Founded in 1984, WisRWA is the Wisconsin chapter of the Romance Writers of America. We are a professional organization of romance authors, supporting both published and aspiring writers. Learn more…
I think we can all agree that doing the proper research makes or breaks a book. Glaringly obvious mentions of places, events or details that haven’t happened yet are akin to all of us Wisconsinites watching Titanic and realizing that Jack Dawson could not have been ice fishing on Lake Wissota in Chippawa Falls in 1912…as there wasn’t a lake yet.
Bouchercon is what everybody calls the Boucher conference, the worldwide event sponsored by Mystery Writers of America. What I love about Bouchercon is the easy access you have with famous authors (not me yet!), publishers, and reader fans. I had breakfast, for example, with this year’s guest of honor Harlan Coben. He sat down at the open chair at my table. (He fuels his writing of suspense and thrillers with fruit, mini-quiches, juice and coffee.)
The Writers’ Police Academy conference (held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, August 11-14) started with a bang on Thursday afternoon. The attendees explored armored, S.W.A.T, and bomb squad vehicles. Lesson: my characters will need a lot more agility than I have to get inside those vehicles, especially the armored one. The first step into the driver’s seat is waist high on me.
Writers are by nature solitary creatures. Oh, we do seek each other out from time to time to compare notes, share tips of the trade, and to reassure ourselves that we aren’t truly alone because all mankind has succumbed to a zombie apocalypse except for us and we somehow missed it while we were being alone.
Take the opportunity not to be alone, in some of the best company. Come join us in Eau Claire on October 8 for our Fall into Fiction Workshop, featuring journalist, editor, and best-selling author Candace Havens. In the morning the focus is on “The Book Map: Plotting Your High Concept Ideas,” and in the afternoon, it’s “Fast Draft and Revision Hell.” Arrive early and join us for book signings and a pizza party Friday night. Open to writers of all genres.
Congratulations to WisRWA members Karen Marcam and Melonie Johnson. They’ve been selected as finalists for RWA’s Golden Heart contest.
The Golden Heart is a national contest that promotes excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding manuscripts written by members who have not published a Novel or Novella. Golden Heart winners receive a gold, heart-shaped necklace in recognition of their achievements.
Karen is a finalist in Historical Romance for her manuscript “Saving Columbine Ranch.” Read more about Karen. Melonie is a finalist in Contemporary Romance for “Sometimes You Need a Sexy Scot.” Read more about Melonie.
Congratulations Karen and Melonie!