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Month: February 2011

The Revealing of Kristina McMorris

The Revealing of Kristina McMorris

Kristina McMorris, a former child television star and public relations professional, admits that she was barely a fiction reader when first discovering her grandparents’ World War II correspondence. However those written exchanges inspired her to write and become a novelist as Letters From Home debuts on February 22, 2011. This one sentence description tells: Letters from Home is a story of hope and connection, of sacrifices made in love and war–and the chance encounters that change us forever. And Early…

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Guest Sarah Pekkanen on
Is writing an art or a craft?

Guest Sarah Pekkanen on
Is writing an art or a craft?

[Are writers literary artists or simply skilled (and talented) individuals who tell stories? In today’s guest post Sarah Pekkanen (The Opposite of Me, and Skipping a Beat coming February 22, 2011) asks that provocative question and answers it in regard to herself.] Is writing an art or a craft? I’m an author, but I’m not the slightest bit artistic. I don’t paint, dance, sing, or sculpt. My husband chooses the colors for the walls in our house, because if it…

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Lauren Baratz-Logsted and
The Twin’s Daughter, Petal’s Problems

Lauren Baratz-Logsted and
The Twin’s Daughter, Petal’s Problems

Twins, particularly identical ones, are a story unto themselves and for Lauren Baratz-Logsted (The Education of Bet YA, Crazy Beautiful YA, Sisters 8 series Book 5: Marcia’s Madness) they became the inspiration of her most recent YA novel, The Twin’s Daughter. As the author explained: “I love anything to do with twins and I wanted to write a story about a side of the story I’d never seen: that of someone who’s a child of an identical twin.” The child/teenager…

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Writing, Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, IV

Writing, Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, IV

True or False? 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 discover the truth, as well as 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 among the authors who replied are returning TDW favorite Therese Fowler…

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The Further Revealing of Sarah Pekkanen

The Further Revealing of Sarah Pekkanen

Last March Sarah Pekkanen became a debut author with her wildly popular novel, The Opposite of Me. In less than a year, this author has made her presence/talent known and many (of you) eagerly await Skipping A Beat, Sarah’s second book coming February 22, 2011. Described by this one sentence question, Skipping A Beat tells a story of: What would you do if your husband wanted to rewrite the rules of your relationship? And the critics praise: “In this compelling…

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Guest Lauren Baratz-Logsted on Mixed Emotions

Guest Lauren Baratz-Logsted on Mixed Emotions

[What does an author feel after successfully completing a long-term writing project? In addition to euphoria and relief, there’s usually the question of what’s next? In today’s guest post Lauren Baratz-Logsted (most recent The Twin’s Daughter YA, and middle grade addition The Sisters Eight Book 6: Petal’s Problems, The Education of Bet YA, Crazy Beautiful YA, Sisters 8 series Book 5: Marcia’s Madness) describes her feelings on writing the final book of the Sisters 8 series — a project that…

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