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West Texas Writers' Academy Hall of Fame
 

The West Texas A&M Writers' Academy is very proud of all of the graduates and their accomplishments.


Deann AlfordDeann Alford

Attended 2011-2014
"Circle of Hope"
2013
Published by CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing

"Village of Bridges"
2014
Published by CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing

Deann Alford's Books on Amazon
Deann Alford's Books on Goodreads
Deann Alford's Author Facebook Page

 


Linda AppleLinda Apple

Attended 2011

"Connect! A Simple Guide to Public Speaking for Writers"
Self-Published

"Writing Life - Your Stories Matter"
Self-Published

"POW: Promises Kept - The Inspiring Stories of Walter Boots Mayberry"
Self-Published

"Women of Washington Avenue"
Self-Published

Linda Apple's Website

"Where else can a writer be mentored in a small group setting with a New York Times best selling author and writing academia specialists? The facility of WTWA are sincere in their efforts to help writers reach their goals. They certainly helped me achieve mine!"

 


Celia BonaduceCelia Bonaduce

Attended 2009

Merchant of Venice Beach
2013
Published by Kensington

Comedy of Erinn
2013
Published by Kensington

Much Ado About Mother
2014
Published by Kensington

Welcome to Fat Chance, Texas
May 2015
Published by Kensington

www.celiabonaduce.com/

"The WTWA was a first rate learning experience. Jodi Thomas took a class of diverse individuals and managed to teach us all in such a way that we each took away personalized tips on how to hone our craft- and the belief that we could be writers."
 


Natalie BrightNatalie Bright

Attended 2009, 2010, 2012

"A Cowboy's Life"
2013
APPLESEEDS Magazine

"A Cowboy's Christmas Blessing" West Texas Christmas Stories
2013
Abilene Christian University Press

Natalie Bright's Website

"The quality of the instructors are second to none, and the chance to immerse myself into sorry craft for an entire week completely changed my focus. I think I became braver about submitting and not questioning ideas that come into my head. This week will change your life."

 


Linda BrodayLinda Broday

Attended 2011, 2014

"Give Me a Texas Outlaw"
2011
Published by Kensington Publishing

"A Texas Christmas"
2011
Published by Kensington Publishing

"Be My Texas Valentine"
2012
Published by Kensington Publishing

"Texas Mail Order Bride"
2015
Published by Sourcebooks Publishing

Linda Broday's Website

"West Texas A&M's Writing Academy is the place for serious writers who truly have a turning in their gut. Totally immersing myself in writing for an entire week provided the focus I needed in advancing my publishing career. Nowhere can you get such personalized attention of your teachers."

 


Bethany ClaireBethany Claire

Attended 2012, 2013

"Love Beyond Time"
2013
Self Published

"Love Beyond Reason"
2013
Self Published

"A Conall Christmas"
2013
Self Published

"Love Beyond Hope"
2014
Self Published

"Love Beyond Measure"
2014
Self Published

"In Due Time"
2014
Self Published

"Love Beyond Compare"
2015
Self Published

Bethany Claire's Website

 

Mary ColeyMary Coley

Attended 2009

"Naked Ladies- Seasons of the Heart"
2013
Self Published

"Beneath a Wild Sky- Forest Cat and Other Stories"
2013
Self Published

"Cobwebs"
2014
Published by Wheatmark

"Ant Dens"
2015
Published by Wheatmark

Mary Coley's Website
Mary Coley's Blog

"The WTWA is invaluable. The daily sessions provide information both about 'writing as a craft' and 'writing as a business.' As the week progresses, you develop friendships with other writers and get feedback on your work in progress. It is well worth the commitment of time, energy, and money!"

 


Winona Cross Winona Cross

Attended 2012, 2013

"Dianne's Destiny"
2015
Published by The Wild Rose Press- Yellow Rose Line

Winona Cross' Website

"The Writers' Academy is beyond description for any writer regardless of level of expertise. It's a perfect package of talented faculty, kind people, knowledge sharing, comfortable setting, and the beginning of friendships. Without it I would still be a floundering 'wanna be' author."

 


Arlene GaleArlene Gale

Attended 2014

"Face Forward, Move Forward"
2015
Published by TAG Publishing LLC

Arlene Gale's Website

"I went to the academy alone in 2014. Teaching staff is phenomenal! You'll get time to interact with them. I met other writers, and we became friends, and continue to support each other. This is the best money and time I invested in myself in years. I'm so excited this year, and I'm bringing three other budding writers for the week!

 


Linda Fry

Pen Name: L.M. Fry

Attended every year since 2013

"Into Aether: Book One o the Trinity Key Trilogy"
2016
Published by ELEAH Enterprises

"Escape Aether: Book Two o the Trinity Key Trilogy"
2016
Published by ELEAH Enterprises

"Save Aether: Book Three of the Trinity Key Trilogy"
2016
Published by ELEAH Enterprises

"Wicked Secrets"
2016
Published by ELEAH Enterprises

http://lmfry.com

"The Academy turned my whole life upside down in the best way. Before I attended, I didn't know what I was doing and I didn't have the support I desperately needed. The Academy changed everything. The teachers are encouraging and kind - not to mention amazing writers. Over the last four years, I've found mentors, support, and life-long friends. There is NO other event like the West Texas Wirter's Academy."


Vanessa G. Foster

Attended 2016

"More than Everything"
2013
Published by 25jumpingjacks Books through CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing

www.vgfoster.com

"Attending WTWA, along with so many successful, talented writers was the best thing I've ever done for my writing career. Everyone, from the instructors to each attendee was warm, supportive, and full of ideas they didn't mind sharing. The atmosphere was serious with a huge dose of fun on the side, and I plan to return!"


Nancy Kay GraceNancy Kay Grace

Attended 2010

"The Grace Impact"
2015
Published by CrossRiver Media

Nancy Kay Grace's Website

"I attended the academy after a difficult season of my life when I needed to jumpstart my writing. The program helped me refocus and taught fresh material. It gave me encouragement and motivation to keep writing at a time when I needed writing direction. It was an important step toward my goal of publishing a book."

 


Ann Greenfield

Ann Greenfield

Attended 2009, 2014

"The Hanging Room", Tales Told at Midnight Along the Rio Grande
2006
Published by iUniverse

"Winter Traditions" and "They're Heeeeere", Valleysong- an Anthology Echoing the Rhythm and Cadence of Life in the Rio Grande Valley
2009
Published by Texas Rio Writers

"Brownsville Haunted History Tour" and "Entertaining Angels Unaware", Haunted Texas Highways-Legends and Lore of the Lone Star State
2012
Published by Atriad Press

"Goliath" and "Third Times a Charm", The Rio Grande: A River of a Thousand Tales
2014
Published by Valley Byliners
 


Ann R. Hawkins

Pen Name: Rachael Miles

Attended 2007

"Jilting the Duke"
2016
Published by Kensington Zebra

"Seeking the Heiress"
2016
Published by Kensington Zebra

"Chasing the Spy"
2016
Published by Kensington Zebra

rachaelmiles.com 


Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

Attended 2009, 2010

"Painting Friendship"- short story in Patchwork Path: Friendship Star
2009
Published by Choice Publishing Group, LLC

"My No Name Island Home"- Poetry in Coal City Review
2010
Published by the University of Kansas English MFA Program

"Arctic Arkansas"- short story in Storm Country: The Anthology
2011
Published by Mozark Press

"Bayou Born" (#1 in Fleur de Lis Series)
2013
Published by the Wild Rose Press

"Bayou Bound" (#2 in Fleur de Lis Series)
2014
Published by the Wild Rose Press

Linda Joyce's Website
Linda Joyce's Page on Amazon

"The Writers' Academy is a unique writing opportunity. Jodi Thomas and the other instructors offer challenges, inspiration, caring support- and fun! I made life-long friends. Taking what I learned and adding perseverance, I signed my first book contract in 2012. I am very grateful to Jodi and WTWA."
 


Carol Kjar

Carol Kjar

Pen Name: C.S. Kjar.

Attended 2014

“The Treasure of Adonis”
2015
Self Published

Carol Kjar's Website

“Attending the Academy in 2014 was one of the best decisions I've made in my writing career. I learned a tremendous amount about the nuts and bolts of writing and editing. Socializing with fellow authors left me energized and excited about working on my book.”
 


Phyliss MirandaPhyliss Miranda

Attended 2014

"The Ladies of the West" Anthologies
Published by Kensington Publishing

"Give Me a Texan"
2008
Published by Kensington Publishing

"Give Me a Cowboy"
2009
Published by Kensington Publishing

"Give Me a Texas Ranger"
2010
Published by Kensington Publishing

"Give Me an Outlaw"
2011
Published by Kensington Publishing

"A Texas Christmas"
2011
Published by Kensington Publishing

"Be My Texas Valentine"
2012
Published by Kensington Publishing

"A Texas Christmas" Reissued
2013
Published by Kensington Publishing

"Wishing for a Cowboy" Short story
2013
Published by Prairie Rose Publications

"The Tycoon and the Texan"
2013
Published by Kensington Publishing

"The Troubled Texan"
2014
Published by Kensington Publishing

"Hearts and Spurs"
2014
Published by Prairie Rose Publications

"Tumbleweeds and Valentines"
2015
Published by Kensington Publishing

Phyliss Miranda's Website

"I absolutely cannot say enough about the inspiration I have received from attending the academy. It is hard to put in word exactly what I've gotten out of the classes, but being 24 hours a day for a week spending time with only authors is invaluable. I truly do not believe I could have reached my goals from year to year without Jodi's dream of having an academy and the continuing education folks."

 


Brooke Montgomery

Brooke Montgomery

Pen Name: Brooke-Lauren Montgomery

Attended 3 years

"The Protected: The Unseen Realm"
2014
Published by Tate Publishing Enterprises, LLC

www.brooke-lauren828.blogspot.com

"The writing academy has improved me each year with how to make my writing more effective and keep the reader captivated. I'm also forever grateful to DeWanna Pace who, God through her, opened my eyes to my POV issues and how to fix them. She also showed me how to tighten up sentences to make them stronger. The writing academy is something I look forward to every year!"
 


Jan Morrill

Attended in 2009

"Doll in the Red Kimono"
2012
Published by CreateSpace

"The Red Kimono"
2013
Published by University of Arkansas Press

"Life: Haiku by Haiku"
2014
Published by CreateSpace

"Creative Characterization"
2015
Published by CreateSpace

 

http://janmorrill.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Jan-Morrill/e/B009FLNZ7U/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1430752831&sr=1-2-ent

"The entire workshop was highly motivational and inspiring, but three words spoken by Jodi Thomas have affected my writing more than anything else I've learned: "What if?" and "Perseverance."


Vaun MurphreyVaun Murphrey

Attended 2013, 2014

"Chimera"
2014
Published by Artemis Femme (Self published)

"Changeling"
2014
Published by Artemis Femme (Self published)

"Vector"
2014
Published by Artemis Femme (Self published)

"Phoenix"
2015
Published by Artemis Femme (Self published)

Vaun Murphrey's Website

"Along the writing way I discovered a treasure trove of different but like-minded human beings to share in my crazy. I was able to make their acquaintance because I attended the Writers' Academy at WTAMU. A good dose of reality of publishing got smashed like a boulder over my head but I learned and I mingled, and best of all, I came away with new friends."

 


Jolene Navarro

Attended 2012-2014

"Lone Star Holiday"
2013
Published by Harlequin's Love Inspired

"Lone Star Hero"
2014
Published by Harlequin's Love Inspired

www.jolenenavarrowriter.com


Kimberly Packard

Attended 2014

"Phoenix"
2012
Published by Goodmedia Press

Kimberly Packard's Website

"WTWA is more than a writing academy, it's the nucleus of a wonderful community of writers of all levels and coaches and instructors. The small size of the classes allows the writers to get to know each other quickly and attention of the teachers. Attending WTWA is by far the best thing I've done for my writing career."

 


Gina Hooten Popp

Gina Hooten Popp

Attended 2009, 2010, 2016

"The Storm After"
2013
Published by CreateSpace

"Tomorrow Comes at Midnight"
2014
Published by CreateSpace

"Lucky's Way"
2015
Published by CreateSpace

"The Emigrant's Song"
2016
Published by CreateSpace

"Chico Boy"
2016
Published by GHP Books

Gina Hooten Popp's Amazon Page

"WTWA is intense boot camp training for writers to learn not only their craft, but also what it takes to get published. The contacts I made there were invaluable. I've attended three times and would love to go again. I highly recommend it to authors of all genres."
 


Melody Robinette

Melody Robinette

Attended 2011, 2012, 2014

"Oaken"
2015
Published by CreateSpace

Melody Robinette's Amazon Page

"The academy introduced me to the world of other writers. Before, I lived alone in my own little writing universe. The Writers' Academy showed me how valuable other writers can be. It is truly a community of unique and like-minded people. The connections I've made and the things I've learned have been invaluable to my writing career."
 


Paul Sturm

Paul Sturm

Attended 2007-2008

"Whispers of the Dead: When Death Doesn't Die"
2011
Published by Brighton Publishing

"The Apostles Secret: Conspiracy of the Twelve"
2013
Published by Brighton Publishing

"502 rue le Rough: Death Enters the Convent"
2015
Published by Brighton Publishing

Paul Sturm's Website

"WTWA gave me the tools for developing my skills as a writer--Jodi gave me a heart. All my books are mystery/suspense but they all contain a strong romantic tension that keeps them alive to the reader and motivates the plot. I never fail to mention Jodi's influence to any group I speak to."
 


Sasha SummersSasha Summers

Attended 2014

The Boones of Texas:

"A Cowboy's Christmas Reunion"
2015
Publishing by Harlequin

"Twins for the Rebel Cowboy"
2016
Publishing by Harlequin

"Courted by the Cowboy"
2016
Publishing by Harlequin

"A Cowboy to Call Daddy"
2017
Publishing by Harlequin

"A Son for the Cowboy"
2017
Publishing by Harlequin

            And 3 more Boones of Texas books on the way.

            Werewolf Series 

           "The Blood Moon Brotherhood"
            Coming Soon- Spring 2017
          

Sasha Summers' Website

"The focus on craft and creatively nourishing environment led to an explosion of productivity. I know working with Alex and my classmates helped me land my new contract with Harlequin!"

 


Rickey Thornton

Attended 2011, 2013, 2014

“As Long as I Remember”
2011
Published on Kindle

“The Dreams Within”
2012
Published by Kindle

“At WTWA, the courses were taught by talented writers who had experienced and conquered many of the same problems I struggled with. They helped guide me to develop my voice and organize my thoughts. Thanks WTWA for helping that story get out of my head and onto paper.”
 


Linda TroutLinda Trout

Attended 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015

"Grave Secrets"
2012
Published by The Wild Rose Press

"Romance-The Spice of Life"
2012
Published by AWOC.com

"Last Hope Alaska"
2014
Published by The Wild Rose Press

Linda Trout's Website

"From the impressive line-up of instructors, to the in-depth workshops, to great friendships formed, I have nothing but praise for the Writers' Academy. Thank you Jodi Thomas and Tim Lewis! I am now living my dream due to the encouragement and help I received during this week-long course."

 


Kathy L Wheeler

Kathy L Wheeler

Pen Name: Kae Elle Wheeler

“Maybe It’s You”
2012
Self Published

“The Color of Betrayal”
2012
Self Published

“Quotable”
2013
Self Published

“Lies That Bind”
2013
Self Published

“The Wronged Princess”
2013
Self Published

“The Unlikely Heroine”
2013
Self Published

“The Surprising Enchantress”
2013
Self Published

“Trust in Love”
2014
Self Published

“Reckless”
2015
Self Published

Kathy L Wheeler's Website

"I am proud to say that I am part of the first group who attended the academy in June of 2009. And to this day, I am still close friends with many of the originating members. We do our best to meet up at least once per year. Relationships that allow me to contact any of my former cohorts with questions, stumbling blocks or ideas I may need help with. The experience was one I shall treasure for a lifetime."

 


If you or someone you know has attended the Writers' Academy and has published work, please feel free to email us so we can recognize you and your great accomplishments!
jthomas@mail.wtamu.edu
aporter@mail.wtamu.edu