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.

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, general fiction, mystery/thrillers, nonfiction, romance and fantasy/SF.

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."

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