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Month: January 2011

Caroline Leavitt and Pictures of You

Caroline Leavitt and Pictures of You

As a writer Caroline Leavtitt is known for her essays, short stories, and book reviews for the Boston Globe and People, as an award-wining author she is known for eight previous novels including — Girls in Trouble, Coming Back to Me, the rest in Bibliography) — , yet it is as a storyteller of her latest book, Pictures of You, that may prove the most enduring/endearing role to readers. First consider this critical praise: “An expert storyteller….Leavitt teases suspense out…

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Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, III

Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, III

Once again, for every writer there are intangible elements — personal habits — that allow the mind to roam and find its comfort zone when the words aren’t flowing. To take a look at what some of these practices include, The Divining Wand asked its authors: Do you have any unusual writing rituals, secrets or superstitions that always work when all else fails? And this week the following authors replied: ~Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters): “I wish I did. When…

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The Further Revealing of Lauren Baratz-Logsted

The Further Revealing of Lauren Baratz-Logsted

As one of The Divining Wand’s most prolific authors, Lauren Baratz-Logsted (The Education of Bet YA, Crazy Beautiful YA, Sisters 8 series Book 5: Marcia’s Madness) was first revealed here on March 31, 2010. Since that was almost a year ago — or four published books later –, it felt definitely time to catch up with this writer and her most recent YA novel The Twin’s Daughter, and middle grade addition The Sisters Eight Book 6: Petal’s Problems. Both were…

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Guest Caroline Leavitt on
Torn between Two Lovers:
Promoting One Book While Writing the Next

Guest Caroline Leavitt on
Torn between Two Lovers:
Promoting One Book While Writing the Next

[Last spring or early summer The Divining Wand asked its authors, “how do you say goodbye to your characters?” In today’s guest post, Caroline Leavtitt (Girls in Trouble, Coming Back to Me, the rest in Bibliography) details how it feels to promote/love her latest novel Pictures of You and still move on to write yet another novel.] Torn between two lovers: promoting one book while writing the next Six months before its publication, I started promoting my new novel, Pictures…

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Linda Gray Sexton and
Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide

Linda Gray Sexton and
Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide

Imagine being the daughter of America’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton. The innate writing talent, the lesson skills taught, (see Passing It Along), and the absolute love of words shared. Now, on the other hand, consider growing up as Linda Gray Sexton (Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton, Other works in Bibliography) and being raised by this publicly revered mother who suffered from severe depression, alcoholism, and suicide attempts that required stays in mental…

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Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, II

Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, II

For every writer there are intangible elements — personal habits — that allow the mind to roam and find its comfort zone when the words aren’t flowing. To take a look at what some of these practices include, The Divining Wand asked its authors: Do you have any unusual writing rituals, secrets or superstitions that always work when all else fails? And this week the following authors replied: ~Robin Antalek (The Summer We Fell Apart: “I write everyday whether I…

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The Revealing of Caroline Leavitt

The Revealing of Caroline Leavitt

This month, the ever popular and prolific Caroline Leavtitt (Girls in Trouble, Coming Back to Me, the rest in Bibliography) returns with her 9th novel, Pictures of You, which — by all accounts — is another hit! Actually scheduled to be released on January 25th, the book went into its third printing, based on Pre-order sales, and can be purchased now….anywhere! Consider the novel’s intriguingly mysterious set-up and cast of characters: A mysterious car crash on a deserted, foggy road…

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Guest Linda Gray Sexton on Passing It Along

Guest Linda Gray Sexton on Passing It Along

[Although Linda Gray Sexton (Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton, Other works in Bibliography) is more than familiar with inherited traits — as her latest memoir Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide profoundly showcases –, she is also well-acquainted with the gifts we receive from others. In today’s guest post, the memoirist/novelist writes about shared talents and cherished experiences that have enriched her life.] Passing It Along I am always struck by…

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Presenting Debutante Eleanor Brown and
The Weird Sisters

Presenting Debutante Eleanor Brown and
The Weird Sisters

When Debutante Eleanor Brown began visiting The Debutante Ball during its first Season of 2007, it’s doubtful that she ever imagined being one of the most honored Debs well before her book launched. But this Thursday, January 20, 2011, the author will hopefully stop pinching herself and simply revel in the debut of her novel, The Weird Sisters. Described by as a major new talent, Deb Eleanor has written a literary/commercial book focusing on the complicated relationship of sisters, the…

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Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, Part I

Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, Part I

During the fall The Divining Wand — in a series of six post recently honored by Suzannah Freeman of Write It Sideways — presented our authors’ best writing exercises. Tried and true, these exercises were designed to jumpstart both imagination and motivation, yet what about the intangible elements that set minds free while wrapping writers into their comfort zone? To discover the answer our authors were asked: Do you have any unusual writing rituals, secrets or superstitions that always work…

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