B.J. Lawry started her writing career as editor and art director of Florida Architecture, an 11-by-14 full-color magazine featuring elegant homes throughout South Florida. From there, she served as writer and editor for newspapers and magazines in Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Princeton, N.J., until she took a $500-a-week pay cut to move to Mountain Home, Ark., and work as an editor and writer at the Baxter Bulletin. She retired 18 years ago and has just “dabbled” in fiction and memoir writing since. She joined Twin Lakes Writers in an attempt to re-energize her creativity.
Neil Chandler, Mountain Home, AR firstname.lastname@example.org A dozen years after my 1987 retirement I began a serious writing hobby. During several years thereafter I participated in many seminars and creative writing classes. I began with entries in short story contests and won several, which gave me encouragement to continue. I completed my first book effort with a published memoir of growing up during the 1940s in the rural Midwest, The Last Decade of Innocence. I followed that success in 2008, 2009 and 2010 with a three volume set of humorous stories tracing the residents of a village through several generations, Sloville: Its Citizens Saga, Sorta. In 2011, I published the first of a “cozy mystery” trilogy, The Search for Avyce Buckman, and in 2012 the second, The Search for Feeney Williams. During 2013, while researching the third mystery, I published a compilation of short stories titled The Day Tinker Johnson Died. In September 2014, I completed and published the final in the series, The Search for Pugsley Tannon. My books are carried by Amazon in both print and Kindle editions and are easily found by searching for my Author Page on Amazon.com.