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Paul Elwork
Philadelphia, PA
I'm a writer living just outside Philadelphia and the father of two boys. My novel THE GIRL WHO WOULD SPEAK FOR THE DEAD came out from Amy Einhorn Books in hardcover at the end of March 2011 and in trade paperback from Berkley Books in March 2012.
Interests: Writing, reading, beer, and so on.
Recent Activity
Two years later: creaking door opens on shadows, dust, and things scurrying away from the light… Yeah, two years sure can fly by, but thanks to Kaylynn Hills, I’m back. Kaylynn invited me to join this blog tour on the writing process and gave me a good reason to visit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Paul Elwork, etc.
Thanks, Lisa! It was a lot of fun talking with you and I can't tell you what your kind words mean to me.
Last month I took a vacation with my sons Eli and Gabe, my partner Amy (“girlfriend” feels so out of place at forty), and her two sons, Nicky and Jimmy. We were out in rural Pennsylvania and stopped at a little diner for breakfast one morning. There weren’t too many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Paul Elwork, etc.
Mik (can I call you Mik?): Gervais had a great response along the same lines--that if atheism is a form of religion than light is a form of darkness. PPCNI: I wonder if I can get the National Park Service here in the U.S. to post a sign outside my house that says I might be Batman...
Hi, everyone! Thanks for your comments and kind words. They mean a lot. Dsalinas73: Thanks for the opposing view, but I don't buy the argument that atheism is just another religious position. It isn't, by definition. I also don't think anyone chooses atheism--or theism, for that matter--as capriciously as choosing to believe in a flying spaghetti monster. The whole notion seems to suggest that any wild claim should be treated as plausible. But you know what? If anyone tried to make Flying Spaghetti Monsterism illegal, I'd be screaming from the rooftops, because provided I don't have to hail He Who Swoops in Marinara, I say, whatever gets you through the night.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2012 on The God Question and Being Nice at Paul Elwork, etc.
Not very long ago, comedian Ricky Gervais posted an image of himself on Twitter as an atheist Christ—a photo that also decorated the cover of an issue of the New Humanist late last year. Gervais went on to field questions and spar, gently enough, with some who questioned his atheism.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at Paul Elwork, etc.
The folks at Arcadia have been kind enough to invite me to participate as a visiting writer at the opening weekend of their Creative Writing Institute. (Special thanks to Josh Isard for this invite.) I'll be doing a reading from The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead and signing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
Just before Short Story Month 2011 gets away from us, I squeezed in a conversation with short-story writer Michelle Reale, which Rebecca Rasmussen has been hospitable enough to feature on her blog today. Earlier this month I wrote a bit about Michelle's story "What Passes for Normal," my introduction to... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
The lovely ladies at the Debutante Ball blog gave me a guest post, which appeared this past Saturday. The questions are fun and thought-provoking questions; hopefully my answers return in kind. Special thanks to Eleanor Brown for arranging all of this! Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
Here's a Q&A I did for the Australian release of my novel. And, um, crikey. Hell, I don't know--but this is pretty cool to see. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
I had fun taking my crack at the recurring Fierce Anticipation column over at Fierce & Nerdy. I am sometimes one and always the other. Not only is this one of the best blog names out there, it's also sported by a site packed with lots of cool content. Take... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
I wrote a piece about the whole issue of historical accuracy in fiction, my personal take on the matter, and how it relates to my novel, The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead. There's even an anecdote from the trenches of reading/signing events. And C. W. Gortner, kindly soul... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
Buffy Holt has been nice enough to feature The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead at her blog, Plain Simple English--both in kind words about the novel and in a Q&A. I say some stuff about some stuff. Please check it out, if you've got a minute, along with... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
Just read "What Passes for Normal" by Michelle Reale at SmokeLong Quarterly. Wow--I'm still taking it in. The language is careful and tender without being sentimental, brutal without being heartless. Her words are so vivid and sparse; heart-breaking observations from a child's point of view that ring true and sound... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
Responsible reading? Get the @#%! out of here, right? Wait--hear me out at the Girlfriends Book Club blog. Gosh, that would be nice. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
I had fun answering thoughtful questions for the 1/2 Dozen feature at Baggott & Asher & Bode. Many thanks to Julianna Baggott for letting me join in. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
I'm very pleased to have been given a guest blog spot at Word Love, the blog of Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer's Daughters. My post is about a personal experience with grief that shaped my life and directly informed my novel The Girl Who Would Speak for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
Yep--this all looks pretty on-the-nose to me. Nice work, as usual, M.J.
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2011 on The Writer as Willy Loman at Buzz, Balls & Hype
Chuck Sambuchino generously asked me to do a guest post at his blog Guide to Literary Agents, which is up today. If you like backstories, stop by for a look. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
Many thanks to Diane Colson for her recommendation of my novel at School Library Journal. Hell, if I've written a book aimed at adults that teens can also get a lot out of--well, that seems like an awfully good thing. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
Check it out--I chatted with Kim Mulford at the Courier Post about my novel, spiritualism, and belief. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
I recently heard a reference to a famous Hemingway legend, about the old master of brevity writing a six-word short story to win a bet: "For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn." Apparently the truth of this story and Hemingway's authorship are up for debate--but never mind that. These words strung... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
Check it out. I have lots and lots to say--surprise, surprise. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
Well, I've got my Twitter page all fancy. Am I getting ahead of myself setting this up now, when I'm still some unknown guy? Maybe so. But you know, these personal devices more and more of us are carrying around are apparently killing us, so what the hell--may as well... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.
This morning, I was having coffee with the Lord, the might and consciousness of the universe, and He remarked, “That God Hates Fags guy is a real douche bag.” “Oh, yeah,” I said. “Capital D.” He was talking about the pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church, the Reverend Fred Phelps.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at Paul Elwork, etc.