Speakers

If you would like to speak at one of our meetings or workshops, please submit a speaker registration form:

Annette O’Hare – 03/09/2023

Presentation: Caviar Marketing on a Canned Tuna Budget

Annette O’Hare will speak on the good, the bad, and the ugly of book promotion. And she will share cost effective marketing skills she has used in her book promotion campaigns.

Biography:

Annette O’Hare is an award-winning author of inspirational romance from a bygone era. Her Bolivar Point Lighthouse series covers more than seventy-five years of Texas Gulf Coast history. O’Hare also writes pre-teen mysteries set in the Texas Hill Country. Her engaging characters work together to solve mysteries while dealing with the issues facing young people today. Annette’s ultimate desire is to reveal the love of God to her readers while hopefully giving them something to smile about. She and her husband Dan live in Southeast Texas and enjoy spending time with family, RVing, and saltwater fishing.

Website: http://annetteohare.com

Janice Thompson – 05/06/2023

Workshop: Fiction Intensive

In this three-part workshop, we will learn how to fully develop characters that our readers will fall in love with, we will learn how to maximize the power of our stories by strategically selecting the most effective point-of-view (POV), and we will learn how to tackle the plot-design process to ensure that all the critical pieces are included to carry our readers on their journey to a gratifying end.

Biography:

Award-winning author Janice Thompson got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over 150 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. She particularly enjoys writing light-hearted, comedic tales because she enjoys making readers laugh.

Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. Her tagline, “Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever Afters!” sums up her take on life.

Janice lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and three mischievous dogs. When she’s not busy writing or playing with her nine grandchildren, Janice can be found in the kitchen, baking specialty cakes and cookies for friends and loved ones. She loves to blog about cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats on her Out of the Box Baking Blog, even though she’s currently on a weight-loss journey. (She’s a walking, talking conundrum, y’all.) No matter what she’s cooking up—books, cakes, cookies or mischief—she does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all.

Website: www.janiceathompson.com

Kathrese McKee – 08/05/2023

Workshop: The Waif, the World and the Way

In this workshop, we will cover three major components of writing great fantasy. If you do not write fantasy, that’s okay because MOST of the material applies to any fiction genre. We will identify the common fantasy tropes and archetypes, we will learn how to create fascinating yet believable worlds full of mystery and magic, and we will learn how to create epic journeys with meaningful, heartfelt messages.

Biography:

Kathrese McKee has edited fiction professionally since 2014 in the following genres: urban and paranormal fantasy, fairytale retellings, dystopian and military science fiction, women’s fiction, and contemporary and historical romance.

She is the host of the Writing Pursuits podcast and writes and produces a weekly newsletter, Writing Pursuits Tips for Authors. Kathrese is the author of speculative fiction books, short stories, and flash fiction. Her goal is to help you prepare your story for the journey ahead.

As a Three Story Method Certified Editor, she specializes in story analysis and diagnostics. Her mission is to help authors understand their strengths and weaknesses and polish their work for publication.

Website: https://www.writingpursuits.com

Martha Rogers – 10/12/2023

Presentation: How’s the GUM in Your Manuscript?

We regret to announce that our friend and president is no longer with us. Martha has gone to be with Jesus, Whom she so faithfully served through her writing, teaching, worship and daily witness. Martha has encouraged and inspired us all to pursue God’s call for us as writers, and we are forever grateful. May her eternal reward be great!

Please see below for the update to our October teaching.

Diana Battista – 10/12/2023

Presentation: Editing SUCCESSNot STRESS

This methodical approach to self-editing your manuscript is sure to rid even the nooks and crannies of the most common errors that needlessly ring up the tab with your editor. We will cover a number of best-practices that streamline your efforts, and you will receive a sample checklist to follow. This technique applies regardless of the genre and category you are writing in.

Biography:

Diana Battista is a retired aerospace engineer-turned-technical writer with a passion for establishing and activating God’s Kingdom in the earth and in His people. Just as Creation expresses God’s unfettered creativity in accordance with His divine order, Diana delights in lending structure to the deep concepts that reveal our unfathomable God.

Over the past twenty years, Diana has written and edited numerous engineering documents. Since 2013, she has also served as an officer and webmaster of the Central Houston chapter of Inspirational Writers Alive! (IWA!) where she has written or edited many of the monthly newsletters and all of the web content. She lives in the Houston area with her girlies: two irresistibly charming terriers named Tilly and Lily.