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June 24, 2006: Jennifer Ashley

Multi-published author Jennifer Ashley will be our guest speaker for both sessions of our June meeting. Jennifer has historicals with Leisure and contemporaries with Dorchester. Writing as Ashley Gardner, she has her Regency mystery series with Berkley. Under her pseudonym Allyson James, she has several hot erotic romances at Ellora’s Cave.

“Tips for Staying Sane: Writing the Best Novel You Can and Getting It Published!” will be the morning presentation, and Jennifer will speak on “Print Versus E-Publishing” in the afternoon–a neutral look at the good, the bad, and the ugly in each.

May 20, 2006: Connie Flynn and Linda Style

WHAT CHARACTERS DO AND WHY: TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF PLOTTING. Connie Flynn, our morning speaker, says that plot is nothing more than what “who” did (or didn’t do), why “who” did (or didn’t) do it, and what the consequences are. Oh, and it’s organized into a somewhat structured format. This workshop will guide you through developing a romance plot, using a combination of lecture, worksheets and group discussion. Connie is the best-selling author of ten romance novels, and she has a penchant for creating page-turners with a twist. She’s won the coveted PRISM Award for the best time-travel romance of 2000. Connie is in her third year of teaching creative writing at Phoenix College and, this coming summer, will be teaching “Writing the Romance Novel” for ASU’s Virginia G. Piper Creative Writing Center. Welcome, Connie!

CRIME AND ROMANCE: HOW TO RESEARCH A COP BOOK. In the afternoon, award-winning author Linda Style will share her knowledge on cops and romance. She sold her first book after meeting a Harlequin Superromance editor at a conference in 1999. With nine novels under her belt since then, Linda’s books have been nominated for the Golden Quill Award and for Affaire de Coeur’s best long contemporary of the year. Working on her tenth novel, Linda has also been invited by Harlequin to help create a new five-book continuity series featuring male protagonists. The series is tentatively titled Texas Hold ‘Em and is slated for release in the fall of 2007.

April 29, 2006: Linda Wisdom

Award-winning author Linda Wisdom will be with us all day. Linda was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. She majored in Journalism in college then switched her major to Fashion Merchandising when she was told there was no future for her in fiction writing. She held a variety of positions ranging from retail sales to executive secretary in advertising and office manager for a personnel agency.

Her career began when she sold her first two novels to Silhouette Romance on her wedding anniversary in 1979. Since then she has sold more than seventy novels and one novella to four different publishers. In that time she has written traditional romance, paranormal romance, humorous romance, action/adventure romance and romantic suspense. Her books have appeared on various romance and mass market bestseller lists and nominated for a number of Romantic Times awards and Romance Writers of America Rita Award. Her novels have been published worldwide.
Linda is also an editor with Triskelion Publishing.

March 25, 2006 Emma Gabriel on Dwight Swain

Our morning speaker, Emma Gabriel, will share with us lessons learned from Dwight Swain’s Lessons of a Best Selling Author.  Her topic will be about creating motivation-reaction units.  Sounds dull, but she promises lots of good stuff is encompassed in that boring little phrase!

Emma still remembers when her third-grade teacher told her class to write about their summer vacation.  She raised her hand and asked, “Does it have to be true?”  Since then, she grew up, graduated from Dartmouth College, got her J.D. at Duke University, and practiced law for seven years.  Now she’s back to her true love: writing stories.

In the afternoon, multi-published Superromance author Laura Abbot will speak to us.  Laura retired from teaching to try her hand at writing romances. Now with ten Superromances to her credit and more projects in the works, Laura takes satisfaction from the accomplishment of that goal. She lives with her husband in a home they built overlooking a beautiful lake in the Ozark Mountains.

February 25, 2006: Vicki Lewis Thompson and Caroline Mickelson

Our meeting this month is one you won’t want to miss! Caroline Mickelson will speak to us in the morning on Debra Dixon’s book Goal, Motivation and Conflict. Caroline has her BA in Journalism/Public Relations from Arizona State and a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language, which she earned from Stirling University in Scotland. She’s had a dozen non-fiction magazine articles/newspaper features published. Caroline is a romantic at heart—she believes in love at first sight and magic when we write.

In the afternoon, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Vicki Lewis Thompson will talk about “What a Difference a Brand Makes.” Ever since she learned about the birds and the bees, Vicki has considered the subject hilarious. She’s promoted that world view through nearly eighty books for various publishers, most recently and successfully with her Nerd series from St. Martin’s Press. Vicki’s newest release, Talk Nerdy to Me, will be out this month. Prior to finding her bliss as a romance writer, Vicki blew through several jobs that ranged from teaching and reporting to raspberry picking and swimming pool maintenance. None of them proved half as interesting as making up funny, sexy stories. She lives here in Tucson where she has a pool, but she no longer cleans it herself.

January 28, 2006: Libby Hall and Brenda Joyce

Libby Hall, former RWA National president, vice-president and PAN liaison, who writes as USA Today best-selling author Laurie Paige, will speak to us in the morning on how to use one-liners for pacing and focus.

Brenda Joyce, Tucson’s answer to Nora Roberts, will be speaking with us in the afternoon. Her first book was published in 1988. With the release of her latest book, The Masquerade, Brenda has nearly forty books to her credit.