Catholic Writers Conference 2016

Check out this wonderful video for the Catholic Writers Guild upcoming conference:

Prominent Catholic Writers to Speak at Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois

Contact: Ann Lewis, 317-755-2693

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., June 16, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Several prominent Catholic writers will speak at the eighth annual Catholic Writers Conference LIVE taking place July 27-29 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois (near Chicago.) Sponsored by the Catholic Writers Guild and the Catholic Marketing Network (CMN) and held in conjunction with CMN’s annual retailer trade show, the Catholic Writers Conference LIVE provides Catholic writers with a prime opportunity to meet and share their faith with editors, publishers, fellow writers, and bookstore owners from across the globe. The theme of this year’s conference is “Openness to God’s Will.”

Presenters include keynote speaker Margaret Rose Realy (A CATHOLIC GARDENER’S SPIRITUAL ALMANAC), authors Gary Zimak (FROM FEAR TO FAITH), Karina Fabian (GREATER TREASURES), Lisa Mladinich (TRUE RADIANCE), Lisa Hendey (THE GRACE OF YES), Ellen Gable (STEALING JENNY) and many others.

The conference will give authors an opportunity to meet personally with publishing professionals and pitch their writing projects. Some participating publishers are Ignatius Press, Ave Maria Press, and Servant Books. In addition, attendees have the opportunity to sign up for a fiction critique workshop with award-wining short fiction writer Arthur Powers (A HERO FOR THE PEOPLE), a non-fiction critique group with Nancy Ward (joyalive.net) and attend writing workshops with novelists John Desjarlais (SPECTER) and Michelle Buckman (RACHEL’S CONTRITION). Michelle Buckman will also be offering one-on-one critique sessions. Information for all these events can be found on the conference website.

The Catholic Writers Guild, a religious non-profit organization affiliated with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, sponsors this conference in July, an online conference in March, and a writers’ retreat in October to further its mission of promoting Catholic literature. CWG President, Joseph Wetterling, says, “The Guild exemplifies the Catholic ‘both/and’ with writers from every part of the world, in every genre, and from every walk of life. We’re diverse in personality and style but united in our loyalty and love of the Catholic faith. The Catholic Writers Conference Live is a unique opportunity to come together in fellowship and sharpen each other toward our united mission: a rebirth of Catholic arts and letters.”

Registration costs $80 and $45 for students. CWG Members receive a 10% discount. There’s also a discounted registration combined with a CWG membership. To register or for more information, go to www.catholicwritersconference.com.

Interview with Author Barbara Golder and Giveaway!

Dr. GolderDr. Barbara Golder is the author of FQP’s newest book, Dying for Revenge: The Lady Doc Murders Book One.  Today is the last day of the Virtual Book Tour for her book and also a giveaway.  Leave a comment below (before June 20th) to be entered to win a free PRINT copy of Dying for Revenge?
EGH: As a writer, I would think that having worked in the medical and legal professions would give you a plethora of good writing material.  But what — or who — actually gave you the idea to be a novelist?

BG: I got my start writing as a lark. The Telluride Times Journal, a newspaper that is no longer in publication, had a competition for the best skiing accident story. I had a particularly amusing anecdote which I wrote up and sent into them. When I got the newspaper a couple weeks later I was looking at the winning entry of the contest and didn’t actually realize until I got halfway through it that it was mine.

Because we have a second home in the area, I got the bright idea to write a column about second home ownership. It was a humorous column and I had a lot of fun doing it. After a couple of years of this,my husband and I reconnected with an old friend, Doreen Thistle, who happens to be an editor and literary agent. Steve, my husband, sent her some of my columns and she asked whether I had ever considered writing fiction.

I think everyone who loves books dreams about writing the Great American novel. I never had any illusions that I could write the Great American Novel. But I thought I might be able to spin a reasonably good dime-novel murder mystery.  I suppose I have always been something of the storyteller, particularly when my children were little. And I have always been a teacher and had a knack for bringing in concepts that don’t seem to be terribly similar and making them work together. I suppose that’s a kind of storytelling as well.

And I have always enjoyed murder mysteries from the time I first read Sherlock Holmes. I had actually had an idea knocking about my head for probably 10 years and decided to give it a try. Doreen, now my literary agent, asked me to send a first chapter. I did, she liked it, and she coaxed the rest of the book right out of me.  I wrote nights and weekends for a year or so getting Jane’s story down on paper. Doreen was very much the midwife.

Part of the reason I wanted to write this book the way I did is that I got very tired of reading murder mysteries that had absolutely no mention of faith. I spent a lot of time in forensic pathology, dealing with people who have just been confronted with sudden and unexpected death. I can tell you from my experience that they do not ignore God. They might rail against Him or they might run to Him but they don’t –by and large–ignore Him. I wanted to write something that was a little closer to my own experience. Not a book that is centering on faith, but a book in which faith is quietly central to the characters and just part of their ordinary struggle in life.
EGH: As an author myself, I know that some of my own idiosyncrasies, personality traits and habits show up in my characters and more specifically, my protagonists. How close to the character Jane are you? What are the similarities and what are the differences between you and Jane? 

BG: This will give you an idea of how incredibly clueless I am. When I first had a friend read the earliest drafts of Dying for Revenge, he commented on how much of me there was in Jane and I was dumbfounded. Jane is something of a smart alec, as I am. Certainly many of her expressions are mine. And there was something of a spiritual journey involved in writing the book. It started out one way and ended quite another and I worked through a lot of my own thoughts, ideas, and I suppose my own injuries as I wrote about them through Jane’s eyes. But she is a totally different woman. Really. She’s smarter, she has more faith, she has more children, and she’s a lot braver than I am. But of course, we share a background in medicine and law, and apparently she talks a lot like I do.

EGH: The characters in your novel are so well-developed that I feel like I know them. How do you go about developing your characters?  Do you write character studies or base your characters on people you know?
BG: I suppose I do a little bit of both. Instead of writing the book in a linear fashion, I tend to write the scenes that I see most clearly and visually first and then go back and work in the connecting bits.  The characters come alive as part of the story and they really do take on a life of their own. They aren’t, for the most part, consciously based on anyone I know (including myself). I have always been an observer of people, and part of being a pathologist, like part of being a writer, is noticing the details of situations and people. I suppose that comes through in my writing. I do try to keep track of the details of the characters life so that I don’t make timing mistakes or continuity mistakes. My character studies tend to be brief little sketches but I have found them to be very helpful
I do have to admit that my son gave me the inspiration for no less than four characters in the book. There is a wealth of material in Nathan’s life to work with. (Thanks, son!). And I have to say it one more time that my husband is not –repeat not– Dead John.
EGH: I learned from your author bio that you are an avid reader.  What are three novels that you’ve read recently that you recommend?

BG: This is going to sound odd, but I haven’t read any novels recently apart from all the work I’ve been doing on my own! Most of my leisure reading tends to be philosophy, theology, bioethics, or cosmology these days. I would recommend “The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos” by Brian Schwimme. It isn’t a novel but it is wonderful. One of my longtime favorites is “Grandmother and the Priests” by Taylor Caldwell–I love her detailed and visual style and her leisurely and entirely Celtic way of telling stories.  And like any good Southerner, I love anything by Flannery O’Connor.  Ian Rankin’s “Knots and Crosses” I liked very much; his character development is splendid, and I love his use of language.  And the story is something more than just the mystery, which I appreciate in a good novel. His books tend to be, at least for me, about relationships as much as they are about situations.

EGH: Most of the setting of the novel is Telluride, Colorado.  Why did you choose this setting for the first book in the series?  Will the other books take place in Colorado or will there be other settings?

BG: I chose Telluride because it seemed to work. I suppose it was because I was working for the paper there at the time. Anyway it’s a lovely town, we have enjoyed being second homeowners there for many years. It is a quirky community that provided the right kind of infrastructure for the story.  The next books in the series will take place in different places. Jane has children scattered throughout the world, Eoin is Irish, and it seems like a good idea to move the stories around. Telluride, like Cabot Cove, is too small to sustain too many murder mysteries! Even Jessica Fletcher had to go out and about.

Dying for Revenge Final Front

To enter to win a print copy of Dr. Golder’s new novel, please leave a comment below (before June 20th).
Dying for Revenge is available both on Kindle and in paperback.
Check this link to read reviews, see a book trailer, read an excerpt and click on links to the other bloggers’ posts on the Virtual Book Tour!

Dying for Revenge – Day One of Virtual Book Tour

DyingForRevengeToday is Day One of the Virtual Book Tour for Dying for Revenge – The Lady Doc Murders Book One!  The paperback edition is now availableThe Kindle edition has been available for two weeks.

“Barbara Golder joins the ranks of Chesterton’s bloodthirsty heirs as she spins a tale that will delight mystery fans. With Dying for Revenge in hand, your beach experience is now complete!” Mark P. Shea, Author of Mercy Works

Someone is killing the rich and famous residents of Telluride, Colorado, and the medical investigator, Dr. Jane Wallace, is on a collision course with the murderer. Compelled by profound loss and injustice, Jane will risk her own life to protect others from vengeful death, even as she exacts a high price from those who have destroyed her world. DYING FOR REVENGE is a story of love, obsession and forgiveness, seen through the eyes of a passionate, beautiful woman trying to live her life — imperfectly but vibrantly — even if she won’t survive.

To view the book trailer, click below:

Other Social Media Links for author Dr. Barbara Golder:

Novel Page: http://ladydocmurders.com   (Full Quiver Publishing)

Author’s website: http://ladydocmurders.weebly.com/

Book Series Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Lady-Doc-Murders-1171887676163049

Instagram: @ladydocmurders

Twitter: @ladydocmurders

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Barbara-Golder-Author-1764757320425828

Email: ladydocmurders@gmail.com

To read an excerpt, click on the novel page.

 

Please visit these other blogs during the Virtual Book Tour.

Thursday, June 2, Sarah Reinhard at Snoring Scholar http://snoringscholar.com/

Friday, June 3, Patrice McArthur  http://spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com/

Saturday, June 4, A.K. Frailey https://akfrailey.com/

and Barb Szyszkiewicz http://franciscanmom.com

Sunday, June 5, Erin McCole Cupp   erinmccolecupp.com

Monday, June 6   Carolyn Astfalk, Review  http://www.carolynastfalk.com/category/my-scribblers-heart-blog/

Tuesday, June 7  Theresa Linden Things Visible & Invisible https://catholicbooksblog.wordpress.com/

and Jean Heimann  http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 8   Virginia Lieto http://virginialieto.com/

Thursday, June 9  Christopher Blunt  https://christophercblunt.wordpress.com/

Michael Seagriff  http://harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.ca/

Friday, June 10 Therese Heckenkamp http://www.thereseheckenkamp.com/

Saturday, June 11 Plot Line and Sinker, Interview https://ellengable.wordpress.com/

Dying For Revenge Now Available On Kindle!

Dying for Revenge (The Lady Doc Murders Book 1) is now available on Kindle!

“Barbara Golder joins the ranks of Chesterton’s bloodthirsty heirs as she spins a tale that will delight mystery fans. With Dying for Revenge in hand, your beach experience is now complete!” Mark P. Shea, Author of Mercy Works

Someone is killing the rich and famous residents of Telluride, Colorado, and the medical investigator, Dr. Jane Wallace, is on a collision course with the murderer. Compelled by profound loss and injustice, Jane will risk her own life to protect others from vengeful death, even as she exacts a high price from those who have destroyed her world. DYING FOR REVENGE is a story of love, obsession and forgiveness, seen through the eyes of a passionate, beautiful woman trying to live her life — imperfectly but vibrantly — even if she won’t survive.

To view the book trailer, click below:

An Open Book #openbook

Open BookI’m joining with both Carolyn Astfalk and CatholicMom.com for “An Open Book”

Dying for Revenge Final Front

Dying for Revenge by Dr. Barbara Golder

I am currently reading through the proof copy of this book, which will be released by Full Quiver Publishing on Kindle May 20th and on Amazon June 1, 2016. (And that’s my son and his fiancee on the cover!)

Someone is killing the rich and famous residents of Telluride, Colorado, and the medical investigator, Dr. Jane Wallace, is on a collision course with the murderer. Compelled by profound loss and injustice, Jane will risk her own life to protect others from vengeful death, even as she exacts a high price from those who have destroyed her world. DYING FOR REVENGE is a story of love, obsession and forgiveness, seen through the eyes of a passionate, beautiful woman trying to live her life — imperfectly but vibrantly — even if she won’t survive.

“Barbara Golder joins the ranks of Chesterton’s bloodthirsty heirs as she spins a tale that will delight mystery fans. With Dying for Revenge in hand, your beach experience is now complete!” Mark P. Shea, Author of Mercy Works

Because of the Rain

Because of the Rain by Deborah Raney

ANNA’S LIFE CHANGES FOREVER ON ONE HORRIFIC NIGHT
WHEN SHE IS ASSAULTED AND LEFT FOR DEAD.

Anna Marquette has everything to live for. Her daughters are in college and, with the support of Paul, her loving husband, she is pursuing her dream of a career in counseling. Then one night, while on a trip to Orlando, the unimaginable happens. She takes a “short cut” to an evening out with Paul and is brutally assaulted.

When Anna suspects the attack has left her pregnant, her faith is put to the test. As Anna and her family confront the heart-wrenching decisions that lie ahead, Anna gradually comes to realize that God has a plan for her and that she must trust Him. But will her family accept the choice she makes? Will her husband’s love for her prevail? And will her marriage survive this ultimate test?
After the Thaw

After the Thaw by Therese Heckenkamp (Frozen Footprints #2)

Some wounds heal. Others leave scars.

Four years ago, Charlene Perigard survived a brutal kidnapping. Now at twenty-two, she’s put that trauma behind her for a promising future with handsome firefighter Ben Jorgensen. But when new trauma strikes, a new nightmare begins.

Sinister threats, a midnight attack, and a deathbed promise drive Charlene to the little town of Creekside, where she encounters a man from her past whom she has long struggled to forget: Clay Morrow–ex-convict and brother of her kidnapper. He’s also the man who once helped save her life.

Despite the odds, Charlene and Clay forge a tentative friendship, unaware of a brooding, mounting danger that seeks to destroy them both. Charlene’s wounded heart must choose between her fiancé and the man whose past is more scarred than her own. But in choosing, she may just lose everything.

My review: When Charlene’s carefully pieced-together life splinters apart, she seeks refuge in a little town. Here she must make the ultimate choice between her fiancé and a man whose dark and disturbing past overshadows her own. Compelling reading, complex and realistic characters, unpredictable plot and solid writing make this a welcome addition to anyone’s Catholic fiction collection. Highly recommend.

Twilight Zone Companion

The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree

A must for every fan of Twilight Zone! Includes information on every episode and background information about the show. This was one of my father’s favorite shows and one of mine too.  I grew up with this show and watched reruns for many years.  Rod Serling (who scared the pants out of me when I was younger) and his team were outstanding writers.  My favorite episodes: The New Exhibit, The Obsolete Man and Eye of the Beholder.

Full Cycle by Christopher Blunt

Full Cycle

There aren’t too many novels that both parents and kids can read and enjoy equally. Full Cycle is one of those few.

Despite a physical disability that makes him one of the least-athletic kids in school, 11-year-old Alex Peterson sets his sights on something crazy: doing the 200-mile Seattle to Portland bicycle ride in a single day. The only way he can get there is to convince his father to return to the sport and train with him as a real partner, and this leads to some of the plot’s most captivating twists.

Full Cycle is not just a story about a bicycle competition. It’s a story of a father-son relationship; it’s a story of the importance of working together as a team, about encouraging our children to reach beyond their limits. It’s a wonderful story about focusing on abilities, not disabilities. This would be an ideal novel for a parent and child to read together. Highly recommend.

Only 2.99 on Kindle! To buy it, click here.

To buy the print edition, click here.

To read my review of the author’s other novel, Passport, click here.