September 2001 Issue

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.

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.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards, illustrated by Henry Cole (HarperCollins)
Good Thing You're Not an Octopus by Julie Markes, Pictures by Maggie Smith (HarperCollins)
How Little Lori Visited Times Square by Amos Vogel, Pictures by Maurice Sendak (HarperCollins)
The Seventh Tower: Into Battle by Garth Nix (Scholastic)
Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown, Pictures by Leo and Diane Dillon (HarperCollins)

Computer Books

Flash for the Real World by Steve Street (Sams)
How to Use Microsoft FrontPage 2002 by Paul Heltzel (Sams)
The Macromedia ColdFusion 5 Web Application Construction Kit by Ben Forta and Nate Weiss (Que)
Perl Developer's Dictionary by Clinton Pierce (Sams)
The Zope Book by Amos Latteier and Michel Pelletier (New Riders)


The Curse of Chalion by Louise McMaster Bujold (Eos)
Hyperion by Dan Simmons (Bantam Spectra)
Prophecy: Child of Earth by Elizabeth Haydon (Tor)
Reunion by Alan Dean Foster (Del Ray)


The Bride's Kimono by Sujata Massey (HarperCollins)
Hardcase by Dan Simmons (St. Martin's Press)


Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides (Doubleday)


Dark Fire by Christine Feehan (Love Spell)
Dear Cupid by Julie Ortolon (St. Martin's Press)
An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn (Avon)
Texas Rich by Fern Michaels (Ballantine)


A Good Book is the Best of Friends: A Reader's Journal by Robin Doak, introduction by Natalie Goldberg (Hyperion)
Hooking the Reader: Opening Lines that Sell by Sharon Rendell-Smock
The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals by Moira Allen (Allworth Press)

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