This week I want to share a series of books (and their author) with you. These are must-haves for writers of any style. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, blogs, or if you are a student, these books will come in handy. If you’re a beta reader or book reviewer, they can help you critique books, too.
The author of this series is Marcy Kennedy. She also happens to have edited the first two books in my Intergalactic Matchmaking Services. Her bio straight from Amazon:
“Marcy Kennedy is a suspense and speculative fiction writer who believes fantasy is more real than you think. In 2007, she won the suspense/thriller category of Writer's Digest's Popular Fiction Competition, and in 2009, she won the grand prize. She's also the author of the Busy Writer's Guide series. Alongside her own writing, Marcy works as a freelance editor and teaches classes on craft and social media through WANA International. You can find her blogging about writing and about the place where real life meets science fiction, fantasy, and myth at www.marcykennedy.com.”
The Busy Writer’s Guides
I’ve read each of these books and found them to be invaluable resources. They are as follows:
· Strong Female Characters
· How to Write Faster
· How to Write Dialogue
· Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction (a #1 Best Seller)
· Grammar for Fiction Writers (co-written with Chris Saylor)
Each book is packed with valuable information and includes great examples to show you how the techniques improve your writing. For me, I appreciate how-to books that are concise and helpful. Since my memory isn’t what it used to be, it is wonderful to have easy-to-search resources when I need them.
Marcy has also published a book that has two short stories guaranteed to make you think. This book is called “Frozen.” And, no, it has nothing to do with the kids’ movie by the same name! Do you like to walk in the shadows? Like topics that are a wee bit darker than average? Give this book a read-thru…it won’t take you long, they are short stories…and I challenge you not to at least think “Hmmm” at the endings.
The Amazon blurb on this book:
A frozen goldfish in a plastic bag.
And a woman afraid she’s losing her grip on reality.
"A Purple Elephant" is a 2,900-word suspense short story about grief and betrayal.
In "The Replacements," a prodigal returns home to find that her parents have started a new family, one with no room for her. This disturbing 3,600-word suspense short story is about the lengths to which we'll go to feel like we're wanted, and how we don't always see things the way they really are.”
As always, please feel free to leave a comment. All commenters will go in the drawing for September!
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That’s it for this week, Readers. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Until next time…be kind to each other…and to yourself.