Meet Amy Voltaire, an accountant by trade and an author and blogger during her free time. Her debut novel My Name is Erin and My Mom’s an Addict was officially released on April 27, 2019. Her favorite author is Stephen King and her favorite book is On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. You’ll love reading about the WHY behind her book, her just-get-the-first-draft-written philosophy, and the sacrifices she made to complete her book while working a full-time job.
Meet Marie Howalt, short story writer and author of We Lost the Sky. Marie has also published several novels online and a number of short stories in venues such as Every Day Fiction and Boned. You’ll love Marie’s advice on how to write strong characters, craft natural dialogue, and stay motivated.
Meet Jacqueline Masumian, an actress, performing arts manager, landscape designer, and now author. Her memoir, Nobody Home, published in 2013, is about growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, with a troubled and difficult mother. Jacque can often be found working in her Connecticut garden, usually pulling weeds. You’ll love Jacqueline’s thoughts on personalizing your definition of writer success, listening to improve your dialogue skills, and establishing an effective writing routine.
Meet Eddie Cantrell, a short story and novel writer who enjoys the ancient sword fighting martial art of Kendo with a self-proclaimed unhealthy Samurai obsession. In fact, his current urban fantasy work in progress will probably have a few samurai-like critters running around. You’ll love Eddie’s perspective on why we need stories, how to stay motivated, and our relationship with the Muse.
In his book The War of Art, Steven Pressfield argues that Resistance is the cause of all human suffering. He asks, “How many of us have become drunks and drug addicts, developed neuroses, succumbed to painkillers, gossip, and compulsive cell-phone use, simply because we don’t do that thing that our hearts, our inner genius, is calling us to? Resistance defeats us.” Pressfield will help you define the ways that Resistance manifests in your life so that you can overcome your personal barriers. He will also show you not only how to fight, but how to live beyond Resistance in a higher realm of creative living. If you struggle to define and overcome what holds you back from achieving your creative dreams, this book is for you.