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Author Rick Pullen Gets Fired Up Over His New Book, ‘The Apprentice’

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“Virtual Coffee With” is a new column on BookTrib where we chat via email or social media with some of today’s most prolific writers.  For our inaugural interview we connected with award-winning investigative reporter, magazine editor and author Rick Pullen.  Pullen, who is best known for his 2016 thriller, Naked Ambition, is also a BookTrib contributor. Here is our virtual chat with Pullen about his latest release, The Apprentice, what inspires him and how he made the successful transition from award-winning journalist to bestselling novelist.  BT: How did the transition come about, from a career in investigative journalism to publishing your first fiction book? How did it change your process of writing? RP: I went from reporter to editor, so I’ve been a magazine…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Melanie Padgett Powers Shares All: Freelancers and Journalism

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Writer’s Bone Podcast, hosted by Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy, gives insight into the world of writing and sheds light on some of your favorite writers every week! In this episode of Friday Morning Coffee, Melanie Padgett Powers shares all. In this episode, Melanie Padgett Powers, owner of MelEdits, joins Daniel and Sean live from Chatter in Washington, D.C. to discuss a variety of subjects related to writing. Some of these include why “freelancers” need to think of themselves as small business owners, the differences between introverts and extroverts, her path from Indiana to Washington, D.C., and the current state of journalism. Melanie Padgett Powers started her career as a newspaper reporter in Indiana and grew from there. She uses…

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Where in America Is Alex Rider?: Anthony Horowitz’s U.S. Book Tour

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article on Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series.  Read about the latest installment of the series and where you can catch Horowitz on his U.S. book tour.  When Anthony Horowitz published Stormbreaker in 2000, teen spy Alex Rider became a global phenomenon. Over the following decade, the New York Timesbestselling series expanded with nine more Alex Rider books and a Stormbreaker movie. Horowitz ended the series to focus on his other writing projects, including estate-sanctioned novels for Sherlock Holmes and James Bond, the critically acclaimed whodunit Magpie Murders, and the TV series Foyle’s War. But years later, when he wrote a short story revisiting the teenaged secret agent, he realized that he wasn’t quite finished with Alex after all. “I was polishing…

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Everyday Heroes: 3 Novels about the Road to Redemption

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When facing life’s biggest challenges, even ordinary folk can become heroes. Events coordinator Sam Kaas of Village Books in Bellingham, Washington chose this week’s theme; “Three Tales of Messy Redemption and Defiant Perseverance.” He was influenced by the great Northwest writer Brian Doyle (Mink River, The Plover), who says that his books are about “ordinary, strange, flawed people who stare into the face of terrifying darkness, join hands, and march forward.” City On Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg (Knopf, October 13, 2015) “A massive, gritty, and ultimately triumphant novel, City On Fire follows an ensemble cast—artists, writers, journalists, cops, punks, kids—through six tumultuous months in New York City, from New Year’s Eve, 1976 to the devastating, city-wide blackout of July 13…

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