July 2005 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 9, Issue 4.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Julie Kenner
She left a high-powered law practice to become an author, now Julie Kenner's books are regularly climbing the bestseller lists and her fan base is growing at a rapid pace. Her new novel, Carpe Demon: The Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Berkley) was just optioned by Warner Bros. and Harry Potter director Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures. Her other new book, The Givenchy Code (Downtown Press), has christened a new subgenre all its own: chick-lit suspense. In this exclusive interview, Julie talks about her transition from life as a lawyer to being a bestselling author, and how motherhood has affected her writing. She also shares her thoughts on what does and what doesn't belong in an author blog.

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, fantasy/SF, lifestyle, mystery/thriller, nonfiction and romance.

Rhyme or Reason: Part 3
Mark Twain who once commented that anybody can write the first line of a poem. The trick is to make the second line rhyme with the first. In her latest article, Mary Dawson continues her series on rhymes. This time Mary explores the use of couplets and quatrains, and why a thorough understanding of the many rhyming options available can make the difference between just another good song and a worldwide hit.

Sometimes Exceptions Are The Rule
In this Author Essay Sheila Cole discusses how tendency to rebel against authority and to ask the hard questions provided the inspiration for her new book, To Be Young in America: Growing up with the Country, 1776-1940 (Little, Brown), which explores the idea that what we think of as "normal" for children today is far from the "normal" of yesteryear. She also shares the top research tip that helped her find out more about what children's lives were really like over one hundred years ago.

A Thing For Garbage
She's always had a fascination with garbage: how does recycling happen? Where does sewage actually go? What's the best way to dispose of a used tissue? In this Author Essay Elizabeth Royte explains how her magnificent obsession with trash led to her new book, Garbage Land (Little, Brown).

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