May 1998 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 2, Issue 5.

In This Issue:

Interview with Stephen J. Cannell
What does it take to make it to the top? Will the Internet change the way you watch your favorite TV shows? Emmy Award-winning producer/screenwriter and bestselling author Stephen J. Cannell shares his inspiring story of his amazing success in television and as the bestselling author of The Plan, Final Victim and, his latest book, King Con which received rave reviews and is soon to be a motion picture from MGM starring John Travolta. He also tells beginning writers what they must know to make it as a novelist or screenwriter in today's competitive market.

Interview with Dan Brown
Has technology erased our privacy? Does the government read your email? Listen in as we talk with author Dan Brown, author of the hot new thriller Digital Fortress (St. Martin's Press, 1998). Dan talks with us about the NSA, cryptography and how he came to write this popular techno-thriller which just went into its third printing.

Interview with Rebecca Forster
How do you research a legal thriller? Are women authors stereotyped in the publishing world? Finds out in this interview with bestselling novelist Rebecca Forster, author of the legal thrillers The Mentor and Keeping Counsel.

Point of View From My Point of View
British crime novelist Alex Keegan shares his advice on point of view. Should a beginner write in first person or third or both? See what Alex has to say.

Which will give you more prestige writing a book or selling a screenplay? Which will make you more money?
In "Book, or Script, or Both?", screenwriter, novelist and teacher Skip Press explains that the road to a successful writing career may depend on your flexibility. Are you limited in what you can write? Maybe you should consider Skip's alternative.

Using Poetry to Improve Your Writing
Looking to make your writing more interesting? Try adding some poetic imagery... Mika Teachout shows you how poetry concepts and images can make your fiction and non-fiction writing more interesting in her article, "Using Poetry to Improve Your Writing."

Search engine queries not bringing up the results you need?
Greg Knollenberg gets you started on your online research in his article, "Effective Use of Search Engines."

Book Reviews

Children's Books
"Let all thy joys be as the month of May."
Francis Quarles

Wow! You can say that again! The children's books chosen for review in this merry month of May are indeed joys. Delights for the eyes, ears and heart, there is a gift from every author and illustrator found in all these books. We have both the 1998 Caldecott and Newbery winners, awards that are not given unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently and deliberately (borrowing heavily from marriage vows); two wonderful books perfect for Mother's Day and adaptations to board book format of Dinosaur Bob and George Shrinks, two already extremely popular picture books now made accessible to younger minds and smaller hands. So without further ado, let's take a whirl around the May Pole and celebrate children's literature at its finest.

-- Nancy Littleon

Angel to Angel: A Mother's Gift of Love by Walter Dean Myers
Dinosaur Bob by William Joyce.
George Shrinks by William Joyce.
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse.
Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky.
You're Just What I Need by Ruth Krauss pictures by Julia Noonan

Computers/Web Design

Creative HTML Design by Lynda Weinman & William Weinman.
Peter Norton's Inside the PC by Peter Norton.
10 Minute Guide to PC Upgrades by Galen Grimes.
Using HTML 4, Java 1.1 and JavaScript 1.2 by Eric Ladd, Jim O'Donnell.
World Wide Internet Yellow Pages 7th Ed. by by Lorna Gentry, Kelli Brooks, Jill Bond.


Cosm by Gregory Benford.
Freeware by Rudy Rucker
Hand of Prophecy by Severna Park.

General Fiction

Lloyd What Happened by Stanley Bing.
Mendel's Dwarf by Simon Mawer.


The Cat Who Tailed a Thief by Lilian Jackson Braun.
The Cold Hard Fax by Leslie O'Kane.
Death Hits the Fan by Jacqueline Girdner.
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown.
Extreme Justice by William Bernhardt.
The Genesis Code by John Case.
Misleading Ladies by Cynthia Smith.
Mrs. Jeffries Questions the Answer by Emily Brightwell.
Mrs. Pargeter's Plot by Simon Brett.
Murder Olé by Corinne Holt Sawyer.
No Place For Sin by Sherry Lewis.
Paws for Alarm by Marian Babson.
Rogue Warrior: Seal Force Alpha by Richard Marcinko.
Spiced to Death by Peter King.
Wed and Buried by Mary Daheim.


Great Pies and Tarts by Carole Walter.
Krystine's Healthy Gourmet Bakery Cookbook by Krystine Crowell
The Reading Group Handbook by Rachel W. Jacobsohn
The Ultimate Guide to Student Contests Grades K-6 by Scott Pendleton.
The Unemotional Investor by Robert Sheard.


The Bride was a Rental by Kelly Jamison
A Charmed Place by Antoinette Stockenberg
Homeport by Nora Roberts
The Lady and the Knight by Lois Greiman


The Complete Guide to Writing & Selling the Christian Novel by Penelope J. Stokes, Ph.D.
How To Get Happily Published by Judith Appelbaum.
The Instant Intellectual by Norah Vincent & Chad Conway.
You Can Write Children's Books by Tracey E. Dills.

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