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.
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.
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.
Saguaro Romance Writers’ first Holiday Party
Pamela Tracy, Cheyenne McCray & Mackenzie McCade
Presented Saguaro Romance Writers’ sixth meeting
Author Christi Ridgeway presented the talks at our October, 2005 meeting.
Michael Charton & Roz Denny Fox
Were the chapter speakers at our September 2005 meeting.
For our third meeting, members who attended the RWA Nationals conference presented an overview of the workshops they attended and information they learned.
Frances Gross & Elaine Charton
Our second chapter meeting in July, 2005 featured chapter members Frances Gross and Elaine Charton