January 2000 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 4, Issue 1.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Stephen Coonts
He's been a fighter pilot in Vietnam, a corporate attorney in Colorado and a bestselling author. Stephen Coonts has always worked hard to obtain the goals he wished to achieve. His hard work has certainly paid off; eight of his fiction novels have hit the New York Times bestseller list, starting with his novel Flight of the Intruder, which became a major motion picture starring Danny Glover and Willem DaFoe. Now Coonts has struck again with Cuba (St. Martin's Press), a hot action adventure set in the island nation as Castro lays dying, which is already a bestseller and is garnering rave reviews. Steve spoke with us about Cuba, gives some great advice for aspiring novelists, and shares his thoughts on his great passion: flying.

Talking Romance With Christina Skye

Christina Skye has a Ph.D. in classical Chinese poetry and has translated professionally in China. So how did this scholar evolve into a bestselling romance novelist? Listen in as we chat with the popular author of the Draycott Abbey series as she talks about her new releases, 2000 Kisses (Dell, 2000) and The Perfect Gift (Avon, 1999), and shares her secrets for using the ancient art of feng shui to improve your life.

Diana Gallagher on Media Tie-in Books

What do a teen-age witch, a young detective, a vampire slayer, and a House Dragon have in common? Plenty. These are just some of the characters Diana G. Gallagher writes about in her fantastic and fun career as an author of media tie-in books, such as the Buffy the Vampire Slayer books, which are based on the popular film and television series on the WB network. Get a glimpse into this specialized type of fiction, as author Diana Gallagher talks to Jan McDaniel.

Millennium Roundtable
What are you doing for fun this Millennium New Year's Eve? Sue Grafton will be kicking up her heels in Santa Barbara. Stephen Cannell will spend the holiday with his family. We asked some of today's top editors and authors how they plan on spending this once in a lifetime holiday -- and what gift they'd most like to receive. Their answers may surprise you -- so stop by to see what everyone else is up to this New Year's Eve!

Build-A-Song Part II: From The Idea to The Hook
In her article, "Build-A-Song Part II: From The Idea to The Hook," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her advice on building a song from the ground up in this second in her new series on songwriting.

35 Ways to Make Your Book Signing an Event!!
You've landed the publishing contract and your book is actually published. Now, it's time for publicity and the author tour standby: the book signing. Let Larry James, author of Red Hot Love Notes for Lovers (Career Assurance Press, 1998) and staff member for Dr. John Gray's "Mars and Venus Seminars", be your guide in his article that's sure to get you prepared for your best book signing ever.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights by Leslie Kimmelman, Illustrated by John Himmelman
Human Body (Eyewitness Books) by Steve Parker
The Legend of the Christmas Rose by William H. Hooks, Paintings by Richard A. Williams
Millennium Pack by DK Publishing
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
Once Upon a Potty with Audio Cassette by Alona Frankel
Violet & Claire by Francesca Lia Block


Krondor: The Assassins (The Riftwar Legacy Part II) by Raymond Feist
Krondor: The Betrayal (The Riftwar Legacy Part I) by Raymond Feist
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Part XV edited by Algis Budrys
A Signal Shattered by Eric Nylund


Big Trouble by Dave Barry
Black Coffee by Agatha Christie, Adapted by Charles Osborne
Killing Thyme by Peter Abresch
Lavender Lies by Susan Wittig Albert
The Master of All Desires by Judith Merkle Riley
So Sure of Death by Dana Stabenow


The American Eagle by John Pezzenti, Jr.
Astronomer's Computer Companion by Jeff Foust & Ron Lafon
Baby Steps: Exercises for Baby's First Year of Life by Susan Fox
Complete Guide to Prescription and Nonprescription Drugs by H. Winter Griffith, M.D.
Eyewitness Travel Guides Rome: Millennium Edition by DK Publishing
Lyle Official Antiques Review 2000 by Anthony Curtis
The Pritkin Weight Loss Breakthrough by Robert Pritkin
Talking With Children About Loss by Maria Trozzi


2000 Writer's Market: The Electronic Edition edited by Kirsten C. Holm, Bill Brohaugh and Andrew Lucyszyn
Children's Writer's Word Book by Alijandra Mogilner
Facts in a Flash: A Research Guide for Writers by Ellen Metter
You Can Make It Writing Books by Jeff Herman

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