In the new year, we have a lot to celebrate

Timothy Pike, editor-in-chief
A Letter from the Editor

Every new year holds promise, and as we move into 2022, we’ve got a lot to celebrate in our writing community.

So many new books are taking shape at ChapterBuzz, and you’re invited to read them! Some are in the beginning stages, while others are just about ready to be published. And while you’re there, check out our selection of published novels.

We look forward to celebrating more book releases this year—with your help and support—as we work hard to complete them.

With the themes of celebration and hope in mind, let’s reach into our goodie bag and see what we’ve got in this month’s issue:

On the cover this month is Jennifer Lieberman, actor, independent film and theater producer, and award-winning author of the play-turned-novel Year of the What? Achieving commercial success with her novel was no easy feat, but it went on to become a #1 bestseller on Amazon and win the Literary Titan Silver Book Award, so it’s clear the journey was worth it. “All the recognition and accolades are tremendous,” Jennifer says, “but the biggest achievement was not giving up on this piece, because I wanted to—and I tried to—so many times.” In our interview, you’ll find out what helped Jennifer stick it out in the face of so many setbacks.

Then, bestselling thriller author Kristina Rienzi is guessing that after reading her novels, you’d be surprised by her real-life personality. “We’d talk,” she says, “and you’d see that I’m bubbly, outgoing, positive, and intently engaged in our conversation.” At the same time, her obsession with darkness—which she calls “real”—allows her to explore another side of herself. “I write dark stories where, as the author, I’m in control,” she says. “Through my stories, I can face my fears and grow.” Learn why Kristina considers herself to be two different people—that are actually one and the same.

Next, have you ever been in a writing rut? Rachael Tamayo, bestselling and award-winning author, has the solution. “Don’t be afraid of the darkness outside of your little box,” Rachael tells us, and recalls how reading books in a different genre did wonders to open up her mind when she was feeling stuck. “What does this have to do with ruts and writer’s block?” she asks. “Could be everything.” Rachael’s simple advice can help you revitalize your writing.

Finally, you may remember that in last month’s issue, Craig DiLouie explained how a reader’s brain processes words on a page. Now, this award-winning thriller and sci-fi author lays out what happens inside the brain of a writer. “Writers are awesome,” he observes, and discusses some of the common traits that writers share. If you’ve ever wondered which areas of the brain are involved in the creative process, you’ll love Craig’s fascinating article.

Once you’ve seen your holiday guests off and put away the last of the fancy tableware, take a deep breath, fall into your most comfortable easy chair, and enjoy this issue of Books & Buzz Magazine.

Happy reading,

Timothy Pike
Editor-in-chief, Books & Buzz Magazine

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