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Month: August 2010

How Authors Bid Their Characters Adieu

How Authors Bid Their Characters Adieu

Knowing that memorable characters linger in readers’ minds well beyond the last page of a novel, The Divining Wand wondered about the authors’ experience in letting them go. After creating and living through them for months, years….the question was asked: How do you say “goodbye?” Here are several responses: ~Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA): “I don’t think I do say good-bye to characters. Because they’re mine, I get to carry them around in my head and watch them…

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The Revealing of Kate Ledger

The Revealing of Kate Ledger

Last August Kate Ledger made her fiction debut with Remedies — a novel that earned critical raves, including this Starred Review from Publishers Weekly: “Ledger’s accomplished debut offers a compelling view of married life through the prism of unacknowledged grief. Baltimore physician Simon Bear is a confident, magnanimous man with an inflated view of himself and his abilities. His wife, Emily, a star public relations executive, handles corporate crises with an ease, but can’t find a way to connect with…

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Guest Kristina Riggle on All in the Family

Guest Kristina Riggle on All in the Family

[As she did with her debut novel, Real Life & Liars, Kristina Riggle writes with soul about family and friends coming to terms with change in The Life You’ve Imagined, being released August 17, 2010. And, in today’s guest post, she shares the personal inspiration for the book.] This is what I remember most about my dad starting his own business: him sitting in a basement office space with a city directory open in front of him, cold-calling strangers to…

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Julie Buxbaum and After You

Julie Buxbaum and After You

There is a priceless, poetic irony in the fact that Julie Buxbaum (The Opposite of Love, After You) long feared writing her thoughts down on paper (see The Terror of the Blank Page) since, in both her novels, she delves deeply into the most personal of human emotions to reveal life’s heartbreaking pains and comforting truths. While her debut novel tackled the struggles of figuring out, “Who am I going to be when I grow up?”, After You is based…

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Fan Mail: An Author’s Most Memorable Reward

Fan Mail: An Author’s Most Memorable Reward

Meeting and greeting their readers at book signings/speakings, book clubs, or through a random encounter is a thrill for any author, yet what usually makes the most lasting and satisfying impression? Reading fan mail, of course! To know their work has successfully reached out to affect someone…well, that’s why writers write. And, with that in mind, The Divining Wand asked its authors: What’s been your best/most memorable fan mail? Here are several responses: ~ Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch): “I…

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The Revealing of Kristina Riggle

The Revealing of Kristina Riggle

In her moving and compelling debut, Real Life & Liars, Kristina Riggle focused on a family coming to terms with change, and change remains the theme in her second novel, The Life You’ve Imagined, being released on August 17, 2010. However this storyline revolves around friends who either need or desire change. Consider the book’s description: Is the life you’re living all you imagined? Have you ever asked yourself, “What if??” Here, four women face the decisions of their lifetimes…

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Guest Julie Buxbaum on
The Terror of the Blank Page

Guest Julie Buxbaum on
The Terror of the Blank Page

[Imagine Julie Buxbaum (After You, The Opposite of Love) being afraid to share her insight, honesty, and humor in writing! It’s true and — in today’s guest post — she not only confesses but explains how/why her “transformation” to being an author took place.] The Terror of the Blank Page I’m pretty sure there are only two kinds of writers in this world. The ones who spent their childhood dragging around piles of journals and their free time actually writing,…

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Presenting Debutante Alicia Bessette
and Simply from Scratch

Presenting Debutante Alicia Bessette
and Simply from Scratch

Throughout the year she’s watched, applauded, supported her fellow 2010 Class Members dance across the ballroom floor to launch their books and celebrate with tours/signings. However this Thursday, August 5, 2010 it’s Debutante Alicia Bessette’s turn to take a bow when her first novel, Simply from Scratch, appears in local bookstores and ships from online retailers. Of course, truth be told, this book is not Alicia’s first published “composition.” As a self-trained musician, she’s been playing the piano since childhood…

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