The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 3, Issue 3.
In This Issue:A Conversation With Neil Gaiman
Don't miss our exclusive, in-depth interview with bestselling novelist Neil Gaiman, the multiple award-winning author of the Sandman graphic novel series which is soon to be a major film release, the comic urban fantasy Neverwhere (Avon, 1998) which is soon to be made into a feature film, the short story anthology Smoke and Mirrors (Avon, 1998) and, his most recent release, Stardust (Spike, 1999), a witty and funny fantasy. The British-born novelist is taking America by storm -- both the critics and his adoring fans can't seem to get enough of his sharp, witty prose and darkly comic edge. He spoke with us about how he got his start as a writer, how he creates his wonderful characters, and even gives up his secrets for dealing with the dreaded Writer's Block.
Talking Mystery With Dianne Day
How did a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford and successful romance novelist end up as an award-winning mystery author? Listen in on our chat with the charming and funny Dianne Day, whose first historical mystery, The Strange Files of Fremont Jones (Doubleday, 1995), won the Macavity Award for Best Mystery and launched the popular series starring amateur sleuth Fremont Jones. Dianne talks with us about her career change from romance author to mystery author, her latest novel, Emperor Norton's Ghost (Doubleday, 1998) and how the idea for her popular heroine came to her -- literally -- in a dream.
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: mysteries, thrillers, nonfiction, computers/web design, fantasy/SF, romance, writing, and children's.
Be Your Own Editor - Part III
How do you edit your own work? This month, British literary and crime author Alex Keegan tackles the important skill of creating powerful dialogue, in the third part of his continuing series on how to be your own editor.
Should beginning writers write short stories or novels? And what's the best way to break into print?
In her article, "Breaking Into Print -- What Length Sells Best?" mystery and fantasy novelist Melisa Michaels discusses the best length for fiction for beginning writers trying to sell their work.
Writing a historical novel? A historical romance? Have a term paper due?
The Web has a plethora of sites which can help you get started on researching any historical time period. Let Greg Knollenberg be your guide to finding the historical research you need online in his article entitled, "Internet Research Resources for Historical Writers."
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