April 2003 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 7, Issue 3.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With T. Jefferson Parker
New York Times bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker began his career as a cub reporter for the Newport Ensign and eventually went on to the Daily Pilot. But even as he garnered awards for his journalism, he always had a hankering to write fiction. From his first, bestselling novel, Laguna Heat, to his Edgar award-winning novel, Silent Joe (Hyperion), T. Jefferson Parker has won rave reviews for his clean prose, exciting action and fascinating characterizations. In this exclusive interview he talks about his exciting new police thriller, Cold Pursuit (Hyperion), and discusses his journey from award-winning journalist to bestselling author.

A Conversation With Sarah Lovett
Bestselling author Sarah Lovett has always been fascinated with the dark side of human nature, which she explores in her popular novels starring Dr. Sylvia Strange, a forensic psychologist who assists the FBI as a profiler. Her latest book is Dark Alchemy, a stunning thriller in which Dr. Strange goes after a brilliant serial poisoner who uses sophisticated, top-secret neurotoxins to dispatch her victims. Sarah spoke to us about Dark Alchemy and her road to publication. She also shares some fascinating insights into how she creates her memorable characters.

Stealing Stories
So, you say you're stumped as to where to get an idea for that new story you want to write? Why not steal an idea? Remember, ideas are everywhere, ripe for the taking. British novelist Alex Keegan explains in his article, "Stealing Stories."

I Can Feel the Words
At first, Australian children's author Hazel Edwards wasn't sure whether her children's picture books could be effectively translated into Braille. But she now says she was wrong -- that her books have been very effectively translated into Braille, as well as into many other languages. In her article, "I Can Feel the Words: What it Means to Have a Book Available in Another Culture or Language," Hazel talks about the experience of having her work translated.

Making the Light Go On
So, how do you write a song that really connects with the listener? That really makes the "light go on" in their heads? This month nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson tells you how in her new article, "Making the Light Go On."

So, You've Landed a Book Deal: Now What?
It's the dream of all writers -- to land the coveted book deal. But when you land the contract, that's just the beginning for a new author. Jeff Herman, literary agent and author of the annual Writers Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents (Prima), takes you through the process to getting publicity for your book in this article excerpted from the Writers Guide, "When the Deal is Done."

Book Reviews

Children's Books

The Brothers Grimm by Jack Zipes (St. Martin's Press)
First to Fly by Peter Busby, Paintings by David Craig (Crown Books)
Small Avalanches and Other Stories by Joyce Carol Oates (HarperTempest)


Abhorsen by Garth Nix (Eos)
A Forest of Stars by Kevin J. Anderson (Warner Books)
The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones (Greenwillow Books)


Cold Pursuit by T. Jefferson Parker (Hyperion)
The Confessor by Daniel Silva (Putnam)
Dark Alchemy by Sarah Lovett (Simon and Schuster)
Persuader by Lee Child (Bantam)
Small Town by Lawrence Block (William Morrow)

Romance and Women's Fiction

Birthright by Nora Roberts (Putnam)
Portrait in Death by J. D. Robb (Berkley)
Shadow Magic by Karen Whiddon (Love Spell)
Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas (Avon)


20 Master Plots by Ronald B. Tobias (Writer's Digest Books)
2003 Guide to Literary Agents edited by Rachel Vater (Writer's Digest Books)
Publicize Your Book! by Jacqueline Deval (Perigee)

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