S186. Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Working Professionals Writing Professionally

Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


We all need to eat, but most writers don’t make enough bread from writing alone. Shall we simply eat cake? No, instead our writing often coexists with other full-time or paid work. The panel will discuss the many professional and artistic challenges and benefits encountered by a writer with a day job. This inclusive group addresses problems for writers that are nearly universal and provides strategies from panelists that are diverse across race, gender, genre, age, and profession.


Matthew J. Hefti is the author of A Hard and Heavy Thing, listed in Booklist's Top Ten First Novels of 2016, Military Times Top Ten Books of 2016, and the Women's National Book Association Great Group Reads for 2016. He works at GRACE, a nonprofit that defends indigents facing the death penalty.

M.L. Doyle has served in the US Army at home and abroad for more than three decades as both a soldier and civilian. She calls on those experiences in her award-winning military-based mystery series, her urban fantasy, romance writing, and coauthored memoirs which feature women who wear combat boots.

Andria Williams is the author of the novel The Longest Night. She received her BA in English from University of California, Berkeley and her MFA in fiction from the University of Minnesota. She runs a blog called the Military Spouse Book Review, which promotes literary culture among women veterans and military spouses.

David Chrisinger is a strategic planning and communication specialist who, in his spare time, writes about war and history and helps veterans tell their stories of military service. He is the editor of See Me for Who I Am, a collection of essays written by student veterans.

Drew Pham is based in New York City. He is a fiction editor at the Wrath Bearing Tree, and writes about conflict, race, and activism. Previously, Drew served in the US Army. He deployed to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside