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."

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/thriller, romance, fantasy/SF, nonfiction, writing and computer books.

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.

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