July 2001 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 5, Issue 6.

In This Issue:

Interview With Neil Gaiman
Don't miss our exclusive interview with bestselling novelist Neil Gaiman, award-winning author of the Sandman graphic novels, Neverwhere (Avon), Stardust (Avon) and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (White Wolf). We talked with Neil about his latest novel, American Gods (William Morrow), which debuted at number ten on The New York Times bestseller list. Neil also shares his thoughts on book tours, weblogs, and what he misses most about his friend, the late Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe.

A Conversation With Eric Van Lustbader
Don't miss our interview with New York Times and internationally bestselling author Eric Van Lustbader, author of The Ninja, Black Heart, White Ninja, Shan, Angel Eyes, The Kaisho, Floating City, Second Skin, and Dark Homecoming. With fans all over the world, his novels have been translated into over twenty languages. Eric spoke to us about his exciting new fantasy trilogy which begins with The Ring of Five Dragons (Tor) and the inspiration for Nicholas Linnear, the immensely popular character introduced in The Ninja. He also gives some great advice for aspiring writers.

What if John Wilkes Booth Shot My Grandfather?
Listen in on some of today's hottest fantasy/SF authors talk about employing history and alternative histories as springboards for fantastic fiction. Guy Gavriel Kay, author of The Sarantine Mosaic: Lord of Emperors (Eos), Susan Matthews, author of Colony Fleet (HarperCollins), Sean Russell, author of The One Kingdom (Eos), and Pamela Sargent, author of Child of Venus (Avon) share their thoughts on creating an effective and interesting alternate history novel.

The Power of Principles, Part IV: Jacobson's Integrity Principle
In her article, "The Power of Principles: Jacobson's Integrity Principle," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her series on songwriting that is guaranteed to keep your creative juices flowing. This month, Mary discusses "The Integrity Principle," and why it's so important in building any career -- from songwriting to fiction writing.

How Much Research is Enough?
Evan Marshall, literary agent and author of the bestselling Jane and Winky mystery series, knows how to get a book published. In this excerpt from his new writing book, The Marshall Plan Workbook (Writer's Digest Books), Evan gives some great advice on doing research for your next novel.

Short Writers: Long On Science, Big On Creativity
Michael Kryton says that Short-writers are politely ignored by the literary world because of their vocation: writing commercials for radio and television, writing ad copy for newspapers and magazines, thinking in 30 and 60 second increments and conceptualizing language in blocks and banners. However, writers of novels, plays and screenplays can learn some great tricks from Short-writers. Michael Kryton explains in his article, "Short Writers: Long on Science, Big On Creativity."

Book Reviews

Children's Books

The Dorling Kindersley Book of Nursery Rhymes by Debi Gliori (DK)
Grandpa's Overalls by Tony Crunk, Pictures by Scott Nash (Orchard Books)
No Kiss for Grandpa by Harriet Ziefert, Pictures by Emilie Boon (Orchard Books)
Rock Steady: A Story of Noah's Ark by Sting, Illustrated by Hugh Whyte (HarperCollins)

Computer Books

Photoshop 6 Down & Dirty Tricks by Scott Kelby (New Riders)
Taking Your Talent to the Web by Jeffrey Zeldman (New Riders)
Windows 2000 Power Toolkit by Barry Shilmover, Stu Sjouwerman, et al. (New Riders)


The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century Edited by Harry Turtledove with Martin H. Greenberg (Del Ray)
Cloak of Deception (Star Wars) by James Luceno (Del Ray)
The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek) by Greg Cox (Pocket Books)


Ashes of the Elements by Alys Clare (St. Martin's Press)
Echo Burning by Lee Child (Putnam)
Last of the Dixie Heroes by Peter Abrahams (Ballantine)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Ham? by Phyllis Richman (HarperCollins)


Dilemmas by James Sywell and Anne-Marie Roffi (Perigee)
The Flag, The Poet and The Song by Irvin Molotsky (Dutton)


The Pleasure Master by Nina Bangs (Love Spell)
Ritual of Proof by Dara Joy (William Morrow)
When My Sister Was Cleopatra Moon by Frances Park (Talk Miramax Books)
Whispers on the Wind by Judy Gill (Love Spell)


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Poetry by Nikki Moustaki (Alpha Books)
Guide to Literary Agents 2001 edited by Donya Dickerson (Writer's Digest Books)

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