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Month: April 2010

The Revealing of Matthew Quick

The Revealing of Matthew Quick

Matthew Quick (The Silver Linings Playbook coming in Paperback on April 27, 2010) was first introduced in The Divining Wand’s October 7, 2009 post, A Love Story of Two Authors who Made Their Dreams Come True. Matt returns now only a few weeks away from the “official” May release date of his second book, SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR. And please note that this YA novel (truly for all ages) is scheduled to be presented/reviewed here on Monday, April 26,…

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria by Eve Brown-Waite – Now in Paperback

First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria by Eve Brown-Waite – Now in Paperback

Feeling restless, adventuresome, yet vacation time is still months away? Eve Brown-Waite might be able to offer an easy chair alternative when her memoir First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria: How A Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and A Third World Adventure Changed My Life is released in its Trade Paperback edition tomorrow — Tuesday, April 13th. Imagine those exotic, Third- World countries you can visit, not risk danger or disease, and stay on budget! Seriously, though, this…

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More of Our Authors’ Journeys

More of Our Authors’ Journeys

In the past weeks — and those yet to come — The Divining Wand’s posts have been filled with success. New/debut book releases are fulfilled dreams for authors and rewarding enjoyment for readers yet, remember, “getting published” doesn’t just happen. The January 25, 2010 post, Our Authors’ Journeys, told how long it took before Kristy Kiernan, Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Kristina Riggle, and Emily Winslow were published? And how they handled rejection, what kept them going as they kept writing? Today’s post…

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The Revealing of Eve Brown-Waite

The Revealing of Eve Brown-Waite

Eve Brown-Waite had an “idea” that joining The Peace Corps might be exciting for a recent college graduate without a career goal in mind. She met the recruiter, fell hard for him, and thought her commitment to The Corps might bring forth a romantic commitment too. Yes it’s the girl meets boy theme that begins Eve’s memoir, First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria: How A Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and A Third World Adventure Changed My Life,…

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Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s Love of Writing

Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s Love of Writing

At first glance, Lauren Baratz-Logsted and her successfully diverse writing career (with the most recent books Crazy Beautiful YA, and Sisters 8 series with Book 5: Marcia’s Madness coming May 3, 2010) is likely to pose the questions of why different genres/ages and which is her favorite? In today’s guest blog post, Lauren literally explains. * * * * * WEARING MANY HATS Back in 1994, when I left my day job of 11 years to take a chance on…

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Holly LeCraw and The Swimming Pool

Holly LeCraw and The Swimming Pool

From the book’s front cover: “Holly LeCraw’s THE SWIMMING POOL is a complex, astonishingly well-crafted, and completely compelling debut.” – ANITA SHREVE, author of Testimony When Holly LeCraw becomes a novelist tomorrow — April 6, 2010 — with her highly anticipated debut, The Swimming Pool, she will have accomplished a life-long dream. Now most writers constantly dream that dream but, on her website’s On Writing page, Holly confesses her mixed feelings about whether she wanted to be a writer: “I…

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Our Authors’ Best Writing Advice

Our Authors’ Best Writing Advice

Two months ago, several of our authors/friends shared words of wisdom that help guide them through the writing process. And, in today’s post, many more answer: What is the best advice about writing that you’ve received/read AND put to use? Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA): “It’s so hard to narrow it down to the individual pieces of advice, because I’ve absorbed all of them into the “stew” of my writing process. “Just do it” is a big one….

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