Katherine Smits is a white woman with blond hair below her shoulders. This image is for the Veterans in Fiction program she leads on 9/16/23

DATE & TIME   |   September 16th, 2023 – Social at 12:00 PM, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm or later–after the business meeting concludes
LOCATION   |   Meeting will be Hybrid via Zoom and Community Room at the Burkhardt Library, 4704 Burkhardt Ave., Dayton, OH 45403. See below for further instructions. This is a new location for us, in the Dayton Metro Library System.
TOPIC   | Katherine Smits & Veterans in Fiction. Presenting via Zoom.

Veterans in Fiction

Including veteran characters in your fiction will add depth, emotion, and realism to your work.

Discover how to incorporate veterans in your books to address challenges faced by these heroes and their families and relate these issues to larger societal themes.

Katherine Smits, MSW is an award-winning author of five romance books. For 20 years, she worked as an independent clinical social worker with veterans and their families in VA Medical Centers in Ohio, Florida, and West Virginia before retiring to write paranormal romance novels which address real life problems of self-acceptance, body image, relationship dynamics, fears, and phobias. Her stories of fantasy and romance include mages, mermaids, and magical creatures. Mystery, suspense, and a little sex add spice to her books.

Learn how including veterans in your novels can enhance your:

  • Concept
  • Characters
  • Theme
  • Plot
  • And More

Don’t miss this brand-new workshop with innovative ways to freshen up your fiction by including veterans!


Attending Our Hybrid Meeting

Presentation is free for members and prospective members who have not yet visited for two complimentary meetings. For those members who cannot join us in person, join us via Zoom. The password will be posted in the Central Ohio Fiction Writers Google Group, and on the Central Ohio Fiction Writers Facebook page.

If you are not a COFW member and wish to attend this presentation via Zoom, email cofwpresident@gmail.com.


About Our Speaker

Katherine Smits is a white woman with long, blonde hair

Katherine Eddinger Smits holds a master’s degree in social work and is a retired Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). In her 20 year career, she worked at four VA medical centers in Ohio, Florida, and West Virginia and assisted veterans and their families in almost every program in the VA including primary care, medical/surgical inpatient, nursing home, psychiatry, substance abuse, outpatient mental health, Spinal Cord Injury, Visual Impairment, and OEF/OIF (Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom). She has worked with veterans in individual, group, marital, and family therapy and has done home visits, managed programs for veterans, and has supervised and trained MSW students.


Since retiring from social work, Katherine has focused on her love of writing. She has published five paranormal romance and romantic suspense novels. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America and currently serves as the Chair of the RWA Unpublished Member Benefits Committee and Program Manager for the RWA Pen to Paper program. 

Contact Katherine: http://katherineeddingersmits.weebly.com/