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Renville, Minn., author releases two new works

November 29, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Two new works by a rural Renville County author of romance novels and middle-grade books have recently been released by Writers Amuse Me Publishing.
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Tales from the Hill: Authors share experience of working in D.C. in first novel

September 21, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

“Capitol Hell” is a fictionalized account of a female Senate staffer working in our nation’s capital. But how much of the book is based on actual experiences?
Only authors Jayne Jones and Alicia Long and maybe a few of their former colleagues know for sure.
Jayne, a Minnesota native, and Alicia, who hails from Hartford, S.D., just outside of Sioux Falls, first crossed paths while working on Sen. Norm Coleman’s campaign in 2002. Continue Reading

Becoming Dickens: The invention of a novelist

December 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

If there is a single scene in a Dickens novel that is emblematic of the man and his art, it is the death of a character in “Bleak House,” perhaps the greatest of all his novels, by spontaneous combustion. Not only because it shows the daring with which Charles Dickens was prepared to test the limits of human experience, but also the amazing reach of his formidable imagination. Continue Reading

Bad writing abounds in ‘The Hero of a Hundred Fights’

December 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Literature is full of flamboyant B.S. artists, right up to James Frey. All of them tried to pass off pure fiction as non-fiction. Frey didn’t want to be found out, but Ned Buntline seems not to have cared. Continue Reading