The Story Behind Brimstone by John Allen

Way, way, way back in the 1980s, when I was already a not-so-young adult, I read Martin Gardner’s Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus. That book included an essay entitled “The Irrelevance of Arthur Conan Doyle.” In that essay, Gardner argued that Arthur could not have created Sherlock Holmes because the two personalities were so different.…

The Story Behind Miss Behave by Traci Highland

Inspiration for the book?  Oh, darlings, that is a fairly simple story.  One day I was at Starbucks, yes, I suffer from an affliction in that I simply must have a latte everytime someone even says the name Starbucks. It’s trying, truly.  Anyhow, I was drinking my coffee when I overheard the conversation of a…

The Story Behind Conch Shell Confessions by Dax Marie

Conch Shell Confessionals actually started as a project for one of my screenwriting classes at UCLA. There’s this thing that they say all first time screenwriters fall prey to…we ALL write about ourselves. So of course I couldn’t resist writing about myself! Initially, I set out to explore how my Nana’s death affected my family…

The Story Behind Getaway by Maureen Brady

One day I decided to try out an exercise taken from John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction to see what it would provoke. It’s an exercise I’ve often used in my fiction classes, instructing writers to write a scene in which someone who has just committed a murder comes out to a body of water,…