Drawn to Love

Mitch Black, a former nerd turned best-selling comic book artist, creates a kick-butt female superhero based on his unrequited high school crush. Tara Taggart shows up fifteen years later at Comic Con only to find out she’s his muse. Stinky Mitch, Tara’s school nickname for him, is nerd no longer, and she falls hard. Tara has her own story and is about to run smack into a troubled past she’s tried to forget. This former teen music idol was a has-been by nineteen — one minute on top of the world, and the next afloat with no foundation. She pursues a new dream and becomes a successful winemaker, but still hasn’t faced the people and place she loves but left behind, especially Mitch. Pitching Now! Complete 75K

Rancho Springs Book 1
Pitching Now!
Drawn to Love
Pitching Now!
SWG Award.jpg
Rancho Springs Series
Under Imagination Now!

Shaped To Love: Rancho Springs Book 2

Summer sizzles when former NFL quarterback Grant Ryan's company threatens to redevelop the historic charm out of Rancho Springs. Feist sculptor Ella Black, proprietor of Black House Studio and President of the Historical Society, becomes the irresistible opposition to Grant's immovable cool.

Blueprint to Love: Rancho Springs Book 3

Spring is the season for fresh beginnings, and when Dr. Hannah Morgan patches up the young son of award winning architect Ben Rhodes. sparks fly. Hannah can't shake the feeling of deja vu, and when she discovers her role in Ben's deepest tragedy, they will have to work past the pain to find the promise of forever love. 

Camp Christmas

World-worn Special Forces hero needs some bright optimism to make his Christmas miracle happen. He enlists a smart and sassy designer dynamo to help him create Camp Christmas for the wives and families of his fallen and injured military brothers-at-arms. 

Under Construction - Current WIP
Camp Christmas
Current WIP

Published Short Works

The Red
As You Were
The Military Review
How to Schedule a Nervous Breakdown
Proud to Be Southeast Missouri University Press
 Explore the rich tapestry of the Vieux Carre through the poetry, prose and photography

Workshop Topics

I am a teacher at heart (and in real life) and love speaking at workshops, on panels, and to groups of all ages. I hold an MFA in Fiction from the University of California Riverside as well as secondary education teaching credentials in California and Texas. I have ten years of teaching experience in creative writing and literature. My workshops are craft driven, fun, and interactive! If you are looking for a speaker or workshop instructor, please see some of my craft workshops below. I am also happy to customize or build workshops for your group.

If you are interested, please send me an email through my ABOUT page or directly at connect (dot) acharney (at) gmail (dot) com.

Hero's Journey

What is the Hero's Journey ... the one myth to rule them all? How can you use this story structure to take your writing to the next level? Explore the plot structure and archetypes to create exciting prose that will resonate with your reader. (Bonus this workshop features a Hero's LARP) 

Path of a Hero

Couple Holding Hearts

Whether romance is your A storyline or your B storyline, explore how to weave a strong romantic arc into your story. This goes way beyond a three-act structure into the romantic beats that must be hit.

ALSO... learn about the women's fiction genre in Not Your Grandmother's Bodice Ripper! 

Weaving in Romance

Vintage Typewriter
Deep Craft

Go beyond the what and enter the world of why. This workshop is aimed at writers and readers who would like to work on critical analysis of story to take their own writing to a deeper level. Discover not just what an author is saying in their writing, but why they make specific choices to develop theme, character, plot, and setting. 

Think Like an Author