October 2002 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 6, Issue 8.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With David Morrell
New York Times bestselling novelist David Morrell created the blueprint for the modern action thriller with his debut novel, First Blood, which introduced the world to Viet Nam vet Rambo. His novels, including The Brotherhood of the Rose, The League of Night and Fog, Extreme Denial, Double Image and many others, have been international bestsellers. His latest thriller is Long Lost (Warner Books), in which an ordinary man must give up everything to find the family that was taken from him. David spoke to us about Long Lost and his other new release: Lessons From a Lifetime of Writing: A Novelist Looks at His Craft (Writer's Digest Books). He also gives some great advice for aspiring novelists.

A Conversation With Shirley Palmer
Author Shirley Palmer is best known for her bestselling novel, A Veiled Journey, a thriller set in Saudi Arabia. Shirley lived in Saudi Arabia for a time, and saw first hand how women were brutally repressed. In this exclusive interview, Shirley spoke with us about her exciting new thriller, Danger Zone (Mira), and how she creates her memorable characters. She also shares her experiences about living as a Western woman in Saudi Arabia, where a woman can be jailed for venturing out on the streets without a male relative.

Songwriting Elegance Through Song Form
This month nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson begins a new, four-part series of articles. In her new article, "Songwriting Elegance Through Song Form: Part One," Mary begins the discussion about the all-important element of a hit song: the structure.

Kill is a Four Letter Word
Australian novelists Hazel Edwards and Goldie Alexander were faced with a very unusual challenge: write a murder mystery for Young Adults, whose first language was not English. The story would be used as a teaching aid. They were given a list of 500 vocabulary words they could use, and other guidelines. So how do you write a murder mystery set in the Antarctic when you aren't allowed to use such words as "penguin", "seals" or "icebergs"? See how they did it in their article, "Kill is a Four Letter Word."

The Five Golden Rules of Publicity for Authors
You've achieved that cherished goal -- you've landed a book contract. But you've now been informed that the publisher's ad budget for your book is non-existent. You're on your own promoting your book. Kat Smith, the author of The Bookseller's List, and the co-host of ABC Radio Network's "Solid Gold" morning program, shows you how to get started in her article, "The Five Golden Rules of Publicity for Authors."

Writing That Killer Query
It's the aspiring novelist's nightmare. How do you explain your 66,000+ word novel in a single page? And how do you make it so interesting that an agent offers to represent you? See how author Keith Rommel did it in his article, "Writing That Killer Query."

Book Reviews

Children's Books

The Angel Factory by Terence Blacker (Simon and Schuster)
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez (Knopf)
Girl Coming in For a Landing by April Halprin Wayland (Knopf)
Sparks by Graham McNamee (Wendy Lamb Books)


PHP Programming for Windows by Andrew Stopford (New Riders)
MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer by Hillman Curtis (New Riders)
What Your Computer Consultant Doesn't Want You to Know by Joshua Feinberg (Small Biz Tech Talk Press)


Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori Book I by Lian Hearn (Riverhead Books)
The Collection by Bentley Little (Signet)
Paragon Lost by Dave Duncan (Eos)
Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card (Tor)
Star Charts: The Complete Atlas of Star Trek by Geoffrey Mandel (Pocket Books)
Star Trek: The Starfleet Survival Guide by David Mack, Illustrated by Timothy Earls (Pocket Books)
The Veil of a Thousand Tears by Eric Van Lustbader (Tor)


The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Warner Books)
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (Penguin Books)
Danger Zone by Shirley Palmer (Mira)
Long Lost by David Morrell (Warner Books)
Water Touching Stone by Eliot Pattison (St. Martin's Press)

Romance and Women's Fiction

Burning the Map by Laura Caldwell (Red Dress Ink)
My Favorite Bride by Christina Dodd (Avon)
Kingdom of Moonlight by Josie Litton (Bantam Books)
Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Avon)


The Dictionary of Concise Writing by Robert Hartwell Fiske (Marion Street Press)
Lessons From a Lifetime of Writing: A Novelist Looks at His Craft by David Morrell (Writer's Digest Books)
Writer's Guide to Book Editors, Publishers and Literary Agents 2003-2004 by Jeff Herman (Prima)

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