Michael La Ronn is the author of over 80 science fiction and fantasy novels and self-help books for writers. His books include The Good Necromancer series, The Last Dragon Lord series, and the Android X series, to name just a few. His writing is about heroes rising up against incredible odds to be the best possible versions of themselves.
Michael devoted himself to the writing life in 2012 after a near-death experience with a deadly illness. Realizing that life was too short to die without pursuing his passions, he dedicated himself to being an industry-savvy author, marketer, and entrepreneur.
When he’s not writing novels, Michael runs the popular YouTube channel, Author Level Up, where he publishes weekly advice videos for writers. Author Level Up has over 40,000 subscribers and nearly 2 million lifetime views.
To give back to the community that has given so much to him, Michael also serves on the staff of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) as their Outreach Manager. ALLi is a nonprofit for self-published writers whose mission is ethics and excellence in self-publishing. He co-hosts the AskALLi Member Q & A Podcase where he answers new writers’ most burning questions about self-publishing.
Michael is a dynamic public speaker and is an expert on productivity, writing business & craft. His main focus is writing the best books he can and helping other writers to do the same.
Michael was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and is a proud St. Louisan. He currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with his wife and daughter.
You’re invited to join the Dallas Area Romance Authors for our hybrid Holiday Breakfast & Passing of the Gavel. Our guest speaker is best-selling author Cassie McLaughlin, speaking about "We Duet Better Together: Successfully Coauthoring a Book."
We will gather in person on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 9 am to noon. Our in-person meeting will be at the Dallas College Mountain View Campus, Building B, Room 149, 4849 W Illinois Ave, Dallas, Texas, 75211.
Check-in starts at 9 am, with a full breakfast at 9:30. This catered buffet includes chicken, waffles and other yummy goodies. We’ll have our annual turnover meeting at 10. If you'd prefer, you can join us in our regular Zoom room, starting at 10 am with the business meeting. Zoom details are below. Everyone is asked to RSVP via Evite at http://evite.me/BWdn1bWvx5.
Please RSVP so we can plan correctly for breakfast. Also RSVP if you're attending virtually. Just write a note that you're going to be virtual.
DARA members attend for free, and guests are $10.
The DARA tradition of a holiday raffle continues, with many great items being donated by our members. If you’d like to donate a basket or item to the raffle, please contact Janet at email@example.com. You can bring your item to the meeting.
Invite your friends! The More the Merrier!
About CaSandra McLaughlin A native of Marshall, Texas, Cassie is a national best-selling author and motivational speaker. She wrote, directed, and produced her first movie, Deacon Brown's Daughter, based on the book she co-authored with Michelle Stimpson. Cassie is also a songwriter, and her song “I’m Free” is featured in the movie. In 2019, Deacon Brown’s Daughters won Best Featured Fiilm at the Capital City Film Festival. CaSandra is also an advocate for domestic violence awareness. In 2016, she wrote and produced a play, Don't Love Me to Death, to take a stand against domestic violence, and she has also penned a book about her own domestic violence experience. Cassie is married to Richard, with a beautiful daughter Chloe, and an amazing granddaughter Nova.
We all know tropes are important to writing romance. Heck, many of our readers ask for them by name, “Best friend’s little sister? I love those stories!” But are we using them as effectively as we can? After all, we know our readers love them, so why not wring every last bit of story juice out of them?
In this workshop, we’ll whip tropes into shape so your books become one-click material. We’ll talk about why tropes are essential, what separates them from cliches, and how we can use them in specific ways to create original stories that resonate with our readers. We’ll talk tropes and romance and have a pretty good time doing it!
Join us for a short social time at 9 am central time, followed by a brief business meeting at 9:30 am. Our speaker starts about 10 am.
DARA meetings are held the fourth Saturday of each month from January to October. We're currently meeting on Zoom -- to invite a friend, please contact our Membership Chair, Priya Ardis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Jennifer Hilt
I’m a USA Today Bestselling author who has worked as a plotter and concept creator. I’ve written 24 books across four pen names. I have degrees in linguistics and literature. I live in Seattle with my family and my canine fan club. I love collecting dictionaries in unfamiliar languages, bingeing Scandi-Noir streaming series, and shouting out tropes from the comfort of my couch.
You can learn more about Jennifer at jenniferhilt.com.