June - Allison Brennan - No Plotters Allowed
New York Times and USA Today best selling author Allison Brennan is the author of seventeen novels and several short stories. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, she lives in Northern California with her husband Dan and their five children. Crime fiction, mysteries, and romantic suspense have always been Allison's favorites, so it's no surprise that her romantic thrillers have a dark suspense edge. Reviewers have called her books "terrifying," "mesmerizing," "fast-paced," "pulse-pounding," "wonderfully complex," "layered," and "a master of suspense - tops in the genre." Lee Child called LOVE ME TO DEATH, "A world-class nail-biter" and Lisa Gardner says, "Brennan knows how to deliver."
Writing three books a year is more than a full-time job, and so is raising five kids, but Allison believes life is too short to be bored. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, watching old movies or new television shows, driving to or attending volleyball / basketball / football / soccer games, and on occasion even makes it to the gym where she enjoys people-watching more than exercise.
Allison is currently writing the Lucy Kincaid series about an FBI recruit. For more information about Allison or her books, visit her website at AllisonBrennan.com.
Program: Some writers plot; many don’t. Some people try to plot because they’ve been told it’s an absolute necessity when creating a book, but they struggle with each attempt. So how to do you reach a satisfactory end if you don’t know where you’re going when you start? How do your characters develop if they have no initial structure? What do you do when you get stuck? Allison will provide answers and common sense solutions for writers block for those who plot, and those who can’t, won’t and don’t plot.
Annual 3-Page Read: A favorite of SVR members, this annual tradition is where SVR members may submit the first 3 pages of a WIP (work in progress) for a group (positive!) critique.
Three-Day Retreat: This event began nearly 6 years ago and has become one of the most anticipated events every other year.
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