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Ellen Aubry is the author of “A Suitable Place” and “Hardship Duty” in the anthology Beyond the Window (2017), and “My Soul’s Gone Away”, RumbleFishPress.com’s story of the day on November 18, 2017. She has a story “Loud and Clear” in the anthology, Voices of the Valley: Journeys (2018), a story “The Building: 1901 Providence Avenue” to be published May 2020 in Stonecrop Magazine, and an essay “Moving On” to be published in 2020 in a new anthology from Ageless Authors.
She is a graduate (March 2020) of the University of Denver’s Professional Creative Writing Masters’ Program with an emphasis in fiction.
Anindita Basu, originally from India now lives in a small town, Walnut Creek, near San Francisco. She writes in English as well as in her mother tongue, Bengali.
Retired from her teaching career Anindita now focuses more on the craft of
writing and is an active member of the California Writers Club.
- Facebook page
- Shadow Birds- Story of a Young Girl During the Partition of India
- Glass Bangles – Winner, Katha Competition, 2003
A collection of short stories in Bengali was also published in Calcutta, India 2003.
- Websites: dancewiththedevil.com, barbarabentley.net
- Facebook page
- The Little Book of Success: Turn Your Dreams Into Reality With Four Simple Steps, Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- A Dance with the Devil: A True Story of Marriage to a Psychopath, Berkley Trade (November 2008)
- Latest Award (2010): Passion, Second Place, Gundlach-Bundschu Winery poetry contest
- Member of Writers on the Journey (Cheryl Spanos, David George, Jill Hedgecock, Fran Cain, Melanie Denman Cervenka, Susan Berman, Elisabeth Tuck), Musings on Creative Writing and the Path to Publication
- Maracaibo Oil Brat: Book Two, Andrew Benzie Books (2019)
- Maracaibo Oil Brat: Book One, Andrew Benzie Books (2013)
- Ode to Obesity, My Word Wizard (2013).
- Latest award (2011): Bad News About Our First Maracaibo Christmas, Finalist, Women’s Memoir Contest
Richard Black wrote “The Burning Barn” to explore the life and times of his great-grandparents in Civil War Missouri. His second novel, also historical fiction, presents America on the precipice of WW II as MIT’s Rad Lab develops microwave RADAR. He worked with the Datura Writer’s group of Oakland, California and lives in Lafayette. California with his wife, Donna, a potter.
J. D. (Jerry) Blair
J.D.(Jerry) Blair developed a 30-year career in journalism and television production as a Writer and Producer. He was nominated twice for Emmy Awards for writing and producing documentaries and in 1998 was a awarded a Chris Award at the Columbus Film and Video Festival and was recipient of a Telly Award in 1999 for writing and producing the statewide program “California Heartland”. During this same period he was awarded a Knight Journalism Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley for media coverage of urban development. Since 2000 he’s been writing one-act plays, short fiction, and essays. His work has appeared in several literary magazines including, Pearl, Writer’s Journal, Carve Magazine, Third Wednesday, Fog City Review, Hear Us Roar, Calliope, The Common Line Journal and California Quarterly. His noir e-books, “Janus: Private Eyes”, “Janus: Death In Deep Waters”, “Janus: A Bullet for Benji”, “Janus: A Crude Kill” are available through Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Nobel. An e-book “Stories, Short, Sweet & Sour”, a collection is also available.
• Short Story “Angela Tote Loves Squid” accepted by NewerYork 2012
• Short Story “He Had Wings” published in Commonline Journal (2012)
• Short story “High Frequency” accepted by Conium Review for publication (2012)
• Marco Polo Arts Magazine published short story “La (not so) Dolce Vita” (2012)
• Poem “Nobody’s Home” published by StepAway Magazine (2012)
• Poem “The Cellist” published by California Quarterly (2012)
• Memoir “Doc Su” accepted by Telling Our Stories in (2011)
• The short story “Be My Carlotta”, Calliope magazine, (2010)
• The one-act play “Vincent” was produced as a staged reading with the Ross Valley Players in Marin County California in May (2009).
• Poem “The Children’s Hour” published in Pearl Magazine in (2009)
• Poem “Uncle” awarded 2nd Place, Writers’ Journal competition (2009)
• Short story “The Mourning Circle” published by Third Wednesday Magazine (2009)
• Awards for excellence in writing were given for short stories “Vincent Bangold” and “Sideways” at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference (2008)
• Homestead Review made “The Mourning Circle” a finalist in their Short Fiction competition (2008)
• Fog City Review awarded the poem “One More Day” first place in its’ competition and appeared in March (2008)
• The Homestead Review awarded the short-short story “Charlotta’s Wake” a second place and published the piece in their 2007 release.
• The Orchid Literary Review awarded the short-short story “Downer” first place in its’ Great Stories of Few Words competition. (2006)
• The short story “The Cello Player” appeared in Carve Magazine (2005)
• The California Council for the Humanities awarded first place to his essay “Dreaming California” in a collection regarding life in California (2005)
• “Dreaming California” also received recognition for excellence in nonfiction writing at the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference.
• Dover Beach Poetry Press included his poem “My Uncle” in its anthology “Shadows In Moonlight.” (1994)
• His short-short story “Angela Tote Loves Squid: Literally” was published by MENSA International. (1994)
Blair lives in Walnut Creek, California.
- Janus: Private Eyes, BookBaby, 2016
- Latest Award (2010): Be My Carlotta, Honorable Mention, Short Story Contest, Carpe Articulum Literary Review
Jane Blomstrand has over 30 years of experience in education as a teacher of the year, literacy specialist, school principal, and director of a teacher-credentialing program.
Her book “Meet the Principal: My Journey Beyond the Curriculum,” started out as a response to her grandkids question “What DOES a Principal Do All Day?” It quickly developed into a book of stories about the intriguing challenges a school leader faces and the many relationships a principal forms with students, staff and parents on the way to achieving a winning team and student success.
Principals, teachers and parents would enjoy and relate to the variety of stories included about what goes on inside the walls of a school.
Jane lives with her husband in Northern California and currently coaches new school administrators.
Maureen Boyd Biro
Maureen Boyd Biro writes memoir, non-fiction, fiction and children’s books. She’s been widely published in national and regional magazines, and has appeared in anthologies including: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around; Mary: A Journal of New Writing; and Voices of the Valley: First Press. Maureen’s picture books include Walking with Maga, and Blueberries Make Good Cannonballs (forthcoming).
Maureen is also a passionate dream teacher and consultant. She’s a frequent contributor to DreamTime Magazine and presents at international and regional dream conferences and events. She leads creative retreats and workshops for dreamers, writers and all seeking to live their boldest dreams.
Virginia Burns has been a professional writer since 1970. She got her start writing articles for the monthly magazine, California’s Health, published by the California Department of Public Health in Berkeley. She was editor of the health department’s employee newsletter until 1974, when she went back to San Francisco State University to complete her bachelor’s degree in creative writing in 1976. Her poems have been published in numerous literary magazines. In 1982, she won first prize in the Hawaii International Film Festival script writing contest for a script entitled “The Last Voyage of Captain Cook.” She founded an organization called the Hawaii Scriptwriters’ Association, hosting monthly workshops and meetings with guest speakers from Hawaii, Asia, and the mainland U.S. From 1986 to 1993, she was writer/editor/photographer of a quarterly magazine and a monthly employee newsletter for Hawaiian Electric Industries, winning numerous awards from the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators. In 1993, she joined the U.S. Foreign Service, working overseas in such far-flung places as Yemen, Burma, Jordan, Turkey, and Hong Kong. She retired in 2013 and began writing a romantic historical novel about her grandparents called Bessie Lane.
When I’m not writing, I’m painting. When I’m not writing or painting, I’m exploring.
- Founding member of Writers on the Journey critique group
- Diablo Gazette – Journey-Man’s Journal
- Bandelier National Monument (June, 2020) Bucks Lake (March, 2020)
- Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway (September, 2019)
- Humboldt Redwoods State Park (August, 2019)
- What to Know Before You Store Patient Credit Card Numbers, Western Pennsylvania Healthcare News, Issue No. 1, 2013
- WiFi: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly (Southern California Physician, January 2012)
Nannette Rundle Carroll
- Blog: Communicate2Go
- The Communication Problem Solver: Simple Tools and Techniques for Busy Managers, AMACOM Books (2010)
- Latest Award (2009): The Communication Problem Solver: Simple Tools and Techniques for Busy Managers, The CEO Refresher (website)—Best Books of 2009
Award-winning opera singer Nanette McGuinness is the prolific translator of over 50 books and graphic novels for children and adults from French, Italian, and German into English, including the well-known Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels. Her translation of “Luisa: Now and Then” (Humanoids, 2018) was named an Honor Book for the 2020 Global Literature in Libraries Translated YA Book Prize as well as being chosen for YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens; her translation of “California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas” (First Second, 2017) was chosen for YALSA’s list the year before. Her most recent translations are “Little Josephine: Memory in Pieces” (Life Drawn, 2020), “Super Sisters” (Papercutz, 2020) and “Who Killed Kenny?” (NBM Publications, 2019).
- Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels #16: Lights, Camera, Stilton, Papercutz, 2015
- Sherlock, Lupin & Me #4: Cathedral of Fear, Capstone, 2015
- Superman Isn’t Jewish, Humanoids, 2018 (FR>EN)
- Luisa: Now and Then, Humanoids, 2018 (FR>EN), (Publishers Weekly starred review; Young Adult Library Services Association 2019
- Great Graphic Novels for Teens; 2019 Stonewall Honor Book)
George Cramer began his investigative career in local law enforcement. He has over forty year’s investigative experience and is certified as Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Professional Investigator (CPI), and Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS). He is a licensed Private Investigator in California and Arizona.
He left the corporate environment as head of Global Investigations, Safety & Security for the Palm, Inc. Division of Hewlett-Packard. He has specialized in Standards of Business Conduct; undercover operations; insurance and corporate fraud; crimes against business; and the protection of intellectual property.
George has conducted thousands of successful investigations throughout the Americas and Asia. He is recognized as an expert in the area of Interviewing and Interrogation. He has presented numerous seminars on that subject including ASIS International and High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) international conferences.
George has been published in numerous online and printed anthologies. He was the editor-in-chief for Impressions, the Las Positas College 2015 anthology. He is currently working on two writing projects: a mystery novel spanning four decades and a memoir.
George has lived in Dublin, California with his wife Cathy for thirty years. They have three adult children.
Maya Mitra Das is a physician, poet, and performer of the Indian classical dance Bharatnatyam. Her poetry has appeared in Tuesday’s Poetry, edited by Jerry Ball, two narrative poems have been anthologized in What’s in a Name, edited by Elaine Starkman, and she has also authored several scientific publications. Her fiction has appeared in Tremors: Short Fiction by California Writers and in her full-length collection of short stories, Silhouettes of Time.
- Visiting the Sins, Word Association Publishers, 2013
- Latest Award (2014): Bronze IPPY for Regional Southern Fiction from Independent Publisher Book Awards for the novel, Visiting the Sins
Marlene Dotterer has an itchy soul. That sounds like a good character trait for a fantasy/adventure book, but in real life it just means she’s always starting a new project, usually before the previous project is finished.
This may be why her four books are written in three genres. Or why she earned a degree in geology, then worked in nuclear waste before starting a business as a personal chef, and then taught natural childbirth classes.
There’s just always something else to do. This may or may not be the reason Marlene volunteered to take over duties as Mt. Diablo Branch membership chair and eventually, president.
Marlene joined CWC in 2009, when she had just finished her first novel – a time travel/historical fiction account of Thomas Andrews, the builder of the Titanic. As of this week, Marlene writes science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romance, with four books available online at all major retailers. She is still working on novels 5 – 8, but has no immediate plans to add a new genre to her repertoire. She keeps the option open though, just in case.
Marlene lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband, who has recently retired. This means they spend lots of time traveling up and down the west coast and points inland, to visit their six children, eleven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Her motto is, “If one door closes and another one doesn’t open, break a window.”
Contact info and Books
Latest Award (2014): Big Al’s Books & Pals Reader’s Choice Nominee for The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder
Heidi Eliason is a freelance writer and consultant. Her past work includes writing for an RV adventure company, producing more than fifty RV travel articles for an online news source, and developing training courses and manuals. Confessions of a Middle-Aged Runaway is her first book. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Internationally recognized, Interpersonal Communications Specialist, Patricia Evans, is the bestselling author of five books, including The Verbally Abusive Relationship, Verbal Abuse Survivors Speak Out, Controlling People, The Verbally Abusive Man: Can He Change? and Victory Over Verbal Abuse. She has single-handedly brought the subject of verbal abuse to the forefront of American consciousness. Newsweek commended her first powerful book on the subject as “A groundbreaking new book.” Evans has spoken on the devastating effect of this secret form of control on more than two hundred radio programs, and seventeen national television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has consulted to thousands of people and presented in talks and workshops throughout the US, Canada, Madrid and in five cities in Australia. Patricia lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached via her website at www.VerbalAbuse.com
- Website: Patricia Evans; The Verbal Abuse Site
- The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize it and How to Respond, Adams Media; 3 edition (2010)
- Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try To Control You, Adams Media, 3rd ed. (2003)
- The Influence of Causal Attribution on Work Exhaustion and Turnover Intention of Traditional Discipline Engineers in the United States (2008)
Lynn Fulton is the author of She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein, illustrated by Felicita Sala. This children’s picture book, published by Alfred A. Knopf, is based on Mary Shelley’s own account of how the idea for Frankenstein came to her in a “waking dream” one stormy night in 1816.
Lynn is a California native who grew up loving books and wanting to write them, but never actually finished anything until she learned to type. Her keyboard skills led to one PhD dissertation and three novels for adults. She has worked as a college instructor, insurance investigator, seventh-grade English teacher, and writing tutor.
Lynn lives in Martinez with her husband and son, and enjoys painting and drawing as well as writing.
Alla P. Gakuba, BSCE, MAS, PhD, is a published author, engineer, and innovator.
Alla was born in the former Soviet Union. Fate propelled her to work in 4 countries: the Soviet Union, Rwanda, Tanzania, and the United States; in 3 languages: Russian, French, and English; and under 2 radical systems: socialism and capitalism.
She received her BSCE from Odessa Civil Engineering University in the Soviet Union; she earned her master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; and she received her PhD from George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Some of Alla’s contributions to engineering, health care, and women:
* She designed alone, one person, a 10-span bridge with 4 ramps, I-95, in downtown Baltimore, over the Patapsco River.
* She found the solution, and then designed 3.5 miles of the Baltimore subway aerial structure which is considered to be the most challenging engineering design.
* She was the 1st woman to receive a PhD in the Management of Science, Technology, and Innovations field.
* Her dissertation is considered to be in the top 5% among 250-300 dissertations written in the last 15 years.
* In health care, Alla P. Gakuba created several innovations. One of her innovations sparked an entirely new industry. It created hundreds of thousands of new jobs. As it grew, it started bringing millions, and then $120-$140 billions, of dollars yearly in new revenue to many companies.
- Find Alla’s 3 nonfiction books and 60 nonfiction short stories on Amazon.
- What Is Life? What Is Happiness? (Book 1 of Trilogy), Know How Skills (2015)
- A Person Is a Product of Time, Place, and Circumstances (Book 2 of Trilogy), Know How Skills (2015)
Alfred J. Garrotto is a native Californian now living in the San Francisco East Bay Area. He was born into a theatrical family and began his career in the arts at the age of seven, along with Natalie, his older sister, doing bit parts that required Italian-looking kids. She used her magnificent coloratura voice to pursue a career in grand opera. By his teens, Al had taken a different road into academics and spirituality. Although he did a lot of writing (mostly on Christian themes), he did not get the book-bug until his forties. Once the muse bit, he couldn’t stop and has written, to date, 13 books through both commercial and independent publishing. These include both fiction and non-fiction.
His most recent fiction works are the Caribbean Tremors Trilogy: A Love Forbidden, Finding Isabella, I’ll Paint a Sun.
The Soul of Art (nonfiction) explores the underlying spirituality that gives birth to all creative endeavors. He uses the book as a source for “Spirituality of the Arts” workshops designed for creative people of all genres. You can contact him for details and possible bookings at email@example.com,
His novella, There’s More, explores the greatest mystery of all: what happens at the instant of death? In it, a major league ballplayer–a former Catholic priest is simultaneously murdered and killed by accident and by two different people during a game! The plot explores questions about death and afterlife, as the ballplayer-priest reviews major moments and deci
- The Soul of Art (nonfiction, Create Space, October 2016)
- There’s More: A Novella of Life and Afterlife, CreateSpace (Septembr, 2014)
- The Wisdom of Les Miserables: Lessons from the Heart of Jean Valjean, lulu.com (July 23, 2011)
- Author’s Den
David’s debut book, Granddad’s Garden: Stories of the Natural World is available now at Amazon.com. He is writing two more books, a novel based on his Irish ancestral roots, and Book 2 of Granddad’s Garden, which explores growing up in today’s world, and how the natural world can impart great wisdom.
- Blog: Writers on the Journey (Cheryl Spanos, David George, Jack Russ, Jill Hedgecock, Susan Berman), Musings on Creative Writing and the Path to Publication
- Author Facebook Page: davegeorge7
- Author Twitter Account: DaveGeorgeCWC
- Latest award (2009): Frog Song, Short Story, First Place, San Francisco & Peninsula Branch, California Writers Club contest
Member CWC Mt. Diablo Branch since 2006
Has authored and published:
• a novel, Chronicles of an Occupational Prostitute (corporate life) as Peechi Keane
• a graphic memoir, Atlas Peak Wildfire (2017 Northern California Firestorm)
• several articles (humorous, etc.) in the Diablo Gazette (newspaper), David King, Editor
• four stories in the anthology Insight, Hindsight & Flights of Fancy (one winning a California Writers Club short story award)
• a book review for columnist Nicholas Boer, garnering his compliments
Aurelia Gincauskas was born in Kempten, a war torn German town. She emigrated, as a child with her Lithuanian parents, to East Chicago, Indiana. There she was raised between two cultures–American and Lithuanian.
She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois where she met her future husband. Four years later she earned a medical doctor’s degree from Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis. Later she became board certified in Family Medicine. After living for many years in Urbana, Illinois and Orange County, California, she and her husband eventually settled in Walnut Creek for the past 25 years where she continued her medical profession.
She has been an active competitor in tennis and an avid mountain hiker not only in California but also in mountainous places in Europe.
After her retirement five years ago, she has turned her attention to writing. Since many images of her childhood in Germany and memories of stories narrated by her mother about the WWII tragic experiences kept surfacing, she decided to place all those fragments of memories together like a puzzle, before they faded away. From those fragments a picture emerged and a memoir was written.
“The Scattered Autumn Leaves” was published 2017 (amazon.com). She is now writing a fiction romance book. The story will touch important issues that face our combat veterans today as they continue to suffer consequences of war and PTSD.
Writer and editor B. Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com. She’s the author of an award-winning YA, Talent, and an award-winning memoir, Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62, plus a collection of journaling prompts, flash pieces, and short articles. Her flash fiction was recently published in Nebo, Cabinet of Heed, Murmur of Words, and 100-Word Stories. She lives near Mt. Diablo with her energizer-bunny husband and their exceptional terrier.
Shorter works have appeared in Hip Mama, The Sun, GoodHousekeeping.com, PurpleClover.com, and Flashquake among other places. She is a reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network as well as Writer Advice and is available to write guest blogs for your web site. She lives east of Berkeley and west of the San Joaquin Valley with her energizer-bunny husband and their exceptional terrier.
- Blog: Writer Advice
- Talent, Eternal Press, November 2015
- You Want Me to Do What?: Journaling for Caregivers, Tate Publishing, 2008
- Bookclub called The Joys of Journaling; numerous short pieces on Caregiver Village
- Blog: How to Get a Winning Verdict in Your Personal Life
- Getting a Winning Verdict in My Personal Life: A Trial Lawyer Finds His Soul, Pavior Publishing, 2007
I struggled for years to have a relationship with words. I loved numbers, but realized if I were to share any of my life’s experiences with others, then I needed to conquer my fear of the written word. I now love both numbers and words. I published my memoir “Journey to Self” in 2019 and am now working on my first novel. Life is so interesting.
Jill Hedgecock is an award-winning and internationally-published author. She writes book review columns and freelance articles for both Books ‘N Pieces Magazine and The Diablo Gazette. She has been in a book club for approximately 20 years where she has gained valuable knowledge on what readers consider good literature. Her short stories, personal essays and nonfiction pieces have appeared in multiple anthologies, newspapers, and magazines. Rhino in the Room is her debut novel.
- Between Shadow’s Eyes: A Suspense Novel, Goshawk Press, 2019
- Rhino in the Room, Goshawk Press, 2018
- YA Short Story: One Year and a Day, appeared in the anthology What Doesn’t Kill You, 2018
- Essay: Rhino-cide, appeared in the anthology Africa vs. Asia, 2018
- Short Story, The Plot in Question, CWC Literary Review, 2017
- Personal Essay, Round, CWC Literary Review, 2016
- Short Story Broken, appeared in the anthology: West Winds Centennial, California Writers Club, 2010
- Bookends monthly book review (Diablo Gazette): 2016-present
- Book review columnist for Books ‘N Pieces Magazine, 2018 – present
- Latest award: 2019 Medalist Winner for Travel/Adventures Abroad – New Apple Literary Indie Book Award for Rhino in the Room
- Lost Cause, Second Place, Short Story Contest, CWC Inland Empire Branch, 2010
- Story Pitches Award: Rhino in the Room—logline selected out of 200 submissions to be promoted as BEST NOVEL for August 2019
- CWC Distinguished Service Award, 2018
- CWC Distinguished Service Award, 2014
Phyllis was born in Detroit, MI. She earned a B.S. in Biology and Physical Sciences at the University of Michigan, and following two years in Ecuador, completed a Master’s in Science Education at Wayne State University.
She then married Jack (whom she met when they were both eight), had a daughter and son, and taught for many years in Detroit and California schools. After adding a concentration in Computer Science to her resume, Phyllis went to work in the computer industry. She has also written several contemporary novels.
- The Verdict is Love
- Call Back Our Yesterdays
- To Catch a Lorelei
- There Is a Season-Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award Finalist
- Another New Year’s Eve
- Insight, Hindsight & Flights of Fancy-Anthology Contributor–Tuffy, Don Juan and the Runaway Knight
- Curious Things: A Compilation of Curiously Disturbing & Sometimes Horrifying Stories–Anthology Contributor–Tuffy
- Coming Soon: Somewhere in the Silence-Honorable Mention in the 2018 National League of American Pen Women–Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition: Novel Excerpt category
- Wayne State University 2020 Literary Review-Anthology Contributor —Hipster
- Amazon Page
Kymberlie Ingalls is native to the California Bay Area. She is a pioneer in blogging and social media marketing, getting her start in the late 90s. Her style is loose, experimental and a journey in stream of consciousness. Hobbies include a fascination with humanity and questioning *every*thing. Works include personal essay, memoir and fiction. Beware of the occasional falling opinion.
Judith Ingram earned her master’s degree in counseling from Saint Mary’s College, a certificate in biblical studies from Cornerstone Bible Academy, and studied two years at Fuller Theological Seminary. Nine years in therapy recovering from childhood abuse issues inspired her interest in speaking and writing about forgiveness. She is the author of Forgiving Day by Day (2019), A Devotional Walk with Forgiveness (2011), and a time-travel fiction trilogy Moonseed (2013, 2014, 2015). She has contributed stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix (2019), Inspire Grace (2019), Inspire Forgiveness (2015), Inspire Kindness (2018), and The Literary Review (2018). She posts weekly devotionals on her blog and lives with her husband in the San Francisco East Bay Area.
- Facebook author page
- Amazon author page
- Moonseed Trilogy, Vinspire Publishing: Bridge to the Past (book 1), 2013; Borrowed Promises (book 2), 2014 Into the Mist (book 3), 2015
- A Devotional Walk with Forgiveness, Vinspire Publishing, 2011
Lucinda Jackson is the author of the memoir Just a Girl: Growing Up Female and Ambitious. As a PhD scientist and global corporate executive, Lucinda spent almost fifty years in academia and Fortune 500 companies and has published articles, book chapters, and patents. She is an international presenter and speaks on radio and podcasts. Lucinda is at work on her second book, an exploration of freedom after leaving a structured life. Lucinda and her husband recently served as Peace Corps volunteers in Palau and as science teachers in Mexico. They live near San Francisco. Connect with Lucinda or find her book at: https://lucindajackson.com
Denise P. Kalm, BCC, has been reinventing herself her entire life, beginning her career in genetics, years in various roles in IT and then training as a personal/executive coach at John F. Kennedy University and as a creativity coach by Eric Maisel. Retirement is her next reinvention; she created Retirement Savvy – Designing Your Next Great Adventure to help others (and herself) design a retirement of their dreams. This is her fifth book. The other works are; a novel, Lifestorm, Career Savvy – Keeping & Transforming Your Job, Tech Grief – Survive and Thrive Through Career Losses (with Linda Donovan) and First Job Savvy – Find a Job, Start Your Career all available on all major sites as paperbacks and e-books. She also writes articles, blogs and short stories. Web sites: www.dpkcoaching.com and www.denisekalm.com. Social media accounts: @denisekalm and www.linkedin.com/in/denisekalm.
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- Lifestorm and Retirement Savvy
- Career Savvy: Keeping and Transforming Your Job
- First Job Savvy: Find a Job, Start Your Career
- Tech Grief—Survive & Thrive Through Career Losses
Ken Kerkhoff writes both fiction and non-fiction drawing from his experiences in India, Africa, and Europe. His most recent fiction concerns the people he worked with for five years in Cameroon and reports about one the most dangerous terrorist groups in the World. Ken’s first book, Paper Boat, is a memoir and an accumulation of short stories. It is co-authored by a master story teller. Ken lives in Walnut Creek, California.
- Paper Boat: Discovering India with a Master Storyteller, Andrew Benzie Books, 2015
- Website: Lizbooks; Blog: Reading, Writing, and Elizabeth
- Website: www.missingkennedy.com
- The Missing Kennedy, Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women Bancroft Press, 2015, New York Times Best Selling Book and Benjamin Franklin Award winner
- Jackson and Bud’s Bumpy Ride: America’s First Crosscountry Automobile Trip, Millbrook Press, 2009
Joanna H. Kraus is an award winning playwright of 20 produced and published plays.”The Ice Wolf” (Dramatic Publishing) and “Remember My Name” were both produced off-off Broadway.
Picture books include “A Night of Tamales and Roses” (Shenanigan Books) “Blue Toboggan” (Mascot books) “Bravo, Benny” and “Oh, Little Ham of Buffalo, a Korean Ad)option Memoir” (Mirror Publishing) and “The Blue Jeans Rebellion” (Leicester Bay Books.)She was the children’s book reviewer for the Bay Area News group for more than two decades, is a member of the Dramatists Guild and SCBWI. Kraus is Professor Emerta of the College at Brockport State University of New York, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and holds an M.A. from UCLA and an d.D. from Columbia University.
- A Night of Tamales and Roses, Shenanigan Books, 1st ed., 2007
- Tall Boy’s Journey, Carolrhoda Books, 1993
- Latest award (2005): Secrets , First Place, Play, Marilyn Hall Awards for Youth Theatre, Beverly Hills Theatre Guild
Marianne Lonsdale writes personal essays, fiction, and literary interviews. She’s looking for an agent for her first novel, Finding Nora, a story set in Oakland in 1991 about love and friendship during the AIDs epidemic. Her work has been published in Literary Mama, Grown and Flown, Pulse and has aired on KQED. Marianne has read at various events including San Francisco’s Litquake festival, and is honored to be an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.
- Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever: A Novel, Kelso Books, 2009 (also: optioned for the big screen)
William Martin is currently enrolled at the Pacific School of Religion to obtain a double masters in divinity and social justice. He published his second book in May 2019, Dance of the Animal Spirit through History, a memoir about feeling alive. He has three other books in various stages of draft.
- Second Opinion: The Dual Existences of Don Ed Turner, 2013
- The Stained Glass Door, A Novel in Fragments, 2013
- Eating Disorders: A Treatment Workbook for Patients, Therapists, and Families, Andrew Benzie Books, 2016
Camille Minichino is a retired physicist turned writer. She has published 25 mysteries in 4 different series: the Periodic Table Mysteries; the Miniature Mysteries (as Margaret Grace); the Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries (as Ada Madison); and the Postmistress Mysteries (as Jean Flowers). She’s now working on a 3-book deal for a fifth series, the Alaska Diner Mysteries (as Elizabeth Logan). She’s also written nonfiction, many short stories, and articles on the craft of writing. She teaches science at Golden Gate U. in San Francisco and writing workshops around the SF Bay Area. More information is at www.minichino.com.
- Madness in Miniature (as Margaret Grace), Perseverance Press, 2014
The Quotient of Murder (as Ada Madison), Berkley, 2013
Patty Northlich primarily writes memoirs — her pieces have appeared in several anthologies. She is completing her memoir of her years as Concierge of the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley.
Canadian-born author, Suzy Quenneville-Orpin, has always had a vivid imagination and a keen desire to write. Suzy views the world through her own narrative, weaving in the fascinating challenges, triumphs, and lifestyles of the people she meets. An unapologetic daydreamer, Suzy’s early experiences in Toronto, Ontario provided the perfect upbringing to fuel her creativity and discover the wonder of the roads less traveled. A move to the west coast brought new opportunities and an appreciation for the Pacific Northwest.
Susan Pace-Koch was born in Alaska, raised in Washington and now resides in California. A trip to the Grand Canyon gave her an idea that she ‘couldn’t get out of her head’; creating marvelous, wonderful children’s books.
Get Out Books creates delightful books that take children outside of their normal realm, and into their imaginations. Books published by Get Out Books are enjoyed by the parents and grandparents as much as the kids, thanks to Susan’s careful selections of the just the right artist for each book.
- Roly’s Relic: The Cross of Baal (as Jon Cory), CreateSpace, 2013
- “The Otherside Alliance,” in Tales of Fortannis: A Bard’s Eye View, an anthology edited by Michael Ventrella, Double Dragon, 201
- A Plague of Scoundrels (as Jon Cory), Komenar Publishing, 2008
- Latest award (2008): A Plague of Scoundrels (as Jon Cory), Honorable Mention, London Book Festival
- Website, Facebook page, Goodreads page, Youtube channel, Amazon Author page
- Remembering Childhood: Workbook Your Way to a Finished Memoir, Dameliam Books, 2016
- Beyond the Silk Mills, Dameliam Books 2014
Sheryl Burt Ruzek currently writes historical fiction in which the characters live out societal conflicts in public health. Her previous books and articles in academic journals and the popular press address a wide array of topics in women’s health, health communication, medical decision-making, the adoption of medical technologies and the role of health movements in social change. She is Professor of Public Health Emerita at Temple University where she also edited the Health, Society and Policy Series for Temple University Press for many years. She has served as consultant for numerous public health organizations in the US and abroad.
- Women’s Health. Complexities and Differences, Ohio State University Press, 1997
- The Women’s Health Movement: Feminist Alternatives to Medical Control, Praeger Publishers, 1978
John Schembra spent a year with the 557th Military Police Company at Long Binh, South Vietnam in 1970. His time as a combat M.P. provided the basis of his first book, M.P., A Novel of Vietnam. Upon completing his military service, John joined the Pleasant Hill Police Department, where he retired in 2001 as a Sergeant. He then joined the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Dept as the Lead EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operations Course) instructor.
In addition to M.P., John has had several articles published in law enforcement periodicals, including, Law and Order, Police Officer’s Quarterly, and The Backup. He is also a contributing author in True Blue – Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them, a collection of short stories released by St. Martin’s Press. His second novel, Retribution, a fictional story of the hunt for a serial killer in San Francisco, published in the spring of 2007, was awarded the Silver Medal for writing excellence by the Military Writer’s Society of America. His third novel, Diplomatic Immunity, the story of a deadly sniper killing foreign consuls in San Francisco, was published in 2012. The three books are part of the Vince Torelli series.
John’s fourth book, Sin Eater, a paranormal thriller, is now available in both electronic and print. His fifth book, Blood Debt, the fourth in the Vince Torelli should be released soon. John is currently writing his sixth book, Echoes of Lies and resides in Concord with his wife of 46 years, Charlene.
John G. (Jack) Sharp
John G. (Jack) Sharp is a graduate of San Francisco State University, MA History. Jack writes frequently on military, labor, and racial history for a variety of different organizations and periodicals. His Diary of Michael Shiner 1813 -1869 is widely utilized and featured on the Library of Congress web page https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/civil-war-in-america/biographies/michael-shiner.html. He has taught history, political science, and served as consultant to private and governmental organizations. His most recent article was written for Department of Navy to commemorate the 204th anniversary of the Battle of Bladensburg fought 24 August 1814. The article highlights the largely unknown participation of young sailors 12-18 and enslaved and free African Americans in the battle. https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/r/register-patients-naval-hospital-washington-dc-1814.html
- My Creative World
- Evening Sun: A Widow’s Journey, Andrew Benzie Books, 2014
- Meditation on Woman, Anaphora Literary Press, 2011
- Latest award (2010): “Apart,” poem nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Dec., 2010, by Qarttsiluni
- Website: Writers on the Journey
- “Counting,” short story, Beyond Centauri, October 2010
- “Bones in the Cellar,” short story, Hunger Mountain, Spring 2010
- Latest award (2008): Tougher than Dragon Hide, Children’s Fiction (Middle Grade Novel); Runner-Up, San Francisco Writers Conference Contest; Two Honorable Mentions, 77th Annual Writers Digest Writing Competition for Bones in the Cellar, and Pote Tha Fthasoume? (Are We There Yet?), both in the mainstream/literary short story category
Georgia Stathis (www.starcycles.com)
CHRISTINE SUNDERLAND serves as managing editor for American Church Union Publishing and holds a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State University, Cum Laude. She is the author of six award-winning novels about faith and family, freedom of speech and religion, and the importance of history and human dignity. Her seventh novel, Angel Mountain, set on Mount Diablo, was released on April 24, 2020 by Wipf and Stock Publishers. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and a tabby named Laddie who makes an appearance in Angel Mountain
- Website and Blog
- Amazon Author Page
- Pilgrimage, 2007
- Offerings, 2009
- Inheritance, 2009
- The Magdalene Mystery, 2013
- Hana-Lani, OakTara, 2010
- The Fire Trail, 2016
- ANGEL MOUNTAIN (Wipf and Stock Publishers, April 24, 2020)
A holy hermit, a Holocaust survivor, a literary librarian, and a Christian geneticist search for peace and happiness in a culture of chaos.
- Latest awards The Fire Trail—Best Inspirational, Feathered Quill Book Awards; Finalist, Suspense, Next Generation Indie Book Awards
- German Voices: Memories of Life During Hitler’s Third Reich (with Frederic C. Tubach), University of California Press, 1st ed., 2011; ISBN-10: 0520269640, ISBN-13: 978-0520269644
- An Uncommon Friendship: From Opposite Sides of the Holocaust (with Bernat Rosner, Frederic C. Tubach), University of California Press, 2nd ed., 2010
- Plural Bride to Be Andrew Benzie Books, 2018
- Twentyhundred Andrew Benzie Books, 2019
Frances Bries Wojnar