5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Robyn Opie Parnell, author of Show Don’t Tell: The Ultimate Writers’ Guide

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Robyn Opie Parnell, author of Show Don’t Tell: The Ultimate Writers’ Guide
(R&R Books Film Music)

Show Don’t Tell: The Ultimate Writers’ Guide is a comprehensive guide that will show you how bestselling authors use the technique of “show, don’t tell” to create their masterpieces. You’ll learn how they instantly hook audiences into each novel and keep them breathlessly turning pages until the very end.

This Ultimate Writers’ Guide features ten in-depth chapters and exercise segments on show-don’t-tell: what it is and how it works, fiction genres, characters, dialogue, conflict, plot progression, short story writing and editing for maximum effect. Robyn Opie Parnell includes more than 60 examples, which she discusses in detail to assist you in mastering show, don’t tell. Each chapter ends with a set of simple exercises to help you hone your own writing skills.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Show Don’t Tell: The Ultimate Writers’ Guide?

Robyn Opie Parnell: Mainly I write children’s books, but I also help and guide new writers. In my capacity as a writing teacher and mentor, it became obvious to me that many new writers struggle with the concept of showing instead of telling in their fiction manuscripts. Show Don’t Tell: The Ultimate Writers’ Guide was my way of helping new writers understand its importance to their careers. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Robyn Opie Parnell, author of Show Don’t Tell: The Ultimate Writers’ Guide

5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Beverly Jenkins, author of Heart of Gold

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Beverly Jenkins, author of Heart of Gold
(HarperCollins)

NAACP nominee and bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns to the charming town of Henry Adams, Kansas—a place that always feels like home—in this heartwarming story of family, friendship, and the surprises hidden in our lives.

Henry Adams has had its fair share of drama ever since Bernadine Brown bought the town with her divorce settlement. Now just when things are starting to settle down, it’s about to get crazy again . . .

Cephas Patterson doesn’t just want to be left alone—if you dare step onto his property, he’ll meet you with a shotgun and a warning to stay away from his gold. He reminds Zoey of the lonely time she spent living on the streets, so she quietly begins leaving him small offerings. But then Cephas dies and leaves a saddlebag of gold—to Zoey.

And that’s not all. Zoey’s parents are going through a trial separation, her former BFF Devon is giving her fits, and friend Crystal has run away from home. Then there’s Bernadine’s mean-spirited baby sister who has arrived unexpectedly, and an ongoing battle with a neighboring town is about to heat up.

Will Henry Adams ever be the same again?

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Heart of Gold?

Beverly Jenkins: The inspiration to write Heart of Gold came from a 1980s article in Parade Magazine titled a Place Called Hope. It dealt with a woman who petitioned the US government to take over an abandoned air force base so she could create a town for at-risk kids and their foster parents. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Beverly Jenkins, author of Heart of Gold

5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Keith Kareem Williams, author of Tourniquet

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Keith Kareem Williams, author of Tourniquet
(Self-Published)

Tourniquet is about a young couple, Angela and Gavin, who have very different home lives. They are both trying to navigate through very different but equally difficult, circumstances.

Gavin finds himself completely alone after his father’s death, and Angela is forced to be the woman of the house while battling an abusive step-father because her mother’s job keeps her away from home.

Gavin and Angela are also misfits that don’t fit in with most people their age, but somehow, they’ve found a deep connection to each other.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Tourniquet?

Keith Kareem Williams: Angela and her mother, Josephine, first appeared as side-characters in my novel War Angel. Their story was so powerful that I felt the need to revisit it to write about what their life had become, years after the tragic events that took place in that book. I’ve known so many women that have experienced what Angela goes through that I felt compelled to tell the story. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Keith Kareem Williams, author of Tourniquet

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