About CG “Chris” Blake

The “resume” facts:

  • More than 30 years of writing and editing experience, including 15 years as a
    newspaper reporter for two dailies in Connecticut and more than 10 years
    writing and editing articles
  • Worked briefly in state government and for trade associations
  • Day job: association management executive.

What I enjoy:

  • Writing (of course)
  • Politics (it’s a sickness; what can I say?)
  • Alternative rock
  • Reading (fiction and non-fiction)
  • Sports, especially baseball (couldn’t survive without the YES Network)

What I read:

  • Family sagas
  • Women’s literature
  • Historical novels
  • Biographies
  • Some YA (Harry Potter)
  • Crime/mystery
  • Legal thrillers

Favorite authors: Alice McDermott, Alice Munro, Michael Chabon, Richard Ford, Saul
Bellow, Anne Tyler, Carl Hiaassen, Elmore Leonard, Richard Russo, Ann Hood.

Mission Statement (Why I started this blog)

The purpose of this blog is to help new writers and to advance the craft of fiction writing through
thought-proving essays on writing, online dialogue with other writers, and the
sharing of resources on fiction writing.

9 responses to “About

  1. Anne Tyler – what can I say … She is simply the best!

    • Barbara,
      Anne Tyler is one of my favorite authors. Her characterizations are brilliant and she has such keen insights into relationships. I especially liked, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, as well as the one where the woman walks away from her family while vacationing at the beach. Can’t think of the title off the top of my head.

  2. Chris – I have just nominated you for Blog of the Year 2012. 🙂
    See the whole page at http://andrewtoynbee.wordpress.com/

  3. Andrew,
    Wow, I am honored. Thanks.

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  5. absarahmad1989

    I just came across your Blog for the first time today. I must admit you have done a incredible job and I really liked your Blog.

  6. RK

    Just found your blog and it’s fantastic. Thank you for sharing such excellent writing guidance and for providing such thoughtful book reviews. Keep up the wonderful work.

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