Susan Haught: A member of the Arizona Professional Writers, Rim Country Chapter,Author Susan Haught, has received the 2019 Best Writer Award in the reader’s choice Best of the Rim contest sponsored by the Payson Roundup Newspaper. Susan’s response to the award.”There’s nothing more thrilling and humbling than for your work to be recognized in your home community. I’m forever grateful to those who took the time to vote. ”
Here is a little about Susan in her own words.
Hello, everyone. It’s early morning here in Payson and I’m deathly allergic to morning, so allow me to introduce myself before my coffee gets cold. My name is Susan Haught and I make things up, write them down, and call them novels. Besides being a mom, it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had, yet ranks up there with motherhood as the most rewarding. To hold months of hard work in your hand as a physical book never gets old, even after four novels. That moment makes months of joy, tears, and frustration worth it, and when a reader contacts me to say my words affected them in some way, I know I’ve done my job.
I consider myself a black liquorice connoisseur, coffee addict, wine sipper, and brown-thumb gardener who spends a great deal of time murdering the poor plants unfortunate enough to end up in my cart. I’m also an award-winning author who writes deeply emotional stories of family, friendship, and the healing power of love. I’m somewhat handier with stories than I am with a garden shovel. But I find gardening helps me to decompress and it takes my mind off writing, at least for a little while. Come to think of it, so does Australian or Finnish black liquorice!
I’ve been blessed to have received several awards for my work, the most recent the Rim Country Best Writer award sponsored by the Payson Roundup.
The Whisper of the Pines series consists of four novels and a companion book: A Promise of Fireflies, In the Shadow of Fate (A Promise of Fireflies companion), A Thousand Butterfly Wishes, The Other Side of Broken, and Outside the Lines. Three have gone on to win awards for excellence in independent publishing in women’s fiction and/or romance, are Reader’s Favorite 5 Star novels, and The Other Side of Broken was chosen by Writer’s Digest (judge 17) as “a novel not to be missed.” and Ink & Insight says, “This is what women’s fiction is supposed to be.” Outside the Lines is my newest baby, released Jan. 15, 2019, and I’m in the process of writing Book 5, Christmas Under the Tuscan Stars which will be released for the 2019 holidays.
I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, RWA-Women’s Fiction writers, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, APW, and APW Rim Country Chapter. I’ll be at the Payson Book Festival in July, and if you’re in the area or plan to attend, please stop by and say hello. I’d love to meet you!
The Arizona Professional Writers present: Michael Hale – An Illustrator’s Perspective
Join us! Wednesday, November 15 1:00 PM at Majestic Rim Retirement Community, 310 Tyler Pkwy, Payson, AZ.
Everyone loves children’s books but not everyone knows how they are created. As an author and illustrator of children’s books, Michael Hale provides an insider’s view of what it takes to create a book from concept to final production.
Learn how authors, illustrators and many others come together to put books on your shelves. It’s a great insight into the world of children’s literature.
Michael Hale is the Illustrator Coordinator for the Arizona Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. (SCBWI). He has years of creative experience as a designer, writer and Illustrator and was the Creative Director of The Phoenix Zoo.
Now he puts his creative skills to work on writing & illustrating children’s picture books. He loves his work.
Michael illustrated his first picture book, UP UP UP in 2016. It was written by Phoebe Fox and published by First Edition Project Books. He both wrote and illustrated his second book, Bad Monkey Business. It was published by Simian Books in 2017.
You can see more of Michael Hale’s work by visiting www.michaelhale.me
LEGACIES: A CONVERSATION WITH SANDRA CISNEROS, RITA DOVE AND JOY HARJO (TICKET RELEASES AT NOV 04, 2017)
For the first time, three living legends come together to discuss their paths through the American literary landscape (hosted by Natalie Diaz). Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Great Hall, Beus Center for Law and Society Rm 140, ASU Downtown (111 E Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ 85004). This is a ticketed event. Tickets will be released to the public through the registration portal Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12 PM MST. All tickets are free. Please note that Legacies is a distinct event from the authors’ reading at the Phoenix Art Museum the preceding day on December 1st. While overflow seating is available, the December 1st event has sold out. Legacies is presented by archiTEXTS and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing with support from the Labriola National American Indian Data Center and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. To learn more, go to piper.asu.edu/legacies
Learn how to write and sell non-fiction
Whether a beginning writer or experienced author, learn how to boost your income by writing non-fiction at a free program presented by the Rim Country Chapter of Arizona Professional Writers on Sept. 20, 2017. Beginning at 1 p.m., the program will take place at Majestic Rim Retirement Living, 310 East Tyler Parkway, Payson.
“Writing Non-Fiction that Sells” is the topic of speaker Carol Osman Brown, local journalist and author whose award-winning articles and photos have appeared in many national magazines and newspapers. These include Arizona Highways, Native Peoples, Sunset Magazine, The Arizona Republic, Horse & Rider, and Yachting. She taught non-fiction writing courses at SU’s Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communications, Rio Salado College and was on the faculty of the noted Reader’s Digest Writers Workshops.
This event is open to the public, free of charge. For more information, call 928-468- 9269.
The September, 2016 issue of TypeRider is now available for your reading pleasure. Read all about the upcoming State Conference and our exciting program presented by two nationally known speakers, Ric Hinkie and Raleigh Pinskey. If you’re not a member, find out how you can join now and your dues are good through the end of December 2017. You’ll also find information on both upcoming and past events held at the chapter level plus a boatload of upcoming writing events. Also, in this issue, Betty Webb takes a journey though her pen drawer – yes, that’s right – to track her writing journeys. And Patricia Myers shares her Paris Journal from this summer. Liz Mastin tells us about the meaning and value of metaphors in writing poetry.
The April, 2016 issue of TypeRider is here. As usual, it is loaded with articles and upcoming writing events. Find summaries of past district programs and descriptions of upcoming ones. The Payson Book Festival is on track for July 23 and you can find out how to participate. You’ll want to read Betty Webb’s article, “Me and My Shadow Self,” and how to make your writing more appealing to the reader. Improve your craft by marking and attending some of the many events listed in the Calendar section that will be offered this spring.
On October 15, APW Central District presents “The Wild West and More” at Guidon Books. Writers, readers and historians will enjoy this presentation as proprietor Shelly Dudley talks about the bookstore and their extensive collections, how readers expectations and interests have changed over the years and how she can find the research or reading you are searching for.
When: Thursday, October 15. 6 p.m. social time, 6:30 p.m. potluck – bring finger foods to share for dinner. Paper goods and beverages provided.
Where: 7109 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-945-8811.
No fee to attend.
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org. Info: Brenda Warneka, 602-740-9579.