March 1998 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 2, Issue 3.

In This Issue:

Interview with Philip Luber
What's it like to interview killers for a living? Why does a successful psychologist turn to writing heart-pounding thrillers? Forensic psychologist Dr. Philip Luber talks with us about his latest thriller, Pray For Us Sinners (Fawcett Books, 1998), how he created his popular characters, psychiatrist Harry Kline and FBI agent Veronica Pace, and his secret love: songwriting.

Interview with Karen Swenson
What's it like to be a Hollywood celebrity biographer? How do you go about researching the life of someone like Greta Garbo? Karen Swenson, author of Greta Garbo: A Life Apart (Scribner, 1997), Barbra: The Second Decade (Citadel Press, 1986), and co-author of Judy and Liza with James Spada (Doubleday, 1983) and numerous other works talks to us about how she broke into the Hollywood writing scene, what the opportunities are now for aspiring entertainment writers and her new book about screen legend Joan Crawford.

Spotlight on george, jr.
Why are working journalists scrambling to keep up with the Internet? Has the Internet helped or hurt the arts and literary worlds? This month's Inside Look feature spotlights popular ezine george, jr. Come meet George Myers, Jr., award-winning journalist for the Columbus Dispatch and founder of the popular publication which bears his name. George chats with us about what it takes to create and run a top-notch literary magazine on the Web, how the Net is affecting the literary and poetry worlds and why he's being being sued by John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Short-Story Competitions: Increasing Your Chances of Winning
Ever wondered if there was a way to increase your chances of winning a short-story competition? British crime novelist Alex Keegan has won more than his fair share of writing competitions. This month he lets you in on his secrets for beating the competition in his article "Short-Story Competitions: Increasing Your Chances of Winning."

Where Do You Get Your Ideas...?
Having trouble getting inspired to write that magazine article or novel? How do you find great ideas? In his article, "Where Do You Get Your Ideas...?", the first of a two-part series, Michael A. Banks, prolific and successful author of over 30 popular books in genres ranging from science fiction to computers to writing, shares his secrets for finding great ideas that can light the fires of imagination that every writer must have.

You've Finished Writing the Play: Now What? (Part II)
Troy M. Hughes gives you an action plan for getting your play performed in this second of his two-part series for aspiring playwrights.

Book Reviews

See our new reviews this month in these genres: children's books, mysteries, thrillers, general nonfiction, computers/web design, fantasy/SF, romance and, of course, all the latest writing books.

Children's Books

Good news for parents with toddlers or babies who still explore the world by gnawing on everything! More and more publishers are reissuing classic books in board book format. These sturdy books stand up to lots of love (i.e. many readings with novice page turners at the helm), and best of all, the new format exactly recreates the original book with no abridgement or other changes. Another plus for board books is that they are less expensive than hardback books and since they are smaller, fit conveniently inside a diaper bag or purse for emergency story times. Joining the ranks of old favorites now debuting as board books are The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle and Leo the Late Bloomer, both originally published in 1971 as hardback picture books. -- Nancy Littlejohn

Be Mine by author/artist Dana Regan.
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Krauss, Pictures by Jose Arauego.
The Secret Birthday Message by author/artist Eric Carle.

Computers/Web Design

Dynamic Web Publishing 2nd Ed. by Shelly Powers.
HTML 4 Interactive Course by Kent Cearley.
Intranet & Web Databases for Dummies by Paul Litwin.
Poor Richard's Website by Peter Kent.
Web Channel Development for Dummies by Damon Dean.


The Godmother's Web by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.
Imposter by Valerie Freireich

General Fiction

Another City, Not My Own by Dominick Dunne.
Delirium by Douglas Cooper.


Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist by M. C. Beaton.
The Best of Sisters In Crime edited by Marilyn Wallace.
Canapés for the Kitties by Marian Babson.
The Edith Wharton Murders by Lev Rapheal.
Flood Tide by Clive Cussler.
Shadow Wars by Clyde Farnsworth.
When Last Seen Alive by Gar Anthony Haywood.


Diva: Unleash Your Feminine Power by Terri Walsh.
Even the Stars Look Lonesome by Maya Angelou.
The Good, The Bad and The Very Ugly by Sondra Locke.
Phantom Islands of The Atlantic by Donald S. Johnson.
Plastic Surgery -- What You Need to Know Before, During and After by Richard A. Marfuggi, M.D.
Toy Wars by G. Wayne Miller.


The Artful Heir by Martha Kirkland.
A Royal Connection by Margaret Summerville.
Sea Swept by Nora Roberts.
The Unlikely Angel by Nadine Miller


1998 Guide to Literary Agents by Don Prues
1998 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market edited by Barbara Kuroff
The Screenwriting Life by Rich Whiteside
1998 Songwriter's Market edited by Cindy Laufenberg
Writing Poetry by David Kirby.

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