March 18th Speaker: Erica Spindler

25 Years, 35 Books: A Writer’s Tale

Erica Spindler will discuss her twenty-five years in publishing: her highs and lows, steps forward and back, how to remain creative (and sane), and share her thoughts on what it take to have longevity in a fickle and ever-changing industry.

Bio:

Erica Spindler is the New York Times and International Chart bestselling author of thirty-two novels and three eNovellas. Spindler’s skill for crafting engrossing plots and compelling characters has earned both critical praise and legions of fans. Published across the globe, she’s been called “The Master of Addictive Suspense” and “The Queen of the Romantic Thriller.”

Her most recent novels are The Final Seven and Triple Six, books one and two in her The Lightkeepers series.

Spindler splits her writing time between her New Orleans area home and a lakeside writing retreat. She’s married to her college sweetheart, has two sons and the constant companionship of Roxie, the wonder retriever.

She is busy writing her next thrillers, The Other Girl and Fallen Five, book three in The Lightkeepers.

February 18th Speaker: Cherie Claire

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An New Frontier:
Electronic Publishing for the Digital Age

Sales of ebooks have slowed in the past year, but they still make up a quarter of the book-buying market. Romance novels dominate ebooks sales and only continue to grow. Are ebooks in your future? What is the process to enter the digital age? Author Cheré Coen (aka Cherie Claire) will discuss steps to crating and publishing digital copies of novels.

Bio:

Cherie Claire is the award-winning author of several Louisiana romances and a paranormal mystery series.

Originally published with Kensington, The Cajun Series of historical romance follows a family of Acadians (Cajuns) who travel to South Louisiana and start anew after being exiled from their Nova Scotia home. The first three books (EmilieRose, and Gabrielle,) follow the Gallant sisters as they attempt to reunite with their father (and find love) in the wilds of Louisiana, and Delphine (Book Four) takes place during Louisiana’s role in the American Revolution. The Dugas family saga continues into the 19th century with A Cajun Dream (Book Five) and The Letter (Book Six).

Cherie is also the author of The Cajun Embassy series of contemporary romances– Ticket to Paradise, Damn Yankees, and Gone Pecan. What happens when several Columbia journalism coeds homesick for Louisiana find comfort in a bowl of Cajun gumbo? They become lifelong friends. Because love — and a good gumbo — changes everything.

Cherie’s spring 2017 novel, A Ghost of a Chance, begins a paranormal mystery series featuring New Orleans travel writer and ghost sleuth Viola Valentine.

Cherie lives in South Louisiana where she works as a travel and food writer when not indulging in Cajun culture. Visit her website at http://www.cherieclaire.net and write to her at CajunRomances@Yahoo.com.

November 19th Speaker: Bridget Hodder

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Going All the Way:
From Page, to Pitch, to Publication

Pitch clinic at the end of the talk, so bring the pitch of your WIP!

Are you really ready to be published? Debut Author and two-time Golden Heart Finalist Bridget Hodder helps you answer that question and many more. In a friendly, practical exploration of the various paths we can take to publication, she will talk about her own unusual journey to a contract with a “Big Five” publisher and the power of working smart on your dreams.

Published Work

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