May 2000 Issue

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).

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."

Book Reviews

Children's Books

The Fairies: Photographic Evidence of the Existence of Another World by Suza Scalora
The Field Mouse and the Dinosaur Named Sue by Jan Wahl, Illustrated by Bob Doucet
Love One Another: The Last Days of Jesus by Lauren Thompson, Illustrated by Elizabeth Uyehara
A Perfect Cuddle by Dee Shulman, Illustrations by Sue Porter
Voices of the Alamo by Sherry Garland, Illustrated by Ronald Jimler
You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer! by Shana Corey, Illustrated by Chesley McLaren

Computer Books

MySQL by Paul DuBois
PHP Pocket Reference by Rasmus Lerdorf
Sams Teach Yourself e-Personal Finance Today by Ken and Daria Dolan
Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML 4 in 21 Days by Laura Lemay
XML by Example by Benoit Marchal


Atlantis Rising: The True Story of a Submerged Land Yesterday and Today by Robert Sullivan, Drawings by Glenn Wolff
The Definitive Star Trek Trivia Book by Jill Sherwin
The Grand Design by John Marco
Star Trek: New Worlds New Civilizations by Michael Jan Friedman
Waiting by Frank M. Robinson

General Fiction

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
The Borderland: A Novel of Texas by Edwin Shrake


Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Before I Say Good-Bye by Mary Higgins Clark
Evan and Elle by Rhys Bowen
Hanging Hannah by Evan Marshall
Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled by Dorothy Gilman
Pisces Rising by Martha C. Lawrence
Red, White, and Blue Murder by Jeanne M. Dams
Run Jane Run by Maureen Tan
The Testament by John Grisham
Witness in Death by J.D. Robb


The Handy Dinosaur Answer Book by Thomas E. Svarney and Patricia Barnes-Svarney
The Parenting Survival Kit by Aleta Koman, M.Ed., with Edward Myers
Red Flags, How to Know When You're Dating a Loser by Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D., and Daniel A. Goldfarb, Ph.D.
Skies of Fury by Patricia Barnes-Svarney and Thomas E. Svarney
Write it Down, Make it Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser
Zen and the Art of Poker by Larry W. Phillips


The Dangerous Gentleman by Julia London
Dark Gold by Christine Feehan
The Heir by Johanna Lindsey
Lady of Valor by Tina St. John


2000 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market edited by Alice Pope
Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Jack & Glenda Neff, Don Prues
Which Lie Did I Tell? by William Goldman

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