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Sarah Pekkanen: Why I Write

Sarah Pekkanen: Why I Write

[Considered one of Atria Books’ rising stars, internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen (Skipping a Beat and The Opposite of Me) promises to add to her success with a third novel, These Girls, releasing today in bookstores and online retailers. There are fortunate individual born knowing what they want in life and having the talent to do just that. In today’s guest post, Sarah explains that’s why she write.] Why I Write I write because, even though it can be frustrating…

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The Beginning of Spring’s Coming Attractions

The Beginning of Spring’s Coming Attractions

Next week spring releases begin to bloom with two favorite authors. Tuesday, April 10th: Sarah Pekkanen (Skipping a Beat and The Opposite of Me) and her third novel, These Girls appear here to be followed by…. Wednesday, April 11th: Allison Winn Scotch (The One That I Want, Time of My Life, and The Department of Lost and Found) will be at TDW on the eve of publication for The Song Remains the Same. Watch for both guest appearances and the…

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Sarah Pekkanen Interviewed By Jodi Picoult

Sarah Pekkanen Interviewed By Jodi Picoult

[With the hope of offering something different to The Divining Wand, today’s post was submitted by Sarah Pekkanen (Skipping a Beat and The Opposite of Me) whose third novel, These Girls releases on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Being interviewed by NYT Bestselling author, Jodi Picoult, (most recent, LONE WOLF), was not only a thrill for Sarah, it also delves beyond a fellow author’s blurb of praise.] Jodi Picoult interviews Sarah Pekkanen about writing, motherhood, and the magic of female friendships……

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Favorite Fictional Worlds, I

Favorite Fictional Worlds, I

When Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters) responded earlier this year with an alternative answer for her fictional BFF, it was simply too good (and intriguing) to pass up. And so, with a grateful nod to Eleanor, TDW asked its other authors: In what fictional world/neighborhood would you like to live? And why? This week the following writers replied: ~ Joëlle Anthony (Restoring Harmony YA): “I would definitely want to live in Deep Valley, Minnesota with Betsy and Tacy and the…

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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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Sarah Pekkanen and Skipping a Beat

Sarah Pekkanen and Skipping a Beat

From the book’s front cover: “Original, engaging, and soulful.” –EMILY GIFFIN, New York Times Bestselling author of Heart of the Matter When Sarah Pekkanen debuted with The Opposite of Me last March, she did so by telling a story of twins — undoubtedly the most intense of sibling relationships. For her second novel, Skipping a Beat in bookstores next Tuesday, February 22, 2011, the author chose to examine an even more complicated relationship — marriage. Of course the storyline is…

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Guest Sarah Pekkanen on
Is writing an art or a craft?

Guest Sarah Pekkanen on
Is writing an art or a craft?

[Are writers literary artists or simply skilled (and talented) individuals who tell stories? In today’s guest post Sarah Pekkanen (The Opposite of Me, and Skipping a Beat coming February 22, 2011) asks that provocative question and answers it in regard to herself.] Is writing an art or a craft? I’m an author, but I’m not the slightest bit artistic. I don’t paint, dance, sing, or sculpt. My husband chooses the colors for the walls in our house, because if it…

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The Further Revealing of Sarah Pekkanen

The Further Revealing of Sarah Pekkanen

Last March Sarah Pekkanen became a debut author with her wildly popular novel, The Opposite of Me. In less than a year, this author has made her presence/talent known and many (of you) eagerly await Skipping A Beat, Sarah’s second book coming February 22, 2011. Described by this one sentence question, Skipping A Beat tells a story of: What would you do if your husband wanted to rewrite the rules of your relationship? And the critics praise: “In this compelling…

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Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, III

Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, III

Once again, 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: ~Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters): “I wish I did. When…

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Winter/Spring 2011 Coming Attractions

Winter/Spring 2011 Coming Attractions

The year of 2010 has been a glorious one here at The Divining Wand. With our authors/friends providing first-class quality through their books and more, how much better could it be? Well, beginning Monday, January 3, 2011, when Eileen Cook’s (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA) latest YA novel The Education of Hailey Kendrick — already earning a Kirkus starred review — is presented/reviewed, it will launch our exciting winter/spring season. Look for other…

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