Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 2, No. 31 Apr./May '01

  14   Saturday!!!
@3-5 PM
Coffee & Dessert
DoubleTree Hotel
Special Price
$7 mem/$8 non

Speaker: Allen Kates

Topic: "How to Interview"
(see article - this page)

  20   Sunday Brunch
DoubleTree Hotel @11:30-2 PM

Speaker: Bud Seng

Topic: "Hypnosis"
(see article - this page)

Menu: Chicken Caesar Salad, Fresh Fruit Cup, Warm Rolls and Butter, Chef's Choice of Dessert, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Iced Tea

N.B.Vegetarian Alternative Available

(NOTE: Because of Easter in April, we will have a Coffee & Dessert at the DoubleTree from 3-5:00 PM, Saturday the 14th)

To R.S.V.P. Luncheon
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
before noon the
Wednesday before Brunch

all Brunches $13 mem/$15 non

Specify meat or veggie and STICK TO IT!
Be courteous & eat what you order (trading with others is okay).

for you

I will draw down words like water
draws sunlight
arrange them like books on a shelf
sing them into moonlight.

by Shirley Dunn Perry


   Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, sooner or later you will have to interview somebody.
  • How do you know if you're asking the right questions?
  • What do you do if the person doesn't want to answer?
  • How to ask questions that may humiliate and embarrass the subject?
  • What to do if your subject breaks down and cries?
   Writing instructor and author Allen Kates has conducted more than 1,000 interviews during his career as a journalist and writer. In particular, his interviews with police officers give astonishing insight into the trauma cops experience.
   Allen is the author of the book CopShock, which has become a bestseller for his target audience. The Arts & Entertainment television network is featuring CopShock and Allen in a documentary. Watch for it in the listings for Investigative Reports, April and May.
   Find out more about asking the tough questions by coming to this special SATURDAY event, April 14th, from 3-5 p.m at the DoubleTree. Please remember to phone in your reservation at 546-9382 by Tuesday, April 10th.
   Allen Kates can be contacted at: Writing & Publishing Workshops, P.O. Box 399, Cortaro, AZ 85652 USA. Ph: (520) 616-7643 Fax: (520) 616-7519 E-Mail: or Web Sites: &


   Is it hocus-pocus, voodoo, or magic? No, it is hypnosis, a very powerful tool for many purposes. It is particularly effective in the creative process of writing. Whatever your genre, hypnosis can enhance the quantity and quality of your work. At our May 20 luncheon, Bud Seng will reveal to us some of the secrets of Hypnosis in The Process of Writing.
   Bud Seng is a State and National certified councelor in private practice. He sees a broad range of adult clients, and has been practicing clinical hypnosis for twenty years. In addition to his clinical work and non-fiction writing, Bud is a popular seminar and workshop presenter as well as an adjunct faculty member at Pima College.
   Bud says hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness that enables the individual to achieve an intense focus and often a very relaxed state similar to what one experiences while daydreaming. In this altered state the individual is able to directly communicate with a very powerful part of the mind called the unconscious. Using the power of hypnosis you can enhance your writing ability.
   Make your reservation by calling 546-9382 no later than noon Wednesday, May 16th, and don't forget to specify carnivore or herbivore. Please leave your guests name as well.


Jerry Airth's short story "Alternative Medicine" (1999 SSA Hon. Mention) will be published in the March/April issue of Calliope, the MENSA Literary Magazine.

Pat Carpenter-Wood's book, Tata's Tree, an inspirational memoir about life in Chicago's Back of the Yards District, e-published by 1st Books, is available through and Barnes & Noble. Her second book The Mask of Love, a fictionalized story inspired by actual events, deals with verbal and emotional abuse in marriage. E-published through Xlibris, The Mask of Love will be available in May.

Jane Candia Coleman says there's hope for us all. After nineteen years, a major rewrite, the loss of a supportive editor, a publisher who lost the manuscript for three years then rejected it, Jane's Desperate Acts was published in March 2001 as a Thorndike First Edition Romance. Dealing with abuse, teen suicide, mothers and daughters, Jane says it's more accurate to categorize it as "Women's Literary Fiction" rather than Romance.

Shirley Dunn Perry has had two poems accepted by The Laughing Dog: Strictly Poetry, 4740 E. Sunrise Drive, MBE# 326, Tucson, AZ 85718

Elizabeth Gunn's fourth Jake Hines mystery novel will be published in mid-May. Elizabeth will have a signing at Clues Unlimited on Saturday, May 19, 3-5p.m., and at the Oasis Bookstore on Saturday, May 26, 2-4p.m.

Ken Iserson's Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies? (Galen Press, Ltd. PO Box 64400, Tucson, AZ 85728-4400; (800) 442-5369) is coming out in a 2nd revised and updated edition. If you write about (or live with) death and dying, this is an excellent reference. The first edition (1994) won an award from New York Public Libraries as the best reference book that year. The format continues to be questions and answers in understandable language about everything that happens from the time death is pronounced until the final disposition. There are several completely new sections, including "Death Photography." The price (through the press) is $48.95 plus $3.50 shipping.

Mary E. Loser is honored to have David Levy include her poem in his latest book, Starry Night's, Astronomers and Poets Read The Sky. Mary also scooped the National Music Teachers Magazine with her interview of 91 year old Janice McCurnin, national Teacher Of The Year 2001, published in the March issue of Arizona Senior World.

Marci Martin has three new books: her first mystery, Secrets and Lies, a revised edition of Go to Hell and Make a U-turn, and The Muse on My Shoulder, Stories and Such. Available on the web at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, or your local book store.

Sharon Poppen received an Honorable Mention for her short story, "A Walk in the Desert," from the National League of American Pen Women for their Soul-Making Literary Prize 2000 contest.

Tom Sawyer's novel, The Sixteenth Man, is featured on, along with a nice interview with Tom.

Mark R. Sneller's Breathing Easy, a collection of his newspaper columns on respiratory health, has been accepted by Angela Adair-Hoy at Mark's introduction to Angela came during his interview with her at the SSA conference.

Jennifer J. Stewart's children's novel, If That Breathes Fire, We're Toast!, is on the master list for The Sequoyah Award, sponsored by the Oklahoma Library Association. It is a children's choice award, and the winner will be announced next year.

Jean Walsh has been freelance writing for the past year articles on alternative medicine and engineering for This online info service has just published her 15th article "What to do with all that poo? Agriculture needs engineers with ingenuity," a study of pollution from Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO's).

Jane Eppinga and Jean Gietzen will be signing their stories in Chicken Soup for The Gardener's Soul at Barnes and Noble's Foothills Store on La Cholla, April 22 at 2 p.m.

Please send your writing successes to the Write Word editor, Your success encourages us all!

Local Book Signing

Five SSA members joined forces for a local authors book signing at Mostly Books, 6208 E. Speedway Blvd on March 24th. Authors and titles included: