Today at 2 pm, WhatsUpNewp kicks off its authors’ series, videocasts with writers from Rhode Island, or who have a Rhode Island connection. We’ll talk with novelists, short story, and non-fiction writers, sharing in their adventures.

Our first author is Dr. Michael Fine, the former Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, who had always seen writing as a calling. He authored three non-fiction books, also writing short stories, before writing his first novel, “Abundance.” In time for the holidays, he’s now released a book of 10 short stories, “The Bull and Other Stories.”

We’ll learn from each of our authors what motivates them, why writing is so important. For Helen Keller, the pioneering advocate for the deaf and blind, she said that “when I hold a beloved book in my hand my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free.”

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp, LLC. Belmore has led What's Up Newp since December 2012. Belmore also serves as the Sr. Editor - North America for Mountain News - publisher of OnTheSnow. In his spare time, Belmore serves as the Vice President for the Board of Directors at Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors at Lucy's Hearth. Belmore is also a member and supporter of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.