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Marc Alexander Born in East London in 1948, Marc Alexander is the grandson of a former officer in the Tsar's Army who absconded to Whitechapel after the Russo-Japanese War.  After obtaining his postgraduate degree, Marc left the UK and lived in Malta, where he wrote and later published his first book for W.H. Allen & Co.of London.  Most of his publications have been for British, North and Latin American magazines covering a wide range of topics.  He is passionate about Renaissance music and Italian baroque composers. He is working on a YA novel set in London during the Late Victorian era.   New to the Central Coast, he lives quietly in Pacific Grove, cooks Russian and Greek specialties, and sings the praises of Guinness stout.

Lana Bryan English major, taught school, Librarian's Certificate, discovered Technical Writing, never looked back. Lana served as a technical writer for several start-up software companies, some of which failed spectacularly and three that did spectacularly well. Editing is what she really likes, but there may be a book lurking. Now that she is retired, there should be time for that book, right? Besides a Microsoft Windows trade book, co-authored with spouse Bob Whitsitt, her published book is online, The Culinary Scrapbook, for which she collected and edited recipes from Google chefs. Happy to find CCW, she was easily lured into being editor of Scribbles, starting in September, 2015 and became CCW's representative to the State Central Board in July, 2016.

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Francis Cartier has had an interesting life, mostly having to do with words. In the mid-forties, he was a radio announcer at KFBK in Sacramento. He also wrote radio plays and acted in his own and others' plays. One series, very early during World War II, was requested by the Army Air Corps recruiters about training for pilots, navigators and so on. He wrote these radio plays, directed and sometimes acted in them. At the end of the series, he convinced himself, joined the Air Corps and flew 50 combat missions bombing Germany. After the war, he went to the University of Southern California to study acting and movie writing under William C. DeMille, older brother of Cecil B. DeMille. But to get a degree in Speech there, you had to take certain science courses such as the anatomy of the vocal mechanism. He ended up with a Ph.D. in Speech Pathology, which he taught at Florida State for three years. While there, he wrote a very successful textbook on phonetics, the study of speech sounds. He also joined the National Society for the Study of Communication (the NSSC), soon became editor of its Journal of Communication and, not much later, President of that society.

The NSSC, its convention and its journal, soon attracted the attention of certain officers in the Air Force.  After three years at Florida State, Fran was offered a job lecturing and writing textbooks for the Air University, which is similar to the Naval Postgraduate School here in Monterey. He was there for 9 years. However, The Air University is in Montgomery, Alabama, and this was in the 1950s. Fran and his wife, both Westerners, decided they did not want to raise their son in that culture.

When the word got around, he was soon offered a job at Lackland Air force Base in San Antonio. The job was to lead improvements at the Defense Language institute English Language School. It is the exact opposite from the DLI Foreign Language Institute here in Monterey. It teaches English to foreign military personnel who have been sent here to learn to fly airplanes that their country is buying from us, military medics, and perhaps 20 other kinds of courses. They don't teach those courses in foreign languages – only in English.

In the early '70s, The Department of Defense noted Fran's considerable successes at the English Language Center and decided he might have a similar influence on many of the foreign language courses at the Foreign Language Center which were still using 50-year-old instructional methods. He retired from there in 1985.


Born in Arroyo Grande, California, Harold Grice's main occupation as a youth was MISCHIEF. Moving often, his family finally settled on a ranch in Huasa Valley, an isolated place southeast of Arroyo Grande. Milking cows, slopping hogs, hunting, fishing, and riding and breaking horses were Harold's life as he attended a one room classroom through the eighth grade. Arroyo Grande High, San Luis Obispo and Bend, Oregon, were the venues of his high school education. Opting for discharge after serving three years in the Marine Corps in the Pacific, Harold worked for the Fire Guard, California Division of Highways and Neill Engineers, Carmel. In 1970, he founded Grice Engineering, Inc. in Salinas. Harold married Ramona Johnson nee Zezetiheine and they have lived in their home on Torero Drive in Salinas for some thirty odd years. Grice is always free with his thoughts including, but not limited to, the "Philosophy of Success for the Entrepreneur," which identifies character requirements needed for success in

something about which you have limited knowledge. These include: Ego, greed, tenacity, ignorance... and a big dose of luck.

Harold has already penned his epitaph: "Here lies Harold E. Grice, what he did was very nice. While he was having all this fun, he left his better works undone." We hope not!

Good words by Harold E. Grice:

Dear Polly, Have you read Harold's Country Boy book? It's a humdinger! Sure brings back the memories—the farm, the boys, Helen and Roy and those kids. Talk about mischief, swiping the carrots and then taking the tie-down rope for a swing. Never saw Oscar so mad as when the load came off. Course he couldn't wallop 'im with Helen right there. Then that thing with the dog, blood all over, near scared us to death. And that old sow gonna eat him. Never been so frightened as when the burglar took off with him. I thought he'd do something terrible to the boy. I tell you, Polly, the little scamp kept me up nights wondering what he was a gonna get into next. Made me feel right at home again. Bye for now, GRAN'MA Be sure to read Harold's "California Country Boy" You hear me?



Arlen Grossman has a quotation quiz website, and a political blog Due to budget cuts, the Monterey Herald, after nine years, no longer carries his quotation quiz. He is a former journalism student, and has written numerous articles and letters for newspapers and magazines. He is currently working on a children's book. Arlen retired from teaching disabled adults in 2010, and is devoting his newfound time to writing and blogging. He lives in Del Rey Oaks with his wife and assorted pets. When he wins his first Pulitzer or Nobel Prize in Literature, he promises to buy dinner for everyone in the CCW.


Dick Guthrie was born into an Army family and spent his younger years moving around the United States and Europe. When he enlisted in the Army at age seventeen years , two months, it was for the express purpose of getting the draft out of the way so he could go on to college and into a money-making job -- and live happily ever after. He found he liked the service, though, and went to West Point and was commissioned a second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1963. In 1974 he bought a small house on the Monterey Peninsula where his wife and two children lived while he served a year in Korea. After thirty-four years in uniform he retired and took a position as General Administrative Manager with Southern Peru Copper Corp. After five and a half years in Peru he and his wife moved to the house on the Monterey Peninsula.
He has published several magazine articles and currently is working on Memoirs of Company command in Vietnam. The wartime story of 1967-68 is supplemented with the account of a return trip he made to Binh Dinh Province in 1998 along with his former Senior Company Medic and First Platoon Leader.

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Laura Hamill moved from Watsonville to Pacific Grove in 2013 because of incredible inspirations from the Monterey Bay. A trained botanical artist, it was not long before she ventured into fantasy botanical paintings and fantastical writings. She calls the genre, spiritual fantasy. The mystery of the writings can be best explained by a quote from C.S. Lewis "I never exactly made a book. It's rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say."

After many rides in the bay and meditative event downloads, the first in a series was completed – Writing Evolution, The Novel Adventures of L'Aura Lightflower. Writing and living in Pacific Grove are her greatest joys.

The Novel Adventures of L'Aura Lightflower by Laura Hamill


"These are the logs of my works for the Akashic Library. I am L'Aura Lightflower, a creative consultant tasked to expand the knowledge stores and open up areas of the library that were obscured for eons. My library guides are the Centurion and the Hawk – lovingly referred to in these logs as the "CH." The originals council (ancients that steward the library) assess my invitations and assign the tasks to me for the expansion of the all."


A fourth generation Pagrovian, Patricia Hamilton is descended from the Reverend Sylvanus G. Gale, Methodist minister in the Pacific Grove Retreat, 1890-93. Her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren live in San Luis Obispo, California.

After a career as a controller with an international restaurant corporation, Hamilton began writing and publishing interior landscape contractor books in 1982.

In 1994, she enrolled in UC Santa Cruz, completed her degree in Philosophy at the University of Lancaster, England, then lived in Spain where she taught English in Elche, near Valencia. She wrote and published two books abroad: “Peace Consciousness in Northern Ireland and Findhorn, Scotland,” a UCSC President's Fellowship, and "I Can't Be Bothered," about her mates in Lancaster.

She has just completed a healthful travel guide to California, and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. Local authors interested in self-publishing can reach her for a free consult at 649-6640 or at her office at 591 Lighthouse Ave #20, Pacific Grove.


Julie Hanks (Jesse Elliot) now writes about what she has loved so much to read --the Old West -- except her stories always have a strong female protagonist. She has published five short stories in Frontier Tales Magazine, and four of these will be published in The Best of Frontier Tales, Volumes 5, 6 & 7. Another short story, Lost in Time was published in A Mail-Order Christmas Bride anthology, December 2015, Prairie Rose Publications. In her previous life she taught K-6, community college, and Educational methods at the university. In her free time, she reads, travels, C/W dances, and visits her family ranch in New Mexico.

Death at Gran Quivera by Jesse Elliot:

While touching on such issues as race, gender and class, Death in Gran Quivera is essentially a mystery to discover who is committing a series of robberies, threats, and murders. One morning Iragene, a homesteader in central NM, encounters some unknown men who leave a mysterious item in a copse of scrub oak, a bloody blond scalp.  Determined to find out who this unfortunate woman was, Iragene goes off to question her neighbors, only to find that they too have experienced some unexplained occurrences, some involving strange deaths of cattle, others involving deadly threats. 

The book climaxes in the magnificent ruins of Gran Quivira in the middle of a frightening deluge of lightening, thunder, rain, and bullets as our heroes face death in their effort to rid the county of this scourge. 

Throughout the book, the descriptive imagery of the New Mexico landscape plays a major role, often interfacing, sometimes influencing the mood of the characters and events. Now available in paperback.

"A fast-paced adventure tale of the Wild West with a strong female sleuth."

Kirkus Review
Available at Amazon, Nook, and ebook

Dr. Pat Hanson is a seasoned health and human sexuality educator, public speaker, and writer born in 1945, on the cusp of the wave of 78 million baby-boomers approaching 65. She has two sons. Her eldest, 34 is currently gave her two invisible grandchildren now ages 14 and 16, and a beautiful granddaughter Sierra now 16 months. Pat's youngest a graduate of a U.S. military academy is now serving in the Middle East. She is proud to report she's a healthy survivor of the if-it-feels-good-do-it 60s and the AIDies, been married three times, and calls herself bi-coastal. She lives in Aromas, California, with her significant equal and third husband of twenty-two years.

Finally she's given up doing anything else but fine-tuning her own voice to get it out there. Formerly co-chair of Local 7 of the National Writers Union, Pat is currently a columnist for and Crone: Women Coming of Age. She has dozens of publications in academic journals and magazines. Pat's short fiction, If the Tubs Could Talk, appears in Monterey Shorts, Thunderbird Press 2002 & 2004. Featuring nine other fiction writers, it was distributed through local and national channels, selling close to 6,000 copies. She has a chapter on The Secrets to Successful Sexuality in Everything You Need to Know to Succeed After College, Equality Press 1993.

She emcees an Open Mike for Writers  the second Tuesday of every month @ 6:00 in Old Capitol Books in downtown Monterey.

Check out her website, and stay tuned.

Invisible Grandparent by Pat Hanson:

"An Invisible Grandparent is anyone unable to participate fully in the lives of their children's children. We may have once played a role in a young one's life and were then blocked from it. We have tangible memories and ideas of where these children are and what they look like or may be like. Or we may not even know our grandchildren's whereabouts or even their names."


Dyane Harwood is the author of the memoir Birth of a New Brain - Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder (Post Hill Press, October 2017) with a foreword by Dr. Carol Henshaw. She holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz. A freelance writer for over two decades, she has interviewed bestselling authors including Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, Anthony Bourdain, and SARK.

Dyane had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of attending a writing workshop taught by her favorite author, the late Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time. She has studied with Page Stegner, Kathryn Chetkovich, and Louis Owens. In 2015, Dyane was awarded a Catamaran Conference Fellowship and participated in Frances Lefkowitz's Nonfiction Seminar.

Dyane has written for The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Postpartum Support International, Postpartum Progress, Good Times, Central Coast Parent, Growing Up Santa Cruz, Press Banner, Anchor Magazine, Fit Magazine, The International Society for Bipolar Disorders, The International Bipolar Foundation, and The Stigma Fighters Anthology. After founding a chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), she facilitated free support groups for mothers with mood disorders for nine years.

Dyane lives in Ben Lomond, California with her husband Craig, a geologist and the author of Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West (University of Oklahoma Press, 2012), their daughters Avonlea and Marilla, and Lucy, their Old Time Scotch Collie who serves as Dyane's writing muse. Dyane's website: She blogs every Friday at Birth of a New Brain: and you can find Dyane tweeting away on Twitter: @DyaneHarwood

Birth of a New Brain - Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder by Dyane Harwood:

"With candid, explicit depictions of her compelling journey through postpartum bipolar disorder, Dyane skillfully brings the painful honesty necessary for growth in our field, as well as hope to those suffering. Birth of a New Brain is a rare resource that will benefit practitioners, their patients, and the public at large."

Shoshana S. Bennett, Ph.D. Author, Postpartum Depression for Dummies Clinical Psychologist for Perinatal Disorders

"Dyane Harwood's new book Birth of a New Brain is a phenomenal gift to the mental illness community, especially for postpartum sufferers. Dyane's clever weave of gut-wrenching honesty entwined with intricate storytelling illuminates an under-profiled mental illness. Birth of a New Brain is an important addition to the world's mood disorder literature, and it will help those with perinatal and bipolar disorders of all kinds. Delve into Dyane's incredible story, one that untangles the baffling and under-reported illness of postpartum bipolar disorder. Prepare to be moved. You won't regret it."

Wendy K. Williamson Author, I'm Not Crazy Just Bipolar and
Two Bipolar Chicks Guide to Survival: Tips for Living with Bipolar Disorder,

Carlin Jardine taught film and television production at Community College and University levels and worked as an independent writer, producer, director, editor, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and various locations throughout the United States and abroad. He has written and produced numerous successful media ad campaigns for San Francisco supervisors, state senators and US congressmen as well as national and regional television commercials and promotional videos for such clients as the American Heart Association, Easter Seals Society, American Cancer Society, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, United Away, AT&T, Campbell Soups, Wells Fargo and the Financial Corporation of America.

His production resume includes television specials with cartoonists Charles Schultz and Morrie Turner, a critically acclaimed made for television drama, Dinky Dau, for PBS and numerous marketing, educational, and informational film and video projects for local, national and international clients. He speaks and guest lectures on film and media production across the country. Upon retirement three years ago he and his wife Pattee moved to Carmel where he serves as a board member for Pacific Repertory Theatre and on the screening committee for the Carmel International Film Festival. Carlin is near completion of a fifth draft of a first novel, The Portrait.

Ken Jones moved to the Monterey Peninsula after retiring from the Boeing Company in March of 2001. Southern Californian natives, he and his wife had felt a growing attraction to the Central Coast that finally became too powerful to resist. Ken holds an AA degree in Energy Systems Analysis from Golden West College and a Bachelors of Science in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Northern Arizona University. His working career involved some technical and business writing, but he began writing for pleasure in the mid 80's, focusing primarily on short story fiction. Ken's short-short stories have received Honorable Mention in the Coast Weekly's annual 101 Word Short Story Contests in. In 2003, the Weekly's first prize ($101) went to Ken's Holiday Dinners. He is a co-author of Monterey Shorts, (Thunderbird Publication, 2001), and Monterey Shorts 2, (FWOMP Publications, 2005), collections of short stories set on the Monterey Peninsula, by the Fiction Writers of the Monterey Peninsula, (FWOMP).

He is also, on and off, (mostly off...) working on a novel length mystery that builds on the primary character from his story Borscht in The Bay published in Monterey Shorts, and Canned Hunt from Monterey Shorts 2. Five of Ken's stories are contained in The Barmaid, The Bean Counter and the Bungee Jumper, a collection of short stories and poetry produced in November '03 by the Pebbles Writing Group of Carmel. Ken and his wife Anne have one daughter, Nora, and two grandsons, Alejandro, and Santiago. He is a past CCW president and vice president and currently serves the branch as its Webmaster. He's home in Pacific Grove.


Ken's short stories can be found in the following collections:


Ken's energies have shifted from writing toward travel and photography. Some of his images may be seen at:

Kay Krattli is a poet and writer who grew up on the North Dakota prairie, a setting which bred a respect for Mother Nature, family farms, and immigrants.  Born into an Irish Catholic and Norwegian family, it was the Irish traditions and superstitions that held sway.  Educated in Catholic schools, she learned all kinds of gory saints' stories, how to pray in Latin, and the power and emotion of great church music.  If you are wondering what all this has to do with being a writer, the answer is quite a bit.  The Irish belief in a supernatural world, a good story well told, and music and poetry as essential as air, coupled with the rhythms of the St. James Bible, created a yeasty stew from which to grow a writer.  While her steady job was teaching English to Middle School students, she learned as much if not more than her students about language, its thrills, its tricks, its power. Kay finished her MA in education at UCLA, but remained there as an editor and writer of campus publications for several years. 

After many years in Southern California, Kay and her husband retired to the Monterey Peninsula.  Now if the proud grandparent of four can just drag herself away from playing with the kids and finish that YA novel....

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Branch Secretary, Joyce Krieg, is the author of the Shauna J. Bogart Talk Radio Mystery Series: Murder Off Mike, Slip Cue, and Riding Gain, all from St. Martin’s Minotaur. Murder Off Mike was the winner of the St. Martin’s Press “best first traditional mystery” contest and was nominated for an Agatha award. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Joyce grew up in the South Bay area “before it became Silicon Valley.” She attended San Jose State and was a member of the editorial board of Spartan Daily back when it was an unusual day not to have some sort of demonstration happening on Seventh Street. After careers as a daily newspaper reporter, television announcer, radio reporter and newscaster, Joyce settled in as promotion director for Sacramento’s KFBK News/Talk 1530. The latter experience served her well as background material when she started to write a mystery about a crime-fighting, mystery-solving talk radio host. While at KFBK,
Joyce was part of the management team that discovered Rush Limbaugh and launched his career, which she calls “my greatest claim to fame or shame.” Joyce now lives in Pacific Grove, where her full-time job is serving as head of staff to her royal cat Topaz.

Books by Joyce Krieg

After careers as a daily newspaper reporter, television announcer, radio reporter and newscaster, Joyce settled in as promotion director for Sacramento’s KFBK News/Talk 1530. The latter experience served her well as background material when she started to write a mystery about a crime-fighting, mystery-solving talk radio host.


Michael Latta is an ex-Navy brat, ex-Marine Corps, ex-NYC ad agency Mad Man, ex-husband(s), ex-Peace Corps (where he learned to lead the simple life a struggling writer requires) and life-long sailor. Now he happily lives aboard and single-hands his traditional sailing cutter, Narwhal wherever and whenever he feels the urge.

Over the years he has cruised up and down both coasts, Bahamas, Caribbean, and the South Pacific, including the fabled Marquesas and Tahiti. The last dozen years were spent along the Mexican Riviera and Sea of Cortez. In between he became a writer of magazine articles and a newspaper columnist, while creating short stories, books and novels as he wanders. (See His present home port is Monterey Harbor Marina where he just completed his second Deep Salt novel and is working on a screenplay before he tackles the third novel in this sea adventure series.

Books by Mike Latta

In Deep Salt is an adventure/thriller novel featuring Parker, a fed-up Marine turned salvage diver who rescues at sea a Haitian street urchin. Parker goes to drop him off only to find an exotic island bartender with a Harvard MBA, a ship's cat with a bad attitude, lost pirate loot, a mysterious hospital, a giant hammerhead, assorted Caribbean mercenaries...and all he wanted was to be left alone.


Heather Lazare After more than seven years in corporate publishing (Random House and Simon & Schuster), Heather decided to start her own independent editorial and publishing consultation business to work directly with authors, agents, and publishers. Heather helps writers develop and strengthen their voices, tighten (or elaborate!), clarify, and keep the plot moving in order to create a memorable and saleable story. Her clients have gone on to secure representation from top literary agents and sold their manuscripts to established houses. After graduating from UCSD with Honors in English Literature, Heather began her publishing career as an assistant at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency in Del Mar, California. Next, she lived in Aix-en-Provence, France, for two years where she taught English in both high school and elementary levels in the French public school system and was part of a bi-lingual book club. She moved to New York and worked for Random House for five years and was then offered the job of Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster's Touchstone imprint. After having a son in 2013, she and her husband decided to move back to California to be closer to their families.

Today, she edits adult and YA fiction, with particular emphasis on historical fiction, women's fiction, thrillers, and almost anything set in France. She's always looking for bold new voices to tell stories that feel fresh and unfamiliar. She lives in Pacific Grove, California with her husband and toddler son. Please visit her online at:

Cheri D. Love has lived in many places around California, and practices law in Monterey.  In addition to creating great works of contractual law and guides to the implementation of California's Informal Bidding Act, she has been a reporter for Her more readable work is now available at

Cheri is developing a mystery featuring a San Francisco homicide inspector who has a side interest in the small neighborhoods and architecture of the City, a memoir, and other works.  She is currently the President of CCW, and was previously the Editor of its newsletter, Scribbles.

Following in Harold Grice's footsteps, Cheri has chosen an epitaph for herself.  Well, two, actually:  "She's dirty, sweet, and she's my girl," or "She was good with leftovers."



Alesa Lightbourne is a Carmel native, and sixth generation Californian now living in Santa Cruz. She graduated from UCSC (anthropology) and University of Washington (MA Creative Writing), and taught in six countries around the world. For 20 years she ran her own corporate writing business, publishing in hundreds of magazines and writing nine books for clients. 

The Kurdish Bike, published in mid-2016, is her first novel, and is a fictionalization of the six months she spent teaching in Kurdish Iraq. The San Francisco Book Review compared it to Khalid Hosseini's The Kite Runner, and the Manhattan Book Review called it a must-read for anyone wanting to learn about the Middle East. She gives frequent presentations about Kurdish culture and women in the Middle East to book clubs, community groups and schools. Proceeds from the book go to improve the lives of Kurdish village women.


By Alesa Lightbourne:

"With her marriage over and life gone flat, Theresa Turner responds to an online ad, and lands at a school in Kurdish Iraq. Befriended by a widow in a nearby village, Theresa is embroiled in the joys and agonies of traditional Kurds, especially the women who survived Saddam's genocide only to be crippled by age-old restrictions, brutality and honor killings. Theresa's greatest challenge will be balancing respect for cultural values while trying to introduce more enlightened attitudes toward women - at the same time seeking new spiritual dimensions within herself.

"The Kurdish Bike is gripping, tender, wry and compassionate - an eye-opener into little-known customs in one of the world's most explosive regions - a novel of love, betrayal and redemption."


Kemberlee Lugo-Shortland was born and raised raised in Carmel. In 1997, she couldn't pass up the opportunity to spend six months in Ireland. While there, she met a man who eventually became her husband. Upon permanently relocating to Ireland, Kemberlee established an Irish travel consultancy, building a reputation as one of Ireland's foremost Irish travel experts.

Over the years, Kemberlee has had the opportunity to study Ireland's history and culture first hand, and has even picked up a cúpla focal . . . a few Irish words. Because of her knowledge of Ireland, she has had the privilege of working with some of the romance industry’s top authors who have set their stories in Ireland.

Kemberlee’s love of Ireland has inspired a number of Irish set stories, including her acclaimed Irish Pride series, as well as Moondance and The Power of Love. Her stories Tutti-Frutti Blues and Dude Looks Like A Lady, which can be found in the ongoing series, Carmel Charmers, are set in mid-1980s Carmel, at a time when eating ice cream on the street was illegal, and wearing high heels without a permit were against the law!

Kemberlee loves hearing from her readers, so stop by her website for excerpts, reviews, awards, and order information. Don't forget to drop her an e-mail:

Kemberlee also publishes articles for writers on her blog, Hearticles: Articles with Heart:

And if you fancy a peak into her life in Ireland, visit her blog Heart Shaped Stones:

Kemberlee is also the CEO of Tirgearr Publishing. Please visit:

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Carol Marquart writes and stages performances of historical/biographical plays.

Carol's productions include:

   The Life and Times of William Randolph Hearst
   The Rise and Decline of J. Paul Getty
   Who Was Mabel Dodge Luhan?
   Mark Twain and The Wild Wild West
   An Interview with Kurt Vonegut Jr.



Marlene Martin taught composition and literature at Monterey Peninsula College for forty-one years. While at MPC she also served terms as faculty senate president, teachers' association president, and English department chair.

She has had three college composition textbooks published, two by McGraw-Hill and one by Harper Collins in addition to dozens of articles for newspapers ranging from the Los Angeles Times and Christian Science Monitor to The Monterey Herald. Marlene has completed a thriller novel Threatened and is working on a satiric older person dating novel The Widow and the Lab Rats. Marlene is actively seeking a peer writing / editing group.



David Olsen is a writing student at Stanford's OWC Novel Writing Program, as well as a an MFA candidate. His debut novel Striver is in its final stages of editing. David has lived on the Monterey Peninsula since graduating from CSU Fresno in 2006, and has called Pacific Grove home for the majority of that time. David is an insurance broker as his day job for Hortica and works from his home office. He lives a block from Point Pinos Grill.


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Wanda Sue Parrott is one of this veteran writer's 18 literary aliases. She is Branch Secretary.

She made her debut as a stand-up- comedy poet as Professor Parrott in Springfield, Missouri poetry slams in 2007. “I love to experiment, and to invent,” she says.

As Diogenes Rosenberg, in 1997 she invented the world's shortest--and only purely horizontal--sonnet, the Pissonnet (pronounced Pee-so-nay if intoned for delicacy with a French accent).

As Edgar Allan Philpott, in 2009 she won the Louisiana Senior Poet Laureate Award by masqueraging as an itinerant musician from New Orleans. As Philpott, she also self-

published The Boondoggler's Bible, a limited-edition private mini-book, in 2009.

As Prairie Flower, a name that evolved decades ago, she has produced poetry inspired by the Native American influence. Other bylines include Juan Garcia, Thomas de Mia, Susan Norris and Alexandre Scotch.

During the 1970s she wrote Swamiwanda's Metaphysical Mailbag column for the old Hollywood Citizen News, and for nearly forty years, survived an on-and-off career as journalist under her best-known byline, Wanda Sue Parrott. Under this name, while living in Missouri from 1988 through 2009, where she was syndicated columnist with Senior Living Newspapers and teacher of writing at Ozarks Technical College, she invented the Story Stanza.

“This is a 100-word Shortcuts To Success formula I've used to win every flash fiction contest I've entered, except one,” she says. “My students used to get published. I hope to share it with California writers because it works. You don't need a Ph.D. to succeed as a writer. You need shortcuts to success that will work for you if you work with them.”

She is co-founder of the National Annual Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition for American Poets age 50 and older, and is currently serving as editor of Scribbles, newsletter of the Central Coast Writers branch of the California Writers Club.

She lives in the Monterey area with her feline friend Big Blackie. No new names are on the agenda—yet.
She is often referred to as "Amy" and always answers such mail. "Amy Kitchener's Angels Without Wings Foundation is a business name, not one of mine," she says.

By Wanda Sue Parrott:

In 2009, writing as Edgar Allan Philpott, Wanda Sue won the Louisiana Senior Poet Laureate Award by masqueraging as an itinerant musician from New Orleans. Also in 2009, and also as Philpott, she self-published The Boondoggler's Bible, which she terms a limited-edition private mini-book.


Leslie Patiño. I took my first novel-writing class in 2010. That led to more classes, workshops, conferences, a website, a blog, becoming a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, working in a beer garden—and joining Central Coast Writers in 2011. I edited Scribbles, the CCW newsletter, for several years, then switched to Publicity Chair for a couple of years. Where I really found my CCW calling was chairing the high schools writing contests.
And the novel that started it all? Made it to self-publication in 2015. While I no longer keep up the website or blog these days, I continue to find creative inspiration for writing at CCW events, and I've made some great friendships.


By Leslie Patiño

Due in 2015 The Brewer's Justice tells the story of twenty-seven-year-old Brad Peters who works the graveyard shift at a major brewery and dreams of one day opening his own craft brewery. When his wife dumps him and a wealthy Mexican friend wants Brad as his brewmaster and partner in a new, upscale brewpub in Monterrey, Mexico, Brad jumps at the opportunity... The only thing they didn't factor into the recipe was a drug cartel muscling in on the action.

Leslie's Spanish language 2008 paperback, Tinita, is the story of a teenage girl from Monterrey, Mexico, whose family immigrates to Denver, Colorado.

Diana Y. Paul is an author and artist, living in Carmel, California. She is a former Stanford University professor who has published three books on Buddhism, written articles on US-Japan trade for California newspapers, and will have some of her first short stories published in a number of literary journals. Her debut novel Things Unsaid (She Writes Press, October 2015) is a deft exploration of the ever-shifting covenants between parents and children, Things Unsaid is a ferocious tale of family love, dysfunction, and sense of duty over forty years.

Books by Diana Y. Paul:

Due in October, 2015, Diana's latest is Things Unsaid. A deft exploration of the ever-shifting covenants between parents and children, Things Unsaid is a ferocious tale of family love, dysfunction, and sense of duty over forty years.

Excerpts from reviews: "In a carefully crafted cautionary tale, Diana Paul writes a story of a family that could be anyone's family…In gripping detail, Paul unravels the threads that once bound these individuals together. Family ties are stressed to the breaking point. A crisis of health for some, relationship for others, and self-awareness for Jules, culminates in the realization of the toll that ill-placed priorities can take. Jules is forced to confront the difficult issue of choosing between the family she was born into and the one she created as an adult. Moral dilemmas, emotional roller-coasters, sacrifice and duty abound in this tense novel that exposes raw human emotion—sparing no one the pain that comes with such issues." [Lee Ambrose, reviewer,]

"Family is never easy to deal with, elderly family is even more difficult. "Things Unsaid" tells of the tightrope act that is fulfilling familial duty and obligation." Maggie, Franz, reviewer,

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Ayaz Pirani was born in Musoma, Tanzania to parents born in Kapsabet and Tanga. He grew up in Canada and studied Humanities and Writing at Collège Glendon in Toronto and Concordia University in Montreal. At Vermont College of Fine Arts, Ayaz was a student of the late Jack Myers. Happy You Are Here is his first book.

In this lovely and loving collection, Ayaz Pirani positions himself as a kind of plainspoken anti-prophet, bringing human nosiness and gratitude to a number of subjects – displacement and immigration, the oak woods of the Arroyo Seco, a mother's love, a pub in Toronto, "dark-haired beauties", Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater – as well as the more mysterious geographies of the soul. Pirani's images and exhortations will stop up your throat and thrum in your heart.

Heather Birrell, author of I Know You Are But What Am I? and Mad Hope, both published by Coach House.


By Ayaz Pirani:

In this tender and intimate debut, Ayaz Pirani attempts something radical. He sings quietly, in the face of fallen majesty. "A speck I say which / is no less than a scent you say / no more than a fourth / of a glance," he laments. "If only / I could make it to the Ngorongoro Crater / and empty my pockets," he rues. Wherever "here" is—be it the mosque, a yellow kitchen, planet Earth, or the Necropolis, or be it simply this sad world "of diminishing returns"—Pirani maps an austere happiness, and discovers, in love's company, an iridescent interior.

--Suzanne Buffam, author of Past Imperfect (House of Anansi) and The Irrationalist (Canarium Books)


Marina Romani has written poetry off and on during much of her adult life, but she started to give real time to her writing only after retiring, about a decade ago. In those last ten years, her poems have been published in growing numbers in print and on-line literary magazines, among them the CWC Literary Review, Homestead Review, Porter Gulch Review, Monterey Poetry Review, Tor House Newsletter, and the Canadian Poetry Pacific. Marina’s first book, Child Interwoven: Memories in Poem and Prose of a Russian Girlhood in 1940s Shanghai, was published by Park Place Publications in 2016. She is now at work on her second book, a collection of poems written in the years since 2008—please stay tuned.

Of her former occupations, Marina feels that raising her two children was the most significant and fulfilling. She has also been a teacher—of English, Russian, and translation—abroad (in Thailand) and in the U.S., including at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and at the University of Southern California. The last twenty years of her working life were spent as an editor and graphic designer, eventually managing editor of publications at a multi-disciplinary research center at UCLA. Since retiring, Marina has volunteered in various capacities at Monterey Library’s California History Room and at Robinson Jeffers’s Tor House in Carmel, where she currently serves as a tour docent. She finds joy in long oceanside walks, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. A night owl by nature, Marina does most of her writing late in the night, when the surrounding world is still and the silence listens.

Child Interwoven by Marina Romani

Marina Romani, child of White Russian émigrés, spent the first decade of her life in Shanghai, China—through the years of World War II, China's short post-war period and the resumption of its civil war, the takeover of the country by the forces of Mao Tse Tung, and the Romani family's evacuation, along with several thousand other Russians, to a refugee camp in the Philippine Islands. Memories of her unusual childhood comprise this collection of poems and short prose passages, all set against the background of dramatic and violent international events.

Marcia Rosen M. Glenda Rosen (Marcia G. Rosen), author of Dying To Be Beautiful Mystery Series Book One, Without A Head, Book Two, Fashion Queen', Books 3 Fake Beauty and 4 Fat Free in one book published in April, 2017. New series, The Senior Sleuths due out fall, 2017. Book One: Dead in Bed, is due out February 6, 2018.

Also  author of  The Woman's Business Therapist: Eliminate the MindBlocks and RoadBlocks to Success and the award-winning My Memoir Workbook.  For over fifteen years, have helped numerous authors develop and market their books,  presented writing programs in Manhattan, The Hamptons, New Mexico and Carmel, California, on "Encouraging and Supporting the Writer Within You!" Marcia Rosen is also the founder, and owner for 25 years, of a successful marketing and public relations agency. Available to develop and implement book marketing campaigns.

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Books by Marcia Rosen

Marcia has just signed a three book contract with Level Best Books, publishers of mysteries, for her new series, "The Senior Sleuths," Staring Dick and Dora Zimmerman. Book One: Dead in Bed, is due out February 6, 2018.

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Deanna Ross is a lifelong writer, choreographer and performer. Her poetry and fiction has been published in cattails, Skylark, Ribbons, Scheherazade, the Monterey County Weekly and The Aurorean and has received Honorable Mention by the United Haiku & Tanka Society.

She is a singer and songwriter in the indie folk-pop band The Jinxes and is currently at work on her first novel and a collaborative book of creative nonfiction. For more information, visit

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Bob Roy was raised in Massachusetts until entering the navy during the Vietnam War. He's earned a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth) and for the past thirty years plied his way through a construction management career. He resettled in California after a decade long absence, having lived in Hawaii for a short time then in Washington State for eleven years. He began writing over twenty five years ago, first concentrating on screenplays then moving into the novel. He's penned four complete novels, two successive ones in the private investigator genre, another in historical fiction in which he offers up a unique take on the JFK assassination.

Bob currently resides in King City, California, with his lovely bride, Barbara, and is dutifully employed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He continues to write and now has three Mark Harrow novels in print. He blogs on his website,, and welcomes correspondence with fellow mystery writers.


The Mark Harrow Private Investigative Murder Mystery Series by Robert J. Roy


Jennifer Schmidt. Born and raised in California, JL Schmidt works in multiple areas of literature: short story, creative non-fiction, literary fiction and poetry. She is the recipient of the 2017 Parents Fellowship from Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. The winning piece is her creative non-fiction piece titled "Ghosts", which originally appeared in Scheherazade, the literary magazine for Monterey Peninsula College. Her background is in emergency services and she currently resides on the California Central Coast with her husband, two children and their chocolate lab.

Follow her on her website as well as through social media on: 
TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

I am C. Jonathan Shoemaker. I came here from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to study Russian at the Army Language School in 1961. I have a Secondary Teaching Credential with a Major in German and Minors in Spanish and Russian. I also have a Bilingual Certificate of Competence.

I have taught in many academic areas and a variety of situations, as a foreign language teacher, department chairman, resource specialist, special day teacher, migrant resource teacher, summer migrant program director, English as a Second Language teacher, teacher of Personal Responsibility, and a home/hospital instructor.

I have now retired from full time teaching for various reasons, but I still enjoy working with the public, especially young people. I enjoy working as a marshal at the Pacific Grove golf

course. I enjoy reading literature of all kinds, and I have written four books, three of poems and an instructional book on golf.

By C. Jonathan Shoemaker:

Jonathan's insights and poetic wisdom appear monthly in his regular Scribbles column, If the Shoe Fits.

Christine Sleeter relocated to the Monterey Peninsula in 1995, when she was hired as a founding faculty member at California State University Monterey Bay. Originally from Oregon, she taught high school in Seattle, then moved to Wisconsin for her doctorate and ten years of university teaching before relocating to California. As a university faculty member, her work centered on teacher education, multicultural education, and ethnic studies. To date she has published 19 books and many, many academic articles; her work has been translated into Korean, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

When she retired from the university in 2003, although she has remained active as an academic writer and speaker, she began to experiment with narrative writing. As of 2014, she completed her first novel, White Bread, which links her work with teachers and ethnic studies, to her interest in family history research. You can find out more about her work

Books by Christine Sleeter:

Christine is an author, speaker, teacher, and activist who uses creative work to spark insight about respect for the diverse people who share space in classrooms, schools, and communities, and to prompt action for equity and justice.


About The Inheritance: My second novel explores whether you inherit responsibility for the history of an inheritance, and if so, what that means for your life. In this novel, after tracing the house she inherited from her grandmother to the selling of land stolen from the Utes, Denise must decide what to do. She works through difficult choices related to her family, her best friend, her work as a teacher, and her love life, coming to a resolution that many readers may find surprising.

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Debra J. Smith whose writing moniker is dj jameson smith, was born and raised in California. Though finding her niche as an author and artist came after well age 50, she has dabbled with both since childhood. She lives in north Monterey County, but spends much of her time at Open Grounds Studios in Seaside either working on the fantasy series, Secrets Beyond Scymaria, her travel/personal musings blog or creating art with photography.

Presently, only three books are in the series. She continues to expand upon it; two more books are in the wings, waiting on completion. When not writing, she traipses around the countryside with camera in hand capturing images to use in her art. Photopolymer-etched prints from her photographic images and linoleum cut prints are her favorite mediums for creating her art.

Links to Debra's work: Creations by dj jameson smith Blog: and Author's Page: See Debra's books on Amazon at:

Books by Debra J. Smith:


Debra's fantasy series draws the readers into the drama of troublesome middle school classmates, dealings with a sinister professor, and a newfound friendship with a most unusual creature. Though written to entice reluctant readers, this series has intrigued the most voracious of readers, young and old.

Russell Sunshine After working for 40 years in 40 countries as a policy advisor to international organizations and foreign governments, I'm contentedly retired in Pacific Grove. Retirement has given me the time and serenity to write a memoir, FAR & AWAY: True Tales from an International Life. Some of these tales are exciting and some reflective, some joyful and others tearful. All are hopefully instructive and entertaining.

I'm currently working on contributions to Patricia Hamilton's anthology, LIFE IN PACIFIC GROVE, due for publication in October 2017, with proceeds going to support Pacific Grove's Public Library.

Books by Russell Sunshine:

FAR & AWAY captures highlights of Russell's four decades of travel, work and residence abroad. Core chapters feature his personal and professional adventures in countries and regions where he stayed for multiple years: India, East Africa, China, Laos, Central Asia and Sri Lanka. The memoir also revisits Italy, where Russell and his wife Nancy Swing spent 15 blissful years on an Umbrian olive farm.

FAR & AWAY is available from Amazon. It has received five-star reviews from readers and critics alike, earning top ratings from Amazon and Readers' Favorite. The memoir is attracting readers as diverse as armchair travelers, graduate students and international professionals.

Nancy Swing How did a girl from small-town West Virginia end up in Pacific Grove? Via Kazakhstan. And Somalia and Guyana and India. We've retired here after 40 years living and working as independent consultants in the developing world. That retirement has given me the opportunity to return to creative writing, finishing a book started long ago, as well as beginning a trilogy. Malice on the Mekong, published in 2016, is set in Laos, where we lived for two years in the early 1990s. The trilogy harks back to my roots in West Virginia, and the first book in the series, Child's Play, was published in early 2017. Both mysteries have received five-star reviews and are available on Amazon. PG's cordial environment has been good for me and for my writing, nurturing a dream planted in high school but never truly harvested until now. Good also for husband Russell Sunshine, who's published his memoir, Far & Away: True Tales from an International Life. We're looking forward to many years of active association with CCW.

Learn more by visiting Nancy's website.

Books by Nancy Swing:

ANJALI RAO is a chocoholic Hindu grandmother who likes a gin-and-tonic now and then. Lately, her role as the wife of a U.N. diplomat hasn't been treating her very well. But all that changes when the body of a popular Vientiane hostess is found floating in the Mekong. Anjali sets out to investigate in her beloved Deux Chevaux and soon finds more than she bargained for.

Everything thirteen-year-old EDEN JONES knows, she learned from watching television. BETHANNE SWANSON learned her lessons from fifty years in the school of hard knocks. When Eden's poverty-stricken best friend and Bethanne's wealthy sister are found dead in the sister's car, Eden and Bethanne must combine forces to follow clues that no one seems to want discovered. Along the way, they solve not one but three mysteries and forge a friendship that goes beyond a bumbling collaboration between amateur sleuths.


Illia Thompson is the author of Moments, Gracious Seasons, and Heartframes. She teaches memoir writing through Monterey Peninsula College, MPC, and presents private classes and workshops on Journaling which emphasize writing as an art form and a tool for growth and healing. A graduate of Antioch College in Ohio, Illia has taught preschool through college and delights in those who find joy in discovering their ability to write their life stories. Illia serves on the Board of Directors of The Creative Edge and is a charter member of Pebbles, the Thunderbird Bookshop writers group. A poem of Illia's, Dancing on the Brink of the World, will appear in a collection of poetry celebrating Point Lobos which published in April, 2003.

Sharon Law Tucker is the published author of How to Be A BadAss, a survival guide for women, and The Mourning After, exploring grief, survival and hope, one woman's journey. She serves as Vice President of Central Coast Writers and is co-founder of Carmel Literary Festival.  Sharon is currently working on two books: a woman's issue novel and a murder mystery, both inspired by true events.

Books by Sharon Law Tucker:


Frances Diem Vardamis was born in New York City. A graduate of Queens College of the City of New York, she has taught English and history, at the high school level, in California, Germany, New York City and up-state New York, and in Vermont. For several years she worked in public outreach and sales positions with the Sugarbush Ski Resort in Warren, Vermont. She was employed as a journalist and lecturer in North Dakota. She is Membership Chair and Newsletter Editor for the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation in Carmel, California. Fran serves on the Board of the Friends of the Harrison Memorial Library in Carmel.

She is the author of the Yannis Lavonis series of detective novels published by Silk Label Publishing Co., a subsidiary of Royal Fireworks Printing Co. of Unionville, NY. The novels, Russian Doll, Ancestral Voices, and Pity the Children are set in modern Greece and deal with contemporary politics as well as crime. The fourth novel in the series, Vermont Sea Glass, follows Yannis Lavonis to the United States and looks at America through the eyes of a Greek visitor. Its themes are immigration and terrorism. Her latest, and the fifth novel in the series, a millennial mystery, Time Running Out, is set in Greece and Russia. Learn more at:

In addition to the Yannis Lavonis novels, Vardamis has done considerable translation of Norwegian texts. Among them are some half dozen self-help books published by Psyk Opp, the Norwegian Psychiatric Information Foundation. She has translated Freedom and Fear by John Arne Markussen, a contemporary analysis of American society, as well as a medieval verse play set in tenth century Norway. Her translation of The Carriage Stone, by the modern Norwegian novelist Sigbjørn Hølmebakk was published in 1996 by DuFour Editions, Inc. of Chester Springs, PA. She is, also, the recipient of a Nordic Council translation grant for the prize-winning short story collection, What Will We Do Today? by the contemporary author, Øystein Lønn.

She is the mother of two adult children. Her daughter, Sharon, a poet and playwright, resides in Amherst, Massachusetts and is a professional fundraiser. Her son, Daniel, lives with his poet/novelist wife and a rescue husky in a caboose in the Rockies and works as a tech at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder. His high mountain blog can be found at

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Dorothy Vriend writes poetry, short stories and memoir, and manages author/speaker programs for Central Coast Writers and Friends of the Pacific Grove Library. A native of British Columbia, Canada, she worked her way south as a carpenter, renovating homes and businesses and installing circular stairs.

Once in California she earned a BA in Journalism and an MA in English (Creative Writing) at San Francisco State University. She reported for the Vallejo Times Herald for four years and then freelanced for several San Francisco Bay Area newspapers; her work has also been published in Newsweek Japan and Newsweek Korea. She lives with her husband in Pacific Grove and blogs (Monterey Fog Blog) at



Music has played a central role in Jason Warburg's life since he sat in his big brothers' bedroom at age three listening to them play A Hard Day's Night over and over again. A recovering political junkie, in his thirties he moved into non-profit work in the higher education arena, while enjoying a parallel career as a music writer. The latter includes 15 years with The Daily Vault, one of the Web's oldest independent music review sites, where he has been editor since 2003. He has authored of dozens of op-ed pieces and more 700 album reviews, interviews and feature stories.

Jason is working toward publication of two new projects: a sequel to his debut novel, Believe in Me, and a collection of 20 years of his non-fiction writing about music. Jason blogs about writing at his author website,, where you can also purchase his books.


Books by Jason Warburg

Believe in Me (Wampus Multimedia, 2011) is a story about about heroes and believers, regret and redemption, fathers and sons, and the healing power of rock and roll. Believe in Me follows young campaign operative Tim Green, the grieving son of a recently deceased music writer, and charismatic, politically active rock singer Jordan Lee as the two hopscotch through airports and arenas across the United States, pursuing distinct yet similar dreams.

My Heart Sings the Harmony: Album reviews are interspersed with a series of interviews with artists ranging from well-known names like Jon Anderson (Yes), Ronnie Montrose, Danny Federici (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band), and Jonathan Foreman (Switchfoot) to emerging artists like Greg Spawton (Big Big Train), Chris Cubeta, and Jean-Paul Vest (Last Charge of the Light Horse). Curated from two decades of reviews, interviews, and essays, My Hearts Sings the Harmony sums up one passionate music writer's take on the classic albums, brand-new crushes, and unexpected discoveries that have fired his musical imagination. Warburg is also the author of Believe in Me, a novel set in the world of music.

Robert Whitsitt is the publisher of the online literary magazine Amarillo Bay which has been published quarterly since 1999. Submissions are always welcome!

Bob has been a high school math teacher in Pennsylvania; a service station attendant in Illinois and California; an office worker and programmer at Chevron; a technical writer for Texas Instruments and various Texas, California, New York, and Washington companies; an award-winning Web site designer and producer; and a software quality assurance engineer in Texas and California. He never held a job longer than six years. He retired in 2005 after a stint at Google. He dabbles in writing short stories and is working on a science fiction novel named Gulliver. However, his published works are mostly calculator and computer manuals. Bob and his wife Lana Bryan travel, go to plays, watch Jeopardy, and drink wine.

Books by Robert Whitsitt


Kyle Elizabeth Wood just published Tillie Lewis: The Tomato Queen. Tillie Lewis was the 1st Female Captain of Industry in the United States, famous most of her illustrious life and forgotten with first spade of earth sprinkled on her coffin in 1977. Kyle determined to resurrect Tillie Lewis.

Kyle won the 2006 California State University Historical Research Competion and was the 2nd place winner statewide for Presentation and Research normally taken by Math & Physics. This was a first for Historical Writing entrants.

Graduating Summa Cum Laude at CSU Stanislaus, a lifetime member of the leadership and academic society of Phi Kappa Phi and Historical Society of Phi Alpha Theta, Kyle uses simple folk as a consistent theme to her writing as did her favorite authors, John Steinbeck and Harper Lee.

Currently the Vice-President of Education at the Naval Postgraduate School Toastmaster organization writer, teacher, lecturer Kyle Elizabeth Wood is excited to become an active member of Central Coast Writers.

Books by Kyle Elizabeth Wood:

"Kyle Elizabeth Wood documents the extraordinary life of Tillie Lewis from a child of poverty in New York's tenements to the queen of the US agricultural industry who created products and jobs that saved many Americans through the great depression and beyond. Who was Tillie Lewis? Ziegfeld showgirl? Fascist spy? Super patriot? International pirate? Duchess of Diet? Tomato Queen?"


T.C. Zmak is the author of Dark Surf and the Dark Surf Nightly blog. T.C. was born and raised in San Diego, and graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a bachelor of arts degree in communication. T.C. now lives in Marina, Calif. on the picturesque Monterey Bay. 

Dark Surf is T.C.'s first novel. A sequel is in the works.

Learn more about T.C. and Dark Surf at:


About T.C. Zmak's Dark Surf:

SHARK! Few words have such heart-stopping power—particularly among surfers. When 23-year-old Jake Ryder sees his best friend, Cody, wash up on the beach after being viciously killed by a great white shark, he can't let it go. Jake's quest to find the last surfer to see Cody alive leads him to the Nomads, a shadowy tribe that prefers to hit the waves only after the sun sets.

Led by Tristan Pierce, the first of a new breed of vampires, the Nomads are at the center of a growing number of dead and missing surfers. Also on the bloody trail is Lani Marley, an undercover FBI agent who befriends Jake to infiltrate the Nomads but soon falls for Tristan…

Featuring one of the most imaginative twists in vampire mythology, DARK SURF is a gripping and unforgettable novel about friendship, betrayal, revenge, and the lethal power of love.

"This novel blew me away—one of the most imaginative vampire novels I've ever read." — Paul Goat Allen

Rose Marie Zurkan I've had a varied career, starting at 18 when, seeking a job in Greece, I took a tramp steamer first to Athens, then on to Istanbul. Afterward, I worked for the UN in NYC and in the no-man's land between Jordan and Israel. Later, I was confidential secretary to the managing editor of The New York Times. Eventually, I fell into my best job—programmer. Or maybe it was the opportunity to live in Paris for 5 years as one of the team writing the reservation system for the high speed trains and Eurostar.

I've written 6 mysteries, a thriller and a novel. Several short stores have been published in magazines such as Vivace. The novel, Too Many Women is on Amazon.



A Novel by R.M. Zurkan:

Regina, an immigrant from eastern Europe, has decided to marry off her young daughter before she loses her only asset--her virginity. Her older daughter is another disappointment because she married for love instead of marrying a millionaire, her right as an American girl. "But, Mother," the young woman objects, "every girl in America is an American girl." Regina's sophisticated relatives don't understand, but they're not parents.



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