June Meeting

Please join us for our monthly meeting on June 15, 2019, for an informative event. Two of our own, Mark Walker and Richard McMaster will be holding a panel discussion on “Lessons Learned from the School of Hard Knocks on How to Publish and Promote Your Book”

We meet in the back room of the Blue Water Grill located at 1720 E. Camelback, in Phoenix at 12:00 pm till 2:00 pm. We hope to see you there.

Mark D. Walker:

Mark D. Walker was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and spent over forty years helping disadvantaged people in the developing world. He came to Phoenix as a Senior Director for Food for the Hungry, worked with other groups like Make a Wish International and was the CEO of Hagar USA, a Christian-based organization that supports survivors of human trafficking.

His book, Different Latitudes: My Life in the Peace Corps and Beyond was recognized by the Arizona Literary Association for Non-Fiction. Over the last year his articles, “The Making of the Kingdom of Mescal: An Adult Fairy Tale”, “Luis Argueta: Telling the Stories of Guatemalan Immigrants” and “Maya Gods and Monsters” were featured in the Revue Magazine. Two other articles were published in WorldView Magazine. An essay, “Rhythm of the Grass: Letters from Moritz Thomsen,” was published by the Peace Corps Worldwide while another one, “My Life in the Land of the Eternal Spring” was published in Ragazine as was “Life’s Little Travel Lists” in Literary Yard. Yet another article appeared in “Crossing Class: The Invisible Wall” anthology published by “Wising Up Press.

His honors include the “Service Above Self” award from Rotary International. His wife and three children were born in Guatemala and reside in the Phoenix area. You can learn more at www.MillionMileWalker.com and follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/millionmilewalker/

Richard McMaster:

Richard McMaster is the author of four novels: Voyage of Life, Shadow in the Night, Aaron’s War, 2018 Arizona Writer’s Association runner up fiction book of the year, and screenplays, The Attic, and Ticket to Heaven. Before embarking on a writing career, he was a health care executive, heading up three different start-up companies, one which ranked fifth largest of its kind in the United States. He is a native Iowan blessed to have lived twenty years in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and now in Arizona since 2011.

His reading interests range widely from classics and contemporary fiction to non-fiction science, psychology and biographies. His favorite author is Ivan Doig. He has a special interest in the World War II time period, human behavior, psychology, and physics.