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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, V

Go-to Writing Books, V

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 — including fiction and poetry — 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, for the final week of this question,…

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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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Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, V

Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, V

Yes or no? 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? This week provides the final responses, including one from new TDW author Catherine McKenzie: ~Stacey Ballis…

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Holiday Greetings!

From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!] Happy Holidays to Kristina Riggle! I hope this holiday season brings you many things: Fun-filled days with your family. The happy music of giggling children. The scent of cookies made with…

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Best Writing Exercises, Part V

Best Writing Exercises, Part V

In The Divining Wand’s seemingly never-ending pursuit to discover how our favorite authors/friends perfect their natural skills, they were asked: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? This week’s responses suggest that less is best. Also please welcome another new author, Meg Mitchell Moore! Beth Hoffman (Saving CeeCee Honeycutt): “None, really.” Karen McQuestion (A Scattered Life, Easily Amused, and Celia and the Fairies for ages 7 – 11): “I tend to be…

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Beth Hoffman and
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Beth Hoffman and
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

On January 12, 2010 Beth Hoffman’s debut novel, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, was published and — only twelve days later — the book became a New York Times bestseller. Now one wonders how quickly it will take the Trade Paperback edition, releasing tomorrow (October 26, 2010) to take its place on that list as well. The book described as, “Exemplifying Southern storytelling at its best…” received the ultimate ★ Starred Review from LIBRARY JOURNAL and endless Raves and Reviews have followed….

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Guest Beth Hoffman on
Women and the Power of Friendship

Guest Beth Hoffman on
Women and the Power of Friendship

[New York Times bestselling author Beth Hoffman wrote her acclaimed debut novel, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt (releasing in Trade Paperback October 26, 2010), based, in part, on childhood experiences. In today’s guest post, she proudly admits that everything she needed to know about life she learned in her grandmother’s kitchen.] Women and The Power of Friendship The formative years of my childhood were lived on my grandparents’ farm. It was a rural area and there weren’t any kids to play with….

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The Revealing of Beth Hoffman

The Revealing of Beth Hoffman

When Beth Hoffman debuted in early January of this year with Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, it’s wondered how many knew the book would become a New York Times bestseller? But indeed it did and for those who missed it in Hardcover, the more affordable, easy-to-carry Trade Paperback edition releases on October 26, 2010. Here’s a one sentence description of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom. Followed by…

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Fan Mail: An Author’s
Most Memorable Reward, II

Fan Mail: An Author’s
Most Memorable Reward, II

Last month’s post on how much fan mail meant to authors surprised some visitors, while inspiring others to finally write their own personal messages. The written word is powerful in expressing heartfelt gratitude and here are more author responses to memorably touching fan mail: ~Tanya Egan Gibson (How to Buy a Love of Reading): “A man wrote to say that my depiction of alcohol and drug addiction (in a teenage character, Hunter Cay) felt very real. He’d finished my novel…

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