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What If….Maud Carol Markson and Lauren Baratz-Logsted?

What If….Maud Carol Markson and Lauren Baratz-Logsted?

What a day — or more — for a daydream in the summer heat of July. In fact it feels like the perfect time to wonder “what if” The Divining Wand possessed magical powers and could grant authors, who create their own magic with “what if,” the following two questions: Based only on their writing, what author would you want to be? AND If given the opportunity to have written ONE book in your lifetime, what would that title be?…

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Our Authors Journey, IV

Our Authors Journey, IV

Beginning with a late January post, The Divining Wand has revealed how its successful authors have traveled their personal road to publication. And now the remaining five answer the questions of how they handled rejection and what kept them going to reach their destination? Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch coming August 5, 2010): “Years passed between the day I really got serious about writing, and the day I signed a publishing contract. There is no general time-line for when you…

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The Facts and Factors of A Novel’s Word Count, II

The Facts and Factors of A Novel’s Word Count, II

Today’s post is the continuation of how authors responded to a recent question posted on The Divining Wand’s Q & A page: Here’s another question for your authors: What is the word count of most of their novels? I know that we here all sorts of estimates of what a novel should be, 70,000 to 100,000 words. But what is the actual count for the novels featured here, and do your authors think about word count as they’re writing? Also…

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Our Authors’ Go-To Writing Books, I

Our Authors’ Go-To Writing Books, I

When the following thoughtful question was posted on The Divining Wand’s Q & A page — rather than select a few authors to answer this query –, it was sent out to everyone. I wondered, what do your authors read in the way of writing books? Do they have favorites they refer to again and again? Do they read the classics like, Bird by Bird, or Writing Down the Bones, or do they favor books on craft like, Save the…

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Our Authors’ True Love of the Writing Process, II

Our Authors’ True Love of the Writing Process, II

As promised here is a continuation of authors’ responses to the question of: What do you love most about the writing process? Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch coming August 5, 2010): “For the most part, my writing process is arduous. Often when I’m struggling to find the right words or simply the courage to keep on typing, I hear Matt typing away in the next room, or hear him lean back in his chair and sigh. I’m married to a…

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Our Authors Favorite Love Stories

Our Authors Favorite Love Stories

Although February celebrates Black History Month, Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, it also offers a quiet time in book releases. Now, of course new books are appearing on bookstore shelves, but the real flurry of spring/summer titles begins next month and almost overwhelms in April, May, June… To take advantage of this quiet, cozy, snowbound time as well as to extend the warmth of Valentine’s Day, what would be better than a good love story? Our authors agreed and have…

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Our Authors’ Best Advice

Our Authors’ Best Advice

While experience is often the ultimate teacher, there are usually words of wisdom that guide an author through the process of writing. What words might those be? This Fairy Godmother asked: What is the best advice about writing that you’ve received/read AND put to use? What follows are several of our authors’ responses: Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch coming in August 2010): “Write what you write, and don’t compare your writing to others’.” Judy Merrill Larsen (All the Numbers): “Wow,…

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Happy Holidays from Maud Carol Markson

Happy Holidays from Maud Carol Markson

Merry Christmas! Here’s an author’s very personal experience that is actually universal — celebrating the holiday of your own for the first time away from home. *********** Christmas in California When I moved out to California fifteen years ago, I did not go home for Christmas. Instead of cold and snow and a gray day that pressed up against an early dark night, my Christmas was suddenly filled with sunlight, and the deep blue skies that exist in the winter…

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For Holiday Gift Giving: An Autographed Book

For Holiday Gift Giving: An Autographed Book

More than likely those visiting this site would agree that books are among the best holiday gifts with autographed ones being perfection! Autographed, is that possible without going to a book signing? Indeed it is and, with the holidays only more than a month away, this Fairy Godmother contacted authors who had had a new book released within the past six months to ask, “Do you autograph by mail?” So anyone searching for that unique, reasonably priced, perfect present, here…

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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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