How I Wrote an Extended Series

How I Wrote an Extended Series

Where is this going? Many people ask me this when discussing my Henrietta and Inspector Howard series. It’s not a bad question. The answer is … I don’t know. Sadly, I’m not the type of writer who has the whole series cleverly planned out with a certain number of books...
In the Name of Notre Dame

In the Name of Notre Dame

Henri Matisse, Notre Dame une fin d’après-midi, 1902 In September 2016, police found a Peugeot with missing plates parked just steps away from Notre Dame; inside the car, they found seven cylinders of gas. The following week, four women—one of whom was carrying a...
Stories That Explore Africa’s Resilient Spirit

Stories That Explore Africa’s Resilient Spirit

MINUTES OF GLORY And Other Stories By Ngugi wa Thiong’oSeldom have the raw truths of Africa been exposed so vividly, yet humorously, as in this collection of short stories by the Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o. With tales that tease, then bite, he tackles the...
2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

For today’s prompt, write a reason poem. If this prompt seems unreasonable, just remember all the reasons you write poetry or enjoy cooking, dancing, singing, etc. Or provide a reasoned argument for your lack of reason. Only you know your reasons. ***** Poem Your Days...
Emotional Danger for Page-Turning Tension

Emotional Danger for Page-Turning Tension

Jordan Rosenfeld’s newest craft title, How to Write a Page-Turner: Craft a Story Your Readers Can’t Put Down examines the role of tension in each and every aspect of your novel. She starts with the four biggest elements of tension that should appear throughout a...
Redux: Everything Is a Machine

Redux: Everything Is a Machine

Every week, the editors of The Paris Review lift the paywall on a selection of interviews, stories, poems, and more from the magazine’s archive. You can have these unlocked pieces delivered straight to your inbox every Sunday by  In this week’s Redux, we’re in a...