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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, 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, II

Go-to Writing Books, II

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 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: ~Robin Antalek (The Summer We Fell Apart):…

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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever

One of the most enlightening aspects of reading is being introduced, getting to know, and gaining insight/understanding to a wide variety of individuals. Somewhere among the pages are also those special characters that create an immediate personal bond — the ones, 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 would you choose to be your BFF and why? And this…

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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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Best Writing Exercises, Part VI

Best Writing Exercises, Part VI

As The Divining Wand’s quest to discover how our favorite authors/friends perfect their natural skills comes to an end, the last — but not least — responses appear to: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? This week’s replies offer a variety of exercises and also introduce e-book author Dee DeTarsio and about-to-become authors, Rebecca Rasmussen and Lori Roy. Robin Antalek (The Summer We Fell Apart): “I write even without pad and…

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Fan Mail: An Author’s
Most Memorable Reward, II

Fan Mail: An Author’s
Most Memorable Reward, II

Last month’s post on how much fan mail meant to authors surprised some visitors, while inspiring others to finally write their own personal messages. The written word is powerful in expressing heartfelt gratitude and here are more author responses to memorably touching fan mail: ~Tanya Egan Gibson (How to Buy a Love of Reading): “A man wrote to say that my depiction of alcohol and drug addiction (in a teenage character, Hunter Cay) felt very real. He’d finished my novel…

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Current and Coming Attractions

Current and Coming Attractions

Although The Divining Wand authors have been busy writing, publishing, and keeping TBR books piled high, it’s only natural to wonder what’s next for our favorite writers. And what follows is a tasty sampling to whet your reading appetite. * * * * * As of today, Thursday, September 16, 2010, Eileen Cook (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA, releasing in paperback September 21, 2010, The Education of Hailey Kendrick YA coming January 4,…

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How Authors Bid Their Characters Adieu

How Authors Bid Their Characters Adieu

Knowing that memorable characters linger in readers’ minds well beyond the last page of a novel, The Divining Wand wondered about the authors’ experience in letting them go. After creating and living through them for months, years….the question was asked: How do you say “goodbye?” Here are several responses: ~Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA): “I don’t think I do say good-bye to characters. Because they’re mine, I get to carry them around in my head and watch them…

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What If….Robin Antalek and Meg Waite Clayton?

What If….Robin Antalek and Meg Waite Clayton?

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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