Cynsational News & Links

Cheers to Lisa Firke (webmaster/designer interview) of Hit Those Keys: Creative Encouragement, Copywriting, Web Design on her own newly redesigned site. See my testimonial on Lisa’s sparkling genius, and check out what my site looked like before she worked her magic. Then see it now! If you’re in the market for a webmaster/designer, contact Lisa for more information. Note: My site is now updated to reflect the Cynsations posting for April.

The Art of Fiction: Naked Dreams: Why Writers Don’t Write! by Lisa Lenard-Cook from Authorlink. June 2006.

Author Annette Curtis Klause and her latest release Freaks! Alive on the Inside (Simon & Schuster, 2006)(excerpt)(author interview) are a focus of a podcast from Mr. Ron’s Once A Week #2. Note: The excerpt from Freaks! and Annette’s interview are first up, but the entire show is well worth a listen. In other exciting news, the buzz is that the release date for the “Blood and Chocolate” movie will be January 26, 2007. Learn about the novel Blood and Chocolate (Delacorte, 1997)(Laurel Leaf, 1999)(excerpt) AKA the best werewolf YA of all time!

Doubt Makes You a Better Writer: An Interview with First-time Novelist Dana Reinhardt, author of A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House, 2006)(excerpt) by Ellen Birkett Morris from Authorlink. June 2006. More on A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life and Dana Reinhardt.

Thanks to Mara Rockliff for including a link to my children’s/YA literature resources among her Helpful Links for Writers and a link to my post in conjunction with Jennifer Ward on “Grants for School Visits,” which appears on Mara’s School and Library Visits page. See An Interview with Mara Rockliff by award-winning author Ellen Jackson from Secrets of Success for Aspiring Children’s Writers. Note: of particular interest to those in the educational market.

Don Tate’s blog Devas T. Rants and Raves is now available via LJ syndication. See a recent Cynsations interview with Don Tate.

“Writing to the Beat of a Different Drummer” with writer/instructor Linda Oatman High will be held from July 6 to July 15 in Cortona, Italy. All classes are taught in English. Enrollment is open through July 5.

Writing for Educational Publishers: A Great Opportunity for Writers: An Interview with Laura Purdie Salas by Susan VanHecke from Authorlink. June 2006.