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.
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 and romance.
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.
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