Local Authors on the Radio

A fun way to learn about North State writers is to tune in to North State Public Radio’s weekly radio program, Nancy’s Bookshelf. The host, Nancy Wiegman, has lived in Chico since 1990. She started broadcasting with Chico State University’s NPR station KCHO as a classical announcer that same year. She has hosted Nancy’s Bookshelf since 2007.

Every week, Nancy interviews local, regional, or national authors. Just this year, Nancy has interviewed three Writers Forum members:

Recent guests include a neurosurgeon on America’s health care system, a high school teacher on the Lassen Peak eruptions of 1914-15, and a Chico author with a collection of family recipes.

You can listen to Nancy’s Bookshelf on Friday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 on North State Public Radio at 88.9 FM, or go to the website to listen to a podcast of past episodes. Just follow any of the links above.

Success Story Saturday: Steve Callan

Congratulations to Writers Forum member Steve Callan on being selected by Foreword Reviews as a finalist for their 2013 Book of the Year Contest!

Here’s the press release as originally published on BriefingWire.com.

BriefingWire.com, 3/13/2014 – Traverse City, MI, March 13, 2014 — Today, Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, announced the finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards. Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd. Foreword’s awards are more than just a shiny sticker on the front of a book; they help connect the best indie books to readers eager to discover new stories written by previously unknown authors.

The following Coffeetown titles have been nominated for the 2013 Book of the Year Awards: Badges, Bears, and Eagles, by Steven T. Callan in the Nature category; Gabriela and The Widow, by Jack Remick, in the Literary Fiction category; The Spy’s Little Zonbi, by Cole Alpaugh, and We, a novel by Michael Landweber in the General Fiction category. In the next two months, a panel of over 100 librarians and booksellers will determine the winners of these prestigious awards. A celebration of the winners will take place during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas on Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m. with awards in over 60 categories, cash prizes for the best in fiction and nonfiction, and widespread recognition.

Congratulations, Steve!

Success Story Saturday: Sharon St. George Signs Three-book Contract

Writers Forum member Sharon St. George recently signed a three-book contract with Camel Press, the fiction imprint of Coffeetown Press in Seattle, Washington. St. George’s hospital-based mystery series is titled The Machado Mysteries, and features Aimee Machado, a forensic librarian who works in an acute care hospital in rural northern California. Her brother, Harry, plays a part in helping Aimee solve these amateur sleuth mysteries.

The debut book in the series, Due for Discard is already in the publisher’s hands. The deadline for her second book, Checked Out, is May 1, and the third, Breach of Ethics, is a work in progress due  August 1. They will be published as print on demand (POD) paperbacks and as e-books. At this early stage, the date has not been set for when the books will be available to purchase.

St. George is proud and happy to be published by the same company that publishes Steve Callan, another Writers Forum member. Callan’s nonfiction book, Badges, Bears and Eagles, published by Coffeetown Press, is enjoying great success.

For those who do not recognize the author’s name, Sharon St. George is the pen name of Sharon Owen, Program Director of Writers Forum.

Visit Sharon St. George at www.sharonstgeorge.com

Member Monday: Timeless Advice for the Story Writer by Steve Callan

Welcome back to Member Monday.  We kick off our September theme “A Lesson Learned” with a piece of advice from member Steve Callan.  Steve is the author of Badges, Bears, and Eagles.  Steve will be signing copies at the Chico Costco on Friday, September 6th from 10:00am to 4:00pm and again on Friday, September 13th at the  Redding Costco from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  You can also hear Steve’s author program and pick up a signed copy of his book at Sisson Museum in Mt. Shasta on Friday, September 20th at 7:00pm.

Timeless Advice for the Story Writer

by Steve Callan

Last spring, my wife and I enjoyed a week’s stay in a rustic historic cottage near Pacific Grove’s Lover’s Point.  Much to my delight, the cottage had a fabulous library, and amongst its treasures was a tiny paperback entitled Becoming a Writer.  The author was born in 1893 and died in 1948, the year I was born.   Her lessons are as relevant today as they were back in the early 1900s.  I was so taken by one particular paragraph that I copied it, freehand, and keep it nearby whenever I’m writing:

“But at the time of writing, nothing is more confusing than to have the alert, critical, over-scrupulous rational faculty at the forefront of your mind.  The tormenting doubts of one’s own ability, the self-conscious muteness that drops like a pall over the best story ideas, come from consulting the judge in one’s self at the moment when it is the story teller’s turn to be in the ascendant.  It is not easy at first to inhibit the running verdicts on every sentence, almost every word that is written, but once the flow of the story has well set in, the critical faculty will be content to wait its turn.” -Dorothea Brande (1893 to 1948)

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