Apache Junction Public Library is excited to be part of the Writer in Residence program, which offers encouragement, direction and feedback to local authors and provides opportunities for them to enhance their skills no matter where they find themselves on the path to publication. The Writer in Residence Program was made possible by the Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Writers In Their Own Residence
In September and October of 2020, we welcomed five local Arizona authors to discuss aspects of their careers, craft, and knowledge in virtual sessions.
- September 15: Arizona in Literature with Gregory McNamee
- September 22: Charles Bowden: America’s Most Alarming Writer with Bruce Dinges and Bill Broyles
- September 29: Q&A: Life at the Keyboard with Author Leo W. Banks
- October 6: Poems from a Desert Quarantine with Logan Phillips
Past Writers in Residence
Our Summer 2020 Writer in Residence is an author of children, teen and adult fiction. Inevitably Ipson’s YA books are set in high school, and while it’s not something she ever wants to relive, she finds it a pretty chill experience writing through the fictional eyes of her main characters. In addition to penning picture books and novels, Ipson was a contributing writer and genealogy columnist for a regional newspaper until retiring after 17 years to write fiction fulltime. Currently she is finishing production on two picture books.
After graduating with a Ph.D., Jim became a history professor and wrote non-fiction and magazine and trade journal articles before returning to his first love – mystery writing. Thane cut his teeth on Erle Stanley Gardner, Ed Bain, and John McDonald and, in 2010, he published his first police procedural No Place to Die; set in Phoenix and featuring Sean Richardson. Accolades include “Engaging…hooks the audience…”, “A fast action thriller…” and “An excellent debut…” Jim then penned two additional Sean Richardson novels before switching his fictional locale from Phoenix to Montana’s Big Sky Country in his recently released novel Crossroads.
- Q&A: Life at the Keyboard With Author James L. Thane
- James L. Thane’s Podcasts
- From Phoenix to Potshot to Purity: A List of Some of the Most Entertaining Mystery Novels Set in Arizona
- The Last Line