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Seré Prince Halverson: Why Do I Write?

Seré Prince Halverson: Why Do I Write?

[ In Seré Prince Halverson’s revealing Q&A, the debut author of The Underside of Joy claimed: “I became a writer because I loved to write, and I was blessed with an utter lack of any other talent.” Today, the author digs even deeper and shares precisely why she writes. ] Why do I write? This question, Why do I write?, comes to me about a month after my debut novel, The Underside of Joy, was published and about twenty years…

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Erika Liodice: Why I Write

Erika Liodice: Why I Write

[Given Erika Liodice’s success in writing/publishing her debut novel Empty Arms in Kindle Edition, NOOK Book and Paperback, one might think that becoming an author was a childhood dream. Yet, in today’s guest post, Erika tells how her journey to novelist began on the path to self-discovery.] Why I Write Growing up I often heard people say, “I found myself at college.” It led me to the delusion that finding oneself was some sort of transcendental experience involving rays of…

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Dee DeTarsio’s Valentine to Marian Keyes

Dee DeTarsio’s Valentine to Marian Keyes

[Dee DeTarsio (The Scent of Jade and ROS) wears her favorite author’s heart on her sleeve. As a result, in this Valentine’s Day guest post, Dee takes the opportunity to explain/share her feelings of “reader love.”] This Is Dedicated to The One I Love “To Marian Keyes – and to the Marian Keyes in every woman – that smart, funny, sad, put-upon, brave part of your soul that makes this world a brighter place.” I am stalking Marian Keyes. She’s…

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Julianna Baggott: Why I Write

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[Julianna Baggott (complete listing of her books) is an author who writes across genres, believing they complement rather than are separate from each other. Available today is the author’s riveting, breakout novel PURE — the first volume in her post-apocalypse thriller trilogy. It’s based on Julianna’s background of magical realism. That is what she writes and, in this guest post, she explains why.] Why I Write I’m answering this question late at night — in a usually loud house now…

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Eleanor Brown: Why I Write

Eleanor Brown: Why I Write

[Last January 20, 2011, Eleanor Brown debuted with her “delightful” novel The Weird Sisters (presentation/review) and, within a week, she became a New York Times bestselling author. Amazing? Well actually the story of “sibling rivalry, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home” deserved every bit of acclaim and attention. For those who have yet to enjoy this reading experience, today is your day as The Weird Sisters is released in its paperback edition. Also Eleanor…

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Guest Danielle Younge-Ullman on Inspiration

Guest Danielle Younge-Ullman on Inspiration

[Danielle Younge-Ullman debuted in July 2008 with Falling Under (do read presentation/review) — a book this Fairy Godmother described as painfully breathtaking and brutally exquisite. And it remains so in its Kindle Editon and NOOK Book format. Today, in this guest post, the author focuses on her inspiration for the novel, and what makes the story passionately honest.] Inspiration It’s kind of a pretty word, a word that suggests something beautiful, like a butterfly landing on your fingertip, or a…

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Guest Daniel Pyne: What I Write

Guest Daniel Pyne: What I Write

[The decision to reopen The Divining Wand was based on the goal of offering more diversity in both books and authors. For example, today’s guest showcases other forms of storytelling to prove how a writer can transition between formats and highlight his natural talent. Enjoy!] Daniel Pyne has been at home in the world of film, TV, and books for over 30 years. His long list of screenwriting credits include The Manchurian Candidate, Fracture, Any Given Sunday, and Miami Vice….

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Lauren Baratz-Logsted: Why Do I Write?

Lauren Baratz-Logsted: Why Do I Write?

[ After 11 years as an independent bookseller and buyer Lauren Baratz-Logsted (most recent The Twin’s Daughter, Sisters 8 complete series, The Bro-Magnet published in both Kindle and NOOK Book) decided to try her hand at writing and, as is known, discovered success. And, while a complete page lists what she writes, today Lauren answers the question of why.] WHY DO I WRITE? The Cliff Notes version? Because I have stories to tell. The expanded version? The truth is, there…

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Catherine McKenzie: Why I Write

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[Although Canadian author Catherine McKenzie’s debut novel was a national bestseller in Canada, SPIN is finally being launched here in the U.S. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. That’s great news for all readers since it was praised by Publishers Weekly as: “[A] charming debut…With fresh, fast-paced storytelling and a personable, self-deprecating protagonist, McKenzie whirls a perfectly indulgent tale.” Arranged, the author’s second novel, will also have a U.S. publication on May 15, 2012. Catherine was born and raised in Montreal,…

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Author Kim Arbor: So Why Does She Write?

Author Kim Arbor: So Why Does She Write?

[Have you ever wondered why authors write? It’s not the easiest, stress-free, or stable and secure career choice yet it remains a dream/goal shared by so many. Throughout the next weeks, months, and onward, The Divining Wand will have authors explain their personal reasons. Introducing this series is Kim Arbor, the pen name of an award winning, New York published novelist who has both an MFA in Creative Writing and a serious addiction to gummy bears. Kim is the author…

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