March 2001 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 5, Issue 2.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Leslie Glass
This month we had the pleasure of speaking with bestselling mystery novelist Leslie Glass, author of the popular "Time" series, which stars NYPD detective April Woo. Her books are known for their gripping psychological suspense and complex characterizations, and are a favorite with mystery fans and reviewers alike. Leslie spoke with us about her latest book, Tracking Time (Dutton), how she creates her characters, and the greatest professional challenge she's ever faced.

A Conversation With Christiane Heggan
Popular romance novelist Christiane Heggan had more to overcome than most first-time authors: born and raised in France, she didn't speak a word of English when she first moved to America as a young Air Force wife. But her perseverance paid off; her romantic suspense novels are national bestsellers. Christiane talked with us about her latest release, Blind Faith (Mira), and her interesting journey from being a young girl on the French Riviera to a bestselling romance novelist.

Mothers Who Write: Ann Rule
This month, Cheryl Dellasega talks with New York Times bestselling true crime author Ann Rule, whose books include the recent 20-year anniversary re-issue of The Stranger Beside Me, (W.W. Norton, 1980) about serial killer Ted Bundy, whom she knew personally. Ms. Rule is also the winner of a Peabody Award for her miniseries Small Sacrifices, (New American Library), two Anthony awards from Boucheron, and the Washington State Governor's Award. She spoke to Cheryl about her inspiration for becoming a writer, the effect motherhood has had on her writing, and what writers must do in order to succeed.

The Realities of Radioplay: Part IV
In her article, "The Realities of Radioplay: Part IV, Corporate Radio," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her popular column on songwriting. This month, Mary discusses "corporate radio," what it means for the independent artist/songwriter, and why songwriters must become as creative in promoting their songs as they are in writing them.

Finding a Movie Idea That Will Sell
In this excerpt from his book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting, from Macmillan Books, Skip Press gives you the inside scoop on how to find just the right story to turn into a screenplay that will sell to Hollywood.

Will Your Book Sell?
"The Kindly, Caring Literary Agent is probably extinct. Today's agents are more likely to treat you like a paycheck than like the sensitive creative person you are." So says ex-literary agent and current Author Advocate Patrika Vaughn. In this feature, "Will Your Books Sell?" Patrika talks about why in today's market authors need to take a new approach when writing and marketing their books.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

The Amazing Pop-Up Pull-Out Mummy Book by David Hawcock (DK)
Dorling Kindersley's Children's Atlas by DK Publishing
The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block (HarperCollins)

Computer Books

Database Nation by Simson Garfinkel (O'Reilly) by Mitchell Levy (New Riders Publishing)
Inside Adobe Photoshop 6 by Gary David Bouton, et al. (New Riders Publishing)
NetResults.2: Best Practices for Web Marketing by Rick E. Bruner, Leland Harden and Bob Heyman (New Riders)


Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves (Del Ray)


Hit List by Lawrence Block (William Morrow)
Honest Doubt by Amanda Cross (Ballantine)
Killing Cassidy by Jeanne M. Dams (Walker and Co.)
Tracking Time by Leslie Glass (Dutton)
Trust Fund by Stephen Frey (Ballantine)


Blind Faith by Christiane Heggan (Mira)
The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann (Ivy Books)
Going Overboard by Christina Skye (Dell)
Into the Woods by Linda Jones (Love Spell)


Championship Writing by Paula LaRocque (Marion Street Press)
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction by Cory Doctorow and Karl Schroeder (Alpha Books)
The Science of Science-fiction Writing by James Gunn (Scarecrow Press)

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