Upcoming Events

   December 10
Arizona Mystery Writers @10-2PM
End of Year Workshop with Karen McLeihs—participants murder their way through diabolical plots.
Plus a Holiday Book Fair starting at 9:30am. $20 includes lunch, table space, and workshop. El Parador Restaurant 2744 East Broadway Blvd. RSVP Molly at 624-0792 or e-mail amw2010mm@gmail.com

   December 18
SSA Forum @ 10AM—1PM
Four Points Sheraton
Howard Allen - "Writing Conetst & Holiday Party with Howard Allen"
(see article this page)

   January 14
Arizona Mystery Writers @10-2PM
Morning—Kris Neri will advise us on how to inject the paranormal into our mysteries, the urban fantasy genre, and what you can and cannot do in a publishable cross-genre manuscript. Afternoon—Jan Holmes Frost "Make Your First 100 Words Sell Your Book."
El Parador Restaurant 2744 East Broadway Blvd. 10 am to 2 pm. $20 non-members, $10 one session no lunch. RSVP Molly at 624-0792 or e-mail amw2010mm@gmail.com

   January 15
SSA Forum @ 10AM—1PM
Four Points Sheraton
Michaele Lockhart, Gayle Martin, Cynthia Roedig, Allen Kates - "Multi-Genre Publishing Panel"
(see article this page)

   January 14
SSA Santa Cruz Chapter 5th Annual Local Authors' Showcase.
(see flyer)

To R.S.V.P. SSA Forum
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
or e-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com WEDNESDAY before the Forum
$20 with reservation or
$25 paid at the door

   We are having a double treat for the Holidays, the winners of the writing contest will be announced and Howard Allen will enthrall us with his treatise on scriptwriting.

   Using the Christmas movie classic, It's A Wonderful Life, we will learn how to see good stories and good movies from the inside out. Good stories have as much to do with creating subtext as they do with text. Mixing words and images in ways that are new to most writers. Story structure—especially in a screenplay—resembles a poem more than a novel. Learn the basics of this vocabulary and some of the secrets to discovering film stories and characters.

   Howard Allen (thedoc@scriptdoctor.com) has worked for years as a professional actor, playwright, director, screenwriter and literary manager/dramaturg—as well as a reporter, reviewer and editor in his journalistic career. Latest news: he is again a star speaker at L.A. Screenwriters Expo because of his skills at ScriptDoctor.com (Rated No. 1 "Cream of the Crop" in 2010 Survey of Analysts/ Consultants by Creative Screenwriting magazine) and his CoyoteMoon Films (.com), a production company aiming to honor the storyteller, released its first film, Se Habla Espanol, and just finished shooting a comedy, The 3 O'Clock. Also look in IMDb for his acting in films Red 71 and The Decoy and as Script Consultant on The Good Boy and the recent Lions Gate release, The Graves. He continues to do screenwriting workshops including two for IFP/ Phoenix this spring.

   Remember, for the $5 discount call in your reservations to 546-9382 or e-mail ssabrunches@gmail.com by the Wednesday prior (in this case, December 14).

by Concy Richardson We are currently putting together a panel of authors of different genres for SSA's January Forum, plus a person to address the nuts & bolts of finding a literary agent and publishing. We are still searching for a moderator. So far we have Fiction— Michaele Lockhart, Young Adult—Gayle Martin, Fantasy—Cynthia Roedig, Memoir—Allen Kates. We are looking for panelists in Historical Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction. We will be posting more information on the website so tune in for updates. NOTICE: January 15 we are going back to lunch at 11 am and prices are going up by $5. Call in your reservations to 546-9382 or e-mail ssabrunches@gmail.com by the Wednesday prior (in this case, Jan. 11).


Dorothy Daniels Anderson would like to announce that her book, Arizona Legends and Lore, Tales of Southwestern Pioneers, published by American Traveler Press is now on Kindle, iPad and Nook at the low, low price of $7.99. A print edition of the book can be found on Amazon.com and in bookstores. The book consists of fifteen historical stories about such notable Arizona personalities as: Sarah Bowman, Sharlot Hall, Charles Poston, Louisa Wetherill, Hattie Lount Mosher and Henry Wickenburg and is an easy, interesting way to get familiar with many aspects of Arizona's history.

Dan Baldwin's western novel, Caldera—A Man on Fire, is now available in paperback. Check it out at Amazon.com.

Mary Ellen Barnes, author of Road to Mount Lemmon: A Father, A Family, and the Making of Summerhaven, has a new novel published by Wheatmark. Teresa and the Cowboy: Un Cuento de Amor Tucsonense, traces the tribulations of spinster Teresa Velarde and Jack O'Brien, roving gambler and cowhand. This powerful love story and compelling mystery is set in 1891 Tucson, a town of mixed cultures and traditions. True events woven into the story are the Camp Grant massacre, the role the Wishing Shrine played in the community, and the bitter and deadly feud between Dr. John Handy and attorney Frank Heney.

Dianne Ebertt Beeaff has had her fourth book, Spirit Stones, Unraveling the Megalithic Mysteries of Western Europe's Prehistoric Monuments published by Five Star Publications. Spirit Stones explores the enduring lessons of Western Europe's prehistoric monoliths, stone circles and burial chambers, breathing new life into the transcendent relics our ancient ancestors left behind. Fastidious research and first-hand accounts capture not only the architectural essence of these archeological treasures, but also their abiding spiritual strength and personal application, uniting civilization throughout the ages. The book is available from book stores, through BarnesandNoble.com, Borders.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Target.com, indiebound.org and FiveStarPublications.com.

Steven Mark Freedman: Dinah Blu, (Dinah pronounced Deena, as is the biblical heroine of the same name,) is the debut novel by a most gifted American Jewish writer in our midst, Steven Mark Freedman. It isn't every day, or that frequently, that an American Jewish writer such as Steven appears upon the literary scene. Truly, Steven is a wonderful author, a rare example of a writer with the ability to refine his prose to the point that his writing rises to the level of something most beautiful and artistic. Dinah Blu was published by Publish America.

Michaele Lockhart has announced the publication of a tender, modern Christmas tale, just in time for the holidays—Jody's Story: A Christmas Legend. Christmas miracles keep on happening, it seems . . . sometimes in the strangest places. Five days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jody must leave the southeast New Mexico ranch he's called home for the past 10 years. With Christmas less than two weeks away, Jody is scarcely evading the call to serve his country. Another duty beckons first. Follow his journey of minor miracles that lead up to the gift of new life and a life saved on Christmas Day. Warm your heart with this modern tale of a Christmas legend reborn and retold and of gratitude repaid. Available as eBook through Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, andSmashwords.com. Reviews always welcome.
A special print booklet of Jody's Story: A Christmas Legend, ideal for a Christmas stocking stuffer, will be available to SSA members at our next two meetings, or contact the author at michaelelockhart.com. Michaele's latest novel, Hoarding Lies, Keeping Secrets, a gripping study of sociological horror, will be available in print in early 2012, published by SteelCutPress of California.

Bob Natiello of Sedona was awarded two first prizes in the Arizona Authors Association's annual awards dinner at the Glendale Civic Center. "A Favorable Impression" won top honors in Short Story and "Classroom Expectations" took First in the Essay Category. Both stories are automatic submissions for next year's Pushcart Prize awards. His "Escape from the Jingle Jungle" won Third Prize in the Short Story category. In addition, the University of Pennsylvania, publisher of The Wharton Magazine, has asked Bob to join a select group of alumni as a regular contributor to the "Wharton Magazine Blog."

Concy Richardson's new book, Swimming Upstream: A Memoir, is available at Amazon.com and all major online book retailers. Plunge into Swimming Upstream, set in the mid-1950s through 1971, a period of cosmic upheaval in the fabric of American society. The story chronicles the life of Constance, a young American woman from a privileged background, who drops out of college to marry the son of a wealthy German industrialist. Married life begins in Colombia, South America. They move to Boston where her husband returns to Harvard and Constance gives birth to their first child. This promising marriage soon unravels. Divorced, she finds herself alone with two small children and no employable skills. While she's completing her BA degree, an Otto Preminger film production appears outside her home in Salem, Massachusetts—this becomes the catalyst to propel her forward.

Jo Russell's Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out?, a Humorous Devotional for Women, brings more fun and laughter to life's experiences! Enjoy the stories just for the humor or use as a guide for individual or group study. Order from Button-to-God.com, Intermedia Publishing, or Amazon. Enjoy Jo's weekly blog on her website.

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 Directors

Carroll Rinehart:

Vice President; Membership Chair
Penny Porter: wporter202@aol.com

Jay McCall: jmccall415@msn.com

Recording Secretary
Concy Richardson: concy@comcast.net

Forum Program Chair
Jan Holmes Frost: Jan@JanHolmesFrost.com
Reservations: 546-9382 or
E-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com

Members at Large
Steve Adelson (advertising manager of events):

Gayle Martin(editor, author, book cover designer):

Tucson Book Festival; Wild Orchid
Cynthia Roedig: cynthia_33@msn.com


Writing Contest
Penny Porter & Mike Rom: info@ssa-az.org

Speaker's Bureau Coordinator
Jan Holmes Frost: Jan@JanHolmesFrost.com

Writing Group Coordinator
Barry Webb: Barrywebb3@yahoo.com

Write Word Editor
Mike Rom: (520) 410-1294 (beep)
e-mail: writeword@ssa-az.org

SSA Home Page:


Mike Rom: writeword@ssa-az.org

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