December 2002 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 6, Issue 9.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Jayne Ann Krentz
International and New York Times bestselling novelist Jayne Ann Krentz has over 23 million of her books in print, in numerous languages. Whether she's writing contemporary suspense under the name Jayne Ann Krentz, historical romance under the name Amanda Quick, or futuristic romance under the name Jayne Castle, she always manages to turn out books that readers can rely on for their excellent quality. Jayne spoke with us about her determination to succeed early in her career when the rejection slips were piling up, and why she never stopped writing. She also talks about her exciting new suspense thriller, Light in Shadow (Putnam), of which Publisher's Weekly says, "If Krentz's newest thriller doesn't send your pulse racing, dial your cardiologist's number."

A Conversation With Lee Smith
The author of ten novels, three short story collections, and a novella, acclaimed Southern writer Lee Smith has received eight major writing awards including the Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, the Robert Penn Warren Prize for Fiction, and two O. Henry Awards. In this candid interview, author Jan McDaniel talks with Lee Smith about her love for the South and how it has inspired her writing, and discusses her latest novel, The Last Girls (Algonquin Books) which Kirkus Reviews calls, "A bittersweet comedy with a fine sharp edge."

How Important is Tone in Writing? And How Do You Achieve it?
British novelist Alex Keegan is back, and he's better than ever! In his latest article, "Theme Music: Tone is Not an Accident" he addresses the important concept of tone in writing. Using examples from literature, Alex shows you how tone can dramatically alter the style, mood and emotion of your writing.

Songwriting Elegance Through Song Form
This month nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her four-part series of articles. In her new article, "Songwriting Elegance Through Song Form: Part Two," Mary discusses the AAA-Song, the basic song structure that every songwriter must understand.

Plotting Fake ID
Have you ever wanted to take a peek inside the mind of a bestselling author as she plots a book? Australian children's author Hazel Edwards takes us behind the scenes as she plots her Young Adult novel, Fake ID. Hazel talks about plotting, characterization and doing the necessary research in this fascinating article.

Common Writing Mistakes
Editor Michael LaRocca says that most novels are not rejected because of the story being told; most are rejected because writers make certain grammatical and style mistakes over and over. In his new article, Michael shows you the worst mistakes that writers make, and how to avoid them.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Big Time Olie by William Joyce (Laura Geringer Books)
The Christmas Story, Gospel According to St. Luke Pictures by James Bernadin (HarperCollins)
The Drowsy Hours: Poems for Bedtime by Susan Pearson, Illustrated by Peter Malone (HarperCollins)
Here Comes Santa Claus by Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman, Illustrated by Bruce Whatley (HarperCollins)
Holly's Christmas Eve by Wendy Watson (HarperCollins)
Hoot by Carl Hiassen (Knopf)


Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content by Biz Stone (New Riders)
Inside Photoshop 7 by Gary David Bouton (New Riders)
Photoshop Elements 2.0: 50 Ways to Create Cool Pictures by Dave Huss (New Riders)


Hidden Empire by Kevin J. Anderson (Warner Aspect)
Magic Time by Marc Scott Zicree, Barbara Hambly (Eos)
The Mocking Program by Alan Dean Foster (Warner Aspect)


Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came by M.C. Beaton (Minotaur)
The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine)
Bone Mountain by Eliot Pattison (Minotaur)
Our Lady of Darkness by Peter Tremayne (Minotaur)
Prey by Michael Crichton (HarperCollins)

Nonfiction Books

Bobbi Brown Beauty Revolution by Bobbi Brown with Sally Wadyka (Harper Resource)
Cooking the Roman Way by David Downie, Photographs by Alison Harris (HarperCollins)
The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston (Random House)
Fire Lover by Joseph Wambaugh (William Morrow)
Tea & Sympathy by Anita Naughton, with Nicola Perry (Putnam)

Romance and Women's Fiction

Castles in the Mist by Josie Litton (Bantam)
The Ghost of Carnal Cove by Evelyn Rogers (Leisure Books)
Light in Shadow by Jayne Ann Krentz (Putnam)
The Warrior Bride by Lois Greiman (Avon)


The DimWit's Dictionary by Robert Hartwell Fiske (Marion Street Press)
Getting the Whole Story by Cherly Gibbs and Tom Warhover (Guildford Press)
The Sell Your Novel Toolkit by Elizabeth Lyon (Perigee)
You Send Me by Patricia T. O'Conner (Harcourt)

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