No Bull Information

The Story Behind No Bull Information by Dr. John Gamble

I am a professor— “Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Law”— at a 4,500-student college of Penn State in Erie. NBI emerged gradually from teaching thousands of Penn State students, many less than 20 years old and taking their first college course. Students have changed in many ways. One troubles me most. Today’s student…

'89 Walls

The Story Behind ’89 Walls by Katie Pierson

I tell closeted fellow writers that everyone feels like a fraud—it’s not just them. All you have to do is print yourself a business card and put “writer” on it. When you claim the title you are one. Becoming an author is a different story. If my long and detoured road to publication taught me…

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The Story Behind Grey by Christi J. Whitney

I began my journey as an author in childhood, though I wasn’t aware of it at the time. I’d always been an avid reader, especially of fantasy, and I wrote stories constantly, jotting them down in notebooks, journals, and even using my grandmother’s old typewriter. But I never finished anything I wrote. Looking back, I…

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The Story Behind Unexpected Rain by Jason LaPier

The birth of my sci-fi novel Unexpected Rain goes all the way back to November 2009. I had been writing for a while before then, and had tried my hand at a couple of other sci-fi/fantasy novels, but couldn’t seem to get them past the halfway mark. Finally in 2009, I decided to try the…

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The Story Behind Loss Angeles by Mathieu Cailler

There’s a line in one of the short stories in the collection, “One-Night Stand,” where a young stand-up comic says, “L.A. isn’t a city; it’s a state.” I’ve always thought that as well. In fact, I always utter this when telling others about L.A. It’s disconnected and messy, sprawling and vibrant. But this city offers…