What’s Going On In My World?

I published a short story entitled The Apple Pie Prize: An Owen Family Story, as an ebook at the end of December, 2017. It gives insights into early life on the Owen family farm in Virginia.

Mended by Moonlight is finished and was published in November, 2017.

My two-hour class at the ANWA Writers Conference in September went very well. Those who attended found the concepts I taught them to be freeing and empowering. The work they started was outstanding. I hope they continue writing on their new projects.

I attended a workshop in Oregon, which involved an epic road trip and filling my brain with so much information that it broke. I’ll report on the trip as soon as I’ve digested stuff so my brain works again.

In December, I enjoyed a great time in my booth at the first Mesa Book Festival with my friend and fellow Payson author, Connie Cockrell. We hope this will be an annual event.

I took time off over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, and will resume my writing schedule very soon.

Public Appearances for 2018

At this point, one of my events is tentative, because my attendance is dependent upon writing and publishing a particular book. Others are pretty much set in stone, so I’ll list them. Complete information will be available later.

Arizona Professional Writers, Rim Country Chapter Meeting

“Building Your Writing Schedule for 2018” – Marsha Ward
Hands-on Training – bring a monthly calendar with large squares, and a notebook.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – 1-2 p.m.
Majestic Rim Retirement Living Chapel
310 East Tyler Parkway, Payson, AZ
This meeting is free and open to the public.

Payson Book Festival

July 21, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ballroom – Mazatzal Hotel & Casino
Highway 87, Mile Marker 251, Payson, Arizona



If the Mesa Book Festival becomes an annual event, I intend to be there in December.

Recently Published

Mended by Moonlight, a novella under the Shenandoah Neighbors line, is available. It’s designed to be read right after you finish reading the Owen Family Saga novel, Gone for a Soldier. Find it at a major etailer.

Scandalous, a short story in the “Owen Family” line, is meant to be read right after reading the novel Spinster’s Folly. It is currently available at Amazon as an ebook.

Bloodied Leather is a story in the new “Shenandoah Neighbors” companion books line, and is now available as an ebook.

That Tender Light, the origin story of the Owen family, is out in ebook formats only. It’s a sweet and tender novella.

The Checklist: Indie Publishing My Way is a nonfiction book for writers, and it’s available in both ebook and print editions.

Spinster’s Folly has a new cover.

The Complete Owen Family Saga is now available in print. It’s a massive book containing all five Saga novels.

Western Stories: Four Tales of the West is now in print with a new cover.

The Print edition of From Julia’s Kitchen: Owen Family Cookery  is now available. Click here for links.