Rocky Mountain Writer #109

Denitta Ward & Somewhere Still

Denitta Ward will tell you that she did it all backwards.

But she got on the path to publication earlier this year when took RMFW’s online course about self-publishing, taught by Lisa Price Manifold.

The result? The publication of her first novel, Somewhere Still, in November.

Denitta is a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association, the Historical Novel Society, and (of course) Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She is delighted to be the 100th member of IPAL.

After decades of writing legal briefs and contracts, Denitta picked up her pen and decided she'd write the stories she really wanted to tell, about young women discovering their own resilience in times of societal transition.

In fact Somewhere Still is set in the Roaring Twenties era in Kansas City and the follow-up jumps ahead three decades to Cuba.

In both cases, however, Denitta is exploring a topic that remains relevant today about the “power dynamic” between men and women. Even writing in a clean style, Denitta explores an age-old question: who is writing that paycheck and what are women willing to do for that money?

Denitta Ward's website

Intro music by Moby Gratis

Outro music by Dan-o-Songs

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Host Mark Stevens:

Mark Stevens
Mark Stevens is 2016 RMFW Writer of the Year. He writes the Allison Coil Mystery Series--Antler Dust (2007), Buried by the Roan (2011), Trapline (2014) and Lake of Fire (2015). Buried by the Roan, Trapline and Lake of Fire were all finalists for the Colorado Book Award; Trapline won. Trapline also won the 2015 award in genre fiction from the Colorado Authors League. Kirkus Reviews called Lake of Fire "irresistible." More about Mark on his website.