Windows from heaven

May 9, 2022, Christian Pascale on 99.1 FM 

May 9, 2022, Christian Pascale on 99.1 FM 
Neal steel interviews about his new book,  The Windows of Heaven.

The year is 2050, and earth does not look the same. Surge Saturday, the day the tsunamis hit, devastated thousands of cities. Governments were toppled and lives were lost. For siblings Tom and Helene, everything changed. They didn’t have the luxury of staying in their family home and learning to navigate this strange new world. A vile group has taken hold of the government, and people are being forced into intellectual subservience. Anyone who disagrees with the new leadership is sent to their death.
Tom and Helene know they have to run, but where can they go? There aren’t many safe places left, and even those are at risk.
They decide to find their way to Blacksburg, Virginia, and are soon befriended by others who are on a mission to make things right within the world again. But can this ragtag group of philosophers and healers and everyday people actually save the world, or will the newly formed dark forces triumph?
Open mic group


Thursday, APRIL 28, 2022, 5:30 - 7:50 p.m.
OPEN MIC NIGHT  Gloucester Library Community Room


Nathan Richardson at the CBW Luncheon

April 20-2022
Nathan Richardson was a pleasure to have at our luncheon today.  His love of poetry and the written word and his enthusiastic recounting of stories made us all want to write more.  Truly an inspiration to us all, Nathan will be coming back in May to help us all use words that will help us articulate our passions. 
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April & May 2022
Nathan Richardson to offer Poetry Sessions

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
11:30 a.m.
General Meeting & Luncheon Nathan Richardson "The Oral Tradition of Poetry."  Poetry Session - Part 1.  Rocco's Smokehouse Grill

Register using the luncheon form below. 

Writing Workshop: Ekphrastic writing.
May 14 at James City County Library

Nathan M. Richardson is a published author, performance poet and Frederick Douglass Historian.  His poetry collections include "Likeness of Being", "Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts" and "The 7 Last Poems of an Unarmed Citizen."  His work has been widely re-published in anthologies, magazines and newspapers such as the Channel Marker, The Cupola, Coastal Virginia Magazine and the Washington Post. Nathan teaches a variety of workshops for emerging writers.

Nathan is now in the 7th year of The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour -a living history performance in which he captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the former slave, writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. With more than 300 performances seen nationally and internationally, the series has also achieved film credits with the National Park Service, Alabama Public Television and RTE - Irish Public Service Television. You can find more about Nathan Richardson and his work at  

April 11, 2022, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda on 99.1 FM  

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Neal steel interviews Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda about her book,

Catena Poetica: An International Collaboration

If technology means any set of skills, methods and processes that help humans carry out their goals, then it should also be possible for us to think of poetry as a form of technology. How else to explain how the words of those who lived and wrote hundreds of years ago still offer their potent magic and understanding to us today? An amazement: that we can enter into this bright chain of conversation, ranging back to when our "[a]ncient ancestors wondered who/ carried the sun" and "called it forth/ from the darkness of its hiding place." This is exactly what poets Flor Aguilera, Joyce Brinkman, Gabriele Glang, and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda do in this international poetic collaboration called Catena Poetica. Following in the tradition of collaborative poetry such as renku or renga, they add their own distinctive shapes and sounds. Back and forth, between Mexico, the US Midwest and East Coast, and Germany- in these poems they circulate the warmth of color and spice, the mysteries of music, water, and clouds. What comes to us is more than the well-made thing: it's alchemy.

Banner book parade

Book Parade 

Saturday, March 26, 2022, 10:00 to 4:00

Check out the titles that will be there.  Yours could be there too!

For authors this is:
Time to showcase your book,
Time to let everyone know how you did it.
Time to set up a table
Get tips from other authors
Time to network
Time to sell books

For Readers and Aspiring writers: It’s all the same plus you might find your next favorite book.

Everyone! Help spread the word.  Location is the Midtown Row Clubhouse
221 Monticello Ave. Williamsburg VA 23185
Register Now

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March 14, 2022 Carol J. Bova on
99.1 FM

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Neal Steel interviews Carol J. Bova about her latest book: 

 Breaking the Eighth.

Sheriff Jim Holt's involvement with Brenda is heating up, but romance has to wait. An audit at the Church of Chestnut Springs reveals years of embezzlement by a trusted former employee, and the close-knit town reels in shock. Jim confronts the media swarming the site of the arrest, and they retaliate with lurid front-page headlines targeting him and Brenda.

The Mayor is furious about the negative publicity, but Jim pushes back. The mayor’s up for reelection; if he wants Jim's support, he'd better stand up for the sheriff and his deputies.

Events escalate when the case reaches court, and the embezzler reveals a shameful secret and an old wrong with no solution.

Amidst all the turmoil, can Chestnut Springs uphold its reputation as a place for life, love and second chances?

March 5, 2022 - Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival


Two of our members (Can you find out who they are by clicking the link?) will be represented in the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival (SMAF)! This year's festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. 
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CBW Meeting and Biennial Election
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 11:30 a.m.
with Program on Self Publishing

Author of 15 children's books, Sonja McGiboney will discuss her journey.  "From Story to Print and Beyond."  Where the author is in control of everything that happens to their book.  From writing to printing and finally to marketing.

For last minute reservations, call 804-725-6163.

February 14, 2022 Peggy Newcomb on 99.1 FM

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Neal Steel interviews Peggy Newcomb about her latest book:

I Used to Wear Shoes Like That: Family - Friends - Love - and A Naked Man in an Elevator

"I Used To Wear Shoes Like That is warm walk down memory lane with an author, Peggy Newcomb, who loves her family, appreciates life, and finds humor in every-day situations. Her colorful stories about growing up in the country are reminders of a less-complicated time. Her love story with husband, John, and their three adopted daughters, is filled with the usual joys and challenges we all experience, spiced with the humor of a woman who is at peace with herself and her life but also, always ready for a new adventure. Her travel stories make us wish we’d been there for all the fun. So, pour a cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy this lovely ride!"  
Sharon Canfield Dorsey,

Book is available on Amazon 

January 10, 2022 Nan Harvey 

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Neal Steele interviews Nan Harvey about her latest book "A History Not Past."

Nan Harvey, an architect, renovated many houses before finding her dream home in Northumberland County in the Northern Neck of Virginia.
After settlement, her father presented her with the genealogical data he had gathered on their ancestor Robert Lindsay, “the immigrant,” the founding member of the Lindsay clan in the colony.
She continued her father’s research as she settled into her new home, then traveled to The Mount in Fife, Scotland to become familiar with the Lindsays’ origins. Using court records and historical accounts, she was able to recreate this common man’s life weaving in her experiences of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and hands-on barn construction during a Northern Neck summer.

Nan is a regular with our Rappatomac Writers Critique Group. See more at
A History Not Past is available in paperback on Amazon 

 Dec 13, 2021 Sonja McGiboney

Neal Steele interviews Sonja McGiboney about her new book,  Jazzy's Twelve Days of Christmas.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas have gone to the dogs. That's right! Jazzy is a cute, brown and white dog who sings her version of the traditional holiday song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." She starts by getting the biggest bone. Each verse, like in the original song, adds something new and more of them until Jazzy reaches the number twelve. Jazzy loves everything, including the cookies!
The illustrations are colorful and the text is easy to read. Children will learn numbers and sequences. The repetitive verses make it a great tool for reading. Though it is forty-two pages long, it will go by quickly. Be prepared to sing your way to the end over and over again. Try singing it softly. Perhaps have a singing match. Can you sing it from memory? There are so many ways to have fun with this book.
The illustrations are created from photos, or photo composites, taken by the author. Jazzy is a Boxer-Labrador-Pit-bull mix breed dog. All she ever wants to do is sit in Sonja's lap or work for treats. She loves being the star.
Email Sonja via her website and ask for some coloring pages to go with the book. She will send you a PDF of pictures to color. https: //

Nov 8 2021 Denise DeVries

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Neal Steele interviews Denise DeVries about Steamboats and Ghost Crabs.
As long as she has plenty to read, nine-year-old Olivia Brown doesn’t mind spending the summer at Aunt Lila’s rural home. An hour into the drive from Arlington, though, she’s already tired of hearing complaints from her brother Aiden, who’s 11 and easily bored. She’s also concerned about getting along with her twelve-year-old cousin Virginia Temple and her brother Jacob, age 10, who will be joining them from Florida.
Shortly after their arrival at the old house on the Rappahannock River, Aunt Lila gives Olivia a key that will lead the four cousins to adventure, making their visit to Hull Crossing and the nearby Northern Neck much more interesting.
It was a beautiful day to share a good meal, friendship, and stories with fellow authors.  What a talented group of writers.  Attendees voted for the winning entries.  The winners of the 2021 Gala are:

1st Place:  Sarah Honenberger
2nd Place:  Sonja McGiboney
3rd Place:  Robert Webb

For the Rick Bailey Humor Award, there was a tie:
Denise Devries and Cindy Freeman

Congratulations to the winners but also to everyone who presented their stories.  I enjoyed each one of them.
                                          Sonja McGiboney
                                          CBW Director-Membership

Oct 2, 2021 Williamsburg Book Festival

Members of the CBW participate in the Williamsburg Book Festival.
The Williamsburg Book Festival's mission is to promote and support the art of literary composition in the Williamsburg area and expose writers to the reading public

Luncheon meeting with Connie Lapallo

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Sept 18, 2021 Connie Lapallo retraced her path from page to screen

Our first in-person event since February 2020 was an outstanding success!

Some writers dream of seeing their books on the big screen. For Connie Lapallo, the dream has come true. In September, she shared how it happened at CBW’s Literary Luncheon Meeting in Williamsburg on Wednesday September 15. Lapallo described how she came to write three novels about the women and children of Jamestown in 1608-1649. Her son, Adam Lapallo, who wrote the screenplay shared how the film based on her novel Dark Enough to See the Stars became a finalist in the 2021 Richmond International Film Festival and recently won a second award.

As Lapallo explains, success didn’t happen overnight. “I started collecting family tree information when I was eleven years old, directly from my great-grandmother who lived with us. Her turn-of-the-century memories fascinated me. Sometimes she told older family stories that her grandmother had passed on to her.” She continues, “I began researching in earnest in 1976 for a 9th grade family tree project inspired by the Bicentennial and Roots. Thirty-five years later, I’m still at work on the assignment!”

One day, in 1994,  while researching at the Library of Virginia, Lapallo noticed a familiar name. It was an ancestor, Archer Cox, who lived in Mecklenburg, Virginia, in the early 1800s. The book traced him all the way back to Jamestown. “Suddenly I had links taking me all the way back to a woman named Temperance Bailey and to her mother, Cecily (or Sisley).” Cecily was one of nearly a hundred women and children who left England for Jamestown in 1609. As Lapallo learned, eleven year-old Cecily had been a Jamestown mystery for professional genealogists for 120 years. “Who was she, and why had she come to Virginia alone?”

Cecily’s trail continued in a used bookstore in Williamsburg when Lapallo found a volume called Ancient Adventurers, by Samuel Bemiss. In a passage recalling Jamestown’s Starving Time, Bemiss wrote, “Ann Burras, Temperance Flowerdieu and Sisley Jordan can represent all the unsung heroines of that heroic age.”

Lapallo spent eight years working on Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky, her first novel. Her daughter Sarah designed the book cover. It took Lapallo another five years to complete the sequel, When the Moon Has No More Silver. Since completing the third novel in her trilogy, she has begun writing a biography of Sir Thomas Gates. Learn more at Connie Lapallo's website.

Sept 13, 2021  Janice Hoffman

Neal Steele interviews Janice Hoffman about Azaleas in October: Surviving the Loss of a Child to Suicide which chronicles her journey after losing her 35-year-old son Brian to suicide. Now 10 years later, she released this small chapbook, a collection of 18 free verse poems. Going beyond her own loss, however, the author dedicates these pages to the families and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide and to parents who have lost children by any means.
With poems born out of deep sorrow, the early ones are rather raw and contain trigger warnings, but the later ones change in tone  to encourage those still in the midst of their pain that, one day, they can smile again. Jan makes a point to leave the reader with a sense of hope. This work’s purpose is to educate those who are still untouched by tragedy, to empathize with those still in the throes of anguish, and to encourage those who wonder if they will ever smile again.
Azaleas in October is available at

July 2021 Dr. Christian Pascale

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Neal Steele interviews Christian Pascale about Memories are the Stories We Tell Ourselves.

Nineteen stories of a life. Stories of events such as a first dance, reluctantly, between friends. Of Elliott, a good friend who lost his way. Travel through Paris and experience the sights and sounds of the city of love before journeying to a foreign land where crime is rampant and safety is tenuous.
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Cliff Garstang: Becoming a Citizen of the (Literary) World: Influences, Responsibilities, and Publishing Trends"  June 16, 2021

A recording of the program is available at Passcode: rj^#Mi98.

Cliff Garstang is a former international lawyer and prize-winning author of two novels, Oliver’s Travels and The Shaman of Turtle Valley, and three story collections, In an Uncharted Country, What the Zhang Boys Know, and House of the Ancients and Other Stories, as well as the editor of the anthology series, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet. With degrees from Northwestern University, Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Garstang was an international lawyer in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Singapore and a legal reform consultant in Almaty, Kazakhstan. 

April 2021 Susan Williamson

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Neal Steele interviews Susan Williamson  about Dead in the Loft

Molly likes her job at the new farm… for the most part. But finding a dead man in the loft could change everything. Who is this man, and how did he die? Then the discovery of yet another body makes everything more complicated, and Molly can’t stop herself from looking into things as the body count piles up.
With the delivery of horses that may or may not be legal and the appearance of animal rights activists intent on doing damage, Molly has her hands full. Clearly, though, her first priority is stopping a killer, as Molly has become the next targets. With lives on the line, including her own, Molly holds onto the reins as she chases down a murderer determined to destroy everything she has.


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Feb 8, 2021 Patti Procopi

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Neal Steele interviews Patti Procopi about her debut novel - Please Tell Me More.

This heartfelt story about sisters, family and the tenuous connections we forge in life will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
Rose was a child when the worst possible thing happened-her sister Lily drowned. While Rose was supposed to be watching her. From that moment, Rose knew it was all her fault. After all, that's what her mother told her. But life must go on, no matter what, and Rose and her sister, Ivy, grow up in a family without their little sister. In a family where alcoholism and arguing defines their parents. In a family that personifies dysfunction. In a family where anger forces their brother away. Was it any wonder that Rose was so excited to get to college? Was it any wonder she sometimes had a date with Mr. Merlot, the wine bottle she hid to help her get through life's tougher moments?
At times whimsical, always genuine, this story looks at the bonds of sisters and how family can become our foundation even when we don't expect it.
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Bradley Harper -
Army Pathologist Turned Writer

My life before becoming an author was as a board-certified Army Pathologist. I have performed over 200 autopsies during my 37 years of active duty as a pathologist, and my clinical years are interwoven with four stints as the commanding officer of various medical units. I was an Infantry officer before medical school, worked in the Pentagon, and learned to speak five languages. Yet, I also happily play Santa each Christmas (with my loving wife as Mrs. Claus). It is this juxtaposition of exploring the body, mind, and humanity that allows me share universal truths with my readers.

Bradley Harper’s second novel, Queen’s Gambit was recently awarded the 2020 Silver Falchion Award both as Best Suspense and as Book of the Year.

A life-long fan of Sherlock Holmes, Harper did intensive research for his debut novel, A Knife in the Fog, including a trip to London's East End with noted Jack the Ripper historian Richard Jones. Harper’s first novel was published in October 2018 and was a finalist for a 2019 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel by an American Author. Click here for Harper's Website .

April 13, 2020 Gail Wilson Kenna

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Neal interviews Gail about her new book, Here to There and Back Again.

n a prologue the author explains how her fact-fiction book is based on her great-great grandfather's 1849 Gold Rush letters.
Against his parents' wishes, Eugene Chase makes plans with boyhood friend Leal to leave Vermont and seek their fortunes in California. Eugene's sister Hortense understands her oldest brother's desire; and she makes him promise to write letters home, addressed to her.
In March 1849, at nineteen, Eugene leaves home for New York City. Leal is to meet him in St. Louis. Eugene's Uncle Lucien, who left Derby Line eight years earlier, lends his nephew the money for his adventure. "The fruits of your journey will reveal themselves in time," he tells Eugene.
In a epilogue, the author recounts that her great-great grandfather earned enough money to pay his passage home by sea, to net a clear one thousand dollars, and to build a fine house in Derby Line, Vermont.

Next CBW Luncheon Meeting
April 15, 2020 in Williamsburg
at Le Yaca French Restaurant

 Malcom Massey will be speaking on
"Writing the Killer Plot."

Does your plot provide the structure your work needs & deserves? Will your plot line grab the attention of readers, reviewers, agents? With this seminar, your story becomes more powerful, your characters reach their full potential. Writing the Killer Plot (WKP) works for fiction or non-fiction, providing unique perspective and concise diagramming tools. From early concept to your work in progress, WKP is for writers of all levels. 

Join us at the CBW meeting on Wednesday, April 15 to hear this program at Le Yaca French Restaurant, 1430 High Street, Williamsburg 23185. Social Hour with cash bar will be on the patio and in the bar at 12:30, but you're welcome to arrive a little earlier. The meal will be at 1:15, with the program to follow.

Meal selections will be made at the table. The luncheon includes soup or salad, a wonderful French entree and dessert, served with water.  The price includes tax and gratuity. Members $25, Guests, $30.

The form for prepaid reservations is below, and the reservation deadline is April 12th. For any questions, email or call (804) 725-6163.

March 9, 2020  Jan Hoffman 

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Neal Steele interviewed  Janice (Jan) Hoffman about her children’s book, Four Fairy Friends.

Four Fairy Friends live in a magical forest. Join them as they frolic from sunrise to sunset.

CBW Meeting and Election
 Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Peter Stipe spoke on “Writing With Both Sides of Your Brain”

Thirty-three members and friends attended and enjoyed the luncheon meeting on February 19. After the election and luncheon, those attending heard how the two sides of your brain impact the ways you think and write differently.  The left side contributes to logic, order, discipline and analytical thinking.  This side helps you stay organized and write coherent sentences.  The right side of your brain inspires creativity, intuition, artistic and innovative writing.  This helps you imagine new stories with intriguing plot twists.  For the most effective writing, use both sides of your brain to be both creative and to have the discipline necessary to organize your thoughts.  This session helped us you understand the ways your brain works and how to apply your natural tendencies most effectively to your creative writing process.
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 2020 Anne Eichenmuller

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Anne Eichenmuller interview with Neal Steele about her new book, Drowning in Lies, the fourth book in the Sandi Beck murder mystery series.

Sandi Beck’s sail down the Intracoastal Waterway is thrown into chaos when a deadly explosion rocks Riviera Beach, nearly killing her fiancé. Sandi’s attempt to help a grieving daughter leads her to the dark underside of the Palm Beach elite, where everyone has a secret, and the truth kills. With a community torn and her own relationship in jeopardy, she races to expose the shadowy force behind the evil. If she fails, another girl will die, drowned forever in a sea of lies.
The fourth Sandi Beck murder-mystery, Drowning in Lies delivers a unique flesh-and-blood heroine and a fast-paced plot with heart-stopping twists. With action that stretches from the little town of Irvington, Virginia, to Florida’s Gold Coast, this latest novel is sure to satisfy new listeners and dedicated fans alike.

Jan 13, 2020 Dawn Brotherton

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Neal Steele interviewed Dawn Brotherton  about her book, The Road to Publishing.
Dawn said, "It’s a long, twisting road to publishing—don’t let anyone tell you differently. There’s no one path, and results are as varied as the methods to get there.” The Road to Publishing describes options available from self- to traditional publishing, providing helpful hints along the way.

Dec  9, 2019 Brad Harper 

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Neal discusses Bradley Harpers new book, The Queen's Gambit
Margaret Harkness, now in her early 40s, must leave England for her health but lacks the funds. A letter arrives from her old friend Professor Bell, her old comrade in the hunt for Jack the Ripper and the real-life inspiration for Sherlock Homes. Bell invites her to join him in Germany on a mysterious mission for the German government involving the loss of state secrets to Anarchists. The resolution of this commission leads to her being stalked through the streets of London by a vengeful man armed with a powerful and nearly silent air rifle who has both Margaret and Queen Victoria in his sights. Margaret finds allies in Inspector James Ethington of Scotland Yard and his 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, who aspires to follow in Margaret's cross-dressing footsteps. 
The hunt is on, but who is the hunter, and who the hunted as the day approaches for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee when the aged empress will sit in her open carriage at the steps of St Paul's Cathedral? The entire British Empire holds its breath as the assassin, Margaret, and the Queen herself play for the highest of stakes with the Queen's Gambit.
and All Stars Contest on Nov. 6th
at the Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg was a great success!
Members shared their work and competed for prizes! Those in attendance voted for the winners. There was a great assortment of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and everyone enjoyed the readings.

First Place winner Andrew Ball received a $75 prize, Ann Skelton won Second Prize and received a $50 prize, and Bradley Harper received $25 for Third Prize. Andrews Ball also won the separate contest for the Rick Baily Humor Award and $25 prize.

May 13, 2019 Mary Montague Sikes

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Neal Steele interviewed Mary Montague Sikes on her novel, Hearts Across Forever.

Kathryn Calder is dedicated to her NY city career until an unexpected assisgnment to Jamaica changes the path of her life. From the moment she arrives on the exotic island, she is haunted by odd memories from a distant past. Is Flynt Kincade, the stranger she meets in an art gallery, part of that past? Kathryn senses he is, especially when dreams connecting her with Flynt grow more vivid. A visit to Rose Hall Great Plantation draws Kathryn into a scene from long ago when evil reigned in Jamaica and the white witch of Rose Hall was a part of the danger. Can a love affair from old Jamaica reach across forever and bring Kathryn and Flynt together?

When artist/writer Mary Montague Sikes first visited Jamaica, she has no thoughts of writing a book set there. But the bright tropical colors and the sweet, perfumed scents inspired her. Somewhere along the way, she visited Rose Hall Plantation and grew fascinated with the tale of Annie Palmer, the white witch of Rose Hall. That excursion started her thinking, “What if?”. What if a love lost over 200 years ago could be revived in the present day? Would that love be lost again, or were lessons learned long ago enough to create love found?Sikes’ fascination with a simple love story and her desire to study more about reincarnation in the works of University of Virginia scientist, the late Dr. Ian Stevenson, led to the writing of her first novel, Hearts Across Forever. The award-winning book was re-released, April 18, 2019 by High Tide Publications.

"It's Never Too Late to Write"
with Dr. Bradley Harper

We started off CBW 2021 with a wonderful program on Zoom on January 27.  Dr. Bradley Harper was our guest speaker and he was great! His talk was informative and inspiring.

Jeanne Johansen of High Tide Publications hosted the program and is preparing a recording for us. Watch for it to be posted in the near future.

Brad began writing at the tender age of 63 after a thirty-seven-year career in the US Army. He will talk about his journey to becoming an award-winning author, addressing both the creative and business side of writing. Brad says it's never too late to pursue your dreams and hopefully, his experience will help you take your dreams and make them goals.
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On April 2, 2019 Sally Stiles on
"Aha! Moments: Inspiration through Haiku"
in honor of National Poetry Month

Chesapeake Bay Writers and Yorktown Library presented Sally Stiles: “Aha! Moments: Inspiration through Haiku,” at the  Yorktown Library on April 2nd.

It was a great presentation! The bad weather kept attendance down, but we'll look into setting up another date for this program.

Sally Stiles has called four continents, six countries, eight states and one small trawler home. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught and published poetry, fiction and non-fiction, including hundreds of magazine articles.  She worked in New York City as an editor and advertising executive. Among her five published books are two volumes of haiku.

Her interactive program led participants to seek aha! moments through haiku which can enrich and add depth to a writer's work.

June 11, 2018 Sharon Dillon

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Sharon Dillon will be interviewed by Neal Steele on June 11th about her new work, Gemstones and Dimes, a compendium of several writing genres.

She includes humorous stories, other fiction, and thoughtful, serious essays varying in length from short one-pagers to several pages. Her stories derive from her life experiences and topics that she considers worthy of discussion or that may provide a few laughs.

Her book is available at Amazon.

April 8 Bob Kunzinger

Bob Kunzinger interview on
Blessed Twilight: The Life of Vincent van Gogh 
In it, Vincent van Gogh tells his own life story, and rather than focusing on the art, it focuses on his love of God, of art, of life, and his thoughts about death and family.
Bob's family moved to Virginia Beach from New York in 1975. At 14, he wandered up to a radio broadcast for a new Radio Shack opening near his home, and the DJ for FM 99 asked him a few questions about what it was like to move from New York to Virgina. That DJ was Neal Steele!
Bob Kunzinger is a writer and professor who lives near Deltaville in Middlesex County. His non-fiction essays have appeared in many publications, including the Washington Post, World War Two History Illustrated, and St Anthony Messenger. He has published eight collections of essays, and his book A Third Place: Notes from Nature, which mostly takes place around Middlesex, comes out in August. Several of his essays have been noted by Best American Essays.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
"Everything you always wanted to know about literary agents (including how to get one)" presented by Nikki Terpilowski

The September 18th Literary Luncheon at Le Yaca French Restaurant in Williamsburg was great!  Those assembled enjoyed a very social time on the patio before a brief meeting. After lunch was served, Nikki Terpilowski, Founder and Senior Agent of Holloway Literary Agency spoke on "Everything you always wanted to know about literary agents (including how to get one)."

CBW members who registered for a pitch session after the luncheon discussed their finished work with Ms. Terpilowski. 
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CBW Summer Celebration Dinner Meeting
Wednesday, June 19
Abigail Putnam spoke on
"Flash Fiction: Small Stories with Big Impact."

The Chesapeake Bay Writers held its dinner meeting on June 19th in Hayes to celebrate the winners of their new annual Keating Award and award prizes.

Abigail Putnam from the Muse Writers Center in Norfolk spoke on, "Flash Fiction: Small Stories with Big Impact."  As our attention spans are shrinking and the age of online literary magazines and journals are on the rise, flash fiction is in greater demand than ever. This talk is dedicated to the art of making bite-sized stories feed the minds and imaginations of your reader long after the story’s end.

Abigail Putnam, Editor-in-chief of Penultimate Peanut Magazine, is from Suffolk, VA where the humidity just might kill you and the nearest museum keeps a hundred-year-old ham on display. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Arcadia University and her fiction has appeared in Maudlin House, Five on the Fifth, the Dirty Pool, and Frostfire Worlds AND teaches fiction classes at the Muse Writers Center.
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About the Author

David served in the CIA for 31 years before retiring in 1997. During his career he was a political analyst for 22 years in the Directorate of Intelligence, specializing in Balkan affairs. In this capacity he produced finished intelligence for all levels of the U.S. government, from the President to working level counterparts throughout the Community. He has designed intelligence analysis/writing courses and taught them throughout the Intelligence Community.

He has given writing workshops at the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) in Alexandria in 2005, in Mexico City in 2006, in Vancouver, Canada in April, 2007, and in Boston in 2008. David presented a similar writing workshop at the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit’s national meeting in Tempe, Arizona in June 2006. He has conducted intelligence analysis training for the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada and for the Canadian police.

On January 16, 2002, tragedy struck David and his family. Angela Dales, the mother of David’s grandchild, was shot and killed on campus at the Appalachian School of Law by another student. The book, A Question of Accountability: The Murder of Angela Dales is a record of events that occurred both before and after the shootings. It is David’s hope that this book will help to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
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February 13, 2019  Tim Holland spoke on "Product Management for Writers: For whom do you write?"

  • Should writers/authors look at their output as literary art or a commercial product?
  • Does it matter? Can it be both? Should it be both?
  • Why knowing who you are writing for is the first step in writing both non-fiction and fiction.
  • From the Brontë sisters to Louise Penny.
  • A look at other elements in managing a product.   
Tim Holland left the world of international banking and product management in 1997 (he had been vice president and senior product manager of the Bank of New York and also served as Chairman of the Forum of Bank Product Management of the Bank Administration Institute). He has given speeches and presentations in twenty-two states and twelve countries covering a variety of financial and literary topics. Since leaving the banking world, he has written for a variety of magazines, newspapers and literary journals. He is also the author of the Sidney Lake mystery series and the stand alone novel What the Mirror Doesn’t See. The next Sidney Lake lowcountry mystery, The Murder of Amos Dunn will be released on September 7, 2019.
In addition to being a member of Chesapeake Bay writers (Virginia Writer Club) he is also a member of Mystery Writers of America and The Brontë Society of Haworth England.


Wednesday, November 28th
at the Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg

Annual Gala Luncheon and All Stars Contest!

Those in attendance voted for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners who received cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25 and a separate contest for the Rick Baily Humor Award and $25 prize.
And the winners were:
1st Place – Ann Skelton
2nd Place–  Frank Milligan
3rd Place – Cindy Freeman
Rick Bailey Humor Award – Cindy Freeman

CBW Luncheon Meeting - Thursday, September 15

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Speaker: Daisy Howard-Douglas
"Experiences in Writing African-American History"
Click here for details.

(Not sure if you made your reservaton? Reservations list is at bottom of page.)
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Frank Milligan, Past President

Saturday, October 27, 2018 Frank Milligan on "How to Get Started as a Writer"

As part of the Kickoff for National Novel Writing Month, in a joint project between the Williamsburg Library and Chesapeake Bay Writers, Frank Milligan presented a free 2-hour program in the Williamsburg Library Theater.
Whether retired and ready to live the long deferred dream of becoming a writer or need to fit writing around school or  job and family, this fast- moving and fun session gave an overview of the writing life from thinking like a writer to publishing your work. Learn the four critical elements every successful story must include; to discover techniques that will make fiction and nonfiction stories come alive, and, understand the two critical skills required to create successful fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama. This was a great  opportunity to get down-to-earth answers to all the participants' writing questions.

Frank Milligan is author of the writing reference book: Time to Write: Discovering the Writer within after 50, published by Quill Driver Books, and winner of a 2009
Silver Award at the National Mature Media Awards. He has published and won awards for both fiction and non-fiction. He holds a bachelor’s in psychology; a master’s in business and public administration; and a master of arts in writing (fiction) from the Johns Hopkins University. Frank has taught creative writing at Northern Virginia Community College, the College of William and Mary’s Christopher Wren Association, and at various other venues. He is past-president
of Chesapeake Bay Writers.
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September 18, 2018
The Fictional Dream
with Lauran Strait

Chesapeake Bay Writers sponsored “The Fictional Dream,” a workshop geared toward helping writers hide the narrator. Lauran Strait conducted the workshop at the Yorktown Public Library at 7 PM. Hiding the narrator, whether in a first person story or a limited third one, greatly enhances reader engagement with the characters and is something all writers should learn how to do. When the narration is limited and hidden to the extent possible, the FICTIONAL DREAM will result. In this workshop, participants will learn what the fictional dream is, about its advantages, and how to achieve it. Hurricane Florence kept some folks away, but those who attended enjoyed the evening!

Lauran Strait, former writing instructor and workshop facilitator at the Adult Learning Center in Virginia Beach, is the founder and executive director of Hampton Roads Writers. She occasionally teaches writing workshops for HRW and the Muse Writers Center. She also works as a freelance book editor for a few select clients.

Her print and online work appears in Dog-eared, The Gator Springs Gazette, Atomic Petals, Retrozine, The Copperfield Review, A Woman of a Certain Age, Moondance Magazine, Monkey Bicycle, Insolent Rudder, LongStoryShort, Edifice Wrecked, The Virginian Pilot, Whistling Shade Literary Review,, The Green Tricycle, Reading Divas, The Angler, Salome Magazine, Quiction, Bewildering Stories, Tiny Lights—a flash in the pan, Down in the Cellar, Tuesday Shorts, Six Sentences, and HeavyGlow. Some of her other fiction and creative nonfiction appears in anthologies such as Random House’s Knitlit the Third—We Spin More Yarns,Better Non Sequitur's See You Next Tuesday, and Smith Magazine’s Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak.
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June 20, 2018 Alice Osborn
"How to be a Rock Star at PR"

Wow! What a great program! Alice Osborn showed us how to stand out from the crowd and make others remember who we are through our personal brand at our June 20th dinner meeting! Alice started her own successful writing and editing services company over a decade ago and shared her secrets with us after playing her guitar and singing while we visited and networked before the meeting. Her workshop, showed us how to build our brand by highlighting what makes us different from the crowd through our personal story, how we show up, and how we network/volunteer our time. A great program where we learned how all of our printed and online materials (website, social media networking, and business cards) work together to create a powerful brand will help attract, engage, and retain new readers and fans as it builds the loyalty of our current ones.

 Visit Alice's website at and check out her music at
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April 18, 2018
Ann Eichenmuller on
"Writing for $$$: 5 Steps to Getting Published in Magazines"

If you love to write, it is possible to turn that skill into a fulfilling and even lucrative second career. Ann Eichenmuller will introduce you to the world of freelance magazine writing and share from her own experience the possibilities and pitfalls of getting paid for what you write.
      Learn about the markets available to writers, the kinds of articles magazines want, and how to research, develop, and pitch winning ideas. Become familiar with the business side of this kind of freelance writing, from contracts and invoices to payments to kill fees. No matter what your age or interest, there is an audience out there waiting to hear from you.
     The library is located at 117 N. Church Lane, Tappahannock, to the right off US 17N, between Tappahannock Elementary School and Queen Street (Route 360). There is no charge and non-members are welcome to attend.

About Ann Eichenmuller
     Ann Eichenmuller is an award-winning educator and writer and creator of Motorhome magazine’s popular “Classic Ride”  series. A regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Chesapeake Style,  and the Caribbean All at Sea, her articles were recognized at the 2016 and 2017 Boating Writers International Annual Awards. She is a former recipient of the WashingtonPost Agnes Meyer Award for Excellence in Education and the author of two mystery novels, Kind Lies (2017) and The Lies We Are (June 2018). Ann has recently completed her first non-fiction book, The Writing Cure, about the healing power of writing.
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April 9 2018 Ashley Brotherton 

On April 9th, Neal Steele will interview Paige Ashley Brotherton, student memberof CBW and daughter of member
Dawn Brotherton, about her debut middle grade book, Avery Appreciates True Friendship. Currently a high school sophomore, Paige is interested
in everything, but she always comes back to writing. Her book is to be published April first and has already won a LitPick Award, so the interview is sure to be  interesting!
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February 14, 2018

Dan Duke, of The Virginian-Pilot

spoke on

"Fake News and

Dan is entertainment editor at The Virginian-Pilot, directing coverage of arts and entertainment and the Flavor section. In 23 years at The Pilot, he also has worked as a copy editor, copy desk chief and assistant business editor, while staying busy outside the newsroom as, at various times, a Cub Scout den leader, a youth soccer coach, a writing and editing teacher and an amateur musician trying to do right by his 1981 Gibson ES 335.
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May 14, 2017 Carol J Bova 

Neal Steele interviewed Carol J. Bova about her novel, Chestnut Springs, on the CBW Second Monday Radio Show on Xtra 99.1 FM WXGM, Monday May 14. Chestnut Springs is about a business woman who loses her job at 55 and moves from Los Angeles to a modern off-the-grid cabin in West Virginia while she job hunts online. Instead of another job in a big city, she finds a place for life, love and second chances. It's an upbeat story of small town life and friendships. The interview will be posted soon on our CBW podcast page.

Carol found a new lifestyle as a writer in 2004 after moving from California to Mathews. In 2014, she wrote a nonfiction book, Drowning a County. to unmask the urban myths the Virginia Department of Transportation created to explain decades of inadequate state road ditch maintenance. Carol is a columnist for Chesapeake Style magazine and a past president of the Chesapeake Bay Writers. She has three works in progress--a new novel also set in Chestnut Springs and two nonfiction books. less