Upcoming Events

   June 15
Sisters in Crime @ 10am—2pm
Morning—Deborah J. Ledford, "Creating Killer Characters."
Afternoon—Francisco J. Landin, "Screenplay—From Book to Paper to Screen."
Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway. $20 members, $25 non-members includes lunch. RSVP tucsonsistersincrime.org tucsonsistersincrime.org

   June 16
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
Julie Lauterbach-Colby - "The Best Living Room in America"
(see article this page)

   July 20
Sisters in Crime @ 10am—2pm
Morning—Connie Flynn, "Bootcamp for Novelists: A Crash Course in Plotting." Afternoon&mdashTSgt. Jessica Gillespie, USAF, "Crash Recovery"
Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway. $20 members, $25 non-members includes lunch. RSVP tucsonsistersincrime.org tucsonsistersincrime.org

   July 21
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
Jo Russell - "Humorous Advise on Never Giving Up"
(see article this page)

   August 31
SSA Writing Contest Deadline - Gather up and send in all your unpublished short stories, memoirs and poems!
contest page

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

   Our speaker at the June 16 Forum will be Julie Lauterbach-Colby, the Development Program Coordinator for the University of Arizona Poetry Center. She has an MFA from the U of A in non-fiction & poetry and began working at the Poetry Center as a volunteer in 2008, joining the staff in 2010. The title of her talk comes from a description of the Poetry Center by Steve Orlen, a much-loved Arizona poet and former member of the Creative Writing faculty.

   As hostess of Tucson's "best living room," Julie has absorbed views and inspirations from many aspiring poets and authors. She will bring to light the many helpful resources at the Poetry Center before she leads us in a discussion on poetry. We look forward to her sharing some of her poems with us and giving us insight on their creation. As a special treat we will have SSA members as "Bards in the Corner," sharing their works with us on Sunday, June 16, 2013, 11 am to 2 pm.

   Humorous author and speaker Jo Russell brings a message for writers to persist and never give up, no matter what the challenge. The seasoned author routinely answers life's persistent questions, such as "How can I write when the toilet is overflowing?" and "How can I create when my right hand stopped working?"

   Published over four decades with magazine and newspaper articles on all subjects, Russell contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul and several other anthologies. She authored Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? [2010], with a second edition on Kindle 4/2013. Aside from ghostwriting in marketing, web copy, speeches, and book promotion, Russell continues to pursue her own projects—two other non-fiction books are currently in the works.

   Now in its third year, her humorous weekly blog (button-to-god.com) keeps her worldwide audience giggling. Russell brings advice for authors to persist writing through floods, flying saucers and falling into fissures. Besides encouragement, she offers tips for time management, keeping the money coming in, and promotion within the writing /speaking business. She is a certified Toastmaster and popular motivational speaker.

   Jo Russell graduated from the University of Arizona and retired from both education and the building trades, but never from writing. She lives in northeast Arizona.

   To hear Jo at the SSA forum brunch on Sunday, July 21, at the Tucson Center Inn Suites., call 546-9382 for reservations, or visit ssabrunches@gmail.com.


Dan Baldwin along with Kelley Snyder, a former law enforcement official, created an all volunteer panel of psychic mediums and active law enforcement to find missing people. On April 6, they were interviewed by supernaturalgirlz.com. Listen to their fascinating story and the incredible nationwide case they're working on now: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lnmrn/2012/12/07/angelslighthouse-find-me-psychic-find-missing-loved-ones
Their story is also chronicled in Dan's book, Find Me.

Lois Bauer-Kay's five Hillary King novels and her new one with Jonathan Hawk as the protagonist in a book based in Albuquerque called Death Ride are all in Amazon's Kindle Edition for $2.99 each. "My grandson just updated my website bauermysteries.com and all can be viewed there showing my homepage and each book with descriptions."

Art Kerns has big news: "Amazon will offer my novel The Riviera Contract in audio format as well as eBook. You'll be able to download the novel narrated by Evan Greenberg. Listen to the sample provided by Amazon. Audible.com is the provider."

Michaele Lockhart's latest book, Publishing: A Survival Guide, has been published and is now available. It is primarily a compilation of her blogs from last year on "Publishing the Write Way" with some expanded material as well.
"In this era where there are no gatekeepers and everything and anything can be and is published, this concise handbook will help writers who are self-publishing or independently publishing stand out above the crowd—and save them money too. Several of our group's members contributed their thoughts and some of you are listed as resources!"
Publishing: A Survival Guide is currently available for download on Amazon (Kindle), Smashwords (most every other e-reader), B&N (Nook) and the print version will be available in the near future. As soon as all distributors are coordinated, up and running, I'll offer book coupons for SSA members. www.MichaeleLockhart.com

Geoffrey Notkin's first book, Meteorite Hunting: How to Find Treasure from Space won a 2012 IPPY Award as one of the best independently-published science books of the year. His second book, Rock Star: Adventures of a Meteorite Man, is his autobiography, and was published last summer. It has been favorably reviewed by numerous publications.
"In my spare time, I am still a columnist for TucsonCitizen.com: http://tucsoncitizen.com/lizard
I'm currently working on a feature film that is scheduled to commence filming in July: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/unfinished-business-a-ghost-story--2
Also, I've been on the road for most of the last three years, working on my TV series, Meteorite Men, which airs on Science Channel in the US, and Discovery and other networks worldwide. For more details visit http://meteoritehunters.tv"

Mike Rom and his wife, Jo Ann, were asked to show their art at the Oro Valley Town Hall. Oro Valley has a program to showcase local artists each month in their council chamber. The exhibit will run through the first week in June. You can see more of their work at RomByDesign.com.

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; Membership Chair
Donna Young: karmamiranda@aol.com

Jay McCall: jmccall415@msn.com

Recording Secretary
Danette Young: dmyoung3@gmail.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
Steve Adelson (advertising manager of events):

Jean Young: migralaws@aol.com

Carroll Rinehart: c.rinehart48@gmail.com

Dan Baldwin: baldco@msn.com


Conference Co-Chair

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

Speaker's Bureau Coordinator

Writing Group Coordinator
Barry Webb: Barrywebb3@yahoo.com

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

SSA Home Page:


Mike Rom: writeword@ssa-az.org

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