Local Eugene author interview with James Aaron

Before I became a writer, I was a reader. I learned to read when I was 4 or 5 years old, in my first year of school. I remember sitting on the floor of my English classroom, deep into a book about a magician and a dragon, completely oblivious to what was going on around…

2016 reads (mostly fiction)

I continue to be terrible at keeping up with posting about the books I read, but here goes, anyway. (And I know I owe the world an update about the books I’m writing, but this is part of my productive procrastination method in which I write about one thing to avoid writing about something else….

All those books I read and didn’t tell you about

It seems I’m unable to actually blog about the books I read in a timely manner, as evidenced by the several draft blog posts I found going back to 2014. So let’s forget about personalized write-ups for each of them, accompanied by nice little book cover images and links to Amazon so you can buy…

2015 books reads: Mostly fiction

I had a plan that I’d keep regularly sharing the books I’ve been reading. I also have a plan to earn a decent income by working regularly. And also to exercise at least 3 times a week. And to write 500+ words a day. I have lots of plans. I’m more successful at executing some…

2015 book reads: Young adult memoir

2015 is the year of the young adult memoir. At least for me. Mine is finally finished and being shopped to agents and publishers as we speak. Which means I have to keep writing, and it turns out I have more to say in the YA memoir genre. Because of the experiences I’ve had (sexual…

Books I read in 2014: YA Fiction

It’s the middle of 2015 and I’m still working on telling you about the books I read last year… so let’s get on with it. I love Young Adult fiction and non-fiction and clearly don’t read nearly enough YA fiction as I could. I’ve been in the throes of writing a YA memoir, so I’ve…

Still reading: Young Adult memoirs

In my continuing quest for knowledge on how to write a fantastic memoir, I keep reading other memoirs, particularly ones aimed at an young adult audience. Since my last post about what I’ve been reading, I’ve finished two books: King of the Mild Frontier by Chris Crutcher and The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir…

Books I read in 2014: the fiction list

How many books should I be reading a year? Last year, 2014, the count was 32. It doesn’t seem like  a lot. Or enough, at least. Thanks to Amazon.com and my public library, I can mostly keep track of what I’ve bought and borrowed. There are a few books I don’t have records of, but I have…

To learn how to write, read

Sometime last year as I was in the beginning process of writing my memoir (currently being called Irrepressible Spirit but likely to be renamed something like Stormy Paradise or Banned in Barbados because it sounds sexier) someone somewhere said something to the effect of: While you’re writing a memoir, read memoirs. While you’re editing, read…