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Month: October 2010

Guest Melissa Senate on Motherhood, Julia Child, and “please can I have a mouse, rat, hamster, or rabbit” made a cook out of me

Guest Melissa Senate on Motherhood, Julia Child, and “please can I have a mouse, rat, hamster, or rabbit” made a cook out of me

[Melissa Senate’s (The Secret of Joy, The Mosts YA, the rest in Bibliography) latest novel, The Love Goddess’ Cooking School, releases in two weeks on October 26, 2010. Another Trending: food book? The answer is yes and no. In today’s guest post, the author reveals her inspiration for the book….a pinch of this, a wish of that sifted and stirred into immeasurable love.] Motherhood, Julia Child, and “please can I have a mouse, rat, hamster or rabbit” made a cook…

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Richard Hine and
Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch

Richard Hine and
Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch

Although Richard Hine presented a 25-step advice list on How to Write a Novel in 30 Years or Less, he might have left out one “crucial-for success” point: Write a timely story. For when his book, Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch, debuts tomorrow — October 12, 2010 –, the author’s perfect timing will become obvious. However it wasn’t always that way. During his years of working in publishing companies that included Adweek in 1988, Time in 1992, and The…

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Best Writing Exercises, Part I

Best Writing Exercises, Part I

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 Tawna Fenske, a 2011 Class Member of The Debutante Ball: Tawna Fenske (Making Waves debuting August 2011, Believe It or Not in January 2012, and Let It Breathe August 2012):…

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The Revealing of Melissa Senate

The Revealing of Melissa Senate

Popular and prolific, Melissa Senate (The Mosts YA, The Secret of Joy, the rest in Bibliography) offers her latest novel The Love Goddess’ Cooking School, to be released on October 26, 2010, with the following description: An Italian cooking class, with special recipes that call for adding wishes and memories to every pot and pan, changes the lives of its new teacher–heartbroken Holly Maguire–and her four students: a twelve-year-old girl; a grieving woman; a serial dater, and a newly separated…

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Guest Richard Hine on
How to Write a Novel in 30 Years or Less

Guest Richard Hine on
How to Write a Novel in 30 Years or Less

[Rather than a wishful dream, Richard Hine’s real ambition was to be a novelist. But in the meantime he decided to try to make his fortune in the world of advertising. And, though the fortune in advertising didn’t quite result in a windfall, his debut novel, Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch, launches October 12, 2010. In today’s guest post, the about-to-be author shares how he never lost sight of his real ambition….more or less. ] How to Write a…

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Stacey Ballis and Good Enough to Eat

Stacey Ballis and Good Enough to Eat

Whatever storyline Stacey Ballis (The Spinster Sisters, Room for Improvement, the rest in Bibliography) writes it’s always about the character and, in her most recent novel — Good Enough to Eat –, she proves this once again. Following her own guidelines described in the guest post, What a Character!, the author introduces Melanie Hoffman’s voice, flaws, and emotional baggage within the book’s first pages. For this is a multi-layered, fascinating woman whose story was inspired by a few of Stacey’s…

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