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Cape Girardeau, MO April 1, 2022 – SEMO Writers Guild announces Deborah Raney Bestselling inspirational of women’s and Christian fiction author, as the speaker for the April 9th, 2022 meeting to be held in the Oscar Hirsch Meeting Room at the Cape Girardeau Public Library located at 711 Clark St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

DEBORAH RANEY dreamed of writing a book since the summer she read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books and discovered that a Kansas farm girl could, indeed, grow up to be a writer. Her almost forty books have garnered multiple industry awards including the RITA(R) Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, shed light on the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and inspired the highly acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title.

Deborah said “I am on the faculty for several national writers’ conferences and served on the executive board of the 2500-member American Christian Fiction Writers organization for 18 years. She is a transplant to Southeast Missouri with her husband, Ken Raney, having moved from their native Kansas to be closer to kids and grand kids.” Deborah lists the books authored on the website https://deborahraney.com/

Deborah has sold two movie options this year for the Camfield Legacy series; and the rights to the first book, Beneath a Southern Sky, have been contracted by actress-producer Francine Locke of ElFilm Productions, pending the beginning of principal photography. In addition, just this past week, a screenplay of her novel The Face of the Earth, written by Maria Lennon, was pegged for official selection in the screenplay category at the International Christian Film & Music Festival in Orlando, Florida.

Deborah Raney says “Most writers in their earliest courses hear “Show Don’t Tell”, writing cinematically means putting your story on stage! The most popular books borrow writing techniques from Hollywood. If you want your book to be popular in the 2020s, you need to do the same.”

The best selling author says “If I’d known my first novel, A Vow to Cherish, would be made into a movie, I would have written it differently–more visually. Since learning more about screenwriting, I’ve discovered ways to apply film techniques that make my novels more “cinematic.” (And hopefully more likely to be turned into movies!

About The Southeast Missouri Writers Guild

Founded in 1954 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, The Southeast Missouri Writers Guild seeks to educate and encourage writers in their interest and appreciation of the writing craft, and to support and promote all genres of the literary arts. Additionally, the mission of the guild is to preserve and promote the history and craft of writing of short stories, novels, screenplays and book publishing.

The Southeast Missouri Writers Guild will promote speakers, events, research, publish newsletters, and hold meetings where findings and writings can be presented, discussed and shared with the members of the Guild. The Guild will provide a forum for an academic and scholarly discussion to help members create write, publish, and promote their creations. More information is available on the website www.SEMOWritersGuild.com “Where Imagination Makes The Difference.”

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