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!
Barbara Lacy, former president and longtime member of Arizona Professional Writers, switched to painting when she retired from writing. “Arizona Grand” is the theme of her month-long painting exhibition at the Olney Gallery, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Central and Roosevelt, Phoenix. ( Best of all, Central and Roosevelt is a Light Rail stop.)
Barbara’s exhibit is hanging from April 30-May 24,2018. . .but stop by the opening wine reception from 6-9 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Gallery.
You can see more of Barbara’s paintings at Barbaralacy.com
Marylee MacDonald, author, writing coach, and speaker, was the Writer-in-Residence at the Mesa Public Library recently. She generously shared notes plus links to a number of resources from her ongoing presentations See Links to Mesa Public Library Presentation Files. Marylee coaches writers as well. See her website for information, more resources and a free ebook, “7-Day Writer’s Bootcamp.”
$500 scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors -help spread the word!
Rim Country chapter of Arizona Professional Writers, a local non-profit group, is offering a $500 scholarship to graduating seniors in Rim Country. Eligible students must intend to study journalism or another area of the communication field at an accredited Arizona university or community college in fall of 2017.
Applications and supporting materials must be received by April 25, 2017. Students or parents can find more information and an application at http://www.paysonbookfestival.org Go to the website and click on the Scholarship tab to see requirements and download an application. Information also is available from scholarship counselors at Payson High School and other schools.
For questions contact email@example.com or call 928-468-9269.
The February 2017 issue of the TypeRider is here. Learn more about the life of long-time member Marion Peddle who passed away December 25, 2016. In her column, Betty Webb shares that she finds it hard not to write. Do you relate? Read Marie Fasano’s write up of the January Rim Country District meeting; CPA John Wilson talked about the business side of professional writing. And catch up with members who have been busy speaking to the pubic.
Upcoming February APW events:
- Feb. 14: Noon. APW Colorado River Chapter, Regular Monthly Luncheon.
- Feb. 26: time, location TBD. APW Board Meeting. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the newsletter for other writing events and news.
On Wednesday, November 16th, at noon, the Rim Country District of the Arizona Professional Writers will meet in the Majestic Rim Living chapel. Majestic Rim is located at 310 East Tyler Parkway, Payson. The meeting is free and open to the public.
After a short business meeting, we will present the featured speaker, J.A. Marlow. Marlow writes across many genres, including science fiction, young adult, romance, and others. A private pilot with several years of flying experience in Alaska, J.A. Marlow enjoys adding to stories a touch of the mystery and exotic nature of the land sometimes called “the last frontier.” Popular series include “The String Weavers,” ” Salmon Run,” and “Redpoint One.” She can be found at http://jamarlow.com/.
Her presentation is titled Cover Design and Branding. Creating a good cover is more than a pretty picture with text. We will go over a few of the elements of good cover design with an aim towards using covers to increase and boost the writer brand. Highlights include font choices, genre expectations, basic designs, contracting for cover creation, and what is cover branding.
Don’t be left out. Cover design is critical for every author’s book.
Contact Program Manager, Connie Cockrell if you have any questions. Pre-registration is not required.
Read all about the State Conference happenings plus summaries of chapter meetings in the November 2016 issue of the TypeRider. You’ll find tips on blogging from the October meeting of the Colorado Chapter, several types of poetry you’ve probably never heard of from the write up of Rim Country Chapter’s October meeting and key websites for hashtags from Raleigh Pinsky’s afternoon presentation at the State Conference. Also included is the calendar with listings of local writing events and more. Don’t miss it!
Another issue of the TypeRider is here. Click on October 2016 to view the latest issue. Get details and registration form about the State Conference to be held October 15 in Scottsdale. Inside are also reports on chapter meetings, an article on lyric poetry by Liz Mastin, Patricia Myer’s Paris Journal #4 and many upcoming writing events. Check it out!