Upcoming Events

   August 19
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
C. Michael Bennis - "Unlocking the Creative Process"
(see article this page)

   September 8
Arizona Mystery Writers @10-2PM
Morning—Michael Orozco, TPD Homicide Detective, "Dealing With the Horrors of the Job." Afternoon—writing assignment based on morning speaker. El Parador Restaurant 2744 East Broadway Blvd.
RSVP at www.arizonamysterywriters.com.

   September 16
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
Gayle Martin - "Keeping the Reader Hooked"
(see article this page)

   August 15
Writers Unite to Fight Cancer Contest Deadline
The theme is "Courage to Thrive" writersunitetofightcancer.com

   October 12-14
Wrangling With Writing: The New Century in Publishing" conference
web information coming soon

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

   C. Michael Bennis will discus the inspiring, funny, perplexing, insulting, provocative, and egotistical, albeit loving world of the creative process. "I might threaten your sex life, your marriage and your safe driving record. I might even entice you into the excitement and mystery of falling in love with your characters." The presentation is about writing fiction that gets out of control. "I plan to bridge the gap between hearing and listening, both to you and to others. The purpose is to identify creative tools that are so cool you will never fear writer's block. Be prepared to put on your mental track shoes. Know that you can do this. Then take a deep breath, and accept that once you start, there will be no going back."

   Michael studied at Complutense University in Madrid, and graduated from the University of Colorado where he was part of the 1961 University of Colorado Big 8 Champion football team as well as the 1962 Orange Bowl squad. He also graduated from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, which led to a career in international advertising, marketing and public relations. He has written successful advertising copy, served as director of Communication for a major toy company, and authored four 90,000-word novels, with two published Romance Novels in circulation: Rules of Engagement (2009), and Signs of Destiny (2012). Visit his website at: www.cmichaelbennis.com.

   We have a wonderful new venue at the InnSuites at I-10 and St. Mary's. We will start at 11am and it will be $25 with registration ($30 at the door). Call in your reservations to 546-9382 or e-mail ssabrunches@gmail.com by the Wednesday prior (in this case, August 15).

      Gayle Martin has been a storyteller since 2001, when she started doing living history presentations for the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe. Her experiences in working with children inspired her to write Gunfight at the O.K. Corral: Luke and Jenny Visit Tombstone, in 2006. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was the first in her Luke and Jenny trilogy about two modern-day youngsters who travel back in time and experience the real history of the American West. Her children's books have won awards and have been endorsed by Marshall Trimble, the official Arizona state historian.

   In 2011 Gayle switched gears and began writing adult romance novels under the name Marina Martindale. Her purpose is not only to tell an entertaining story, but to also delve into human psychology and try to gain more of an understanding of why people make the choices in life that they make. Her latest novel, The Reunion: a Tale of Love, Forgiveness and Redemption, has had five-star reviews from readers on Amazon—it seems their only criticisms are that they can't put the book down, and that the story had to come to an end. Read more at LukeandJennyBooks.com.

   On Sunday, September 16, Gayle will present "Storycrafting 101." She will discuss how to create believable, three-dimensional characters and how to build and how to develop a plot line that will keep readers hooked.

   You can check out Gayles books at marinamartindale.com and LukeandJennyBooks.com.

   Again, our venue is at the InnSuites at I-10 and St. Mary's. We will start at 11am and it will be $25 with registration ($30 at the door). Call in your reservations to 546-9382 or e-mail ssabrunches@gmail.com by Wednesday, September 12.

Forums Will be at Tucson City Center InnSuites

The Tucson City Center InnSuites Conference Suite Resort, 475 N. Granada Avenue, will be our meeting place for the next several months. Time will be the same—11 am to 2 pm., the third Sunday of the month.

We'll be enjoying a great luncheon in restful, elegant surroundings at the same great price of $25 with RSVP by phone or email, and $30 at the door. (We ask that if you can't make it you call or email

SSA your cancellation within 24 hours prior. If you do not do this, we are charged for your lunch.) Watch your e-mail for further news blasts.

DIRECTIONS: 1) From the east follow Speedway to the light before I-10. Turn left on Main (Main becomes Granada), take Granada past St. Mary's then turn right into InnSuite's east entrance.
2) From I-10 take St. Mary's east. Turn right just before the light into the north entrance or keep going to the light at Granada then turn right, then right again into InnSuite's east entrance.


Robert Hunton's second book in the "Borderlands Trilogy" has been released by Open Books Press, Bloomington, Indiana. Secrets of the Medicine Pouch is the continuing story of Tohono O'odham boy, Danny Rivas and his grandfather, Joseph. The three novels in the series are: Gift of the Desert Dog, Secrets of the Medicine Pouch and Coyote-meeter's Abyss (coming in 2013).

Mabel Leo's nine published books are now available on Kindle. She found the process easier than she expected, just time consuming. One great feature of Kindle is seeing a preview of the finished work before it's actually published. And even if you find changes to be made after it's published, it's still easy to make necessary changes. Now she's ready to tackle doing the same for Barnes & Noble's Nook. So don't hesitate—this is a great way to let the world see your talent! She is so excited about having her books offered worldwide without leaving home, she bought her own Kindle. Of course she has to learn to use it and that's another story! Good luck, everyone!

Michaele Lockhart's Hoarding Lies, Keeping Secrets was released by Steel Cut Press in June. When does enough become terrifying? How many secrets can one house contain? Enter the Morton mansion and discover horrors hidden for generations. Returned to the family's home after her eldest sister dies without a will, Jeanne Stewart must again face the pain of her family's betrayals, deceptions, lies, tales of a poisoning, and even darker secrets while helping identify antiques and heirlooms for the State's estate appraiser in what has become the house of a severe hoarder. As the house is emptied of the hoarder's junk, its emotional weight increases. Jeanne had imagined herself well-acquainted with her family's history but nothing can prepare her for the final discoveries.
In Hoarding Lies, Keeping Secrets, Tucson author Michaele Lockhart opens the door to one family's two-hundred-year history of deception. For sale on Amazon and from the publisher, SteelCutPress.com. In addition, a Book Club discussion guide for this intriguing story of dysfunction is available from the author's web site, www.MichaeleLockhart.com.

Alexis Powers writes a weekly column for the Arizona Daily Star, Northwest Section. Following is a link to her recent article, "Driving's been bumpy road for her": azstarnet.com/news/local/northwest/driving-s-been-bumpy-road-for-her/article_4d02e95b-7fff-57a9-a01d-b179bb39a494.html or alturl.com/2gcj5

Constance Richardson's Swimming Upstream: A Memoir is now available on all formats of e-books (Kindle, Barnes & Noble's ebook, et al.).

Barry Webb has sold a 4,000-word non-fiction essay on the Fall of Babylon for the June 1, 2012 issue of the Netherlands-based Ancient Warfare Magazine. www.ancient-warfare.com/cms/ancient-warfare/guidelines/editorial-plan.html

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

Carroll Rinehart:

Vice President; Membership Chair
Penny Porter: wporter202@aol.com

Jay McCall: jmccall415@msn.com

Recording Secretary
Concy Richardson: concy@comcast.net

Forum Program Chair
Reservations: 546-9382 or
E-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com

Members at Large
Steve Adelson (advertising manager of events):

Gayle Martin(editor, author, book cover designer):

Tucson Book Festival; Wild Apricot; Conference co-chair
Cynthia Roedig: cynthia_33@msn.com

Conference co-chair
Jan Holmes Frost: Jan@JanHolmesFrost.com


Conference Co-Chairs
Cynthia Roedig & Jan Holmes Frost

Writing Contest
see conference committee

Speaker's Bureau Coordinator

Writing Group Coordinator
Barry Webb: Barrywebb3@yahoo.com

Write Word Editor
Mike Rom: (520) 410-1294 (beep)
e-mail: writeword@ssa-az.org

SSA Home Page:


Mike Rom: writeword@ssa-az.org

NOTE: Deadline for next issue is the 15th day of September