I'm very excited that The Ink Ladies invited me to join this blogging team. Our founder, Marcia, assigned a day for each of us to blog. Mine is Wednesday.
Here is some information about me in the writing world. I've been writing commercially since the mid 80s. Many of my 900-odd published credits come from working first as a writer, then as an editor for four different regional LDS newspapers. However, I also have managed to publish short stories, columns, and poems as well as two Western novels, The Man from Shenandoah and Ride to Raton. One of my poems won two state competitions and went on to win the national Alice Abel Literature Competition in Poetry. I also contributed to two non fiction books on writing and publishing.
I was the editor and publisher of a newsletter for writers and a small magazine: Aztec Peak and WestWard Quarterly, The Magazine of Family Reading. The latter is now edited by Shirley Anne and Richard Leonard and published by an arm of their Christian ministry, Laudemont Press.
I work with other writers as a mentor, creative consultant, editor, workshop presenter, contest judge, coach, and teacher. In 1986 I founded American Night Writers Association (ANWA), a network for LDS women writers, and was the facilitator of the group for many years. I served as the first President, and now am serving as the Membership Secretary and Webmistress.
I taught creative writing at Irving School and newspaper writing at Carmel Charter School. I got a big charge out of reading my work at Yavapai College and the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona. Now I'm working on completing the third Owen Family novel, and finishing another novel set in Arizona in the 1890s.
I am a member of Western Writers of America, LDStorymakers, Romance Writers of America, and American Night Writers Association.
I hope you'll visit my website: MarshaWard.com, my personal blog: Writer in the Pines, and another blog I participate in: ANWA's Founder & Friends.
Whew! What an info dump! See you next Wednesday with a much less egocentric post.