A young, female Marine Corps officer deployed to Iraq is the set-up for Fidelis, Teresa Fazio’s memoir. Teresa takes the reader back to her childhood and forward into her post-Iraq life as she struggles to define a woman’s role in hyper-masculine environments.

Read the interview in Pangyrus.    


Laura van den Berg’s characters are utterly real, even as they exist in situations found only in dreams. Laura talked about Find Me, her first novel, over coffee.  

Read the interview in Los Angeles Review of Books


Virginia Pye wrote three historical novels before this story collection, Shelf Life of Happiness. She embeds fragments of her personal history in all her work. Here, she talks about the intersection of fact and fiction.

Read the interview in GRIST Journal.


In this exploration of hybrid forms of biography, Kathleen looks at how writers combine elements of their personal lives with that of their subjects.

Read the article in The Writer’s Chronicle.

A pattern Kathleen discovered while writing her book is confirmed by recent events.

Read the article in MS Magazine.


While on urban walks during the pandemic, Kathleen was captivated by Boston’s Civil War monuments. The Roxbury Soldier monument was commissioned before the Civil War was over, and it strikes notes of grief and resignation.

Read the essay at Boston Book Blog.


In a second essay, Kathleen considers the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common. In dedicating it, Boston walked a fine line between celebrating the Union victory and extending a hand of reconciliation.

Read the essay at Boston Book Blog.

The Sphinx at Mount Auburn Cemetery is both glorious and mysterious.

Read the series’ third and final essay at Boston Book Blog.

A day in a big rig truck, driven by the author’s son, is an opportunity to learn about his life on the road. It also conjures up memories of him as a little boy and a teenager, and the conflicts between what she wanted for him and what he wanted for himself.

Read the essay in The Timberline Review.