Random Writing Quote:
“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.
This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose...
...Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty - describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. - And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.”
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.
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
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 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.
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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).
JD is an Emergency Management professional writing nonfiction crime, history, and fiction bioterrorism thrillers.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Michael is an Orange County native (Corona del Mar) with a passion for daring air and sea adventures. With a Bachelor degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he holds an FAA Air Transport Pilot license and an aviation heritage spanning from flight instructor to airline captain to corporate and charter pilot. Through education and abilities in mastering the skills of navigating and managing heavy equipment, Michael's achievements include a US Coast Guard Master License to captain ships internationally. Founder of InterSeller, Inc.—an Orange County Web Development company—Michael's creativity, business acumen and programming logic has spanned the Internet's lifetime of online marketing.A Newport Beach resident, Michael is happily married with four grown children.
“Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.”
"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.
D. P. Lyle is the Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winning and Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Scribe, Silver Falchion, and USA Best Book Award nominated author of many non-fiction books (MURDER & MAYHEM; FORENSICS FOR DUMMIES; FORENSICS & FICTION; MORE FORENSICS & FICTION; HOWDUNNIT: FORENSICS; and ABA FUNDAMENTALS: UNDERSTANDING FORENSIC SCIENCE) as well as numerous works of fiction, including the Samantha Cody thriller series (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, DOUBLE BLIND, and ORIGINAL SIN); the Dub Walker thriller series (STRESS FRACTURE; HOT LIGHTS, COLD STEEL, and RUN TO GROUND); the Jake Longly thriller series (DEEP SIX); and the Royal Pains media tie-in novels (ROYAL PAINS: FIRST, DO NO HARM and ROYAL PAINS: SICK RICH). His essay on Jules Verne’s THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND appears in THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS and his short story “Even Steven” in ITW’s anthology THRILLER 3: LOVE IS MURDER.
Along with Jan Burke, he is the co-host of Crime and Science Radio. He has worked with many novelists and with the writers of popular television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Peacemakers, Cold Case, House, Medium, Women’s Murder Club, 1-800-Missing, The Glades, and Pretty Little Liars.
Crime & Science Radio: http://www.dplylemd.com/crime--science-radio.html
Jeff Lyons is a published author with more than 25 year's experience in the film, television, and publishing industries as a writer, story development consultant, and editor. He is an instructor through Stanford University's Online Writer’s Studio, and lectures through the UCLA Extension Writers Program, and is a regular presenter at leading writing and entertainment industry trade conferences. He is a regular blogging contributor on major entertainment websites for writers including Stage32, and consults for The Producers Guild of America’s “Power of Diversity Producers Program,” and Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab. Jeff has written on the craft of storytelling for Writer’s Digest Magazine, Script Magazine, Writing Magazine (UK) and The Writer Magazine. His book, Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success, is published through Focal Press and is the only book devoted solely to the topic of story and premise development for novelists, screenwriters, and creative nonfiction authors. He will be publishing his second book through Focal Press in 2017, Rapid Story Development: How to Use the Enneagram-Story Connection to Become a Master Storyteller. His fiction is published through Storygeeks Press and can be found at www.jefflyonsbooks.com. Follow him on Twitter @storygeeks.
After spending much of her life as a corporate executive and business owner, Maddie chose to enter the "real" world and re-discover her passion for fiction. A love-affair born of intricately crafted absentee notes that later progressed to creative resumes and articles. But it was her almost primal need to connect with people and make them laugh that drove her to write her first novel.
Maddie has lived in Tucson, New York, and Miami and currently resides in Southern California. When not writing, Maddie is traveling, speaking and producing Lit Up!OC a monthly author's showcase. She also serves as Chief Talent Wrangler and Board member for the Southern California Writer's Association and belongs to Sisters-in-Crime OC.
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.
I worked as an engineer in the U.S. government and later as a professor in academia. As in my novels, I solved hidden mysteries in my job. I investigated like a detective, unraveling the physics determining how humans got hurt. Presently, I’m working on the third book in the Roth/Gannon series. I am a member of the Saddleback Writing Guild.
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
I sold 4 stories to WORD AT WAR magazine which is celebrating fifty years of continuous publication. LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN is based on my non-fiction work: DINNER WITH HIMMLER. Three will appear in 2017. I have sold 2 additional pieces to STRATEGY & TACTICS magazine, the oldest continuously published military magazine.
In the predawn hours of December 7, 1941, the Japanese Navy sent five midget submarines to attack the United States Pacific Fleet anchored in Pearl Harbor. Only one of them was successful. This is the story of the one, and what may have become of its crew.
DINNER WITH HIMMLER
Based on a true story
A shell-shocked American paratrooper finds himself face-to-face with Heinrich Himmler while surrounded by machine gun toting guards of the “Reichsfuhrer SS” deep in the bowels of a 16th Century castle.”
Terrorists highjack three heavily armed Army helicopters hell-bent on attacking the supercarrier U. S. S. Abraham Lincoln while she participates in the December 7th Memorial Ceremonies in Pearl Harbor.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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, MSW, LCSW is a writer, motivational speaker, psychotherapist, and life coach in Southern California. He is the author of The Roadmap Home: Your GPS to Inner Peace, an Amazon bestseller, and the light-hearted satires on psychotherapy, Cuckoo Forevermore (revised and republished in 2015) and Kookaburra's Last Laugh (published 2016). He teaches writing courses in Orange County.
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.