Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 3, No. 3 Oct./Nov. '01

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

Speaker:Mary Pratt

Topic: "The Heart of Writing"
(see article - this page)

Menu: Tossed green salad, roasted chicken breast topped with prickly pear barbeque sauce, fresh seasonal vegetables, rolls and butter. Chef's choice of dessert, Coffee & tea.

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

Speaker: Diane Warner

Topic: "Sales While I Sleep"
(see article - this page)

Menu: Not available at time of publication. Please listen to the menu on the recoded message when you phone to book your place for the November meeting.

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The Heart of Writing

   Mary Pratt, Research Editor at Arizona Highways and a frequent contributor to the magazine, is recognized as an expert in adolescent literature. A regular guest lecturer for the Arizona State University Teacher Preparation Program, Mary combines her love for rich language with her considerable teaching energy to conduct reading/writing workshops at every level. She winsomely coaxes novice writers to embark on journaling journeys and challenges seasoned writers to recognize the heart of their art. Even the most reluctant writer is sparked by her passion for language.
   Mary lives a deeply literate life. Her expertise in children's and adolescent literature has meant extensive time reading and studying genres written for young people. Mary speaks from a depth of experience as she introduces journaling as a record of life to first time writers. For accomplished writers, Mary reminds that literacy is real communication from the depths of the heart. Her closest friends and family form a literacy circle that live and love 'booktalk' with her. Stories bond and bind her life together into a complete whole.
   Find out more by coming to the October SSA Luncheon. Please remember to phone in your reservation at 546-9382 by Wednesday, October 17th.

S.W.I.S. - Sales While I Sleep

   When Diane Warner speaks to you in November, she hopes to encourage you - whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry or short stories - by sharing her struggles, offering encouraging words on proposing your work, and passing on her secrets for staying "pumped up" as you pursue your writing career. Diane can relate to writers in their quest to get published and make money and knows how to do it.
   Diane Warner is a best-selling author of nineteen how-to/self-help books for adults, such as How to have a Big Wedding on a Small Budget and The Unauthorized Teacher's Survival Guide, most of which stay on the market year in and year out, resulting in a delightful condition known as S.W.I.S.
   Diane also facilitates seminars and writes for magazines, newspapers and several web sites, and has been featured on CNN, HGTV and DISCOVERY channels, where she appears frequently throughout the year.
   Diane lives, and sometimes writes, with her author husband, Jack, in Sun City Tucson. She is under contract for book number twenty and is currently negotiating to co-author a book for single mothers.
   Find out more by coming to the November SSA Luncheon. Please remember to phone in your reservation at 546-9382 by Wednesday, November 14th.


Sinclair Browning's The Sporting Club, the 2nd in the Trade Ellis mystery series, has been nominated for a 'Shamus Award' for Best Original Paperback of 2000 by the Private Eye Writers of America. Both The Sporting Club and The Last Song Dogs have gone into second printings. Sinclair's Rode Hard, Put Away Dead is one of four paperbacks listed on Deadly Pleasure magazine's list of Best Crime/Mystery Novels of 2001. Although Sinclair has fulfilled the second of two book contracts, Bantam wants more of Trade's adventures. In addition, Warner Books is releasing Feathers Brush My Heart next April in time for Mother's Day.

Carol Costa's book, My Bargain with God, was featured in the August 14th issue of the National Examiner. The article centers around Tucson psychic, Joyce Martin, who works with police departments across the country helping to locate missing children. My Bargain with God is based on Joyce's inspirational story and is available through Xlibris and other on-line bookstores. Locally, the book can be found at Reader's Oasis. Carol and Joyce also took part in Barnes & Noble's 'New Author's Day' on September 22nd at the Foothills Mall. Carol Costa's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Surviving Bankruptcy written with local attorney, James Beaman, will be released in October. And, her short story, "Meeting My Favorite Player," will be published in Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan's Soul, also scheduled for release in October.

George Erickson has just sold the US rights to his Canadian best seller, True North: Exploring the Great Canadian Wilderness by Bush Plane, to The Lyons Press of N Y. (Before the book was published, an excerpt from True North took first place in the 1999 SSA contest - memoir division. True North, with color photos and a slightly different subtitle, should be in bookstores by March 2002; but the Canadian edition is available now from George for $24.00 postpaid at 2300 17th St NW, New Brighton, MN 55112 George Erickson also recently sold his just-completed book, Time Traveling with Science and the Saints, to Prometheus Books. Time Traveling examines the oft-heard claim that "religion has civilized the world." A spring 2002 release is expected.

Jean Gietzen's best selling family Christmas classic, If You're Missing Baby Jesus, has been redesigned and reissued by Blue Cottage Gifts, a division of Multnomah Publishers. The soft, colorful art work in the new edition makes it an even more lovely holiday gift book. Blue Cottage plans to market it in Hallmark stores nationwide.

Doug Huestis's short story, "October Storm," appeared in the August/September issue of Futures magazine. It's an Arizona story based on a hike, which Doug took about 30 years ago with his then 12-year-old son, up the Tanque Verde Ridge. A terrifying storm came up at night, with rain, snow and sleet, blowing their tent over twice. They got out all right, but the setting remained in Doug's mind and he began writing the story about 1995. In various incarnations it acquired about 35 rejections (a note to those who are easily discouraged). Futures is a small literary magazine based in Minnesota, with a circulation of about 2000."

J.A. Jance's ninth book in her Joanna Brady series, Paradise Lost, went on sale August 7. The grand opening signing at Bothell's Third Place Books was held as a benefit for the YWCA. Additional signings are currently being finalized and posted on the website, Cities on the Paradise Lost tour include Spokane, New York, Cleveland, Dayton, Louisville, Minneapolis, Madison, Denver, and Boulder.

Walter Kukkonen's second book, The Gate to the Beyond Within, was launched on July 1 in DeKalb, Illinois, where he began his ministry sixty years ago. Several who had heard him in 1941 were present to hear him speak, appropriately, on "Life Beyond the Gate." The book tells of Walter's move from teaching doctrine to teaching students. Reflecting on his own experiences, Walter invites readers to reflect on their lives. Published by Polaris Press, a self-publishing venture of Walter and his two pastor sons, Walter and Mark, the book is available at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Gospel Supplies, Trinity Bookstore and from Walter. Look out for it on the book tables at our monthly luncheons.

Fran Lenzo's most recent book, Halo My Dear Angel...A Journey of Miracles, is being published under X-Libris and she has a new work in progress, Beautiful Faces. Fran will be signing books at Borders, Glendale, on Monday, October 22 at 7:00pm. Fran will also be interviewed by Tonya Mock of KUSK-TV, Prescott, for her October 17th show. Find out more on Fran's website:

Mabel Leo's recently gave presentations in Illinois on her five publications, including two books released in August, 2001: Dear Sweetheart, the first in a trilogy of seduction, deception & revenge, and Because We Are Friends, a collection of short stories. On January 20, 2002 her biography of the late Jack Durant, The Saga of Jack Durant, will be honored at a posthumous celebration of his 100th birthday at The Phoenix City Grill in Phoenix. The second book in Mabel's new trilogy, Deadly Choices, is nearing completion and will be available by Sept 2002.

Bruce Morganti has just signed on with agents Cricket Pechstein and Mark Ryan of New Brand Agency to produce his first book, The Holy League of Rollo, Book One: The Book of Fats; a novel by Barton McGuire Bruce's contact with his agent came as a direct result of his attendance at the SSA 2001 conference.

Ernest L. Schusky's ninth book, Journey to the Sun, is his first novel, a prehistoric work featuring Cahokia Mounds. The site was the center of Mississippian culture from 750 A.D. to 1100. The society is described through the eyes of a young Shoshoni whose gifted tongue is an invaluable asset for people who trade throughout the interior of No. America. Rutledge Books released the novel in April. It is available at Borders and Amazon.

Lucy Simons (Kaufman) signed copies of her new book, Soul Food, at Barnes & Noble, Foothills Mall on September 22nd. Lucy was also a featured guest on KUST TV, in Prescott, AZ. Tonya Mock, the hostess of the show, concentates on spiritual writing. Lucy will again be signing Soul Food at Reader's Oasis on October 14th from 1 to 3 p.m. She also had an excellent radio interview on the "Cosmic News Hour" from Sarasota, FL. Check out Lucy's new web page at:

Jennifer J. Stewart's middle grade novel, If That Breathes Fire, We're Toast!, is now out in trade paperback from Scholastic.

John Stickler, former SSA president, contributed a chapter on John Steinbeck, "A Taste of Eden in Central California," to Following in the Footsteps of Fame, Vol. 2, published in June by, Vancouver, B. C. The book revisits, in imagination and in detailed fact, the homes and hangouts of some of our favorite writers. Note: John, publisher of The Mature Traveler, will conduct a workshop on travel writing at the conference. For information contact John at:

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