October 2000 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 4, Issue 9.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With James Clemens
You won't want to miss our exclusive interview with New York Times bestselling novelist James Clemens, author of the exciting thrillers Subterranean (HarperCollins) and Excavation (HarperCollins), (both written under the pseudonym James Rollins), as well as the popular The Banned and the Banished fantasy series: Wit'ch Fire, Wit'ch Storm, and Wit'ch War (Del Ray). Clemens spoke with us about his latest novels, Wit'ch War and Excavation, how he got his start as a writer, and how he juggles a busy veterinary practice with his new career as a bestselling novelist.

A Conversation With Phyllis Richman
Award-winning Washington Post food critic Phyllis Richman was one of the most feared women in Washington for 23 years. But she always had a hankering to write mystery fiction. Her first culinary mystery novel, The Butter Did It, features the adventures of amateur sleuth/restaurant critic Chas Wheatley, and was nominated for an Agatha award. Phyllis talked with us about her latest book, Murder on the Gravy Train, why she made the move from famous food critic to mystery novelist, and what she thinks is the most important thing for aspiring writers to do.

Faith and Doubt: an Interview With Susan Ketchin
This month, Jan McDaniel talks with writer, educator, musician and editor Susan Ketchin, author of The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction (University Press of Mississippi) and co-editor with Neil Giordano of Under 25: Fiction (W.W. Norton/DoubleTake Books). Susan talks about her work, her life, and why she's proud to be a Southern woman writer.

Diane McKinney-Whetstone
In her exciting new series "Mothers Who Write," Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D. talks to bestselling novelist Diane McKinney-Whetstone, author of Tumbling (William Morrow and Tempest Rising (William Morrow). Diane talks about her latest novel, Blues Dancing (William Morrow), how she got her start as an author, and how motherhood has affected her writing.

E-pubbing Children's Books
Australian children's writer Hazel Edwards, award-winning author of over 100 books, takes the plunge and publishes her popular Frequent Flyer Twins books with Bookmice. Hazel shares her experiences and her insights on the benefits of epublishing, or "e-pubbing", from the perspective of an experienced author entering the new frontiers of publishing for the first time.

The Realities of Radioplay
In her article, "The Realities of Radioplay," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson starts an exciting new topic in her popular column on songwriting. Once you have your song written, you've got to find a way to get people to hear it, and Mary has some great advice on this all-important topic for songwriters.

The Promise of Ebook Publishing -- Part I
In this excerpt from his upcoming book, eBook Publishing: Standards and Technologies (New Riders, 2001), Paul Stork explores first the promise and then the problems of ebook publishing in this fascinating first of a two-part series.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

The Five Fingered Family by Shakta Kaur Khalsa, Illustrated by Siri-Kartar K. Khalsa (The Brookfield Reader)
Touch and Feel Halloween (Dorling Kindersley)
Whoo's There? by Charles Reasoner (Price Stern Sloan)

Computer Books

How the MAC Works by John Rizzo and K. Daniel Clark (Que)
SAMS Teach Yourself Allaire ColdFusion by Charles Mohnike (Sams)
Special Edition Using XML by Lee Anne Phillips (Que)


Star Trek: Aliens and Artifacts by Michael Westmore, Alan Sims, Bradley M. Look and William J. Birnes (Pocket Books)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion by Terry J. Erdmann with Paula M. Block (Pocket Books)
Shrine of Light by Sarah Isidore (Eos)
Shrine of Stars: The Third Book of Confluence by Paul J. McCauley (Eos)


Excavation by James Rollins (HarperCollins)
"G" is for Grafton by Natalie Hevener Kaufman and Carol McGinnis Kay (Owl Books)
Judgment in Death by J. D. Robb (Berkley)
Murder Follows Money by Lora Roberts (Fawcett)
Sea Change by James Powlik (Dell)


All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald S. Passman (Simon & Schuster)
The Art of Spelling: The Madness and the Method by Marilyn Vos Savant (W.W. Norton)
Healthy Jewish Cooking by Steven Raichlen (Viking)


Glass Houses by Stella Cameron (Kensington)
Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas (Avon)


On Writing by Stephen King (Scribner)

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