September 17 – Haywood Smith

H4Becoming a writer after a midlife reassessment at forty, Atlanta native Haywood Smith published six critically acclaimed historical romance novels about “strong women, hunky men, great love scenes between husband and wife, and accurate history” set in England and Scotland. Her historicals received numerous national awards and nominations, including a Best First Book Rita nomination from Romance Writers of America, a prestigious Maggie Award, and a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.

After a difficult divorce, Haywood switched to writing funny, uplifting women’s fiction about serious issues with “women who’ve lived long enough to learn a thing or two.”

“But I have a strong following among younger women,” Haywood says, “because I write about how we women can help each other, instead of tearing each other down.”

Her best-selling women’s fiction titles include QUEEN BEE OF MIMOSA BRANCH, QuuenBeeGoesHomeAgaincoverTHE RED HAT CLUB, THE RED HAT CLUB RIDES AGAIN and WEDDING BELLES, LADIES OF THE LAKE, WAKING UP IN DIXIE, WIFE-IN-LAW, OUT OF WARRANTY, QUEEN BEE GOES HOME AGAIN, and QUEEN BEE GOES HOME AGAIN.  She also published a fun handbook titled THE 12 SACRED TRADITIONS OF MAGNIFICENT MOTHERS-IN-LAW and contributed to an anthology of true stories in ATLANTA’S REAL WOMEN.

Haywood is currently revising and re-releasing her historical novels in e-format for young adult and general readership, and working on two nonfiction books.

 

 

 


Members and guests must be 18 years or older to attend. 

Meeting cost: $15 (cash or check) at the door

Meeting Schedule:

9:00-10:00 Breakfast and Networking

10:00-11:00 Featured Speaker

11:00-12:00 Book signing/Business Meeting

Signing: Haywood Smith

Meeting Location:

Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
200 Interstate N Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 952-7900

August 20 – Anne Bartolucci

By the time Sigmund Freud came on the scene in the late nineteenth century, his predecessors had already been working to untangle the workings of the mind and the causes of “hysteria” and “neurasthenia.” The cultural context for mental illness is fascinating and can be seen in Victorian ghost stories if you know where to look. Come hear about Victorian mental health, the occult, and how both plays out in ghost stories by some of our favorite authors like Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Anne_Bartolucci_20150819_0110T-(ZF-6324-63043-1-006)Anne Bartolucci, Ph.D., sometimes known as Cecilia Dominic, wrote her first story when she was two years old and has always had a much more interesting life inside her head than outside of it. She became a clinical psychologist because she’s fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn’t stop writing fiction. The first draft of her dissertation, while not fiction, was still criticized by her major professor for being written in too entertaining a style. She made it through graduate school and got her PhD, started her own practice, and by day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction she hopes will keep her readers turning the pages all night. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she’s been told, is a good number of each.

 

 

Members and guests must be 18 years or older to attend. 

Meeting cost: $15 (cash or check) at the door

Meeting Schedule:

9:00-10:00 Breakfast and Networking

10:00-11:00 Featured Speaker

11:00-12:00 Book signing/Business Meeting

Meeting Location:

Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
200 Interstate N Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 952-7900