For our October meeting, we have the always popular Meet the Authors.  Join us as three current and past members discuss their inspirations and processes and their road to becoming published authors.


John B. Wren is a retired Consulting Engineer residing in Northern Virginia with his wife, Lois. Wren began his writing career in 2009, publishing his first novel, a psychological thriller, To Probe A Beating Heart, in June of 2011. He followed with a second psychological thriller, Killing His Fear in 2012 and a mystery, Darryl’s Reunion in 2013. He began writing a Historical Novel in 2013, intending to publish in 2014. This novel turned into the an Trodai trilogy with two novellas, Scolai and Laoghaire in 2016 and 2017. The third is the novel, an Trodai: Conall, published in 2018.

His current projects include a novel, currently in editing with a target release in November 2018, a short story due to be released as part of an anthology in April 2019 and several story lines still in development.

D.A. Spruzen grew up near London, U.K., graduated from the London College of Dance and Drama Education, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte; she teaches creative writing in Northern Virginia when not seeking her own muse. Her historical novel The Blitz Businesswas published by Koehler Books in August 2016. Long in the Tooth, a poetry collection, was published by Finishing Line Press in July 2013; Her poems and short stories have appeared in many online and print publications. The first two novels in the Flower Ladies Trilogy—Not One of Usand Lily Takes the Field—and Crossroads: Two Novellas,are available on in paperback and on Kindle. Dorothy is also a visual artist, working in acrylics, watercolor and pastels. For ten years, she served on the board of Langley Residential Support Services, which provides services for the intellectually challenged; she has also served on the boards of The McLean Community Center, McLean Orchestra, McLean Choral Society, and McLean Art Society.

Dianne Hennessy King co-authored Memoir Your Way: Tell Your Story through Writing, Recipes, Quilts, Graphic Novels, and More, which was published by Skyhorse Publishing of New York in September 2016. She is a cultural anthropologist who teaches classes on memoir writing at George Mason University’s Osher program, and is a guest lecturer on writing personal history across cultures.

Meeting Details
Saturday, October 27
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church Conference Room
3313 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

Note: Please park in the rear parking lot and enter via the ramp, both on Jackson Street.

Upcoming Meetings
November 17 – NaNoWriMo Write In
December TDB – Holiday Gathering