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Month: March 2011

Go-to Writing Books, II

Go-to Writing Books, II

Before, during and after a work-in-progress, a published/debut author has likely read more than a few books on the art and craft of writing. Whether it’s for motivation or inspiration, favorites must exist to be read and reread whenever the need arises. With this thought in mind, The Divining Wand asked its authors: What books do you keep nearby or go back to as you’re working? And this week the following authors replied: ~Robin Antalek (The Summer We Fell Apart):…

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The Revealing of Jael McHenry

The Revealing of Jael McHenry

Skilled amateur cook and creatively talented writer Jael McHenrty combines Julie & Julia with Jodi Picoult in her debut novel, The Kitchen Daughter to be released on April 12, 2011. In a one sentence description: The Kitchen Daughter is about a woman who discovers she can invoke ghosts by cooking from dead people’s recipes.
 And the critical reviews prove the book a literary feast: “Skillfully rendered from Ginny’s point of view, McHenry’s debut novel is a touching tale about loss…

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Guest Darien Gee aka Mia King on
The Bread That Inspired a Novel

Guest Darien Gee aka Mia King on
The Bread That Inspired a Novel

[One of the most frequently asked questions of an author is: “Where did the idea for your novel come from?” In today’s guest post, Darien Gee aka Mia King (Good Things, Sweet Life, Table Manners) explains how her novel Friendship Bread “started.”] Guest Darien Gee aka Mia King on the Bread That Inspired a Novel If you’re never heard of Amish Friendship Bread, your life is about to change forever. Mine certainly was. Amish Friendship Bread is similar to a…

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Rebecca Rasmussen and The Bird Sisters

Rebecca Rasmussen and The Bird Sisters

Acclaimed as magical, graceful, and poetic, Rebecca Rasmussen makes a spring debut with her novel, The Bird Sisters on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. And, with birds on the wing to our homes, what perfect timing! Lyrical in her writing, the author is also precise and clear about the focus of her story. The book’s idea came from two questions: Rebecca’s curiosity about her grandmother’s family history, and what does it mean to be home and to stay there? For Rebecca,…

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Go-to Writing Books

Go-to Writing Books

At one time or another, before as well as during her/his writing career, a published author has likely read more than a few books on the art and craft of writing. Whether it’s for motivation or inspiration, favorites must exist to be read and reread whenever the need arises. With this thought in mind, The Divining Wand asked its authors: What books do you keep nearby or go back to as you’re working? And this week the following authors replied:…

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The Revealing of Darien Gee (aka Mia King)

The Revealing of Darien Gee (aka Mia King)

When Darien Gee was about to publish her first novel, her husband– Darrien Gee — was also releasing his first nonfiction golf book. Although their two genres were miles apart, to avoid any confusion Darien took the pen name of Mia King and became the author of Good Things, Sweet Life, and Table Manners. That was then and this is now, specifically April 5, 2011 when the first Darien Gee novel Friendship Bread will be released. Although brief and simple,…

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Guest Rebecca Rasmusssen on Semper Fi
(In Other Words: Have Some Heart, Rebecca)

Guest Rebecca Rasmusssen on Semper Fi
(In Other Words: Have Some Heart, Rebecca)

[Where does perseverance, confidence, and belief in always doing one’s best come from? In today’s guest post, debut novelist Rebecca Rasmussen (The Bird Sisters coming April 12, 2011) shares her personal learning experience.] Semper Fi (In Other Words: Have Some Heart, Rebecca) The first time I walked off the course and back to the starting line I felt justified in my choice to quit. I was in terrible pain. I had lost my breath. I had cramps in my legs,…

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Lori Roy and Bent Road

Lori Roy and Bent Road

Lori Roy’s spellbinding voice tells the suspenseful tale of her debut novel, Bent Road, coming to online retailers and your local bookstore on Thursday, March 31, 2011. And, although Bent Road runs through a small town in Kansas, this is far from the Kansas which Dorothy and Toto wished to return to. Ironically, though, location has everything to do with the story. In fact the idea for the novel came to the author as a setting, explained and illustrated in…

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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, V

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, V

No matter the age or stage in life, a best friend forever could be made at any time and the same appears to hold true for bonding with fictional characters. Whether it’s in a children’s book or a chapter in a YA or adult novel, there are those characters who — if only real — would be chosen as our BFF. With this in mind The Divining Wand wondered who the authors felt close to, and asked: What fictional character…

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The Revealing of Rebecca Rasmussen

The Revealing of Rebecca Rasmussen

The talented Rebecca Rasmussen introduces readers to her beloved state of Wisconsin as she pays fictional homage to her grandmother in the debut novel, The Bird Sisters coming April 12, 2011. This one sentence describes the book: The Bird Sisters is a lush and moving story about discovery and disappointment, failing and forgiveness, and the enduring bond of family. And critical praise follows: From Publisher’s Weekly: “Achingly authentic and almost completely character driven, the story of the sisters depicts the…

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