Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors           Vol. 36, No. 3 June/July '08


Upcoming Events

   June 15
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Richard DiRusso, Pima County Public Library
"Banned! What They Don't Want You To Read Or See"

   June 28
Saguaro Romance Writers @10-1:30PM
El Parador, 2744 E Broadway Blvd
Award-winning romance novelist Laurie Schnebly Campbell,
$15 members, $20 others. E-mail Suzanne Moore at

   June 29
Readers' Theatre @2-4PM
St. Frances Cabrini Church
3201 E. Presidio (Country Club & Ft. Lowell area) Showcasing SSA Playwrights,
$10 admission includes refreshments
  (see article)

   July 20
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Stephen Mertz,
"Seven Secrets of Getting Published"

   July 26
Saguaro Romance Writers @10-1:30PM
El Parador, 2744 E Broadway Blvd
Golden Heart and Golden Quill award winner Anita Gordon (writing as Kathleen Kirkwood) and chapter vice president Marilyn Johnson,
$15 members, $20 others. E-mail Suzanne Moore at

To R.S.V.P. Forum
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
or e-mail: WEDNESDAY before the Forum
$20 paid at the door

Banned! What They Don't Want You To Read Or See

by Jude Johnson
   Censorship. The very word can make a writer's blood run cold. One's work can be labeled heretical, seditious, or obscene by others. Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, and J.K.Rowling have all had their works banned by different groups. A reader's freedom of choice to read challenging ideas or concepts is limited by any attempt to censor materials at the public library.

   On Sunday, June 15th, Richard DiRusso will discuss Pima County Library's polices regarding their collections and how they address concerns over questionable materials, why every author should be cognizant of the dangers of overactive censorship, and how best to market your work to the library.

  Richard graduated from the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science in 1987 and has worked with the Pima County Library since 1990. He is the manager of PCPL's Collection Development Office, and the current chair of the American Library Associations' GLBT Roundtable's Stonewall Book Award.

  Join us at the Sheraton Four Points Conference Center on June 15th. As always, you can either call in your reservations to 546-9382 OR email by Wednesday, June 11.

Seven Secrets of Getting Published

by Jude Johnson
   There are many warnings out there about the "Dont's" when it comes to getting published. On Sunday, July 20th, SSA author Stephen Mertz will share the positives.

  What does an unpublished writer need to emphasize to polish a manuscript to dazzling brilliance? As the author of more than 50 novels that have been widely translated and sold worldwide, Stephen will show you how to accentuate what's good about your work and bring that to the attention of publishers.

  Stephen Mertz has been one of the most popular presenters at our Wrangling With Writing Conference and promises to have insight for writers at every stage of their craft.

  Join us at the Sheraton Four Points Conference Center on July 20th. As always, you can either call in your reservations to 546-9382 OR email by Wednesday, July 16th.

   For a great inside look at how to get the most out of your
Wrangling with Writing experience, see the article, "Meet Me In The Bar:
Notes on Working A Writer's Conference" by one of our favorite workshop
leaders, Bob Yehling, at


April (legal name Raya Fand) won first prize in PanGaia magazine's "Pagan Fiction Award" for her story, "A Valkyrie Among Jews." The awards were announced on February 17, 2008 at the annual PantheaCon, a gathering of Nature-worshipping Pagans in San Jose, CA. The story will be published in the Summer issue of PanGaia. Along with the other prize winners and finalists, it will also be published in Llewellyn's The Pagan Anthology of Short Fiction: 13 Prize-Winning Tales, scheduled for release in October 2008. The anthology is part of the rising genre of Pagan Fiction, which includes not only fantasy and romance but also stories of Pagan individuals in today's world, dealing with the real-life issues of belonging to a minority group of little-known, and often misunderstood, religions.
  At PantheaCon, in her acceptance speech, April described how an extraordinary encounter with a resident at a nursing home, where she once worked as a housekeeper, provided the nucleus of her work. From that grew the fictional "A Valkyrie Among Jews."

Jane Candia Coleman's poetry collection dealing with the life of Father Kino, The White Dove, is a finalist for a Spur Award from Western Writers of America. Jane was also invited to Magdalena, Sonora March 15 to take part in a festival celebrating Father Kino's accomplishments. A Spanish translation of her poetry was presented, and the Cultural Institute of Sonora has plans to translate the book into Spanish. She has been invited back to Magdalena in May to participate in the international arts festival.
   Also, Leisure Books is reprinting her Willa Award winning novel, Tombstone Travesty, under a new title, Tumbleweed. Available June 1, 2008.

Willma Gore, VOC resident, returned April 30 from a month-long book tour of California where she made eight appearances in five cities at writer clubs, retirement homes and a church, in the promotion of her latest book, Long Distance Grandparenting. Of the sixty plus grandparents interviewed for the wit and wisdom contained in the book, five are residents of Sedona and a number of these were the sources of additional contacts across the country.
   Although Willma's five writer workshops that have been meeting with her at Sedona Winds, her current residence, were suspended during her absence, all groups resume meeting in May with two of the groups, Village Writers and Sedona High Hopes, scheduled to gather at 10 a.m. Thursdays at Worm Books and Music in the VOC Outlet Mall. Those interested are invited to contact Willma at 284-2703 or by e-mail, at
   P.S. to Writer Groups: I sold all the books taken to these appearances and brought home orders for additional copies.

Cynthia Henzel's new six-book series, On the Map, has been published by ABDO Publishing Company. The series is for upper-elementary students. The titles include: Mapping History, Creating Modern Maps, Measuring the World, Classifying Maps, Mapmaking, and Reading Maps. The series is available through Amazon and bookstores. Cynthia has also contracted to write a second series featuring UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Amy Lederman, Award winning author and syndicated columnist, has published her second book, One God, Many Paths: Finding Meaning and Inspiration in Jewish Teachings. This compilation of stories and vignettes celebrates the joy and wisdom that the teachings of Judaism can bring to everyday life.
   Regardless of your age, religious background, or observance, One God, Many Paths will inspire and open your heart and mind to new insights about love, family, work, relationships, tradition, and God. Available at, or and other online bookstores. If you would like to contact Amy, visit her website at

Sharon Poppen's Western novel, Hannah, that started as an eSerial at Virtual Tales , has concluded and is now being offered as an eBook. Set in 1880, Hannah roams Texas searching for the man who killed her husband. Along the way she hooks up with a sidekick who watches her back. Before finding the killer, the duo manages to bring many outlaws to justice and find their partnership turning into something deeper.

Connie Spittler has been invited to read from her just released book The Desert Eternal at the Tucson Botanical Garden, at 7 p.m. on June 26th. Following the reading from her nature essays that are illustrated with over 100 of her husband Bob's photographs, Connie and the audience will share moments remembered from Southwestern gardens, yards and landscapes, noting the ants, geckos, bobcats and other desert creatures that pass through our lives. This event is part of the Tucson Botanical Garden's Twilight Thursdays when the Gardens located at 2150 Alvernon Way, will stay open each Thursday until 9:00 p.m. during the summer time.

The Write Word
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