New Releases: “Nine Deadly Lives: An Anthology of Feline Fiction”

51PHErhWKpL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Just in time for Halloween: “Nine Deadly Lives: An Anthology of Feline Fiction,” including Oregon Writer’s Colony member Mollie Hunt’s Crazy Cat Lady short story, “Cat’s Cradle.”

“From magic to murder, from felines to faeries, the authors spin thirteen tales featuring those sometimes aloof and occasionally dangerous but always adorable creatures we know and love as cats. Whether it’s mystery, fantasy, historical, or romance, these cat tales provide plenty of entertainment and thrills.”

Available on Amazon and Smashwords October 2.


T. L. Cooper New Book Released

T. L. Cooper released her fifth book of poetry, Vulnerability in Silhouette: Poems, in September. Available in both trade paperback and ebook.

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Book Description:

Vulnerability’s reputation often causes it to be maligned. Vulnerability creates insecurity and destroys confidence. Delve into the human experience of balancing vulnerability and strength while finding one’s place in the world. Explore the strength in vulnerability and the vulnerability in strength through soul-searching poems that travel the full spectrum o f vulnerability from weakness to silhouette.


Cindy Brown Book Launch Party



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Join OWC Member Cindy Brown, Annie Blooms Books, and local actors Cyndi McGean, Bruce Miles, Brian Tennison and Jennifer Zubernick as they launch The Sound of Murder, a new mystery from the award-winning Henery Press. The free festivities will be held Thursday, October 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 Southwest Capitol Highway, Portland, OR. It’ll be an evening of comedy, mystery, and a few silly songs (plus a cash bar and free cake)!

Cindy Brown is the author of the Ivy Meadows theater mysteries.  Reach Cindy at


Class on writing about Portland cemeteries

Christine Colasurdo is teaching a class this fall entitled “Reading and Writing about Portland’s Cemeteries at the Multnomah Arts Center in Portland.

The class begins Oct. 2 and meets 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. Writing exercises will focus on life, love and loss, and the class will take three field trips to historic cemeteries.

For more information, see the Fall 2015 catalogue.


Christine Colasurdo’s new chapbook part of exhibit

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is one of 11 artists participating in the exhibit “Rain” during October at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Avenue, Hood River.

She is launching her new chapbook celebrating rain as part of the exhibit. The exhibit opens with a gallery reception at 6 p.m. Oct. 2. Copies of Christine’s chapbook will be for sale.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs through October 31.


Randall Platt’s novel sold to Skyhorse

Randall Platt announces that her novel, “The Arab of Warsaw,” the searchadventures of a teenage Jewish girl posing as a boy and living on the streets of Nazi occupied Warsaw, has been sold to Julie Matysik at Skyhorse, for publication in Spring 2017.

“I am so proud of this book and can’t wait to start working with my fantastic editor to knock it out of the ball park,” Platt says. “Thank you to my agent, Andy Ross, for believing in this story of survival, courage, and stepping up!”


Library Writers Project solicits self-published material

LWP_webpageThe Multnomah County Library is embarking on a new project to build a collection of self-published works by local authors. They are soliciting self-published authors who are also library members to submit their work for consideration.

The Library Writers Project is an opportunity for writers of fiction to get their self-published books into the hands of the most avid readers around – library patrons.

Self-publish your work through Smashwords for free. (You must hold all the rights to the work.) Library staff readers will review submissions and choose a number of e-books to purchase from Smashwords and make available to library patrons through the Overdrive e-book platform.

Still need to build your writing chops? Multnomah County Library will offer a wide range of free classes and workshops through the fall. Get inspired. Learn and practice the craft of writing. And get your books into the hands of your future fans. Find more details about how to submit and the class offerings here.


Constructing A Story – An Author’s Method

Aug-15Oregonian George Byron Wright will use his sixth novel, “In the Wake of our Misdeed,” to describe how he goes about creating a work of fiction at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 in Conversations with Writers at the Hillsboro Library Main Branch, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway.

Wright began fulfilling his boyhood desire to write When he retired. His novels are set in the towns of his youth: “Baker City 1948,” his first novel, was followed by “Tillamook 1952,” and “Roseburg 1959.” Wright then moved on to contemporary fiction with the novels, “Driving to Vernonia,” “Newport Blues,” and “A Salesman’s Lament.”

Host Fred Melden says that dissecting the seemingly mysterious creative process seems illusory, and maybe it is, but Wright will tell how arriving at that floating island of creativity requires him to first deal in a host absolutes, and how these free him to swim with the figures of his imagination.

Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer’s development of his art. It’s an informal atmosphere to help us better understand the craft of writing.



New Releases: “Between Heartbeats”

DK_betweenheartbeats03_frontDonelle Knudsen announces the release of her new Young Adult and Contemporary Woman novel, “Between Heartbeats.” The paperback will be available in mid-September and the ebook on Aug. 31.

“Diana awakens on her seventeenth birthday in a joyful mood. But at breakfast she is told by her mother that the man she has loved as her father is not her father at all. Diana decides to unravel the mystery of her childhood and the reason for their secrets and travels across the country to visit her stepfather. And so, Diana begins a journey where she discovers shocking truths hidden just beneath the surface. She learns family is more than shared DNA and discovers who will help her when it appears all hope is gone.”

Publisher is Booktrope.


Writing Into The Sunset

copy-cropped-cropped-header4blogOWC members Debbie Guyol and Jenni Gainsborough have launched a web page to encourage writers of a certain age (over 55) to explore and develop their creative urges.

The web page offers them a way to share their writing – prose or poetry. has just launched its first edition and is looking for submissions for its next (winter) edition. Take a look, read what is there, submit your own work, let us know what you think.