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Now displaying: January, 2019
Jan 20, 2019

LS Hawker’s new novel, publishing on January 22 and due for a major launch event on January 26, was a long time coming.

In fact, it started out as a short story and then was developed into a full-length novel – her first – and subsequently tucked away in a drawer. 

Since that first book, Lisa Hawker’s writing career has produced three major standalone thrillers that have been translated into eight languages and put her on the USA Today list of bestsellers.

But that first novel still scratched a certain itch and Lisa finally went back to it recently and, well, here we are on the eve of the launch of The Throwaways and Kirkus Reviews has already chimed in with a rave review.

In addition to the new title, LS Hawker is the author of the thrillers The Drowning Game, Body and Bone, and End of the Road.

Visit her website to view book trailers, listen to her podcast with daughter Chloe, The Lively Grind Cafe, and read about her adventures as a cocktail waitress, traveling Kmart portrait photographer, and witness to basement exorcisms.

LS Hawker's website

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Jan 8, 2019

Shannon Baker is coming off what a year, as she puts it, when she let her attitude slip. Writing is a business, as Shannon also says, where there are plenty of opportunities to get your ego bashed.

Now Shannon is climbing back out. Shannon recently announced that she has sold an option to the film rights to her Kate Fox Mystery Series and, for many reasons, Shannon is turning the page into the new year.

We’ve got Shannon on the podcast to tell us about what led to the deal and also catch up on all her other projects, including a Facebook-based group called Authors Unwritten which also involves four other very familiar RMFW writers.

Shannon Baker is author of Stripped Bare, Dark Signal and Bitter Rain in the Kate Fox Series, which also includes the novella Close Enough, and the Nora Abbott series from Midnight Ink.

Shannon, who lives in Tucson, loves to escape into the great outdoors. Backpacking in the Rockies, traipsing to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, skiing mountains and plains, kayaking lakes, hiking, cycling, and diving whenever she gets the chance. Having the desert for a backyard is a daily thrill, bringing javelinas, rattlesnakes, zillions of birds, including hummingbirds, and spectacular sunsets every day.

But as she says on the podcast, the main goal is writing. “We have to find our own focus,” says Shannon. “And it’s a constant battle.”

Shannon Baker's website

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Jan 3, 2019

Whether because of NaNoWriMo or New Year’s Resolutions, January is a common time for writers to begin querying. Many are tempted to simply dive in and mass email every agent they can find.

Please allow Natasha Watts to give you a bit of advice: don’t.

Do your research first. Find agents who are open to your book’s genre and age category. Read their websites and manuscript wish lists. Study their submission guidelines. Give your manuscript every chance to shine by querying the right agents, not just the most famous or the easiest to find on Google.

To help you in this quest, Natasha interviewed four literary agents at Colorado Gold back in September.

Hannah Fergesen: After stints as a bookseller, an intern at Soho Press, a literary assistant, and a freelance editor, Hannah Fergesen joined KT Literary as an agent in 2016. Hannah is a proud geek and TV junkie, with an all-consuming love for Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and anything created by Joss Whedon. With her background in film and television, she is attracted to stories with strong visuals and sharp dialogue, whether presented in edgy speculative or contemporary YA and MG fiction, or dark and lyrical
speculative adult fiction.

Moe Ferrera: A Pennsylvania native, Moe Ferrera is mum of a rambunctious corgi who is a master at stealing treats. When not reading, she is an avid gamer and always awaiting the next Assassin's Creed or Destiny release. Moe is interested in books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers in most genres--especially science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, romance,
and light horror. The right contemporary or paranormal romance
(sans-vampires of course) will spark her interest. She is also interested in select narrative nonfiction titles in the areas of LGBTQ studies, musical theatre, and classical music.

Patricia Nelson: Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list. On the children’s side, Patricia is open to a wide range of genres of YA and MG, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic, magical realism, mystery, science fiction and fantasy. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s fiction both upmarket and commercial, historical fiction set in the 20th century, and compelling plot-driven literary fiction. She’s also looking for sexy, smart adult contemporary and historical single title romance. She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters, including LGBTQ, in all genres that
she represents.

Melissa Edwards: After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Melissa Edwards began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond. Melissa represents authors of children’s fiction, adult commercial fiction, and select pop-culture nonfiction. She is looking for warm and timeless
middle grade fiction and accessible young adult fiction. For adults, she is looking for fast-paced thrillers and smart women’s fiction.

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Jan 1, 2019

If you happened to set some resolutions about writing for 2019 and you want to dive right in, RMFW-U has got you covered with a brand new online course, Anatomy of Emotion, kicking off this coming Sunday, January 6.

The course will be taught by Natasha Watts and we’ve got her here on the podcast with a preview of the course, which is designed to help you observe body language and think about how nonverbal communication among your characters to add raw emotional power to your work. The four-week class is just $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Head to RMFW dot org and look under Education and Events for RMFW-U Online Courses to register.

Natasha also has an update on her involvement in Pitch Wars, a Twitter-based mentoring program that she entered last August and has led to her working with not one but two published writers. 

We also check in with Natasha on the next RMFW short story anthology—she is co-editor along with Rachel Delaney Craft, who was the guest on the previous episode of The Rocky Mountain Writer.

Natasha's website

To register for Anatomy of Emotion

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