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.

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, mystery/thrillers, romance, fantasy/SF, writing and computer books.

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."

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