Success Story Saturday: Steve Brewer

Welcome to a new Writers Forum feature, Success Story Saturday.  As often as possible, we’ll be featuring Writers Forum members who have been published, won writing contests, or have otherwise found recent success as writers.  Writers Forum members, we want to celebrate with you so please send your success stories to writersforumwebmaster@gmail.com.  

Today we’re celebrating with former Writers Forum member, Steve Brewer.

a6d4d50c49960a7f0235be.L._V152738098_SX200_Former Writers Forum board member Steve Brewer recently signed a three-book deal with Alibi, the new mystery imprint at Random House.  The crime trilogy is set in Albuquerque, NM, where Steve now lives.  The books will be published under his new pen name, Max Austin, which comes from his two sons’ names.  First in the trilogy, DUKE CITY SPLIT, will be published in April.  Steve’s agent, Doug Grad, landed the three-book deal, working with Alibi editor-in-chief Dana Isaacson.  Random House also has an option on Steve’s next book after the trilogy.
In recent years, Steve’s vigorously pursued the self-publishing route, via both e-books and CreateSpace paperbacks (all available at Amazon), but he’s thrilled to be working with a big New York publisher again.
Congratulations, Steve!

Full up

We are excited about the upcoming Authors Fair November 9th. We just committed our last available table slot. We have authors from as far north as Montague, as far east as Reno, as far south as Alameda. They run the full gamut of genres.

Member Monday: The Old Man in the Park by Linda Boyden

1379204_10201986533842822_1062688836_aWelcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a pleasure to feature a poem by poet, storyteller and children’s author, Linda Boyden.  You can purchase an autographed copy of Linda’s newest picture book Boy and Poi Poi Puppy at the Writers Forum Author’s Fair in November.

The Old Man in the Park

by Linda Boyden

the old man sat in the park

he sat there alone

body stuttering

shivering in the sun

under the weight of his age

and

the old man sat alone

behind him

squirrels darted down trees

scurried around trunks

tails to heads

in a dizzying frolic

and

the old man sat alone

while

near him

children squealed

ran from each other

jumped from swings

skinned knees

tumbled in and out of laughter

and

the old man sat alone

from time to time

his fingertips fluttered

as a sound

sparked

a memory into motion

a dark circle

inching in transit

across his mind

filling his heart

with a smile.

A Note from the Webmaster: If you’re a Writers Forum member in good standing and would like to be featured on Member Monday, please send your submission to writersforumwebmaster@gmail.com. Submissions should be 75-750 words, appropriate for all ages and error free. Please include a short bio, a headshot and any related links. The author retains all rights and gives permission to Writers Forum to publish their submission on the website and/or in the newsletter. Thank you!

Member Monday: A Little About Fall by Darbie Andrews

Welcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a pleasure to share a playful piece from Writers Forum member, Darbie Andrews.  Welcome, Darbie.

A Little About Fall

by Darbie Andrews

Oh, the battle between Summer and Fall!
Lingering hot summer days fight Fall’s need to pounce away the heat.
Fall tries with occasional cool winds and puffy white clouds, but summer fights back.
The short cool moment stolen…a tease.
Shorts and sandals fill the streets again, but sweatshirts and socks are nearby.
It’s nature’s menopause, Fall versus Summer.
Hot, cold, hot cold.
It doesn’t end with a wallop.
It’s gradual and fun to watch.
Fall takes over every year and forces Summer to leave and cry for Spring.
We carve happy faces in pumpkins, celebrating freedom from the hot flashes!
A Note from the Webmaster: If you’re a Writers Forum member in good standing and would like to be featured on Member Monday, please send your submission to writersforumwebmaster@gmail.com. Submissions should be 75-750 words, appropriate for all ages and error free. Please include a short bio, a headshot and any related links. The author retains all rights and gives permission to Writers Forum to publish their submission on the website and/or in the newsletter. Thank you!