Poet, Writer, Mom. Owner of two rescue huskies. Former baker who writes on books, true crime, culture and fiction.
Yellow Roman Candles
2005 Ana Rosa sat across from Elisabeth Winslow, the bouquet of marigolds laid across her lap. The enormous, yellow flowers clashed with the elegant room decorated with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and muted oil paintings. Ana didn’t need to study the titles to know that many of them were written not just by Teddy Winslow, her former employer, but by his relatives as well.
- Runner-Up in After the Parade Challenge
Eleanor Vickers knew the slippers were a message and not the kind she was used to. They were stone gray in a classic style with rubber soles. The gift had appeared two days earlier, wrapped in a brown paper box in her cubby at the Warwick Public Library during Secret Santa week.
What You Wish For
My mom was just getting started for the night when the app buzzed and I hit accept. I always hit accept because we were broke and another ten bucks was always necessary. For the past year we’d been living on the top floor of a run-down three-decker in hopes that The Cakery, which occupied the first floor, would take off.
My father had been missing for 10 years before we went ahead and held a funeral. I was 9 when he moved to Echo Hill Farm for good and left me in my grandparents' care, so I’d be lying if I said I mourned him in any real sense. Other than the occasional birthday card and his annual appearance at Christmas dinner, the two of us hadn’t had much contact over the years. Even at Christmas we had never indulged in prolonged conversations. His last words to me were, “Can you pass the cream, sweetheart?” Much as I’d like to attach some deep meaning to that question, there’s not a lot to work with.
Agatha Christie’s Plotting Secrets
Only outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare, Agatha Christie remains the bestselling novelist of all time. Between two and four billion copies of her books have been published and sales show no signs of diminishing. Over the course of her career, she published 66 mysteries and 6 romance novels, as well as countless plays and stories.
The Original Gone Girl
It has been nearly 50 years since Agatha Christie’s death but the “Queen of Crime” remains the best-selling novelist in history. Only the Bible and Shakespeare’s works have sold more copies than her books and her legacy shows no signs of fading.
Eat Your Cake: Think Like Chekhov
Russian author Anton Chekhov had a lot to say about writing and it’s still worth listening to, even more than a century after his death at age 44. Not only is he regarded as one of the world’s best short story writers, he is often credited with inventing the form itself.