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Randy Susan Meyers: Why I Write

Randy Susan Meyers: Why I Write

[Although it’s been well over a year since Randy Susan Meyers debuted with her international bestselling novel The Murderer’s Daughters (see presentation/review), her writing continues to inform/enlighten in Beyond The Margins — a multi-writer blog, a sounding board, a daily dose of essays on the craft of writing — and The Huffington Post. In today’s guest post, the author explains the need to share emotional truth in all her writing and also provides a glimpse of a second novel to…

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Summer’s TBR Lists, V

Summer’s TBR Lists, V

Thank goodness for summer and its lazy, hazy days of being carried away by a book. Reaching out to discover what our authors/friends would be reading, The Divining Wand asked them: What’s on your summer “must/want to read” list? And, in this final wrap-up post, the following writers replied: ~Elise Allen (Populazzi YA coming August 1, 2011): “The next book I can’t wait to get my hands on is Allen Zadoff’s My Life, The Theater, and Other Tragedies. I recently…

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Favorite Fictional Worlds, III

Favorite Fictional Worlds, III

As must be known by now, Eleanor Brown’s (The Weird Sisters) alternative answer for a fictional BFF inspired TDW to ask its other authors her question: In what fictional world/neighborhood would you like to live? And why? This final week features responses from the following writers, including Eleanor with a new answer: ~Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA, and Bad Girls Don’t Die: From Bad to Cursed YA coming June 14, 2011): “I’m too much of a pragmatist (okay,…

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Go-to Writing Books, IV

Go-to Writing Books, IV

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 this week the following authors replied: ~Stacey…

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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, IV

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, IV

Since a best friend forever could be made at anytime as well as any place, it’s not surprising that they even might exist within a book’s pages. True, these are merely characters yet — if only real — would be chosen as our BFF. With this in mind The Divining Wand wondered who the authors felt bonded to, and asked: What fictional character would you choose to be your BFF and why? And this week’s authors replied: ~Claire Cook (Seven…

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Writing, Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, IV

Writing, Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, IV

True or False? 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 discover the truth, as well as 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 among the authors who replied are returning TDW favorite Therese Fowler…

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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 all of the authors featured on The Divining Wand! Thank-you for sharing your books and thoughts with fellow readers and writers. You are all inspiring. I’m sending a…

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Best Writing Exercises, Part II

Best Writing Exercises, Part II

Once again, whether it’s to warm-up, jumpstart, or let their imaginations wander, many of our authors/friends use a writing exercise. Being interested in what works for them, The Divining Wand asked: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? The following replies lead off with Eleanor Brown, 2011 Class Member of The Debutante Ball: Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters coming February 17, 2011): “I have a few character interviews, gleaned from books and…

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What’s Next for Our Authors?

What’s Next for Our Authors?

Throughout this past year The Divining Wand has presented and, perhaps, introduced you to new favorite authors. Yet, after reading and enjoying their novels, how many wonder what’s the next book and when? Here’s a sneak peek into the future from several TDW authors: ~Therese Fowler (Souvenir, Reunion): “EXPOSURE, set for a late-April release, preceded by REUNION in trade paperback, probably mid-March. There is an EXPOSURE excerpt posted on my website. Cover art for both titles is in the works…

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Fan Mail: An Author’s Most Memorable Reward

Fan Mail: An Author’s Most Memorable Reward

Meeting and greeting their readers at book signings/speakings, book clubs, or through a random encounter is a thrill for any author, yet what usually makes the most lasting and satisfying impression? Reading fan mail, of course! To know their work has successfully reached out to affect someone…well, that’s why writers write. And, with that in mind, The Divining Wand asked its authors: What’s been your best/most memorable fan mail? Here are several responses: ~ Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch): “I…

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