Archive for December, 2014

Anyone from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana is welcome.

Monday, January 5, 6 to 8 pm. No RSVP required.
The first hour will be for socializing, the second hour for optional critiques. Writers can read for three minutes. Illustrators are always welcome.

Barnes & Noble’s Café, 801 South Hurstbourne Parkway, one mile north of I-64, on the right. This is NOT the Summit Shopping Center B&N.
You do not need to be an SCBWI Midsouth member to attend. For more information, contact Charles Suddeth csuddeth@iglou.com


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I want wish everyone a merry & joyous Christmas. If you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza, or Yule, may your holidays be merry & joyous, too. Above all, peace & love to everyone.


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I try to follow all eight.

  1. Think Like a Teen: more than POV, be a teen while you write
  2. Find the “Emotional Truth” of the Teenage Experience: most teens have similar problems, goals etc.
  3. A Good Pop-Culture Reference Goes a Long Way: music, TV shows etc. (might have made-up names)
  4. Get Input From Real Teenagers: cowriter, beta reader, critique
  5. Use Slang Words at Your Own Risk: slang mutates quickly
  6. Keep It Moving: keep it simple & stay on the plot
  7. It’s Okay for YA To Get Dark: nothing is off limits anymore
  8. Find the Kernel of Hope: even with a sad ending, leave a way outIreadYA-select

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My adult mystery, Eighth Mask, will be released Friday June 12 by Library Tales Publishing, book signing at the B&N Hurstbourne Lane, Louisville, Kentucky that weekend (I don’t know the time yet).

Deputy Sheriff Charlie Yuchalla and North Carolina health inspector Alcy Ward investigate the death of a masked dancer at a Cherokee dance. After someone kills a second dancer, the Four Sisters Society accuses Charlie of murder. Alcy takes over the investigation when Charlie’s best friend, Detective Jim Yellowbear, turns against him. Charlie and Alcy plunge into a world believing in supernatural giants and in an ancient order of priests once ruling the seven Cherokee clans with an iron fist.

Can they find the killer before Charlie is charged with murder? Can they discover who wore the Eighth Mask? Can Charlie and Alcy solve the case before the five surviving dancers die? Is the murderer connected to the Four Sisters Society? Will Charlie restore his life and reputation? Or is Charlie the murderer’s real target?

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The Green River Writers Winter Retreat will be held January 22-25, Thursday-Sunday at the Kavanaugh Center, Crestwood, Kentucky. Lodging available, but day visitors welcome. Critiquing and writing exercises for prose and poetry. I will attend.




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Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference
October 29-November 1, 2015
Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon Nashville, TN
at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville



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Halloween Kentucky Style (middle readers, Diversion Press, paperback)
Mike and Timmy try to scare Alice and Rosie. The trick’s on them when a younger neighbor and a homeless man team up to give them a real Halloween scare!

ISBN:  978-1-935290-16-2



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