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Summer’s TBR Lists

Summer’s TBR Lists

Summertime and the living is easy. Fish are jumping and the books are piled high. A-h-h yes, summer is the best season for a reason to relax and get lost in a book. And, since summer book lists are currently being named and made, The Divining Wand decided to ask its authors: What’s on your summer “must/want to read” list? This week the following writers replied: ~Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder, Dead in the Water): “I always feel like I’m…

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Favorite Fictional Worlds, I

Favorite Fictional Worlds, I

When Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters) responded earlier this year with an alternative answer for her fictional BFF, it was simply too good (and intriguing) to pass up. And so, with a grateful nod to Eleanor, TDW asked its other authors: In what fictional world/neighborhood would you like to live? And why? This week the following writers replied: ~ Joëlle Anthony (Restoring Harmony YA): “I would definitely want to live in Deep Valley, Minnesota with Betsy and Tacy and the…

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Our Authors’ Best Writing Advice

Our Authors’ Best Writing Advice

Two months ago, several of our authors/friends shared words of wisdom that help guide them through the writing process. And, in today’s post, many more answer: What is the best advice about writing that you’ve received/read AND put to use? Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA): “It’s so hard to narrow it down to the individual pieces of advice, because I’ve absorbed all of them into the “stew” of my writing process. “Just do it” is a big one….

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For Ad Hudler, It’s about Time

For Ad Hudler, It’s about Time

[Ad Hudler (Man of the House, All This Belongs to Me, Househusband) — one of the few select male authors on TDW — may appear to be in the minority yet his writing is universal. In this guest post, he addresses his struggle with procrastination and who (whether writer or reader) cannot identify with that?!] For years as a stay-at-home dad, I complained that I didn’t have enough time to write. My days were spent running errands, cleaning, cooking, fixing…

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Our Authors’ Go-To Writing Books, I

Our Authors’ Go-To Writing Books, I

When the following thoughtful question was posted on The Divining Wand’s Q & A page — rather than select a few authors to answer this query –, it was sent out to everyone. I wondered, what do your authors read in the way of writing books? Do they have favorites they refer to again and again? Do they read the classics like, Bird by Bird, or Writing Down the Bones, or do they favor books on craft like, Save the…

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The Revealing of Ad Hudler

The Revealing of Ad Hudler

While many of our authors are preparing for their latest releases — followed by book tours of signings/speakings –, others are hard at work — writing. Ad Hudler (Man of the House, All This Belongs to Me, Househusband) is happily busy with the latter as he reports: “I’m hot on the tails of a humorous memoir right now….words are just SPILLING out of me!!” When naming her 5 favorite books of all time Jenny Gardiner revealed: “Lately I’ve really enjoyed…

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Happy Holidays from Meg Clayton, Ad Hudler, Melanie Benjamin, and Tish Cohen

Happy Holidays from Meg Clayton, Ad Hudler, Melanie Benjamin, and Tish Cohen

‘Tis the season to be jolly or — more appropriate — to be joyful despite all the busyness. Today our authors offer a special recipe, wishlists, and a best gift given. *********** Meg Shares Page’s Post-It Turkey Dressing Growing up, I was never a big fan of dressing, or gravy or anything, really, but the holiday turkey and the pies. For my oldest son’s first Thanksgiving, though, we trekked to Nashville to have Thanksgiving with my mom-in-law, and I tasted…

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On Our Authors’ Keeper Shelves

On Our Authors’ Keeper Shelves

Those books, the cherished ones, that our authors reach out to reread may inspire, comfort or simply entertain. Yet whatever they do, these novels have become priceless companions in our authors’ lives and writing. How does your personal keeper shelf stack up to: Joëlle Anthony (Restoring Harmony YA coming May 13, 2010): “For rereading, I always turn to Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy series or a Nevil Shute novel. You cannot go wrong with either. Hmmm…I may have to go read…

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Our Authors’ Rearview Mirrors

Our Authors’ Rearview Mirrors

Art + Business = Writing Lessons Learned. Yes, once again, several of our authors responded to the question of: If you knew then, what you know now about writing as an art and business, what might you have done differently? And, as much as these storytellers love their art, most have discovered there’s more to success than creativity. Ad Hudler (Man of the House, All This Belongs to Me, House Husband): “I would not have signed away my audio rights….

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Our Authors’ Inspiration, a Muse?

Our Authors’ Inspiration, a Muse?

Simply defined, a muse is something that inspires. And — to discover what’s beyond their pages — The Divining Wand asked its authors: What does your Muse look like? Or what does s/he sound like? Or what does s/he feel like? Muse(less)? What inspires you to write? Here’s how a few writers described the company they keep. Ad Hudler (Man of the House, All This Belongs to Me, House Husband): “My muse is the daily newspaper in whatever city I…

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