The Holidays are a time of sharing, so what better way to celebrate than for us to share some of our Holiday writing at our December forum. We are looking for short poems, short stories and essays to share with our members and their guests. We are asking readers to try and stay within a six minute window, but I don't think we will have a gong if you go too long.
Please bring something you have written about the Holidays to share. Stories written by the reader will get the first priority but if we have time, bring along someone else's story you have enjoyed and we'll get to hear a few of those.
We already have a submission from Pearl Burke who will be out of town for the Forum but wants to share her story.
This is a great way to have fun and listen to some fun Holiday stories.
"Twas the night after Christmas
And all through the house ..."
Mary Ann Carman writes in three different genres. Historical Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Cozy Mystery, and Fantasy. They cross over occasionally and that's just the way it is sometimes. Mary Ann will talk about how she separates the various genres and is able sometimes to write two very distant genres at the same time.
Her series are The Clan Hewit Trilogy (11th, 12th, and 13th century Ireland and Wales), Love After Life (mystery with a paranormal twist), and Chronicles Between the Pages (fun fantasy that takes place mostly in current times, but you never know). Mary Ann's first book was published in 2003 by a small press back East. When her partner of over ten years passed away suddenly she returned to writing. A year later, in the fall of 2014, she re-released her first book in e-format as well as print. Since then she's written five other books, combined the trilogy into a collection, and written some short stories. She is in the middle of the sixth one, third in the Love After Life series and has the seventh, another fantasy, on the back burner. Never To Love, her first book won an Honorable Mention in the 2004 JADA Press Promotion, and one of her short stories recently won Honorable Mention in the Real Writers Contest.
Mary Ann was a Registered Nurse, and a Licensed Realtor. She now works part-time at a local Non-Profit as Administrative Assistant. The Hearth Foundation has affordable housing for low income families. She's originally from Kansas and has traveled quite a bit thanks to a husband in the military. Mary Ann has two sons, eight grand children, and six (at last count) great-grand children, none of whom live in Arizona.
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