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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...

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Bestselling Author Sarah Dessen: “I Was Sure That My Career Was Over”

It's hard to believe that hugely successful young adult author Sarah Dessen, with eleven previous bestsellers to her name, could lose confidence in her writing.But that's exactly where she found herself, grinding through a book twelve storyline she had lost faith in, staring into the abyss, absolutely convinced her writing career was finished.Where did her confidence go?In this interview with...

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,...

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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...

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Small is the New Black

We live in a small house. It�s an old village home with three bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms.When we moved in we were a family of four. This house was our starter home. Or so we thought. Turns out, this house is our family�s home. We�re still here, 15 years later, now a family of six.Most people we know live in...

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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The Creative Breakthrough Just Around the Corner

�Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.�That�s a quote by Thomas Edison, maybe the most amazing achiever of our times.Edison, the same badass who basically birthed the telecommunications industry from his Menlo Park lab, with a few off-the-wall ideas like, oh I don�t know, ELECTRIC POWER,...