SAVE THE DATE!
The news you’ve been waiting for is here! Historical Writers of America 2017 Conference will be held September 21 - 24, 2017. Mark your calendars and get ready for HWA’s biggest event of the year. If you write, scribble, or only dabble in writing and have a passion for history… You should be here!
At Historical Writers of America, we’re obsessed with history in the writing craft and we want to help you succeed. Become a member to get connected and start building your writing network. This past year’s conference provided great opportunities to learn tips and tricks from some of the brightest in the industry; and that was only the beginning! Stay tuned for more details on next year’s writers’ conference at Tamaya Resort, New Mexico!
HWA 2016 Presenter Profiles
Profile: Larry Brooks
For the next year, HWA Board Member Paul Davis will feature profiles of the presenters from HWA 2016. Paul, a 30+ year veteran journalist, attended the HWA Conference and is in the midst of planning for the next one.
Author Larry Brooks talks a lot about structure in his books and blogs on writing. No structure, no story, he says. But his own path to publishing—he’s written six novels, a relationship guide and three books on writing—has been more zig and zag than smooth story arc. His resume, he admits, reads like a Cheesecake Factory menu.
After graduating from high school in 1970, the six-foot, five-inch Portland, Oregon pitcher threw 97-mile-an-hour fast balls for the Texas Rangers. After five years his arm gave out and his career tanked, he says. His next move was a bit of a curveball: stockbroker. “They all seemed like cowboys and outlaws,” Brooks says. His desk in Portland, however, was a far cry from the fast-paced world of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. “They wanted me to make sixty cold calls a day. I was miserable.”
While working as a personnel manager in a Portland department store, Brooks—still miserable—started writing. Inspired by Sergio Leone’s epic Western, “Once Upon a Time in the West,” he studied Syd Field’s Screenplay book and wrote six “high concept” novels and an account of his life in the minor leagues. All went unpublished.
But Dan Wickenden, an author and editor at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, encourage him. “In the life of a real writer, nothing we write is ever wasted,” he told Brooks in a long rejection letter. “I don't think you'll ever win the Nobel Prize, but if you keep working I do think you will be able to produce thrillers that people will enjoy.”
Brooks kept writing.
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New historical paranormal romance novel just released by HWA member Monette Bebow-Reinhard and Solstice Shadows
"Adventures in Death & Romance: Vrykolakas Tales" is the result of research on the legend of the Greek vampire and marks the possession of a lifetime. See more at her website, www.grimmsetc.com and to purchase or get a Kindle sample, go here: Adventures in Death and Romance: Vrykolakas Tales
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"My interview with Weina Dai Randel is now live at NB Historical Fiction: http://newbooksnetwork.com/weina-dai-randel-the-moon-in-the-palace-sourcebooks-2016/. Lovely two-part series on Empress Wu of China, so do give it a listen!"
In the Wall Street Journal's China Real Time Report:Writing China: Weina Dai Randel, ‘The Moon in the Palace’ and ‘The Empress of Bright Moon’
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