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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Thrillerfest 2017 – Part 2

The Saturday panels started of with a series of great presentation about the influence of geography on thrillers. The panelists included E. A. Aymar, John Connell, Elena Hartwell, Barry Lancet, Jenny Milchman and Wendy Tyson. Each panelist highlighted how the region in which their thrillers are set is an important character. Whether the Pacific Northwest, Baltimore, Japan, or upstate New York, the geographic and cultural features of each place exerts a unique and important quality on the story taking place there.  Read more

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Thrillerfest 2017 – Part 1

I just attended my first Thrillerfest and it was quite an experience. I skipped the preliminary events, Craftfest, Pitchfest, etc., because I visited old friends in Hartford, just a couple of hours northeast of New York City. One of these years, I might participate in the day-long FBI workshop. But that’s a plan for the future.

Thrillerfest started with a nice reception on Thursday night. I met up with Elena Hartwell, fellow Coffeetown Press author and fearless blogger. We grabbed a table near the entrance and gave out “Fearless Blogger” buttons. The fearless bloggers are an informal blog tour that grew from the debut class of ITW a few years back.

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