by Gale Albright
The April 13 Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas program will feature “The Halls of Mystery” with authors Joan Upton Hall and Russ Hall. They will present mini-workshops on everything you ever wanted to know about writing. Bring your questions! Be ready to listen, take notes, and interact. It should be a lively meeting.
Joan and Russ, who have a number of books under their belts, have always been more than happy to help fledgling writers learn the craft of writing. They will share their personal experiences on getting published and keeping the right mental attitude. Both have received Sage Awards from the Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation. The award is given to an author who demonstrates an outstanding spirit of service in mentoring, sharing and leading others in the mystery writing community.
A former English teacher, Joan Upton Hall is an author, editor, writing instructor and speaker. Her books run from historical nonfiction to urban fantasy and the paranormal. She offers sample chapters and more on her website. Her books include The Shadow of Excalibur, Dream Shifters, Just Visitin’ Old Texas Jails, and RX for Your Writing Ills. http://joanuptonhall.com/home
Russ Hall has had fifteen novels published, including: The Blue-Eyed Indian, Wildcat Did Growl, Island, No Murder Before its Time, Goodbye She Lied, Talon’s Grip, Bones of the Rain, and South Austin Vampire. He has also co-authored (as well as ghost written) numerous non-fiction books. Russ is a frequent mentor and judge for writing organizations. In 1996 he won the Nancy Pickard Mystery Fiction Award for short fiction. http://www.russhall.com/
“The Halls of Mystery” program starts at 2 p.m., Recycled Reads at 5335 Burnet Road in Austin, TX.