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Claire Cook: Why I Write

Claire Cook: Why I Write

[It simply wouldn’t be summer without a new Claire Cook novel to inspire/entertain and this Tuesday, June 5th the New York Times bestselling author (complete book listing) offers readers her ninth book, Wallflower in Bloom For those (few) who don’t know Claire’s story, writing and publishing nine books in a career might seem easy. Ah, but finding the dedication for her desire took a bit of work and that is all a part of why she writes.] Why I Write/Claire…

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Go-to Writing Books, III

Go-to Writing Books, III

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. Yet not all motivation or inspiration comes from books on writing, in fact favorite novels are just as likely to be kept close at hand. With this 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 — including…

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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, IV

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, IV

Since a best friend forever could be made at anytime as well as any place, it’s not surprising that they even might exist within a book’s pages. True, these are merely characters yet — if only real — would be chosen as our BFF. With this in mind The Divining Wand wondered who the authors felt bonded to, and asked: What fictional character would you choose to be your BFF and why? And this week’s authors replied: ~Claire Cook (Seven…

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Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, Part I

Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, Part I

During the fall The Divining Wand — in a series of six post recently honored by Suzannah Freeman of Write It Sideways — presented our authors’ best writing exercises. Tried and true, these exercises were designed to jumpstart both imagination and motivation, yet what about the intangible elements that set minds free while wrapping writers into their comfort zone? To discover the answer our authors were asked: Do you have any unusual writing rituals, secrets or superstitions that always work…

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Winter/Spring 2011 Coming Attractions

Winter/Spring 2011 Coming Attractions

The year of 2010 has been a glorious one here at The Divining Wand. With our authors/friends providing first-class quality through their books and more, how much better could it be? Well, beginning Monday, January 3, 2011, when Eileen Cook’s (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA) latest YA novel The Education of Hailey Kendrick — already earning a Kirkus starred review — is presented/reviewed, it will launch our exciting winter/spring season. Look for other…

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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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Author News and New Authors

Author News and New Authors

Welcome to The Divining Wand’s last post of July and, while not dismissing summertime in August, there is a feeling of fall around here! That’s correct, fresh and new ideas have either recently launched or will soon, beginning with the multi-talented Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA). On Tuesday, July 27, 2010, Katie and fellow YA writers took “getting to know authors beyond their pages” to a vlog level. Here’s a portion of the Press Release for AuthorMix: “AUTHORMIX”…

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Claire Cook and Seven Year Switch

Claire Cook and Seven Year Switch

From the Front Cover “Reading Claire Cook might be the most fun you have all summer.” –ELIN HILDERBRAND, bestselling author of The Castaways Although Elin Hilderbrand’s quote may sound somewhat exaggerated, what would be more fun this summer than sitting on a beach with your arms spread wide to embrace sand, surf, and blue sky? In fact one might imagine that’s how Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs, Life’s A Beach, and the rest in Bibliography) enjoyed her trip to Costa…

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Guest Claire Cook on Buried Dreams
and YOUR Seven Year Switch

Guest Claire Cook on Buried Dreams
and YOUR Seven Year Switch

[Bestselling, prolific author Claire Cook (Seven Year Switch, Must Love Dogs, Life’s A Beach, and the rest in Bibliography) is everywhere. Whether featured in print newspaper’s, magazine’s, or on online publication’s “must read” lists, Claire’s novels of being the best you can be resonate with a universal readership. And to think she’s become this popular with seven books in ten years. Yet why not? After living life with a buried dream, she finally “Just Did It!” by pursuing her dream…

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The Revealing of Claire Cook

The Revealing of Claire Cook

Bestselling author Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs, Life’s A Beach, and the rest in Bibliography) is celebrating the publication of her seventh book, Seven Year Switch — selected by US TODAY and The New York Times as their Top Summer Book Picks. Publishers Weekly might have had the initial endorsement when beginning its review of the novel with, “Roll out your beach blanket for this sweet summer read about making mistakes and moving on.” The Divining Wand has scheduled a…

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