December 2001 Issue

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.

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."

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Father Fox's Pennyrhymes by Clyde Watson, Illustrated by Wendy Watson (HarperCollins)
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (Knopf)
I'll Be You and You Be Me by Ruth Krauss, Pictures by Maurice Sendak (HarperCollins)
Junie B., First Grader (At Last!) by Barbara Park (Random House)
Lord of the Nutcracker Men by Iain Lawrence (Delacorte Press)
The Violet Keystone (The Seventh Tower: #6) by Garth Nix (Scholastic)


Blood and Gold (Vampire Chronicles) by Anne Rice (Knopf)
The Lord of the Rings: One Volume Edition by J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin)
The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson (Delacorte Press)
The Winter Child by Wendy Froud & Terri Windling (Simon and Schuster)
The World of Shannara by Terry Brooks and Teresa Patterson, Illustrated by David Cherry (Del Ray)


Ashes of Aries by Martha C. Lawrence (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Eat, Drink and Be Buried by Peter King (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Moment of Truth by Christiane Heggan (Mira)


Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family by Art Smith (Hyperion)
Bobby Flay Cooks American by Bobby Flay with Julia Moskin (Hyperion)
The Buttercup Bake Shop Cookbook by Jennifer Appel (Simon and Schuster)
How to Taste: A Guide to Enjoying Wine by Jancis Robinson (Simon and Schuster)


Sister of the Moon by Janeen O'Kerry (Love Spell)
Wish List by Lisa Kleypas, Lisa Cach, Claudia Dain, Lynsay Sands (Love Spell)
A Woman Betrayed by Barbara Delinsky (William Morrow)
You Never Can Tell by Kathleen Eagle (William Morrow)

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