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Summer’s TBR Lists, III

Summer’s TBR Lists, III

With so many terrific books vying for attention, summer is the best season for a reason to relax and get lost in a new release or old favorite. 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: ~Carleen Brice (Orange Mint and Honey, Children of the Waters): “PYM by Mat Johnson SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones THE WEIRD…

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Favorite Fictional Worlds, II

Favorite Fictional Worlds, II

Once again thanks to Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters) who responded earlier this year with an alternative answer for her fictional BFF. Since Eleanor’s “twist” was simply too good (and intriguing) to pass up, TDW asked its other authors her question: In what fictional world/neighborhood would you like to live? And why? This week the following writers replied: ~Robin Antalek (The Summer We Fell Apart): “I would love to inhabit the very distinct world of the Manning clan and all…

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Go-to Writing Books, II

Go-to Writing Books, II

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 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: ~Robin Antalek (The Summer We Fell Apart):…

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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, II

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, II

As every book is opened, a new adventure begins. And sometimes, somewhere among the pages, there is also found 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 week’s authors replied: ~Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder, Dead in…

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Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, II

Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, II

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: ~Robin Antalek (The Summer We Fell Apart: “I write everyday whether I…

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James King and Bill Warrington’s Last Chance

James King and Bill Warrington’s Last Chance

Although his journey to publication took more than 30 years, James King reached his destination — not only by becoming an Amazon Breakthrough Winner — but by writing his debut novel Bill Warrington’s Last Chance about the journey of life. The author, a corporate communications writer by day and aspiring novelist by night, had three unpublished novels in his desk drawer when he was inspired to write the character of Bill Warrington based on a neighbor/friend who had passed away…

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Guest James King on
How to Talk to a Debut Novelist

Guest James King on
How to Talk to a Debut Novelist

[After a journey to publication that took over 30 years, James King finally saw his first novel, Bill Warrington’s Last Chance, on bookstore shelves in late August. It’s a proud, personal success and, in today’s guest post, he explains what a debut novelist appreciates most from family, friends, and (potential) readers.] How to Talk to a Debut Novelist First-time novelists tend to be a sensitive sort. Getting published is often a lifetime dream come true, realized after years of solitary…

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The Revealing of James King

The Revealing of James King

James King has been dreaming of publishing a novel for more than 30 years and, in late August, that dream came true with the debut of Bill Warrington’s Last Chance. Here’s the book’s one sentence description: With a new diagnosis that threatens his mind and most cherished memories, Bill Warrington is determined to patch up his differences with his three children before it’s too late. And Praise for Bill Warrington’s Last Chance: “Bill Warrington’s Last Chance is full of fascinating…

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Best Writing Exercises, Part, III

Best Writing Exercises, Part, III

In continuing to discover what inspires or motivates our favorite authors/friends to perfect their natural skills, The Divining Wand offers more responses to the question: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? Please also take note that this post welcomes and introduces two new authors, James King and Kristina McMorris! Stacey Ballis (Good Enough to Eat, The Spinster Sisters, Room for Improvement, the rest in Bibliography): “The two that seem to work…

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