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Eleanor Brown: Why I Write

Eleanor Brown: Why I Write

[Last January 20, 2011, Eleanor Brown debuted with her “delightful” novel The Weird Sisters (presentation/review) and, within a week, she became a New York Times bestselling author. Amazing? Well actually the story of “sibling rivalry, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home” deserved every bit of acclaim and attention. For those who have yet to enjoy this reading experience, today is your day as The Weird Sisters is released in its paperback edition. Also Eleanor…

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Summer’s TBR Lists, IV and
Alison Pace’s A Pug’s Tale

Summer’s TBR Lists, IV and
Alison Pace’s A Pug’s Tale

It’s officially summer — time for relaxing and getting lost in those TBR books. While other summer book lists were being compiled and published, The Divining Wand decided to offer its own lists by asking our authors: What’s on your summer “must/want to read” list? This week the following writers replied: ~Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA, and Bad Girls Don’t Die: From Bad to Cursed): “Unfortunately, a lot of what was on my spring ‘”must read”‘ list has…

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Favorite Fictional Worlds, III

Favorite Fictional Worlds, III

As must be known by now, Eleanor Brown’s (The Weird Sisters) alternative answer for a fictional BFF inspired TDW to ask its other authors her question: In what fictional world/neighborhood would you like to live? And why? This final week features responses from the following writers, including Eleanor with a new answer: ~Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA, and Bad Girls Don’t Die: From Bad to Cursed YA coming June 14, 2011): “I’m too much of a pragmatist (okay,…

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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, III

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, III

At times a book offers a surprise bonus — those special characters that create an immediate personal bond and, 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 week’s authors replied: ~Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters): “Less than specific people, there are entire fictional worlds I’d like to live in…

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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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Presenting Debutante Eleanor Brown and
The Weird Sisters

Presenting Debutante Eleanor Brown and
The Weird Sisters

When Debutante Eleanor Brown began visiting The Debutante Ball during its first Season of 2007, it’s doubtful that she ever imagined being one of the most honored Debs well before her book launched. But this Thursday, January 20, 2011, the author will hopefully stop pinching herself and simply revel in the debut of her novel, The Weird Sisters. Described by as a major new talent, Deb Eleanor has written a literary/commercial book focusing on the complicated relationship of sisters, the…

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Guest Eleanor Brown on
An Open Letter to My Books

Guest Eleanor Brown on
An Open Letter to My Books

[As much as we love to read, visit libraries, and browse bookstores, who knew there would come a day when how to read would cause a moral dilemma? In today’s guest post, Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters coming January 20, 2011) shares a heartfelt confession and offers a compromise to her true love.] An Open Letter to My Books Dear Books: I’ll admit it. I’ve been cheating on you. No, it’s not with that disturbingly large television we just bought…

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The Revealing of Eleanor Brown

The Revealing of Eleanor Brown

The actual debut of Eleanor Brown’s first novel, The Weird Sisters, may still be two weeks away on January 20, 2011, but it’s already received tremendous praise and attention. Yet how could it not when both author and book are described as: A major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters. A winsome novel that explores sibling rivalry, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home. Then the trade praise: “…bright, literate debut…a punchy delight…”…

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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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