The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 4, Issue 5.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Mary Higgins Clark
Mary Higgins Clark is the undisputed Queen of Suspense, with over 50 million copies of her immensely popular books in print worldwide. Her latest novel, Before I Say Good-Bye (Simon and Schuster, 2000), is a fast-paced suspense novel which explores the world of psychic communication with the dead. Before I Say Good-Bye and her latest paperback release, We'll Meet Again are both slated to appear on the #1 slots of the upcoming New York Times bestseller lists, a feat she has accomplished many times before. We spoke with Mary just before she inked her new $64 million, 5-book deal with Simon and Schuster, her publisher for 25 years. In this wide-ranging and in-depth interview, Mary speaks openly about the death of her father and first husband, how she made it from single mother of four to bestselling author, her latest novel, and how she found romance again in a most unlikely way.

A Conversation With Jeanne M. Dams
The village cozy is alive and well; just ask Jeanne M. Dams, Agatha Award-winning author of both the Dorothy Martin and the Hilda Johannson mystery series. Jeanne gave up a successful career as a teacher to pursue her dream of being a novelist. She talks to us about her change in careers, how she created her two popular mystery series, and her latest Hilda Johannson mystery, Red, White and Blue Murder (Walker & Co., 2000).

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: children's, computer books, mystery/thrillers, fantasy/SF/horror, general fiction, nonfiction, romance, and writing.

Angels and Demons: The Making of An International Thriller
Dan Brown hit the national bestseller lists with his exciting techno-thriller, Digital Fortress (St. Martin's Press, 1998). Now his latest book, Angels and Demons (Simon and Schuster, 2000) has just been released to rave reviews. Angels and Demons involves an ancient secret brotherhood, The Illuminati, which has always been at war with the teachings of the Catholic church as they relate to science. From the top-secret laboratories of CERN to the underground tunnels beneath the Vatican, the author takes readers on a spellbinding journey in his latest book. Dan talks about how he created his latest book in this compelling look behind the scenes.

Build-A-Song Part V: Melody
In her article, "Build-A-Song Part V: Melody," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her advice on building a song from the ground up in this fifth entry in her popular series on songwriting.

Finding a Place for Your Novel Online
Have you ever thought about publishing your novel online instead of submitting it to a traditional publisher? Sarah Anchors looks into the new wave of novelists who have eschewed traditional publishing avenues to publish their novels on the Internet in her article "First Time Novelists Look to the Net for Success."

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