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Month: June 2012

The Divining Wand’s Summer TBR List

The Divining Wand’s Summer TBR List

Dear Authors/Readers/Friends — The summer solstice occurred in the Northern Hemisphere yesterday evening so welcome to the first full day of summer and the beginning of my vacation! Last June this literary Fairy Godmother felt The Divining Wand had featured “the very best of the best for everyone’s enjoyment,” however the books appearing here — during the first six months of 2012 — have been even better! Please look through the archives and choose to read something that’s already been…

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Kristina Riggle: Why I Write

Kristina Riggle: Why I Write

[Having written/published three successful novels in two years, Kristina Riggle (Real Life & Liars, The Life You’ve Imagined, and Things We Didn’t Say) has become a critically acclaimed and well-known/loved author who ends her third career year with Keepsake, releasing next Tuesday, June 26th. Perhaps the best word to describe Kristina’s writing is “real.” And there’s good reason for that since it’s who she is and why she writes.] Why I Write Why do I write? “I love it” is…

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Anita Hughes: Why I Write

Anita Hughes: Why I Write

[Happy Debut Day to Anita Hughes as her terrific summer novel, Monarch Beach, appears on bookstore shelves and ships from online retailers today! Although this is the novelist’s first published book, Anita admits in today’s guest post to making up stories since childhood. Could that explain why she writes?] Why I Write As a young girl, I always had a notebook filled with the beginnings of a novel. My favorite part of writing was naming my characters, and then I…

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Dawn Tripp: Why I Write

Dawn Tripp: Why I Write

[Without question Dawn Tripp (The Season of Open Water, Moon Tide) is a literary artist weaving both subtle shadows and bold, clear-cut emotions into her most recent novel, Game of Secrets, just released in paperback last week. The author’s poetic, yet realistic prose can transport readers’ minds into a different state of consciousness — a state that Dawn seeks for herself in explaining why she writes.] Why I Write 10th grade English. It was winter, snow falling through the windows…

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Joshua Henkin: Why I Write

Joshua Henkin: Why I Write

[As a novelist Joshua Henkin (Matrimony, Swimming Across the Hudson) has written of family and his latest book, The World Without You — releasing a week from today, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 –, features the same subject. Indeed, families are ripe with complex storylines but, in Joshua’s case, family might also explain why he chose to write.] Why I Write I was recently at my twenty-fifth-year college reunion, and I was on an authors panel where the group of us…

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The Revealing of Anita Hughes

The Revealing of Anita Hughes

Born in Sydney, Australia, Anita Hughes began her writing career at age eight, when she won a national writing contest in THE AUSTRALIAN newspaper, and was named “One of Australia’s Next Best Writers.” Fast forward to the present with Anita, now living in California, taking her bow as a novelist when Monarch Beach debuts on Tuesday, June 19th. Best described as a novel about one woman’s journey back to happiness after an affair splinters her perfect marriage and life—what it…

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The Revealing of Joshua Henkin

The Revealing of Joshua Henkin

Author Joshua Henkin (Swimming Across the Hudson) follows up on his successful New York Times Notable Book Matrimony with The World Without You available on Tuesday, June 19th. The book is briefly described in the following sentence: A moving, mesmerizing new novel about love, loss, and the aftermath of a family tragedy. Too sweeping and general? Please take note of these *starred* reviews: “When conventionalists claim, ‘They don’t write novels like that anymore,’ this is the sort of novel they…

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Nichole Bernier: Why I Write

Nichole Bernier: Why I Write

[Although today celebrates Nichole Bernier becoming a novelist with the debut of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D., the truth is she’s always been a writer. In fact one need only look at her professional success as a contributing editor and journalist for proof. However, in today’s guest post, Nichole shares the personal aspect — the real reason — for why she writes.] Why I Write The day I started keeping a journal I was twelve, an awkward twelve—as if…

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