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Writing a novel is not an easy thing—especially if you’ve never written one before. What moved you to write your first novel? Is that still what moves you today? Join ITW Members Camille MinichinoEd KovacsGina RobinsonYvonne AndersonBeth Groundwater and George Ebey for what’s sure to be a thrilling discussion!


Camille Minichino, a retired physicist turned writer, has published eight novels in the periodic table mystery series. As Margaret Grace, she’s published five novels in the miniature mystery series, with a sixth due April 2012. As Ada Madison, she has launched the Professor Sophie Knowles mysteries, with THE SQUARE ROOT OF MURDER in July 2011. She’s a member of ITW, MWA, SinC, and RWA.

Ed Kovacs has worked and traveled all over the world as a private security contractor, journalist, and screenwriter.  His novel STORM DAMAGE will be published by Minotaur in December, 2011.  Eight screenplays he has written have been produced under various pen names.  He splits his time between his home in Southeast Asia and his aircraft hangar home at a Southern California airport.

Gina Robinson has always been a storyteller. An avid book lover, she grew up reading romance, mysteries, and suspense novels, but majored in Electrical Engineering. Eventually Gina gave up the glamorous engineering life for the equally glamorous life of a stay-at-home mom. Her first published novels received rave reviews, establishing Gina as one of today’s most exciting new authors of romantic suspense. THE SPY WHO LEFT ME releases from St. Martin’s Press on November 1, 2011.

Yvonne Anderson’s first novel, THE STORY IN THE STARS (Risen Books), debuted in June 2011. She is contest administrator for the blog Novel Rocket, named to Writer’s Digest’s list of 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2008, 2010 and 2011. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, The Lost Genre Guild, and International Thriller Writers, Inc., she works as a Virtual Assistant but spends most of her time on the planet Gannah, researching her stories.

Beth Groundwater writes the Claire Hanover gift basket designer mystery series (A REAL BASKET CASE, a 2007 Best First Novel Agatha Award finalist, and TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET, 2009) and the RM Outdoor Adventures mystery series starring whitewater river ranger Mandy Tanner (DEADLY CURRENTS, March, 2011 and WICKED EDDIES, to be released May, 2011). Beth lives in Colorado and enjoys its many outdoor activities, including skiing and whitewater rafting, and loves talking to book clubs.

George Ebey is the author of BROKEN CLOCK, DIMENSIONS: TALES OF SUSPENSE, THE RED BAG, and WIDOWFIELD. He is a graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in writing. He lives with his wife, Gail, in Northeast Ohio.