appearances, signings, and readings
November 10: Moderator at the Milton Literary Festival, Milton, GA

Milton City Hall Complex


Visit the Festival website for more information on authors and sessions (Milton Literary Festival)

Everyday: Meeting With Veterans

In support of my work in progress -- a nonfiction work featuring stories of noncombat World War II veterans -- I will be meeting and speaking with veterans across Georgia, including:
The Atlanta World War II Roundtable (monthly in Dunwoody, GA)
North Georgia Veterans (monthly in Jasper, GA)

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

Crowdfunding Your Next Book
Author Media Kits and Marketing Plans
Writing Historical Fiction
Ten Tips for Writing Mystery, Suspense and Crime Fiction
Editing, Self-Editing and Editing Some More
Growing Your Story: From Idea to Finished Book
To Blog or Not to Blog: That Is the Question for Authors
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."

"Thank you so much for addressing our group as the keynote speaker at our annual writers awards banquet. Many members commented to me how much they benefitted from your words, sharing your experiences and inspiration as a writer. The tips you gave were pertinent and helpful. I'm sure you have both encouraged and inspired the members of the Northeast Georgia Writers."

honors, awards and contests 
Finalist for the Atlanta Writers Club 2017 Terry Kay Prize for Fiction for the short story "Cloudy With a Chance"
Grant Review Panel for the Georgia Council of the Arts, 2016 and 2017
Judge for the NE Georgia Writers Novel Writing Contest, May 2017
Special Appearance Author for the Dahlonega Literary Festival with The Book Widows, March 2017
Nomination for Georgia Author of the Year Award for Literary Fiction June 2016 and Mystery/Suspense June 2017
Presenting Author - Discussing Historical Fiction at the Blue Ridge Book Festival, April 2016
Regional Author and Panelist - at the Dahlonega Literary Festival 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

writing communities

Atlanta Writers Club

Georgia Writers Association

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

Aspiring Writers LinkedIn Community
Aspiring Writers on LinkedIn