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I’ve been a member of OCC for quite a few years. During that time, I’ve given a lot of talks and classes, and been on many panels, but the only one I’ve been on for OCC was at the Autumn Affaire conference about ten years ago.

I used to be very nervous speaking in front of any group, but I’ve done it often enough now that I’m generally fine. However, I think one of the reasons I haven’t made a point to volunteer to speak at OCC is that the idea makes me nervous!

Why? I’m not sure. I always want to make a good impression, no matter who the group is. But maybe I figure it’ll stick with me more if I mess up in front of you!

So why am I mentioning this now? Well, in August, I’m going to be talking about what I learn at RWA National that I can share with the group in the afternoon session. And in the morning session in September, I’ll be sharing what I know about combining romance and suspense in a novel. Two months in a row? I’m a glutton for punishment!

Come and listen to me. Please clap politely and keep your snickers to yourself. And–well, forget that. Both will be learning experiences for me, as well as for you, I hope. Please join me at both of them!

     FELINE FATALE, Linda’s ninth Kendra Ballantyne mystery for Berkley Prime Crime will be out July 2010. 

     Be sure to watch for the new Lauren Vancouver, Pet Rescuer series! The first book BEAGLE MANIA will be out in March 2011. It’s a spin-off from the Kendra series, and Lauren is introduced in HOWL DEADLY.

     ALASKAN WOLF, another in the Alpha Force series from Harlequin Nocturne, will be published in December 2010.

Linda O. Johnston


  • Anonymous
    on July 9, 2010

    Ditto to what Marianne said! Would love to have you come to the meeting. Be sure to introduce yourself if you do.

  • Anonymous
    on July 8, 2010

    Non-members are warmly welcomed at OCC. Here is a link to a map & driving directions. http://www.occrwa.org/wherewemeet.html
    Marianne Donley
    OCC member

  • Anonymous
    on July 8, 2010

    Dear Linda,
    I bet you will be fantastic speaking. I would like to know if you non members can attend the sessions. I really want to attend the September session and would love to hear you speak on Suspense and Romance combined.
    Thanks so much
    Jeri Hoag

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