Draped in my romance writer’s cloak and under the name Savanna Welles—you’ll find me at the 35th Annual Romance Writers of America Conference (RWA) in New York City from July 22-25th. The Romance Writers of America is a must-join organization for all romance writers—published and non-published who are interested in writing romances. RWR, the monthly magazine, is available to all members, and is an amazing source of information and tips about writing in general and the romance industry in particular.
And anyone who loves mysteries should belong to Sisters in Crime, an organization for mystery lovers that was founded by the great mystery writer Sara Paretsky and has been around since 1968. It is an organization that advocates the inclusion of women in the world of mysteries. A contest for emerging writers of color in honor of my late friend Eleanor Taylor Bland is seeking to bring new writers into the fold. I joined SINC after I wrote my first Tamara Hayle mystery and will never forget the warmth and support I received from all the members. I recently renewed my membership and urge all writers and readers who support women and love a good mystery to join. www.sistersincrime.org
Three things I recommend this month--enjoy your 4th of July, read THe HALF HAS NEVER BEEN TOLD by Edward F. Baptist, a groundbreaking, myth-busting book about how the enslavement of black people fueled America’s “greatness,” and finally, be mindful of melting glaciers…