5×5: Celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

5×5: Celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

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Welcome back to another installment of our series 5×5 in which we ask five authors of similar backgrounds, five questions. This month, to celebrate Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month we spoke with incredible authors such as, Brian Tashima, Alka Joshi,  Julia Kagawa, Mary Choy and Seema Giri.   image via NSVRC Brian Tashima, independently published his four volume young adult/sci-fi fantasy series, The Joel Suzuki Series. As a sensitive sixteen-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome living in a single-parent home, Joel leads a stressful life full of bullies, bad grades and money woes. Figuring that stardom will solve all of his problems, …

5×5 International Women’s Month: Celebrating Amazing Female Authors

5×5 International Women’s Month: Celebrating Amazing Female Authors

Book Culture

Welcome to the newest edition of 5×5, a series in which we ask five authors of similar backgrounds five questions. Today, we are talking with Sofia Fenichell, AM Scott, Collette McLafferty, Susanne Tedrick and Finola Austin in honor of international women’s month. These fantastic women write in genres across the board. We have some exciting releases next month with Susanne Tedrick’s fascinating read, Woman of Color in Tech, that will help women of color learn the skills they’ll  need to succeed in (and revolutionize) a technical field and AM Scott’s science fiction, space opera in her last book from her Folding …

How About You Cook With This Book?

How About You Cook With This Book?

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Are you interested in cooking?  Do you like non-fiction stories?  Well, if you like either one of those things (or both!), then take a look at a book written by Boris Fishman.  Within his new memoir, Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and Dinner Table, Fishman uses cooking as a way to frame not only his story, but his family’s story.  It’s a family story, an immigrant story, a love story, and an amazing meal.  Fishman tries to explore two cultures in his book.  Savage Feast contains a revealing personal story and family memoir told through meals and recipes.   image via amazon …

5×5: Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Black Romance Authors

5×5: Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Black Romance Authors

Book Culture

Five authors. Five questions. One fight to the death. I’m kidding. We are in the business of uniting these five wonderful authors, not pitting them against one another. It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the inaugural 5×5, a series in which we ask five authors of similar backgrounds five questions. With each installment, we’re changing up the topic and today we’re talking Valentine’s Day. That’s not all though, it being Black History Month, our romance authors are all authors of color and esteemed members of the Black Romance Authors Network. We’re speaking to Synithia Williams, founder of …

Read to Write: Prompt Books

Read to Write: Prompt Books

Book Culture

Writer’s block is probably the worst thing to happen to any writer. You’re sitting there, stuck and grasping for straws. What’s wrong? Why can’t you write? Where did all your ideas go? I can’t say for sure what the answers to these questions are, but I know one guaranteed solution: prompts. Prompts allow writers to create without having to come up with the more difficult plot points and storylines. There are two books in particular that do this is amazing and unique ways. The first is Naming the World edited by Bret Anthony Johnson. The book is a collection of …