Author LaDonna Holloman also to attend PWG’s Carnival of Books at The Turnage Theatre, Sept 29th

PWG’s Carnival of Books is moving up on us fast and believe me, you won’t want to miss any of it. We’ve planned children’s programs: Children’s Story Time, Origami Craft, Afternoon Tea & Story Time, Crown Craft, Marionette Show and Face Painting. And for writers’ we have a few workshops planned: Yoga & Poetry, Show, Don’t Tell, Poetry, Researching Setting and Creating Chap Books. Plus you’ll have an opportunity to meet and speak with authors and have them sign your books. If that’s not enough for you, from 3-4p there’ll be an Open Mic Hour for authors who’d like to share their work. All in all a pretty full day.

Today’s author we’d like you to meet is LaDonna Holloman, she’ll also be attending PWG’s Carnival of Books on Sept 29th at the Turnage Theatre, Washington, NC.

Where Have All the Children Gone? Where Have All The Children Gone?

Michelle has taken her niece, Nicole, and a friend to an amusement park to celebrate her birthday. An FBI agent, Peter, has also taken his son to the same amusement park. In a few seconds of blinding light, the children from all over the world disappear. Chaos breaks out! The amusement park is totally empty of any children, the carousel is full of confused and panicked adults. Michelle and Peter work together to hunt for the missing children, but every lead they follow is a dead end. Where could the children be? Who and why would anyone take them?

 Hello my name is LaDonna Holloman. I am a new author of “Where Have All The Children Gone?”; and I have already started the second book in my series, “Journey To The Dark Island”.

I am a registered nurse, working most of my career as an Obstetrics Nurse. My husband and I have also been in the ministry, and at present serve as Senior Pastors. I have a strong relationship with Jesus Christ and my desire is to spread His word any way possible, hence my new endeavor at writing Christian Fiction. I love to go to the Outer Banks and spend the day at the beach, go boating with my husband and I love to cruise. I am an avid reader of a good book, rocking on my front porch or curled up on the sofa in front of the fireplace. 

For more information visit the Pamlico Writers’ Group website: 

See you there,


Author Tom Kies, to attend PWG’s Carnival of Books at The Turnage Theatre, Sept. 29th

PWG’s Carnival of Books is quickly approaching (September 29, 2018; 10 am-4 pm at the Turnage Theatre, Washington, NC) we thought you might like a glimpse of one of the authors who will be there and some of his recent works.

 RANDOM ROAD introduced Geneva Chase, “a reporter with a compelling voice, a damaged woman who recounts her own bittersweet story as she hunts down clues” to murders straight out of a nightmare—six bodies found naked and cut to ribbons in a posh Connecticut home.

Having survived this and a personal tragedy, Geneva’s story still includes alcoholism and career challenges compounded by the rocky finances of her newspaper employer. But she’s working. She’s fighting the urge to reconnect with a magnetic yet married lover. And she’s raising a rebellious young lady who is not her daughter but a cherished legacy.

Nevertheless, the newshound in Geneva spurs her to bad if not downright dangerous choices as two unrelated crimes unexpectedly collide. A fifteen-year-old-girl at her ward’s high school has vanished along with her English teacher. Is this same-old, same-old, or something more? And then there’s the abused woman who torched her sadistic husband, and how to keep her out of the clutches of powerful mobsters—and thus, out of the news.

Out on the crime beat, Geneva works to unravel the connection, if any, between these two disparate stories while her newspaper is put up for sale, a high-flying Hollywood production lights up the town, and her personal battles accelerate. Jarring twists and turns include charming movie stars, treacherous diamond merchants, adultery, sex traffickers, and murder.  While the clock ticks and Geneva works desperately to find the missing student, she comes to the horrible realization that she’s in over her head.


DARKNESS LANE, the second novel in the Geneva Chase mystery series, hurtles along at a breakneck speed where nothing is what it seems, and where art and reality collide in a terrifying climax.

Author of the Geneva Chase Mystery Series, Thomas Kies lives and writes on a barrier island on the coast of North Carolina with his wife, Cindy, and Lilly, their Shih-Tzu.

He has a long career working for newspapers and magazines, primarily in New England and New York, and is currently working on his next novel, Graveyard Bay.


Hope you can make it because it’s going to be lots of fun for the whole family. See you soon.



Nana and the “c” by local author Doris Schneider

An incident took place 10 years ago as I was struggling with the all too common enemy—breast cancer. I shared the story with friends, and they kept insisting I should write it. About a year later, I did and also took photographs of my grandchildren to be used as inspiration for illustrations. So much time has passed, but the story has now floated to the rim of my long-ignored bucket.


Nana and the “c” is told from the perspective of my seven-year-old granddaughter as she fearfully prepares to see her grandmother who has become bald as a side effect of chemotherapy. It is a humorous, upbeat story about hope, wonder, and family love—suitable for all ages, especially to anyone with a loved one going through cancer treatment or who is a patient or survivor themselves.

My dear friend, Wenhai Ma, responded with a quick “yes” to do the illustrations. I requested that a literary friend, Michael Colonnese, read the story just to give me feedback. He could not resist editing while he read, thus making a serious improvement to the text. Then Jo Michaels, a book and cover designer who has worked with me in the past, offered her help in support of the project.

I refer to it as a “project” because it is just that. I always knew the book was not something I wanted to “cash-in” on. It was always meant to be a gift. When I told each of the professionals mentioned above that the book was to be donated to cancer center waiting rooms, they generously offered their time and talents without charge.

So, it is done. It has been published and is available on Amazon. Two hundred copies are ready to begin distribution to cancer centers in North Carolina. The profits from any Amazon sales will be used to print more books to be donated. It doesn’t have to be limited to our state.

My hope is that people will share this to their own Facebook page and purchase copies and donate them to a cancer center or library near them, in whichever state they reside.

Doris Schneider is an artist, scene designer, writer, and educator. She taught at William Carey University and was a tenured professor of theatre at North Carolina Central University. She published two novels: Borrowed Things and By Way of Water. After her own bout with breast cancer, she wrote this story based on a real event with her granddaughters. While the illustrator, Wenhai Ma, was teaching at Duke University, the two became long term friends—culminating in their collaboration on Nana and the “c”.

We each have an excellent opportunity to pass this healing and heartfelt message along to others who are struggling through similar situations. And hopefully it will be the balm they need to keep going.

Our bookstore is running a special for Nana and the “c.” We’re offering two books for $10. One for yourself and the other we ask that you donate to a cancer center, a survivor or someone going through this now.

Please click on the link below to purchase “Nana and the “c.”:


Tammera Cooper: Finding workshops that fit your budget. (Re-blog)

Hello again,

During the course of a week/month/year I receive lots of blog pieces from various writers across the world. Those I save, on my own computer, contain information that helps me to grow as a writer. And since there’s only a 1 in 10,000 chance of all of us receiving the same posts I’ve decided to share (Re-Blog) some of my finds with their links in hopes of reaching and helping other writers.

So let’s get to it. Recently I came across one I think might interest you. I know you’re busy, who isn’t, right? Take a minute, sit back, breathe and check it out.

The blog is written by writer Tammera Cooper who lives in Washington, NC and is a member of the Pamlico Writers Group. Her website is called Southern Romance on the Pamlico and her blogs are under Brackish Blogging. I have added the link below with her permission.


Tammera Cooper


And before I go I’d like to remind you about Pamlico Writers Conference, Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th. For more information about our group, becomming a member, registering for the conference  and so much more go to our website:

You also might be interested in our Facebook page:

or our Twitter page

See you soon.

Kay Wilson

Am I prepared?

Preparing for the Writing Conference

By Eileen Lettick


It’s the weekend of March 23rd – 24th and time for the annual Pamlico Writers’ Conference. You saved for it and looked forward to it all year, so you grab your favorite polka-dotted notebook and lucky red feather pen and set off for a day that is sure to jumpstart your writing —a day full of literary epiphanies and hobnobbing with high-powered agents and publishers who recognize that you are the obvious choice for the next Nobel Prize in Literature. Sounds like a dream? It probably is. As any veteran conference attendee knows, there is great value in preliminary planning and realistic expectations. When I attend a writers’ conference I want to get my money’s worth, so I take the following steps.

First, I study the presenters. What are their credentials? How many publications or successes do they have? What can I learn from them? Will a variety of genres be represented? Which ones will offer me something unique? I want to choose workshops that will nudge me out of my comfort zone.

Second, I look at the format of the workshops. Are there panels to promote discussions? Are there lectures that will spew out a lot of information that I can take home with me? Do the workshops offer interactive pen to paper offerings to get my creative juices flowing—something to ensure I use my writing skills? Since I’m a writer who likes to strut her stuff, I tend to gravitate toward the interactive ones.

Finally, I ponder whether or not there will be opportunities for networking. What is the ratio of writers to publishers and agents? What are my chances of pitching a publisher or having lunch with an agent who may be interested in looking at my work? It’s important that I have opportunities to put myself out there if I choose to.

Taking the time to prepare for the conference is the best way to ensure I will get the proper value for my investment.


Thank you Eileen, you’re right, having a clear idea and plan ahead of time helps us get the most out of the conference.

And for those of you who haven’t already registered for this year’s Pamlico Writer’s Conference, “Transforming Your Writing for Other Successful Markets,” I’d like to remind you to register now before you miss it. This years workshop presenters plan to bring those who attend their sessions a wealth of information. Don’t miss out, sign up now.

Our conference starts:

Friday, March 23rd at 6pm. 

Our Keynote Speaker this year is 
North Carolina's 2015-2017 Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson.


Saturday, March 24th at 8:30am begins registration and check-in.

After registration and check-in there will be a panel discussion on "Shape Shifting Your Writing." After that we'll break out into a variety of interesting workshops with some pretty amazing presenters lasting until 5pm. 
Our aim each year is to reach more and more writers from all genre's and levels of experience, novice to published authors.
For more information about our 2018 Writer's Conference or to register please go to our website:
our Facebook page: our Twitter page:

For more information about Pamlico Writer’s, our critique group, upcoming programs or workshops click on the above links.

We look forward to seeing and being able to network with each of you at this years writer’s conference.

See you there,

K Wilson


Looking Forward to 2018 Pamlico Writers’ Conference by: S L Hollister

I’m looking forward to the 2018 Pamlico Writers’ Conference, “Shapeshifting Your Writing: Transforming Your Writing for Other Successful Markets.” I have attended the Pamlico Writers’ Conferences every year since they first began. Each year there have been presenters, speakers, panelists and programs that have excited me. This year’s morning panel with veteran panelists Michael Colonnese and Marni Graff will debate the process of transforming a raw manuscript into a marketable work with new and various markets.  The new addition of videographer, Beverly Horvath of South Creek Media will add an interesting twist to the discussion.

Bev is a dear, personal friend. Her husband, the late Stephan Horvath was one of my teachers and mentors. She is the author and co-author to several literary works: novels, screen plays and stage plays. Her newest venture as a videographer has allowed her to explore several creative ideas from YouTube videos to book trailers and short Independent films.

I’m excited to have Bev as a member of our panel as well as one of this year’s presenters. Having recently published my first book, I’m searching for new ways to promote and sell my story. Could a book trailer or YouTube video be the thing to launch my novel? Would it be another way to reach readers?

Part of this year’s program is discovering other successful markets for our writing: Marni Graff will explain the process of developing an audiobook, Micah Harris will show us how to create a graphic novel, and Robin Greene will give us the tools we need to make a chap book.

Whether you are a poet or author, fiction writer or non-fiction, editing and revising is an important part of the process. Much of the writing is done in the rewriting, Dr. Michael Colonnese will show us how to shape our work into a finished product.

Angela Beach Silverthorne, an award-winning author of inspirational fiction. She will show us how all great stories use inspiration to connect to the heart of the reader. Giving the writer the creative power to impact, change and transform with the words we choose.

Julia Day will discuss the trends and challenges of publishing in the young adult market, and what makes writing for teens unique.

Becca Lamoreaux of Loving the Book Launch Party will show us the basics of building our author platform, creating a fan base, and marketing your book. I worked with Becca when we launched our Carolina Christmas Anthology. She and her business partner make the work of promoting your book nearly painless.

Richard Krawiec and Melissa Hassard will return with a lunch-time discussion of what to do when the book is done, “The Next Step.”

The Pamlico Writers’ Group are excited to present our very own poet laureate. This year has been a thrill ride, so much has happened behind the scenes to bring the PWG into a new era. The Heart of the Pamlico poet laureate will be chosen in February and part of their application process included a presentation for the 2018 Pamlico Writers’ Conference.

As you can see there is much to be excited about with our upcoming conference. Go to our website, or check us out on Facebook and Twitter, for more information about the 2018 Pamlico Writers’ Conference, “Shapeshifting Your Writing.”

Pamlico Writers annual Competition open for submissions


It’s time, it’s time!

Time’s gone by so fast, but this will be our 5th year for our annual PWG Writers Competition. Submissions opened on January 1st. Interested? If so, you still have time to submit your original work, but don’t wait too long because the last day to send in your prose or poetry is March 12th. Need a little more incentive? Here are the awards we’ll be giving out, if you win:

Adult- First Place in each category – $100.

Adult – Second place award in each category – $50.

Adult – Honorable mention Award in each category – Certificate

For the High School students here are the awards for that category:

High School – Prose award – $250.

High School – Poetry award – $250.

For complete details/rules on PWG’s Writers Competition go to our website at:

The Adult category is open for original works of Fiction, Nonfiction or Poetry. Each entry carries a $10 reading fee.

In the High School category is also for original works in Prose or Poetry. There is no reading fee in this category. But you must be a student in grades 9-12 and attending school in North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia.

I’d like to share excerpts from two of our past competition winners which appear in our published Christmas Anthology titled “A Carolina Christmas”, published in 2016. The book includes both 2016 and 2015 Writing Competition winners. I hope you enjoy them. If so, you can go to the Bookstore on our website at:


 2016 Competition Nonfiction First Place:

Long, Cold Roads by Richard Knowles


It was late December 1961, and I was hitchhiking home for Christmas from the Naval Air Station in Memphis, Tennessee, to western Pennsylvania– nearly 800 miles. It was 11:00 at night, and it was cold. the icy wind blowing out of the north drove before it tiny stinging granules of snow, something between sleet and freezing rain. Hitting my face, they felt like grains of sand…

In those days, Marines were required to be in dress uniform when leaving the base. While our winter dress uniform included a fairly warm overcoat, footwear was the same year-round: low cut, brown leather dress shoes. Our headwear, which looked impressive on Marines in recruiting posters, wasn’t terribly functional in these conditions. Mostly, the damn thing just wanted to blow off my cold head…


2016 Competition Student Prose First Place:

Rolling in Her Grave by Michaela Rappleyea


Miss Adalyn Montgomery, daughter of the honorable Judge Travis Montgomery, died in her home at 11:32 pm on December 31st. The doctor, as he prepared to leave her home, commented that it was a shame that she hadn’t lived long enough to reach the turn of the century. The year 1900 promised to be the beginning of modernity, in the doctor’s eyes. The doctor’s apprentice commented the she wouldn’t have made it for very long after that anyway, so it was really quite lucky for her. The doctored responded by backhanding the boy and telling him to find out who her next of kin was so that they could send a telegram with the unfortunate news…

Adalyn was bankrupt. Steven was very displeased to hear that the old woman’s money was going to be wasted, paying off the extravagant lifestyle she had been living. There was still a large sum of money left after the face, of course, but Adalyn had never shared money with them before, she could start now. It was true that Adalyn had never let them see a cent of her money, which was why they were estranged now. So Steven buried her in the graveyard of an abandon plantation and marked the spot with a handmade wooden cross. As he was standing over the grave, saying his goodbyes, Helen turned to him.

“You know the old woman would be rolling in her grave if she knew what we buried her next to.”…


Adalyn was very displeased by all of this…


Remember, before it’s too late, take time, pull out that pen and paper or open up that computer and get your entry ready to submit for this year’s Writers Competition. As an added bonus, if you are one of this year’s winners you’ll also be included in PWG’s next published Anthology.

For more information on Pamlico Writers Group go to our website at:

or check out our Facebook or Twitter pages:


by Kay Wilson