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History of the
Our Chatroom Team
Write? Who has time to write?
started a freelance
development/business writing company in
April of 2004. In the fall of 2004 she got
involved with The Writer's Chatroom. In 2005
she built this website so the chatroom had room to grow. In 2006, she took over
management...and promptly went insane.
published an essay in an online magazine,
essay posted on the "This I Believe" website, and an article in
Funds For Writers. She is
currently collecting rejection letters for
her short stories, letting her novel rest and trying to find time to
work on a self-help book for single women. She is becoming the local expert
on Grant Accounting for Non-Profit Agencies.
A new sideline is speaking engagements with
At least once
a month, something comes up in the Wednesday
Chat that gives her an idea for a new book.
When she hits the lottery, she will sit down
and write them all. (Hmm...put "buy
lottery tickets" on the to-do
In between, she tries to
spend time with her three grown children and
seven growing grandchildren. Dating seemed to
disappear from her life around the time that
the business started. She just might find it
again if she ever manages to get her desk
Audrey lives in rural Western
Pennsylvania, US, with a gender-confused cat and desperately misses her 125 lb
St. Bernard/Pit Bull mix, who adored her and wanted
to sit in her lap all the time. Thankfully,
as long as he is fed regularly, the
cat doesn't mind if the housework isn't done.
Business website -
Writing samples -
Lisa Haselton is the pseudonym for Lisa J. Jackson. Lisa loves the
life she’s created for herself as an independent writer and editor.
She has been a book reviewer since 2002 and loves being introduced
to new authors. Her fiction writing interests run from short flash
pieces to short stories to novels to scripts and include mysteries,
thrillers, sci-fi, children’s, horror, Christian, romance, suspense,
historicals, and anything else her muse finds exciting. All book
reviews and fictional writing are published under Haselton.
Non-fiction work, articles, essays, and poetry are under Jackson.
As a professional editor, she works in all genres with writers
across the globe. She also works with publishers, corporations, and
small businesses for written collateral, marketing, and web site
A lifelong resident of NH, Lisa enjoys traveling and taking
adventure vacations that take her out of her element. She's been
writing and editing full-time since leaving the corporate world in
’06. She loves learning, b&w film photography, as well as cycling,
hiking, and just being outside exploring. She's spent one day a week
since 2004 with her "Little Sis" from the Big Brothers Big Sisters
program and she cherishes every day they have together.
Book Review and Author Interview blog:
Blog by writers for writers:
Sally Franklin Christie lives in a constant state of chaos. Okay,
not really, but it sure makes a better story than saying I live in
Montana. My life has been a series of stories in different settings
with changing characters.
I went to
public school and college in Illinois. I spent a little time in
Florida, a place rich in insects and characters. I met a heroin addict
at a laundry mat. I also did a little work there as a police
dispatcher. All the while, I gathered stories.
In Montana, a more
constant cast of characters showed up as a husband, children and
grandchildren. More stories.
should write a book, someone said. Someone else said I should help
organize for social change and write a series of letters. The
certificate on the wall honors the Power of my pen, and my willingness
to use it.
been hanging out online in one format or another since 1982 when my Vic
20 ran on hamster power. I was reading a magazine a few years back that
listed the Writer’s Chat Room as one of the 101 Best Websites for
Writers. I dropped in to chat and pretty soon I was as hooked as that
addict in the laundry mat.
glad to be a part of a group of writers who are so willing to suspend
judgment and offer comfort and encouragement to writers of all stages in
their careers. The moderators manage to bring in experienced and
successful authors Sunday after Sunday. The Wednesday chats are great
for unwinding. The Writer’s Chat Room is rare in its unflinching look
at the more difficult side of writing, Branding and Marketing.
as Life is a Story, I’ll be busy Telling it Big.
Richard C Shaffer
They say the pen is
mightier than the sword, but Richard C. Shaffer figured why not use
both? Aside from his mercenary career (mercenary in that he works
for the money, not for love of the job) he is a writer and a martial
artist. Having trained in various fighting styles including Tae Kwon
Do, Muay Thai, and Judo, he savors a good fight scene.
A fan of books, movies,
and video games he lavished storylines upon his mind and found
himself clamoring only for more. Disappointment had grown within
him; his joyful stride broken by Deus Ex Machina, plotholes, weak
characters, and events that didn't just strain his suspension of
disbelief, but shattered it.
Mr. Shaffer asked himself pivotal questions
like, "Why do the good guys have to win?" "Why does the villain have
to be inherently evil?" and "Why can't the hero have some backbone,
even if they aren't a fearsome warrior?"
Tired of the mundane ritual of
watching a movie and declaring the ending half way through, watching
a psychological thriller and naming the conspiracy behind it, or
reading a murder mystery and clearing the butler in the first half,
Mr. Shaffer decided to try his own hand at writing.
Specializing in Historical
Fiction, he is a neurotic writer, writing fictions set in the
present, past, and future…not to mention the occasional non-fiction
Unfortunately he's lousy at
finishing manuscripts, relegating him to the 'amateur' side of
writing. He has ghost-written a few short works and done character
development for independent organizations; emboldening him just
enough to admit he's made money writing. Another million and he'll
be out of the red on his writing budget!
In the meantime
he runs the website and blog Dickjutsu.com (link:
Along with his
muse of a wife, he also runs the Bitchido Youtube Channel (link: