Joe Beernink

Monthly Archives: October 2011

There’s been a lot of chatter on the radio and on the interwebs recently about Generation X. Generation X, as defined by wikipedia is “is the generation born after the Western post–World War II baby boom ended.[1] While there is no universally agreed upon time frame,[2] the term generally includes people born in the 1960s through the early ’80s, usually no later than 1981 or 1982” Seeing as I was born smack… Read More

One of the great pleasures of my childhood were my frequent trips to my hometown library. Now that my children are old enough to be reading on their own, I find myself back at my local library every few weeks with them. And since I’m there primarily looking for books for kids, I often come across books I read as a child, like Encyclopedia Brown and the Hardy Boys. Sometimes I come… Read More

When I go to writing conferences or author events, I find it difficult to resist buying at least some of the books being sold there by the authors in attendance. I picked up Michelle Bellon’s His Salvation at the PNWA Conference in August 2011. I sat next to Michelle at dinner during one of the evening events, and once I make a personal connection with a writer, it’s even harder not to… Read More

As soon as I saw the cover of CC Humphreys latest book, A Place Called Armageddon, I knew I was going to buy it. I love historical fiction books about famous battles, especially ones set in medieval periods. Just looking at my collection of Bernard Cornwell books about the period will confirm that pretty quickly. As it happens, I first saw this book whilst I was selling it at a special table… Read More

So I just passed the two week mark on my recovery from surgery on my right foot. Officially I’m a third of the way through the recovery process. The stitches are out, and I can now ‘heel walk’ which means I can’t put pressure on the front of my foot, which also prevents me from driving any distance. I’ve been out of the house three times in the past 14 days. Once… Read More

A few months ago at the annual Pacific Northwest Writers Association, I had the great please to meet with Nancy Kress and to moderate a session she gave discussing the differences between commercial and literary science fiction. In anticipation of that, I read and reviewed her Hugo nominated book, Beggars In Spain. While at the conference, I picked up one her more recent novels, Steal Across the Sky. In Steal Across the… Read More

Last month, I attended an event held by the Sumner, Washington Arts Commission for local authors. For four hours, we listened to authors talk about their books, their inspiration and the state of publishing. One of the writers on the panel was Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder, a Young Adult Paranormal-Romance-Mystery, and the first in a series by the same name. Violet Ambrose is your normal sixteen year old high… Read More

Yes, I am just sitting around these days, doing pretty much nothing but working through my Netflix queue and my bookshelf. I had the second of two surgeries for the year last week, and as required by my doctors, I’ve been keeping my foot elevated, and staying off it as much as possible.  I’m off the pain killers now, so that’s a good thing. Hope to be back to writing/editing tomorrow or… Read More

One of the books I bought at this year’s PNWA Conference, was Deb Caletti’s Honey, Baby, Sweetheart. I met Deb Caletti there, and had a wonderful talk with her and her husband. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart was a National Book Award Finalist. I’ll be the first to admit that this is not a book in the genre I typically read. It is Young Adult, but it’s more about emotion than about action. Ruby… Read More