Featured Author: Cassie Premo Steele part 2

Who, What, When, Where, and Why with Cassie Premo Steele

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Where do your ideas come from?

The relationship between our inner worlds and the world of nature. I write either outside, as I did as a child, or in my studio, which has a wonderful bay window that faces south so nature accompanies me — a dogwood tree, a Bradford pear, a crepe Myrtle, and hummingbirds, chickadees, and a very lazy squirrel who sleeps on a branch most of the day.

When I write, I take all of this in – and I connect it to my inner world, my spirit, my intuition, by belly sense of wisdom and what we need. This co-creative method is what led me to write earthjoywriting: creating harmony through journaling and nature, which will be released by Ashland Creek Press on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. I am very excited about this book and the healing potential it has for us humans and for the Earth.

Why do you write?

I write for balance and wholeness and harmony. In myself. In the world. In nature. In the connection between all of us. I write so my writing can serve the world with inspiration and vision and a belief in what is possible. I write so I can coach and teach in ways that lead people from chaos to calm. I write so I can walk my talk, one step at a time, mindfully and gratefully aware of what a miracle all of this is – the world is, existence is, we are. We are miracles, words are miracles, and a good writer knows this and reaches into the deep into belly of miracles to prepare food for the community.

BIO: Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D. is the award-winning author of twelve books and audio albums. A wise and encouraging writing coach, she works with people one-on-one in person and via phone, web and Skype to teach them easy ways of co-creating the writing life they want.

She also teaches classes and leads groups for military families through http://www.couragebeyond.org Her poetry has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize, and her next book, earthjoywriting, will be released in 2015 from Ashland Creek Press.

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Website:      http://www.cassiepremosteele.com

Birthing the Mother Writer Column at Literary Mama:  http://www.literarymama.com/columns/birthingthemotherwriter/

Blog Posts at Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cassie-premo-steele/

Amazon Author Page:     http://www.amazon.com/Cassie-Premo-Steele/e/B001HP93N2

Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/CassiePremoSteele

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/PremoSteele

Featured Author: Cassie Premo Steele part 1

Who, What, When, Where, and Why with Cassie Premo Steele

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Who were you when you were younger and what advice would you give to this younger self?

I was a strange little kid. I spent a lot of time in bed reading – or if the weather was nice, in trees or by a little pond, writing. I wrote in journals that I numbered for future biographers so they would know if one were missing. This seems weird now, but I had a very clear sense that I was born to be a writer. My childhood was chaotic and books literally saved my life. Madeleine L’Engle, Judy Blume, Jane Little—I carried their novels with me through the day like talismans.

The advice I would give is this: be yourself. Do not worry when people call you strange or crazy or selfish. You have been given an incredible gift, and you will grow to use this gift to serve the world. Be patient. All your dreams are coming true.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

I had an “aha” moment about ten years ago. I used to write in very difficult ways – I had been trained as an academic, so I understand and love languages and world literature, philosophy, theology, feminist theory. And I could write like that. And I worked very hard at my writing.

But one day, I wrote a poem – just a simple, little poem, I thought – and people really responded. I was shocked. It had come so easily to me! How could it be this easy?

And that’s when I learned that the easiest thing you do as a writer is what you should do. It is the gift you’ve been given, and that’s what the world needs you to write. What do you enjoy writing? What’s so simple you could do it with your eyes closed? What comes naturally to you? Do that. That’s what I’ve been doing ever since.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I decide this every day. As I said, I was born with the sense that I was a writer. But then, many years later, I had to re-make this decision over and over again: when I decided not to go on the job market nationally so I could stay near my stepdaughter and also write; when I decided to use my savings to take some time off from teaching to write my novel, Shamrock and Lotus; when I decided to stop teaching as an adjunct so I could open my writing coaching business and also write; when I decide each morning to balance work and family and writing. It is a decision that must be made again and again and again.

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BIO: Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D. is the award-winning author of twelve books and audio albums. A wise and encouraging writing coach, she works with people one-on-one in person and via phone, web and Skype to teach them easy ways of co-creating the writing life they want.

She also teaches classes and leads groups for military families through http://www.couragebeyond.org Her poetry has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize, and her next book, earthjoywriting, will be released in 2015 from Ashland Creek Press.

 

Website:      http://www.cassiepremosteele.com

Birthing the Mother Writer Column at Literary Mama:  http://www.literarymama.com/columns/birthingthemotherwriter/

Blog Posts at Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cassie-premo-steele/

Amazon Author Page:     http://www.amazon.com/Cassie-Premo-Steele/e/B001HP93N2

Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/CassiePremoSteele

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/PremoSteele

Minutes from Writer’s Guild September Meeting

Minutes from Writer’s Guild September meeting

September 9, 2014- 6 pm- Arts Center

Attendees: Phillip Carango, Lee Wyndham, Roy Richardson, Charlotte Ehney, Amaryllis Turman

Member news

Writer’s Guild board nominations were made and voted upon for calendar year 2015

  • Charlotte Ehney- Chairwoman
  • Amaryllis Turman – Vice chair
  • Roy Richardson – Publicity director
  • Lee Wyndham – Treasurer
  • Fred Bassett – Arts Center Liaison

For more information about the description of each position, email amaryllisturman [at] gmail [dot] com.

It was voted and approved to formally change the group’s name from “Writer’s Guild/Poetry Circle” to “Writer’s Guild”.
Member discussion

Content is needed for the blog. Since it was agreed that the blog will be published on Monday 4 times a month, we need content submissions for the blog. Topics can include member news, contests, publisher experiences, etc.

Roy volunteered to provide links to websites about writing. Lee said that she would provide information about upcoming writing workshops and seminars.

There is also be a feature that spotlights local authors. Anyone who would like to be featured should contact Amaryllis.

If you have a poem or short story (400-600 words) that you would like to share on the blog, email that to Amaryllis.

Amaryllis has not yet heard back from someone from GWD Now to discuss possible writing opportunities for Writer’s guild members. She will update when she hears something.

Lee W has had several speaking engagements over the last few months. She spoke in Edisto and also at Ware Shoals Baptist church. In both cases, she used material based on her book.

Charlotte showed the group her proof copy of book soon to be in paperback. Looks good!

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Roy mentioned that Amazon has released a Kindle Kids’ Book Creator to create illustrated children’s books for Kindle. Now it is even easier to prepare, publish, and promote illustrated and chapter books for children. See Amazon’s website for more details.

Upcoming Writing workshop

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2:00-5:00 ACFW-SC Chapter Meeting- N. Anderson Baptist Church, 2308 N. Main St.,Anderson,SC
Free Class “How to Write a Hot Query Letter and Sizzling First Page”  Visitors welcome! No pre-registration required.
Speaker: Yvonne Lehman, award-winning author and Acquisitions Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.
Attendees are welcome to bring a query letter and a first page to be critiqued by Yvonne in the meeting.  Please bring 2 copies of each for this critique time. This is an opportunity to hone your contest entry or just learn how to do a great query and first page to hook an  agent or editor. Material brought should be in the format described guidelines (send email request for full detail to be forwarded). Please remember that query letters are one page and single-spaced. First pages of novels start 1/3 the way down and are double spaced. One-inch margins for both. A big goal of this short first page is to HOOK the reader/agent/editor.

Rendezvous by Charlotte Ehney

Rendezvous

When the full moon beckons
I escape my safe abode
choosing instead to travel
a path of moonbeams
to the spirit world.

The ancient ones guard the faint trail
invisible to most human eyes
but I am blessed by Mother Moon
with second sight
granting me entry
to that mystic realm
where I dance with the fae
under the silvery light
until the rooster’s crow
signals Aurora to arise
bringing forth the day.

The fairies retire
taking shelter to safely slumber
through the sun’s harsh rays
as I retrace my steps
to the world of mortals
until the moon beckons me once more.

Charlotte Ehney

Charlotte is a native of South Carolina and resides in Greenwood. Charlotte received an Honorable Mention for her short story “The Game” in the 77th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition (Genre Category) and an Honorable Mention in the Fifth Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards for the story “Full Circle”. Charlotte’s poems have appeared in the column “Birthing the Writer Mother” on LiteraryMama.com, other magazines and have been displayed at the Greenwood Arts Center.