June 2001 Issue

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

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Julie Smith
Don't miss our talk with Edgar award-winning writer Julie Smith, author of the popular Skip Langdon mystery series, including New Orleans Mourning (Ballantine) and 82 Desire (Ballantine). Julie's latest book, Louisiana Hotshot (Forge) stars Talba Willis (aka the Baroness de Pontalba) an attractive young black computer expert and sometime poet who goes to work for an older, slightly sexist Italian ex-cop, with very entertaining results. Julie spoke with us about her new mystery series, how she got her start as an author, and the words of advice that no writer should ever forget.

A Conversation With Alan Jacobson
Listen in on our interview with bestselling novelist Alan Jacobson, author of False Accusations (Pocket Books) and The Hunted (Pocket Books). The Hunted is an exciting suspense thriller that asks the questions, "How well do you really know your loved ones?" Known for his turn on a dime endings and intriguing characters, Alan has gained a wide readership. He spoke with us about his new book, how he creates his characters, and what aspiring writers must realize in order to get published.

Where Do You Get Your Myths?
Listen in on some of today's hottest fantasy/SF authors talk about the use of myth and religion in creating a fantasy book. Teresa Edgerton, author of The Queen's Necklace (Eos), Sean Russell, author of The One Kingdom (Eos), Martha Wells, author of Wheel of the Infinite (Eos) and Janny Wurts, author of Grand Conspiracy: The Wars of Light and Shadow (Eos) share their thoughts on how to use myth to create your own compelling fantasy tale.

The Power of Principles, Part III: The Credibility Factor
In her article, "The Power of Principles: The Credibility Factor," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her new series on songwriting that is guaranteed to keep your creative juices flowing. This month, Mary discusses "The Credibility Factor," and how it may just be your non-musical skills which help you achieve success as a songwriter.

How is the GLBT Press Faring in the Current Economy?
Paul Harris, author of The Harris Guide 2001, takes a look at the state of the GLBT Press in his article, "GLBT Press Continues to Grow."

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Above the Veil (The Seventh Tower, #4) by Garth Nix (Scholastic Lucas Books)
Dancing (Sesame Street: Elmo's World) (Random House)
If High School is a Game, Here's How to Break the Rules by Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D (Delacorte Press)
The Karate Way by Gary Hellman (Doubleday)
Lisa's Airplane Trip by Anne Gutman, Illustrated by Georg Hallensleben (Knopf)
See You Soon, Moon by Donna Conrad, Illustrated by Don Carter (Knopf)
The Sick Day by Patricia MacLachlan, Illustrated by Jane Dyer (Doubleday)

Computer Books

Flash Web Design: The v5 Remix by Hillman Curtis (New Riders)


American Gods by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
Priestess of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana L. Paxson (Viking)
Black Lotus by Laura Joh Rowland (St. Martin's Press)
The Hunted by Alan Jacobson (Pocket Books)
Louisiana Hotshot by Julie Smith (Forge)
Stabbing Stephanie by Evan Marshall (Kensington)
The Syndrome by John Case (Ballantine Books)


An Actor's Guide: Your First Year in Hollywood by Michael Saint Nicholas (Allworth Press)
Don't Send a Resume and Other Contrarian Rules to Help Land a Great Job by Jeffrey J. Fox (Hyperion)
Putting First What Matters Most by Jane K. Cleland (New American Library)


Heart of a Warrior by Johanna Lindsey (William Morrow)
Jemina J by Jane Green (Random House)
Rules of Attraction by Christina Dodd (Avon)
The Scarletti Curse by Christine Feehan (Love Spell)


Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market 2001 edited by Alice Pope (Writer's Digest Books)
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Technical Writing by Krista Van Laan and Catherine Julian (Alpha Books)
The Marshall Plan Workbook by Evan Marshall (Writer's Digest Books)
Novel & Short Story Writer's Market 2001 edited by Anne Bowling (Writer's Digest Books)

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