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Month: October 2010

Best Writing Exercises, Part, III

Best Writing Exercises, Part, III

In continuing to discover what inspires or motivates our favorite authors/friends to perfect their natural skills, The Divining Wand offers more responses to the question: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? Please also take note that this post welcomes and introduces two new authors, James King and Kristina McMorris! Stacey Ballis (Good Enough to Eat, The Spinster Sisters, Room for Improvement, the rest in Bibliography): “The two that seem to work…

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The Revealing of Chandra Hoffman

The Revealing of Chandra Hoffman

Debut novelist Chandra Hoffman wrote of what she knew best and, as a result, her book, Chosen, has been captured in this one sentence description: In the spirit of Jodi Picoult and Anna Quindlen, CHOSEN features a young caseworker increasingly entangled in the lives of the adoptive and birth parents she represents, and who faces life-altering choices when an extortion attempt goes horribly wrong. Followed by Praise: “Chandra Hoffman’s CHOSEN is a finely tuned page-turner. With unwavering clarity and genuine…

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Guest Kim Stagliano on
Favorite Books: All Treat No Trick

Guest Kim Stagliano on
Favorite Books: All Treat No Trick

[Kim Stagliano (All I Can Handle: I’m No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism) — wife, mother, writer/columnist/blogger/, autism activist, and memoirist — leads a 24/7 life. How does she manage to cope with it all? In today’s guest post, Kim shares her favorite, tried-and-true form of relaxation.] Favorite Books: All Treat No Trick Thank you for inviting me to share some thoughts on Divining Wand as we countdown to one of my favorite holidays, Halloween.
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Beth Hoffman and
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Beth Hoffman and
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

On January 12, 2010 Beth Hoffman’s debut novel, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, was published and — only twelve days later — the book became a New York Times bestseller. Now one wonders how quickly it will take the Trade Paperback edition, releasing tomorrow (October 26, 2010) to take its place on that list as well. The book described as, “Exemplifying Southern storytelling at its best…” received the ultimate ★ Starred Review from LIBRARY JOURNAL and endless Raves and Reviews have followed….

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Best Writing Exercises, Part II

Best Writing Exercises, Part II

Once again, whether it’s to warm-up, jumpstart, or let their imaginations wander, many of our authors/friends use a writing exercise. Being interested in what works for them, The Divining Wand asked: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? The following replies lead off with Eleanor Brown, 2011 Class Member of The Debutante Ball: Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters coming February 17, 2011): “I have a few character interviews, gleaned from books and…

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The Revealing of Kim Stagliano

The Revealing of Kim Stagliano

Kim Stagliano is the first Class Member of the 2011 Debutante Ball to debut with her memoir, All I Can Handle: I’m No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism. Although the official launch day is November 1st, Amazon is selling and shipping the book now. Here’s a one sentence description….and just a bit more: How one woman raises three daughters with autism, loses one at Disney World, stays married, has sex, bakes gluten-free, goes broke, and keeps…

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Guest Beth Hoffman on
Women and the Power of Friendship

Guest Beth Hoffman on
Women and the Power of Friendship

[New York Times bestselling author Beth Hoffman wrote her acclaimed debut novel, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt (releasing in Trade Paperback October 26, 2010), based, in part, on childhood experiences. In today’s guest post, she proudly admits that everything she needed to know about life she learned in her grandmother’s kitchen.] Women and The Power of Friendship The formative years of my childhood were lived on my grandparents’ farm. It was a rural area and there weren’t any kids to play with….

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Melissa Senate and
The Love Goddess’ Cooking School

Melissa Senate and
The Love Goddess’ Cooking School

From the book’s front cover: There’s no recipe to follow when it comes to love. . . . Bestselling author Melissa Senate (The Secret of Joy, The Mosts YA, the rest in Bibliography) will have her latest book, The Love Goddess’ Cooking School, released next Tuesday, October 26, 2010, and its title alone is certain to categorize it as a romance novel. However, in the author’s guest post — Motherhood, Julia Child, and “please can I have a mouse, rat,…

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Guest Elise Allen on
Collaboration Celebration: a Summation

Guest Elise Allen on
Collaboration Celebration: a Summation

[Elise Allen (Populazzi YA coming August 1, 2011) has written for children’s television and film and is the co-writer of Hilary Duff’s first novel for teens, Elixir, which debuted two days ago — Tuesday, October 12, 2010. Elise believes she’s been part of a writing team for most of her life and, in today’s bonus guest post, the co-author describes the collaborative process.] Collaboration Celebration: a Summation A couple months into eighth grade, my best friend slipped me a notebook…

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The Revealing of Beth Hoffman

The Revealing of Beth Hoffman

When Beth Hoffman debuted in early January of this year with Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, it’s wondered how many knew the book would become a New York Times bestseller? But indeed it did and for those who missed it in Hardcover, the more affordable, easy-to-carry Trade Paperback edition releases on October 26, 2010. Here’s a one sentence description of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom. Followed by…

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