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Martha Engber’s next book club novel, WINTER LIGHT, will be published Oct. 6, 2020, by Vine Leaves Press. The story of Mary Donahue, an at-risk teen, takes place during the blizzard winter of 1978-79 in Chicago, Martha’s hometown.

Martha is also the author of THE WIND THIEF, a novel, and GROWING GREAT CHARACTERS FROM THE GROUND UP: A THOROUGH PRIMER FOR THE WRITERS OF FICTION AND NONFICTION.

A journalist by profession, she’s written hundreds of articles for the Chicago Tribune and other national publications. She’s had a play produced in Hollywood and fiction and poetry published in the Aurorean, Watchword, the Berkeley Fiction Review and other journals. She’s also a freelance editor, writing coach, workshop facilitator and speaker.

She currently lives in Northern California with her husband, bike and surfboard.

Thank you for your participation in last month’s Las Vegas Writers’ Conference as a presenter in Grow a Great Character, Grow a Great Plot and Editing for Winners, as well as sitting on the Q&A panel. I gleaned useful information from both of the workshops I attended, and I appreciated your candor on the panel.

Chris Maday Schmidt
Always The Write Time blog

Man, where does all the time go? Lest any more sweep by me, I wanted to thank you for coming down and giving your talk about finding a character’s unique characteristic, and how paying attention to that can help bring the whole rest of the story into focus. I tell every writer I know, you’ve got to go see Martha.

Dave Hirzel

Thanks a million for your input.  I see her (protagonist) even more clearly now, and have her stating in a scene that she doesn’t deserve happiness, etc., so your taking it one step towards clarification seems to be right on.  
As far as using my name and blog, go right ahead and use it all!  I have no problems making it known how much this workshop has helped me with this manuscript.

Shari A. Brady

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