December 2003 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 7, Issue 6.

In This Issue:

Talking Fantasy With John Marco
Bestselling fantasy novelist John Marco became known for his brilliantly written battle scenes and his fascinating characters in his award-winning Tyrants and Kings series. His latest book is The Devil's Armor (DAW), the sequel to his new epic fantasy series which began with The Eyes of God, an Arthurian-inspired tale of love, loss, war, and redemption. This new fantasy series has critics raving, and is picking up new readers for the author; The Devil's Armor is a Top Pick from Romantic Times magazine. In this exclusive interview, John talks about his inspiration for The Devil's Armor, reaching out to a female audience, and what he thinks makes a real-life hero.

A Conversation With Gary Tigerman
Is the government covering up information about aliens and UFOs? Why haven't we been back to moon since the early 1970s? What is the proposed missile defense shield really for? Gary Tigerman weaves conspiracy theories such as those espoused in The X-Files with a series of well-documented facts to create his compelling debut novel, The Orion Protocol (William Morrow). In our exclusive interview, Tigerman discusses his inspiration for his new book, his career as a child actor, his imprisonment for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War and why he thinks that the space program is more important than ever today.

If You Whisper, Convince
In his latest article, "If You Whisper, Convince," British novelist Alex Keegan explains how simple word choices, context, timing and presentation can change plain vanilla writing into powerful and poetic prose.

A Marathon Children's Book Week
In "A Marathon Children's Book Week", bestselling Australian children's author Hazel Edwards tells us what it is like during the incredibly busy Australian Children's Book Week and how the children's questions help make it all worthwhile.

The Hardest Question of All
You may have talent and skills, but have you found that unique quality within you that separates you from other artists -- your shtick? This month nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson explains how important it is for you to find a unique attribute, skill or quality that will make you stand out in her article, "The Hardest Question of All."

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Father Fox's Christmas Rhymes by Clyde Watson, Pictures by Wendy Watson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (The Chicken House)
Swear to Howdy by Wendelin Van Draanen (Knopf)
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (The Chicken House)
A Wizard Named Nell (The Keepers) by Jackie French Koller (Aladdin Books)

Computer Books

Designing With Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman (New Riders)


The Devil's Armor by John Marco (DAW)
Flinx's Folly by Alan Dean Foster (Del Ray)
Impossible Odds by Dave Duncan (Eos)
Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)
The Q Continuum (Star Trek) by Greg Cox (Pocket Books)


Mean Woman Blues by Julie Smith (Forge)
The Orion Protocol by Gary Tigerman (William Morrow)
Sensei by John Donohue (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Smoke in the Wind by Peter Tremayne (St. Martin's Minotaur)


The Acne Prescription by Nicholas Perricone, M.D. (HarperCollins)

Romance and Women's Fiction

A Clean Slate by Laura Caldwell (Red Dress Ink)
Dark Melody by Christine Feehan (Leisure Books)
Outsiders by Melanie Jackson (Love Spell)
Shadow Game by Christine Feehan (Jove)


The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing edited by Timothy Harper (St. Martin's Griffin)
The Freelance Success Book by David Taylor (Peak Writing Press)
Outwitting Writer's Block by Jenna Glatzer (The Lyons Press)

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