Surprise dinner with Donald Maass!

One of the perks (percs?) of being a volunteer with your local writer’s organization is that when your visiting guest speaker accepts a last minute invite to have dinner with a few chapter members, you get invited. So a few of us had a lovely evening Friday night with Mega-Agent Donald Maass. He’s warm and funny and charming and willing to share a lot of useful industry info. Cute, too!

He asked at the table what he should talk about during the next day’s workshop. Character! I said, no longer able to deny that this is a writing weakness of mine. Nobody will care about my clevah plot twists and witty dialogue if they don’t care about my characters. ::sob!::

Then on Saturday, Don gave a fabulous workshop to 100 attendees on… character!

I consider myself handsomely compensated for all of the work I do for my RWA chapter. Lucky, lucky me!

If you ever get a chance to attend a Donald Maass workshop, it’s well worth it.

Thank you, Don!


About Gina X. Grant

Gina X. Grant writes ingenious plotlines with twists, turns and sometimes magic. She is represented by Rosemary Stimola, the agent who also represents the Hunger Games series. Gina’s RELUCTANT REAPER trilogy is available from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint. She lives in Toronto, Canada, just blocks from the house she grew up in. She’s married to a friendly curmudgeon from a mining town in Northern Ontario. They have one rescued hound, Storm, named for Gina’s other pen name. Storm Grant—the writer, not the hound dog—writes engaging action adventure with two heroes. Since 2007, she has published with a variety of e-publishers and more recently, self-publishes. Gina’s and Storm’s books are available at all your favorite etailers, such as Amazon, Kobo and iTunes. Visit or to find out more.

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