The Story behind ‘Stepping Stones’ by Marilea C. Rabasa

Writing a memoir is a bit like taking pictures of my life with the same camera—but with different lenses. And so reconciling these two elements—seeing my life as it was and then viewing it, or aspects of it, from a fresh perspective—is what distinguishes the memoir genre from many others. In my experience with life-writing,…

The Story behind ‘Riley’ by Paul Midden

I have always been fascinated by how relationships work. As a therapist for many years, I listened to many people talk about how their partners failed them, how they failed their partners, or how the threat of losing a partner was accompanied by terror and, if he or she did in fact leave, by stark…

The Story Behind ‘Copper and Goldie, 13 Tails of Mystery and Suspense in Hawai‘i’ by Rosemary & Larry Mild

Rosemary and Larry had just completed a series of mystery short stories for an online e-zine. They wound up publishing the collection as The Misadventures of Slim O. Wittz, Soft-Boiled Detective. Now, they were looking around for a new detective series. Honolulu, and the whole island of Oahu, was the natural choice for setting as…