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Month: November 2010

Best Writing Exercises, Part IV

Best Writing Exercises, Part IV

As promised, The Divining Wand delivers yet another installment of what inspires or motivates our favorite authors/friends to perfect their natural skills, by asking the question: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? Also this post welcomes and introduces another new author, Ann Werrtz Garvin! Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder, Dead in the Water): “I wish I could remember what book I read it in, but I once advised to try drawing…

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The Revealing of James King

The Revealing of James King

James King has been dreaming of publishing a novel for more than 30 years and, in late August, that dream came true with the debut of Bill Warrington’s Last Chance. Here’s the book’s one sentence description: With a new diagnosis that threatens his mind and most cherished memories, Bill Warrington is determined to patch up his differences with his three children before it’s too late. And Praise for Bill Warrington’s Last Chance: “Bill Warrington’s Last Chance is full of fascinating…

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Guest Richard Doetsch on
The One Thing a Writer Needs to Do Every Day

Guest Richard Doetsch on
The One Thing a Writer Needs to Do Every Day

[Internationally bestselling author Richard Doetsch (The Thieves of Darkness, The 13th Hour, The Thieves of Heaven, The Thieves of Faith) writes thrillers filled with action packed storylines, foreign locations, and characters a reader needs to care about about and root for. How does he, as a writer, keep up with this fast-paced need for new ideas? In today’s guest post, Richard explains what he does on a daily basis as well as what he believes every writer needs to do…

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Chandra Hoffman and Chosen

Chandra Hoffman and Chosen

Having been an orphanage relief worker in Romania, and the director of a US adoption program in Portland, Oregon, Chandra Hoffman writes what she knows in her debut novel, Chosen. However as the author says, “The story is fiction–but the themes are real, from my own life, from the message boards, from those I have been privileged to witness, and, maybe, even from yours….” With the domestic adoption scene of Portland as a backdrop — and also taking on a…

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Thaisa Frank and Heidegger’s Glasses

Thaisa Frank and Heidegger’s Glasses

[Note: Although this presentation/review was originally posted on May 17, 2010 for Heidegger’s Glasses debut on May 25th, Thaisa Frank’s first novel was delayed until its launch this Monday, November 1, 2010. For those readers/visitors, as yet unfamiliar with the author, please see The Revealing of Thaisa Frank. Also may everyone read about the special Book Giveaway.] According to The New York Times, the fiction of Thaisa Frank (A Brief History in Camouflage, Sleeping in Velvet) works “by a tantalizing…

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The Revealing of Richard Doetsch

The Revealing of Richard Doetsch

Richard Doetsch, bestselling author of The Thieves of Heaven, The Thieves of Faith, and, of course, The 13th Hour, offers readers/fans a new thriller, The Thieves of Darkness. In a brief sentence — to avoid any *spoilers* — the author describes the novel as: Filled with history, mystery, and the breakneck pace of The 13th Hour, I think it is my best novel yet. And Booklist more than agrees: “*Starred Review* The plot offers an agreeable blend of heist drama…

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Guest Chandra Hoffman on Dawn Chorus

Guest Chandra Hoffman on Dawn Chorus

[Given that Chandra Hoffman’s debut novel Chosen is about family, her guest post could not be more appropriate. Every writer needs someone to believe in them and, here, Chandra shares “a tribute to my mother-in-law who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2008, but who taught me much about balancing the art of balancing motherhood and the writing life.”] Dawn Chorus My mother-in-law died in the early hours of August first, while the East Coast birds sang their dawn…

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Presenting Debutante Kim Stagliano and
All I Can Handle: I’m No Mother Teresa

Presenting Debutante Kim Stagliano and
All I Can Handle: I’m No Mother Teresa

Debutante Kim Stagliano has the honor of being the first Class Member of the 2011 Debutante Ball to waltz across the ballroom floor and into bookstores with her memoir, All I Can Handle: I’m No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism, officially launching today. And ironically the author may be the most reluctant Deb, never imagining her life as it is or that — in a September 1, 2010 post, Wenesday’s with Deb Kim — she would…

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