Arkansas author Gwen Ford Faulkenberry to speak to Village Writers

Arkansas author Gwen Ford Faulkenberry will address “The Write Stuff: What it Takes to Tell Your Story and Get it Published” at the Village Writers’ Club on Monday, March 26, at the Home Plate Café, 5110 North Highway 7, Hot Springs Village.

In her presentation about the business of book publishing, Faulkenberry will address the need for an agent, proposal writing, and other questions about breaking into the publishing business. She is the author of two novels, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado, and Love Finds You in Branson, Missouri, and three devotional books, A Beautiful Life, A Beautiful Day, and Jesus, Be Near Me.

Faulkenberry lives and writes in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.  She is married to Stone, and they have four children—Grace, Harper, Adelaide, and Stella. In addition to mothering and writing, Gwen teaches English at Arkansas Tech University, Ozark Campus.

At the March 26 meeting, Village Writers’ Club members and guests will enjoy an informal read-around at 11:15 a.m., a “Dutch treat” lunch ($8) at noon, followed by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry’s program.

For reservations (required), contact Joyce Anderson, (501) 922-9077. For more information, check out Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club online at



UPDATE: Village Writers’ Club Workshop with Janis Kearney

Janis Kearny, former diarist to President Clinton, featured at HSV Writer’s Workshop

 Village Writers’ Club



Janis Kearney 

pre-registration deadline

Friday, March 9 

For more info, contact

Madelyn Young

Workshop Registrar


Arkansas author Carla Killough McClafferty featured on C-SPAN 2 Book TV

Arkansas author Carla Killough McClafferty has been invited by C-SPAN 2 Book TV to do a presentation that will appear on their network. 

A traveling C-SPAN 2 Book TV crew is coming to Little Rock, which is one of six southern cities they will feature on their 2012 television season. C-SPAN 2 Book TV will film segments about history and literary life in the area. In each of these six cities, Book TV features one author at their kick-off event. For the Little Rock event, C-SPAN McClafferty will be their featured author.

C-SPAN producers, assisted by Comcast Cable, will videotape McClafferty as she gives a presentation about her book The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon to a guest audience. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for McClafferty. The event takes place on March 5, and McClafferty’s presentation begins 6 p.m. It will be held at the Darragh Center at the Main Branch of the Central Arkansas Library System located at 100 Rock St., Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201.

McClafferty’s presentation will air on C-SPAN 2 Book TV during “Little Rock Weekend” which will run from March 31- April 1. After it airs on the network, the presentation will be archived indefinitely on their website.  

For more information about Carla Killough McClafferty, an award-winning author of nonfiction books and popular speaker, visit her website:


Janis Kearney, former diarist to President Clinton, featured at Hot Springs Village Writers’ Workshop

Janis Kearny, former diarist to President Clinton, featured at HSV Writer’s Workshop

Janis F. Kearney, publisher, author, educator and literacy advocate, will present “Preparing, Pitching, Publishing & Promoting: How to Take Your Manuscript from A to Z”  at the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Workshop  on Saturday, March 17 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), at the Coronado Community Center in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

Kearney, born one of 19 children to sharecroppers in the Arkansas Delta, served as Personal Diarist to President Clinton and as White House liaison to the U.S. National Archive’s presidential records office, helping collect and maintain Presidential records for future presidential library.

Kearney founded a publishing company and received numerous awards. She has also written several books, including her award-winning first book, Cotton Field of Dreams: A Memoir; an autobiography, Quiet Guys Do Great Things, Too (as told by Frank Ross); and Conversations: William Jefferson Clinton…from Hope to Harlem, an oral biography centered around President Clinton’s presidency and legacy. Her most recent books include, Once Upon a Time There was a Girl: a Murder at Mobile Bay and Something to Write Home About: Memories from a Presidential Diarist.

Kearney’s interactive and information-packed workshop on March 17, sponsored by the Village Writers’ Club, will offer hands-on advice for writers about writers’ markets, queries, agents, publishers, marketing, alternative publishing venues, and more.

Pre-registration for the Village Writers’ Workshop with Janis Kearney is $35 (workshop only), plus $10 for lunch (optional). If space permits, registrations will be accepted at the door for $40, but lunch reservations cannot be guaranteed for late registrants. Registration for the workshop begins at 8:30 a.m., with the first session beginning at 9 a.m.

Pre-registration deadline is Monday, March 5.

To read more about Janis Kearney or for Village Writers’ Workshop registration information, visit the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club website.

Village Writer John Achor Addresses Self-Publishing eBooks

John Achor, author of One, Two – Kill a Few, a Casey Fremont Mystery

John Achor, member of the Village Writers’ Club, will speak on “Wandering through the Techno Wilderness: eBook Publishing On My Own” at the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club on Monday, February 27, at the Home Plate Café, 5110 North Highway 7, Hot Springs Village.

Before Achor published his first mystery novel, One, Two – Kill a Few, a Casey Fremont Mystery, as an eBook, he wrote two thriller novels, which he says reside “in a desk drawer, never to see the light of day.” His second mystery in the Casey Fremont series, Three, Four – Kill Some More, will be available soon.

To promote his third mystery in that series, Achor asked for submissions on his blog, ( person who submits the chosen title for the mystery (beginning with the words Five, Six …) will be included as a character. Achor offers a caution to contest entries, “Fair warning, your ‘character’ may become one of the fatalities—of course, only in the fictional sense.”

After a 20-year career as a U.S. Air Force pilot, he served as an affiliate with a large Savings and Loan institution, freelance computer instructor, consultant, writer, and community college instructor. He and and his wife Pat have been residents of  Hot Springs Village since1999.

As a speaker, Achor has presented in venues in Arkansas and Missouri. Published in several local, national, and international publications, such as Good Old Days, Computer Pilot, The Storyteller, and Writers’ Journal, he enjoys writing about the subjects that he knows best, “the military, flying, and people (he’s) known.” Then, he says, “(I let my) vivid imagination take over.”

A recipient of numerous recognitions for his prose, essays, and poetry, Achor also belongs to other writing groups, including the Mystery Writers of America, Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas, Ozark Writers’ League, and Oklahoma Writers Federation. Find John Achor online and a link to his blog at

At the February 27 meeting, Village Writers’ Club members and guests will enjoy an informal read-around at 11:15 a.m., a “Dutch treat” lunch ($8) at noon, followed by John Achor’s program.

For reservations (required), contact Joyce Anderson—(501) 922-9077. For more information, check out Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club online.

Arkansas Author Carla Killough McClafferty shares research of book with Hot Springs Village Writers

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Arkansas author Carla Killough McClafferty presented an intriguing presentation about how she researched her book about George Washington with the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club on Monday, January 23, at the Home Plate Café, 5110 North Highway 7, in Hot Springs Village.

McClafferty’s McClafferty describes her book, The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon, as “C.S.I. meets the Biography Channel.” The book deals with the question, ”What did George Washington really look like?” To find out, Mount Vernon gathered the world’s leading experts to create three life-like figures of the man at the ages of 19, 45, and 57. Half of the book details the making of these figures, and the other half is a biography of Washington.

Carla Killough McClafferty is an award-winning author of nonfiction books including The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon, In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry, Something Out of Nothing:  Marie Curie and Radium, The Head Bone’s Connected to the Neck Bone: The Weird, Wacky and Wonderful X-ray, and Forgiving God. Her newest book, Tech Titans, will be published this spring through Scholastic.

McClafferty, a popular public speaker, has presented at venues including Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown National Battlefield, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France.


 Author Elizabeth Carroll Foster, an Arkansas native and member of the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club, was honored by the MilitaryWriters of America in their Dispatches publicationas Author of the Month of December for her memoir, Follow Me: The Life and Adventures of aMilitary Family.

The National Association of Professional Women, 2010-2011, also featured Foster as “Woman of the Year.”

Foster, a journalist and newspaper editor before turning to fiction, has also written a novel, Southern Winds A’ ChangingHer newest book, Musings, Mutterings, and Aw Shucks: Collection of Short Stories, Essays andFeatureswill be available in January for local book.

MWSA Dispatchreviewer, Charlene Rubush, recommends Foster’s memoir, “Her story will resonate with many who have lived a life in the military … It is a testament to the bravery and courage of the distaff side of military life, and a validation of their many sacrifices.”

Foster set her novel, Southern Winds, “at a time when racial tensions were alive in the South, the lives of two women-one a school teacher and one an African American sharecropper-become forever entwined.”

Musings, Mutterings, and Aw Shucks by Elizabeth Carroll FosterFoster’s newest book, Musings, Mutterings, and Aw Shucks, is a collection of fictional short stories, non-fiction essays and featureshighlight eclectic characters, embellish true experiences, and illustrate unconditional love, disappointment, and friendship. Some stories share poignant, as well as occasionally witty instances that allow readers to reminisce about holidays past, sympathize with middle-aged women unwittingly caught up on the cusp of the Women’s Liberation Movement. One story allows readers to empathize with young single mothers, another to love a golden retriever just as he loves his master. The stories are a glimpse into both imaginary and real-life worlds that share a perspective on life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

For more information about author Elizabeth Carroll Foster, visit