Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. For the past 20+ years, she made her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.
Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn't as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.
Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including: Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader's Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: "amazing," "perfect," "filled with emotion," and "lined with danger." Workshop Description: Flexibility and the Art of Staying Relevant in Today’s Publishing World
Dorothy St. James will talk about the experiences and changes she’s made in her publishing career since her first book was released fourteen years ago. She’s published with large publishers, small publishers, e-publishers, and self-published books. She’s worked with an agent but also sold books to publishers on her own. She’s made plenty of mistakes over the years, experienced a bit of luck, and is looking forward to sharing her professional ups and downs and lessons learned ever since quitting her job to write full-time way back in 2001.
Our monthly meeting will take place on Thursday, November 7th, at The Runway Café, 21 Airport Rd, Greenville, SC. Be there at 6:15 p.m. to meet Dorothy St. James and enjoy chapter fellowship. Supper should be served at 6:30. Our speaker will begin after new and old business at about 7 p.m. Both dinner and the meeting are open to the public.
Please e-mail your dinner and drink order before 10 a.m. on Thursday to Ellis Vidler (click on link).This speeds service and helps us plan. The link for our special menu is located on the right-hand column listing.
If you place an order and do not attend or fail to cancel by noon, you will be charged for the meal. And like always, we'll enjoy it. Look forward to seeing you.
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