June 2003 Issue

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

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Eliot Pattison
Critically acclaimed novelist Eliot Pattison already had a successful career as an international attorney when he began writing fiction, inspired by his many visits to China and Tibet. His first novel, The Skull Mantra (St. Martin's Minotaur), won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, received rave reviews from critics and launched a new series. Set in China and Tibet, the series features former Beijing inspector Shan Tao Yun, who has been sentenced to a hard labor camp in Tibet for offending a communist party official. Shan solves a crime and starts a new life in Tibet. Eliot spoke to us about the latest book in this entertaining and thought-provoking series, Bone Mountain (St. Martin's Minotaur), and how his travels to Chinese-occupied Tibet have changed his life.

A Conversation With Steve Hamilton
An information developer for IBM for nineteen years, Steve Hamilton always had a secret longing to write fiction. His first book, A Cold Day in Paradise won the PWA/St. Martin's Press Best First Private Eye Novel Contest, and went on to win both the Edgar and the Shamus awards, as well. Now he juggles two careers, while writing his bestselling series about an ex-cop, Alex McKnight, who lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. His latest book is Blood is the Sky (St. Martin's Minotaur), a gripping tale of friendship and revenge. Steve spoke to us about his latest novel and how he manages to keep two successful careers going at the same time.

The Novice Screenwriter Refuses to Conform
British novelist Alex Keegan once took a screenwriting class which quickly degenerated into the class yelling out every cliché they could think of. So, how does a writer learn to write really original literary fiction? In this fascinating article, Alex Keegan takes you on a guided tour inside the mind of a novelist as his style evolves over the years.

Frozen Ideas
Australian children's author Hazel Edwards gives readers a behind the scenes tour of how she created her upcoming new young adult eco-thriller, Frozen Chosen (Lothian, 2004). From plotting to character creation, Hazel tells all about her exciting new project.

The Power of Repetition
How do savvy songwriters know instinctively how to use both melodic and lyrical repetition effectively? This month nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson tells you how in her new article, "The Power of Repetition."

Eight Tips For Getting Published in Magazines
Freelancing is not an easy way to make a living. But there are some things that can help you get the editor's attention and get that assignment. Gary Bell explains in his article, "Eight Tips For Getting Published in Magazines."

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Animal Sense by Diane Ackerman, Illustrated by Peter Sis (Knopf)
Joe-Joe's First Flight by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, Illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Knopf)
The Wee, Free Men by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)
Zipped by Laura and Tom McNeal (Knopf)


The Battle of Evernight by Cecilia Dart-Thornton (Warner Aspect)
Grail Prince by Nancy McKenzie (Del Ray)
The Lake House by James Patterson (Little, Brown)


Blood is the Sky by Steve Hamilton (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Dirty Work by Stuart Woods (Putnam)
The Dragon King's Palace by Laura Joh Rowland (St. Martin's Minotaur)
The Jester by James Patterson & Andrew Gross (Little, Brown)
The King of Torts by John Grisham (Doubleday)
The Protector by David Morrell (Warner Books)


CareerXRoads 2003 by Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler (MMC Group)

Romance and Women's Fiction

Dark Symphony by Christine Feehan (Jove)
Die in Plain Sight by Elizabeth Lowell (William Morrow)
The Only One by Christine Feehan, Susan Grant and Susan Squires (Leisure Books)
Shadow Crossing by Catherine Spangler (Love Spell)
Spellbound in Seattle by Garthia Anderson (Love Spell)
Unearthed by C.J. Barry (Love Spell)

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