The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 3, Issue 5.

In This Issue:

A Converstion With Lev Raphael
Don't miss our chat with award-winning literary and mystery novelist Lev Raphael, author of the popular academic mystery series starring English professor Nick Hoffman. His latest book, The Death of a Constant Lover (Walker & Co., 1999) is delighting both critics and fans alike. Lev spoke with us about his move from successful university professor and literary novelist to successful mystery novelist, how he created his popular mystery series, and gives some invaluable advice for aspiring fiction writers.

A Conversation With Martha C. Lawrence
Martha Lawrence enjoyed her work as an editor for Simon and Schuster. But she wasn't really sure she had what it takes to be a successful author herself, after seeing first-hand how difficult the market was. She need not have worried. Her first book, Murder in Scorpio, which starred psychic investigator Dr. Elizabeth Chase, debuted to rave reviews and was short-listed for the Edgar, Agatha and Anthony awards for Best First Mystery. She's never looked back. Listen in on our conversation with Martha as she talks about her latest book, Aquarius Descending (St. Martin's Press, 1999), her life as an editor, her psychic experiences which led to the creation of the Elizabeth Chase series, and what it was like growing up in a haunted house.

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: mysteries, thrillers, nonfiction, computers/web design, fantasy/SF, romance, writing and children's.

The Art of Telling Lies
Do fiction writers illustrate the truth by telling lies? See what British crime and literary novelist Alex Keegan has to say about how writers lie to tell a greater truth, and how this technique can be used to improve your writing.

Cracking the Women's Magazine Market
Would You Like to See Your Work Featured in McCall's, Woman's Day, Ladies Home Journal and the Other Top Women's Magazines? Let Donna Elizabeth Boetig, author of Feminine Wiles: Creative Techniques for Writing Women's Feature Stories That Sell (American West, 1998) be your guide to freelancing success in her article, "Cracking the Women's Magazine Market."

Are You an Aspiring Songwriter?
In her article, "Do-It-Yourself Music Publishing - Part II," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her two part series for beginning songwriters. In Part II she shares valuable tips for getting a demo made of your song.

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