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Author: Elizabeth Parker

I am constantly amazed at all the authors who live in the Valley of the Sun. I keep meeting and learning about new ones. New to me, anyway.

Elizabeth Parker is the author of Gilded Splendor, a historical romance, and has been published in British Heritage, Wild West, Mountain Living, Historic Traveler and others.

She is from Nebraska and I’m from Kansas. I’ve also been published in Wild West and had another article accepted just this week. She has been married for over 30 years and has one daughter, just like yours truly. She loves the movie Tombstone and well, I think perhaps we were separated at birth.

Elizabeth is now an editor/evaluator for Author Solutions, an online subsidiary of Penguin Random House.

During the Friday Night Writes meeting at Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore Elizabeth spoke on “The Art of Emotion: Getting Your Readers to Feel.” It is all based on the theory that readers should always feel what the character is feeling. She told us a number of ways to accomplish this including using the characters voice instead of telling the reader.

She often referred to Hemingway including examples from Death In The Afternoon which she described as partly a book on writing.

I hope I get another chance to hear Elizabeth speak. In the meantime I will be spending some time reading her blog.

  author 008Enjoying the great Arizona weather.


Author: Chris Benguhe

I’ve missed a couple of meetings of the Writer’s Connection at the Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek, Arizona. This month’s speaker made up for that.

Chris Benguhe, former celebrity reporter, now inspirational author and speaker, creative writing instructor, ghostwriter and Catholic Sun columnist grew up in Phoenix and attended ASU first as a medical student and later as a journalism student.  He has followed where life has sent him and the first job he was offered after college was for The National Enquirer which took him to the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles for ten years. He has some amazing stories to tell.

Chris has numerous books and has also written for People Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post and the Catholic Sun. He taught through the Virginia G. Piper Creative Writing program at ASU. He is now a creative writing coach, speaker and columnist. Learn more about Chris here.


The workshop was on character development and his approach is unique and inspiring. He taught us

how to use people we know and even our own experiences to develop characters which lead to the

development of plot. He says all writing is basically psychoanalysis of life.Chris Benguhe 1

He also used the basics of journalism to ask questions about each character:

Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.

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Although Chris lives in Phoenix he travels the country giving motivational talks and

working with writers. Remember his name and if you get a chance make sure and hear him speak.

Chris is also involved in The Writing Your Life Project which he discusses here.