May 24, 2014: Cathy McDavid

Doubletree Hilton Reid Park
445 S. Alvernon Way 

520 881-4200 

(between Broadway and 22nd, across from Reid Park)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm (doors open 9:00 am)

This month, Saguaro Romance Writers welcomes Cathy McDavid, whose workshops have earned her a reputation as a top RWA speaker.

Morning Session:

Whether you’re a plotter or a seat-of-the-pants writer, traditional or self-published, creating a short story skeleton before beginning to write your story can provide an invaluable tool. Discover weaknesses in characters’ motivations, plot holes, and pacing issues, all without wasting pages and precious hours of writing time. If you happen to write synopses before the book, a story skeleton provides a great starting point.

Afternoon Session:

A Detailed Step-by-Step Analysis of the Black Moment. Setting up your story’s black moment actually starts in the first few pages of the book. This deep analysis of your story’s black moment–and detailed step-by-step process –is designed to help you wring the most emotion and conflict from your black moment and give the reader what they’re looking for: namely, a satisfying read.

About Cathy

Cathy McDavid had no idea when she opened that first Walter Farley book in third grade, it would be a defining moment in her life. After devouring every Black Stallion and Island Stallion book written at the time–the process took over a year–she decided she wanted her own horse. That dream was realized a few years later, and Cathy went on to own horses and ride most of her life. Bonanza and Big Valley reruns every day after school enforced her love of all things western as well as a fascination with “cowboy” history.

Always an avid reader, she first put fingers to keyboard in 1995 and penned her first novel. She enjoyed some success with smaller publishers, but it wasn’t until 2005 when she finally got to see her first mass market paperback on the shelves of Barnes and Noble bookstores. There was no going back after that. In 2006, she started writing contemporary westerns for Harlequin American couldn’t be happier. All those years of reading every horse book ever written and watching old western TV shows finally paid off!

These days, she is “mostly” retired from the corporate business world and writes full time from her home in Scottsdale, Arizona near the breath-taking McDowell Mountains, where javalina traipse across her yard, hawks fly overhead and bobcats hide in her trees. Her twenty-two year old twins have “mostly” left the house to live on their own, but return often, if only to use her washer and dryer and empty out her refrigerator– a situation that does not make her two spoiled dogs and two spoild-er cats happy. When time allows, she heads to her cabin in the mountains, always taking her laptop with her on the chance inspiration strikes.

Learn more about Cathy’s books at

SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Reservations (by 8 am Wednesday before the meeting) and advance payment are strongly recommended. Walk-in guests are welcome. However, walk-ins and reservations received after 5pm Friday must pay the visitor meeting fee and enjoy the default meal.

PLEASE SPECIFY one of the following lunch selections (and any special requirements, like “gluten-free”) with your advance reservation.

This Month’s Lunch Selection:

  • Bacon Cheese Burger
  • Grilled Turkey Burger
  • Roast Beef Wrap Chicken [Default]
  • Chef’s Choice Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Vegetarian

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Anyone who hasn’t specified a lunch choice by 8.00 a.m. the Wednesday before the meeting will enjoy the DEFAULT dish.