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Founded in 2004 by Kate Chaplin, the Indy Writers’ Group is a supportive community of published and pre-published writers of all genres. IWG offers workshops, signings, and bi-monthly meetings for critique and support. IWG is a diverse group with strengths in various areas, such as self-publishing, e-publishing, small presses, freelance writing, technical writing, editing, etc. Within the network of in person events and online you’ll find a community of writers with various backgrounds and experiences that understand the pitfalls and success that plague writers today. Our group can be found Here on Yahoo Groups

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Hometown Website Interviews Terri Grimes

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To read more about IWG member and Cookbook author, Terri Grimes, head on over to The folks over there loved her cookbook, Cooking With Friends, so much they did a review on it. In addition they have also provided an easy, one click link on their site for patrons to purchase the book. Being originally from the Eastern Shore of Delmarva, where is located, Terri is especially honored to have her book reviewed on their site. In fact, in one of the recipes in Terri’s books, it states that only fresh oysters from Chincoteague should be used in the dish. Their sister site, on also includes a one click link to purchase Cooking With Friends. As one of Indiana’s hottest local cookbooks it’s wonderful to see Terri’s hometown crowd recognizing it’s wonderful attributes as well.

To follow Terri’s writing journey check out her blog at or her Myspace page.

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Radio Palm Beach Set to Interview Kate Chaplin

IWG President, Kate Chaplin will be on Radio Palm Beach this Friday at 11am talking about life, writing, filmmaking and about her films premiering at the Indy Awards. Listen live online at

About Kate Chaplin: Named a "Naptown notable resident" by Intake Weekly Magazine as well as one of the "most talented writers around today" by the Writer's Page, Kate Chaplin is an author and film maker whose projects have appeared on MTV, local television, in print and online. She is the author of The Belief Test and the writer/director of the short films LOSS and Laundry Day. She is the President of the Indy Writers' Group and a proud mother of two beautiful girls. Kate resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her dream is to one day work with Johnny Depp and get drunk in Ireland.

Carmel Magazine Interviews Terri Grimes

Be sure to pick up a copy of Carmel Magazine’s October 2007 issue, just released, to view a two page article on IWG member Terri Grimes. On pages 44 and 45 of the October issue they not only give an in depth insight as to why Terri wrote Cooking With Friends, but they also published four yummy recipes along with some very delicious looking pictures. If that article doesn’t make you ravenous nothing will!

The article detail’s Terri’s next project, a cookbook titled Cooking With Hoosiers which, according to the article, is slated for publication in November 2007.

We were disappointed to see that the article didn’t mention the children’s book she co-wrote with her seven year old granddaughter, A Pony Named Penny. But we forgiven them since they did mention our writing group, even if not by name.

In addition to being available online at the publishers website, Cooking With Friends is also available at, Barnes and Noble, Carmel Glass & Mirror and The Borders Bookstore in Carmel Indiana. Be sure to pick up a copy of Cooking With Friends to see what all the fuss is about. IWG Congratulates Terri on a job well done!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

IWG Author and Filmmaker Premieres Film at Indy Awards

On September 29, award-winning author and film maker, Kate Chaplin will be in attendance to witness the premiere of her short film LOSS at the 15th annual Indy Awards.

The script for LOSS began after Kate’s friend Sarah lost her uncle in a tragic car accident. Kate, being no stranger to death herself, had also lost her uncle at a young age. The two found comfort in thinking that maybe death isn’t the end but rather a new beginning. Sarah insisted that Kate’s next movie be about helping others overcome the loss of a loved one. Months later found Sarah in Japan and Kate on the set with a talented cast and crew making the film a reality. “I couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of the Indiana film makers,” Kate said. “After spending years in Los Angeles, I now know that there is no better place to make a film than Indianapolis.”

LOSS was a real family affair. Not only are the producer's, Kate Chaplin and Joshua Leach, married but three months into pre-production on LOSS, Kate found out she was pregnant with their second child. Just about every aspect of production was being done as Kate's belly grew. Fighting through months of morning sickness, Kate and the crew made it though rehearsals, test shoots, principal photography and months of post production to bring a memorable and heartwarming short film to movie goers.

ABOUT THE FILM: LOSS is the story of a woman who while sitting at her father’s death bed witnesses her father being “taken.” Later on a hill top that nearly touches the sky, Elsie confronts the man who took her father and learns the answers to death as well as life. Dedicated to Steven Lastovich and Tom Gott. Starring: Monica Barajas (A Shade of Grey), Ben Schmitt (The Break Up) and Don Becker (Crossroads).

ABOUT THE FILM MAKER: Named a "Naptown notable resident" by Intake Weekly Magazine as well as one of the "most talented writers around today" by the Writer's Page, Kate Chaplin is an award-winning author and film maker whose projects have appeared on MTV, local television, in print and online. She is the author of The Belief Test and the writer/director of the short films LOSS and Laundry Day. She is the President of the Indy Writers' Group and a proud mother of two beautiful girls. Kate proudly resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her dream is to one day work with Johnny Depp and get drunk in Ireland.

LOSS will premiere at the Indy Awards sponsored by the Indiana Film Society Saturday, September 29, 6pm-10pm at the Laikin Auditorium at the Jewish Community Center, 6701 Hoover Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46260. Indiana Film Society Website

IWG Author Debra Kemp appearing at Context 20

On September 29 historical fiction author Debra Kemp will read selections of her award-winning series at Context 20.

About the conference: Context 20 is a friendly convention focused on speculative fiction literature situated in Columbus, OH. Context Website

About Debra Kemp: Debra has won numerous awards for House of Pendragon Book 1: The Firebrand (Amber Quill Press/Oct. 2003) and House of Pendragon Book 2:The Recruit (Amber Quill Press/Jan. 2007). Debra Kemp lives in Noblesville, IN. She recently celebrated 30 years of marriage with her husband, Bill. They have two grown children, both married. They have one grandchild--the divine Bouddica--four year old Tori. Debra's Website

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Recommended Books On Writing

The following books are publications various member of IWG have found to be helpful. This is by no means a complete collection. If you have found a particular book to be of help to you in your writing journey, please leave a comment and let us know.

Happy Writing!
The IWG Team


  • The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes (Recommended by Kate)
  • The Writer’s Book of Hope by Ralph Keyes (Recommended by Kate)
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (Recommended by Kate, Earl and Tina)
  • Stephen King on Writing by Stephen King (Recommended by Tina)
  • Making A Literary Life by Caroline See (Recommended by Tina)
  • How to Read/Write a Dirty Story by Susie Bright (Recommended by Earl)
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg (Recommended by Earl, Sarah and Tina)
  • Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg (Recommended by Tina)
  • Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron (Recommended by Earl)
  • Negotiating with the Dead by Margaret Atwood (Recommended by Earl)
  • Art Objects by Jeanette Winterson (Recommended by Earl)
  • The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick (Recommended by Earl)
  • Beginnings Middles and Ends (Elements of Fiction Writing) By Nancy Kress
  • The Poets Companion by Kim Addonizio & Dorianne Laux (Recommended by Sarah)
  • Walking on Alligators by Susan Shaughnessy (Recommended by Malka)
  • See Jane Write, A girls guide to writing Chick Lit by Sarah Mlynowski and Farrin Jacobs (Recommended by Terri)
  • Writing in a New Convertible with the top down by Sheila Bender (Recommended by Terri)


  • The Forest From the Trees by Betsy Lerner (Recommended by Kate and Tina)
  • How to Get Happily Published by Judith Appelbaum (Recommended by Kate)
  • How to Write and Sell Your First Novel by Oscar Collier (Recommended by Earl)
  • The Sell-Your-Novel Toolkit by Elizabeth Lyon (Recommended by Mark)
  • The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman (Recommended by Mark and Tina)
  • Writing Freelance by Christine Adamec
  • The Writers Digest Book of Making Money Freelance Writing (Recommended by Mark)


  • Writers Market (Recommended by Kate)
  • The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood (Recommended by Kate)
  • Strunk and White (Recommended by Kate)
  • The Artist Way by Julia Cameron (Recommended by Earl)
  • Schotts Original Miscellany by Ben Schott (Recommended by Kate)
  • From Aaron to Zoe by Daniel Avram Richman (Recommended by Kate)


  • 2008 Children’s Writers & Illustrators Market (Recommended by Kate)
  • You Can Write Children’s Books by Tracey Dils (Recommended by Kate)


  • 500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader by Jennifer Lerch (Recommended by Kate)
  • Elements of Style for Screenwriters by Paul Argentini (Recommended by Kate)
  • AFI Writing Great Screenplays for Film and TV by Dona Cooper (Recommended by Kate)
  • What they Don’t Teach you in Film School by Camille Landau & Tiare White (Recommended by Kate)
  • Rebels on the Backlot by Sharon Waxman (Recommended by Kate)

  • Saturday, September 1, 2007

    Ten Questions: Deb

    Within the ranks of IWG, we’ve got some really cool authors that we’d like you to meet. From time to time we like to select a different IWG member to answer the same 10 questions about writing. With our vast variety of IWG members, there is always another facet of writing to learn about and experiences to draw from.

    The next interview in this series is Debra Kemp. Debra’s primary genre is Historical Fiction and is the author of The House of Pendragon Book 1: The Firebrand and recently released The House of Pendragon Book 2: The Recruit. What follows is an energetic and enlightening interview.

    Much Love,

    Kate Chaplin
    President of IWG

    Question 1:
    What is your favorite word?

    Pepsi. My writing space is not complete without a can of that delicious nectar.

    Question 2:
    What is your least favorite word?
    I thought long and hard on this one. There are many concepts I do not like--hatred, violence, slavery, etc--but I have nothing against the words themselves. So long as we have such concepts in our society, we shall need the words to express them. I recently read “The Meaning of Everything” about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary--what an extraordinary feat to catalogue our rich and diverse language! So I think that whatever the last word is in the dictionary (OED) would be my least favorite because there aren’t any more to follow it.

    Question 3:
    What types of writing have you experimented with? (examples: poetry, novels, short stories, freelance, screenplays, plays, children’s picture books, etc)

    I have two novels completed and one I started last year for NaNoWriMo. I have a few poems, not many that I would share with anyone though. I’ve also written some short stories and a few personal rants. I have also recently taken up blogging.

    Question 4:
    Who is your favorite author?
    Only one? Then that would have to be me! (LOL) Seriously though, I admire so many I’m loath to start a list only to realize I’ve left off someone. But the writer whose work that has been the most influential to me as a writer would be Thomas Malory and his Morte d’Arthur. I wouldn’t be an Arthurian writer without it. His family tree for Arthur and that storyline were the springboard for my own work. Thanks Tom!

    Question 5:
    What do you love most about writing?

    When I’m in the flow and Lin and company are talking to me and the work is seemingly automatic--those are the best times. And when I finish a piece, whether a novel or something short, and realize I created that from nothing. You know, that brief instant right before you start to notice all the typos and other flubs. Fortunately the rush returns after you’ve fixed the mistakes, sent it off and get back the published piece and you hold it in your hands and say, “I did this!”

    Question 6:
    What to you dislike most about writing?
    The self-promotion involved. I often feel pathetic, like I must beg to get reviewers for FIREBRAND and RECRUIT. And people who don’t understand the necessity of self-promotion often belittle my efforts--one Yahoo list owner labeled one of my efforts as spam--even though it was a topic specific for his group of people interested in “all things Arthurian”. Someone asked me once if I was famous (tongue in cheek, of course) but my reply was that I didn’t really want to be famous. I want my character, Lin, to be famous. I would much rather hide behind her! I hope to someday achieve that barrier.

    Question 7:
    Describe your ideal writing spot.
    Well, the small thatched-roof cottage sits at the base of a certain hill in Somerset, England. My sun-drenched writing room, filled with books, naturally faces said hill. But I would often climb to the grassy green summit with my notebook, pens, and Pepsi rather than stay cooped up inside, even on rainy days. But rainy day walks are for thinking not writing.

    OK, so it’s a good thing I’m flexible and can write just about anywhere since I really don’t have a cottage in Somerset, England at the base of Cadbury Hill. It was nice to dream a little though. I really don’t need a special place to write. When I was still living in South Dakota and working at the used bookstore, I got a lot of writing done in between customers and shelving books and figuring store credit--while standing behind the counter! Give it a try sometime--writing standing up!

    Question 8:
    How many hours a week do you spend on your writing? (Note: submissions and promotions count too)
    To me it’s nearly 24/7. I spend lots of hours on-line every day in self promotion--the blog, the Yahoo groups, searching for review sites, and I recently joined Being a professional writer takes work! Nothing glamorous, in my opinion. Right now I’m plotting the third novel in my series, and as I said, the process is a 24/7 commitment. If I’m not at my desk putting thoughts to the page, I’m thinking about the story while busy with housework or whatever. And sometimes story ideas come at the least opportune time--during my brother’s wedding, at funerals, in an airport bar to name just a few!

    Question 9:
    What inspires your writing?

    If I knew that I’d never suffer writer’s block! And I’d make a fortune from writing that self-help writer’s book! (LOL) Really though I think it’s my characters that drive me. And this ties into the last question.

    Question 10:
    Writing wise, what is you biggest accomplishment?

    Creating Lin, a wholly unique character in the vast body of Arthurian literature where originality is rare. Lin’s an extraordinary character to work with--strong, vulnerable, King Arthur’s daughter, she stands up to Modred, what’s not to love? I still have a long way to finish out her story, but I don’t think anything else I ever achieve as a writer will compare with Lin. She kinda represents all those nameless souls throughout the course of time--the women, the poor, the slaves--who were never given a voice in the pages of history.

    Debra’s Bio:
    Debra Kemp lives in Noblesville, IN. She recently celebrated 30 years of marriage with her husband, Bill. They have two grown children, both married. They have one grandchild--the divine Bouddica--four year old Tori.

    Debs Links:
    Yahoo Blog
    Myspace Page
    Amberquill Website

    Links to purchase Debra’s work:
    I have stories (IGRAINE and THE AWAKENING) in two Bardsong Press
    And more info about FIREBRAND can be found at:

    Awards won:
    The House of Pendragon II: The Recruit
    2007 Indie Excellence Book Award finalist
    The House of Pendragon I: The Firebrand
    2005 EPPIE finalist (historical)
    2003 Dream Realm Award (fantasy)
    1999 Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest--2nd place (historical)
    1998 Laura Bower Van Nuys writing contest--Best of Show
    The House of Pendragon II: The Warrior (old title)
    2001 Paul Gillette Memorial Writing contest--2nd place
    1999 Bardsong Press Celtic Voices contest--1st place
    The Awakening (excerpt of the Pendragon series book II)
    2003 Bardsong Press Celtic Voices contest--1st place


    The House of Pendragon I: The Firebrand, Amber Quill Press/Oct. 2003
    The House of Pendragon II: The Recruit, Amber Quill Press/Jan. 2007

    Short stories and excerpts:
    IGRAINE, “Offerings for the Green Man”, Bardsong Press, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 2000
    THE AWAKENING, The Spring of Nine Hazels’, Bardsong Press, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 2004