A couple of members of the Fort Valley Writers Group stopped in at the Indie Writers Book Festival July 21 at the Between Friends coffee shop on 96 in Warner Robins. The books represented there ranged from sci-fi to fantasy, to novels, including some set in Georgia, to Queer Speculative Fiction, to poetry, to essays and short stories, and beyond. I hope I am not leaving anyone out, but I recall meeting R.C. Qualls, Chrissie Tomlinson, Kelsey Jordan, Allen Gee, A.K. Meek, Winsphere Jones, Jennifer B. Duffey, G.J. Fortier, Elliot Cooper, Jaimie E. Miller and Paul Sinor. Most can be found on Facebook or their own websites. All of the books and marketing paraphernalia looked intriguing and professional.
I got R.C. Qualls's Cosmic Egg for Breakfast and Six More Short Stories for a friend who loves science fiction. I couldn't resist Winsphere Jones's Legends of the Black Crow because he is a black author and the book is set in Victorian America (New Amsterdam) with an alternate history. I got Allen Gee's book of essays, My Chinese-America. I'm interested in that subject as it is, but talking with Dr. Gee and looking at the recommendations on his book jacket, i learned that his main professor in graduate school was an author I've always considered to be one of the best, James Alan McPherson. And Dr. Gee is writing McPherson's biography! I definitely will have to read that.
The Indie Writers Book Festival had a lot to offer, and I hope there will be another one next year. Who knows, maybe members of our writing group will be there with their own books!
I am the organizer and contact person for the Fort Valley Writers Group at St. Luke's. We meet at 7 pm 1st Tuesdays at St. Luke's across from the university in Fort Valley and 4th Tuesdays at Panera in Warner Robins.
The History of the Fort Valley Writers' Group at St. Luke's
Our group, formerly the Fort Valley Writers Meetup@St. Luke's, has been in existence since May 2016. Our members come from Fort Valley, Byron, Warner Robins, Macon, and elsewhere. We all are serious about writing, whether it be fantasy, science fiction, novels, memoirs, poetry, blogs, or other genres. We have discussed agents, query letters, publishers, conferences, and self publishing as well as writing techniques. Recently, we have concentrated on bringing work to the group to be critiqued, on 1st Mondays, and sitting to write on 3rd Tuesdays. Our members include old and young and are diverse in other ways.
If you have a question or a comment, comment below, and I will respond on behalf of the group.