The nonfiction behind the fiction of Pretty Much True…

A friend told me I was being too “journalistic” when answering interview questions about Pretty Much True… . “You wrote a fictional story in which the characters and actions were different but the feelings and the fear were the same. Get PERSONAL.” I never wanted to do that before, because I wanted to emphasize that […]

March 7 – 13 is Read an eBook Week!

And in honor of Read an eBook Week, Carol’s Aquarium and Homefront are both free at Smashwords March 3 – 17. Books are available on Smashwords in a variety of formats for the many different e-readers being used, but if you don’t have an e-reader and instead use your computer, there’s a format for that, […]

R.J. Keller’s Waiting for Spring: what is “white trash,” anyway?

I don’t use “white trash” in conversation, don’t generally label people, or groups of people, or see them in such a one-dimensional way, but I have to use “white trash” here because I understand the way it’s used, and what people think it is, and how they look at “those people”… and I appreciate the […]

The worst-read writer

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken the time to sit around and read. In high school I always had a book. Always. I would read while I walked, while I ate, while a teacher lectured, and any time waiting was involved (for the bank teller, for the train, for an awkward moment to […]

Win a signed copy of “Homefront” – and more

Visit Backword Books to read Threshold author Bonnie Kozek’s fun and revealing interview with me, and to find out how you can win a signed copy of Homefront. CONTEST ENDS THURSDAY, OCT. 29. Some of the questions she asks: 1. The subject of military separation lends itself to gravity and heartache.  Yet, you’re funny.  And […]