March 2002 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 6, Issue 2.

In This Issue:

Talking Tolkien With Thomas Shippey
When Peter Jackson needed expert help to teach the actors in The Lord of the Rings to speak the Elvish languages created by J.R.R. Tolkien, he called Professor Thomas Shippey, the world's foremost J.R.R. Tolkien scholar. The author of The Road to Middle Earth, Dr. Shippey's latest release is J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century (Houghton Mifflin), a fascinating look at why Tolkien deserves the title of author of the century, despite some critics' dismissal of his works. Professor Shippey spoke to us about the challenges of bringing Tolkien's languages to the screen, and why he believes that Tolkien is our most underrated author.

A Conversation With Christine Feehan
New York Times bestselling romance novelist Christine Feehan has garnered legions of fans with her twist on the traditional vampire tale. Her Carpathians are vampire hunters who protect the human race from the undead. Known for her imaginative settings, vivid characterizations and steamy passion, Christine is racking up PEARL awards and rave reviews with each new book. Her latest book in the series is Dark Legend (Love Spell). Christine spoke with us about her road to publishing success, how she creates her compelling characters, and why she loves the dark side of romance writing.

The Top Ten FAQs On The Business Of Songwriting: #6
This month nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her exciting series of articles, entitled "The Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions on the Business of Songwriting." The fourth article, #6 in the countdown, answers the question: How can I get my song to a specific artist?

A Horse of a Different Color
Writers often feel different from other people. In her latest article, Carolyn Burch explores how being different from other people is actually as asset for a working writer. Let Carolyn show you how to release your inner artist and get inspired in your writing.

Ethics of Technical Publishing: Trust Yourself
Technical writers sometimes face some sticky ethical questions in their business. When upper management asks you to falsify the authorship of an article, or to give unauthorized credit to someone who doesn't deserve it, what do you do? Jay Delms explores this ethical dilemma in his article, "Ethics of Technical Publishing: Trust Yourself".

What's New On The Bookshelves?

See what our reviewers have to say about the latest books:

Children's Books

I Am a Skater: Young Dreamers photographed by Jane Feldman (Random House)
No More Kissing by Emma Chichester Clark (Doubleday)
Text Me: Everything You Need to Know About Text Messaging by Random House
Where the Action Was by Penny Colman (Crown)

Computer Books

Back to the User by Tammy Sachs and Gary McClain, Ph.D. (New Riders)
Inside XSLT by Steven Holzner (New Riders)
XML, XSLT, Java and JSP by Westy Rockwell (New Riders)


The Alchemist by Donna Boyd (Ballantine)
Captain Nemo by Kevin J. Anderson (Pocket Books)
The Dragon Queen by Alice Borchardt (Del Ray)


The Cat Who Smelled a Rat by Lilian Jackson Braun (Jove)
Evans to Betsy by Rhys Bowen (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Kaleidoscope by Dorothy Gilman (Ballantine)
The Summons by John Grisham (Doubleday)


J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century by Thomas Shippey (Houghton Mifflin)
Yoga: The Poetry of the Body by Rodney Yee, Nina Zolotow (St. Martin's Press)


Dark of the Night by Dee Davis (Ballantine)
Dream Island by Josie Litton (Bantam)
Head Over Heels by Susan Anderson (Avon)


Damn! Why Didn't I Write That? by Marc McCutcheon (Quill Driver Books)
Hot Text: Web Writing That Works by Jonathan and Lisa Price (New Riders)
Immediate Fiction by Jerry Cleaver (St. Martin's Press)
Write Mind by Eric Maisel, Ph.D. (Tarcher/Putnam)

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