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2016 Gival Press Novel Award

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My novel, A Different Kind of Fire, was a finalist for the 2016 Gival Press Novel Award, judged by author John Domini. Mr. Domini has won awards in all genres, publishing fiction in Paris Review, Ploughshares, and anthologies, and non-fiction in GQ, The New York Times, and elsewhere. His 2007 novel, Earthquake I.D., was nominated for a Pulitzer The winner: Dream of Another America by Tyler McMahon The finalists were: A Different Kind of Fire by Suanne Schafer A Kind of Paradise by Bev Jafek. Wild Girl by Rita Ciresi Water by Nagueyatti Warren...

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Graveyard: A Collective Work

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Graveyard: A Collective Work

Title: Graveyard: a collective work Series: SEZ Publication's Second Anthology Author: Erin Sweeney (Editor), Samantha Blackwell (Editor), Kate Wilde (Photographer), Elijah O'Mara-Mezzano (Illustrator) Genre: Anthology Publisher: SEZ Publications Release Date: August 16, 2016 My short story, “Morrigan,” the first short story I ever wrote and the first I ever sold, is reprinted in this anthology compiled by SEZ Publishing. It includes “Morrigan” along with short stories and poems about graveyards written by...

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Brain, Child Magazine article

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My first non-fiction piece, a brief review of raising an interracial son, appeared today in Brain, Child Magazine. Take a look at it. Raising My Black Son Share...

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News Update: A Different Kind of Fire

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News from the WisRWA Fab Five contest: A Different Kind of Fire placed third in the Wisconsin Romance Writers in the women’s fiction category. Fire is set in the 1890s and involves a young Texan who dreams of becoming a famous artist. Along the way, Ruby’s various trial and tribulations change her, her perception of sexuality, and her definition of fame. Share...

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News update: A Different Kind of Fire

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News update:  A Different Kind of Fire

News from the WisRWA Fab Five contest: A Different Kind of Fire is a finalist in the Wisconsin Romance Writers in the women’s fiction category. Fire is set in the 1890s and involves a young Texan who dreams of becoming a famous artist. Along the way, Ruby’s various trial and tribulations change her, her perception of sexuality, and her definition of fame. Share...

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Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera

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Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera

Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera is now out in paperback and contains my short story “Suite for the Lady in Red.” Here’s an excerpt: Langley, Virginia, 24 February 2013 “Eliminate her, Mark.” My ulcer began a slow burn as soon as Caulder gave me the assignment. I ignored the pain. He’d interpret any reaction as a sign of weakness. Caulder jointed the CIA in 1985. A couple years later, I mustered in. I’d been active military in a clandestine DC...

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Night Lights anthology and “Suite for the Lady in Red”

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Night Lights anthology and “Suite for the Lady in Red”

Geminid Press released its Night Lights anthology http://www.amazon.com/Night-Lights-Anthology-Fiction-Conspiracy-ebook/dp/B01BUL411Q/ on February 16, 2016. It contains my short story, “Suite for the Lady in Red,” which is quite a departure from my usual women’s fiction. An aging impotent spy falls in love with the woman he’s assigned to assassinate—with dramatic and unforeseen results. The piece features classical guitar music, particularly “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” written in 1896 by Spanish composer and guitarist Francisco Tárrega. Its...

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Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera Kindle Edition

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Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera Kindle Edition

My short story “Suite for the Lady in Red” appears in this terrific anthology about “extraterrestrials, conspiracies, and space exploration.” The idea was a bit of a departure for me, a brief venture into the “thriller” genre and into a first person male point of view. Many thanks to my brother, Brant Schafer, for providing information on guns and to Ed Russo for vetting it for an authentic “spy” point of view. Check under “My Books” on this website for the Amazon link and more...

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My writing, past and current projects

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My writing, past and current projects

My writing, past and current projects A Different Kind of Fire is my just-completed women’s fiction manuscript. Eighteen-year old Ruby Schmidt leaves Texas to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. She attends the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Enthralled in her education and caught up in the bohemian lifestyle of her fellow painters, she discovers her artistic soul mate and begins a love affair—with another woman. Ruby overcomes physical abuse, financial hardship, personal tragedy, and doubts about her sexuality as she...

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Writers’ Retreat Workshop 2015

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Writers’ Retreat Workshop 2015

Writers’ Retreat Workshop 2015 In May I attended the 2015 Writers’ Retreat Workshop held here in San Antonio for the first time at the lovely Oblate Retreat and Conference Center. What a delight. Met some lovely, kind, caring folks. The retreat was exhausting, but well worth the time, money and effort. In 1987 the late Gary Provost (author and internationally acclaimed teacher of writing for publication) and wife Gail cofounded the WRITERS RETREAT WORKSHOP. If you are a serious writer searching for help improving and completing your...

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