Upcoming Events

   October 6
Santa Cruz Chapter @ 1—2:45pm
Joyner Library, Green Valley
Ethel Lee-Miller, Denise Roessle, and Duke Southard - "Looking Back, Moving Forward: a Panel on Memoir"
see article HERE

   October 18
Sisters in Crime @ 10am—2pm
Viscount Suite Hotel, Tucson
Morning: Sharon Arthur Moore, - "The Plot Thickens When Well-Mixed"
Afternoon: TBA
see article HERE

   October 19
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
Writing Contest winners plus Scott B. Rice - "What Writers Might Learn From the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest"
(see article this page)

   November 3
Santa Cruz Chapter @ 1—2:45pm
Joyner Library, Green Valley
Nancy Turner - "Threads of History, Imagining a Revolutionary Woman"
see article HERE

   November 16
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
Alan Day & Lynn Wiese Sneyd - "So You've Published a Book: Finding Fans for Your Masterpiece"
(see article this page)

   November 21 (PHX)
November 22 (TUC)

Arizona Writing Workshops
"Get Your Writing Published"

Phoenix 9/21 - 9am—4:45pm
Burton Barr Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Tucson 9/22 - 9am—4:45pm
Pima Community College Downtown Campus. Amethyst Room, 1255 North Stone Ave., Tucson

(see more at arizonawritingworkshop.com)

   December 6
Santa Cruz Chapter @ 1—4pm
Desert Hills Lutheran Church, Green Valley
Meet the Author Book Fair
see article HERE

To R.S.V.P. SSA Forum
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
or e-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com WEDNESDAY before the Forum
$25 with reservation or
$30 paid at the door

Everyone wants to know, "who won the 2014 SSA Writing Contest?" Soon, the suspense will be over and we will know who won, placed and received commendations!
Did you enter? Will you win an award? Will you be published in the SSA Storyteller?
It was a fascinating year for the contest; we received 120 entries from all over the US, including Arizona, California, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Connecticut, and North Carolina. We even received an entry from Alberta, Canada! All winners are invited to attend the forum on Sunday, October 19, at the Inn Suites on Granada in Tucson, from 11 am until 2 pm. If you have won a prize, but are unable to attend, do not worry, we will mail your award and prize. Award winners and commendations will receive a copy of The Storyteller, but everyone who attends will have the opportunity to purchase their own copy to see the winning entries and read some quality stories and poems. If you can't make it, we will be selling them in upcoming forums and in The Write Word. Come and cheer on your friends!

   We will also have a wonderful speaker, Scott B. Rice, who has a lot of experience with writing contests. He will read winning entries, then comment on what their authors were saying with their travesties. Here is his story:
It was not a dark and stormy night when I drew my first breath of air in Lewiston, Idaho, on July 22, 1941. My early years I divided between a dairy farm in southeastern Washington and Spokane where I attended Gonzaga Preparatory School and Gonzaga University. Graduating in 1964, I and my young wife spent four wonderful years in Tucson while I worked on my doctorate in English Literature at the University of Arizona. Degree in hand, I accepted a position at San Jose State College (later University) where I taught for forty-four years. This tour of duty was interrupted by a year in France where I participated in a teaching exchange with the University of Lyon. Among other responsibilities, I was chapter president of the faculty union and Chair of the Department for one term. I retired in 2012 and since then have been reading and golfing, golfing and reading, and traveling. Among my publications are scholarly essays on a now littleread 18th-century novelist named Tobias Smollett; a rhetorical grammar, Right Words, Right Places, and a composition reader, Reading and Revision. I also once placed an op-ed piece in The New York Times, one assailing on-line education. Oh, and I have published five collections of Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winners.

   It's one thing to write a book, but a completely different endeavor to promote it. Co-authors H. Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd join us to discuss the journey from book proposal to published book and what the ensuing marketing and publicity trail looks like for authors of all genres.
  • How do you get a book reviewed?
  • Are book signings worth doing these days?
  • What about radio and TV interviews?
  • When should an author develop a website?
  • And what about social media marketing? Do authors need Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, LinkedIn, and Google+ accounts?
  • What is a virtual blog tour?
  • Is it worthwhile hiring a publicist?
Day and Sneyd co-wrote The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs, published by University of Nebraska Press and described by Booklist as "an instant classic." It is Day's personal history of creating Mustang Meadows Ranch, the country's first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary and home to 1500 wild mustangs. Alan Day is a lifelong rancher and horse lover. He and his sister, Sandra Day O'Connor, co-authored the New York Times bestselling Lazy B (Random House), their memoir about growing up on the their family's 200,000-acre ranch straddling Arizona and New Mexico. His website is www.thehorselover.com

   Lynn Wiese Sneyd is a published author and owner of LWS Literary Services, an agency specializing in book publicity, editing, ghostwriting, book proposals and query letters. Her website is www.lwsliteraryservices.com

   Forums are at Tucson City Center InnSuites. Remember, you save $5 when you register by Wednesday prior to the forum ($25 for registered guests, $30 at the door). Call in your reservations to 546-9382 or e-mail ssabrunches@gmail.com.


Dan Baldwin, writing under the pen name Michael Baudoin, released a collection of his short stories in Vampire Bimbos On Spring Break: A Romance With Bite. An aging vampire with a bad head cold and a yearning for family is just one of the fascinating characters and hilarious events you will encounter. You'll meet Curley—the unluckiest man in Arizona, discover what really went on behind the hissing doors of a certain starship going where no man has gone before, explore the dark side of 1950s white picket fence television comedy, meet a private eye with a flirtatious public, see the past deliver a surprising present in reality television, and head back to Dodge City to find out what really went on upstairs at the old Longbranch Saloon. So, saddle up, arm your photon torpedoes, adjust the rabbit ears on your black and white television set, and head on down to the water's edge for beaches, bums, bimbos and belly laughs. The collection includes "Curley," "Star Truck," "Meet Your Past," "We'll Always Have Botswana," "Gunsmirk," "Make Room for Ozzie," and the novella "Vampire Bimbos On Spring Break."

Richard Coan's latest book, Lost in Another World, is a dream fantasy in the tradition of Lewis Carroll and C. S. Lewis. It will appeal to children from 9 to 95. Actually it is suitable for children from 9 to 12, but any adult who remains in touch with the inner child, forever a part of each of us, will enjoy it.
Abandoned in the woods by his parents, a young boy named Teddy slides downward into a dream world where he is faced with many challenges to his ingenuity and courage. In a realm that is home to a variety of animals and ruled by a gigantic jackrabbit, the king puts him through three major tests to determine whether he is worthy of remaining there. Passing the tests, Teddy moves to a neighboring realm, where he meets a girl named Mindy, whom he would love to have as a sister. She disappears, and he encounters many other creatures as he endeavors to find her. They include a family of mischievous imps, an overpowering and controlling mother, a brutal giant, and a little bluebird who serves as a guide. At the end of an elaborate journey, Teddy awakens to a promising new life.
The book is available at Mostly Books and Antigone Books, as well as from the author. A Kindle edition is available on Amazon.

Ronny Herman de Jong, a survivor of Japanese prison camps on the island of Java during World War Two in the Pacific, and author of two books about her camp experiences, In the Shadow of the Sun, now out of print, and Rising from the Shadow of the Sun: A Story of Love, Survival and Joy, has published an anthology of stories by other camp survivors and WWII veterans titled Survivors of WWII in the Pacific. It is currently available as an ebook and in print from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, KOBO and other online distributors.

Mike Rom's "Gila Monster" color pencil sketch was on the cover of the Cababi—Pima College Downtown Art & Literary Magazine, which was released as an e-book in September. His digital photos, "Eye-to-Eye" and "Neon Look," were also included. You can read the book at http://tinyurl.com/pcc-cababi

John Stickler and Soma Han's Maya and the Turtle: A Korean Fairy Tale was published by Tuttle in September. Poverty is all Maya has ever known, but she doesn't allow it to stop her from caring for her father, and others, as best she can. Kind and gentle, she is a lovely young girl who always puts others first. One day, she finds a little turtle and takes him home, raising and loving him, never knowing that he will play an instrumental part in her destiny. Similar to The Korean Cinderella, Maya and the Turtle, is an original Korean fairy tale by authors John Stickler and Soma Han that teaches children that the road to greatness lies in selflessness and that the loving kindness of a pure heart can awaken great love and power in another. Beautifully illustrated by Han, this book contains fascinating bits of information about Korean culture and is a poignant tale about the rewards of kindness, patience and courage.
The Morning Calm Medal Committee in Seoul, South Korea, recently announced that Maya and the Turtle: A Korean Fairy Tale has won the 2013-14 Morning Calm Medal in the upper elementary category. The prestigious Medal, now in its second year, is an annual award given to deserving authors from around the world. Each year, international school librarians from across Soputh Korea nominate a range of English language books for the Morning Calm Medal. Students then read these books, share their thoughts and comments online and in their schools, and then vote for their favorite books. Once all of the student votes are counted, a Morning Calm Medal is awarded to the winning authors in each of the four categories (lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, and high school).
In its award letter the committee thanked John and Soma for "the contributions that you have made to children's literature and to enhance children's reading enjoyment." Maya's book trailer may be found at: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=4eajGr7vFhE
Additionally, John and Soma's previous picture book, Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now (Shen's Books, 2003), recipient of an Honor Award from Skipping Stones Magazine, was reissued this summer in a paperback edition by Lee & Low Books.

Stuart Watkins' poem, "There Is No Reason," was published in Saddlebag Notes September issue.

The Write Word
published bi-monthly by the Board of Directors
of The Society of Southwestern Authors
P.O. Box 30355, Tucson, AZ 85751

Board of Dirctors

Chris Stern:

Vice President
Donna Young: karmamiranda@aol.com

Jay McCall: jmccall415@msn.com

Recording Secretary
Jean Young: migralaws@aol.com

Corresponding Secretary

Membership & Forum Programs Chair
Penny Porter: wporter202@aol.com

Forum Reservations Chair
Duke Southard: dukesout@dukesouthard.com
Reservations: 546-9382 or
E-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com

Members at Large
Dan Baldwin: baldco@msn.com

Sharon Lashinger:

Rajendra Srivastava: rajendrasrivastava@outlook.com

Danette Young: dmyoung3@gmail.com


Conference Co-Chair

Writing Contest
Donna Young: karmamiranda@aol.com
contest page

Speaker's Bureau Coordinator

Writing Group Coordinator
Write Word Editor
Mike Rom: writeword@ssa-az.org

SSA Home Page:


Mike Rom: writeword@ssa-az.org

NOTE: Deadline for next issue is the 15th day of November