April 8: Guest Speaker Mary Anne Edwards

Rome Area Writers is holding its monthly meeting Thursday, April 8, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will welcome our guest speaker for the month: Georgia writer Mary Anne Edwards, who will talk about her experiences as an independent author.

Edwards is a mystery author working on the seventh novel in her Detective Charlie McClung series. The first book, Brilliant Disguise, was released to critical acclaim in January 2014. A Good Girl, Criminal Kind, and Sins of my Youth quickly followed. Flirting with Time, the fifth book, was released on June 30, 2017, and the sixth book, How Deep is the Darkness, was released December 2, 2019.

The title for the forthcoming book is Complex Kid, and Edwards is planning at least three more books after that.

As part of a new feature from RAW, we asked Edwards three questions about her work:

Q: What book has influenced your writing the most? 

A: The Midsomer Murder series by Caroline Graham. The lead detective is a regular guy and has a good marriage.

Q: If your characters were real people, which one would you want to meet for coffee?

A: Joan Delany. She is Marian Selby’s best friend. Joan has an interesting past.

Q: Which line from your books are you most proud of?

A: I have a couple of favorites. From How Deep is the Darkness: “He’d seen enough bodies to know when dead is dead. And Myron was dead.”

A Good Girl: “Ah, now my pet, you’ll be callin’ me, Ma. Me gynecologist calls me Mrs. McClung.”

Sins of My Youth: “A pinprick of blood bloomed from his Adam’s apple.”

You can find more information about Edwards and The Charlie McClung Mysteries on her website.

We’re proud to welcome Mary Anne Edwards and we can’t wait to hear from her next week! The meeting link will be emailed to current members. If you’re interested in attending the meeting and are not yet a RAW member, please contact us to request the link. We’d be happy to have you!

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