appearances, signings, and readings
 
COMING NEXT: 
Feb 17 with The Killers Next Door at Books for Less in Buford. Come join us three devious minded local authors (Jeremy Logan, David Darracott and me) talk about the craft of writing and reading mysteries and suspense. 6:30 to 8:30 pm
2815 Buford Drive, Buford Georgia 30519

CALENDAR:
Jan 19 appearance with the Book Widows at Books for Less, Buford, GA
Jan 21 workshop on "Growing Your Story" at the Georgia Writer Association, Kennesaw GA
Jan 27 radio interview on The Prologue  
Jan 28 author book signing at Wilbur & Rudy's Farmtable, Milton, GA
Feb 12 author online Facebook chat for the Mystery Thriller Week, Facebook Group
Feb 16 book club meeting, Roswell, GA
Feb 17 appearance with The Killers Next Door at Books for Less, Buford, GA
Feb 25 workshop on Writing Mystery and Thriller Novels at the Atlanta Writing Workshop, Atlanta, GA
Mar 25-26 author appearance with The Book Widows at the Dahlonega Literary Festival, GA

speaker and workshop lead
Rona Simmons is available to groups as a motivational speaker and writer's workshop lead

Author Media Kits and Marketing Plans
Writing Historical Fiction
Editing, Self-Editing and Editing Some More
Growing Your Story: From Idea to Finished Book
Reinventing You: A Second, Right Career

“Thank you so much for the incredibly helpful presentation. Truly a fabulous session. You have a way of commanding the material while making it seem doable. Your attention to practical detail especially made me feel empowered and informed."

awards and contests 
Nomination for Georgia Author of the Year Award for Literary Fiction - June 2016, June 2017
Presenting Author - Discussing Historical Fiction at the Blue Ridge Book Festival, April 2016
Regional Author and Panelist - by the Dahlonega Literary Festival committee for the March 2015 and March 2016 festivals
Panelist - Discussing Historical Fiction at the Decatur Book Festival, September 2015
Nomination for The Eric Hoffer Award for General Fiction - for The Quiet Room, January 2015
Winner Short Story Contest - "Shamrocks, Nudes, and Nightingales", my mystery short story won first prize for the wild-card themed competition of the Atlanta Writers Club.  The judges commented:
"This story is written with the mastery of a seasoned crime novelist.  If this were sample pages for a book pitch they could probably interest a literary agent.  The writer should make this the basis of a book series."
I suppose that's as a good a challenge as any to take the short story and develop a full blown novel around it!
Winner of the Susan Rich Flash Fiction Contest (April 30, 2012) for "It's Around Here Somewhere" 
Susan Rich Talks, a weekday internet radio program for women: Living the Writing Life, 8 am PT on http://w4wn.com

writing communities

Atlanta Writers Club
www.atlantawritersclub.org

Georgia Writers Association 
www.georgiawriters.org

Creative Designers and Writers LinkedIn Community
Creative Designers and Writers on LinkedIn

Aspiring Writers LinkedIn Community
Aspiring Writers on LinkedIn