Upcoming Events

   Dec. 5
SSA Santa Cruz Chapter @ 1—2:45pm
Joyner Library
J. A. Winrich and Peter Biedermann "Set Your Book to Music: Discovering New Marketing Tools"
(see article here)

   Dec. 18
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Hotel Tucson City Center
Holiday Celebration— Bring Your Holiday Short Story/Poem/Essay
(see article this page)

   Dec. 18
SSA Valley of the Sun Chapter @ 2:30—4:30pm
Tempe Public Library
Deborah J Ledford "Creating Villains Readers Love to Hate"
(see article here)

   Jan. 15
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Hotel Tucson City Center
New, "new"
(see article this page)

   Jan. 15
SSA Valley of the Sun Chapter @ 2:30—4:30pm
Tempe Public Library
Barbara Peters, editor of Poisoned Pen Press, will moderate a panel of authors Donis Casey, Eileen Brady, and Betty Webb "Editing Isn't for Wimps"
(see article here)

   Jan. 21
SSA Santa Cruz Chapter @ 1—2:45pm
Grill on the Green at Canoa Ranch Golf Course
10th Annual Authors' Showcase
(see article here)

   Feb. 26
SSA Valley of the Sun Chapter @ 2:30—4:30pm
Tempe Public Library
James Sallis "Minimalism: When Less is More"
(see article here)

   Mar. 4
SSA's Tucson Self-Pubishing Expo @ 7:45am—6:30pm
Tucson Expo Center
Our 1st annual self-publishing expo. Get more info and tickets at TucsonSelfPublishingExpo.com

   Mar. 26
SSA Valley of the Sun Chapter @ 2:30—4:30pm
Tempe Public Library
Raleigh Pinsky reminds us it's a jungle out there, and tells us how to promote our way through it
(see article here)

To R.S.V.P. SSA Forum
Leave Phone Message
at 809-5008
or e-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com WEDNESDAY before the Forum
$25 with reservation or
$30 paid at the door

   The Holidays are a time of sharing, so what better way to celebrate than for us to share some of our Holiday writing at our December forum. We are looking for short poems, short stories and essays to share with our members and their guests. We are asking readers to try and stay within a six minute window, but I don't think we will have a gong if you go too long.

   Please bring something you have written about the Holidays to share. Stories written by the reader will get the first priority but if we have time, bring along someone else's story you have enjoyed and we'll get to hear a few of those.

   We already have a submission from Pearl Burke who will be out of town for the Forum but wants to share her story.

   This is a great way to have fun and listen to some fun Holiday stories.

   "Twas the night after Christmas
And all through the house ..."

Your turn!

   Mary Ann Carman writes in three different genres. Historical Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Cozy Mystery, and Fantasy. They cross over occasionally and that's just the way it is sometimes. Mary Ann will talk about how she separates the various genres and is able sometimes to write two very distant genres at the same time.

   Her series are The Clan Hewit Trilogy (11th, 12th, and 13th century Ireland and Wales), Love After Life (mystery with a paranormal twist), and Chronicles Between the Pages (fun fantasy that takes place mostly in current times, but you never know). Mary Ann's first book was published in 2003 by a small press back East. When her partner of over ten years passed away suddenly she returned to writing. A year later, in the fall of 2014, she re-released her first book in e-format as well as print. Since then she's written five other books, combined the trilogy into a collection, and written some short stories. She is in the middle of the sixth one, third in the Love After Life series and has the seventh, another fantasy, on the back burner. Never To Love, her first book won an Honorable Mention in the 2004 JADA Press Promotion, and one of her short stories recently won Honorable Mention in the Real Writers Contest.

   Mary Ann was a Registered Nurse, and a Licensed Realtor. She now works part-time at a local Non-Profit as Administrative Assistant. The Hearth Foundation has affordable housing for low income families. She's originally from Kansas and has traveled quite a bit thanks to a husband in the military. Mary Ann has two sons, eight grand children, and six (at last count) great-grand children, none of whom live in Arizona.

   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 Danette Young at 520-809-5008 (new number, leave a message) or e-mail ssabrunches@gmail.com.


Dan Baldwin's They Are Not Yet Lost earned 1st place in the Arizona-New Mexico Book Awards 2016 in the New Age Book division. His book relates 20 real-world cases of psychic detecting by the Find Me organization. Dan, a pendulum dowser, participated in many of the investigations in his book. They Are Not Yet Lost is available in paperback and e-book formats from all major distributors.
Dan's Western novel Bock's Canyon was also a finalist in Fiction—Adventure or Drama.

Thelma Rea just returned from Virginia where she talked to her sister Sue's two book clubs about Bittersweet Resort. At the resort, she and her daughter Kalle occasionally participated when their guests entertained them with music under the stars. "Our special (and only) song was 'We're Big Rock Singers.' It is a lament about a rock group who can't get their picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone. At the book club meeting in VA, my sister Sue and I recreated this song, together with a lot of props. Neither of us can carry a tune but we provided a lot of laughter."

Mike Rom had a photograph, "DC Reflections" and a wire sculpture photo, "Wired Bison," selected for Pima College's 2016 Cababi Art & Literary Magazine—Mike was also the design editor and advisor. The 2016 Cababi will be available as an eBook later this year at www.pima.edu/cababi
If you check out the new SSA StoryTeller magazine, you'll notice a digitized version of "DC Reflections" on the cover (see ad on page 6).

Stuart Watkins' poetry collection, Arizona Poet Stuart Watkins, has just been published. It is locally available at Mostly Books on Speedway and Antigone Books on N. Fourth Avenue, as well from amazon.com.
From cowboys to war veterans, to an accidental killing by car, you will find a few poems that will snatch your attention and linger... $10 if bought locally, or $12 via amazon.com plus postage. Stuart also reports: this month people bought two copies of The House That Ran Away.
Last month copies of Short Stories to Stimulate, Excite, and Amuse and Kona, Hawaii: Walking Alii Drive, and Oracle, Arizona, Places to go, Sites to see, and Things to Do, were sold on amazon.com. The royalty checks, even small, are fun to receive, and keep authors writing. The point of all this is to encourage my friends to collect their poems, short stories, and manuscripts and publish. CreateSpace is so helpful in getting your book into print, and you can pay for assistance or trust your own editing skills, it is up to you. I want to encourage each of you to get your works into print.

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
Rajendra (Raj) Srivastava: rajendrasrivastava@outlook.com

Jay McCall: jmccall415@msn.com

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Membership & Forum Programs & Reservations Chair
Sharon Lashinger: srlashinger@hotmail.com
Reservations: 546-9382 or
E-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com

Members at Large
Dan Baldwin: baldco@msn.com

Bob Hunton: rlh10@cox.net

Debora Lewis: deboraklewis@yahoo.com

Penny Porter: wporter202@aol.com

Jim Snedden: jimsnedden@comcast.net

Danette Young: dmyoung3@gmail.com


Conference Co-Chair

Writing Contest
Bob Hunton: info@ssa-az.org
contest page

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

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