Our Favorite Author Essays of 2018

Our Favorite Author Essays of 2018

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Every year, Bookish invites authors to share advice on craft, personal histories, and more with our readers through short essays. This year, authors delved into a wide array of fascinating topics, from the challenges of co-authorship to sexism in the horror genre. Every essay published on our site has inspired us, but here we’ve rounded up a few that stuck with us all year long.

Arvin Ahmadi: How Running Away From Home Inspired My Novel

“You don’t have to have a clearly defined 10-year-plan, or even a 10-minute plan. Because real grit, real independence, is proven in the moment. It’s in the experiences you choose.”

Debut author Arvin Ahmadi shares how a choice he made when he was 16 helped to shape his novel Down and Across.

 

Jimmy Cajoleas on Why You Should Read We Have Always Lived In the Castle

I don’t know how to describe the feeling of opening a book and finding something perfect inside… I knew that this would be the book for me, one I would love forever.

Jimmy Cajoleas, author of The Good Demon, makes the case for diving into Shirley Jackson’s classic horror tale on Halloween (or any other dark and stormy night).

 

Amy Spalding on Writing a Fat Character Who’s Not the “Before”

“Even though Abby’s story was not mine, and Abby is not me, I knew that it still meant putting some real parts of me into the story. And that scared me.”

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) author Amy Spalding talks about the importance of fat narratives that don’t treat characters like before and after photos.

 

The Novel That Almost Broke Us: Coauthors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke on the Book that Nearly Destroyed Their Partnership

“Then came the scary declaration… Maybe we shouldn’t write together anymore.

Coauthors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke dish on how Girls’ Night Out tested their friendship and almost destroyed it.

 

In Search of Missing Children: Why Representation in Kid Lit Is So Important

“Seeing ourselves in narratives is empowering. Being able to see ourselves in others is transformative.”

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, author of Mommy’s Khimar, discusses growing up without characters who looked like her and the power of representation.

 

Claire Legrand on the Importance of Feminist Horror

“Let’s tell stories about women who are not tools, not vessels, not objects, but are instead flawed, messy creatures whose pain, fear, and triumphs deserve their own stories.”

Sawkill Girls author Claire Legrand writes about the sexist trope that drove her to write a frightening tale driven by an empowered teen girl.

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