The Writers Alliance of Gainesville will be hosting the final panel discussion following the 2:00 p.m. performance on Sunday, January 24th. Published writers will discuss with audience members where they get ideas and to what extent the stories around them influence what they put on the page.
The panel will consist of:
Larry Brasington -Larry’s first published story in 1968, Temple in the Swamp, an H. P. Lovecraft like tale.To date he has published five novels: Alien Madness (science fiction), Unholy War: the Brandenburgers—Russia 41 (alternative history), Beyond the Wall (historical adventure), Nell’s Tavern (science fiction), and Saving Sonya (fantasy). In addition he has a series of fantasy mystery stories in the noir-tradition. Larry has been a judge for the Florida Writers Association Mystery contest and he is actively involved with the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.
Richard Gartee is a poet, novelist, and full time author. He has had seven college textbooks and five collections of his poetry published. His first novel, Lancelot’s Grail, was published in 2013, and he has since completed two more novels awaiting publication. He is a member of Writers Alliance of Gainesville, and Florida Writers Association.
K.E. Mullins is retired from the Navy and currently works as a Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Instructor in Gainesville. She graduated from National University with a MBA in Finance and University of Central Florida with a Major in Marketing. Ms. Mullins is a Jacksonville, Florida native and has enjoyed reading and writing since her early childhood. She began her writing career while in the Navy by venturing into poetry.
Her first poetry piece, “My One Last Cent,” was published in a literary journal, Amistad in 2007 at Howard University. Currently, Ms. Mullins has published a book of poetry, Thinking Aloud: Dimensions of free-verse and her fiction novel, The Friends and Family Connection: Get Unplugged. She is currently finishing the last book in her fiction trilogy and expects the second novel, In the Company of Strangers, to be released by early 2016. Ms. Mullins was a winner of the NanoWrimo 2015 completing just over 50,000 words in 30 days. In addition to writing poetry, Kimberley has done spoken word venues in Urban Grind, Atlanta, GA, Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., and the Thomas Center, Gainesville, FL.
Wendy Thornton is a freelance writer and editor published in Riverteeth, Epiphany, MacGuffin and many other literary journals and books. Her memoir, Dear Oprah Or How I Beat Cancer and Learned to Love Daytime TV was published in July 2013. Her mystery novel, Bear-Trapped: In a Trashy Hollywood Novel, was published in February 2015 and is available on Amazon and Kindle. She has won many awards for her work including most recently, second prize in New York’s Literal Latte essay contest. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, has been Editor’s Pick on Salon.com, and is published in England, Scotland, Australia and India.
Writers Alliance of Gainesville (WAG) is a non-profit organization of over 170 local writers. WAG promotes, encourages and supports aspiring and experienced regional writers. This goal is accomplished via WAG monthly meetings, public readings, ongoing small critique groups, a literary review, writers’ contests, and collaborations with schools and civic organizations to foster creative expression through the written word. For more information visit: http://writersalliance.org
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