The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 9, Issue 2.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Rowena Cherry
Can a famous chess term provide the basis for a red-hot romance novel? Former chess champion Rowena Cherry thought it might, and her futuristic romance novel, Forced Mate (LoveSpell) was a finalist in the Romantic Times and Dorchester Publishing New Voice in Romance Contest and a finalist for a PEARL Award for Best Futuristic Romance. Forced Mate breaks new ground in the genre by taking a Regency royal abduction plot and setting it in a high-tech feudal background. Her crisp writing style, naughty sense of humor and fast pacing have made Rowena Cherry a hit with fans and reviewers. Rowena spoke with us about Forced Mate, why contests can be a writer's best tool, and how her sense of humor can sometimes get her into trouble.

A Conversation With Marjorie Liu
Marjorie Liu has caused quite a stir in the romance world with the publication of her first book, Tiger Eye (LoveSpell), an exciting paranormal adventure romance set in China and the United States which has gotten rave reviews from fans and critics. Only 26, Marjorie gave up a budding law career to pursue her passion: writing fiction. Now, she's under contract for four books in the next year alone, including a new X-Men novel for Marvel. A world traveler, Marjorie uses exotic settings to great effect in her books. In this exclusive interview, Marjorie talks to us about the launch of her writing career, what prompted her to abandon law for the life of a writer, and why landing the X-Men contract is the realization of a lifelong 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: children's, fantasy/SF, lifestyle, mystery/thriller and romance.

A For Advice
In an article that is certain to be popular with writers, British novelist Alex Keegan offers writing advice from A to Z, providing thought-provoking, inspirational and pithy advice for every letter of the alphabet. This is one to bookmark and revisit when you need some inspiration.

Rhyme or Reason -- Part 1
In her latest article, Mary Dawson talks about rhyme -- one of the most powerful tools in the songwriter's toolkit. Learn about the evolution of rhymes over the past decades and how today Near Rhymes are accepted and even preferred by hit songwriters.

D-I-Y: Developing and Designing 2DO Before I Die
Authors Michael Ogden and Chris Day explain the creative process behind their new book, 2DO Before I Die (Little, Brown). The authors tell how they found the inspiration for the book, learned the skills to design the book and drank 337 pots of coffee to get to the final product.

The Major Role of a Minor Character
Jan Brogan, author of A Confidential Source (Mysterious Press), explains how she became a journalist and eventually a novelist. She also reveals how a local radio talk show host from her hometown to inspired her to create her character Billy Lopresti.

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