Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 3, No. 2 Aug./Sept. '01

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

Speaker: Vicky Lewis Thompson

Topic: "Getting and Staying Published"
(see article - this page)

Menu: Arizona field greens salad, braised turkey breast in mornay sauce with mashed potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables, carrot cake, coffee, tea.

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

Speaker: Ethel Paquin

Topic: "Short Story Structure"
(see article - this page)

Menu: Chicken breast melt topped with mozzarella and sliced tomato, served with potato salad and a fruit cup. Coffee and tea. Pasta for vegetarians available by request.

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   Ever thought writers who publish and keep on publishing might have a quality that beats out talent? Vicky Lewis Thompson thinks so. Using illustrations from her own prolific writing career, Vicky will reveal the secrets of that special quality in her August SSA luncheon presentation.

   An award winning author, Vicky hangs her hat in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and a very spoiled cat. Her more than fifty sizzling romances fit right into this landscape where the sun's hot and the chili peppers are even hotter. Being a launch author for Harlequin's new Blaze line in August was a natural.

   With more than fifteen million books in print worldwide, Vicki's earned both national and international recognition. She's been honored for her unique blend of spice and humor by the romance fanzines Romantic Times and Affaire de Coeur. She's also a seven-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's coveted RITA award. In addition, Vicky has won awards in RWA chapter contests including: Heart and Scroll's first-ever Madcap Award and Desert Rose's Golden Quill.

   Let Vicky put a little spice in your life! Make your luncheon reservations by Wednesday, August 15th.


   Our September luncheon is one of the highlights presented each year by The Society of Southwestern Authors because winners of the SSA Writer's Contest are announced. The 2001 winners will receive awards in four categories: short fiction, personal essay, memoir and poetry. First place contestants will read winning pieces. Ruth Beach and Wendy Sizer, contest chairpersons, will award prizes to talented writers from all over the country who took part in this exciting event. Look for winning entries in The Story Teller, SSA's yearly magazine, which will be available at the luncheon.

   To honor contest entrants, we have invited Ethel Paquin to speak on how to construct a piece of writing, be it a short story, article, essay or poem. Ethel began writing as a columnist for Acorn Press, which publishes five newspapers in Connecticut and New York. Branching out into short stories, essays, and articles, her work has been published by The New York Times, Woman's Day, McCall's, Redbook, Tucson Quarterly, the Land's End Catalogue as well as literary and professional magazines.

   Ethel has published eight books, one adult romance and seven young adult novels. Her work as a writing instructor includes teaching her course, The Structure of the Short Story, at Western Connecticut State University and the Writing Works Center at the University of Arizona. Ethel has evaluated manuscripts for inclusion in Reader's Digest Condensed Books and is currently evaluating book-length manuscripts for students. Ethel has worked with Dr. William Masters of the Masters and Johnson Institute for Human Sexual Response, writing his memoir. She is curently assisting in the completion of a biography of pianist Johana Harris and has her own mystery series in progress.

   This is a luncheon not to be missed! Your presence is a great show of support for the entrants in this year's SSA Writing Contest. Please get bookings in early to participate in the great audience buzzing with anticipation for this special annual SSA event.


Mike Alvarez's third book by Xlibris is a Young Adult mystery titled The Treasure of The Santa Ritas. Mike wrote this novel as a result of doing a major rewrite of another manuscript that never sold. It pays to save everything you write. Mike was featured on UPN's talk show FYI Tucson on June 10th. All of Mike's books are available directly from the Xlibris website, through Barnes & Noble or Borders.

Vera Marie (Bunny) Badertscher is happy to report that Tucsonans can break into the Phoenix market. The June issue of Phoenix Magazine carries her article, "Holding on to the Past" (about tribal museums); and, their October issue will have her article on the 100th birthday of the Arizona Capitol building. Vera Marie also writes restaurant reviews for, which earned for her the following comment from her editor, "You are an editorial godsend!" Vera Marie also had the following articles published this year: "Baby Animals in San Diego," Frontier Magazine cover story; "Tucson Dream Home," Rotary International; "Stopover in Athens," Arizona Highroads Magazine; and "Viking Market," Last year Vera had these articles published: "Coronado Trail," Home & Away cover story; "Sundial Maker," and "Goat Trek," Arizona Highways; and "Meteora," Vera's current work in progress is Biography of Quincy Tahoma, Navaho Artist.

Vee Browne, from the Navajo nation, weaves together poetry and prose revealing insight into the Dine people and American Indian legends in her new book of poetry and prose, Ravens Dancing. Her book is available from in paperback and by electronic download.

Bea Carlton's new mystery book, Where's Jessie? (co-authored with two others) will be out this summer from SonLife Publishing. Busy Bea has been performing and teaching puppet workshops in New Mexico at which she also sells her books; will be a speaker at the Ladies' Retreat in Milan, NM, on Aug 3-4; and will present her puppet workshop at an Indian Reservation in Kayenta, Northern Arizona, in August. For more information, email Bea at

Marylyn Chapman's article, "Reflections on TBG," appeared in the Tucson Botanical Garden News, Summer 2001 issue.

Jackie Dishner, who freelances for Arizona Capitol Times and Valley Guide Quarterly, just had a poem published in the May issue of ByLine her first print poetry acceptance! In between trying to break into more national markets, Jackie has been writing for The Arizona Republic and Phoenix Magazine.

George Erickson is negotiating a contract with Prometheus to publish his latest book, Time Traveling with Science and the Saints.

Shirley Dunn Perry won an honorable mention for her poem, "Sleeping Beauty," in the The Colorado Open Poetry Contest conducted by the Poetry Society of Colorado. The judge, Professor Renee Ruderman, commented, "This one is a marvelous compact laugh."

Lucy Simons Kaufman has a new book out through Xlibris. Soul Food: Feeding The Inner Spirit is a meditation guide based on the old 13 moon, 28 day calendar. The daily segments are meant to be signposts, guides, for those seeking inner peace and harmony. Several spiritual radio shows have requested interviews with Lucy; she is in the process of scheduling them. Soul Food can be ordered on the web through Xlibris, Barnes & Noble and Borders.

Patrick Lavin's fourth book, Arizona: An Illustrated History, is the inaugural volume of the Illustrated Histories of States Series released by Hippocrene Books, New York. With over 60 illustrations and photographs, Patrick draws large brushstrokes over Arizona history from prehistoric days to admission into the Union and beyond into the twenty-first century in a style the average reader would most certainly sit down and enjoy. Patrick has been featured in interviews with Bill Buckmaster on Arizona Illustrated, PBS/TV, and on KNAU Radio, Flagstaff. After July book signings at Barnes & Noble and Walden Books in Tucson, Patrick will continue his promotions at book signings on Aug 4th at Reader's Oasis; sometime in August at Walden Books, Scottsdale, and at his presentation for the National Association of Retired Federal Employees on Aug 20th. Patrick's promotional schedule will continue on Sept 29th at Barnes & Noble, Flagstaff, and at his presentation for the Rancho Vistoso Celtic Club, Tucson, on Nov 14th.

Earl J. (Mac) McGill won a 2000 Derringer from the Short Mystery Fiction Society in the "Best Flash Mystery" story category. His award winning "Polls Don't Lie" deals with a fictional president on board Air Force One who is about to learn (in Tucson) all about polls. Although you may recognize the Mexican restaurant, the characters are entirely fictional (sure...) Mac's Derringer Award Winning "Polls Don't Lie" is online with author's notes and links to other stories:

Marci Martin has three new books just out from Xlibris: her first Hannah Pryce Series Mystery, Secrets And Lies; a revised edition of Go To Hell and Make a U-turn, a true story about her son's addictions; and The Muse On My Shoulder, stories and such. Marci's second Hannah Pryce Mystery, License To Steal, will be out soon. All available titles can be found at (ph:1-888-795-4274);, local stores, or directly from Marci.

Marianne Mitchell has two picture books in the works, Joe Cinders, illustrated by Bryan Langdo, is a cowboy Cinderella and is due out in 2002 from Henry Holt. Gullywasher Gulch, illustrated by Norman Chartier, is with Boyds Mills Press, also due in 2002.

Dave Platt had two action/adventure novels, Cat's Paw and The Girls' Club, published last year by 1stBooks Library. He also now has an agent representing The Girls' Club to major publishers. Both novels are available as either e-books or softcover print-on-demand at They can also be ordered through any bookstore that uses Ingram's 'Books in Print' service.

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