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Congratulations to Brenda Whiteside!

Brenda Whiteside’s Secrets of the Ravine (The MacKenzie Chronicles, Book 1) was awarded third place in the category Novel, over 40,000 words in the NFPW At-Large Communication Contest. Brenda is a multi-published romantic suspense author and also provides editing services to other writers.

President’s Page – February & March 2021

March is Women’s History Month. This month I published an article in the Payson Roundup on three interesting women who each have non-traditional jobs: a tree trimmer, an airplane and power-plant inspector and a Septic Pumping company owner. It was fun interviewing each of them. There are so many stories out there. You can find stories about other unique people as well. (See article.)

Speaking of the unusual, this month APW Central had speaker Patty Mahoney tell us about her life growing up in a mortuary where she had to keep secrets that she heard as a child. Only now as a mature adult is she able to tell those stories as a writer. Fascinating!

Marylee MacDonald spoke with the APW Rim chapter in February and March. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of marketing and getting reviews for your publications. If you missed it you really missed an opportunity. We are thinking of having a workshop later in the year with this same topic to learn more from her expertise. Don’t you think that’s a good idea?

If you haven’t been attending the virtual meetings you are missing out on exceptional opportunities for learning how to improve your writing. This is just one benefit of your membership.

We will have an annual APW virtual conference again this year on April 17. We have two excellent speakers – Jan Cleere and Linda Pressman. It will be a half -day program from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon with a membership meeting 9-10, Jan Cleere speaking from 10-11 and Linda Pressman from 11-12. Short but informative. Come join us. The Zoom invite will be out soon.

The APW Book Club is rolling along. We have become a cohesive group hearing how each member developed their story, sharing their ideas about their book. All members are welcome to join us the fourth Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM.

Several members of APW have won awards in the NFPW Communications Contest. What a group we have! Winners are being posted on the APW website and our FB page and will be recognized at our annual meeting.

At the annual meeting on April 17, 2021, we will be voting for officers for 2021-22.

The Slate includes:
President -Connie Cockrell
Past President- Marie Fasano
Vice President- Bobbie Bennett
Secretary Brenda -Whiteside
Treasurer – open. We need a volunteer-Interested? Email me at mfasano.apw@gmail.com

Keep Writing,

Marie A.Fasano
APW President

 

Congratulations to Marie Fasano!

Marie Fasano has won two awards in the 2021 NFPW at-large communications contest. Marie currently writes for the Payson Roundup. One of her columns in “Roaming the Rim,” her bi-monthly column, won second place. Commented the judge: Wonderful opening paragraph.  Informative and very nice selection of interviewees. Good selection of quotes. Marie won honorable mention in the Feature story, print newspaper category. The judge noted: Nice news feature.

Marie is APW president and our state winner and nominee for the national Communicator of Achievement Award.

Congratulations to Brad Graber!

What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? – a collection of over 70 essays on love, life, and relationships –  by Brad Graber – has won 1st place in the NFPW at-large communications contest and is eligible to advance to NFPW national round of competition.

This year the at-large contest featured entries from New York, Oregon, Ohio, Colorado, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, Minnesota, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, South Dakota, Louisiana, Tennessee, Iowa, Kentucky and Washington.

Brad Graber writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one listened to him – so he made up stories about them. He’s the award-winning author of The Intersect and After the Fall, and writes a humor blog: There, I Said It! Brad’s currently working on his next novel, Boca by Moonlight, the story of a widower who discovers that his assumptions about family and friends are holding him back from developing meaningful relationships. Brad currently resides in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff.

Congratulations to Susan Anderson!

Susan Claire Anderson’s book, Everything, was awarded honorable mention in the NFPW At-Large Communication Contest in the Category of Children Book/Fiction. Susan is the new chairperson of Central Chapter. Congratulations, Susan!

APW Book Club – March 27 – On Traigh Lar Beach

APW Book Club March 2020 meeting

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to attend the March meeting of the APW Book Club. The featured book is On Traigh Lar Beach by Dianne Beeaff. You do not need to be an APW member to attend, but attendees are expected to have read the book prior to the meeting. See below for information about where to obtain a copy.

March Book: On Traigh Lar Beach by Dianne Beeaff
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

CONTACT: Karen Lateiner kslateiner@gmail.com Members of the book club have been sent the Zoom link.  Contact Karen if you did not receive it and would like to attend.

MARCH SELECTION

On Traigh Lar Beach by Dianne Beeaff

DIANNE EBERTT BEEAFF is the award-winning author of five previously published books. Her poetry, watercolors, graphite drawings, and magazine articles have been featured throughout the United States and Canada. Dianne and her husband, Dan, reside in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
On Traigh Lar Beach, a short story collection published by She Writes Press on October 13, 2020.

Erica Winchat, a young writer overwhelmed by the stress of her first book contract, discovers thirteen curious items tangled in the flotsam on the Scottish beach of Tràigh Lar. Inspired by the objects, she tells the intriguing story of the owner of each one, uncovering a series of dramatic events – from a Chicago widow’s inspiring visit to Quebec City to a shrimper’s daughter facing Tropical Storm Ruby in North Carolina.

The thirteenth item, a concert laminate badge, gives rise to a novella Erica calls Fan Girls, in which the separate stories of four fans of the Scottish rock band Datha unfold in first person, culminating in their reunion at a concert in Chicago –where a shooting takes place.

GET A COPY: The book is on Amazon Kindle for $9.95, and in paperback at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and Walmart.com for $16.95.

DeBeeaff.wordpress.com; @diannebeeaff; Facebook Author Page

March 17 – Get more book reviews!

APW Rim Country invites you to their March 10 virtual meeting with Marylee MacDonald, “Get More Reviews for Your Books.”

Topic: Get More Reviews For Your Books with Marylee MacDonald
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Time: 01:00 PM Arizona
Zoom: The Zoom link has been sent to all members. All are welcome. If you did not receive the link, contact conniecockrell@gmail.com

Get More Reviews for Your Books

How can new authors get more reviews? In this presentation, Marylee MacDonald will share data from five recent book launches. She’ll talk about BookishFirst, BookShout, BookFunnel, Goodreads giveaways, Choosy Bookworm, Story Origin, newsletter swaps, and other marketing methods.

Marylee MacDonald is the author of Surrender, Body Language, Bonds of Love & Blood, The Rug Bazaar, The Big Book of Small Presses and Independent Publishers, and MontpelierTomorrow. She has 90,000 Twitter followers and 21,000 newsletter subscribers, and her website, MaryleeMacDonaldAuthor.com, helps authors write, edit, and market their books.

Websites: maryleemacdonaldauthor.com and www.maryleemacdonald.com

March 13 – Dead bodies talk!

Join APW Central Chapter on Saturday, March 13 for our virtual meeting “Dead bodies talk!” with Patty Mahoney.

Topic:  What Can Dead Bodies Tell Us? with Patty Mahoney, author of Secrets From the Pink Chair

Date:  Saturday, March 13, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

Zoom: The link for Zoom has been sent to members. All are invited so if you did not receive the link, contact Susan Anderson

What can dead bodies tell us?

Author/Editor Patty Mahoney has a unique journey to share. Aside from her teaching and editing experience, and education, she has an unusual and interesting story to tell.

Patty is the author of Secrets from the Pink Chair, a fictionalized account of childhood memories of the city of Tempe and her family’s mortuary business. She earned an undergraduate degree in print journalism from Arizona State University and eventually amassed three graduate degrees, one in education, another in school counseling, and a third in mental health counseling.

She has been an English, journalism, and psychology instructor to students ranging from 7th graders to university seniors. Then, she earned certification as a counselor, working primarily with emotionally disturbed children.

Upon retirement, she returned to writing as the primary focus, writing her own book and editing works of others.

APW Book Club February 27 – Skirting Traditions

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Contact Karen if you have not received the Zoom link and would like to attend. Open to members and nonmembers who have read the book.

TOPIC: APW Book Club Guest:  Brenda Warneka, SkirtingTtraditions
DATE: Saturday, Feb 27, 2021
TIME: 10 a.m.

Meet Brenda Warneka as she leads us in a discussion about the APW publication Skirting Traditions.

Brenda Warneka was the project leader, an editor, and one of eighteen writers for the APW book, “Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012,” which is an anthology about women writers and journalists active in Arizona’s first one-hundred years. It was an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project in 2012. Brenda will talk about how this award-winning book came to be and lead the discussion. A past president and long time member of APW, she has a degree in history and is a lawyer and writer.

Copies may be obtained for reading on Kindle or the Kindle app or through Marie Fasano for our Scholarship Fund for $5.00 and $3.00 shipping. Email Marie at RNPilot 2@aol.com

 

March 7, 2021 APW Board Meeting

Save the date!

The next APW Board meeting will be held on Sunday, March 7 at 10 AM. The Zoom invite and agenda will follow. In addition to Officers’ reports, we will discuss the Annual meeting and new officers. If you have any items please let me know.

All members are invited to attend. Please let Marie Fasano know so she can send you the link.