Shirley Raye Redmond talks about the dirty dozen

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By Special to the Monitor

As a full time writer and author of many books for both adults and children, Shirley Raye Redmond says that she is, “… constantly amazed at the uninformed and sometimes amusing ideas people have regarding writing for publication.”
In her talk for the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library, she will “myth bust” the 12 most prevalent in an informative and entertaining presentation.
An award-winning nonfiction writer and frequent conference speaker, Raye Redmond has just sold her 24th book manuscript and has published over 400 magazine and newspaper articles.
She has even written one of the popular Nancy Drew mysteries, “Intruder (#27).” Raye Redmond, who has a master’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield, has taught a variety of writing and literature courses at the Los Alamos campus of the University of New Mexico.
She’s also a former columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican. In 1996, the Los Alamos Arts Council named Raye Redmond Outstanding Literary Artist of the Year.
Her latest novel, “Rosemary’s Glove,” was the winner of the 2009 New Mexico Book Award Romance Novel of the Year. “Blind Tom: The Horse Who Helped Build the Great Railroad” was published in 2009 and was also a finalist for New Mexico Book Awards in the Picture Book Category. She has a new children’s book, “Cities of Gold,” about the search for El Dorado, released in June 2010.
Her first book, “Stone of the Sun,” was a romantic suspense published by Avalon in 1991.This was followed by: “Grampa and the Ghost”  (Avon’s Camelot Books –1994), which later became a “Weekly Reader” book selection.
Raye Redmond is a member the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Southwest Writers and Women Writing the West.
She’s also a part-time instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature.
The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and statewide authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, New Mexico fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry and more. 
The series is funded by the Friends of Mesa Public Library.
The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments. Some authors may participate with book sales and signings.