Random Writing Quote:

“the writing of some men is like a vast bridge that carries you ove the many things that claw and tear.

The Wine of Forever”

--Charles Bukowski


Lynnette Baum

Lynnette Baum


Lynnette is a freelance writer, with over 15 years of experience. Sparkling copy and compelling headlines make her an ideal ghostwriter and PR copywriter/pitching expert. Expertise includes projects ranging from autobiographies to crime novels to fantasy, from speeches to self-help to children’s literature to screenplays. President Emeritus of the Southern California Writers Association, celebrity connections include Ray Bradbury, Stephen J. Cannell and Lew Hunter. "I empower authors to discover their own unique voice, and honor their vision throughout the writing process." (See www.the-right-writer.com to view samples or request a portfolio).

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.)

PJ Colando

PJ Colando


As a licensed speech-language pathologist I have written thousands of clinical reports – and some of them contained fabulous fiction. Now I write for fun and freedom of expression. Personal essays have been published in ASHA Leader and Orange Coast magazines. Flash fiction and short stories have been published in devotionals, newsletters, newspapers, and websites. My work has also been included in the anthologies: OC Writers, Open to Interpretation, The Biscuit, She Writes, and Wisdom Has a Voice: Every Daughter’s Memories of Mother.

My debut novel, an Americana humor road trip tale, was published in June 2014. Here's the logline: "Baby Boomer parents gallivant around the country in a Winnebago, leaving the family farm in the care of their immature son and conniver wife. What could go wrong?"

I’m told there’s sunshine in my Voice. I am having a blast!

Victory Crayne

Victory Crayne


Victory is a professional fiction writer. On her website at http://www.crayne.com 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 "Alerco." This is a combination of espionage thriller and science fiction. Each novel can be read out of sequence since it is a standalone novel.

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.

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 is an Italian writer, she\'s author of books and articles for an Italian publisher in Milano, since 2010. She lives in Monza, near Milano in the North of Italy. Two degrees, the first one in HR Management/Education and the second one in Business Management and Consulting. She\'s working for 12 years about education, corporate training programs, teaching (communication, leadership, time management, business process management and more), instructional plans, marketing, writing. She worked for many years in University and she\'s Italian teacher via skype. She published 2 books, the first one about the business process management and the second one about the business performance evaluation. She writes weekly articles for a business magazine, monthly articles for an Italian online magazine about the American country style and she just published her first novel by Amazon, \"Malibu\". One year ago she decided to change her life and follow her dreams, then come to California. During the last year, she\'s traveling between Italy and California, she\'s working on a new book for her publisher about the time management and a new novel and screenplay. For now her books are in Italian only, but she wants to publish in English very soon!





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, is scheduled to be published in 2015. He has a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California. Check out his website at stevengjackson.com.

Nancy Klann

Nancy Klann-Moren


Nancy Klann-Moren is an award winning novelist and short story writer.  www.nancyklann-moren.com
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.

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.

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


Darlene Quinn is an international award winning author and speaker from Long Beach, California.

Webs of Fate, winner of the Readers Favorite Award for General Fiction, is the prequel to her Award Winning Web Series. Webs of Power, the first novel in the series is the winner of the 2009 National Indie Excellence Award for General Fiction. The highly anticipated sequel, 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. Darlene is currently working on Unpredictable Webs.

Darlene is a past keynote speaker and a staff member for the Southern California Writers Conference.

Honored as the keynote speaker for this year’s Braille Institute Library Open House, Darlene’s books will now be available as audio books for the vision impaired.

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.

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


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.

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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