I write women's fiction, paranormal romance, essays, and magazine articles. Writing is usually a solitary activity, but my critique partners extraordinaire read my pages weekly and make sure I don't get away with weak characters, blah plot, or incomprehensible prose. My support system also includes the fabulous men and women of the Inland Empire Chapter of Romance Writers of America and I am proud to serve as their Vice President and Web Mistress.
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In addition to my own blog, I'm guest blogging on several sites. The Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter of RWA hosted me twice and I talked about character voice and jump starting the writing process. As usual, I'll be on Bark on and off through the year, but was especially excited to participate in Bad TV Fortnight, where several "Barkers" shared their thoughts, reflections, and maybe even guilty pleasures of bad television. My post is about my obsession with Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva show.
The Inland Empire Chapter of Romance Writers of America chapter (IECRWA) participated in Spokane's Get Lit! event. The weeklong festival includes readings, interviews, workshops, panel discussions, poetry slams, writing contests, and more. The 2013 headliners Joyce Carol Oates, Jaimy Gordon, David Shields, Jess Walter, and more were a treat for the ten thousand people who attended. The IECRWA workshop on worldbuilding sold out and we many visitors to the IECRWA table in the great ball room at The Red Lion at The Park.
I was one of three readers closing out the spring season of the Beacon Hill Reading Series, sponsored by Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities. It was so much fun to read with Scott Eubanks and Shawn Vestal and an honor being featured with two such funny and talented writers.
At last year's Emerald City Writers Conference, my fellow Inland Empire Chapter RWA member Rebecca Zanetti and I presented a workshop titled Dealing with Goal, Motivation, and Conflict in Your Own Life: Optimizing the Writing Process while Keeping Motivation High to a standing room only crowd. We are delighted to announce that we'll present this workshop again in September this year at the Montanta Writers Conference in Billings.
Buy the gift that keeps on giving! My essay "Thanksgiving: A Different Perspective" is included in the Three River Press collection Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World, edited by Rita Golden Gelman.
All the authors and the editor of this book are donating the royalties to fund scholarships for Delhi slum kids who manage to graduate from high school. The Rotary club in Delhi (via a Rotary Club in Maryland) are administrating the scholarships and vetting and mentoring the young men and women who qualify. Read the intro to the book, which includes a fabulous recipe for Curried Carrot Soup, on Random House's website. Purchase a copy now from your favorite store: