We have a jam-packed afternoon of LitChat Literary Salon sessions for Writing Wednesday. We’ll begin at 1 p.m. E.T. with Carol Buchanan leading a #litchatbetsy session on Indie Publishing. Susan Spann follows at 2 p.m. E.T. with a #litchatbetsy session on writing mystery and suspense fiction. Concluding the #litchatbetsy sessions at 4 p.m. E.T. is Michael M. Hughes whose #litchatbetsy session covers speculative, science fiction and fantasy fiction.

Carol Buchanan, Indie Publishing
Twitter Session, January 29, 2-3 p.m.

Carol BuchananCarol Buchanan’s grandmother homesteaded in eastern Montana with her two young sons in 1900. Hearing her father tell stories of growing up on the homestead and his mother’s courage in hardship has inspired her to write stories of “courage, faith, and hope in people forced to make dangerous choices to survive in the West.” Her novels come straight out of the pages of Montana history, specifically Vigilante history during the Civil War.

Susan Spann, Mystery/Suspense Fiction
Twitter Session, Wednesday, 3-4 p.m.

Susan SpannSusan Spann began reading precociously and voraciously from her preschool days in Santa Monica, California, and as a child read everything from National Geographic to Agatha Christie. In high school, she once turned a short-story assignment into a full-length fantasy novel (which, fortunately, will never see the light of day). A yearning to experience different cultures sent Susan to Tufts University in Boston, where she immersed herself in the history and culture of China and Japan. After earning an undergraduate degree in Asian Studies, Susan diverted to law school. She returned to California to practice law, where her continuing love of books has led her to specialize in intellectual property, business and publishing contracts. Her first  novel, Claws of the Cat, a mystery set in ancient Japan, was released in 2013.

Michael M. Hughes, Speculative/Sci-Fi Fiction
Twitter Session, January 30, 3-4 p.m.

Michael M Hughes

Michael M. Hughes writes both fiction and nonfiction. His debut novel, released in 2013, Blackwater Lights, is based on a short story that first appeared in Legends of the Mountain State: Ghostly Tales from the State of West Virginia. When he’s not writing, Hughes lectures on paranormal and Fortean topics and performs as a mentalist. He lives in Baltimore, Md., with his wife and two daughters.