6 ‘Freud’ author talks; book sales; signings (WS 0415)





Writing News for the Sunshine State

& the Solar System


Editor: Howard Denson

April 2015

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In This Issue:


NFW to hear indie author Carrol Wolverton on April 11

Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library schedule book sales for April 9-11

BookMark celebrates April Fool’s Day with ‘Back in the Day Bakery’ authors; Steve Berry to sign books on April 30

FWA news

Stuff from a Writer’s Quill — Vladimir Nabokov

Stuff from hither and yon

Findings of a Forensic Grammarian – Howard Denson

Writers Born This Month

Keep up with the NFW on our Facebook page

Meetings of NFW and Other Groups

Useful Links

Need someone to critique a manuscript?

The Write Staff









Carrol Wolverton, an indie author of several novels and self-help books, will speak to the North Florida Writers on Saturday, April 11. Her talk will be entitled “Tips for Self-Publishing on a Budget: Mistakes Authors Make.” Her books are available on amazon.com.


Ms. Wolverton is retired from five years teaching, eight years in real estate sales as a broker, ten years as a single parent counselor in two states, and six years as a rehabilitation counselor (CRC). Now she writes. She credits and thanks North Florida Writers for the wealth of help she has received over the years.


Her most recent work published in 2014, “Freud in St. Augustine,” tells the tale of a schizophrenic adrift in the nation’s oldest city. The book contrasts rich and poor with its cast of misfits searching for whatever survival they can. There’s St. Augustine history woven in through the old buildings and houses, some of which are inhabited by ghosts who track Bobby, the mentally ill protagonist who picks and swats at himself to get at them. The reader will tour a migrant camp from hell, meet assorted street characters who steal everything, and encounter many lost souls. The local shelter, St. Francis House, offers help to those willing. Most effective is Ms. Janey, the wealthy social worker from Waycross, Georgia. Too bad she’s so lacking in her own personal life. There is also the volunteer shrink who must guard his old desk past 4:30 daily, or it will be carted off by county workers. Does Bobby achieve success? His journey is one pock-marked adventure stuffed full of North Florida and South Georgia Americana. It has received critical acclaim. It is available for $11.33 hardcopy and $2.99 as a download on Amazon.


Her first novel has been re-released as “Boston Basement” and is available on Amazon as well. A dirty family secret mystery, it tells the tale of a coming of age young woman dumped on her maiden aunt after the untimely death of her mother. “Sex, Lies, and Real Estate” is a novel of abandonment and rediscovery in a fictional Orlando area suburb. “Raylaina, the story of a teen with an abusive boyfriend” is her first YA novel, also available as a Kindle download.


Carrol’s non-fiction includes “Method Weight Management 2,” a journey to permanent weight loss based on her own experience. “Living Cheap & Loving It: Tomatoes in the Flower Bed” details her long belief in frugality and her ideas on cost savings and low-cost living. Her first book was “Serious Survival, Skills for Single Parents,” which includes many of the ideas in the living cheaply book.


Up next for 2015 is “Living Cheap for Seniors.” It’s a reworking of her earlier Living Cheap book with a senior focus. This nation is facing retirement of a sizeable portion of the baby boomer generation ill prepared for retirement. Ms. Wolverton’s position is that, by careful cost-cutting and planning, people can live on what they have.




For the critiques, someone other than the author of respective works will read aloud the submissions (up to 20 double-spaced TYPED pages of prose, and reasonable amounts of poetry or lyrics). Authors may not defend their work, but they may attach questions they would like answered (e.g., “Is the scene on the beach convincing?” or “Did the story get right the various references to voltage and electricity?”). As the works are being read, the respective authors should listen to the words and rhythms of their creations.


The other quarterly meetings for 2015 will be Saturday, July 11, and Saturday, Oct. 10. Speakers will be announced later.



The NFW meets at the VyStar Credit Union (760 Riverside Ave., next to the Fuller Warren Bridge and Saturday’s Riverside Arts Market).

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will begin at noon and end before 3 p.m.


Parking: VyStar requests that NFW members and guests park on the side of the buildings to leave spaces for their regular customers.






Book lovers should mark their calendars for April 9-11, when the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library will hold a book sale at the Peck Center Gym (516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach). About 20,000 books have been organized into dozens of categories. The sale will also feature CDs, DVDs, audio and children's books. Proceeds support the Fernandina Beach Library.


A Friends of the Library preview sale for members will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9. Non-members may join at the door.


The general public sales will last from Friday, April 10 (9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.) to Saturday, April 11 (9:30 a.m.–2 p. m.).


For questions regarding donations, contact Annie Sparkle at 904.310.9290.






Owner Rona Brinlee wasn’t pulling an April Fool’s Day prank when she announced the appearance of co-authors of “Back in the Day Bakery.” It just worked out that way, as did the forthcoming April 30 appearance of the Cotton Malone novels Steve Berry. The line-up for April and May:


Cheryl and Griffith Day, Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love (Artisan), Wednesday, April 1


Publisher Marketing: Cheryl and Griffith Day, authors of the New York Times bestselling “Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook,” are back with more recipes to make with love. Who needs store-bought when baking things at home is so gratifying? In this follow-up to their smash-hit.


Cheryl and Griffith Day, authors of the New York Times bestselling Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, are back are back with more recipes to make with love. Who needs store-bought when baking things at home is so gratifying? In this follow-up to their smash-hit first book, the Days share ways to lovingly craft not only desserts, but also breakfast pastries, breads, pizza, and condiments. The book features more than 100 new recipes, including some of the bakery's most requested treats, such as Star Brownies and the Cakette Party Cake, as well as savories like Chive Parmigiano-Reggiano Popovers and Rosemary Focaccia. Cheryl and Griff share their baking techniques and also show readers how to put together whimsical decorations, like a marshmallow chandelier and a best-in-show banner.


Steve Berry, The Patriot Threat (Minotaur Books) Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.


The 16th Amendment to the Constitution is why Americans pay income taxes. But what if there were problems associated with that amendment? Secrets that call into question decades of tax collecting? In fact, there is a surprising truth to this hidden possibility. When Cotton Malone's former boss asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files--the kind that could bring the United States to its knees--Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia. This is Berry's 10th Cotton Malone thriller.


Jan-Philipp Sendker, Whispering Shadows (Atria), Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m.


The first in a suspenseful new trilogy by the internationally bestselling author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, this gripping story follows a retired expat journalist in contemporary China who tries to crack a murder case as he battles his own personal demons. American expat Paul Leibovitz was once an ambitious adviser, dedicated father, and loving husband. But after living for nearly thirty years in Hong Kong, personal tragedy strikes and Paul's marriage unravels in the fallout. Now Paul is living as a recluse on an outlying island of Hong Kong. When he makes a fleeting connection with Elizabeth, a distressed American woman on the verge of collapse, his life is thrown into turmoil. 


Karen White, The Sound of Glass (New American Library), Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m.


The New York Times bestselling author of A Long Time Gone now explores a Southern family's buried history, which will change the life of the woman who unearths it, secret by shattering secret. It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward's husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news--Cal's family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal's reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt. Charting the course of an uncertain life--and feeling guilt from her husband's tragic death, Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal's unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt's, will change and define her as she navigates her new life.


The BookMark is located at 220 First St., Neptune Beach, Florida 32266.


For more information: Contact Ms. Brinlee at 904.241.9026 or bkmark@bellsouth.net




Victor DiGenti, FWA Regional Director, says it’s not quite an April shower of words, but he managed to pack this month’s FWA blog post with quite a few bytes of solid information. You can check it out right here and see for yourself. 


Aside from all the area FWA meetings scheduled for April, you can read about conferences, competitions, call for entries, a new mystery writers group, and more. Click here to visit the blog post I’ve titled “Writers are People Who Write.”


Check out news about writers at http://www.fwapontevedra.blogspot.com.


DiGenti himself is busy as himself writing the Windrusher series or using his penname Parker Francis to tell stories about Quint Mitchell’s mysteries, so check that out at http://www.parkerfrancis.com .






We live not only in a world of thoughts, but also in a world of things. Words without experience are meaningless.


-- Vladimir Nabokov






Click on each link to go directly to the story.



Holy Writ:

Learning to love

the house style


Frank Green of the Bard Society spotted this charming and informative essay by Mary Norris, who began working at The New Yorker in 1978, and has been a query proofreader at the magazine since 1993. W.W. Norton is publishing her book, “Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.”



Screenwriters guide:

how to get a literary agent


If you are a “baby writer” (novice with no credits), forget about obtaining an agent. For scripted TV shows, they are looking for the following: Great writing samples, Good in a room (personality/attitude), Professional TV writing credits, Well-positioned to get their own work. Interesting life experience, Professional accomplishments in a related field, Professional connections, Living in Los Angeles, and Professional TV experience (non-writing).



7 crucial logline mistakes

and how to fix them


Timothy Cooper, who created 365 loglines (one each day for a year), sees a lot of flawed loglines. A quick definition: Loglines are TV Guide-style summaries of one- or two-sentences about a story. Cooper says that you shouldn’t start writing until you have a good logline and know what the point of the story will be. Rule #1 (to get you started) is “It contains no irony,” as with this logline, “A Secret Service agent must risk everything to save the U.S. president he’s sworn to protect.” http://www.scriptmag.com/features/7-crucial-logline-mistakes-fix


10 words we’ve forgotten

how to pronounce


If you are a boatswain who spends all of his time scampering over the forecastle to get to shore, where you can go to the clapboard tavern in Worcester, you would be a blackguard if you went there with a dirty waistcoat. Read the sentence aloud and then read the article to see how many words you pronounced correctly.



Jewish book


for spring


The new head of the Jewish Book Council, Naomi Firestone-Teeter, was asked to recommend five books dealing with Jewish issues or experiences. She came up with six, including Jonathan Sarna and Benjamin Shapell’s Lincoln and the Jews. She was amazed at the high profile of the Jews around Lincoln. Probably the highest profile Jew back then was in the Confederate cabinet, where Judah P. Benjamin served as secretary in three departments.




Findings of a




Follow the link below to find where even sane and sensible writers (and editors) have stumbled in their writing:


http://howarddenson. webs. com/theforensicgrammarian. htm


A paperback collection, “The Wrong Stuff: Findings of a Forensic Grammarian,” is available online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Nobel’s website. Go to http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3PF180.






To check out the names of writers who were born this month, go to this website:




The list includes novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction authors, writers for the small and silver screen, and others.


Looking for your favorite writer? Hit “find” at the website and type in your favorite’s name. Keep scrolling to find writers born in other months.


With misgivings, the list generally omits lyricists (to avoid the plethora of garage-band guitarists who knock out a lyric in two minutes to go with a tune). Often lyricists are accomplished in other writing areas and may cause their inclusion (e.g., Bob Dylan, Johnny Mercer, and Cole Porter).


Unfortunately, some writers fret about identity theft and will only say they were born in 1972 or whenever. Typically that means they don’t get included on a “born this day” list. Recommendation: Writers may wish to create a “pen birthday”; that way, their names stay on the public’s radar.


If you see that we have omitted a writer, give us his or her name (and preferably a way to verify the belly-button day).





For a listing of meetings of the NFW and other groups in Northeast Florida, click here http://howarddenson.webs.com/meetingsofunfothers.htm





Writers, poets, and playwrights will find useful tools at http://howarddenson.webs.com/usefullinksforwriters.htm.






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If you have a finished manuscript that you want critiqued or proofread, then look for someone at http://howarddenson.webs.com/potentialcritiquers.htm. Check out their entries on the website to see if they suit your needs. They include the following: Robert Blade Writing & Editing (rmblade@aol.com); Frank Green of The Bard Society (frankgrn@comcast.net); JJ Grindstaff-Swathwood (jgswathwood@gmail.com); Brad Hall (variablerush@gmail.com); Joseph Kaval (joseph.kaval@gmail.com); and Richard Levine (Richie.ALevine@gmail.com).





President: Howard Denson (hd3nson@hotmail. com)

Vice President: Joyce Davidson (davent2010@comcast. net)

Secretary: Kathy Marsh (kathygmarsh@bellsouth. net)

Treasurer: Richard Levine (richie.alevine@gmail.com)


Presidents Emeriti: Frank Green, Dan Murphy, Howard Denson, Nate Tolar, Joyce Davidson, Margaret Gloag, Richard Levine, Bob Alexander, JoAnn Harter Murray, Carrol Wolverton, Margie Sauls, Stewart Neal.