Creative writing

Cover reveal this week!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I’m thrilled to announce that this Wednesday on The Write Edge Bookshelf, I’ll be revealing the cover of my next book, In the Heart of the Linden Wood! This original fairy tale is about a grieving king who must go on a quest to save his kingdom from destruction. Along the way, he’ll have to rescue hostages and mend another broken heart if he wants to keep his crown and the faith of his people. Check out the cover in the middle of this week!

Before that, though, I have this week’s writing exercise for you. As many of you regular readers know, I dabble in haiku from time to time. Today was a haiku sort of day, so instead of a short story I’ve written a poem. Read it now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

On Wednesday, as I said, I’m doing a cover reveal of Linden. This is a book for grownups, and I know you’re wondering whether, as grownups, we’re allowed to read fairy tales for us. I say, why not? I wrote this book with the intention of readers tucking into a warm blanket or in your favorite reading spot at the end of the day and getting lost for a few pages. I hope you love the cover as much as I do!

Finally, on Friday, it’s back to Instagram and more writing (and non-writing) tidbits from my life. Find previous posts with my handle, @EktaRGarg, or on my Facebook author page.

Take care of each other and yourselves, readers, and perform an act of kindness for a stranger this week!



Big news coming!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! For my U.S. followers, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week with lots of good food and time with friends and family. Now more than ever I think we need to focus on the blessings we all have.

One of the biggest blessings in my life is a fantastic publisher. I’m so thrilled that Atmosphere Press is bringing my second book baby into the world, and I finally have news to share: a release date and a cover! But you’ll have to wait a little while longer to get both. Just know they’re coming soon!

In the meantime, it’s the last Monday of the month, which means our monthly writers’ showcase. Check out what pieces caught my eye this month from around the web. Find them now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

On Wednesday I’ll share my newest book review with you. This week marks the debut of Mindy Kaling’s Book Studio in partnership with Amazon, and the first book to drop from the studio is The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev. I’ll let you know what I thought of the novel on The Write Edge Bookshelf in the middle of the week.

And Friday we go back to Instagram posts and what’s going on in my writing/non-writing life. Among other things, this month I’m going to share some of my favorite posts from The Truth About Elves, so be on the lookout for that. If you haven’t read it or want your own copy, check out more information now on my author website and come back to Insta at the end of the week for more fun posts.

Bonus! Recently the digital literary magazine Unstamatic did a crazy thing: they put out a call for subs in which they promised to accept everything that came in. The result? A lit mag issue that includes 400 pieces. My short story in free verse, “The Gold-Blooded Seamstress,” is also featured, so give it a read and let me know what you think, and then take advantage of Unstamatic’s “wheel” to read other pieces at random.

Take care of each other and yourselves, readers, and perform an act of kindness for a stranger this week. Have a great one!


A week of gratitude

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Hello, Write Edge readers! To those of you who live in the United States, a happy Thanksgiving week. I wish all of you time with those who you love most and a few moments this week to reflect on what you most appreciate. Self-care is necessary, and I believe it starts with a little bit of gratitude for what you have in life. So do take a little time out to think about those things and people.

I have my short fiction for you this week. I started 2022 with a commitment to write more micro fiction and shorter flash fiction, but occasionally my flash hovers closer to the 1000-word mark. Today’s story falls in that camp, and I’m considering continuing it in December (after next week’s writer showcase.) Here’s an excerpt:

He liked the word “finagle.” Liked how it sounded exactly like what it meant. He’d learned it in school only the week before, and the sounds had worked their way into his brain. Maybe it would be easy to do it too.

Read the whole story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

I promised you a review last week of Jessica Vitalis’s book The Wolf’s Curse, and I’ll have that for you this Wednesday. Find that on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

I’ll also have all of the installments of Thursday R.E.A.D.s up. This month I chose to take a deeper dive into Stephen King’s newest book Fairy Tale. I finished it this morning, and I can’t wait to share even more of my thoughts with you. Check out what I thought of the book as an Editor, Author, and a Dreamer, all on this Thursday back on The Bookshelf.

Finally, Instagram at the end of this week. I have an exciting image to share with all of you, and it most definitely has something to do with my next book coming from Atmosphere Press. I can’t wait for this book to be out in the world, and soon enough I’ll be giving you more details on it. Check out my Instagram for those details with my handle, @EktaRGarg, at the end of this week.

Take care of each other and yourselves, readers, and perform an act of kindness for a stranger this week!