Mexican Gothic : From manuscript to marketplace

The Authors Guild is presenting Silvia Moreno-Garcia in conversation with Ashleigh Heaton, Julie Leung, and Eddie Schneider on the ever-relevant topic of marketing for authors. Learn more about the book, the author, and the panelists — and sign up. “Designed with an audience of fellow writers in mind, From Manuscript to Marketplace offers candid conversations …

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Romance Writers Conference – full recordings available

The next best thing to being there, the full set of recordings of the “Romance Around the World” Spring Fling Writers Conference presented by Chicago-North RWA in July 2020 is available for purchase and viewing through 27 July 2021. The archive will only be available until that date. Highlights include: Thursday full-day master class with …

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Patricia Marcantonio — An eclectic kind of writer

This interview is another of Idaho Writers Update’s monthly series profiling Idaho authors.

Patricia Marcantonio truly is an eclectic kind of writer.

She’s written Victorian mysteries, a courtroom drama, a graphic novel, a children’s book, and been featured in a horror anthology, among other subjects.

She’s just finishing up a romance novel and a horror mystery. She also writes plays and screenplays.

I just love storytelling no matter what form it may take.

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

I usually write in the afternoon after exercising. But I’ve been watching my granddaughter during her online school sessions, so I’ve been writing in the morning as well. If my husband watches football, I’ll also write then. I have an office, which is quiet. Unlike some writers, I can’t write with music playing.

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Book Week Scotland – November 2020

Especially in this age of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more book conferences and festivals are going online. This protects the participants, but also has the benefit of opening the event up to a larger audience than could normally travel to the venue. One such festival is Book Week Scotland. Running from 16-22 November 2020, …

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Author Lynn Mapp — Escape into a world I created

We continue with our second in-depth profile of an Idaho author. Subscribe to the newsletter and know when a new interview hits our website.

Lynn Mapp writes contemporary romance novels with a humorous twist. Her series “The Matchmaker Chronicles” with Janis McCurry includes:

  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter

Find them on Amazon, Kobo, Apple Books, and Nook.

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

I wish I had a routine. It would make my writing life sooo much easier.

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Readings with Patti Smith, Madeline Miller

The Cabin in Boise continues its series of readings this fall – online. 9 October 2020 – A reading with Patti Smith, acclaimed musician and author of Just Kids, M Train, and Year of the Monkey. Patti will also sing a few songs with her longtime bandmate Tony Shanahan. Tickets include complimentary copy of book. 10 November 2020 – A lecture with Madeline …

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Author Julie Weston – Letting my imagination run free

Today we begin a monthly practice on an in-depth profile of an Idaho author. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter so that you’re alerted when a new one hits our website.

Julie Weston

Julie Weston’s books include the three Nellie Burns and Moonshine Mysteries:

  • Moonshadows
  • Basque Moon
  • Moonscape

She’s also written a memoir, The Good Times Are All Gone Now: Life, Death and Rebirth in an Idaho Mining Town.

Her most recent project is a coffee table book, the stunningly beautiful The Magical Universe of the Ancients: A Desert Journal, a co-creation with photographer Gerry Morrison.

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

I like to brew a hot cup of tea and then sit down to write. I often write in a lined spiral notebook with a pencil. Then I transfer that writing to my computer, usually editing as I go along. Once I get to the computer, however, I first read whatever I worked on during the previous day to set the scene for my new writing. When I write in pencil in a notebook, I am often perched on a window seat in our home. My computer/laptop is in my office in a sort of mezzanine above our kitchen. I have no set time to write, but usually in the afternoon for several hours.

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Poetry reading (online) 16 September

Do you enjoy lively and original poetry? The Live Poets Society Is conducting its first Zoom poetry reading (hosted by its long-time community partner, the Garden City Public Library) on Wednesday, 16 September 2020 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. There’s no fee and the public is welcome to participate.  Email  to register and get the Zoom …

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The Quills Conference (online) 13-16 Aug.

Join the League of Utah Writers for an exceptional multi-day virtual writing conference. Take classes in craft, publishing, and marketing; connect with New York Times Bestselling authors; pitch to acquiring editors and agents. It’s happening 13-16 August 2020. Members: $110-175; non-members $150-215. Read more about it at

K-Through-Third-Grade Writers Contest

Idaho Public Television is hosting their PBS KIDS Writers Contest. If you were in Kindergarten through 3rd grade for the 2019-2020 school year, you’re eligible. Closes August 14, 2020. Read more about it on the IdahoPTV website.