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    The backstory is a literary device that details the happenings that lead up to a novel's main story. Public functions also have backstories. Table and wall displays at book fests, art exhibits, or craft shows comprise the main event. But behind the scenes, busy organizers work tirelessly, and community members make time in their schedules to attend. Therein lies a story.

    The post Backstory: Conversations Around the Book Table appeared first on  Sydney Avey.

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    Writers who take time to playfully consider their words twinkle like stars in a black night. Through their choice of words they offer unique perspectives on troubling issues, clear explanations of difficult concepts, and deep appreciation for life’s connective tissue.

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    Nellie Belle is about to make her debut on the literary stage! The Trials of Nellie Belle is now available for preorder. Shipping date is February 6.

    The post Nellie Belle Makes Her Literary Debut appeared first on  Sydney Avey.

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    I never met my great grandmother but I inherited her short stories, a collection she titled Leaves from a Reporter’s Notebook. Her stories were dramatic, funny, and, if not true in fact, true to the times and worth the telling.

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    I try to think of myself as a gypsy who travels light, carries only the essentials, and maintains the same disciplined routine wherever. But sometimes you have to live in the disruptive moments that life hands you.

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  • 05/29/18--08:00: Use Your Imagination, Part 1
  • Use your imagination, our parents would tell us kids when we struggled to understand something or solve a problem. Funny, we never had to ask them how to use our imaginations. We instinctively knew how to go there.

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  • 06/05/18--08:00: Use Your Imagination, Part 2
  • Good fiction prompts readers to use their imaginations to create their own voices for characters. Avid readers are independent folk who have their own ideas about a character’s motivations. While the most entertaining books satisfy our desire for a happy ending, the best books touch our hearts because they ring true.

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  • 06/12/18--08:00: Use Your Imagination, Part 3
  • What enchants you and fires your imagination? What seems beyond your reach? Read books that take you places you are curious to go, intriguing physical landscapes and rocky emotional terrain.

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    If you have a story to tell, you might want to consider attending a writers' conference. Not everyone wants to write or publish their stories, but if you dream of seeing your byline on a story in a magazine or holding your hot-off-the-presses book with your name printed across a knockout cover, what should you do?

    The post Why a Writers Conference Might Work for You appeared first on  Sydney Avey.

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    At a recent author reading, stepping into Nellie's persona freed me to be more expressive. I felt like a kid in a Halloween costume emboldened to ask for candy from complete strangers! It was so much easier for me as Nellie to ask for an audience's attention for her story than for me as an author to ask for attention for my book.

    The post Author Readings: Need courage? Don a costume! appeared first on  Sydney Avey.

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