March 1999 Issue

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.

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.

Breaking Into Print -- What Length Sells Best?
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."

Book Reviews


Baseball Bob by William Joyce.
Beaten by a Balloon by Margaret Mahy, Illustrated by Jonathan Allen.
Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzy Rockwell.
Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Droids by Daniel Wallace.
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis, Illustrated by Laura Cornell.

Computers/Web Design

Advanced Cold Fusion 4.0 by Ben Forta.
The Complete Small Business Internet Guide by Tom and Lori Heatherington.
Java 1.2 Class Libraries Unleashed by Krishna Sankar.
Lycos Personal Internet Guide by Michael Miller.
The PC Dads Guide to Becoming a Computer-Smart Parent by Mark Ivey and Ralph Bond.


Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz.
The Jackal of Nar by John Marco.
Nimisha's Ship by Anne McCaffrey.
Pandora by Anne Rice.
Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay.
Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice.
Sister to the Rain by Melisa Michaels.


Brunswick Gardens by Anne Perry
A Cat of One's Own by Lydia Adamson
Cooks Overboard by Joanne Pence
Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
Stealing Time by Leslie Glass
Suffer Little Childen by Peter Tremayne
Termination Node by Lois H. Gresh and Robert Weinberg


Clearly Delicious by Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz.
Deep Time by Gregory Benford.
An Elegant Madness: High Society in Regency England by Venetia Murray.
The Elegant Wedding and the Budget-savvy Bride by Deborah McCoy
Family Dog: A Simple and Time-Proven Method by Richard A. Wolters.
The Filmmaker's Handbook by Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus
The Mentor by Jack Carew
Ultimate Cake by Barbara Maher


The Forbidden Lord by Sabrina Jeffries.
Scandals by Penelope Neri.
A Scoundrel's Kiss by Margaret Moore.
The White Sun by Stobie Piel.


The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing by Linda Foster Radke.
1999 Guide to Literary Agents Edited by Donya Dickerson.
1999 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market Edited by Barbara Kuroff.

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