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From ideas to publication: author's stories about their own journeys

Our meetings start with everyone introducing themselves and their authoring projects. We celebrate their recent successes, and applaud their upcoming promotional opportunities, such as book signings, launches, media interviews etc. Everyone also has an opportunity to ask for help from anyone present, and from any of their extensive contacts in the writing, editing, book design, publishing, printing and promotion communities.

Then we invite our featured speaker(s) to share their knowledge and experience with our members, guests and visitors. This meeting will feature 3 or 4 of our members telling the story of how they came to write their books, their experiences of getting it published, and what's happened to it (and them) since. The authors who have agreed to come and share their stories are listed below.

This is always a popular meeting format and we look forward to welcoming you on May 25th. Lots to learn, always entertaining, and your active participation is always welcome!

The $20 meeting fee ($25 for non-members and guests) includes the full breakfast, which is served from 8:30 a.m.

Valerie Walker, originally from London, England, has made Calgary her home for over 50 years. She wrote her first book, The Adventures of Hedley the Hedgehog, in 1989 followed by four more books in the Hedley series. In 2005 she wrote a Centennial time-travel historical adventure, Mystery in the Attic, followed by The Quest for Kananaskis. she is currently working on a Young Adult novel.

Susan Raby-Dunne is a local writer, composer and photographer from Black Diamond, Alberta who will be talking about her book, Bonfire - The Chestnut Gentleman, released November 2012, “Bonfire” is the essential story of John McCrae and his WWI poem, In Flanders Fields, as told by his war horse, Bonfire.

Self-published by writers/publishing group, Monday Morning Writers Group, “Bonfire” has sold almost 1000 copies since November 2012.

Cristy Hayden is the author of a creative non-fiction book titled Love and Accept it All – A Journey from Near Death to Bliss, 2011, Balboa Press.

Almost twenty years ago, Cristy survived a severe brain injury that left her in a coma for a week. She came out of the coma unable to walk, talk, or work as she recovered from her injuries. She has since run two half-marathons, presented at conferences, completed a masters degree, and worked in positions she loves.

John Warner completed his first novel in 1967 as a “Canada Centennial Project”.  As a keen writer, he later dabbled in various forms, but a 46-year career as a pilot and aviation manager interfered with serious writing. By 2005 he had authored “Emperor of the East Slope”, an Alberta Action Family Saga. “Golden Quest” is an Action Thriller that won second place in category in the 2008 U.S.  Premier Book Awards. A movie script has been produced from the novel. An acknowledged “failure” at retirement, he currently works as an aviation consultant for a major oil company.









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  • Cristy

    Definitely worthwhile attending, I learned a great deal from the authors who spoke today.

    May 25, 2013

  • steve c.

    cant wait...

    May 19, 2013

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