February 21 – Patti Callahan Henry

Patti Callahan Henry Author Portrait

First Things First: (What really matters with your writing)

New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry has published ten novels: Losing the MoonWhere the River RunsWhen Light Breaks, Between the TidesThe Art of Keeping SecretsDriftwood SummerThe Perfect Love SongComing up for Air, And Then I Found You, and the upcoming The Stories We Tell—which will be released by St. Martin’s Press in June 2014. Hailed as a fresh new voice in Southern fiction, Henry has been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated four different times for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Novel of the Year. Her work is published in five languages and in audiobook by Brilliance Audio.

Henry has appeared in numerous magazines including Good Housekeeping, skirt! magazine, South magazine, and Southern Living. Two of her novels were Okra Picks and Coming up For Air was selected for the August 2011 Indie Next List. She is a frequent speaker at fundraisers, library events and book festivals. A full-time writer, wife, and mother of three—Henry lives in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

Patti Callahan Henry grew up in Philadelphia, the daughter of an Irish minister, and moved south with her family when she was 12 years old. With the idea that being a novelist was “unrealistic,” she set her sights on becoming a pediatric nurse, graduating from Auburn University with a degree in nursing, and from Georgia State with a Master’s degree in Child Health. She left nursing to raise her first child, Meagan, and not long after having her third child, Rusk, she began writing down the stories that had always been in her head. Henry wrote early in the mornings, before her children woke for the day, but it wasn’t until Meagan, then six, told her mother that she wanted “to be a writer of books” when she grew up, that Henry realized that writing was her own dream as well. She began taking writing classes at Emory University, attending weekend writers’ conferences, and educating herself about the publishing industry, rising at 4:30 AM to write. Her first book, Losing the Moon, was published in 2004.

 

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

NEW Meeting Location:

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

 

 

January 17, 2015 – Anne Bartolucci

About to start a tough scene? Oh, hey, let’s check out Facebook. Need to write those query letters? I really need to look up something on Pinterest right now, and the pantry has really needed to be organized for years…

Procrastination is one of the biggest challenges writers can struggle with, and when it comes to creative avoidance, our own creativity can be our downfall. Join clinical psychologist Anne Bartolucci, Ph.D., C.B.S.M. as she combines scientific knowledge and her own experiences with clients and her own writing to discuss why we do it, how to get around it, and even ways to prevent it. Don’t put it off – go ahead and plan to attend now!

Outside big smile sized for webAnne Bartolucci, Ph.D., C.B.S.M. became a clinical psychologist because she’s fascinated by people and their stories. The first draft of her dissertation, while not fiction, was still criticized by her major professor for being written in too entertaining a style. By day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication and also sees clients with depression and anxiety disorders. 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 the pen name Cecilia Dominic.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she’s been told, is a good number of each. She currently writes the Lycanthropy Files series with Samhain Publishing and has a YA steampunk short story coming out soon in Abyss & Apex.

 

 

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

NEW Meeting Location:

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