The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 5, Issue 8.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Fern Michaels
Don't miss our exclusive interview with New York Times and internationally bestselling romance novelist Fern Michaels, author of Plain Jane (Kensington), Charming Lily (Kensington) and Texas Rich (Ballantine). With over sixty million of her books in print, Fern has legions of fans all over the world who eagerly await her next release. But this successful author overcame great personal challenges in order to get where she is today, including raising five children on her own while supporting her family with her writing. Fern spoke with us about her latest books, Texas Rich, Kentucky Rich and Charming Lily, how she creates her beloved characters, and what writers must do in order to get published.

A Conversation With Dan Simmons
This month we had the pleasure of speaking with bestselling novelist and short story writer Dan Simmons, author of the critically acclaimed, Hugo award-winning Hyperion Cantos (Bantam Spectra). Simmons has won multiple awards for his work, which covers many genres from SF to mainstream. His latest novel is Hardcase (St. Martin's Press), a gritty hardboiled novel which stars Joe Kurtz, a private investigator whose latest case is finding a missing accountant for mob boss Don Farino. Dan talks about his award-winning Hyperion series, his new novel Hardcase, and why writers who merely aspire to write will never get published.

Mothers Who Write: Jodi Picoult
In her ongoing series about Mothers Who Write, Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D. talks with Jodi Picoult, the critically acclaimed author of Keeping Faith, (William Morrow), Plain Truth, (Pocket Books), and Salem Falls, (Pocket Books). She is known for her insightful novels which touch on the themes of family, relationships and the balance of love. Jodi shares her thoughts on motherhood, finding the time to write with three children, and how she kept going in the beginning when getting a good agent was the most difficult challenge of all.

Is That a Hobbit in Your Rocket?
Listen in on some of today's hottest Fantasy/SF authors talk about the difference between the two genres and how they interrelate. Lois McMaster Bujold, author of The Curse of Chalion (Eos), Dave Duncan, author of Sky of Swords (Eos) and Michael Swanwick, author of Stations of the Tide (Eos), share their thoughts on how and why some authors choose to write both Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the difficulties and creative freedom this gives them.

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, nonfiction, romance, fantasy/sf, computers/software and writing.

The Top Ten FAQs On The Business Of Songwriting: #10
This month nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson starts an exciting new series of articles, entitled "The Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions on the Business of Songwriting." The first article, #10 in the countdown, answers the question: Exactly how do songs make money?

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: Show and Tell
In this excerpt from their bestselling writing book, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers Renni Browne, formerly editor for William Morrow and senior editor Dave King teach you how to be your own best editor by using the "Show and Tell" technique.

Understanding Electronic Publishing: Part I
Chris Van Buren and Jeff Cogswell, authors of Poor Richard's Creating E-books (Top Floor) give us an overview of the epublishing phenomenon and describe some of the available options in this first of a two part article.

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