Erin Byrne Guest Post on Shelf Pleasure: Deep Travel – Reading and Writing Morocco

Excerpt: “Deep Travel is a term that expresses the way I travel and write.  I actively open all of my receptors—sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch, and my sixth sense of intuition—and connect with people on an intimate level.  An awareness of history, politics, culture and traditions helps me to be open to my own “inward journey”…” For the full guest post, click here:...

Guest Column by Erin Byrne on Writer’s Digest: How to Become a Travel Writer

Excerpt: “Nearly everyone loves to travel, and many of us wrote a really great story in Junior High, so often people feel it would be easy  to become a travel writer.  But to me, it is like entering the ring in Madrid’s Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas to face a raging bull, waving, instead of a cape, Hemingway’s “truest sentence you know”. All good travel writing moves the reader twice: it transports him to a place, and moves him emotionally.” For the full guest post, click here:...

Erin Byrne Guest Posts on ThreeGuysOneBook.com – “When We Fell in Love”

Excerpt: “This painting from 1968, captures the moment I fell in love with reading and writing: a nine-year-old girl sits on the foredeck of a sailboat.   Cream colored sails are rolled up along the mast, water glistens blue behind me.  My legs are curled underneath to one side, one arm bent at the elbow with a hand disappearing in a curtain of long reddish hair, holding my chin.  I’m looking down at my lap where the other hand holds an open book. In that moment, I was transported to Devonshire, England, where there rose, ever dark against the evening sky, the long, gloomy curve of the moor, broken by the jagged and sinister hills.  I  found myself walking home in the dark, heart pounding with the knowledge that an escaped convict was on the loose, when there rose suddenly out of the vast gloom of the moor, that strange cry, a rising howl, a sad moan. . . followed by a terrible scream, a yell of horror and anguish. My eyes popped out and I looked up.  Waves sloshed and swayed the boat.  I gasped, breathing in the salty sea:  I was safe.” For the full guest post, click here:...

Erin Byrne wins Second Prize for “Storykeepers” in the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest

Excerpt: “This intriguing account of Paris present-day and Paris war-time harks back to the terrifying days when the Nazis controlled that city and many Parisians risked death and torture by covertly joining the Résistance. The author’s main concern here is with the Parisians who placed their lives on the line by sheltering and assisting American pilots who’d been forced to crash-land and had so far escaped capture (or re-capture). The story is so detailed and so intriguingly observant, it obviously springs from real life. The characters are cleverly individualized. They are flesh and blood. They come across as vividly real people as a result of the author’s inspired way of contrasting her heroes and heroines of the Résistance, both as they were back in the days of the early 1940s and as they are today.” For the full judges’ comments, click here:...

Readers’ Favorite reviews Vignettes & Postcards by Erin Byrne

Excerpt: “All the authors displayed a rare literary sensibility coupled with excellent craft that make the stories worth reading over and over again. Each time I found something fresh and enlightening. Once I started reading the collection of stories by a diverse group of authors, I found it hard to put it down. It is surprising how close the editors appear to be to the project as if it were a labor of love.” For the full review, click here:...