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Author Natasha Mostert · 1Y ago

A truly reprehensible book: The Bunker Diary

The Bunker DiaryBy Kevin BrooksHi guys,As an author myself, I rarely rubbish any novel, but I do have a short list of books I find beyond redemption. Brett Ellis’s “American Psycho” is one. ...
Author Natasha Mostert · 1Y ago

CAREFUL, OR YOU'LL END UP IN MY NOVEL!

Hi everyone, A while back I was given a T-shirt that says CAREFUL, OR YOU'LL END UP IN MY NOVEL. I smile every time I look at it, but the truth is, I have not had the guts to wear it in ...
Author Natasha Mostert · 1Y ago

DIGITAL MEDIA: AUTHORS, READERS AND A PAPERLESS WORLD. THE END OF THE LOVE AFFAIR?

Hi everyone, The relationship between writers and readers is a grand love affair. But hell hath no fury like a reader feeling cheated. Authors recently saw their star ratings decimated as...
Author Natasha Mostert · 1Y ago

GALOSHES OF LUST AND GREEN MARSHMALLOWS: POWERFUL OPENING SENTENCES

Hi everyone, Hope you are all doing well and have started the Fall Season with a bang. Mine started with two crashes: first my lovely pink laptop went zing and then my desktop breathed its...
Author Natasha Mostert · 1Y ago

TO BLURB OR NOT TO BLURB

Hi everyone, Many years ago, when I was growing up in Johannesburg, a relative gave me a copy of Joyce Carol Oates's novel, Bellefleur. He had purchased the book while on a trip to the Unit...
Author Natasha Mostert · 1Y ago

WORTHY PROSE OR GUILTY PLEASURE: LITERARY FICTION versus COMMERCIAL FICTION

Hi everyone, Years ago, I read an interview with thriller writer, Richard North Patterson, in which he made the distinction between what he termed "New Yorker" fiction and commercial fiction...
Author Natasha Mostert · 1Y ago

Would You Name Your Child After a Literary Character?

  Hi guys, Sorry for the radio silence. I've been busy, busy and also had to fit in another hasty trip to South Africa. I thought I'd share with you this piece in The Guardian newspaper ab...
Author Natasha Mostert · 1Y ago

The Oddest Book Title Award

Hi everyone, One of the more interesting literary awards is the annual prize for The Oddest Book Title. This year’s winner is Dr. Daina Taimina for her delightful, Crocheting Adventures with...
Author Natasha Mostert · 1Y ago

Authors and Reviewers: Bullets and Valentines

Hi everyone, Like many other writers I was fascinated by the spat last year between writer Alice Hoffman and the literary critic, Roberta Silman, who reviews for The Boston Globe. After a r...
Author Natasha Mostert · 1Y ago

Cheetahs and Smoking Dutchmen

Hi everyone, Hope you guys are all doing well and not suffering too badly from holiday withdrawal symptoms. I am still in South Africa but I have started work myself this week -- not easy w...