Literary Ashland with Paul Fattig

Paul FattigOur August guest was retired journalist Paul Fattig. Born in Kerby, Oregon, Paul wrote for many of the newspapers in Southern Oregon and beyond. In 2001, Paul and his wife Maureen bought a burnt out shell of a cabin along Sterling Creek, about 10 miles from Jacksonville. Once retired, Paul told the story of renovating that shell and turning it into a family home. That story became the book Up Sterling Creek Without A Paddle. In our interview, Paul talks about writing, the challenges involved in renovation, and his new project about two uncles who became draft evaders in World War I.

 

 

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Blog Tour: Vice City by S.A. Stovall

What’s it about?

After twenty years as an enforcer for the Vice family mob, Nicholas Pierce shouldn’t bat an eye at seeing a guy get worked over and tossed in the river. But there’s something about the suspected police mole, Miles, that has Pierce secondguessing himself. The kid is just trying to look out for his brother any way he knows how, and an uncharacteristic altruism sparks an act of mercy. He takes Miles under his wing.

Miles wants to repay Pierce for saving his life. Pierce shouldn’t take it any further…and he sure as hell shouldn’t get involved in Miles’s doomed quest to get his brother out of a rival gang. He shouldn’t do a lot of things, but life on the streets isn’t about following the rules. Besides, he’s sick of being bossed around by the Vice family, especially Mr. Vice’s powerhungry goon of a son, who treats his underlings like playthings.

So Pierce does the one thing he shouldn’t do if he wants to keep breathing—he leaves the Vice family in the middle of a turf war.

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Literary Ashland with Amy Miller

For the month of July, Ed Battistella and I interviewed poet Amy Miller. She is the author of nine poetry and nonfiction chapbooks, including Botanica (2012), Tea Before Questions (2010) and Beautiful/Brutal (2009).

She has taught workshops on writing and publishing for the Jack London Writers’ Conference, Oregon State Poetry Association, California Writers’ Club, and San Francisco State University. She was a co-founder of the Piccolo Poetry Series, the largest poetry open mike on the San Francisco Peninsula, and currently works as the publications project manager for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Her new book The Trouble with New England Girls will come out in July 2018.

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Blog Tour: The Art of Fear by Pamela Crane

What’s It About?

A life no girl should endure. A father no daughter could love. A twist no one would predict.

Ari Wilburn’s life ended long ago—the day she watched her little sister die in a tragic accident and did nothing to stop it. Crippled with self-blame and resented by her parents, she stumbles through life…and onto an unexpected clue that casts doubt on whether the death was accidental.

Now a psychological wreck, Ari joins a suicide support group where she meets Tina, a sex-trafficking escapee who finds her long-lost father dead. Suicide, police ruled it. But Tina suspects foul play. As a bond develops between the women in their shared loss, they’re dragged into playing a dangerous game with a killer.

Faced with a murderous wake-up call and two possibly linked deaths, Ari’s investigation puts her next on the killer’s list. But she’s never been one to back down from a fight.

Needing closure, Ari must face her demons and the killer behind them…or lose everything she loves. Read more

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