Seven Questions with NIWA

NIWA is the Northwest Independent Writers’ Association.  NIWA’s primary goal is to help Northwest area writers achieve professional standards in independent writing, publishing, and marketing. Every year, NIWA releases an anthology, this year’s writing topic was Asylum.



The back book blurb reads;

A religious refugee fleeing for his life in his own country. A trickster asking an enemy for safe haven. A horrific visit to a psychiatric ward overrun by its charges. An unexplained theft from a biomedical lab. The last known survivor of a mysterious plague. A wormhole to the most peaceful and secret place in the world. A detective on the trail of a human trafficker. 

What does asylum mean to you? 

In the 2015 anthology collection from the Northwest Independent Writers Association, seventeen authors explore the obvious and hidden meanings of this theme—from a werewolf on a mission and self-sacrifice in a post-apocalyptic world, to shadowy wizardry, a questing knight, and a gentle prison for geniuses. 

Featuring stories by: 
Jeffrey Cook • William Cook • Pamela Cowan • Jonathan Ems • Ginger Dawn Harman • Connie J. Jasperson • Madison Keller • Cody Newton • E.M. Prazeman • Katherine Perkins • Dey Rivers • Walt Socha • D.L. Solum • Laurel Standley • Rebecca Stefoff • Jennifer Willis • Matthew Wilson


I asked a few of the authors some questions, this is what they told me;

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Portland Area Writers’ Symposium


NIWA 24x24 Display

Click on the logo to learn more about early February’s writers’ symposium.

February 1st and 2nd, at McMenamin’s Grand Lodge in Forest grove, Northwest Independent Writers’ Association has invited several successful independent authors to share their experience and guile. Perhaps you’ve written a book, so now what? This is a golden opportunity for anyone wanting to write a book, or for anyone who has a book written and is considering small-press or self-publishing.  How do you make sales? I don’t know. I’m going so I can learn how to market my books and short stories with greater results.

Perhaps you are upset because the Superbowl starts at 3:45? Don’t sweat it; the conference is over at 2pm on Sunday. You’ll have plenty of time for traveling to that big party in downtown Portland before kickoff. You won’t even need to drive like a maniac, it is very possible to get from the Grand Lodge to Downtown Portland in less than and hour.

WHAT!?!? You don’t like the Superbowl?  Well, I don’t like commercialism. I’ll be hanging out at the Grand Lodge with about 30 other authors practicing our new-found skills on unsuspecting partiers at the Grand Lodge. I’ll grab them by the shirt and say, “Buy my book, or else I’ll…” ―just like that.

But seriously, there is an author showcase after the conference featuring over 30 authors. There will be at least one book for anyone who’d prefer to nurture their mind and read rather than listen to Pepsi and Budweiser boast of how much money they can spend on marketing. The Author Showcase also supports two great charities. See below, or click on this NIWA link for more information.

2014 Author Showcase