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Random Writing Quote:

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

--Henry David Thoreau

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Date: December 16, 2017

Speaker: Matt Coyle

Topic: "My Journey to Publication"

Matt Coyle

REMINDER - Our December meeting begins at 9AM, and starts with breakfast, followed by our speaker. We'll be done by 11:30.

I grew up in the tract home section of La Jolla, California, battling my Irish/Portuguese brother and sisters for respect and the best spot on the couch in front of the TV. I was a sports addict as a kid, but realized early on that I'd never be good enough to turn pro. Or even amateur.

That didn't matter because I knew I wanted to be a writer at the age of twelve when my father gave me The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler.

Somehow, I smuggled a degree in English out of the University of California, Santa Barbara and decided to write the great American novel. That lasted two months until I realized I needed to eat and I got a job at a restaurant back in La Jolla. After managing the restaurant for years, I sold golf clubs for a decade and then went to work in the sports collectible business. 

Thirty years after beginning the great American novel I finished it as a thriller, instead.Yesterday's Echo is the first in the series of Rick Cahill crime novels. I'm currently working on book two in San Diego, where I live with my Yellow Lab, Angus.

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Upcoming January 20, 2018:


Speaker: DP Lyle

Date: January 20, 2018

Topic: "Developing unique voice and unforgettable characters"

DP Lyle

DP Lyle, MD is the Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winning and Edgar (2), Shamus, Agatha, Anthony, Scribe, USA Today Best Book Award (2), and Foreward INDIES Book of the Year nominated author of many non-fiction books as well as numerous works of fiction, including the SAMANTHA CODY, DUB WALKER, and JAKE LONGLY thriller series and the ROYAL PAINS media tie-in novels. His essay on Jules Verne’s THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND appears in THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS and his short story “Even Steven” in ITW’s anthology THRILLER 3: LOVE IS MURDER. He served as Editor for the Southern California Writers Association’s short story anthology, IT’S ALL IN THE STORY as well as contributing the story “Splash."