• A Message From Z.L. Arkadie

    Reeling from Within These Wicked Walls!

    I’ll admit it. I’m very busy trying to write new stories so I don’t have much time to sit and read books. So, these days, I’m listening to a lot of audiobooks during my drive to the office. I just finished listening to Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood. Believe me, I’m the queen of returning what sucks back to Audible. I had to return one today–it was SO bad. And I have a shortlist of books that drew me in and never let me go. Like, everything Shari Lapena and I also just finished Sally Rooney’s Wonderful World Where Are You. I like to walk into a story.…

  • A Message From Z.L. Arkadie

    Literary Fiction – Date Night (Pop-up Post)

    Again, since I’m in the throes of writing a literary fiction novel as well as my regular romance books, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting. You see–I think literary fiction is about writing what you learn. I don’t think one can lack a certain degree of emotional intelligence and write literary fiction. And so that’s why I’ve been finding myself reflecting on the past recently. For the past few days, I’ve been remembering this date with a boyfriend. I was in my late twenties.  Doing the math… Yeah–late twenties. I’ve had a few boyfriends with the initials DP but this one was from California too. We met in a…