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Summer’s TBR Lists, II

Summer’s TBR Lists, II

A-h-h summer, how do we love thee for HOT, lazy days — the perfect reason to relax and get lost in a book? And, since summer book lists are currently being published, The Divining Wand decided to ask its authors: What’s on your summer “must/want to read” list? This week the following writers replied: ~ Joëlle Anthony (Restoring Harmony YA): “As for books, I’m anxiously awaiting Nova Ren Suma’s new book, IMAGINARY GIRLS. And Deb Caletti has a new book…

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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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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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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever

One of the most enlightening aspects of reading is being introduced, getting to know, and gaining insight/understanding to a wide variety of individuals. Somewhere among the pages are also those special characters that create an immediate personal bond — the ones, 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 would you choose to be your BFF and why? And this…

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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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Ann Wertz Garvin and On Maggie’s Watch

Ann Wertz Garvin and On Maggie’s Watch

After reading The Revealing of Ann Wertz Garvin, and the guest post, Private Parts, it would be safe to expect the unexpected from Ann Wertz Garvin and her debut novel On Maggie’s Watch. Of course, for this author, the unexpected is a very good thing as Ann confesses: “Writers are observers and I’m the noisiest observer there ever was.” Noisy? Actually it’s being curious and having the zest for life to explore all types of interests. For example: Ann’s background…

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Guest Ann Wertz Garvin on Private Parts

Guest Ann Wertz Garvin on Private Parts

[In Best Writing Exercises, Part V, Ann Wertz Garvin (On Maggie’s Watch) explains: “I like to take a phrase that strikes me as interesting or funny–something I’ve seen on a bumper sticker or heard in conversation–and figure out what is funny about it and what it relates to.” In today’s guest post, the author does just that and more.] Private Parts My writer’s notebook in my satin evening bag sits untouched. I stand apart from the polished, pore less, people…

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The Revealing of Ann Wertz Garvin

The Revealing of Ann Wertz Garvin

Ann Wertz Garvin made her debut only two weeks ago with On Maggie’s Watch, a novel described in this one sentence: Unexpectedly compelling and sparkling with wit and intelligence, this debut novel chronicles one woman’s quest for control over her surroundings, and the secrets and surprises that lie hidden in an ordinary suburban landscape. And bestowed with this praise: “On Maggie’s Watch shows how we thrive, how we go on, in a life that’s neither perfect nor fair. Ann Wertz…

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Best Writing Exercises, Part IV

Best Writing Exercises, Part IV

As promised, The Divining Wand delivers yet another installment of what inspires or motivates our favorite authors/friends to perfect their natural skills, by asking the question: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? Also this post welcomes and introduces another new author, Ann Werrtz Garvin! Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder, Dead in the Water): “I wish I could remember what book I read it in, but I once advised to try drawing…

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