News Release Puerto Vallarta Writers’ Group
Re: Eighth annual writers’ conference

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By Bill Jory


atardecer-vallartaDavid Lyons, the long-time Puerto Vallarta resident who converted his career as a globe-trotting international lawyer into that of full-time novelist writing about a renegade federal judge who takes justice into his own hands, is about to reveal the secrets of his new trade.

The author of the thriller, Ice Fire, will be keynote speaker at the eighth annual Puerto Vallarta Writers’ Conference Feb. 22-24 at Biblioteca Los Mangos in Puerto Vallarta.

“For years David Lyons has been an inspiration to all the ex-pat writers in Puerto Vallarta,” says conference chairman Doug Danielson. “He is an outstanding example of what talent and perseverance can mean to your writing career. We celebrate his success and look forward to hearing how he landed on top of the slush pile.”

“Writers Unleashed” is the theme of the 2013 conference sponsored by the Puerto Vallarta Writers’ Group and the library. Lyons will be expanding on that theme with his opening address: “Everything You Need to Know About Being a Writer: the How, the Why, the Risks and the Rewards.”

After producing several self-published books, Lyons hit the jackpot with Ice Fire which was published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Packed with suspense, science, politics, and murder, it is the tale of a U.S judge who confronts one of the most powerful energy companies in the world. Ice Fire is the first in the series.

Along with Lyons, the three-day conference will also feature three best-selling authors, a one-time national magazine columnist and a literary agent conducting seminars, workshops and discussion groups.

“I’m excited about the quality of presenters,” Danielson says. “They are at the top of their game, full of enthusiasm and youthful exuberance.”

The presenters include:

Beth Groundwater: She is the bestselling mystery writer of the Claire Hanover gift-basket designer series that includes the novel, A Real Basket Case, which was a finalist for the Best First Novel Agatha Award. She has also written the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventure Series, which includes Deadly Currents, an Amazon bestseller.

Suzy Spencer: The New York Times bestselling author of four true-crime books – Wasted, Wages of Sin, Breaking Point and The Fortune Hunter. In 2004, she began a journalism investigation of Americans’ alternative sex habits and the result was her first memoir, Secret Sex Lives: A Year on the Fringes of American Sexuality.

Corey Mitchell: The Los Angeles Times bestselling author of such true-crime books as Hollywood Death Scenes, Murdered Innocents, Evil Eyes, Stranger, Pure Murder and Savage Son. He is also the founder of the true-crime blog, In Cold Blog.

James Callan: He has written a monthly column for a national magazine, has been published in several anthologies, has two published non-fiction books and a mystery, Cleansed by Fire, which was published in paperback and audio. He also co-authored Murder a Cappella with his daughter, Diane Bailey.

Suzie Townsend: The agent with New Leaf Literary and Media will be holding private sessions for those who have books to pitch. She will also be offering workshops on Finding an Agent and What do Agents Look for in a Query Letter.

Registration is $125 (U.S.) or 1,600 pesos until Jan. 31. After that, it is $150 (U.S.) or 2,000 pesos. Seating is limited so early registration will guarantee participation. Registrants will receive further emails outlining the program of workshops and seminars. Online registration is at


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