Writers with Guns

From left: Susan Crawford, Kathy Cohea, Tony Ball,
Regina Jennings, Mischelle Creager, Erin Taylor Young
Last month, OCFW members attended a firearms clinic with instructor Tony Ball. The writers learned about the function and purposes of several different types of firearms including shotguns, rifles and pistols. They were also allowed to shoot each gun and experience first-hand the numerous sensations of firing a weapon. From the smooth and steady pull of the trigger to the smell of gunpowder in the air, it was a day of invaluable hands-on research.

Erin Taylor Young said, “This clinic was a fabulous source of material--both in information and experience--for writing believable gun scenes. I'm totally going to use a twelve gauge shotgun in a future book--someone very unpredictable is going to have to fire that puppy and deal with a heck of a recoil.” 

And one member, who shall remain unnamed (but it rhymes with Bischelle Treager), received detailed information each time she began a question with the phrase, “If I were trying to kill somebody…” quickly followed with the disclaimer, “I WRITE SUSPENSE. IT’S FOR RESEARCH.”

Here are some photos from the day:

Tony teaching us the difference between a magazine and a clip.

Don't even mess with Regina, people.

Kathy, very happy to be learning how to shoot an assault rifle.

Tony showing Mischelle the correct finger placement before shooting.

Those little targets are hard to hit. At least, for some of us.

This video speaks for itself. Enjoy watching Erin's first shotgun experience.

Overall, we had way more fun than should be allowed, and gathered tons of information that will help us craft realistic scenes.

How about you? Have you done anything interesting for the sake of research? 


June Meeting

Robin Patchen
OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Robin Patchen on Saturday, June 15, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Patchen will lead a hands-on workshop titled The Mystery of Voice.

Editors and agents agree that the strength of an author’s voice can make the difference between a contract and a dusty, unread manuscript. But what is voice, and how do authors develop a unique voice amid all the writing rules they’re supposed to follow? In this interactive workshop, Patchen will unravel the mystery and help authors to begin the process of discovering their own, God-given voices.

Robin Patchen’s first novel, One Christmas Eve, was released in November with Harbourlight Books. Patchen is a member of ACFW and its Oklahoma City chapter. She was a semi-finalist in ACFW’s 2011 Genesis Award. She earned a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston and currently lives with her husband, Edward, and their three children in Edmond, Oklahoma.

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at Mardel Christian Store, 3300 South Boulevard in Edmond.