October 2003 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 7, Issue 5.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Kevin J. Anderson
Internationally bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson has millions of fans around the globe. He broke the Guinness World Record for "Largest Single-Author Signing," passing the previous records set by General Colin Powell and Howard Stern, and landed the largest science fiction book contract in history to write prequels to Frank Herbert's SF classic, Dune. Now, in this exclusive interview, Kevin talks to us about his exciting new epic SF series, The Saga of the Seven Suns, which is receiving rave reviews from critics. He talks about the latest book in the series, Forest of Stars (Warner Books), his Dune collaboration with Brian Herbert, and important issues facing the world today: from stem cell research to space exploration.

1000 Years for Revenge: A Conversation With Peter Lance
Could the tragedies of 9/11 have been prevented? Undoubtedly yes, says five-time Emmy award-winning investigative journalist and bestselling author Peter Lance. In his groundbreaking new book, 1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI, the Untold Story (ReganBooks), Lance puts together for the first time a detailed outline of the massive conspiracy which led to the tragedy of 9/11. In a tragic failure of our country's intelligence, al-Qaeda operated a major terror cell for years on the East Coast, while the FBI missed opportunity after opportunity to stop it. In this exclusive interview, Peter talks about what went wrong, what's being done to correct the problems at the FBI, and why he believes that America is in more danger from terrorism than ever before.

A Conversation With Lyn Hamilton
Bestselling Canadian mystery novelist Lyn Hamilton has always loved archaeology. For many years she was the Director of the Cultural Programs branch of the Ontario government in Canada, where she was responsible for the licensing of all archaeology in the province. Always a fan of mystery novels, Lyn decided to combine two of her loves in her first book, The Xibalba Murders (Berkley Prime Crime). Featuring amateur sleuth and antiques dealer Lara McClintoch, her books combine mystery and exotic travel. Lyn spoke to us about her latest book, The Thai Amulet, her love of travel, and how she created her popular heroine.

Sing For Me
Why does some writing come across as vibrant and alive, while other writing comes across as dull and flat. British novelist Alex Keegan says that the music matters in your writing -- it is part of the process, part of the meaning. Alex explains in his latest article, "Sing to Me."

Co-Writing Committee-itis
Australian authors Hazel Edwards and Jean Roberts give readers a behind the scenes tour of how they created their new nonfiction book, Committee-itis (Choice Books). Committees are overtaking corporations and committee fatigue is setting in. Hazel and Jean explain how, with a little planning and imagination, to inoculate any committee from the dreaded "committee-itis" virus.

The Power of Repetition, Part II
Hit songs often incorporate some concepts most people know from a study of poetry or English literature. This month nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson explains how you can use these concepts to create a hit song in her new article, "The Power of Repetition, Part II."

Before You Write
Patrika Vaughn believes that the most common reason that books fail is that the writer doesn't know enough about the four essential components of a successful book. In her article, "Before You Write," Patrika takes you through the necessary process all writers should go through before they sit down write a book.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Antarctica's Frozen Chosen by Hazel Edwards (Lothian Books)
Baby Food by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers (Arthur A. Levine Books)
Dinosaurs A-to Z: The Ultimate Dinosaur Encyclopedia by Don Lessem, Illustrated by Jan Sovak (Scholastic)
Garden of Angels by Lurlene McDaniel (Delacorte Press)
My First Jumbo Book of Things That Go by James Diaz, Melanie Gerth and Francesca Diaz (Scholastic)
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (Delacorte Press)
The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Dave McKean (HarperCollins)

Computer Books

Game Creation and Careers by Marc Saltzman (New Riders)
PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Websites by Larry Ullman (Peachpit Press)
Return on Design by Ani Phyo (New Riders)


Demon Witch by Geoffrey Huntington (ReganBooks)
Eragon by Christoper Paolini (Knopf)
The Faeries of Spring Cottage by Wendy Froud and Terri Windling (Simon and Schuster)
First Rider's Call by Kristen Britain (Daw)
Ice Hunt by James Rollins (William Morrow)
The Machine Crusade (Dune series) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Tor)
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (Doubleday)

General Fiction

The Facts of Life by Graham Joyce (Atria Books)
Chasing Shakespeare by Sarah Smith (Atria Books)


Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate by M.C. Beaton (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Click Here for Murder by Donna Andrews (Berkley Prime Crime)
Dante's Equation by Jane Jensen (Del Ray)
Dine and Die on the Danube Express by Peter King (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Mumbo Gumbo by Jerrilyn Farmer (Avon)
The Samurai's Daughter by Sujata Massey (HarperCollins)
The Thai Amulet by Lyn Hamilton (Berkley Prime Crime)


1000 Years for Revenge by Peter Lance (ReganBooks)
Everest: Summit of Achievement by Stephen Venables (Simon and Schuster)
The Story of The West by Robert M. Utley (DK)

Romance and Women's Fiction

Enchanted Time by Amy Elizabeth Saunders (Love Spell)
Material Girl by Julia London (Berkley Sensation)
Spellbound by Kathleen Nance (Love Spell)
Traveler by Melanie Jackson (Love Spell)


The American Directory of Writer's Guidelines by Brigette M. Phillips, Susan D. Klassen and Doris Hall (Quill Driver Books)
How to Become a Fulltime Freelance Writer by Michael A. Banks (The Writer Books)
The Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published by Evan Marshall (Writer's Digest Books)
Writer's Guide to Places by Don Prues and Jack Heffron (Writer's Digest Books)

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