Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 2, No. 27 Aug./Sept. '00

  20   Sunday Brunch
Plaza Hotel@11:30-2pm
Speaker: Elizabeth Gunn, author
Topic: "Mystery Writing"
(see article - this page)
  17   Sunday Brunch
Plaza Hotel@11:30-2pm
Speaker: Jane Candia Coleman, author, and winners of the SSA writing contest will read their entries
Topic: "Writing Unlimited"
(see article)
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  It's still a secret, but you can find out who won SSA's writing contest by coming to our annual awards luncheon Sunday, September 17th (please see accompanying article about our guest speaker, Pulitzer Prize nominee Jane Candia Coleman). Come congratulate the winners. Also, the Storyteller will be on sale, with all the top stories, memoirs, personal essays, and poems.
   Remember to make your luncheon reservation before noon Thursday, September 14th.

How Elizabeth Spent Her Summer

   Try a 30-city book tour, promoting Five Card Stud, the third in Elizabeth Gunn's mystery series featuring detective Jake Hines. She promises to tell all about her adventures (and misadventures) on the road: what she's learned about bookstores, about readers, and what she'd do differently next time around. Remember, the best writers will always sell books, but the savviest will always sell more.
  Elizabeth Gunn grew up in Southeast Minnesota, the setting for her mystery series. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she has lived all over the United States, including a long stint in Montana, where she and her husband were innkeepers and raised their two daughters. When they sold the business, they traveled extensively in Mexico, Europe, and up and down the East Coast. Five years as a travel writer convinced her she could write commercially, and she published her first Jake Hines mystery in 1997, Triple Play, followed by Par Four. Now that she's back, she's hard at work on a fourth police procedural.

Elizabeth is member of SSA, as well as "Sisters in Crime" and "Mystery Writers of America." Don't let it be a mystery whether or not you're coming to this special program. Please phone 546-9382 with your luncheon reservation no later than noon on Thursday, August 17th.

Writing Unlimited With Jane

   Jane Candia Coleman knows about writing without limits. Novelist, essayist, short story writer, poet -- no genre quite contains her. Publishers Weekly says, "her language is as cleanly sculpted as the windswept peaks and mesas of the Southwest." Winner of a pair of Spur awards from the Western Writers of America and three awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Jane has made the West her landscape. Come listen as Jane discusses writing without limits and how it can make you a better, truer writer. More than not limiting yourself as to genre, it means not letting your mind impose limits because that can build walls between self and work.

Jane makes her home on a ranch in Cochise County, Arizona, with her husband, author Glenn Boyer, and an assortment of dogs, horses, and other critters. She is the author of Deep In His Heart J.R. Is Laughing At Us (poetry), Discovering Eve (short story collection), Doc Holliday's Gone (novel), Doc Holliday's Woman (novel), I, Pearl Hart (novel), The Red Drum (poetry), No Roof But Sky (poetry), The O'Keefe Empire (novel), and Stories From Mesa County.
   There are no limits on the number of luncheon reservations, either. You'll have the "write" stuff if you phone in yours at 546-9382 before noon Thursday, September 14th.


Sinclair Browning's The Last Song Dogs, is one of five novels nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America for Best Original Paperback of 1999. Warner Books has bought her nonfiction anthology, Feathers Brush My Heart, which will be out late 2001 or spring 2002. Browning also attended Semana Negra, an international gathering of mystery and crime writers in Gijon, Spain, last month (July).

Carol Costa recently got a contract from "Books in Motion" for one of her mystery novels. It will be recorded and released in the Fall. She originally contacted "Books in Motion" and pitched her book at the Wrangling With Writing 2000 Conference and "would have never known about them otherwise."

Mona Gansberg Hodgson is pleased to announce the release of Hide and Seek, the first book in her new Critter Creations Devotions Series for ages 5-10. That's three series now, including Desert Critter Friends and I Wonder. Kids, ages 4-9, will want to pack their water bottle, binoculars, compass, magnifying glass and backpacking Bible for an exploration expedition. Each devotion features several components with child-compelling and spiritually significant symbols to support a perspective of exploration and discovery. Also, check out her new website at to find out what's new, and for information on the Glorieta Christian Writers' Conference in New Mexico.

Stephen J. May's book, Maverick Heart: The Further Adventures of Zane Grey, due to be published August, 2000, tells the colorful story of Zane Grey, who toured the world, was an acclaimed expert on salt- and freshwater fishing, and incorporated the sights and sounds he witnessed into his writing. As a companion to his biographical work of Grey's literary life, Zane Grey: Romancing the West, May now gives us a remarkable look into another aspect of Grey's existence, the side little known but central to the measure of the man.

gael Mustapha will have about a dozen artist profiles published in the upcoming issue of Tucson's Art-Life (October) and her new book, Hula Girl, for ages 12 and up, is due out in September.

Penny Porter's book, Heartstrings and Tailtuggers, is featured in the June issue of The Midwest Book Review's "Children's Bookwatch" section (page 5, column 1). The review was also posted for five months on their "The School Page" internet site ( for teachers and homeschoolers. It was also posted to the internet bookstores, Bookwire,,,,, and ReadersNdex.

Dianne Janis Wight's story that she submitted to Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul was accepted. Publication of the book will be in Feb, 2001.

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