Interview with WWII veteran Ted Cummings about his influences, his decision to join the Marines, and his role in the war

The following interview with Theodore R. Cummings was conducted in November 2013. Mr. Cummings, a friendly, energetic, and overall lovely interview subject, died two years later in September 2015. Since retiring from his position as chairman of the Manchester, Conn. Democratic Committee in 2007, a position he’d held for 47 years, lifelong Manchester resident Ted … Read more

Polyamory: An interview

I’ll admit to being uncomfortable with, but not judgmental of, polyamory. My discomfort could be a direct consequence of my having been socialized to believe in one-person romantic love. (One person at a time, that is.) I blame pre-teen readings of Danielle Steele. (“Blame” is the wrong word. I’m quite happy with my belief that … Read more

Branford Marsalis: Keepin’ it real

Originally published in the Journal Inquirer Jan. 31, 2013 By Kristen J. Tsetsi There are many typically-asked questions that won’t elicit typical responses from three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis. In a 2010 interview posted on YouTube, for example, Marsalis recalls being asked by a reporter in Holland what he’d like to say to his … Read more

Q&A: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood

Originally published in the Journal Inquirer By Kristen J. Tsetsi Improvisational comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are probably best known for their split-second reactions to unexpected prompts in the recently renewed show now airing on CW, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The two have also performed as a two-man group for the last 10 … Read more

Posted: 5On with Leora Skolkin-Smith

Leora Skolkin-Smith, author of Edges and Hystera and contributing editor to readysteadybook.com, answers five questions about writing and five questions about publishing at JaneFriedman.com. . What is failure? That it sells only a few copies and doesn’t get review coverage? . . . Kristen TsetsiKristen Tsetsi is the author of The Age of the Child: … Read more

5 On: Russell Rowland

In this 5On interview, author Russell Rowland  on publishing horror stories, what keeps him writing through “why bother?” moments, marketing, and more. _____ Russell Rowland is the author of In Open Spaces, The Watershed Years, and High and Inside, and and editor with Lynn Stegner of the anthology, West of 98: Living and Writing the … Read more

RJ Keller Talks Second-Novel Blues and Pie

I had so much fun interviewing RJ Keller about The Wendy House (working title) before that I thought I’d do it again. (Admittedly, I might have been finding a passive-aggressive way to say, “Hurry up and finish so I can read it!”)

Q: Let’s just dive right in, shall we? I, like many, have been

Read moreRJ Keller Talks Second-Novel Blues and Pie

Kristen Tsetsi is the author of The Age of the Child: When a pro-creation Citizen Amendment leads to a ban on birth control and abortion, politicians find babies abandoned on their doorsteps–and that’s just the beginning. Kristen’s 5On interview series at JaneFriedman.com offers behind-the-scenes insights into all things writing and publishing.