I’m a member of an author group in Arizona called the Typeractive which include Janette Rallison, Brock Booher, Laura L. Walker, Marilee Jackson, Stephen J. Stirling, R. C. Hancock, and myself. We meet every month to discuss our creative works and see what we can do as a group to market our books. One of our ideas was to put together an anthology of clean fiction written by us and then offer it to the public for free.
Typeractive Tales contains 12 short stories in a variety of genres so readers are bound to find something to their liking. And best of all it gives anyone willing to download the free anthology a chance to sample the work of seven published authors. Who knows, the readers just might find themselves a new favorite author.
Brock Booher contributed three general fiction stories to the collection: Delivery, Time Flies, and Milk Run. R. C. Hancock shows off his diverse talent with the humorous Brains and then following it up with the suspenseful Match and Mirror. Marilee Jackson takes us into the realm of the supernatural with Fur, Fangs, and French Class. Randy Lindsay (hey, that’s me) flexes his science-fiction muscles with a trio of stories: Judgment, Perchance to Slumber, and Time Enough to Die. Janette Rallison reminds us why she is the queen of romantic comedy with Crush. Stephen J. Stirling gives us a story right in time for the holidays The Christmas Warrior. And Laura L. Walker wraps up this diverse collection of fiction with a romantic tale, Dreamers and Schemers.
Enough describing the book here’s the link where you can get Typeractive Tales.
The second big event for the Typeractive authors is the Ready . . . Set . . . Write conference on October 24th. Originally envisioned as a mini-conference to support the release of R. C. Hancock’s book, An Uncommon Blue, it eventually evolved into a one-day conference to prepare authors for National Novel Writing Month and specifically the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing 50,000 words on a new novel.
Bring a pencil, a note pad, and a willingness to put your creative muscles to work and we will do our best to make sure you walk out of the conference with a story that’s ready to be written. Then on November 1 you can unleash the kraken . . . if that happens to be what you call your story-telling skills.
This all starts with the local NaNoWriMo representatives explaining the National Novel Writing Month event and giving a few tips on how to defeat writer’s block. Then I will present a workshop on generating story ideas which participants of the conference can use the rest of the day to flesh out the basics of an actual novel. Bock Booher will present a class on plotting. We’ll stop for lunch and then Connie Flynn will enlighten you with her keen insights to characterization. Angel Morrison will follow with a presentation on world building. And the last class of the day will be taught by Laura L. Walker and Marilee Jackson on putting some romance into your story. You know what they say, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”
We will wrap-up the conference with an author panel, giving everyone a chance to ask whatever questions they have about writing and publishing. The best part of the conference is that it’s FREE. And I think I heard rumors of a few door prizes as well.
All of this takes place at:
Red Mountain library
635 N. Power Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85202
The conference starts at 10:30 so I suggest you arrive a little bit early.
(I have more news, but it can wait until my next post.)