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Month: February 2010

Good News about and from Our Authors

Good News about and from Our Authors

The Diving Wand loves sharing good news about its authors and this post offers quite a collection. For Wendy Tokunaga (Midori By Moonlight, Love in Translation) BookPage Reviews’ Friendship and family in a foreign land is a Web exclusive by Sheri Bodoh. Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA) was thrilled and flattered by this terrific book trailer for Bad Girls Don’t Die made by a reader/fan. Do watch. Melanie Benjamin watches her foreign rights sales soar for (Alice I…

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The Revealing of Sarah Pekkanen

The Revealing of Sarah Pekkanen

In less than two weeks Sarah Pekkanen will become a true Deb at The Debutante Ball when her first novel, The Opposite of Me, is released on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. There’s already great buzz about this thought-provoking story of twins and REDBOOK Magazine, which has picked it as a “Bookmark” selection for its March issue, writes: “With her smart, soulful novel, author Pekkanen explores the place where self and sisterhood intersect.” The Divining Wand’s full presentation/review of The Opposite…

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Our Authors’ Favorite Love Stories, II

Our Authors’ Favorite Love Stories, II

Although pre-empted by yesterday’s Olympic post, here is the continuation of our authors’ favorite love stories. Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA): “My favorite love story is ‘”Pride & Prejudice.”‘ Nobody can do it like Jane Austen! And one of the great things about loving that book is that there are umpteen movie versions to choose from when you need a girls’ day on the couch with some popcorn and a glass of wine! (The audiobook is also great…

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Eileen Cook, Writer-in-Olympic-Residence

Eileen Cook, Writer-in-Olympic-Residence

Eileen Cook (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA) — born, raised, and schooled in Michigan and Indiana — moved to Vancouver in 1994 with her “devoted husband.” Both love the city and, during the past few years, this author has mentioned the Winter Olympics of 2010 more than a few times in her blog posts. Now that the Games have begun in beautiful Vancouver, Eileen shares her pride and joy in the Olympic…

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Our Authors’ True Love of the Writing Process, II

Our Authors’ True Love of the Writing Process, II

As promised here is a continuation of authors’ responses to the question of: What do you love most about the writing process? Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch coming August 5, 2010): “For the most part, my writing process is arduous. Often when I’m struggling to find the right words or simply the courage to keep on typing, I hear Matt typing away in the next room, or hear him lean back in his chair and sigh. I’m married to a…

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Our Authors’ True Love of the Writing Process

Our Authors’ True Love of the Writing Process

If, as often described, the road to publication is a journey, then the writing process must be a well-known path for every author. Yes, it’s a creative path but one that’s also paved with guidelines, outlines, eventual deadlines and everything in between. Sound arduous? Some parts of this path just are, however what about those places where a writer can literally coast? Since these are different for everyone — and in keeping with this site’s theme for the week —…

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Judy Merrill Larsen’s Love Story

Judy Merrill Larsen’s Love Story

Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional character, someone who IF only existed…? On the other hand, when writers imagine their characters, do they ever create their “ideal?” Our guest author for this week, Judy Merrill Larsen (All the Numbers), has experienced both and shares how her romantic dream came true. *********** Finding Love Among the Pages In the summer of 1973 I fell in love. Hard. This was no schoolgirl crush, no scribbling his initials and mine…

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Our Authors Favorite Love Stories

Our Authors Favorite Love Stories

Although February celebrates Black History Month, Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, it also offers a quiet time in book releases. Now, of course new books are appearing on bookstore shelves, but the real flurry of spring/summer titles begins next month and almost overwhelms in April, May, June… To take advantage of this quiet, cozy, snowbound time as well as to extend the warmth of Valentine’s Day, what would be better than a good love story? Our authors agreed and have…

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Our Authors Take on Book Covers

Our Authors Take on Book Covers

Although wisdom warns not to judge a book by its cover, both authors and readers would likely agree that a cover can make a favorable first impression. How much more of an impression, though? To discover the truth our authors were asked, what book have you bought based on the lure of its cover? And then, many readers assume the author chooses a book’s cover and — while not exactly true — how much input have you had over your…

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The Revealing of Judy Merrill Larsen

The Revealing of Judy Merrill Larsen

When Judy Merrill Larsen, a former high school English teacher, wrote her debut novel, All the Numbers, she brilliantly told the heartbreaking story of losing a child. And, although it was purely fiction, the book resonated with so many who had lived through that tragic nightmare. In fact Judy was overwhelmed with “thank you” mail for giving voice and respect to their grief. With her talent and literary skill grounded in the core values of middle America, it’s not surprising…

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