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Stepping through the looking glass with Tracee Lydia Garner

October 23 will be a big day for me. I’ll be “stepping through the looking glass” with author Tracee Lydia Garner at Northern Virginia Community College at an event sponsored by the campus Partners’ Club, a group dedicated to promoting disability awareness. Tracee and I will be discussing writing and publishing, but our primary focus […]

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Reviews, Interviews and views (updated)

Thank you to blogger Cy Weiss for the 4-star review of House Divided. Weiss wrote, “The philosophical discussions of the Palestine/Israel conflict alone are worth the read, and as someone not highly versed in the conflict, I appreciated Pollak’s balanced and nuanced views. Overall four stars, a book I recommend reading for its strengths.” And […]

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House Divided: Fact or Fiction?

While the story I tell in House Divided is fiction, the premise is grounded in fact. In the novel, I posit the next wave of terrorist attacks takes advantage of the naivete of young Americans who have fallen prey to an anti-American, anti-Israel ideology that is prevalent in many schools and colleges. Real world examples […]

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How Not To Make New Year’s Resolutions & My Writing Goals for 2014

If you missed my past blog posts on this theme, I hope you’ll give this one a read. The problem with most resolutions is that they’re typically open-ended. “I resolve to lose weight in 2014.” That kind of resolution is doomed to fail because it lacks a target and a time period. Better is: “I […]

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Amazon’s Purchase of Goodreads: Not Good for Authors or Readers

Goodreads–the social networking site that allows authors and readers to rank, discuss and share books–has agreed to be purchased by Amazon, the world’s largest book seller. What prompted the sale is likely the fact that Goodreads was exploring opening a bookstore. Amazon already owns Shelfari one of Goodreads’ competitors, which means there is no longer […]

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