Gretchen E K Engel

Beauty and the Beast Review

Saturday, my daughter, her friend, and I went to see Beauty and the Beast to celebrate her ninth birthday. She’s in third grade, the same age I was when my third grade teacher introduced me to “Beauty and the Beast”. Not the animated movie with the yellow-dress wearing Disney princess but the French folktale one. It would be […]

Do You Really Want to be Like Arizona?

This post was almost called “What Kristen Said” because a few months ago (about six) Kristen Stieffel and I did a Point/Counterpoint about Daylight Savings Time. Me being the Arizonan who doesn’t have to experience “Spring Forward” and “Fall Back” each year all but begged my legislators to adopt Daylight Savings Time. I’ve found out […]

New Faces – Jessi Roberts

New Faces – Jessi Roberts

I’m excited to have another New Face this week! I met Jessi Roberts at Realm Makers this year. We compared notes on traveling to the East Coast from remote western locations. What is your name? Jessi L. Roberts What is your alter ego? Student, parent, day job, etc. or are you a full-time writer? I […]

New Authors Fresh Faces – Laurie Lucking

A few months ago I had an idea to do Fresh Faces interviews. In the spirit of New Authors Fellowship, these would be interviews with authors who haven’t had a full-length novel published. This is the first one and features Laurie Lucking who got in just under the wire. Her debut novel is scheduled to release in […]

Warning: McGuffin Bites Leave Scars

I have this really cool red purse. Only after a while it got some wear and had a few hanging threads. I trimmed those off. Sometimes authors should do the same. Don’t add a detail that begs for answers then forget about it. Have you ever read a book because of an interesting character from […]

A New Tradition, or Inducting a New Member to the Cult

A New Tradition, or Inducting a New Member to the Cult

For me the most exciting football game was October 31. That’s when my son’s sixth grade football team won the championship. My alma mater is known for putting men on the moon not championship banners in our football stadium. My NFL team didn’t make the playoffs. I own few DVDs. Little Women, Anne of Green Gables […]

Books I Read 2016

Books I Read 2016

  This was the year of series conclusions. I started 2016 reading the final book in Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, Winter. While the character Winter’s story didn’t engage me like Cinder or Cress’s, overall the book was really good with vivid descriptions and fast-paced action. But some were more personal. NAF alumna Kat Heckenbach […]