Melanie Bishop's young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life (Torrey House Press, 2014) was a top-five finalist in 2015 for both the John Gardner Award in Fiction and CLMP's Firecracker Awards. Bishop has published fiction and nonfiction in Glimmer Train, Georgetown Review, Greensboro Review, Florida Review, Valley Guide, Hospice Magazine, Puerto del Sol, The American, Potomac Review, Vela, and Family Circle. She received a screenwriting fellowship from the Chesterfield Film Project, co-sponsored by Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. The Makeover, written during the fellowship year, placed in America's Best Screenplay Competition.
For 22 years, she taught creative writing at Prescott College in Arizona, where she was Founding Editor, and Fiction/Nonfiction Editor of Alligator Juniper, a national literary magazine, three-time winner of the AWP Directors' Prize.
Bishop is marketing a short story cycle, Home for Wayward Girls, which has been a finalist in seven book contests: Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction; University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Awards; Doris Bakwin Award; Tartt Fiction Award; the Eludia Award; the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award; and Augury Press' Book Prize. Currently Bishop divides her time between Prescott, Arizona and Carmel, CA, and hosts writing retreats in both locations. She offers instruction, editing and coaching through Lexi Services, and reviews books for Carmel Magazine, New York Journal of Books, and Huffington Post. Learn more about Melanie Bishop at: https://melaniebishopwriter.wordpress.com/
By Melanie Bishop:
"The first book in Bishop's Tate McCoy series will have readers eager to hear more from her pragmatic, sarcastic, yet sweet 16-year-old heroine. Tate's ability to compartmentalize her fears and emotions, her attempts to preserve her optimism through small gestures, and the tension and mystery surrounding the crime make Bishop's debut an introspective page-turner."
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.
Books by Lana Bryan:
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.
Laureen Diephof Greetings friends! I am not a new member, but a returning one.
After I quit my news reporting position in April 2012, I went on a one-year journey alone. My year began in a 500 person, fishing village at the Arctic Circle in Iceland and ended in Istanbul, Turkey.
However, there were several remote islands in between, as well as big cities, small villages, and included a midnight camel ride in the Sahara Desert, where I slept in a tent.
Upon returning to the U.S., a year later, I joined AmeriCorps and became the volunteer coordinator for the Arts Council of Monterey County. There was a stipend connected to that position and I used it in Cambodia. I taught English and lived on Buddhist temple grounds with Monks and Nuns, and from there, I took a side trip to Viet Nam. I'm back now, living in Aromas, and freelance feature writing for the Salinas Californian. I'm also finishing up the book about my yearlong journey.
Gibson loves words and stories. A professional editor and proofreader for twenty years, she's also written more than 200 published articles for newspapers, newsletters, websites, and magazines. Her education includes a Bachelor's degree in English, numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in journalism, and a specialized certificate in copyediting. Laurie taught editing for the University of California Extension system for nearly a decade; she also created the "Book Publishing 1-2-3" writers workshop, which she continues to present throughout the state. As a book editor, she serves both experienced and first-time authors of fiction and nonfiction to help improve their writing and enhance their connection with readers.
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
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 www.quotationquotient.com, and a political blog www.thebigpicturereport.com. 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.
Larry Grouse has always been an editor, probably because it guarantees that he can publish his own writings. Poplars at Washburn High School in Minneapolis; Manuscript at Carleton College; the New Physician and NW Medicine at the University of Washington where he received his MD and PhD degrees, and as Director of Scientific Affairs at the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) he created the column A Piece of My Mind, and as the column editor he worked with hundreds of physicians and other writers seeking creative expression for their deeply felt experiences in medicine. For 11 years he was the Vice President for Programming and Medical Affairs of the Lifetime Television Network where he wrote more than 250 scripts for medical programs and
supervised the ongoing production of more than 50 producers and writers. Since 1992 he has been the Executive Director of international health initiatives founded by the World Health Organization and the US National Institutes of Health. His books Cable Hell, You Can't Print That! and Travels in Medicine are available on Amazon. His son Eric who is a Chief Corporate Counsel at Amazon working on the Kindle properties helped him submit the digital copies of his books when he couldn't figure out how to do it himself.
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.
A fourth generation Pagrovian,
Patricia Hamiltonis 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.
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 GrandMagazine.com 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.
"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: www.dyaneharwood.com She blogs every Friday at Birth of a New Brain: www.proudlybipolarwordpress.com 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 Disorderwww.wendykwilliamson.com,
Jonesmoved 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: kenslens.zenfolio.com
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....
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 michaellattanovels.com) 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: heatherlazare.com.
Cheri D. Lovehas 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 Examiner.com. Her more readable work is now available
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 Lightbourneis 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."
Lugo-Shortlandwas 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 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: www.kemberlee.com
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.
David Olsenis 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.
Sue Parrottis 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
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 agendayet.
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. www.amykitchenerfdn.org
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.
Publicity and High School Writing Contest Chair, homebrewer and Monterey resident Leslie Patiño relocated to "a slice of paradise" in December, 2010 from Denver, Colorado after retiring as a high school Spanish teacher. She was involved in the Advanced Placement program as a teacher, exam reader and College Board consultant presenting workshops and institutes. In 2008, Amsco published her intermediate Spanish reader, Tinita.
She has taken writing classes at Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop, UCLA Extension Writers' Program and CSUMB OLLI. She is nearing publication of The Brewer's Justice, a novel about an American brewer who partners with a wealthy Mexican friend to open a craft brewer in Monterrey, Mexico. What he hadn't counted on was narco harassment that eventually threatens his legal status, his reputation and his life. You can find her blog, "Not My Father's Beer" at: www.lesliepatinoauthor.com/blog.
By Leslie Patiño
Due in 2015The 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.
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, StoryCircleBookReviews.org]
"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, BlackDogSpeaks.com
Joey Perotti has loved writing since he could put words together. He studied film and screenwriting at California State University, Monterey Bay, and his capstone film, Back Home, a short documentary detailing the experiences of two war veterans from different eras, earned him an award of merit at the Best Shorts Competition in La Jolla. Shortly after graduation, Joey focused his attention on screenwriting, and his first feature-length screenplay, Red Valley, was a finalist in both the Carmel and Cinequest film festivals, placing third in both. He is currently working on adapting this story to prose. His short screenplay, Rubber Soul, was a finalist at Cinequest and a runner-up at the Nashville Film Festival. His next feature-length screenplay, Speak Easy, a hybrid film noir / buddy cop / screwball comedy set in San Francisco during the height of prohibition, took first place at the ReelHeart Film Festival in Toronto and received a live-read with an entire cast. Joey's latest feature, LP, is currently a finalist at the 2017 Cinequest Film Festival.
Joey has taught video production and storytelling at his alma mater, Riordan High School in San Francisco, and at Notre Dame High School in Salinas. Joey is also the co-host of the Top Five5 podcast along with his best friend, Shaun Day, and the two have been writing and recording music together since 2003. He currently lives with his wife and dog in Monterey, California.
A Capstone Film by Joey Perotti:
Joey's capstone film, "Back Home", a short documentary about two veterans from different eras dealing with post-war life, earned him an award of merit from the Best Shorts Competition in La Jolla.
Perryis a third generation
Monterey native who, at fifty six years of age, has recently
found his writing voice. He has written extensively for
his employer of thirty one years, and is now a site steward
for Creative writing: Short stories at Helium.com under
the name of David Elder. He has published over one hundred
pieces there, a majority of which are short stories. He
also writes satire and humor and offers critiques and advice
to new writers at Helium.com. In addition, he manages several
other websites including his favorite, Tantalizing Tales.
Tantalizing Tales displays exceptional short stories
of all categories by various writers, and offers a monthly
short story writing contest with the prize of having the
authors story and name featured on his site.
David is also writing a novel, which he hopes to have
finished within the year. He is married to a very understanding
and thoughtful wife who indulges his passion for writing.
budding writers, David has had his triumphs and disappointments,
but through it all has embraced the accepting spirit and
encouragement of fellow writers. To read his work, or
participate in the contests, please follow these links.
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
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 was able to give real time to her writing only after her retirement about a decade ago. In those last ten years her poems have been published in growing numbers in print and on-line literary magazines, primarily of the Central West Coast, among them Homestead Review, Porter Gulch Review, Monterey Poetry Review, and the Tor House Newsletter; as well as in 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 this year.
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—both 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 as managing editor, of a publishing research center at the UCLA. Currently, she is engaged in a variety of volunteer projects at the poet Robinson Jeffers's Tor House, in Carmel. She finds joy in long oceanside walks and times with family and friends. A night owl by nature, Marina does most of her writing late in the night, a place where 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.
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 www.thejinxes.com
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, www.bobroy.com, 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.
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
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
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 www.christinesleeter.org
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 White Bread: "My new novel, White Bread turns my extensive research on the German-American families in my family tree into historical fiction. The novel itself is set mainly in the present, but about one-third is set in the past as the novel's protagonist Jessica gradually uncovers her own family history. One may well ask why I chose a fictional rather that non-fictional venue to present this research, especially since so much of my previous writing has been non-fiction."
Debra J. Smithwhose 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.
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 SunshineAfter 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 SwingHow 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.
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.
Thompsonis 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,
Diem Vardamiswas 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
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: http://timerunningout.wordpress.com.
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
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 http://thewhiteroom.typepad.com
Books by Frances Diem Vardamis:
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 dorothyvriend.com.
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, www.jasonwarburg.com, 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.
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.