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We meet for dinner beforehand (at 5:00) at Angelo’s in the banquet room (ask for Eastside RWA). If you would like to join us for dinner, please email dana@danadelamar.com by Monday, 913. For more information about dinner, see "Dinner Details" below.

Malena Crockett -- Play to Your Strengths: The Care and Feeding of Your Personal Muse

Tuesday,  September 13, 2016, 7pm
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 


Whether we're rookies or NYT Best Selling authors, we all face the “I need new material” challenge more regularly than we would like to.  What do you do when you get to that point? Panic? Shut down? Go manic? Phone a friend? There's an easier way to keep your idea pipeline full and useful ideas close at hand for when you need them.  Play to your strengths, leverage your inner quirks, and coddle your personal muse. If you’re looking for ideas for a new series, a way to fill a plot hole, or a solution for a characterization issue, Malena will discuss methods for accessing your own "intellectual reserves" for unique and interesting, effective ways to overcome your writing hurdles.


I am a recovering fairy tale princess. There. I said it. I know I am not alone, but I didn't always know that. It's actually a big club, but as far as I know, no one has laid out a series of twelve steps to recovery, so I muddle along  as well as I can. I am also a story keeper. I weave fictional stories taking inspiration from personal  experience, published family histories, pioneer journals, and other public sources. These memoir-style novels let readers look inside the complex, messy, and often humorous lives of humans who are doing the best they can to live according to their sometimes conflicting and confusing beliefs. My characters, like most humans, can be naïve, vulnerable and flawed, but they are more often strong, smart, and courageous, relying on inspiration and compassion to work through the challenges life presents. I write stories about the women of yesterday and today to preserve them for the women of tomorrow.  We all have to do something while we're waiting around to get into heaven, don't we? When I'm not writing, I'm outside exploring, shooting photographs, working in other artistic media, making music, cooking, hanging out with my family, reading, or watching old movies. I've done time in both the Mormon corridor and the Bible belt, and now live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my beloved human, canine, and feline family.

My debut novel/series - Melody Joy's Personal Mysteries - (starting with Fool Me Once, September 2015, from Bumbershoot Press) is contemporary - set between 1977 and 2003 - and introduces Melody Joy Provence. MJ's story is one of epiphany, grief, joy, sorrow, mystery, stupidity, brilliance, paranormal moments (because that happens, too) and - yep - even some actual romance. The mystery is life-in-general. Oh - and there may be a dead body in there somewhere.  Book Two in the series - Love Me Twice - is due out any day now, and book three - Kiss Me One Last Time is scheduled for release in early 2017.  My second series will have similar themes, but with an historical twist. Set in pioneer era Salt Lake City, Idaho, Montana, and southern Alberta, the key players will be Melody Joy's ancestors. I am so excited to be able to write these stories, and Melody Joy can't wait to introduce you to her great-grandmother! www.MalenaCrockett.com


  • Do not feel obligated to buy dinner at the restaurant. However, since the restaurant is giving us the space for free, it would be nice of us to have dinner there when feasible (no pressure though; we know some folks don't have the time or have budgets to stick to).
  • The restaurant can accommodate gluten-free or other special dietary requests; just ask the server. 
  • If you can't make it at 5:00 for dinner, you can still order dinner if you get there later; just please be there to place your order by 6:40ish so that we don't interrupt our speaker.

We'd love to see you there! :)

Crista McHugh
Eastside RWA President

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