The Story Behind ‘The Lübecker’ by M.J. Joseph

The Lübecker was written primarily on a breezy, inset porch of a large, white, lap-sided, 1912 house overlooking Pensacola Bay, so architecturally typical, but now, so frequently disappearing, before gentrification along the coastal South. While this setting recalled childhood memories that influenced the novel, I began constructing character apologues that ultimately inspired the development of…

The Story behind ‘Watch Me’ by Jody Gehrman

All of my life I’ve been obsessed with the power dynamics between men and women. For years, I’ve wanted to write the story of an older woman who finds herself unable to resist the attention of a younger man. I didn’t want to write it as a romance, though. I knew there was something murky…

The Story behind ‘The Guardian’ by Anna del Mar

So I went to Africa on a non-writing, no-laptop vacation, to check off a bucket list item that entailed world-class wildlife viewing. I also wanted to pursue a life-long yearning to connect with my Caribbean-forged African heritage. Silly me. Little did I know that Africa was about to grab me by the throat, shake awake…