The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 4, Issue 7.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Stella Cameron
New York Times bestselling author Stella Cameron is known as much for her heartfelt and exciting novels, as she is for her versatility. She writes in several genres, ranging from contemporary suspense thrillers, such as Key West (Kensington), which has been nominated as Best Romantic Suspense of the year by Romantic Times Magazine, to historical romances, such as More and More (Little, Brown). Stella chats with us about her latest bestseller, Key West, how she moves between genres without missing a beat, and gives writers some crucial advice about dealing with rejection.

A Conversation With Garth Nix
He may not be a household name in America -- yet. But Australian Garth Nix is a rising superstar in Young Adult and Children's literature. His books Sabriel and Shade's Children are both multiple award winners; both were also selected as ALA Best Books. Now Garth has been selected by Scholastic and George Lucas' Lucasfilms to launch an exciting new 6-part fantasy series entitled The Seventh Tower. The Fall, the first installment in the series, has just been released to rave reviews. Garth spoke with us about his new series, how he splits his time between being an author and being a literary agent, and gives some great advice for aspiring writers.

The Authority of a Writer: An Interview With Nikki Giovanni
Multiple award-winning author and poet Nikki Giovanni is considered to be one of the most influential and popular poets today. Always controversial, she doesn't hold anything back in her edgy and moving poetry which has touched so many people. Nikki spoke with Jan McDaniel about her thirty year career, her poetry, the Internet, and what she believes that aspiring writers must never do.

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/thrillers, fantasy/sf, general fiction, nonfiction, romance, computer books and writing.

Having Trouble With Your Literary Output? Found Your Own Fiction Factory.
In his article "Founding a Fiction Factory," short story author and freelance writer Doug Rennie shares his tips for getting your creative juices flowing and increasing your output.

Build-A-Song Part VII: The Emergence of the Verses
In her article, "Build-A-Song Part VII: The Emergence of the Verses," 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 seventh entry in her popular series on songwriting.

The Writer's Secret Weapon: A Diary
Most people have kept some kind of a diary or journal at one time in their lives. But have you ever thought about what a great tool a diary is for writers? Journalist Nick DiSpoldo demonstrates how keeping a diary can improve your writing, inspire your creativity and relieve stress in his article, "The Writer's Secret Weapon: A Diary."

Why Writing is Good For Your Health?
You know that writing is interesting, fascinating -- and for many people it pays the bills. But did you know that writing is actually therapeutic? Dr. Cheryl Dellasega's article, "Why Writing is Good For Your Health?" will let you in on some surprising facts about why everyone can benefit from the writing lifestyle.

Feeling a Bit Down About All Those Rejection Slips?
Have we got the cure for you! Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul is here, and it's full of inspiring stories for writers which are just what you need when you've got the rejection blues. In her essay "The Professor and Me," excerpted from the book, Catherine Lanigan, bestselling author of Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile and Wings of Destiny tells how she overcame devastating rejection to find happiness and success as a novelist.

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