Connie Hampton Connally has loved music and the written word all her life, and many of her adult years she’s spent working in those fields as well. She holds a BA in English from the University of Washington and an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University. She’s published magazine stories and newspaper articles, worked as an editor, taught high school English and elementary music, and is currently a respected presenter at writing conferences. Through teaching music Connie discovered the work of Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, who uplifted his nation through decades of war, political oppression and social upheaval. Connie couldn’t resist this theme of creating beauty amidst hardship. She wrote her novels Fire Music and The Songs We Hide as a result. Connie is currently writing a third novel, set in Peru.
Connie and her husband live in Tacoma, Washington. They travel frequently, since they have family members living abroad. Because of her family and her characters, Connie has set her heart—and often her feet—in faraway places.
On the evening of October 14, 2020, I'll be speaking to Whatcom Writers and Publishers in Bellingham, WA. The topic will be "Writing With Emotion." If you'd like to visit that night, please check their website to see if the meeting will be in person or digital.
Write in the Harbor is an intimate and high-quality conference for writers. This year it's digital. I'll give two presentations, one on historical fiction and the other on writing the opening pages of a novel. For more information about the conference, see their...
Podcast interview on A Novel Talk with co-hosts Wendy Kendall and Carl Lee. Discussion of The Songs We Hide. I'll share what compelled me to write the novel, and how the characters developed as I wrote. We'll also explore the novel's bleak setting (Stalinist...
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