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The Back Catalog

By Jim Speese Songs were in his head. Constantly. It was a problem and he supposed it wasn’t unique. Given the hegemonic presence of advertising jingles and TV show themes and music pumped into grocery stores and pharmacies and hospitals, it seemed quite likely that the fact that songs constantly…

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Joan F. Smith

Author Joan F. Smith on Writing and Publishing Two Novels

On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, the Word for Word Reading Series at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) featured Joan F. Smith, author of “The Half-Orphan’s Handbook.” At the event, Smith read from her forthcoming novel, “The Other Side of Infinity.” She also answered questions from attendees and hosts Jacob Powers,…

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The Penmen Profile: New York Times Bestseller Emma Chase

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Emma Chase, a New York Times Bestseller for two series, “Tangled” and “Legal Briefs,” is a writer of “sexy swagger,” with a focus on contemporary romance and romantic comedy. “Royally Endowed,” the third and latest installment of “The Royally” series, centers on the forbidden relationship between a…

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The Penmen Profile: New Novelist Siobhan Fallon

by Kristin Duckworth Siobhan Fallon’s debut novel, “The Confusion of Languages,” takes place in the American embassy community in Jordan during the Arab Spring – a setting Fallon knows well, having been stationed there with her husband. Fallon drew on her own experiences and observations to tell the story of…

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The Penmen Profile: YA Fiction Author Ryan Graudin

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Ryan Graudin, a young adult fiction author, just wrapped up her weeklong tour celebrating the Sept. 26 publication of her latest novel, “Invictus.” The tale, which garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly, follows Far, the son of a time-traveler. Far fails his time-traveling exam, crushing his…

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The Penmen Profile: Bestseller Robin Wasserman

by Rebecca LeBoeuf “Girls on Fire,” Robin Wasserman’s first adult novel, was named an NPR and a BuzzFeed Best Book of the Year in 2016. The book also received praise from the New York Times, the Associated Press, Booklist and Cosmopolitan, among many other positive reviews. A faculty member of…

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The Penmen Profile: “Jerkbait” Author Mia Siegert

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Southern New Hampshire University professor Mia Siegert writes contemporary young adult, adult thriller and literary fiction in the form of short stories, articles, personal essays and now novels. Published May 2016, Siegert’s coming-of-age novel, “Jerkbait,” was identified as the top new release in Teen and Young Adult…

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The Penmen Profile: Historical Novelist Joe Giordano

by Pamme Boutselis The Penmen Review recently caught up with writer Joe Giordano to discuss his new book, “Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story.” Kirkus Reviews calls Giordano’s book, “a riveting debut novel.” Let’s see how it all came about. Have you always written? I started…

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Talking Writing with Dee Dee M. Scott

Award-winning playwright and author Dee Dee M. Scott, is also a screenwriter, publisher, producer and director. She is the author of the bestselling book, “My Husband’s Woman,” which she later adapted to the stage. A full list of her books can be found here. Have you always written? Yes. I…

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The Penmen Profile: EJ Hanagan

by Pamme Boutselis EJ Hanagan is a writer of women’s fiction and book marketing manager, whose published work includes “Saving Jason,” a story about the aftereffects of war and the legacy of PTSD, and the forthcoming “Underwater Secrets” (to be released in mid-May 2015). A U.S. Air Force veteran, she…

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