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Kristina Riggle: Why I Write

Kristina Riggle: Why I Write

[Having written/published three successful novels in two years, Kristina Riggle (Real Life & Liars, The Life You’ve Imagined, and Things We Didn’t Say) has become a critically acclaimed and well-known/loved author who ends her third career year with Keepsake, releasing next Tuesday, June 26th. Perhaps the best word to describe Kristina’s writing is “real.” And there’s good reason for that since it’s who she is and why she writes.] Why I Write Why do I write? “I love it” is…

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Kristina Riggle and Things We Didn’t Say

Kristina Riggle and Things We Didn’t Say

From the front cover: “Impossible to put down, even harder to let go of.” __Julie Buxbaum, author of The Opposite of Love, After You In her first two books — Real Life & Liars and The Life You’ve Imagined –, Kristina Riggle wrote about ordinary individuals caught up in the dilemma of how to resolve complicated problems in their lives. However the author twists the scenario a bit in Things We Didn’t Say available for purchase tomorrow at your local…

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Guest Kristina Riggle on
Writing in Shades of Gray

Guest Kristina Riggle on
Writing in Shades of Gray

[]In real life there are at least two sides to every story and nothing is either black or white. In today’s guest post, Kristina Riggle (Real Life & Liars, The Life You’ve Imagined, and Things We Didn’t Say coming June 28, 2011) explains how this same fact applies to people — whether real or fictional.] Writing in Shades of Gray Early in my career as a novelist, I sighed with relief that my writing no longer had to hurt anyone’s…

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The Further Revealing of Kristina Riggle

The Further Revealing of Kristina Riggle

On June 15, 2009 the presentation/review of Kristina Riggle‘s debut novel Real Life & Liars launched The Divining Wand and last summer she graced this site again with The Life You’ve Imagined. Now, with a critically acclaimed reputation and an ever-growing fanbase, this author/friend returns with her third book, Things We Didn’t Say available June 28, 2011. Described in one sentence, Things We Didn’t Say is: A story of a frayed blended family about to come undone completely when a…

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Summer’s TBR Lists, II

Summer’s TBR Lists, II

A-h-h summer, how do we love thee for HOT, lazy days — the perfect reason to relax and get lost in a book? 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: ~ Joëlle Anthony (Restoring Harmony YA): “As for books, I’m anxiously awaiting Nova Ren Suma’s new book, IMAGINARY GIRLS. And Deb Caletti has a new book…

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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, 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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