The Society of Southwestern Authors – Valley of the Sun chapter is dedicated to bringing together professional writers and those interested in writing. Each of SSA-VS’s monthly meetings is actually a writing class, each class covering a specialized topic, such as writing mainstream novels, memoirs, mysteries, romance, speculative fiction, fantasy, historical novels, magazine writing, screenplays, etc. Some of our instructors delve into the actual mechanics of writing, such as story structure, creating multi-faceted characters, plotting, and the challenges of writing a series.


Dan Baldwin

Dan Baldwin is the author of the westerns Trapp Canyon, Bock’s Canyon and the Caldera trilogy; the mysteries Desecration, Heresy and Vengeance; the thriller Sparky and the King and two short story collections, Vampire Bimbos on Spring Break and Dank Summit and Other Stories, and the photo book series Wildflower Stew. He is the winner … Read More

Donis Casey

Donis Casey is the author of the Alafair Tucker Mysteries, set in Oklahoma during the booming 1910s and featuring the sleuthing mother of ten children. Donis has twice won the Arizona Book Award, been a finalist for the Willa Award and is a seven-time finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Her first novel, The Old … Read More

Betty Webb

Betty Webb is the author of the nationally best-selling Lena Jones mystery series (Desert Rage, Desert Wives, Desert Wind, Desert Noir, etc.) and the humorous Gunn Zoo mysteries (The Llama of Death, The Puffin of Death, etc.). Before beginning to write fiction full time, Betty worked as a journalist, interviewing everyone from U.S. presidents, astronauts … Read More

Margaret Morse

Margaret C. Morse lives with her husband Duane and seven dogs in Phoenix, Arizona. After working as an attorney for twenty-five years at the Maricopa County Public Defender’s, she retired to begin a second career as a writer. She has published an urban fantasy murder mystery. Murder Casts Its Spell portrays a lawyer who turns … Read More

Margaret Burnison

Margaret Burnison is the secretary for the SSA-VS chapter. Margaret is an aspiring writer who enjoys putting pen to paper; retirement has given her the time required to explore her creative side. Margaret travels frequently which provides inspiration to create different and exciting worlds as the back drop for YA science-fiction short stories.

Gail Dennehy

Gail Dennehy is the author of “Flow Blue,” a chronicle of the difficulties and victories of five generations of Irish women in Ireland and Boston. In addition, she has a published novella, “Margaret of Cork,” about the woman who was the ancestor of the Kerry Casey’s during the time of Cromwell. She also has poems, … Read More