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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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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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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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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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Our Authors Journey, IIII

Our Authors Journey, IIII

Ever since the week of March 29th The Divining Wand’s posts have been filled with success. New/debut book releases can be found on these pages, fulfilling dreams for authors and rewarding enjoyment for readers….with more yet to come. However it’s a fact that “getting published” doesn’t just happen. Instead the road to publication is a journey down a rather unpaved path. How do some travel this area better than others? Four more of our successful, published authors answer the questions…

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Blogs Favored by Our Authors

Blogs Favored by Our Authors

Enlightening or entertaining, what type of blogs would our authors favor on a daily basis? Of course it’s a bit of both and you might enjoy following along with: Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA): ~ Unclutterer – http://unclutterer.com/ ~ Post Secret – http://postsecret.blogspot.com/ ~ Sew, Mama, Sew! – http://www.sewmamasew.com/ ~ Sew at Sea, by my hilarious friend Laura – http://sewatsea.blogspot.com/ ~ Pub Rants – http://pubrants.blogspot.com/ Trish Ryan (He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Memoir of Finding…

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

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

Today’s post is the continuation of how authors responded to a recent question posted on The Divining Wand’s Q & A page: 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 writing? Also…

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Good News about and from Our Authors

Good News about and from Our Authors

The Diving Wand loves sharing good news about its authors and this post offers quite a collection. For Wendy Tokunaga (Midori By Moonlight, Love in Translation) BookPage Reviews’ Friendship and family in a foreign land is a Web exclusive by Sheri Bodoh. Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA) was thrilled and flattered by this terrific book trailer for Bad Girls Don’t Die made by a reader/fan. Do watch. Melanie Benjamin watches her foreign rights sales soar for (Alice I…

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Happy Holidays from Alicia Bessette, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, and Kristy Kiernan

Happy Holidays from Alicia Bessette, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, and Kristy Kiernan

‘Tis time for tradition and today two authors reflect on their favorite holiday movies, while another asks Santa to grant her wish. *********** Alicia Believes It’s a Wonderful Life My favorite holiday tradition and favorite holiday movie are one and the same: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. As with many Frank Capra films, “It’s a Wonderful Life” strongly resonates with me. I love the idea of a community coming together in support of a good…

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