Pia Kealey

But, Writer…Are You Telling the Truth?

But, Writer…Are You Telling the Truth?
We all heard the question, "Are you telling the truth?" often enough as children, but until recently, I never thought to ask it of my fiction writing. An earlier inquiry might have saved me years of r...

We must read fiction to write fiction

We must read fiction to write fiction
Reading exposes us to writing conventions, and what works That being a fiction reader is essential to being a fiction writer is a conventional wisdom in the writing realm. Stephen King is blunt about...

What is it about Frank Lloyd Wright?

What is it about Frank Lloyd Wright?
For most people, it probably starts with an image, either of an eye-catching Wright design like Fallingwater, or perhaps more likely, a photograph of the man himself with his keen, self-confident rega...

Chocolate Lover’s Chili

Chocolate Lover’s Chili
I came across the inspiration for this recipe several years ago while searching “best chili ever.” The source seemed somewhat dubious, as it was called ‘BBC Best Chili,’ and the Brits are not usually...

Why are We Hard-Wired for Stories?

Why are We Hard-Wired for Stories?
Most of us learned at some point about catharsis, the ancient Greek concept that tragic stories give us a kind of emotional cleanse, which is meant to explain the enduring appeal of tragedies—a reason...