10 Facts About Hermann Hesse to Celebrate His Birthday

statue of Herman Hesse

Perhaps no other writer captured my imagination as much as Hermann Hesse did in my early twenties. Both my parents admired Hesse, and it was perhaps my rebellious spirit that caused me to eschew his work for so long. But reading Narcissus and Goldman got me quite interested in his work, and soon after I […]

My Journey Through Fiction

Edgar Allen Poe with raven

Often a large part of the DNA of a writer is affected by the inputs and influences. Perhaps the most pronounced is the other writers that one has read.  My journey through fiction began at a young age and continues … It can be argued that every book and, therefore every writer one has ever […]

Train Dreams

woman looking out of train window

I remember the feeling of liberation when I finally received my driver’s license at the age of sixteen. There is something special about the freedom to get behind the wheel and go anywhere one wants. I soon found that this freedom had a great deal of responsibility: insurance, registration, maintenance, among other aspects. Perhaps the […]

The Emergence of an Author Part 4

Becoming an author is hard, no matter the route you take. The publishing industry can be so maddening to deal with that it makes you want to scream. Being a person who admits to it when someone asks: “Are you a writer?”  and your reply is affirmative, is a huge step in itself. Even when […]

The Emergence of an Author Part 3

cover of Poets and Writers

When I first started to get into writing seriously in 2007, I discovered Writer’s Digest. Then I picked up a copy of The Writer and also Poets & Writers. I soon realized that reading back issues was just about as useful as reading current ones. I scoured the local library, reading years of past issues. […]

The Emergence of an Author Part 2

I knew I wanted to write professionally, but I was socially conditioned to believe that I’d be destined to fall into the category of starving artist: I was forced to work a number of day jobs.  Yes, I had had a variety of jobs getting through college. During high school, I worked construction and in […]