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    A Sneak Peak With: Lisa de Nikolits

    Our good friend and very talented and prolific writer Lisa de Nikolits is working on a new book. She dropped into the Open Mic recently to tell me about it and - best of all - to share a little sneak preview. So as a special bonus to all of you, here she is talking about "The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution!"

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    A Few Words With: Chris Nashawaty

    For people who grew up in the late 1970s and early 1980s like I did, or at least those with an inherent bent toward irreverent or downright inappropriate comedy, magazines like National Lampoon were a staple of life. Ditto for movies like Animal House and Caddyshack, which for better or worse have become cultural landmarks for us younger Baby Boomers. Few writers out there understand this better than Entertainment Weekly senior writer and movie critic Chris Nashawaty, the man behind the fantastic book "Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story." The book came out in hardback last April and releases in paperback today, so it seemed like a great time to sit down with him and talk about his effort to detail one of the most truly bizarre and unique experiences in movie making history.

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    A Few Words With: Lucienne Diver

    Author Lucienne Diver is nothing if not versatile: successful agent by day, YA author by...well, in every other moment she can possibly fit in. I sat down with her recently to talk about how she balances her agenting responsibilities with her flourishing writing career, the state of the industry, and the biggest mistake most aspiring Young Adult authors make.

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    A Few Words With: Christina Hoag

    As a reporter, Christina Hoag has dealt with some of the most dangerous situations a journalist can experience, from facing down Colombian guerrillas to interviewing gang members and corrupt presidents. All of which was a great for learning to deal with the modern publishing industry. Hoag has indeed used that experience - and some from her own youth - to help inform her new career as Young Adult author. She spoke with me recently to talk about both her YA books and her gritty and incredibly compelling adult novel, "Skin of Tattoos."

     

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    A Few Words With: John Carenen

    Mystery author John Carenen knows a thing or two about...well, a lot of things, including how to craft a good story. The man behind the Thomas O'Shea mystery series, he also knows firsthand the joys and pitfalls of publishing with a small press, self-publishing and the need for writers to continually push themselves toward new work and bigger challenges. We sat down with him recently to talk about how he incorporates dark humor into his work, the struggle to find an agent and the bigger struggle to market yourself as an indie author.

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