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Russell Babcock on unwittingly becoming a "Blind Mule"

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This book describes the pitfalls of international travel and how an individual can unwittingly become a drug smuggler.
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Ednah Walters on how watching her son navigate his teen years inspired her YA novel

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Most of YA books focus on girls and the hero they meet during this important stage of their lives. I wanted to focus on a young man.
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John Morris on hiking 2,000+ miles up the Eastern side of the US

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I was looking for a way out. Overcome with chronic depression and drinking myself into an early grave - I found I was on the verge of ending my life through alcohol and loneliness.
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Chris Patchell on describing a villain's first kill and finding inspiration from Facebook

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"In the Dark" is a story about a mother's love, and the lengths Marissa Rooney will go to, to protect her family.
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Don Fraser on how the founding generation of America was as divided as we are today

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Disagreement is a part of what makes us Americans, and it is as old as the republic itself.
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Denison Hatch on Wall Street, quantitative programming and controlling the world through technology

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"Flash Crash" is an electrifying techno-thriller and heist mystery about a programmer who is blackmailed into writing an algorithm that will intentionally crash the gold market.
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Elaine Russell on what inspired her to write "Martin McMillan and the Sacred Stones"

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A fun and past-paced mystery/adventure that should appeal to both girls and boys, especially reluctant readers.
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J.G. Zymbalist on "Song of the Oceanides" and the influence of Lost In Space

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Much of the story comes from idea books I've been keeping since childhood when I had a bout with depression.
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J. Paul Devlin talks about the life of a conflicted gay teenager in "A Passing Phase"

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I was inspired to write the book after repeatedly hearing in the news about teens killing themselves because they couldn’t cope with being gay.
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Rod Bremer on allowing methods of educating to catch up to our brain’s learning capacity

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I wanted to distill into an easy-to-follow procedure the elements necessary for optimal learning.
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Patrick Jones on his IRDA Winning "Hector’s Heroic Day"

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The story about a boy whose admiration for all kinds of heroes leads him on an adventure to become one.
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Owen Thomas on his IRDA Winning "Signs of Passing"

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Signs of Passing is dedicated to the truth that it is never too late to set aside the life that no longer serves us and to start anew.
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William Poe on his IRDA Winning "Simple Simon"

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Cocaine overtook the lives of many people during the 1980s. That seemed especially true in the Hollywood gay scene, where I was something of a fixture in the bars, especially the seedy ones.
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R.A. Akerlund on her IRDA Winning "I Am Ed"

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After my sixteenth birthday, on the seventh of august 1988, I had enough of waiting to grow up. I was tall enough to pass for 18 and I already heard about a job in a supermarket stacking shelves.
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Douglas Green on "The Teachings of Shirelle: Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead"

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A funny, heartwarming, yet serious look at the wisdom - psychological, philosophical, and spiritual - a man learned from his ridiculous dog.
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5 Tips to Beat the Self-Publishing Summer Sales Slump

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Is the summer sales slump a real thing? I hear authors say it’s a myth all the time so I guess it depends on who you talk to.