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Michele Venne speaks at Dog-Eared Pages: ‘From Writer to Author’

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At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, author Michele Venne will speak on the topic “From Writer to Author” as part of the Friday Night Writes series at Dog-Eared Pages, a bookstore specializing in rare, used and out-of-print books. Every Friday, the store, which is located at 16428 N. 32nd St. in Phoenix, offers informative presentations for writers by publishing professionals and published authors.

Venne recently shared with Examiner what she plans to include that evening. “We’re going to start off by investigating why we write,” she said. “Then we’re going to talk about what is needed for writing, types of writers, ways to deal with the inner critic, first drafts, etc.”

She plans to use handouts and have attendees do one prompt that they can share if they so choose.

“I’ll share what I do to get my books into print as an indie author,” Venne said. She will also talk about “how to care for oneself as a writer/artist, and what I’ve found that it takes to keep doing what is exciting and joyful, and very hard work at the same time.”

Venne enjoys creating mysterious situations in her books that not only entertain, but present thought-provoking views of issues in our society. All of her books include an introductory “Dear Reader” letter and conclude with “Questions to Ponder.”

Her standalone novels are “Of Gifts and the Goddess,” set in historical Ireland, and “Of Dolphins and Desires,” which takes place in modern-day Mexico and California. “Of Prophecies and Promises” is the sequel to “Of Stars and Secrets,” a futuristic romantic thriller. “Of Art and Air” is the first book in The Tanner Trilogy, in which the lives of Carli, Samantha and Shaun Tanner are changed irrevocably by their father’s murder.

She has also written two books of poems: “Yogis All: A Journey of Transformation, Volume I” and “Lingering Hand of Creation,” with fine art photographer Billy Joe Rhoades.

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