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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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Presenting Debutante Tawna Fenske
and Making Waves

Presenting Debutante Tawna Fenske
and Making Waves

By her own admission it took Debutante Tawna Fenske a while to find her literary voice (see Finding Where You Fit Is Harder Than It Looks) but — once she discovered that her humor and love of romance combined perfectly together — it was full sail ahead for her debut novel, Making Waves, available August 1, 2011. The result is a delightful, warm-hearted, endearingly twisted tale of romance and adventure, complete with hijinks….though the goal was a hijack. Yes it’s…

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Guest Tawna Fenske on
Finding Where You Fit Is Harder Than It Looks

Guest Tawna Fenske on
Finding Where You Fit Is Harder Than It Looks

[Good writing requires more than the ability to write a good story. In fact more often than not it’s the author’s voice and/or personal choice of genre that attracts and sustains a reader’s attention. As a writer-by-trade, Tawna Fenske (Making Waves coming August 2011) knew this and — in today’s guest post — she shares the journey of discovering her author’s niche.] Finding Where You Fit Is Harder Than It Looks I’ve been blogging at The Debutante Ball since last…

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The Revealing of Tawna Fenske

The Revealing of Tawna Fenske

Considering Tawna Fenske’s diverse background and double entendre humor, it’s not unexpected that her debut novel — Making Waves being released on August 1, 2011 — would prove a guilty reading pleasure. For Making Waves is the first in a trio of quirky romantic comedies from Sourcebooks, Inc. with the second book, Believe it or Not due out January 2012, followed by Let It Breathe in August 2012. In a one sentence descriptive tease of Making Waves, it’s noted: A…

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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, 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, III

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, III

At times a book offers a surprise bonus — those special characters that create an immediate personal bond and, 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 week’s authors replied: ~Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters): “Less than specific people, there are entire fictional worlds I’d like to live in…

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Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, V

Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, V

Yes or no? 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? This week provides the final responses, including one from new TDW author Catherine McKenzie: ~Stacey Ballis…

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Best Writing Exercises, Part I

Best Writing Exercises, Part I

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 Tawna Fenske, a 2011 Class Member of The Debutante Ball: Tawna Fenske (Making Waves debuting August 2011, Believe It or Not in January 2012, and Let It Breathe August 2012):…

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