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The Professional Writer: Introducing Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Contemporary Fiction Writer

” Something subliminal is going on when a person reads something of quality; the brain is absorbing good sentence structure, correct spelling, multi-dimensional characterization, vivid description and more without the reader even realizing it, which automatically makes for better prose.”

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Kristi Peterson Schoonover, fiction author

Although the heavy winds are ripping gold and red leaves from the trees, and winter’s chill has begun to set in, let’s not forget the thrills of the Halloween season. The skeletons, the zombies, the witches and vampires –Face it! it’s fun to be scared, and that is why ghost stories are appealing all year round. One writer that has found success by scaring the “bejeezes” out of readers is short fiction writer, Kristi Petersen Schoonover.poisongroundprint

Schoonover is an award-winning writer who has received three Norman Wailer Writers’ Colony residencies and was even nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize for short fiction. Some of her popular works are Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole, Bad Apple, and The Poisoned Ground. She is an editor of a literary magazine called Read Short Fiction and lives in the haunted woods of Connecticut with her ghost-hunting husband.

                When describing her work Schoonover says, “I write short stories that explore relationships in twisted, surprising ways. I play with magic realism and psychological horror on a regular basis.”

In other words, her books are the kind the make your goose bumps rise and take notice.  It only takes one look at her publication list to see that this is a prolific writer. However, she says that she does not have a set time and place to write each day. She feels most inspired in her own home office with a great movie score playing, but overall, she writes when she is moved to do so.

When asked what advice she would give emerging young writers, she says, READ! “It’s critical, but not just because it’s important to consciously study the craft. Something subliminal is going on when a person reads something of quality; the brain is absorbing good sentence structure, correct spelling, multi-dimensional characterization, vivid description and more without the reader even realizing it, which automatically makes for better prose.”

skeletons-final-front-coverShe has so many favorite authors, it was hard to narrow down the list, however, “Both Gina Ochsner and T.C. Boyle explore human emotions and relationships in fresh, original ways that haunt me long after I’ve put the story down,” Schoonover says.

This professional writer is serious about her craft. She makes time to write and expands her writing skills by reading. In addition, Kristi Petersen Schoonover puts her public relations background to use and markets her own work with the precision of a Hollywood publicist. It goes to show you that even if your degree is in another field, you can use what you have learned in your artistic vocation as well.

So if you, too, think it is fun to be scared, you will love the work of Kristi Petersen Schoonover. For more information visit www.kristipetersenschoonover.com today!

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by | November 18, 2014 · 8:36 pm

Marilyn Kallet’s 6th Poetry Collection Moves Readers Through Mountains of Emotion

{April 2013} Love in its many forms moves through Marilyn Kallet’s latest collection, The Love that Moves Me published by Black Widow Press. Love, from the sensual and romantic to the unconditional and courageous, moves freely through her narrative verses. Some, so vivid that the reader can taste and smell them, others wrapped like a gift in the mystery of surrealism.

Many of the poems in this collection stand as tribute to those that selflessly resisted the power of hate during World War II, and in her telling of their stories, she resuscitates these heroes in a world that threatens to forget them.
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