Our Speakers from the 2014 OWC
Five Star Publishing
Waterville, Maine-based Five Star, an imprint of Gale, part of Cengage Learning, debuted in 1995 with four original Western titles published in hardcover format. Five Star’s Westerns have earned rave reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, with hundreds of titles reviewed to date. Western Writers of America has honored multiple Five Star Western titles with Spur Awards for their superior quality.
The publications under the new program, offered in hardcover library bindings, will consist of a range of subgenres including, but not limited to, mystery, romance, and women’s fiction, all taking place in a frontier setting. They are written by well-known authors as well as emerging voices in Frontier Fiction.
Jeff Guinn is the author of MANSON: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, THE LAST GUNFIGHT: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral And How It Changed the American West, and GO DOWN TOGETHER: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie & Clyde, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2010. He was a longtime journalist who has won national, regional and state awards for investigative reporting, feature writing and literary criticism. He has written sixteen books including New York Times bestsellers. One of only 32 members of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, he lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
Brett Cogburn is the author of Panhandle, 2013 Spur Award Winner at Western Writers of America. Brett also published The Texans in 2013 and was the 2014 winner of the Spur in Short Fiction for a story published in Cactus Country III. Brett lives in Oklahoma with his wife and two children.
Margo Dill is a teacher and editor, as well as a successful author. She works for WOW, the high profile online magazine while running her own freelance editing service. Margo lives in St. Louis with her husband Rick, and daughter Katie.
Marian Szczepanski is the author of Playing St Barbara. She lives in Houston, Texas, but spends her time traveling the country speaking at libraries and bookstores while she markets her novel. Marian will give two workshops at OCW, one detailing the ins and outs, the dos and don’ts, of historical research and how to make your historical fiction more timely with current events. Marian’s second workshop will be about writing sex and love scenes into your novel or short fiction, while making it fit with your theme. Marian stresses that most writers are uncomfortable with writing love scenes into their work and often do a clumsy job of it. She will explain how the masters of writing manage this difficult task.