Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Island

iUniverse published author of “The Island”, Angie Brijpaul, was only seventeen when she wrote this book. Her overview in the iUniverse Bookstore says,

“Marie’s surprise at the unexpected intensifies when the tour boat she’s on crashes, and she and twelve others are stranded on a deserted island, cut off from civilization. Beyond the normal hunt for goods to sustain themselves, Marie, Julian, and the others must deal with a mysterious forest from which some fail to re-emerge. What kind of evil resides there?”

“The Island” received four stars from the Clarion Review which earns it a place in the iUniverse Book Reviews website. “The Island” is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

Read more: iUniverse Book Review: The Island

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iUniverse Rising Star Author Lisa K. Drucker Part 4

iUniverse rising star awardIn the fourth part of this book creation series iUniverse blog guest author, Rising Star Lisa K. Drucker, moves on to the next vital stage of the process- establishing a setting for your novel.

Creating a Book – Setting

“Credibility of setting is essential to writing a novel.

Write what you know.” We’ve all heard that, and it’s good advice. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to experience firsthand whatever it is that you’re writing about. It does mean that you should be thoroughly research and extensively think about your topic and content. This is truer of setting than any other aspect of writing.

Setting will not ring true if improperly described, which means you have to “know” the setting through experience or research. Readers want to feel as if they’re “there”—wherever “there” is in your story—and it’s your job as the writer to make them feel that way. You can’t do that unless you can authentically replicate in words everything that is essential about the place and time you are describing.

To know more about Author Lisa K. Drucker click here

Good Food in Mexico City

According to the overview of Good Food in Mexico City” by iUniverse published author Nicholas Gilman,

“This is a little book with a big purpose: to put Mexico City on the map as one of the great food capitals of the world. Written by a resident gastronome who knows the city inside and out, this guide takes the reader to out-of-the-way market stalls, taco joints, as well as fashionable high-end dining spots. Included are chapters on bars and cantinas, cafés, food shopping and short essays on various aspects of Mexican cuisine and its history. Clear maps of the city, as well as an extensive glossary of ingredients, dishes, and cooking terms, make this an easy-to-use guide to great food in a grand city.”

“Good Food in Mexico City” received four stars from the Clarion Review. This earns it a place in the iUniverse Book Reviews website. “Good Food in Mexico City” is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

Read more: iUniverse Book Review: Good Food in Mexico City 

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iUniverse Rising Star Author Lisa K. Drucker Part 3

iUniverse blog guest author, Rising Star Lisa K. Drucker takes us through the third part of her series detailing her approach to the writing process and book creation. In this article iUniverse rising star awardLisa takes us through how she approaches the next step after characters have been developed – Establishing a point of view.

Creating a Book – Establishing Point of View

iUniverse Point of View“Establishing the point of view (POV) of your main character or multiple characters is also a critical aspect of creating a book. Once all the characters are developed, establishing point of view is the next important step. Think about some essential questions before deciding on POV:

  • Is the POV of the protagonist (main character) the only one necessary?
  • Do other characters’ POVs impact the story?
  • Do I want readers to understand the antagonist (protagonist’s main foe)?

Unless the protagonist is the only character whose POV drives the story (and who readers should identify with), third person (window to multiple characters’ POVs) is the best option. (Using the protagonist’s POV makes the narrative first person: “I”, “me”, “my”.)

To know more about Author Lisa K. Drucker click here

iUniverse Rising Star Author Lisa K. Drucker Part 2

iUniverse blog guest author, Rising Star Lisa K. Drucker takes us through the second installment of her narrative detailing her approach to the writing process and book creation. In this article Lisa shows us how she approaches those vital ingredients in any story or book- characters and their development and enrichment.

Creating a Book – Character Development

iUniverse Author's Notebook

The all important author’s notebook

“Once I have a solid idea that has made its way into my notebook, it’s time to start working on characters. Whether book-length or short, my stories are always character driven, rather than action driven, so no matter how good the idea is, I scrap it if I can’t develop good characters relating to it.

To know more about Author Lisa K. Drucker click here