GCWA Writers Retreat

Proud to announce what is sure to be a grand event, with Master Story Teller, Kim Weitkamp. She will be joining us on our cruise to the bahamas and sharing stories and tons of valuable lessons. Click under the News tab above on Writers Retreat or here to read all about it.

VERY IMPORTANT! You must register by October 1st to get in. Deposit only is due at that time, so hurry before it’s too late!

(August 2015)

LEARNING TO WALTZdebut novel by Karen Auriti writing as Kerryn Reid, has been named best Regency fiction in Chanticleer Books’ competition for Women’s Fiction and Romance!

(cover photo is on the GCWA site, or I can send on request)

Lights, Camera, Action!!!

Jamilla has accepted a role in an Indie Film that will be produced right here in Southwest Florida. Her character in the film, Hanging Millstone, is “Dr. Anderson.” This will be a first for Jamilla and she is very excited! 

I have just been informed that I am a Silver Medal winner and perhaps a Gold Medal winner for the FL Authors/ Publishers Association: The category-spirituality and the book title A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE FOR THE SOUL. I will find out August 8th, at the Awards Dinner if I am a Gold Medal winner.

I am humbled and honored by such a recognition.

www.drcarolkennedy.com

Dr Carol Kennedy

Irene Smith

Irene Smith

Irene “Susie” Smith
I have always been a take-charge person, sometimes not by choice. And at times, I reach for things that seem unattainable. For example, completing Angel of Tears seemed impossible in the beginning, but thanks to the friendship and support of many members of the Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), I have gained the confidence to achieve whatever I want, including writing my second novel. Who knew writing the second book would be more challenging than the first? Maybe it is even better.

I was the GCWA  Membership Chair for four years and have been President for the past three years. This experience has allowed me to meet and work with many wonderfully talented people. And it reminds me of one thing that I know to be true: I will never retire. Age is a state-of-mind, and mine is young!

Website: angeloftears.com

Irene’s Amazon Author Page

Irene’s books

Cheryl Abney

cheryl_yard_5Cheryl Abney writes wholesome, Christian, middle-grade, historical fiction and lives in the Florida Glades setting of her Belle of the Glades series. She has taught high school and counseled both middle and elementary students during her 31 years in the field of education. Her professional memberships include: National Education Association (NEA, FEA), American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Florida Writers Association (FWA), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as the Gulf Coast Writters Association (GCWA).

She invites you to visit her website at www.BelleoftheGlades.com.

Or her author central page at www.amazon.com/author/cherylabney

Cheryl Abney’s books

Angelina Assanti

Angelina is from a small town in Massachusetts. She moved to Florida to attend college and decided to make Florida her permanent home. She is the author of two books. Her debut novel is called “The Lottery Heiress” and follows a young woman who inherits $300 million dollars. It is set in Fort Myers Beach and is a romantic comedy. Her most recent novel won a FAPA (Florida Authors and Publishers Association) President’s Award in the Humor category. This book is called “Mark Taylor’s Checkered Past” and is about a movie star making a movie in Miami, where he seems to attract trouble. Some of the scenes were set in Naples, FL where he went to rehab. Angelina was allowed to do the research for this book at Hazelden-Betty Ford.

Visit her website at:

Angelina Assanti’s books

Karen Auriti

Kerryn-Reid-250x3001Karen Auriti (aka Kerryn Reid) grew up the daughter of a professor in a New England college town. But she inherited her mother’s passion for the British Isles. After high school, she traveled around the British Isles with her best friend. Inevitably, they fell in love with a couple of Irish lads – oh, those gorgeous accents! Roaming the Rock of Cashel in the dark with your first love? Totally illicit, totally romantic!

Her love for the man didn’t last. But a piece of Karen’s heart still lives in the old country, and when the itch to write needed scratching, that’s where her imagination took her. She’s lived in Florida long enough to feel like a native, with her children, her dogs, and the love of her life. He’ll never have an Irish accent, but he’s amazing!

Visit her website at http://kerrynreid.com

Kerryn Reid’s books

Lisa Batch

LLisaBatchisa Batch, aka Lisa Manning Batchelder, is a transplant from Boston via NYC and Montauk, NY. She is a children’s author and published her first two books in November, 2014. She also produced a CD of her original music and a narration of one of her books. In her former life, Lisa was an entertainer, working for Richard Rodgers on Broadway. She traveled the world as a headliner on the Queen Elizabeth (QE2) as well as a dozen other ships, and still enjoys singing and traveling. Lisa started a critique group in Estero in 2014 and is actively seeking dedicated children’s writers. She also occasionally seeks women to share a room at a conference (SCBWI and FWA) or a writer to share a table at a fair.

Visit her website at: www.lisabatch.com

Lisa’s books