February 1999 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 3, Issue 2.

In This Issue:

Talking Fantasy With With Dave Duncan
Don't miss our conversation with popular SF/Fantasy novelist Dave Duncan, who has over 1 million books in print worldwide and legions of loyal fans who eagerly await his next book. His latest novel is a rousing fantasy adventure called The Gilded Chain (Avon Eos, 1998). Dave spoke with us about how he got his start in his second career as a novelist, his thoughts on what makes a great fantasy novel, and gives advice to aspiring writers trying to break into the field.

A Conversation With Keith Snyder
Author, musician and filmmaker Keith Snyder is not even sure he wants to be a novelist. But don't tell that to the fans of his hit mystery series starring Jason Keltner, an electronic musician who, with the help of his good friends, always seems to land in an exciting adventure. His latest book, Coffin's Got the Dead Guy on the Inside is a fast and funny thriller that is receiving rave reviews. Keith talked with us about his new book, what's new in the world of electronic music and how he juggles his careers as a musician and an author.

Be Your Own Editor - Part II
How do you edit your own work? This month British Crime author Alex Keegan teaches you this crucial skill in the second of his continuing series on a subject which every writer should know.

Stalled Careers, Writer's Block and Monsters Under the Bed
You've published a book, but the sales were less than stellar. Is your career over before it really got started? Of course not! In her article, "Stalled Careers, Writer's Block and Monsters Under the Bed" fantasy novelist Melisa Michaels shares her story about how to jumpstart a lagging career, which no author should miss.

Internet Research Resources for Mystery and Crime Writers
Need some inspiration for that next crime or mystery novel? Wondering how to write convincingly about police procedure, handguns or autopsies? The Net has revolutionized research for mystery and crime writers. Let Greg Knollenberg be your guide in his article entitled, "Internet Research Resources for Mystery and Crime Writers."

Book Reviews


Ahmed and the Oblivion Machines by Ray Bradbury, Illustrated by Chris Lane.
Cow Moo Me by Stephen Losordo, Illustrated by Jane Conteh-Morgan.
A Handful of Beans by Jeanne Steig, Pictures by William Steig.
Life With Bob by William Joyce.
Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis, Illustrated by Laura Cornell.

Computers/Web Design

C++ Unleashed by Jesse Liberty.
Harley Hahn Teaches the Internet by Harley Hahn.
Illustrator 8 Magic by Raymond Pirouz.
Using Unix 3rd Edition by Peter Kuo.


Changer by Jane Lindskold.
Mission Child by Maureen F. McHugh.

General Fiction

Chocolat by Joanne Harris.
The Magic Circle by Kathryn Neville.


Buck Naked by Joyce Burditt
The Cat Who Saw Stars by Lillian Jackson Braun
Circles of Confusion by April Henry
Coffin's Got the Dead Guy on the Inside by Keith Snyder
The Concubine's Tattoo by Laura Joh Rowland
Coq au Vin by Charlotte Carter
A Hell of A Dog by Carol Lea Benjamin
Murder in the Holy City by Simon Beaufort
Murder in the Mist by Willard Scott and Bill Crider
A Vow of Compassion by Veronica Black


The Complete Wilderness Training Book by Hugh McManners.
Lift - Wanting, Fearing and Having a Face Life by Joan Kron.
Magic Trees of the Mind by Marian Diamond, Ph.D. and Janet Hopson.
Napolean Hill's Keys to Positive Thinking by Napolean Hill and Michael J. Ritt, Jr.
Perspective Pack by DK Art School.
Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science


Circle of the Lily by Jill Jones.
Love Once & Forever by Flora Speer.
Rachel's Passage by Paula Reid.
Saint's Temptation by Debra Dier.


1999 Children's Writers and Illustrator's Market edited by Alice Pope.
On Writing Well by William Zinzsser.
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King.

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