Writer's Toolbox Exercise #1

 I liked the way she said "balloon."  She said it as if she were blowing bubbles....more

Relatively Fictional

One time when I was four, I stuck a button up my nose. I was watching Saturday morning cartoons with my brother while my parents slept in and that button fit my nostril just perfectly. I was showing my brother how I could use it to make a nostril cap and the next thing I knew it was too far in for me to dig out....more

I Went to the Woods

The Underside of Joy is my debut novel. But I have been writing fiction for decades, ever since I graduated with a degree in journalism and promptly realized that what I really wanted to do was make things up. I took a lot of workshops, wrote short stories, wrote a novel, wrote another novel, then wrote yet another. I worked as a copywriter, writing advertising and marketing and coming up with taglines for everything from potting soil to cities. I helped raise four incredible kids. I was married, divorced, a single mom for six years. I married again and became a stepmom. In between and around all of that, I kept writing fiction. I’ve even been known to write on the edges of napkins at Chuck E. Cheese. ...more
I cannot imagine luxury of having a place to think and dream and write in solitude, especially a ...more

The Opposite of Happiness: The Underside of Joy

Seré Prince Halverson's debut novel, The Underside of Joy, is the breathtaking story of what happens when your world changes in an instant. A rogue wave takes Ella's husband, Joe, and in an instant everything changes. For three years, Ella has been the only mother their children have known. When Joe's ex-wife Paige shows up at his funeral, intent on reclaiming her children, it becomes clear that nothing will ever be the same again. ...more
I was so ready to hate Paige, but love how Sere took you from loathing her to completely ...more

BlogHer Talks to Kim Edwards

BlogHer recently caught up with author Kim Edwards about her BlogHer Book Club pick, The Lake of Dreams. ...more
I'm definitely fascinated to hear that Kim Edwards does not outline! Especially with a book like ...more

On Following Up a Bestseller

As I’ve been traveling on book tours, both in this country and abroad, one of the questions that almost always comes up goes something like this: How did you move forward to write The Lake of Dreams after the amazing response to your first novel? Wasn’t the pressure unbearable? ...more

Welcome Hungry Readers!

When you think of Lady and the Tramp, you go right to that romantic scene behind Tony’s with the big, beautiful bowl of spaghetti that ends in their sweet doggy kiss, right?  Can you even describe any other scene? Thousands of fans flock to Port Angeles’s Bella Italia where Bella had mushroom ravioli with Edward. The first thing visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter do is grab a butter beer. You might be thinking that such s...more
Totally grabbed a butter beer immediately upon entering the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It ...more

(EXCERPT) The Lake of Dreams

If you haven't had a chance to pick up a copy of BlogHer Book Club's pick The Lake of Dreams, here's an excerpt to get you started. ...more
@StealthMountain Oops! Need another coffee! I just can't win everyone is a critic these days :Pmore

Get to Know Author Kim Edwards

Kim Edwards is the author of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter and a collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King, which was an alternate for the 1998 PEN/Hemingway Award, as well as her BlogHer Book Club pick The Lake of Dreams. She has won numerous awards, including a Whiting Award, a British Book Award and the Nelson Algren Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Anteaus, Story, and The Paris Review and have received a National Magazine Award for excellence in Fiction and a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she currently teaches writing at the University of Kentucky. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and daughters. ...more