Random Writing Quote:

“You are what you write.”

--Helvy Tiana Rosa


Jim Beirne



Irish-born writer, Seamus Beirne, lives in Irvine, California with his wife Ann and their dog Lucy. Their three grown children are gainfully employed and live away from home. The stress of retirement is alleviated by frequent visits from their two grandchildren. Seamus spent twenty five years as a high school English teacher and administrator. Breakout From Sugar Island is his first novel.

Julie Belmont

Julie Belmont


Julie Belmont is a Certified Holistic Creativity Coach guiding writers, artists and other creatives. Most people have a story to tell or a vision to share but are not comfortable taking their creative leap. Julie motivates and empowers the clients to step into their greatness and live their dreams.

As a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist she assists clients in discovering blocks which may limit the attainment of their authentic purpose. By acknowledging, accepting and releasing the blocks or issues the client moves forward to their greatest potential.

Julie is the author of "The Path to Personal Success and Freedom;Turning Hurdles into Stepping Stones", co-author of best seller "Wake Up Live the Life you Love;Seizing your Success" and her latest "Creative Business Plan for Artists and Artists at Heart". She has written numerous articles and poems. She's an eclectic and creative entrepreneur who loves to share her vision and help others attain theirs.

She is also an artist currently exhibiting at the Avantgarden Gallery in Santa Ana's Art District.

Julie is a member of NAFE (National Association of Female Entrepreneurs,) Southern California Writer's Association, Orange County Fine Arts Organization and has Fellowship with Holistic Life Coaches Association and is a Board Member and Director of Events for IACH (International Association of Clinical Hypnotherapists.)

Dot Caffrey

Dot Caffrey


I was born and raised in New York, mostly on Long Island not “The City”. After high school, I moved to California and then did a three-year stint in the Navy before going to college and getting a Microbiology/Medical Technologist degree.

According to my Dad, I’ve been a storyteller from the time I began talking (which was at a very young age). But, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to take my passion for writing seriously and set out to write books for publication.

When I’m not at my day job or writing, I enjoy creating and wearing costumes (cosplay), playing video games (though, I’m not very good at it) and watching NHL hockey and assorted other things many of which are merely time wasters. Of course, hanging out with my friends and my cats also pleasantly fills my time.

And, if you'd like, check out my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DotCaffreyFantasyAuthor

PJ Colando

PJ Colando


     Pat Jackson-Colando had a thriving speech-language pathology practice for 25 years. Publicly she introduced herself with the slogan: “If you can say my name, you don’t need to see me”, knowing that her name and job title were twists of the tongue.

     Last summer, in a real life plot twist, she became a published author, PJ Colando, with her debut novel, STASHES. It is Americana humor, satiric, filmic fiction; a farce, but real life. The logline is “Baby Boomer parents gallivant around the country in a Winnebago, leaving the family farm in the hands of their immature son and conniving wife. What could go wrong?”

     PJ’s short stories and personal essays have been published in ‘The Adelphean’, ‘ASHA Leader’, ‘Erma Bombeck Humor Writers’, ‘IUPUI Letters’, ‘Not Born Yesterday’, ‘The Lutheran Message’, and ‘Orange Coast’ magazines. Her written work has also been anthologized in Open to Interpretation, The Biscuit, She Writes, and Wisdom Has a Voice: Every Daughter’s Memories of Mother.

     A podcast about STASHES and the expanding trend for Americans to road trip and/or live full-time in RVs is available on The Boomers Ultimate Guide. PJ blogs regularly on her author site: pjcolando.com.

     She is having a blast!

Victory Crayne

Victory Crayne


Victory is a professional fiction writer. On her websit  you can read the first five chapters of each of her novels as well as her published short stories.

She is currently writing the first novel in a series with the same protagonist, Jake Dani, to be titled "Freedom." This is a combination of espionage thriller and science fiction.

Get your free ebook of short stories by me by adding your email address to this list.

Are you interested in novels about spies on another planet, in other words, a combination of espionage and science fiction? If then, you may be interested in my novels. I will send out announcements of my next novel. So you won't get many emails in your inbox. I respect your privacy and will not spam you.

Victory has sold two short stories:

1) "The Twelve Minute Clock" to NewMyths.com in Issue 11 June 2010.

2) "Heat" to NewMyths.com in Issue 17 Dec 2011.

Victory is the president of SFNovelist.com and a past president and past VP of programming of the Southern California Writers Association (SCWA).

Carl Drucke

Carl Drucke

Carl Drucke is a Registered Civil Engineer and Licensed Real Estate Broker who holds an Emergency Substitute Teaching Credential. He is active in numerous professional organizations, Lions Club International, and the Lake Norconian Club Foundation. A writer of non-fiction, Carl has written and self published books on the following subjects: Golfing and Travel in California and Positive Attitude. His membership in the Southern California Writers Association extends over the past 5 years. 

Polly Dunn

Polly Dunn


Polly Dunn writes non-fiction for her day job and has been published in professional magazines.  She has fun writing humor and short stories.  She used to think that she had a novel in her, but has since decided that it is probably just leaking out one short story at a time.  She has been a member of the SCWA since 2003 and likes to tell new members that she just attends meetings for the lunch.  She does love the lunches, but loves her fellow members and writing even more.

Ed Dzwonkowski

Ed Dzwonkowski


Ed wrote and self-published a nonfiction book - 20 years ago.

Now that the sales have been dwindling on that one, he figures it's time to come out with another book, so he joined this writer's group with the hope that it'll motivate him to finish this second nonfiction book. (It's working! You people are great!).

And while he's at it, he supposes he might as well start in on that novel too. He's been mustering up the courage to tackle that monster, thinking this writer's group will inspire him on his journey in fiction-writing too. (It's working! You people are great!).

In the intervening years, Ed wrote the lyrics for an album’s worth of songs, and produced that album. Check out “Angels Are All Around You” by The H Street Band at www.FollowYourPlan.com.

In a past life many quill pens ago, Ed optioned a Richard North Patterson novel, and wrote and marketed the screenplay adapted from the novel. (No sale). He also teamed up with a funny guy and co-wrote a sit-com spec script. This got them a pitch session with some TV producers to pitch ideas for sitcoms. (No sale). (No beachfront, ocean view Malibu home, but who needs that to be happy - right?).

While waiting for those paychecks from writing to pick-up, Ed remains grateful for his day job, which he’s enjoyed for many years. It’s the reason you get the photo of him with the suit and tie. He is a successful (see the suit and tie) estate planning attorney, who also handles trust administration and probate, in Huntington Beach. He has empathy and compassion for everyone he meets, but he especially prides himself on the personal, caring service he renders to his clients. And if you also like a lawyer with a sense of humor, he’s got that too.

What have you learned from all of this? Never ask a writer to write his own Bio!

Susan Kay Gilmore

Susan Kay Gilmore

Susan Kay Gilmore is a freelance writer of fiction, non-fiction and a published poet. She has over twenty years of writing and editing experience in both the creative and business arenas. Susan was a staff writer for Slurve Magazine for a year and has also done some acting. Currently she has published a short story, "Possessed by Baseball," is working on two more stories, a screenplay, and a book. Besides SCWA, her affiliations include Women In Film-Los Angeles, the Orange County Screenwriters Association, and Friends of the Huntington Beach Public Library.

Sara Giussani

Sara Giussani

Sara Giussani was born in Italy, Milan. She's a writer and author of books and worked with many Magazines.  





Brennan Harvey

Brennan Harvey


Brennan Harvey is an award-winning author, capturing first place in the International Writers of the Future Contest for the first quarter, 2010. His novelette, "The Truth, From a Lie of Convenience," is available in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Vol 27 at Amazon and local bookstores.

Brennan has served as the Webmaster and Meeting Coordinator for the Southern California Writers Association, Membership Chairperson for S.F. Novelist, and is the Organizer of the Long Beach Writers Meetup group. He has attended the La Jolla Writers Conference and Literary Orange since 2007 and attended Uncle Orson's Writing Class in 2008. He attended his first Nebula Awards Ceremony (as an observer) in 2009 and his first WorldCon in 2012 (again, as an observer.)

Steven G. Jackson

Steven G. Jackson


Steven G. Jackson is a professional writer, focusing primarily on thriller novels, but also writing comedies in stage plays and short stories. His debut novel, The Zeus Payload, was released in 2015. He has a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California. Check out his website at stevengjackson.com, or at thezeuspayload.com.

Nancy Klann

Nancy Klann-Moren


Nancy Klann-Moren is an award winning novelist and short story writer.

Her novel, "The Clock Of Life" has garnered several awards.  The stories in her collection, "Like The Flies On The Patio", explore the complexities of relationships, some real, some imagined.

Nancy's short story "The Silver Twinkie" was published in The Huffington Post.

Ivory  LaNoue

Ivory LaNoue


Ivory had her first short story published in a National magazine in 1985.  After that she took a long break and delved back into her first passion, which is singing.

She got her start singing local, National, and international radio jingles for a variety of recording studios.  Ivory has toured Europe singing concerts in Carnegie Hall, Albert Hall, The Notre Dame Cathedral, and for the Pope at the Vatican.  She has played many acting and musical roles in community theatre in Prescott, AZ.  Ivory was the front person for Wild Thyme, a Celtic band that performed concerts throughout the Southwest, and large venues in Las Vegas.  She has three CDs out. 

Ivorys background is in mental health.  She is currently writing a relationship book on fetishes.  Her other project is a spirituality book.  She lives joyously in Cave Creek, AZ.

Rita Lee Lloyd

Rita Lee Lloyd


Rita Lee Lloyd is a first time author and a long time survivor. After many years in the corporate world, Rita was encouraged by friends and family to share her personal experience as a *Suddenly Single Over Forty Female. Surviving with style grace and sanity intact, has been a real challenge, and Rita delightfully shares her “rules” for doing so successfully in her first book "How to Survive in the 21st Century as a S.S.O.F.F.* " A little book with a BIG  message!

A native Californian, Rita currently lives in Orange County, CA.

Char Louise

Char Louise


"Sweetness at its Finest" is my catch phrase. Anyone who knows me will tell you this comes out of my mouth quite often.

I am a passionate writer of  science fiction, fantasy, and horror. In between, I print photo books with original memes for fun.

I am a Navy veteran, I have a degree in Criminal Justice and am a certified bartender.

I am divorced and have three adult children.

My hobbies include: cooking/baking and making holiday wreaths.

For fun: I enjoy spending time with good friends.

Sports: Rugby is my favorite--team New Zealand All Blacks.




Sonia Marsh

Sonia Marsh


Sonia Marsh is a “Gutsy” woman who can pack her carry-on and move to another country in one day. She is the author of a memoir Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, about chucking it all and uprooting her family to reconnect on an island in Belize.

Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez


For many years Maria has been telling Bible stories to Sunday School children and has been a featured speaker at conferences and various woman’s groups.  Her listeners have encouraged her to put her stories in print.  In October of 2012 she published her first personal story, “The Apple Tree Wish Made By a Fatherless Girl” which contains a transcript from a recording made at one such conference.  It also includes the very personal journal she wrote over 25 years ago with no intention of publication.  The journal details the many issues that arose as a consequence of her search for her father.

Maria and her husband of 38 years are both retired Real Estate Brokers living in Irvine, California.

Sharmyn McGraw

Sharmyn McGraw

Sharmyn has been published in non-fiction and is now having a lot of fun writing fiction. Sharmyn’s presently working on a 3 book cozy mystery series, Dying to Date, Dying to Marry and Dying to Divorce. Kristina Truly is a world renowned relationship expert...She’s also 40 Something and Single. The FBI asks her to help in catching a couple of serial killers that are targeting women who have attended her relationship workshops...and Kristina maybe next. 

Lillian Nader

Lillian Nader


Lillian is a copyeditor, poet, and author of fiction and nonfiction who enjoys the company of other writers. She is the published author of educational workbooks featuring cooperative learning in the classroom. On March 25th, 2016, she released her first novel for young readers, Theep and Thorp: Adventures in Space, now available in paperback and kindle on Amazon.com.

She is the librettist of the musical comedy, Pandora.

Lillian recommends visiting her website to see samples of her writing and testimonials of her copyediting skills. She can be reached by email at Lnader1910@sbcglobal.net


Marcus Nannini

Marcus Nannini


Three people were influential in the development of my writing style as I progressed from grade school through grad school. I especially want to thank Dr. Richard S. Carlson, for whom I worked as a research assistant over three semesters. He guided me as I transitioned from newspaper writing to imaginative story creation.

I have completed the first two novels in a series, Chameleon and Geographic Treachery, along with screenplay adaptations of the same. My third novel, Vigorous Brutality is well under way.

As a result of a series of interviews, I have sold two- 5,000 word magazine stories, parts 1 and 2.  The stories are based upon my non-fiction work, DINNER WITH HIMMLER and will appear late in 2015.

I have tabled all my other efforts while I seek a publisher for this extremely moving work. I am in the unusual position of having a pair of articles, crediting my book as their source, before I have a publisher for the book! 



Lorenzo Porricelli

Lorenzo Porricelli

Lorenzo Porricelli works in the film exhibition industry, and has written for national news media as a business journalist. He is published by Simon & Schuster, and has had short stories in various publications. He is just completing a novel, “Neath Hollywood Boulevard”, and has written a screenplay, “Loony Moons.” Porricelli is a member of Southern California Writers Association, and the Orange County Screenwriters Association.  He is a surfer who believes he will escape the coming apocalypse on his surfboard. He lives in Huntington Beach, CA. Writers that have impacted his style are Robert Frost, John Steinbeck, and Franklin W. Dixon. Advice that has influenced his life is from philosopher, Hattie Pearl DeGrant, “You can never have enough pepper, honey.”  Heroes: Mel Brooks, Huey Newton, and Tupac Shakur.  Favorite quote: “You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think.” – Dorothy Parker

Kathy Porter

Kathy Porter


Kathy Porter grew up in Endicott, New York, the birthplace of IBM and only a short distance from where one of her favorite TV series creators, Rod Serling, was raised.  Kathy’s lifelong interest in science fiction ignited when her father, a science teacher, showed her craters on the moon and taught her about the constellations.  She grew up watching science fiction movies and TV shows.  Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles was her first delve into a science fiction novel, and she has been hooked ever since.

“I think I was born telling stories,” Kathy explained during a recent interview.  “As second to the oldest of seven children, the girls all slept in one bedroom.  I loved making up bedtime stories with an eerie edge to frighten my sisters:  tales about fairies, leprechauns, and aliens.”

In September of 1961, reports of Barney and Betty Hill’s alien abduction claims took the media by storm.  Kathy has been fascinated by their story of science fiction turned reality and “are we alone?”

“The concept of the Gray Guardians Series initially came to me in a dream that lingered in my mind for hours.  Finally I told my husband about it over coffee and explained to him that if it were a book, I would love to read it.  He said, ‘If you want to read it, you have to write it.’  With his encouragement and support, Earth’s Ultimate Conflict came to fruition. That’s how the Gray Guardians Series began.”

Science fiction fans of all ages are applauding the appearance of this bold new voice for the genre.

The Gray Guardians Series:

Earth’s Ultimate Conflict

Escape From Nuur

The Journey Home, the third stand-alone novel in the series, will be released 2014.

Darlene Quinn

Darlene Quinn


Unpredictable Webs is the winner of the International Readers Favorite Gold Medal for General Fiction. It is also the winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards and the President's Choice top prize winner! Twisted Webs, is the 2011 International Book Award Winner for Fiction and Literature, as well as the Winner of the 2011 National Indie Excellence Award for General Fiction. Webs of Power is the winner of the 2009 National Indie Excellence Award for General Fiction. Webs of Fate, winner of the Readers Favorite Award for General Fiction. This novel was inspired through reader requests and is the prequel to the series. Book trailers can be viewed and first chapters read on my website darlenequinn.net. All novels stand-alone and can be read in any order. However, if you are hooked on starting at the chronological beginning of a series, that would be Webs of Fate, which is set in the mid-eighties before our status symbol became: "How much did you save?"

Conflicting Webs, the fifth novel in the stand-alone Web Series.
Darlene is currently working on Severed Webs.

As part of a nine-member management team for the Bullocks Wilshire Specialty Department Stores (West Coast Division of the former Federated Department Store conglomerate ~ now Macy's Inc.) With an insider's perspective on the rise and fall of major department stores, she now writes what she likes to read, which is page-turning-suspense, based on actual events while never allowing the facts to get in the way of a good story.

Prior to being an author and speaker, Quinn was a teacher in the public school system, a self-improvement and modeling instructor, a private contractor for the city, department stores (Bullock's/Robinson's), and hospitals.

She has two children, John and Jodie, six wonderful grandchildren, and lives with her husband and greatest supporter, Jack, in Long Beach and Big Bear, California.

Bob Rapoza

Bob Rapoza


Bob Rapoza is a new action adventure author whose first manuscript 'The Visitors' is currently being edited.  He is also working on his second manuscript, 'The Others'.  These first two manuscripts will be the first two books in a trilogy about a family of scientists who are fighting to uncover the truth about a dark secret held by the highest levels of government and industry. Bob has also entered various short stories in competitions and is just beginning his career as an author.

Ned Rodriguez

Ned Rodriguez

A retired Detective Sergeant, I had a twenty-two year career with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. I have also been writing since 2009 and have had two short stories accepted by Jester Publications.

Michael Sharp

Michael Sharp


Mike has led a cluttered life which makes it difficult to nail down who he is.

Four years in the navy starting at the age of seventeen. This included a year on MidwayIsland, two years on a Destroyer and Viet Nam. He worked for thirty two years in the grocery business. During those years he went to college where he returned to playing trombone and writing. He had a 16 piece Big Band playing in OrangeCountyin the late 70’s and early 80’s. In 1986 he formed a 6 piece band called “Balboa Brass” and produced the CD “Sounds of Newport” in 1996. He added a vocalist in 1997 and produced “Sounds of Love” in 1999. After being out of the armed forces for ten years, in 1978 he joined the 300th Army Reserve Band inBellCalifornia and was their lead trombone player for twenty three years.

After retiring from the grocery business in 2001 he became a partner in a boat manufacturing company called “Lear Baylor” where he helped develop a twenty foot electric boat called the “Lear 204”. He retired as Operations director in 2007.

All this time he has written. He wrote poems while in the navy, short stories in College (where he was a lousy student!), liner notes for his albums and manuals for the boat.

He currently has a big band called “The Kicks Band” that rehearses every Thursday at the Local 7 Musicians Association inSanta Anafrom 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This band is just for fun for the musicians to play big band jazz!

Now that he is really retired he wants to get more serious about writing. His thoughts about what he wants to write are as cluttered as his life. The nice thing is, he doesn’t have to worry about it anymore! He and his wife, Jo, live inFountain Valley

Mark Silverstein

Mark Silverstein


Mark Silverstein grew up in Milwaukee. He blames beer, pretzels and rock and roll--particularly a Thanksgiving Day concert in 1964 by the Rolling Stones--for his skewed view of the world. His interest in writing dates back to when he discovered a well crafted story received a better grade in U.S. History than one with all the correct facts. Despite his growing love of all things Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Roth and Salinger--a short-lived college roommate claimed to be Seymour Glass incarnate--he followed his parents advice and developed a career to fall back on.  Now, after 30 years of falling back on teaching he's retired and moving forward as a writer. He recently  completed his first novel, Fermentation--about the next great American filmmaker being stuck in Milwaukee and how he and his friends find their way out.

Charla Spence

Charla Spence

Facebook Page: Charla Shares

Charla Spence is a freelance nonfiction writer and business consultant who leverages her years ‘real world’ business and personal life experiences on topics which are relevant and helpful to her audiences. Some of her published works include:
Cousin Jess Motor Tours’ - Self-guided Audio Tour of Orange County, CA (CD), Tandem Surfing (book), a SCUBA training manual, various newsletters and trade publications as well as internal and external papers and business plans.

Charla's lastest project was the development of the Don't Forget Personal Healthcare Record.  The PHR, available for adults or children, is an easy to use organizational system to help you to "take charge" of your own healthcare and help you care for others.

Leonard Szymczak

Leonard Szymczak


Leonard Szymczak, MSW, LCSW is a writer, motivational speaker, psychotherapist, and life coach in Southern California. His last book, The Roadmap Home: Your GPS to Inner Peace, became an Amazon bestseller in 2009. He’s also the author of the novel Cuckoo Forevermore, a light-hearted satire on psychotherapy, and its sequel, Kookaburra’s Last Laugh, due out in 2015.

In 2013 he was the ghostwriter, producer, and publisher of the memoir of a Holocaust survivor. During a ten-year period he wrote a monthly column for an Employee Assistance Program publication covering topics on mental health, personal growth, stress management, and relationship issues. He was co-editor of the book, Ethnic Differences in Marriage and Family Living in Australia: Personal Viewpoints. (1980)

Leonard teaches writing seminars and coaches writers to find their inner voice. He has helped thirteen authors get their words into print. With forty years experience as a psychotherapist, in both Australia and America, he conducts workshops on personal/spiritual growth where he works with individuals to reshape their personal lives into powerful stories of success. He is the proud father of two adult children.

Leonard’s website:


Email: leonard@leonardszymczak.com

Don Westenhaver

Don Westenhaver


Don Westenhaver served with the Marines in Vietnam as a radioman and interpreter.  His fascination with different cultures grew with many visits to Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa as a finance executive. These experiences, backed up by intense research, inspired his four historical thrillers.  Don and his wife assist with three different charities, play golf, read novels, and love to travel.   They are blessed with two daughters and two grandchildren.  

Dava White

DL White


Tales of Urban legend and Keltic fantasy.

Mariana  Williams

Mariana Williams


Born in Los Angeles, Mariana has a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the Univ. of the Americas, in Puebla, Mexico. After college, she worked as a pianist/singer performing in Japan and Morocco, as well as the US. She sharpened her wit booking comedy in LA, then found her own voice as a storyteller finalist in the nationally acclaimed Moth GrandSlam. She produces Long Beach Searches for Greatest Storyteller, now in its fourth year. She is the author of the Veronica Bennett series; stories of a singer who falls into accidental crime in Happy New Year, Darling!, and Stars or Stripes 4th of July, won National Indie Excellence award for chick lit in 2011, The Valentine State, and a new non-fiction book, "Love, Regret and Accidental Nudity."

She says that her second choice of a career as writer turned out better than her dream of becoming a ballerina. "Unlike dance, you can practice while lying in bed with a bag of chips." She lives in a So. CA beach town with her songwriter husband, Paul Williams. Her son and daughter have left the nest and have been (almost) replaced by two calico cats.

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