PHOENIXVILLE RISING to publication. I’m thrilled to bring this interview with Robb to the Writer Unboxed community.

Q: Welcome to Writer Unboxed! And congratulations on the release of your debut novel, Phoenixville Rising. Can you start us off with a brief summary of what the book’s about?

RC: Thank you! PHOENIXVILLE RISING is about […]

Take Five: Sophie Masson on Moonlight and Ashes, and Scarlet in the Snow

Longtime WU contributor Sophie Masson recently released not just one but two books–Moonlight and Ashes, and Scarlet in the Snow! We’re so pleased she’s with us today to tell us more about them in a brief Take Five interview.

Q: Tell us a little about these two new books. How are they similar—and different? 

SM: Both of these books are what I’ve dubbed ‘fairytale thrillers’–that is, they are each based on classic fairytales: Moonlight and Ashes on the Grimm version of Cinderella (Aschenputtel) […]

Q&A with Novelist Renee Swindle

Renee Swindle is author of Shake Down the Stars, a novel I loved so much I immediately friended her on Facebook and asked if I could interview her.

I’m not the only one who loved it. RT Book Reviews said “This novel is a true gem. Beautifully written, it’s full of emotional impact that touches the heart without weighing the reader down. Themes of love, loss and addiction will reach into the soul.”

And author Elizabeth Gilbert recently recommended it on her […]