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Beach Reads: Mary Alice Monroe Intertwines Storytelling & Nature
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Beach Reads: Mary Alice Monroe Intertwines Storytelling & Nature

by Terri Barnes

Mary Alice Monroe doesn’t mind if her books are labeled “beach reads,” as long as they get readers to think about the beach while they’re relaxing there. The bestselling author incorporates environmental issues of animals like dolphins and sea turtles into her stories, and insists the story is paramount. “I’m writing about the people,” she says. “It isn’t just about the turtles. It’s all about emotion and storytelling, and then you let the truth—like a parable—come through.” […]

Books & Babies: Sally Hepworth on Writing & Motherhood
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Books & Babies: Sally Hepworth on Writing & Motherhood

by Terri Barnes

Authors often compare producing books to birthing babies, and novelist Sally Hepworth finds more than the usual similarities, including the nine months it takes her to write a book. She’s now awaiting the arrival of her third baby and publication of her fourth book, The Mother’s Promise. Birthing and mothering are prevalent themes throughout her writing. Her books are not all about having babies, however. Through the lens of motherhood, Sally examines a variety of topics in her writing: single parenting, infertility, children with special needs, aging parents. […]

Gwenda Bond’s Teenage Lois Lane Empowers Girl Heroes
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Gwenda Bond’s Teenage Lois Lane Empowers Girl Heroes

by Meagan Frank

Lois Lane: Fearless news reporter. Superman’s girlfriend. Icon. Gwenda Bond: Rockstar YA author bringing the world the inside scoop on Lois Lane—teenager. Gwenda grew up in a one-stoplight Kentucky town, not Smallville, but close. She’s cool in her own right and a great role model, making her a perfect choice to author the modern science fiction tales of a teenage Lois she hopes will inspire and empower young girls to make a difference in their own worlds, even without superpowers. […]