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INside AUTHORS January, 2008

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Elizabeth Buchan and Beverly Walton-Porter
By  Diego X. Jesus and Mark London

Every issue, IN presents INside Authors, a look at authors from around the world who have significantly caught our attention and deserve a little space and recognition.

The following two authors are this month's choices. Our hope is to provide a glimpse, a snapshot, an overview of some of the finest writers of our time making waves both tidal and ripple.

BEVERLY WALTON-PORTER, Editor, Scribe & Quill

Background INfo: Past editor of Inscriptions, current editor of Scribe & Quill, author of The Complete Writer, editor/writer of two blogs Elemental Musings and Elemental Muse Live Journal, mother, feature article writer, advanced student of communications and philosophy, time management guru.

INfluences: "By and large, my adopted dad, the teachers I had during school and Stephen King. My dad died before I turned seven, but I remember he'd read to me every night without fail from Aesop's Fables, Babar's Adventures and Grimm's Fairy Tales. He taught me to love words and to imagine."

Advice: First of all, don't give up. Second of all, realize there are countless people out there who will play armchair quarterback and who will give you a million reasons why you can't or won't succeed, and only five to 10 reasons why you might. Some people think you need to go to J-school or have a high-end degree in English in order to succeed. That's bunk. Third, network with other writers -- see who's successful and experienced, find out what they're doing and then model your behavior and work habits after theirs. Finally, don't take rejection personally -- it's a business and your writing is a product, plain and simple. Keep queries and submissions out there all the time and don't wait by the mailbox, pining
away for a reply. Focus on your work and know that if you keep at it you'll succeed."

The Future: "Right now, finishing up the rest of Sun Signs For Writers (it's over 3/4 complete) and then I have two proposals I need to write and submit to my agent. In addition, I have two completed fiction manuscripts I hope to sell (my agent doesn't handle my fiction, only my nonfiction work). Also, I want to try writing horror again since it's been a long while. Along the way, I hope to inspire new writers not to ever give up and to act as a mentor for them whenever possible. A lot of newbies get thrashed and raked over the coals by 'seasoned' writers and I think that is not in the spirit of giving. The industry is difficult enough; we must all become a family with members who help one another -- especially the newest members of the writing family!"

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The Complete Writer - publication date: August 2005
Sun Signs for Writers - publication date: August 2006
Also, Bev's Mending Fences is slated for release by Whiskey Creek Press in Sept 2006. Listed under the pen name, Star Ferris.

* Numerous career profiles and reviews for Bridges Initiatives - British Columbia, Canada
* Former manager/columnist at Suite 101 - Freelance Writing topic (there were about 80 or so columns/articles that are still archived there)
* Former contract editor for NBC Internet (formerly Web site)
* Former review editor for Eye on the Web (1995)
* Former editor of BookStop, located on Debbie Ridpath Ohi's site

ELIZABETH BUCHAN, Award-winning Romance Novelist
Background INfo: Novels -- Everything She Thought She Wanted, The Good Wife Strikes Back, Revenge of The Middle-Aged Woman. Addresses issues facing most women today: mid-life crisis, loss, aging, body image, career, marriage, affair temptations, friendship, and personal evolvement. Worked as a reviewer and blurb writer for publishers before becoming a book author.
INfluences: "Virginia Woolf wrote that the stuff of fiction lies all about one, 'in the drawing rooms and kitchens where women live'. She struck a chord with me. What happens in our private lives is incredibly important and significant. To cite the truism: we don't die saying, 'I wish I had spent more time in the office'. But we might well die wishing we had not neglected our family, friends, inner life or religious beliefs. For women in particular the last few decades have been ones of huge change and the results of those upheavals provide a rich and fertile subject for the novelist."  

Advice: "Hang on to your confidence. It is easy to be over awed and worried by advice and directives. Of course, writing is a continuous process of learning but what will make your writing successful - in the sense of sentient - is your individual voice and vision. Do let that be diluted by prescriptive advice. By all means listen, act on what you think appropriate, accept stringent criticism if necessary but remember to listen to your own inner guide."
The Future: "In the U.K. the collapse of the Net Book Agreement has certainly seen melt-down in pricing (and, thus royalties for authors) which is not good. It had meant that the supermarkets have stepped in with huge discounts and the small independent bookshops are struggling. This has resulted in a flattening out of choice as publishers are forced only to publish books that will make certain margins. This means there is a danger of the 'take a punt' and 'I have a hunch about this book' will be eroded out of the publishing process. On the other hand, publishing is a lot more wised up and professional about positioning, branding and selling its books. There is less publishing in deep secret which was the case even 10 years ago."

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Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman
The Good Wife Strikes Back
Perfect Love
Everything She Thought She Wanted
Consider The Lily

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Diego X. Jesus is a Dominican-born American freelance journalist and associate editor of IN who makes Toronto his home approximately half the time. Otherwise, we don't know where he might be. email Diego Jesus


Mark London is a Toronto based freelance writer and associate editor of IN who has been with the FWO-Int'l from the early years volunteering much of his time in assisting young writers' careers. email Mark:

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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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