Book Club Talk

February 2, 2023 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Grasslands Gulf & Country Club, 1600 Grasslands Blvd.,
Lakeland, FL 33803

SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In & Expo

March 28 to April 3, 2023

Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL),
Lakeland, Florida

Book Signing

Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Avenue A NW,
Winter Haven, FL 33881

April 8, 2023 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

American Christian Fiction Writers Conference

August 23 to 28, 2023

St. Louis, Missouri

Florida WritersCon

October 20 to 22, 2023

Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs,
Altamonte Springs, Florida

Florida Writers Con 2022

OCTOBER 27-30, 2022
Altamonte Springs, FL

We are back to in-person workshops, awards, and networking! Oh, and East of Evil, which comes out in May, 2023, is a finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Awards in the 2 categories of unpublished full-length fiction–crime and mystery.

Guest Blog

OCTOBER, 2022
Debbie Laskey’s Blog

Debbie Laskey interviewed me for her blog. Debbie’s expertise and blog features strategic planning, brand development, marketing plans and audits, competitive positioning, websites, corporate communications, public relations, employee engagement, customer experiences, and social media marketing.

Editing Down to the Bones Workshop

AUGUST 20, 2022

Melbourne, FL

The Space Coast Writer’s Guild is hosting the one-day workshop.

Whether you are writing your first novel or your fiftieth, how you approach the editing stage can make or break your story. This 2-hour workshop teaches a streamlined process to strengthen and deepen your story from its structural bones to the final polishing of sentences. Thriller author Steve Berry said he edits every scene and sentence of his work seventy times before it goes to the publisher. His 27 historical thrillers have been translated into 40 languages. He understands the power of editing.

WRITE QUOTABLE DIALOGUE

We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. Discover how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. The workshop offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress.

The lessons are:

  • Discover when and when not to use dialogue
  • Infuse conflict
  • Employ text and subtext
  • Create suspense

SUN ‘n FUN Fly-in and Expo

APRIL 5-10, 2022
Lakeland, Florida

The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is Florida’s largest annual convention of any kind and the 2nd largest air show in the world. Join over 225,000 aviation enthusiasts for 6 exciting days of cutting-edge technology exhibits, forums, workshops, career fairs, and of course our world-famous breathtaking aerial displays by some of the best airshow performers in the business! See the Air Force Thunderbirds. I will be reporting for General Aviation News.

Crafting Memorable Dialog Workshop

FEBRUARY 19, 2022
Melbourne, FL

The Space Coast Writer’s Guild is hosting the one-day workshop. We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialog. In many genres, dialog makes up half of the novel, so dialog can make or break your bond with readers. You can learn how to craft purposeful, quotable dialog by discovering and applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. This class on Crafting Memorable Dialog offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress.

Gardenia Garden Club hosts Author Joni M. Fisher

NOVEMBER 8, 2021
Winter Haven, Florida

The 65-member club hosted an evening with local Author Joni M. Fisher to learn about her research and writing process and to discuss her Compass Crimes series.

2021 Florida Writers Association Annual Conference

OCTOBER 14-17, 2021
Altamonte Springs, Florida

Workshops, panel discussions, the Royal Palm Literary Awards, networking, and fun.

2021 Bouchercon — Blood on the Bayou

AUGUST 25-29, 2021
New Orleans, Louisiana

The world’s premier annual crime fiction event. Join the mystery community — from authors, fans, and publishers to reviewers, booksellers, and editors — for 5 days of panels, parties, and pure mystery fun.

SUN ‘n FUN Fly-in and Expo

APRIL 13-18, 2021
Lakeland, Florida

The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is Florida’s largest annual convention of any kind and the 2nd largest air show in the world. Join over 225,000 aviation enthusiasts for 6 exciting days of cutting-edge technology exhibits, forums, workshops, career fairs, and of course our world-famous breathtaking aerial displays by some of the best airshow performers in the business! See the Blue Angels. I will be reporting for General Aviation News.

Expressions Storytelling Institute and Writers Workshop

JANUARY 31, 2020
Southeastern University

Keynote speaker Jeff Goins. Workshops by Authors Joni M., Fisher, Carol J. Post, and Paul Linzey Ph.D. Professors from Southeastern will present a panel discussion. This event is open to the public for $30 fee. Pre-registration is required.

Live Interview on Authors on the Air Global Radio Network with Host Pam Stack

MARCH 4, 2020
Radio

Live at 8 p.m. EST. Authors on the Air Global Radio Network is an international digital media corporation comprised of radio talk shows, podcasts, book reviews broadcasting to 40 countries and the most popular podcast apps and video sites with 3 million listeners and over one million social media listeners. Listen to the recording by clicking on the button to the right.

SUN ‘n FUN FLY-IN AND EXPO

MAY 5 – MAY 10 CANCELLED DUE TO PANDEMIC
LAKELAND, FL

Joni will be reporting for General Aviation News / SUN ‘n FUN TODAY. Sometimes she gets to fly with airshow performers as a ride-along.

Live Interview on Authors on the Air Global Radio Network with Host Pam Stack

MAY 21
Podcast

SOCIAL MEDIA IN BOOK MARKETING
Authors on the panel: Claire Fullerston, Joanne Kukanza Easley, Mary Anne Willow, Kit Morgan, Susan Z. Ritz, and Joni M. Fisher. Learn how these authors navigate social media to market their books.

Florida Writers Association Conference

OCTOBER 15 – 18 — ONLINE IN 2020
Altamonte Springs, FL

The FWA conference is an annual event that includes workshops and panel discussions. The event is capped off by the Royal Palm Literary Awards.

WRITING FOR MAGAZINES AND PAID BLOGS

Essays and articles are in high demand by magazines, paid blogs, and organizations. To tap into this rich market, writers need to know 10 basics. In this workshop students will learn how to:

  • Identify common types of articles and essays,

Social Media for Book Marketing Panel Discussion

by Writers of the World

Wrong Place, Write Crime

by Frank Zafiro

The Florida Writer

by Alison Nissen

Interview on the Writers Den

by Jane Waters Thomas

Looking for a Guest Speaker?

Joni has presented workshops and author panel discussions on various topics at universities, writer’s groups, and writing conferences. She lives in Florida and North Carolina and is willing to meet with select book clubs.