The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 5, Issue 10.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Julia London
Bestselling romance novelist Julia London spent her formative years on a ranch in West Texas. So how did this native Texan go from the wilds of West Texas to being one of the hottest young rising romance stars? Listen in our conversation with the author of the popular Rogues of Regent Street series, about a trio of infamous English rakes who must face up to life and the consequences of their actions. The latest of the series is The Beautiful Stranger (Dell). Julia talks about how she got her start as a writer, how she creates her popular novels, and how being a romance writer affects your dating life.

A Conversation With Wendelin Van Draanen
Novelist Wendelin Van Draanen is best known for her Edgar award-winning young adult mystery series which stars irrepressible heroine Sammy Keyes. Now she has turned her hand to a new young adult novel, entitled Flipped (Knopf). The funny, fast-paced and touching story of two pre teens who tell their stories in a "He Said, She Said" format, Flipped is just as enjoyable to adults as it is to its preteen audience. Wendelin spoke to us about her latest book and how she got her start as a writer. She also shares her secrets for being a prolific writer, while maintaining an active family life.

What's New On The Bookshelves?
Visit our Book Review section to see what our reviewers have to say about the latest books. See our new reviews this month in these genres: children's, mystery/thrillers, nonfiction, romance, and fantasy/SF.

The Top Ten FAQs On The Business Of Songwriting: #8
This month nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her exciting new series of articles, entitled "The Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions on the Business of Songwriting." The second article, #8 in the countdown, answers the question: How elaborate (and expensive) does a demo have to be in order to be seriously considered by music professionals?

Mission Impossible: The Real Work of Writing, Finding Your True Motives
In her latest article, Carolyn Burch helps writers examine their goals and motivations. Carolyn shows a little introspection, planning and listening to your inner muse can help you focus on your writing, and increase your output and efficiency.

Non-Boring Travel Writing: Unusual or Controversial Research
Internationally bestselling children's author Hazel Edwards is a very experienced traveler. In this excerpt from her new book, Non-Boring Travel Writing, Hazel shares some timely tips for dealing with the necessity of unusual or controversial research. During the course of her research for a new mystery novel, Hazel set off to visit a brothel -- with some very funny results.

Talkers Talk and Writers Write
With another new year rolling around, it's time to pull out those New Year's Resolutions. Are you really putting the time aside to write, or are you all talk? Greg Knollenberg tackles the subject head on in his article, "Talkers Talk and Writers Write."

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