Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors           Vol. 38, No. 3 June-July '09


Upcoming Events

   June 21
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Marilyn Pincus
"A Day in the Life of a Ghost Writer"
(see article this page)

   June 27
Saguaro Romance Writers @10-2PM
El Parador, 2744 E Broadway Blvd
features Laurie Schnebly Campbell in "What a Character: Stepping Up (and Down) the Personality Ladder"
$20 members, $25 others. E-mail no later than 8 p.m. June 24 (Wednesday before the meeting).

   July 19
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Carol Costa and SSA's Panel of Pros!
"Fast Pitch Pointers"
(see article this page)

   August 16
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Dr. Carroll Rinehart
"Teaching Children to Write"
Fostering a love of writing and reading in children gives them a lifelong gift. Learn how to encourage children to transform their wildest creations into stories they can share--and prepare for an amazing and inspirational experience!

   Sept 26-27
Wrangling With Writing conference
Holiday Inn Palo Verde
Mark your calendar NOW--prices are unchanged from last year! Our new website will be live by June 10: Check out workshops and faculty available for individual interviews! For more information, email Carol Costa (

To R.S.V.P. Forum
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
or e-mail: WEDNESDAY before the Forum
$25 paid at the door

A Day in The Life of a Ghostwriter

   A ghostwriter puts words into her clients' mouths! Sounds scary doesn't it? After all, put something into another person's mouth and you can be bitten! Alas, Marilyn Pincus has been bitten. But, the culprit is the ghosting bug. Marilyn adores her work. Just start talking to her about ghostwriting and she gets all spooky on you. Her eyes glimmer and she is obviously possessed by something. (Could it be enthusiasm?) It's tough to explain . . . come see for yourself.

   Marilyn will speak about ghostwriting for about twenty minutes and the rest of the presentation time will be turned over to you. (How's that for spooky-unnatural-weird?) Go ahead ask any question that pops into your thoughts. This ghost casts off her cloak and answers questions with candor. The energy in the room jumps during these sessions and don't be surprised if you see people launch themselves right out of their chairs. It has happened before when Marilyn talked about A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GHOSTWRITER.

   Marilyn Pincus has written books and articles for the major publishers of business information including Barron's Educational Series, Inc., McGraw-Hill, Prentice-Hall, Simon & Schuster, Kaplan Publishing and Adams Media.

   Sunday, June 21 at the Four Points Sheraton Conference Center, 1900 East Speedway (at Campbell), 11:30AM. Call 546-9382 or email to reserve your seat by Wednesday, June 17.

Fast Pitch Pointers

   Join SSA for "Fast Pitch Pointers" on Sunday, July 19. With the Wrangling With Writing Conference just around the corner in September, those personal appointments with an agent, editor, publisher or producer look mighty tempting. But maybe you're nervous about how to effectively present your ideas and manuscripts; afraid you'll say too little--or too much? Don't worry, be snappy! Our panel of pitching pros--including multiple-agented, oft-published Carol Costa--will help you perfect your delivery with a pitching clinic of information you'll practice on your table mates.

   Call 546-9382 or email by Wednesday, July 15th.

Note: Forum price is now $25!


Nancy Andres, Tucson, AZ, is happy to announce publication of a green theme article, "Do-It-Yourself Cleaning Products," in the March 1-7, 2009 edition of American Profile Magazine. (web version Another, "It's time for you to replace toxic housecleaning products," was published in the Jan. 2009 Tucson edition of Lovin' Life After 50 and the Feb. 2009 Phoenix edition of the same publication. Nancy uses the power of words to awaken and raise reader environmental awareness and encourages readers to enhance their lives and well-being of all living creatures on our planet by taking environmental actions that ring true for them.

Peter Baird has won first place in the "Compilations/Anthologies" division of the 2009 San Francisco Book Festival. His award-winning book, Protecting Moscow From The Soviets, is a collection of essays and stories previously published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Men's Health Magazine, The Chicago Tribune Magazine, Litigation Magazine, Shark Tales (Simon & Schuster), Criminology (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) and dozens of other newspapers, magazines and books. Baird's first book, Beyond Peleliu, was published in 2006 and is a novel about the generational impact of World War Two combat and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (see article next page)

Lois Bauer-Kay's 5th mystery in her Hillary King Series, A Case of Deceit by Lois Browning Bauer, was released on May 15th by Publish America. It is available to readers through bookseller sites on the internet of,, and Autographed copies of A Case of Deceit and her first four novels in the series can be obtained from the author by contacting
The book reveals: When Reverend Matthew Evans began attending conventions in Reno, no one suspected that these seemingly innocent trips were a cover to pursue his two favorite pastimes--gambling and sex. Nor would they believe his reckless activities would lead to the brutal murder of his wife, Lucy. Unhappy with the slow progress of the current police investigation, Lucy's sister, Amanda Collins, decides to hire Private Investigator Hillary King, hoping her highly sensitive ESP and proven detective skills will bring this case to a speedy conclusion. Hillary's alpha awareness shifts into high gear as she pursues the persons who know the truth from the casinos of Reno to the mountain stronghold of a "mob boss." Where will she find the killer? The hunt is on...

Jan Cleere's latest book, Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers, published by The Globe Pequot Press, was named best young adult nonfiction for 2009 by the Arizona Book Publishing Association (Glyph Award). The book was also a Finalist in the 2009 Arizona Press Women's Communications Contest, and a Finalist for the 2008 National Best Books Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. Jan's other two books are also winners. Outlaw Tales of Arizona: True Stories of Arizona's Most Famous Robbers, Rustlers, and Bandits placed first nationally in 2007 in the National Federation of Press Women's Communications Contest, and More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nevada Women was a Finalist for the 2006 WILLA Literary Award. For more information, go to

James E. Cox's third book of verses, Rubai, was released by authorHOUSE on March 3, 2009. In Arabic, rubai means four lines. The poetry of Omar Khayyam, Eleventh Century Persian scientist and poet, rhymed the first, second and fourth lines of his quatrains. That rhyme scheme became an established rubai form when Edward Fitzgerald translated the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam into English in 1859.
Jim, another scientist and Poet Laureate of the International Society of Poets, offers over three hundred rubai quatrains in the challenging Omar Khayyam style. Jim's verses were written over a fifty-year period and many have been published in magazines, newspapers, poetry anthologies, chapbooks and his books, The Essence of Jim and As The Mood Prescribes.
Rubai contains Jim's complete collection of rubai quatrains and explores the realms of passion, humor, logic, philosophy and personal disquietudes. All of Jim's books are available through authorHOUSE, at, or local bookstores. The following quatrain is taken from Rubai:
'Tis Time
'Tis time, indeed, that you appraise
the misspent hours within Life's maze.
There are never enough tomorrows
to amend lost yesterdays.

Delphine Cuomo, poet & author has combined creative mediums with son Jorel, an award-winning photographer to launch a national greeting card company called Harmony Inspirations Cards. Jorel's stunning images of landscapes, wildlife, birds and people have been featured on NBC and can be seen at the Smithsonian. Each greeting card portrays a photograph, along with an inspirational quote.
Note to authors and publishers: Greeting cards, as well as photographs for book covers or magazine articles are available through their photostock company or by contacting Delphine at

Willma Gore's short story "Cellmates," first published in Montana State University's Annual, Writings From The River (2007) has been chosen by Writer's Institute (CT.) for their 2009 anthology, Voices. To be available in July, the anthology is publishing "exemplary fiction and essays for use by creative writing teachers at the college level."
Her essay, "Dancing On The Waters" will appear in an anthology to be released later this year by Tampa Marketing, Tampa Florida. Anthology title: Relationships--Good, Bad, Funny. "My essay has a bit of all three."
"My five writer workshops, meeting twice a month each in my Village of Oak Creek, Sedona home are suspended (vacations and a move for me) until resuming in July. My new address after May 15: Willma Gore, 65 Verde Valley School Rd. # C-2, Sedona, AZ 86351 (928) 284-2703 - [OLD: 405 Jacks Canyon Rd. #138]"

Ed Kostro's latest book, Where The Redwing Sings, a book of nature inspired poetry and essays, written from the heart and soul of a life-long nature, animal, and wilderness lover, has recently won The Poetry Category in the 2009 Green Book Festival competition. This annual competition honors books in numerous categories that contribute to greater understanding, greater respect, and positive action, concerning our planet's environment. Where The Redwing Sings is dedicated to today's children-Earth's only hope for a better tomorrow; and it's available at; Barnes &, and

Allen R. Kates' book, CopShock, Second Edition: Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), (published Sept. 11, 2008) was a finalist in The Arizona Book Publishing Association's Arizona Book Awards May 9th.

D.R. Ransdell has just published a set of fifty cat poems in The Secret Lives of the Pink House Cats. Each of her five cats takes time to share philosophies or confess to pranks. For example, Mei Mei was forced to tear down the ugly shower curtain because it offended her sense of aesthetics. Ping pounced on the ankles of the house guest so that she would never come back. Bandit pretended that he couldn't use the cat door so that D.R. would have to keep jumping up to open the door. The collection was inspired by Billy Collins' speech at the Wrangling with Writing Conference in 2006. Find out more at The volume is available from Amazon or Outskirts Press ($14). "Buy a copy for all your friends who are cat lovers!"

Connie Spittler's book of essays, The Desert Eternal, Words & Images, illustrated with her husband Bob's nature photographs, was one of two books chosen to compete in the environmental category of the 2008 Arizona Book Publisher Awards. Connie and Bob came in second, but didn't feel too sad, because the winner was a large format coffee table book on the Grand Canyon, published by Arizona Highways featuring a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and internationally known writer, Charles Bowden.
Connie's creative nonfiction piece, "One November Day," appears in Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln, an anthology published under the auspices of the Washington D.C. Bicentennial Committee, to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. When Connie learned that the book was scheduled to be used as a text in our national capitol's schools, she offered to read her work to students in the Tucson schools. Librarians from White Elementary and Miller Elementary immediately responded, with invitations to read to 4th and 5th graders. Since Connie's story takes place two days before Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address, she asked the librarian if the children needed a brief background on the Civil War and Lincoln's speech. The librarian told her that, in fact, the kindergarten children were memorizing the address. Connie was particularly pleased to read to 400 students on Lincoln's birthday and afterward, answered their questions on writing. She gave each student a lucky Lincoln penny at the end of her program. One of the teachers emailed that when the students returned to the classroom and had extra time to read, they asked if they could write instead. Her favorite thank you messages from the group said, "You rock."

Lon Wolff's article, "Albert Ross Etzweiler, Arizona's Music Man," will appear in the July edition of The Journal of Arizona History. Published by the Arizona Historical Society, the Journal article is the result of two years of research into the life of one of the least-known historical figures in Arizona History. Albert Ross Etzweiler, as leader of the Arizona National Guard's 158th Infantry Regimental Band, was one of the first to introduce jazz and popular American music to Europe during WWI. While serving in France, Etzweiler's band recorded eleven songs, mostly jazz, at a Paris studio in 1918. After the Armistice, the band was selected as President Woodrow Wilson's Honor Band at the Paris Peace Conference. Albert never lost his love of music or of the military. After a long and peripatetic life he died in Phoenix in 1973, all but forgotten for his numerous contributions to the state and to the nation.
You can see a special exhibit about Albert and the 158th Infantry Regimental Band at the Fort Tuthill Military History Museum, located four miles south of Flagstaff across I-17 from the Pulliam Airport. Open on weekends throughout the summer, the Museum's 2009 season begins on May 2nd.
Copies of The Journal of Arizona History can be ordered from the Arizona Historical Society at

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