Luncheon Meeting

  • 28 Apr 2015
  • 11:45 AM
  • Golden Corral Restaurant, 1424 Carolina Ave, Washington, NC


A luncheon meeting open to the public featuring Wilson, North Carolina resident Merry Simmons, aka Hannah Meredith, a successful historical romance writer.  Her program, Leaping, Falling, & Laughing: A Primer for Those Who Write will cover areas she found easy and those where she stubbed her toe in her writing career. See her work here and on Facebook.  

Merry has a BA and MA in English from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She taught English Composition and Literature at both the high school and university level for 20 years, then sold real estate for 25 years while dabbling in writing.

In 2000, she won the Writer of the Future Contest (with a $6,000 cash prize and a free California writing workshop) and used this as entrée to submit articles to major sci-fi and fantasy magazines. Over the next few years, she sold a dozen short stories to magazines such as Asimov’s Science FictionRealms of Fantasy, and Paradox.

Like most writers, she wanted to write a novel and wrote a 250,000 word manuscript that flowed in a dozen different directions. She decided to write a more linear plot and chose historical romance primarily because she loved history and enjoyed reading romance.

She quickly discovered that publishing romance was very different. She set up her own publishing house, Singing Spring Press which now has 5 books available in print and ebook formats which have all been decently successful. Her Christmas anthology continues to sell in April at the rate of about 4 a day. She will have her books for sale.

Merry has presented programs at Wilson libraries and Arts Council. She has served as an enrichment speaker on two different Princess Cruise Line’s ocean cruises where she honed her speaking craft.

Attendees should go through the normal buffet line and assemble in the private meeting room. Please leave a tip for your server so that we may reduce our facility costs.

Don't forget the General Critique Group that meets on April 28th as usual.

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