WESTERLY LIBRARY: On Writing: A Panel Discussion with Authors on Their Craft

Westerly Library and Wilcox Park, in partnership with Bank Square Books, is excited to present "On Writing", a panel discussion with authors about the craft of writing. Deborah Goodrich Royce will lead the discussion and participate, along with authors Lara Ehrlich, Rea Frey, Ann Hood, and Vanessa Lillie. The panel will discuss their writing process and individual practices, their path to publication, where they find inspiration, and advice they give to aspiring writers. There will also be time to take questions from the audience. Following the discussion will be a meet and greet with the panelists, and they will have their books available for purchase.

Registration is not required to attend, but it is encouraged. Please register here!


book coverAbout Lara Ehrlich 

Lara Ehrlich embraces and reexamines qualities that in women are often considered monstrous, like selfishness, desire, and ambition. She is the author of the novel Bind Me Tighter Still (Red Hen Press, 2025) and Animal Wife, a collection of stories about women’s transformations from girls into wives, mothers, and monsters. Animal Wife won Red Hen Press’s Fiction Award judged by Ann Hood and was published by the press in 2020. Lara is the host of Writer Mother Monster, a conversation series devoted to dismantling the myth of “having it all” and offering writer-moms solidarity, support, and advice. She is the founder and director of Thought Fox Writers Den, which builds community and supports writers of all levels with in-person and virtual workshops, coaching, events, and more. Lara has also taught workshops and participated in panels at Bread Loaf Writers Workshop, Yale Writers Workshop, AWP, and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, among others, and teaches at the University of Connecticut. Her featured book is Animal Wife.

About Rea Frey

Rea Frey is the multi-published, award-winning bestselling author of Not Her Daughter, Because You’re Mine, and Until I Find You, as well as four nonfiction books. She’s been featured in US Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Popsugar, Hello Sunshine, Marie Claire, Parade, Shape, Hello Giggles, CrimeReads, Writer’s Digest, WGN, Fox News, Today in Nashville, Talk of the Town, and more. She is also the CEO and founder of Writeway, where aspiring writers become published authors. Her weekly Writeway podcast takes a deep dive into the publishing industry and empowers writers to make informed decisions about their careers. Her featured novel is Don't Forget Me.

About Ann Hood

Ann Hood is the author of a dozen books of memoir and fiction, including the best-selling novels, The Book That Matters Most, The Red Thread, and The Knitting Circle. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and New York. Her featured novel is The Stolen Child.



About Vanessa Lillie

Vanessa Lillie is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the author of the bestselling suspense novels Little Voices and For the Best. With fifteen years of marketing and communications experience, Vanessa hosts a weekly Instagram Live event with crime fiction authors and was a columnist for the Providence Journal. She lives on Narragansett land in Rhode Island. Her featured novel is Blood Sisters.


About Deborah Goodrich Royce

Deborah Goodrich Royce’s thrillers examine puzzles of identity. Reef Road hit Publishers Weekly’s Bestseller list, Good Morning America’s Top 15 list, and was an Indie Next pick by the American Bookseller’s Association. Ruby Falls won the Zibby Award for Best Plot Twist in 2021 and Finding Mrs. Ford was hailed by Forbes, Book Riot, and Good Morning America’s “best of” lists in 2019. She began as an actress on All My Children and in multiple films, before transitioning to the role of story editor at Miramax Films, developing Emma and early versions of Chicago and A Wrinkle in Time. With her husband, Chuck, Deborah restored the Avon Theatre, Ocean House Hotel, Deer Mountain Inn, the United Theatre, and numerous Main Street revitalization projects in Rhode Island and the Catskills. Her featured book is Reef Road. 

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Animal Wife By Lara Ehrlich Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597098847
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Published: Red Hen Press - September 8th, 2020

"In villages where women bore most of the weight of a constricted life, witches flew by night on broomsticks," said Italo Calvino of the way imagination bridges the gap between everyday existence and an idealized alternative.

Don't Forget Me: A Thriller By Rea Frey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781662513237
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - March 1st, 2024

When a body is presumed to be her missing husband's, a woman must unravel the secrets of her own past to clear her name, find the truth, and put her conscience to rest once and for all.

All Ruby wanted was a fresh start. But after an early retirement and a relocation to a tight-knit community with her husband, Tom, and her daughter, Lily, her new beginning takes a turn.

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The Stolen Child: A Novel By Ann Hood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393609806
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2024

An unlikely duo ventures through France and Italy to solve the mystery of a child’s fate in this moving, page-turning novel from “a gifted storyteller” (People).

Blood Sisters By Vanessa Lillie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593550113
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Published: Berkley - October 31st, 2023

A visceral and compelling mystery about a Cherokee archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs who is summoned to rural Oklahoma to investigate the disappearance of two women…one of them her sister.

There are secrets in the land.

Reef Road: A Novel By Deborah Goodrich Royce Cover Image
ISBN: 9798888452110
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Published: Post Hill Press - January 9th, 2024

A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2023

When a severed hand washes ashore in the wealthy enclave of Palm Beach, Florida, the lives of two women—a lonely writer obsessed with the unsolved murder of her mother’s

Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Westerly Library & Wilcox Park
44 Broad Street
Westerly, RI 02891