Write Up - Newsletter from Author Teresa LaBella.
Welcome to the latest edition of my author newsletter Write-Up.
The name reflects my full-circle writer’s journey from journalist to fundraising executive, freelancer to author and the direction following our dream will take us. I invite you to join me on this journey while you compose your own life chapters and verse.
I planned to publish “Belonging” by June 1st. As the late great science fiction novelist Douglas Adams once said, “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
So I re-set my Outlook calendar to remind me that the coming-of-age tale of Marisa McKenna’s journey of self-doubt fueled by burning loss and flight to Scotland into the arms of Alistair McKenzie had to be ready for readers in time for Indie Author Day October 8th.
I’ll be selling and signing copies of all three novels at the Cedar Rapids Public Library next Saturday and at other venues throughout my Fall Frenzy of scheduled author appearances with some yet to be announced. I hope to see you one of these days!
Write-Up Author Events
Indie Author Day
Cedar Rapids Public Library, downtown
450 5th Ave. SE – Cedar Rapids, IA
Saturday, October 8 – 12 noon–4:30 p.m.
Read Local – Bettendorf Public Library
2950 Learning Campus Drive – Bettendorf, IA
Wednesday, October 12 - 7-8:30 p.m.
Be there for an inspiring discussion on Inspiration and reading from “Belonging” the newly-released third romance novel in the New Life in Love trilogy.
Celebrate Writing – Marion Public Library
1095 Sixth Ave. – Marion, IA
Saturday, October 15 – 8:30 a.m. -3 p.m.
I’m pleased to be presenting on Writer’s Block with two other Iowa authors at this amazing writer’s mini-conference!
Writers on the Avenue hosts
Fall Fiction Workshop Series – Writing the Romance
Muscatine Community College
152 Colorado St. Strahan Hall Room 27
Thursday, November 3 – 6-8 p.m.
Panelists: Francesca Hawley, Teresa LaBella and Dionne Witt
Book Bums Workshop – West Liberty Public Library
400 N. Spencer Street – West Liberty, IA
Saturday, November 5 – 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Character Development discussion @ 11 a.m. with authors Debra Barry, Mary Howard and Teresa LaBella
Romance writers breakout session @ 2 p.m. with authors Leigh Michaels, Amy Manneman and Teresa LaBella
Another fantastic opportunity to meet and learn from Iowa’s finest authors!
In Loving Memory - Write-Up on Lyle Ernst
My first newsletter last February featured Lyle Ernst, an award-winning local author I met at a Book Fair in December 2015. His quirky sense of humor and constant smile made life a bit more fun for everyone who had the honor, pleasure and privilege to know him, however long and in whatever way. His sincere and compelling interest in telling the story, even when the story was difficult to tell, impressed me. His life-long love affair with the written word motivated me to write on in my own voice and style.
As a journalist, Lyle contributed news stories, feature stories, and columns to newspapers in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. His articles were published in Radish Magazine, Our Iowa, and Women’s Edition magazines. He contributed essays to three books edited by Robert Wolf: An American Mosaic, Heartland Portrait, and River Days: Stories from the Mississippi, along with an essay in Make Hay While the Sun Shines, edited by Jean Tennant. He won the Book of the Year Silver Award for his non-fiction ForeWord Review Native Writers, Voices of Power, co-written with Ojibwa author Kim Sigafus McIver. He and Kim continued their collaboration, writing and publishing Native Elders, Sharing Their Wisdom, The Life and Times of the Ojibwa People and a pair of novels The Mida and The Mida Book Two, Finding Genny.
It’s my pleasure to pass along Lyle’s words of author wisdom one last time. Thank you, Lyle.
What and/or who inspires you to write?
I write for the enjoyment of others. I especially enjoy writing human interest and “feel good” stories of everyday people.
What genres and authors do you choose to read?
My non-fiction favorites are biographies and the history of the 1920’s and 1930’s along with the early days of the wild west. My favorite fiction authors include Harlan Coben, Larry McMurtry, Elmore Leanord, James Lee Burke, Dennis LeHane, John Sandford, Jane Smiley, Annie Proulx, Kris Slaughter, Lisa Jackson, Gillian Flynn, and Sandra Brown.
Tell us about your favorite projects.
Kimberly McIver and I have collaborated on two books in the Native Writers series, a book on the Ojibwa people and the first two of an 8-book fiction series featuring a time-traveling carnival. One of my favorite projects was as contributing editor on a memoir titled Footsteps Out of Darkness; the Annabelle Kindig Story, a memoir written by Annabelle Kindig with Joyce Godwin Grubbs.
What advice would you give a new author?
Read, read, read. Read everything. Then write. In time you will develop your own style of writing. Some of the best advice I received was “write like you talk.”
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