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Our Writers’ Myths or Not

Our Writers’ Myths or Not

Writers, creative by nature, are well-known for comforting themselves on their lack of productivity (or success) by citing writing myths which include: *There’s No Such Thing as Writer’s Block *I Have to be in the Mood to Write *I Need the Perfect Space to Write *I Need the Perfect Tools to Write *I Have no Time to Write Wondering how true these were, The Divining Wand asked two of its established authors and two of its debut authors what one…

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Books That Made Our Authors, Authors, Part II

Books That Made Our Authors, Authors, Part II

Once again here’s an opportunity to discover what one book influenced our authors’ careers, allowing them to dream of writings their own book pages. Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder): “The book that most influenced my life and career as a writer? I really don’t know. I’ve always been a big reader and loved books. A book that was a huge influence on me as a kid was The Greengage Summer. Rumer Godden is an incredible storyteller. The book would be…

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Summer Vacations by Our Authors

Summer Vacations by Our Authors

Have you ever wondered what authors do on their summer vacations? Since this is the last “official” week of the season, let’s discover how some have (or wish they had) spent their summer vacations. Eileen Cook (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA, coming January 5, 2010): “In a perfect world devoted husband and I would have rented a flat in London. In the mornings I’d head out to a cafe and get some…

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Lara Zielin Offers Up Donut Days

Lara Zielin Offers Up Donut Days

For many today may feel like one of those “dog days of summer,” but on the eve of her debut as a YA novelist Lara Zielin is only thinking Donut Days. Yummy title, isn’t it? And how appropriate that it comes from someone who grew up in Eau Claire (French for “clear water”), Wisconsin and thought that “’clear water’ in French was Evian.” Yes Lara is an engaging, witty and charming young woman who radiates enthusiasm and a visit to…

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You Could Be a Winner

You Could Be a Winner

With one week left before debuts and new releases start filling the bookstores – and these pages –, why not try to win a free book or a gift card? Below are four contests currently underway and, since three of them end on different days of this week, visit now and play your luck. As anticipated in last Thursday’s post, Allison Winn Scotch is holding a “What If?” contest, giving away a total of 5 copies of the trade paperback…

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The Sounds of Their Music

The Sounds of Their Music

Music, known as the universal language, can also be the most energetic force in inspiring a writer’s creativity. With that in mind, don’t you wonder what’s on your favorite authors’ playlists as they write? The following writers share what and/or who they’re currently enjoying in song, and you may find their answers both surprising and revealing. Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder) “What’s on my playlist this week: John Legend, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars, and Lucinda Williams “I don’t write to…

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Sharing Good News

Sharing Good News

According to the PBS Book Review: “Alibi Junior High”, Greg Logsted has a winner. Carleen Brice (Children of the Waters) will host a discussion about faith and mysticism in fiction on Litchat (via Twitter). Please join in this Friday, July 17th between 4 – 5 p.m. EDT. Masha Hamilton’s 31 Hours, a deeply human thriller, is now slated to be published on September 8, 2009. The author has a most thoughtful Contest to win a copy of the book. The…

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