June 2000 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 4, Issue 6.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Barbara Delinsky
Don't miss our conversation with New York Times bestselling novelist Barbara Delinsky, author of Coast Road (Simon and Schuster), Lake News (just out in paperback from Pocket Books), and her latest book, The Vineyard (Simon and Schuster). Barbara chatted with us about her move from romance author to bestselling mainstream novelist, challenges she's faced along the way, and how she created the characters for her compelling new novel, The Vineyard.

A Conversation With Ellis Paul
USA Today has declared Singer songwriter Ellis Paul a "Best Bet for Stardom", and the Boston Globe has called him "a national folk star and to many the quintessential Boston songwriter: literate, provocative, urbanely romantic." His single "The World Ain't Slowin' Down" is featured in the Farrelly Brothers' (Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary) new film Me, Myself, and Irene (starring Jim Carrey and René Zellweger), which will be released in June, 2000. Troy Hughes spoke with Ellis about the creative process and the effect of the Internet on the music business. Ellis also gives some great tips for aspiring songwriters.

Jill McCorkle Interview
This month Jan McDaniel talks to bestselling author Jill McCorkle, whose fiction has been selected four times by The New York Times Book Review for its Notable Books of the Year list. McCorkle, the author of Carolina Moon (Fawcett Books) and Tending to Virginia (Fawcett Books), received the New England Booksellers' Association (NEBA) award in 1993 for her body of work in fiction, and in 1996 she was included in Granta magazine's celebration of Best of Young American Novelists. Jan talked with Jill about the creative process, being funny and what it means to be a humanist author.

The Southern Women Writers Conference: A Report
Don't miss Jan McDaniel's fascinating report on the Southern Women Writers Conference which is held biennially at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. This year's conference had an outstanding slate of sessions, speakers, panel discussions, and entertainment. Southern literary authors such as Lee Smith, winner of the Robert Penn Warren Prize for Fiction and the O. Henry Award and Nikki Giovanni, winner of the Langston Hughes Award and the NAACP Image Award for Love Poems (just to name two) were featured speakers at this outstanding conference which features the best of Southern women's writing.

Build-A-Song Part VI: Tips for Tunesters
In her article, "Build-A-Song Part VI: Tips for Tunesters," 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 sixth entry in her popular series on songwriting.

Web Resources for Developing Characters
Did you know that the Web can be a great resource for helping you develop interesting and memorable characters? Let Greg Knollenberg show you some unique and different ways to use the Internet when you create characters for your next novel or short story, in his article "Web Resources for Developing Characters." See also our characters section describe character traits and flaws.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Millennium Children's History of the 20th Century With CD-Rom
The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket
The Mysterious Adventures of Foy Rin Jin by Jim Friedman, Pictures by Patti Stren
Nobody Rides the Unicorn by Adrian Mitchell, Illustrated by Stephen Lambert

General Fiction

The Vineyard by Barbara Delinsky


Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam by M. C. Beaton
Death of a Myth Maker by Allana Martin
A Healthy Place to Die by Peter King
Little Miss Evil by Lev Raphael
Midnight Come Again by Dana Stabenow
The Rift by Walter J. Williams
Valley of the Shadow by Peter Tremayne


Fight Fat After Forty by Pamela Peeke, M.D., M.P.H.
Get Your Share by Julie Stav with Deborah Adamson
How to Become a Rainmaker by Jeffrey J. Fox
In the Beginning... Was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
The Wedding Guide for the Grownup Bride by Shelley Christiansen


Dark Desire by Christine Feehan
Indiscretion by Jillian Hunter
Key West by Stella Cameron
On a Long Ago Night by Susan Sizemore


A Friend in the Business by Robert Masello
Narrative Design by Madison Smartt Bell
Plot by Ansen Dibell
Successful Syndication: A Guide for Writers and Cartoonists by Michael Sedge
Telling the Tale: The African-American Fiction Writer's Guide by Angela Benson

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