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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, (http://johnachor.wordpress.com).The 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 www.johnachor.com.
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 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. www.carlamcclafferty.com
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
Guest speaker, Dr. Lourene Thaxton, encouraged the members of the Village Writers’ Club to consider the interview process during their meeting on Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Home Plate Cafe.