February 2002 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 6, Issue 1.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With John Marco
Bestselling fantasy novelist John Marco burst upon the fantasy scene in 1999, with the publication of his bestselling book, The Jackal of Nar (Bantam). The Jackal of Nar is the first book in the popular Tyrants and Kings epic fantasy series, which also includes The Grand Design (Bantam) and The Saints of the Sword (Bantam). Now, he has started another exciting fantasy series, with the publication of his new book, The Eyes of God (Daw). John talks with us about his new book, how he creates his characters and why the fantasy genre is more popular than ever with both book lovers and moviegoers.

A Conversation With Jasper Fforde
After twenty years in the film industry working on such major feature films as Quills, Goldeneye, Entrapment and the Mask of Zorro, Jasper Fforde decided to leave the film industry to pursue another lifelong dream: to be a novelist. His first book, The Eyre Affair, a literary detective thriller set in an alternate history Great Britain, has just been released in the United States to rave reviews. Salon calls The Eyre Affair, "smart, frisky and sheer catnip for former English majors" and Otto Penzler says that the book "makes for delightfully hilarious reading." Publisher's Weekly calls The Eyre Affair, "Surreal and hilariously funny." Already a bestseller in England, The Eyre Affair is the first book in what will be a series starring literary detective Thursday Next. Jasper spoke with us about his move from working in the film industry to being a novelist and how he created his unique new series. He also gives some great advice to people who want to start a new writing career in their thirties or forties.

The Top Ten FAQs On The Business Of Songwriting: #7
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 third article, #7 in the countdown, answers the question: What exactly is a music publisher and how necessary is it for a songwriter to have one?

Your Alter-Editor: Living with a Non-Writer
In her latest article, Carolyn Burch addresses the issue which affects quite a number of writers: coexisting with a non-writer. Writers definitely have their own ideas about how to do things, and Carolyn Burch shares her experiences of how to get along with someone -- especially a spouse -- who just doesn't have that same obsession with writing that you do.

The Pain Club by Natalie Pearson
Have you ever wondered what it's like to go on one of those high-end writing workshops in Europe? Natalie Pearson shares her tale of writing and self-discovery at an exclusive Italian writing workshop in her funny and touching essay, "The Pain Club."

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Scholastic Atlas of the World (Scholastic)
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star pictures by Lesley Harker (Scholastic)
You Read to Me and I'll Read to You by Janet Schulman (Knopf)

Computer Books

The Macromedia JRUN Web Application Construction Kit by Drew Falkman (Que)
Photoshop 6 KillerTips by Scott Kelby and Felix Nelson (New Riders)
www.photoshop.imageready by Greg Simsic (Que)


Enchanter by Sara Douglass (Tor)
The Eyes of God by John Marco (Daw)


Die for Love by Elizabeth Peters (Avon)
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Viking)
Little Girl Blue by David Cray (Carroll & Graf)
Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen (St. Martin's Press)


Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon and Schuster)
CareerXRoads 2002 by Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler (MMC Group)
Depression is a Choice: Winning the Battle Without Drugs by A.B. Curtiss (Hyperion)
A Passion for Parties: Your Guide to Elegant Entertaining by David Tutera (Simon and Schuster)
Relax: Company's Coming! by Kathy Gunst (Simon and Schuster)


After Twilight by Amanda Ashley, Christine Feehan, and Ronda Thompson (LoveSpell)
Come Back to Me by Josie Litton (Bantam)
Dark Legend by Christine Feehan (Leisure Books)
The MacGowan Betrothal by Lois Greiman (Avon)
My Spy by Christina Skye (Dell)


How To Publish Your Articles by Shirley Kawa-Jump (Square One)
Songwriter's Market 2002 Edited by Ian Bessler (Writer's Digest Books)
Write Right Edited by Jan Venolia (Ten Speed Press)
The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb (Writer's Digest Books)
The Writer's Guide to Fantasy Literature Edited by Philip Martin (The Writer Books)
The Writer's Handbook 2002 Edited by Elfrieda Abbe (The Writer Books)

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