April 2004 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 8, Issue 2.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Stephanie Laurens
She is an undisputed superstar in the world of romance. Award-winning and internationally bestselling author Stephanie Laurens has fans all over the globe who love her witty, sexy and bold novels set in England's Regency period. Stephanie followed an unusual path to the world of romance writing. The holder of a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, she spent many years as a cancer researcher, before leaving the world of science to become an author. Her latest book, The Ideal Bride (William Morrow), debuted on The New York Times bestseller list and to rave reviews. In this exclusive interview, Stephanie spoke with us about The Ideal Bride, where she believes creativity comes from and why she knows that love at first sight is no myth.

A Conversation With William Dietrich
Known for his tight prose and ability to get to the heart of a story, journalist William Dietrich won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Exxon Valdez spill for The Seattle Times. But this award-winning journalist is multi-talented; he is also a bestselling novelist and nonfiction author. His latest book is Hadrian's Wall (HarperCollins), a gripping novel of war, romance and intrigue set in the fourth century, during the Roman occupation of Britannia. In this exclusive interview, he talks to us about Hadrian's Wall, his love for the environment and for history, how journalism is changing and how fatherhood has changed how he views the world.

Think Before You Click
The Internet is an incredible tool for writers. A writer can log on, check email, join discussion groups and do research right from his desk. But is there a hidden danger to writers who surf the Net too much? In his latest article, "Think Before You Click," British novelist Alex Keegan shines a spotlight on writers who surf too much.

Spam and the Children's Author
Spam is one of the most annoying features of email and spam filters are becoming very popular. But children's authors receive lots of email from children, which presents some special challenges. Bestselling Australian children's author Hazel Edwards explains the dilemma in her latest article, "Spam and the Children's Author."

The Times, They Are A-Changin'
Over the last decade or so, advances in technology have changed everything in the music business. So how have the rules changed and what does an aspiring songwriter need to know to get ahead? Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson shares her insights in her article, "The Times, They Are A-Changin'"

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom, #2) by Garth Nix (Scholastic)
Please Say Please: Penguin's Guide to Manners by Margery Cuyler, Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand (Scholastic)
Ruby in Her Own Time by Johathan Emmett, Illustrated by Rebecca Harry (Scholastic)

Computer Books

AI Game Development by Alex J. Champandard (New Riders)
PHP for the World Wide Web by Larry Ullman (Peachpit Press)
Wicked Cool Shell Scripts by Dave Taylor (No Starch Press)


The Highwayman: A Novel of Corona by R. A. Salvatore (CDS Books)
Lovecraft by Hans Rodionoff, Enrique Breccia and Keith Giffen (Vertigo/DC Comics)
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde (Viking)

General Fiction

Hadrian's Wall by William Dietrich (HarperCollins)
The Blue Piano and Other Stories by Carol Montparker (Amadeus Press)


The Burglar on the Prowl by Lawrence Block (William Morrow)
The Cat Who Talked Turkey by Lilian Jackson Braun (Putnam)
The Coil by Gayle Lynds (St. Martin's Press)
A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva (Putnam)
High Country by Nevada Barr (Putnam)
The Last Juror by John Grisham (Doubleday)


Lab257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory by Michael Christopher Carroll (William Morrow)
Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King (Little, Brown)

Romance and Women's Fiction

The Dim Sum of All Things by Kim Wong Keltner (Avon)
Divided in Death by J.D. Robb (Putnam)
Flashpoint by Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine)
The Ideal Bride by Stephanie Laurens (William Morrow)


The Elephants of Style by Bill Walsh (McGraw-Hill)
The Quotable Writer Edited by Lamar Underwood (The Lyons Press)
The Savvy Author's Guide to Book Publicity by Lisa Warren (Carroll & Graf)
The Story Behind the Story Edited by Peter Turchi and Andrea Barrett (W.W. Norton)

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