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Summer’s TBR Lists

Summer’s TBR Lists

Summertime and the living is easy. Fish are jumping and the books are piled high. A-h-h yes, summer is the best season for a reason to relax and get lost in a book. And, since summer book lists are currently being named and made, The Divining Wand decided to ask its authors: What’s on your summer “must/want to read” list? This week the following writers replied: ~Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder, Dead in the Water): “I always feel like I’m…

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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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Kristina McMorris and Letters from Home

Kristina McMorris and Letters from Home

From the age of nine, Kristina McMorris has been a successful actress, TV show host, entrepreneur, and public relations expert but tomorrow she embraces the role of debut novelist with the launch of her historical fiction, WWII saga, Letters From Home. Inspired by the discovery of her grandfather’s courtship letters to Grandma Jean during WWII (see Tales of the Past), Kristina soon began to ask “what if?” the couple’s relationship through their correspondence had been based on deceit. And, simply…

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Guest Kristina McMorris on Tales of the Past:
What we can learn from listening

Guest Kristina McMorris on Tales of the Past:
What we can learn from listening

[Wisdom, truth and our personal family history are often as near as our grandparents or other older relatives yet do we take the time to ask and listen to their richly detailed experiences? Several years ago Kristina McMorris (Letters From Home coming February 22, 2011) discovered that her grandmother held treasures and stories that could never be found in any social media content. In today’s guest post, the debut novelist shares how what she learned by listening changed her life.]…

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The Revealing of Kristina McMorris

The Revealing of Kristina McMorris

Kristina McMorris, a former child television star and public relations professional, admits that she was barely a fiction reader when first discovering her grandparents’ World War II correspondence. However those written exchanges inspired her to write and become a novelist as Letters From Home debuts on February 22, 2011. This one sentence description tells: Letters from Home is a story of hope and connection, of sacrifices made in love and war–and the chance encounters that change us forever. And Early…

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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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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, 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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