ERIKA MAILMAN is the author of three historical novels: The Witch's Trinity, which was a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book which Khaled Hosseini called "gripping"; Woman of Ill Fame, which is about a Gold Rush prostitute; and The Murderer's Maid: a Lizzie Borden Novel. She also writes Y.A. fiction under the name Lynn Carthage, with a neo-Gothic trilogy published by Kensington: Haunted, Betrayed and Avenged. Mailman holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona, has been a Yaddo fellow and served as a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards.
ANTOINETTE MAY 's third novel, The Determined Heart: the Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein was published by the Lake Union Publishing Division of Amazon Press. Her first novel, Pilate's Wife, published in 2007 by William Morrow, has been translated into 18 languages. The Sacred Well, her second William Morrow novel, was chosen best of 2009 by the San Francisco Book Festival.
Antoinette's nonfiction includes Adventures of a Psychic, which spent 44 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She was the recipient of La Pluma de Plata, an award conferred by the Mexican Government for the best travel article on their country. She writes weekly columns for the San Francisco Chronicle and SF Gate and is a frequent contributor to the Sierra Lodestar. Antoinette's articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Self, Country Living, San Francisco and Sacramento magazines.
Visit Antoinette's website antoinettemay.com
KATHY BOYD FELLURE is the author of On the Water’s Edge: Tahoe Trilogy which includes The Language of the Lake, Lake Cottage Book Haven, and Upon These Azure Shores. She is the co-writer of the Language screenplay which is being pitched to independent filmmakers. Kathy is also the author of four children’s illustrated storybooks in the series called The Blake Sisters’ Lake Tahoe Adventures. Her new series of five contemporary women’s novels, Across the Pond, will debut in 2021 with The Wrong Ocean. The second novel Harper House releases in 2022. These stories travel between England and different American states and have the same historical bent as her novel trilogy. Kathy founded Amador Fiction Writers in 2007 and is a member of the Sacramento branch of the Historical Novels Society and the California Writers Club. She hosts an annual literary read at Hein & Company Bookstore & Sherlockian Baker Street West in Jackson. From 2012 to 2015, Kathy hosted, wrote, and produced the TSPN TV Show called Authors, Writers, Books and Beyond. She guest speaks, teaches at writers conferences, and reads for library storytime. In 2017 &18 she served as a judge for the Northern California Publishers and Authors book awards. Kathy currently lives in the foothill gold country of California with her family and three stand-up comedian rescue dogs.
LUCY SANNA's historical novel, The Cherry Harvest (HarperCollins 2015), was named Book Club Book of the summer by the Wisconsin State Journal and was the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association's Book Club Pick for July. For this and previous works, Lucy has been featured on national television and radio, including CBS, NBC, NPR, and FOX. Her books have been recognized by national press, including the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, Wisconsin Journal, San Jose Mercury-News, Playboy Magazine and Men's World Magazine.
Lucy is a sought-after speaker and workshop leader at writers' conferences, including San Francisco's Litquake, the Wisconsin Book Fest, the Chicago Tribune's Book Fest, the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row, the University of Wisconsin's Writers Institute, the University of Wisconsin's Write-by-the-Lake Retreat, and the Sterling North Book & Film Festival.
Since 1999, Lucy has served on the Executive Planning Board for the National Kidney Foundation's annual San Francisco's Authors Luncheon, the premier authors' event of the San Francisco Bay Area. She has also served on the board of the California Writers Club, San Francisco Peninsula Branch. She is currently working on her next WWII historical novel.
Lucy's website: www.lucysanna.com
KEVIN ARNOLD, from the San Francisco Bay Area, was one of the founders of Gold Rush Writers. He has published sixty stories and poems in such quarterlies as Seattle Review, Slippery Elm, and Mudfish.
The President of Poetry Center San Jose for twelve years, he was selected by the San Francisco / Peninsula California Writer’s Club as Writer of the Year, and chosen for the national website Your Daily Poem six times.
His novel, The Sureness of Horses, published by Manzanita Writer’s Press, is available in hardcover, paperback, and electronic formats, and forthcoming as an Audible Audiobook later this spring. Kevin will be one of five speakers for the Bay Area's 28th Annual Writer’s Salon on March 30, 2020.
JORDAN ROSENFELD is author of the novels Women in Red and Forged in Grace and six books on the craft of writing: How to Write a Page-Turner, the bestselling Make a Scene, Writing the Intimate Character, A Writer's Guide to Persistence, Writing Deep Scenes and Write Free. Her freelance articles and essays have been published in hundreds of publications, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Scientific American, Writer's Digest Magazine, The Washington Post and many more. She is also a freelance editor and journalist.
INDIGO MOOR is Poet Laureate of Sacramento, a scriptwriter and author. His first book Tap-Root was published as part of Main Street Rag's Editor's Select Poetry Series. His second book of poetry, Through the Stonecutter's Window, won Northwestern University Press's Cave Canem prize. As with Tap-Root, Indigo's 2017 release, In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers, is an Editor's Select choice from Main Street Rag.
Three of his short plays, Harvest, Shuffling, and The Red and Yellow Quartet, debuted at the 60 Million Plus Theatre's Spring Playwright's festival. His full-length stageplay Live! at the Excelsior was a finalist for the Images Theatre Playwright Award and has been optioned for a full-length film.
Indigo teaches at the Stonecoast MFA Program, where he graduated in 2012 with an MFA in poetry, fiction, and scriptwriting. He is the former poetry editor for the Bookends Review Literary Journal. He is on the advisory boards for the Sacramento Poetry Center and Modesto Stanislaus Poetry center, and is a Cave Canem fellow, the resident artist at 916 ink, and a graduate member of the Artist's Residency Institute for Teaching Artists. Indigo spends his days cleverly disguised as a mild-mannered Physical Design Engineer for computer companies.
SALLY KAPLAN moved from Los Angeles to Calaveras country in 2010. She and her husband David Vasser run Backcountry Pictures, a production company in Murphys, California (see bcpfilms.com).
In addition to working in nonfiction film and television, Kaplan has written and/or directed prize-winning original screenplays. Her script Crossroads was developed into a short film at the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women; Dybbuks and Chicken Soup screened in numerous film festivals; and Man on the Plane received accolades from screenwriting contests.
Her prose appears in the anthologies Changing Course: Women's Inspiring Stories of Menopause, Midlife, and Moving Forward and Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, published by Manzanita Press. With a degree in dance and creative writing from Hampshire College, Kaplan has taught courses at NYU, UCLA, and the University of Colorado.
MONIKA ROSE, at home in the foothills of Calaveras County since the early 1980s, is founding director and editor of Manzanita Writers Press, a nonprofit literary publisher, and Manzanita Arts Emporium, a community arts center and gallery, in Angels Camp, CA. She has published in several anthologies and literary magazines. Her book of poems, River by the Glass, by GlenHill Publishing, and Bed Bumps, a children’s book published by Manzanita Writers Press, will soon be joined by a novel, a collection of short fiction, and a new poetry book. She has edited numerous Manzanita anthologies, including Out of the Fire, Wild Edges, Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, and Voices of Wisdom, volumes 1-3, plus seven Manzanita prose & poetry anthologies. With a master's degree in English, she is currently teaching as adjunct associate professor of English at San Joaquin Delta College the last 20 years and has taught high school English for 30 years, as well as workshops in writing for Delta College conferences, Gold Rush Writers Conferences, Tuolumne Writers Retreats, the Voices program, and Manzanita Writers Press workshops. She has facilitated and coordinated the Voices of Wisdom program for the last three years.
C.W. GORTNER holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies, as well as an AA in Merchandising and Marketing. After eleven years as a fashion executive, he devoted the next twelve years to working as a grant-writer in the public health sector. In 2012, he became a full-time writer following the success of his novels. In his extensive travels for research, he has danced a galliard at Hampton Court, learned about organic gardening at Chenoceaux, and spent a chilly night in a ruined Spanish castle. His books have been USA Today and international bestsellers, and are translated in twenty-six languages.
Half-Spanish by birth and raised in southern Spain, C.W. lives in Northern California with his husband and his very spoiled rescue cat.
Visit him at: cwgortner.com
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GINA L. MULLIGAN is the author of two historical novels, Remember the Ladies and From Across the Room, and the nonfiction book Dear Friend: Letters of Encouragement, Humor, and Love for Women with Breast Cancer. After her own diagnosis, Gina founded Girls Love Mail, a national charity that collects handwritten letters for women with breast cancer. She’s been featured on The NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, The Steve Harvey Show, People.com, Today.com, Woman’s Day magazine, and the Washington Post.
SANDS HALL is the author of the memoir Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology (Counterpoint), a finalist for the Northern California Book Awards and a Publishers Weekly Best Book in Religion and Spirituality. Other works include the novel Catching Heaven (Ballantine), a Random House Reader’s Circle selection, and a volume of essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. Her stories and essays have been published in such places as Iowa Review, New England Review, and Los Angeles Review of Books, and her produced plays include an adaptation of Alcott’s Little Women and the comic-drama Fair Use, which explores the “was it plagiarism?” controversy surrounding Stegner’s Angle of Repose. Sands teaches annually for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and for the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She is also a theater artist and a singer/songwriter, and performs widely. Sands lives in Nevada City, California.
Find out more at sandshall.com