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Therese Fowler and Exposure

Therese Fowler and Exposure

As easily as Therese Fowler (Souvenir, Reunion) accepts the fact that her third novel, Exposure — in bookstores tomorrow, May 3, 2011 –, was meant to be, she also shrugs off early reviews that describe her writing as brave. Every fictional story begins with an idea of truth and, while the author’s truth came from her son’s arrest for what the media dubbed a sexting crime, Exposure is entirely fictional. However Therese is a Mother, sociologist, and novelist who knows…

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Guest Therese Fowler on
Coincidences and Connections

Guest Therese Fowler on
Coincidences and Connections

[In life — and including the sometimes difficult to understand word of publishing — there are those events/experiences that make one believe. In today’s guest post, Therese Fowler (Souvenir, Reunion) shares the unexpected, favorable events surrounding her latest novel, Exposure, in bookstores next Tuesday, May 3, 2011.] On Coincidences and Connections I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Exposure, my third novel, is a book that seems to have been meant to be. My cynical side…

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Go-to Writing Books

Go-to Writing Books

At one time or another, before as well as during her/his writing career, a published 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:…

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

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

A recent question posted on The Divining Wand’s Q & A page sounded simple enough and an overwhelming number of authors responded to answer: 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…

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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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