The Story Behind The Birr Elixir by Jo Sparkes

The tale of Marra began because I wanted – very much – to write something for the sheer pleasure of writing. That’s a real luxury these days. Marra herself was an online character from a game. Somehow over the years, she’d developed quite a personality with her shyness and self-doubt. She was going down a…

The Story Behind The Idiot of Funkyville by Ash Hoden

ABOUT THE IDIOT OF FUNKYVILLE What is travel? Asking this question is like asking, “What is life?” or, “Who are you?” (or, as I’ve frequently been asked, “Who are you?”). The answers to such questions are as numerous as the people asking. The Idiot of Funkyville: Becoming an Everywhere Citizen takes a chronological snapshot of…

The Story Behind Harkness by Michael Bigham

Inspiration for stories can spring from several sources: a character, a “what if” starting point or perhaps a compelling plot. My novel, Harkness: A High Desert Mystery, arose from the setting. I grew up on the Oregon high desert in a small timber and ranching town called Prineville, which sits almost exactly in the center…