September 2002 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 6, Issue 7.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Joyce Christmas
Mystery novelist Joyce Christmas is the author of two popular mystery series: one stars expatriate British aristocrat Lady Margaret Priam and the other features retired office manager Betty Trenka. Joyce, who is the former Associate Editor of The Writer magazine, spoke with us about her new novel, Forged in Blood (Ballantine) in which her two series leads meet and travel to Europe to deal with fabulous scenery, art forgery, and murder. She also gives some great advice for aspiring mystery writers.

A Conversation With John Scott Shepherd
Novelist and screenwriter John Scott Shepherd has made it to the top of his profession, with five movies in active development at Hollywood studios, a three-movie directing deal, and a three year contract with a TV studio to dream up one-hour dramas in his spare time. But just a few years ago he was facing bankruptcy, after leaving a successful advertising career to write full-time. In this exclusive interview, John talks about his critically acclaimed first novel, Henry's List of Wrongs (RuggedLand), and how he made his dreams come true.

Mothers Who Write: Alice McDermott
In her ongoing series about Mothers Who Write, Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D. talks with Alice McDermott, the National Book Award-winning author of Charming Billy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) The Bigamist's Daughter (Random House), and That Night (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). In this revealing interview, Alice talks about her road from vanity press employee to award-winning author, and how she manages to juggle a family with her career.

The Top Ten FAQs On The Business Of Songwriting: #1
This month nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson concludes her series of articles, entitled "The Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions on the Business of Songwriting." The tenth article, #1 in the countdown, answers the question: "Do I have to re-locate to a major music city like LA, New York or Nashville in order to have a real chance of making it in the music business?"

Author Self-Searching on the Web
Award-winning Australian novelist Hazel Edwards searched for herself on Google, and came up with some surprising results. How is the Web indexing your life's accomplishments? See what Hazel found out in her article, "Author Self-Searching on the Web."

A Salute to the Invisible
Many of the most famous creative talents in history either suffered from mental illness, or were considered a bit odd by their neighbors. Carolyn Burch examines the relationship between creativity and being "different" from the rest of society in her article, "A Salute to the Invisible."

Effective Business Writing: The White Paper
Any writer who works for a large corporation knows that an effective marketing presentation can either make or break the sale. Whether you're writing up a proposal for adapting a new technology or for implementing a new strategy, you must know how to draft a white paper. Anjana Srikanth shows you how in her article, "Effective Business Writing: The White Paper."

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Child X by Lee Weatherly (David Fickling Books)
Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney (Delacorte Press)
Hansa: The True Story of an Asian Elephant Baby by Clare Hodgson Meeker, Illustrations by Linda Feltner (Sasquatch Books)
The Other Goose by Judith Kerr (HarperCollins)
Pendragon: The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale (Aladdin Books)
Remote Man by Elizabeth Honey (Knopf)
Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli (Knopf)
The Winged Cat: And Other Tales of Ancient Civilizations by Deborah Norse Lattimore (HarperTrophy)


Absolute PC Security & Privacy by Michael Miller (Sybex)
Photoshop Type Effects Visual Encylcopedia by Roger Pring (New Riders)
Shockwave 3D by Jason Wolf (New Riders)


Coraline by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
Domain by Steve Alten (Tor)
The Dragon Charmer by Jan Siegel (Del Ray)
Sorcerers of the Nightwing by Geoffrey Huntington (ReganBooks)
The Witch Queen by Jan Siegel (Del Ray)

General Fiction

Henry's List of Wrongs by John Scott Shepherd (RuggedLand)


The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge (Little, Brown)
Dead Midnight by Marcia Muller (Mysterious Press)
Forged in Blood by Joyce Christmas (Fawcett Books)
Louisiana Bigshot by Julie Smith (Forge)
Make Them Cry by Kevin O'Brien (Pinnacle)
The Tutor by Peter Abrahams (Ballantine)


A Little Book of Coincidence by John Martineau (Walker Books)
Platonic & Archimedean Solids by Daud Sutton (Walker Books)
Scheherazade Goes West by Fatema Mernissi (Washington Square Press)
Stonehenge by Robin Heath (Walker Books)


An Accidental Woman by Barbara Delinsky (Simon and Schuster)
Don't Look Back by Amanda Quick (Bantam)
George and the Virgin by Lisa Cach (Love Spell)
The Magician by Carla Cook (Love Spell)
Virtual Warrior by Ann Lawrence (Love Spell)


Do the Write Thing by Kwame Alexander with Nina Foxx (MW Books)
The Writer's Handbook 2003 edited by Elfrieda Abbe (The Writer Books)
Writing for the Information Age by Bruce Ross-Larson (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

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