Recently, I joined a small group of local writers, some published by small presses and others self-published. Our purpose was to share ideas on how to promote books. Nine of us gathered at the home of writer/attorney, Susan Stoner, whose two novels, Timber Beasts and Land Sharks I’ve recommended before. Three of the group were mystery writers, two others wrote memoirs, one was a poet and the last was an attorney who wrote books about the law.
We were a motley crew with little in common except our desire for readers. We went around the table introducing ourselves, three men and six women, each telling something of his or her background. Besides the two attorneys, our professions were varied — a former publisher, a politician, an artist, a magazine editor and a psychic. Our first task was to decide upon a name for the group should we agree to do a joint venture. Each of us threw a suggestion in the hat, so to speak, and we finally decided on Cascade Writers.
Artists are by nature individualists, so I’m surprised we came to an agreement so quickly. What we do share is an ability to tell a story. So on behalf of the newly formed Cascade Writers, I’ll list the works of the members in the hope that readers of this blog might venture beyond the New York Time Best Seller list. If you do, you’ll be taken on journeys that will surprise and delight you.
Titles and Authors:
A Dream of Good and Evil by Anne Hendren – murder and green architecture meet with a surprising twist at Sing-Sing prison.
You Know Your Way Home by Suzanne Jauchius — memoir of a psychic who struggles to make sense of her gift.
The Life of a Nuclear Migrant by P. Anna Johnson — a memoir where escape from the threat of a nuclear holocaust leads to adventure, grief and renewal.
The Copper-Handles-Affair by John Legry – high jinks and a high chase when a thief finds a bank unintentionally open for business after the San Francisco earthquake.
Land Sharks and Timber Beasts by Susan Stoner – a detective series where undercover agent Sage Adair fights the bad guys of the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the 20th century.
(Courtesy of www.ccp.edu)