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Octavia Spencer: â��I Never Felt Like a Rock Star Until I Wrote a Book”

Octavia Spencer is not only an Academy Award-winning actress, but also an author that kids adore. Octavia�s second book in her popular Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective series is out now, titled The Sweetest Heist in History.In this interview for Book View Now on PBS.org at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Octavia spoke with Astral Road Media co-founder Rich...

Ransom Riggs
Ransom Riggs On Saying YES to a Writing Career

Ransom Riggs did, indeed, say YES to a lot of different things, thereby setting himself up to hit the bulls eye, unexpectedly, and form a career out of writing fiction.Ransom sat down with Rich Fahle of Astral Road Media at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to say he always assumed he�d be making films for a living after...

Jon Scieszka
Jon Scieszka On A Writing Life That Satisfies

Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger is the 2nd book in the Frank Einstein series by writer, Jon Scieszka.Jon sat down with Rich Fahle, of Astral Road Media, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to talk about his new book as well as a host of other topics related to his inspiring career as an author of books for...

Brian Grazer
Brian Grazer on Curating his Originality

A lot of people know Brian Grazer as a successful American TV and film producer. What they don�t know is that Brian has been making a concerted effort to seek out advice and learn from a diverse group of individuals for over 30 years.Every two weeks or so, Brian will meet with an accomplished person from some field other than...

Nicholas Kristof�s Inspiring Path

We are a society of planners and organizers. As creative beings, we use our best assumptions to look forward to create a life and career structure; a logical path to follow that incorporates our best thinking at the time.That was the case for Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and journalist Nicholas Kristof, the co-author of A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity...

Author Lee Child on Starting a Writing Career Later in Life

Lee Child, whose latest Jack Reacher novel, Personal, releases worldwide over the next two weeks, is emphatic about the potential for writing as a second career. �To anybody who is an aspiring writer,� Child said, �this is a great career because not only can you, but you should, start late. I think it's the ideal career to do later in...

Author Ian McEwan on the Struggle to Find Writing Confidence

I love this short video interview with author Ian McEwan, linked above.McEwan�s work is remarkable for its consistency and critical praise. He won the Whitbread Novel of the Year for The Child in Time in 1987. He�s been nominated for the Man Booker prize six times, winning the prize for his novel Amsterdam in 1998. In 2008,...

Brown Detective
Social Media and the Curious Case of the Nebulous Return

As a kid, I loved the Encyclopedia Brown mysteries by Donald J. Sobol, those middle grade books featuring LeRoy �Encyclopedia� Brown and his sleuthing sidekick Sally Kimball, solving elementary school mysteries in Idaville, USA.At the end of each story, readers turn the book upside down for the answer to the mystery, which as fellow Encyclopedia Brown fans will remember, was...

Author Susan Orlean: How My Chickens Helped Me Decode Twitter

�I first began understanding Twitter when--this will sound funny--but it was when I first got my chickens.�I love this take on decoding Twitter from author Susan Orlean.In this excerpt from an interview we did with Susan at Book Expo America for her book Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, she discussed her own discovery of Twitter as an...

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Jayne Warrilow on the Empowering Nature of “Edge Walking”

Having spent a dozen years in traditional press and PR, a number of those as spokesperson and media relations chief for a national television network, I�m still a fan of old school publicity. Press releases, email campaigns, and roll-up-your-sleeves outreach still have their place.But I�m an even bigger fan of content and community.Great content, regularly published and shared�interesting features, posts, interviews,...

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