Thursday, August 21, 2008

Photo Series: 2008 WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat and Seton Hill Residency

Almost There Panel_June 2008Almost There Panel at WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat and Conference from L to R: Heidi Ruby Miller, J. A. Konrath, Uwe Stender of TriadaUS Literary Agency, Jason Jack Miller, and K. J. Howe

We had a full schedule of workshops and panels at the Seton Hill WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat and Conference, as well as thesis readings and graduation for the WPF Graduate Residency, which was running concurrently.

I moderated the "Almost There" panel about those of us in the middle stages of the novel publishing process: after the classes have been taken, the books have been written, and the queries sent out, how do you keep you keep up your momentum?

Here are a few other photos from the residency and retreat.

Red Star_WPF Retreat 2008WPF attendees at Red Star

Red Star2_WPF Retreat 2008WPF attendees at Red Star

Tim Esaias_WPF Retreat 2008WPF mentor Timons Esaias at Adrienne Kapp's thesis defense

Adrienne Kapp Thesis_June 2008WPF graduate Adrienne Kapp at her thesis defense

Grad Luncheon_WPF Retreat 2008Seton Hill WPF graduate luncheon

Grad Luncheon2_WPF Retreat 2008Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction graduate luncheon

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Photo Series: 2008 WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat - The Booksigning

Heidi and Joe_WPF Retreat 2008Heidi Ruby Miller and J.A. Konrath

On Friday night we had a mass signing for participating authors of the Seton Hill WPF In Your Write Mind Conference and Retreat at the Greensburg Barnes and Noble. The Pittsburgh Tribune Review did an article about the signing.

Book Signing_WPF Retreat 2008Penny Dawn, Alayne Adams, and Shelley Adina

Wil and Gary_WPF Retreat 2008W. H. Horner and Gary Frank

Sally Melanie and Maria_WPF Retreat 2008Sally Bosco, Maria V. Snyder, and Melanie Card

Lawrence Lee and Chun_WPF Retreat 2008Lawrence C. Connolly, Lee Allen Howard, and Chun Lee

Matt and Natt_WPF Retreat 2008Matt and Natalie Duvall

Jennifer_WPF Retreat 2008Jennifer Brisendine

Ed and Marge_WPF Retreat 2008Ed Kellerman and Marge Burke

Carmine Coco DeYoung and Tim Waggoner_WPF Retreat 2008Carmine Coco DeYoung and Tim Waggoner

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Photo Series: 2008 WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat

Heidi and Mike_WPF Retreat 2008Heidi Ruby Miller and Michael A. Arnzen

I finally have a bit of time to post some photos from the 2008 WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat sponsored by the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction Alumni.

Here is the first evening.

Karen and Leslie_WPF Retreat 2008Karen Lynn Williams and Leslie Davis Guccione

Chris Ron and Tim_WPF Retreat 2008Chris and Ron Edison and Timons Esaias

Wine and Desert_WPF Retreat 2008Heidi Ruby Miller, Ginjer Buchanan, Kelly, and Maria V. Snyder

Lawrence and Melanie_WPF Retreat 2008Lawrence C. Connolly and Melanie Card

Maria Jason and Tricky_WPF Retreat 2008Maria V. Snyder, Jason Jack Miller, and Michael Mehalek

Penny and Al_WPF Retreat 2008Penny Dawn and Albert Wendland

Natalie and Marge_WPF Retreat 2008Natalie Duvall and Marge Burke

Tricky and Sabrina_WPF Retreat 2008Michael Mehalek and Sabrina Naples

Al and Judy_WPF Retreat 2008Albert Wendland and Judy Fleming

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Saturday, August 16, 2008


Veins_Lawrence C. ConnollyVeins by Lawrence C. Connolly

I started out as a reader, and I’m still convinced that reading is the best way for a writer to begin. If a person doesn’t like reading the stuff, why bother writing it?

I read everything I could get my hands on: classic and contemporary sf novels, anthologies, and (most importantly) the magazines.

When I got the notion to try writing for the magazines, I sat down and dissected some of my favorite stories, noting everything from placement of exposition and dialogue to the length of paragraphs and use of punctuation. Then I went to work, following Heinlein’s three step approach to writing success: I finished everything I wrote, submitted everything I finished, and kept submitting everything until it sold.

I made my first sale to Amazing Stories and followed it up with three more to the same editor before moving on to Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone Magazines, Year’s Best Horror, and lots of others.

A Hollywood production company optioned one of my stories a few years later. Three more options followed. I began thinking seriously about writing a novel, but it would be many years and over 50 story sales before I got around to finishing Veins.

I sent Veins to the agent who had been handling my film rights. A few days later, I mentioned the novel in a letter to Will Horner at Fantasist Enterprises. Will had purchased a story from me for one of his anthologies, and he wanted to hear more about the book. He got in touch with my agent, and shortly thereafter we had an agreement.

Veins has just been released in a beautiful trade paperback, with cover and illustrations by Star E. Olson.

Here’s the synopsis from the back of the book:

Fleeing from what should have been a perfect crime, four crooks in a black Mustang race into the Pennsylvania highlands. On the backseat, a briefcase full of cash. On their tail, a tattooed madman who wants them dead.

The driver calls himself Axle. A local boy, he knows the landscape, the coal-hauling roads and steep trails that lead to the perfect hideout: the crater of an abandoned mine. But Axle fears the crater. Terrible things happened there. Things that he has spent years trying to forget.

Enter Kwetis, the nightflyer, a specter from Axle’s ancestral past. Part memory, part nightmare, Kwetis has planned a heist of his own. And soon Axle, his partners in crime, and their pursuer will learn that their arrival at the mine was foretold long ago . . . and that each of them is a piece of a plan devised by the spirits of the Earth.

Fantasist has some nice advance notices on Veins from Michael A. Arnzen, Gary A. Braunbeck, T.E.D. Klein, Robert Morrish, and Mary SanGiovanni at the novel’s official website:

You might also want to check out this live journal review of the Veins debut at Garden State Horror Writers.

~Lawrence C. Connolly
August 2008

Veins is available through most of the major chains, but Fantasist is giving a nice discount for direct orders through their website:

Also available at the Fantasist website is a cool Veins T-shirt.

You can visit Lawrence online at and

He has a lot of stuff in the pipeline. Next up will be a new horror story entitled “Painkeeper,” due out in Cemetery Dance 59; a new ghost story entitled “Flames” in a new anthology from Ash-Tree Press, one of his favorite small-press publishers. The anthology will be called Shades of Darkness, and it is due to be released in October, in time for World Fantasy. Also due out in time for World Fantasy is a full-length CD of ambient music inspired by Veins. Fantasist Enterprises will be releasing that one, and you can hear one of the tracks at Toward the end of this year, look for “Reckoning” in Terrible Beauty, Fearful Symmetry from Dark Hart Press and “Die Angel” in Darkness on the Edge: Tales Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen from PS Publishing.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

June 2008 Seton Hill WPF Grads Online

Here's where you can find some of the June 2008 Seton Hill WPF graduates:

#1: Adrea Peters has her Summer 2008 newsletter at Artists Looking Ahead. Her guest interview this time is writer and adventurer Kira Salak.

#2: Aubrey Curry has a new blog series about finding an agent.

#3: Emilie Bishop has a brand new website at

#4: Monica Spence has a new blog at

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Mary SanGiovanni Interview

Derek Clendening interviews Seton Hill alum and my wonderful critique partner Mary SanGiovanni at Dark Scribe about Found You, her follow up to Bram Stoker Award-nominated debut novel, The Hollower.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

2009 Pennwriters Conference Agent Update

So far, the following agents will be at the 2009 Pennwriters Conference held in Pittsburgh during the weekend of May 15-17:

Uwe Stender from TriadaUS Literary
Alyssa Eisner Henkin from Trident Media Group
Lucienne Diver from Spectrum Literary Agency
Paige Wheeler from Folio Literary Management

The keynote speakers are Lisa Scottoline and Seton Hill Writer Timons Esaias.

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