Elizabeth: Alone Together

Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort During the Time of COVID-19 by [Jennifer Haupt, Faith Adiele, Kwame Alexander, Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, W. Ralph Eubanks, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Pam Houston, Major Jackson, Jean Kwok, Devi S. Laskar, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, David Sheff, Luis Alberto Urrea, Steve Yarbrough, Lidia Yuknavitch]As “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day,” for months that the pandemic has made feel like years, it can be difficult to find bright spots, let alone the light at the end of the tunnel.  One such bright spot appeared yesterday as I was spending a few masked, socially distant moments at a local independent bookstore.

The joy!

There, among shelves filled with so many political tell-all books it seemed as if everyone in the world had written one, I found Alone Together, edited by Jennifer Hauput.  The book, subtitled Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of Covid-19, is a collection of essays, poems, and interviews that “serves as a lifeline for negotiating how to connect and thrive during a time of isolation.”

The cover and the concept caught my attention, but it was the fact that all proceeds from the book will be donated to the Book Industry Charitable Fund, a nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community, that convinced me to make the purchase. Continue reading

Justine: 20 Questions with Author Jilly Wood (Part 2)

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday! It’s back to work for me…I’ve finally completed my first draft (minus a scene or two) and it’s now in dire need of revision, but before I do that, I’d like to share the second half of my interview with author Jilly Wood, whose newly published short story appears in Stories for Homes.

You can catch the first ten questions from my interview here. So, without any further ado…. Continue reading

Justine: 20 Questions with Author Jilly Wood (Part 1)

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Author Jilly Wood

How timely is it that I asked Jilly Wood, one of our Eight Ladies, if I could interview her about her current WIP, her writing, and her life? Jilly is newly published in the anthology Stories for Homes, available on Amazon and other outlets. She wrote about her experience with Stories in her post this past Sunday. Today, she’ll tackle the first ten of my 20 tough (haha) questions. Continue reading

Jilly: Stories for Homes – A Good Read and a Great Cause

Stories For Homes - A Good Read and a Great Cause

What’s Not To Like?

If you’re looking for something a little different to dip in to over the holidays, I have a suggestion: “A great collection of original, funny, sad and inspiring stories.” That’s how a reviewer on Amazon’s UK website described Stories for Homes, an anthology of 63 short stories of all styles and genres on the theme of ‘Home.’ There are families, lovers, friends, neighbors, and a surprising number of dead bodies. It’s a damn good read, and as a bonus, all profits from the sale of the anthology go to the UK housing and homelessness charity Shelter.

I first learned about the project in May, when I saw a call for submissions on Twitter. My immediate reaction was great idea, followed by I have to give this a goContinue reading