June 2005 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 9, Issue 3.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With James Rollins
He was a successful veterinarian with his own practice in Sacramento. But James Rollins had always loved writing. So he wrote on weekends and lunch hours at work, honing his craft. His hard work paid off. Rollins recently had two books debut on the New York Times bestseller list: Sandstorm (now out in paperback) and Map of Bones (William Morrow). Map of Bones is a spine-tingling thriller that mixes science, ancient mysteries, the Vatican and exotic locations. Map of Bones is the first book in the new SIGMA series, featuring an elite group of specialists with both special ops skills and scientific backgrounds who are sent all over the world to combat threats to the United States. The author describes the SIGMA team as essentially a cadre of "killer scientists-men and women who are deadlier than Bond and twice as smart." In this exclusive interview, Jim discusses the truth behind the science in Map of Bones, how growing up Catholic gives him a different perspective when writing a thriller set in the Vatican, and the dangers of allowing politics to trump science in the classroom.

Rhyme or Reason -- Part 2
In her latest article, Mary Dawson continues her series on rhymes. Learn what types of Near Rhymes work as well as some unacceptable Near Rhymes that you must always avoid.

Why I Wrote Mistress Bradstreet
In this Author Essay, Charlotte Gordon discusses how she came to write Mistress Bradstreet, a biography of poet Anne Bradstreet. Charlotte tells of her fourteen year search to find out more about the extraordinary poet. Gordon did find out some of Bradstreet's secrets, but part of her life will always remain a mystery.

The Witch in the Well
In this Author Essay, Kim Wilkins, author of The Autumn Castle (Warner Aspect), discusses how she became interested in writing dark fantasy and of her fascination with fairy tales. She also shares how she came up with the idea for her latest urban fantasy based on Germanic fairy tales while exploring the art galleries, restaurants and streets of Berlin.

Book Reviews

Children's/Young Adult

Earthquakes by Franklyn M. Branley, Illustrated by Megan Lloyd (HarperCollins)
The Light of the Oracle by Victoria Hanley (David Fickling Books)
The Sphere of Secrets by Catherine Fisher (Greenwillow Books)
Sleepy ABC by Margaret Wise Brown, Pictures by Esphyr Slobodkina
Tiger (Five Ancestors Book 1) by Jeff Stone (Random House)


The Loch by Steve Alten (Tsunami Books)


Armed Gunmen, True Facts and Other Ridiculous Nonsense by Richard Kallan (Pantheon)
The Cat Fanciers' Association Complete Cat Book by Mordecai Siegal (HarperResource)


Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett (Knopf)
Map of Bones by James Rollins (William Morrow)

Romance and Women's Fiction

Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner (Berkley)
A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur's Court by Marianne Mancusi (LoveSpell)
Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson (Ballantine)
The Truth About Love by Stephanie Laurens (William Morrow)

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