Authors (2014)


Great Valley Bookfest 2014 Authors


MikeMidgleyChef Michael Midgley has been cooking since the age of fourteen, an early start that has fueled his desire to make a name for himself in the culinary world. Michael attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and has cooked in kitchens up and down the west coast and in Lake Tahoe. Michael’s big personality has led to appearances as a contestant on Bravo television’s “Top Chef” and on The Food Network’s “Cut Throat Kitchen” He has also appeared as a judge on Esquire network’s “Knife Fight” and Bravo’s ”Top Chef Master’s.” In addition, he has been featured numerous times on  local news and entertainment shows. Michael’s “celebrity chef” status takes the back burner to his passion for food. Chef Michael Midgley has a new cookbook available on Amazon ~ MIKE MIDGLEY 20 EASY RECIPES: AWESOME FOOD ANYONE CAN MAKE (with a little help from me!) Top chef Mike Midgley has one mission in life: to help you make easy awesome food. Mike has whipped up 20 easy recipes that, while simple, are guaranteed to impress. With simple steps, Mike guides you through preparation and cooking and lets you know if you need any special kitchen tools. It’s that easy.


Shane_Williamson_Picture  Shane Williamson is the associate producer and film editor for TEEN TRUTH.  He’s traveled and worked on every film associated with TEEN TRUTH. Williamson, a graduate of San Francisco Sate University’s Film School, has produced, directed and edited several recognized short films and documentaries. He co-founded and helps run the GOFILM! filmmaking workshop and teaches at the San Joaquin County Office of Education (Da Vinci Center) educating high school students on how to produce advanced video/film productions. His latest documentary film about the growing homeless youth situation in the United States is currently making it’s festival run. The current projects he’s currently working on include a feature film called, Listen (planned release for spring of 2015) and a feature length documentary film called Truth About Nothing (planned release for fall of 2015).



Iris-R.-Melendezweb  Iris R. Melendez is a first time author and illustrator. She shows her work inspired by the bedtime stories she created for her youngest daughter Abigail. She grew up living in California and Mexico. As a teen she spent much of her spare time volunteering in the community and at the local elementary school of Tequila Jalisco, teaching English as a second language. Iris is an active, hands on mother and wife. She loves to spend time in the kitchen cooking and baking with her family.





Meyers,-GinaWEB Gina Meyers is best known for her popular culture television trivia and cooking expertise books related to the Twilight Saga and the iconic television show Bewitched and is the proud winner of the prestigious Gourmand International Cookbook Award for Best Charity Cookbook, Hope For Haiti. Gina’s Love at First Bite: The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook, first edition, has been listed in OK! Magazine’s top Twilight merchandise must-haves and featured on Comedian Alan Carr, Chatty Man’s late night show. From an early age, Gina has had a passion for the culinary arts, experimenting in the kitchen with baking breads, muffins, cookies and cakes. From 1997 to 2009, Meyers taught a plethora of entertaining and fun cooking classes for kids from Easy Meals in Minutes to Storybook Cooking and Crafts. Gina has been a television consultant for Popstar! Magazine , Columbia Pictures Television, as well as Nickelodeon Magazine. She is a featured regular on national radio and television programs as a cooking expert. Gina has also worked for Xerox and Google Corporation.



Lemae, Michelle Michelle Lemae is an up and coming author from Manteca, Ca. At only 20 years old, Michelle has self-published two books available on Amazon. She is currently hard at work on her third book, a self-help book on anxiety. When she’s not writing, Michelle is busy with college classes and working as a Special Needs Aid.






Klinesmith, Tina Tina Klinesmith (T.J. Kline) found she had a love for stories at the ripe age of 2 when her mother found her trying to read a romance novel. Even in childhood, she spent time crafting stories, plays and songs for family and friends. She also writes western romance as T.J. Kline. Raised in the lush Central Valley of California, Tina continues to reside there with her wonderful husband, three children and a menagerie of beasts who believe they are also humans. Tina loves the outdoors and spending time camping, fishing and just hanging out with family and friends. She is an accomplished horsewoman and trainer as well as a fitness instructor and online coach.




Isaac-Luke, Kathie  Kathie Isacc-Luke lived in San Jose for a number of years, where she was program director for Poetry Center San Jose and editor of the journal, caesura. Her poetry appears in numerous journals and anthologies. Her poetry collection, Chrysalides, published by Dragonfly Press, was selected as runner-up at the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival.  Kathie’s short fiction appears in The Call: An Anthology of Women’s Writing, published by Dragonfly Press. Her short story, “The Collection,” was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart prize. She currently lives in Sonora, California, and reviews plays for The Union Democrat newspaper. She has poems forthcoming in two new anthologies.




Herman, Susan  Susan Herman edits nonfiction books and shorter pieces for academics, memoirists and biographers, professionals, hobbyists, and others. On any given day Susan might be editing a self-help book or a manual on the latest 3D animation software. Or she might just be reading about an amazing life and thinking how to make the high points shine through. Contact Susan at





Telford Sahl, Lynn Lynn Telford-Sahl speaks nationally about financial topics such as “3 Steps to Turn Financial Stress into Freedom,” or “Mind Over Money.” She is also the author of the “hit” book (NY Daily News) Intentional Joy: How to Turn Stress, Fear & Addiction into Freedom and The Greatest Change of All, A spiritual novel about women managing the changes of life with fun, food and connection.  Both are available at or Amazon or B & N and now on Kindle or Nook. Lynn has been married to her risk-taking hang-gliding husband Dave for many, many happy years, has 2 grown children and 2 granddaughters who spend every Friday playing together.  She is currently the chair of the Women’s Leadership Council Advisory Board’s Community Impact Committee, part of the United Way in Modesto, CA.




Morgon, Roh Roh Morgon discovered the magic of stories at an early age—those in books as well as the ones she made up in her head. Her fascination with other worlds led to an interest in costuming and renaissance faires, where she learned how to handle swords, knives, and bows. She now writes fantasy for middle grade readers and paranormal romance with a twist of horror for young adults and adults. Roh’s best known for Watcher: Book I of The Chosen, the first in a series centered on a young woman forced to abandon her family for the lonely existence of the undead. The series includes The Last Trace, a historical romantic horror set in 1840s Montana, and several modern-day short stories. Runner: Book II of The Chosen is scheduled for release in late 2014. Roh shares her home in the Sierra Nevada foothills with three mustang horses, two crazy herding dogs, and a very patient husband who helps her keep a toehold on reality. She can be found online at and


Fredsti, Dana  Dana Fredsti is an ex B-movie actress with a background in theatrical combat (a skill she utilized in Army of Darkness as a sword-fighting Deadite and fight captain). Through seven plus years of volunteering at Exotic Feline Breeding Facility/Feline Conservation Center, Dana’s had a full-grown leopard sit on her feet, kissed by tigers, held baby jaguars and had her thumb sucked by an ocelot with nursing issues. She’s addicted to bad movies and any book or film, good or bad, which include zombies. Her other hobbies include surfing (badly), collecting beach glass (obsessively), and wine tasting (happily). She is the author of the Ashley Parker series, touted as Buffy meets the Walking Dead, as well as what might be the first example of zombie noir, A Man’s Gotta Eat What a Man’s Gotta Eat, first published in Mondo Zombie edited by John Skipp, and more recently published as an eBook by Titan books.  She also wrote the cozy noir mystery Murder for Hire: the Peruvian Pigeon, and co-author of What Women Really Want in Bed. She guest blogs frequently and has made numerous podcast and radio appearances.  She lives in San Francisco with her boyfriend and fellow author David Fitzgerald,  their dog Pogeen, and a small horde of felines.


Knoll, Linda  Linda Knoll believes seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other produce from local farms play an important part of a healthy, ethical diet. Encouraging children to eat local food in harmony with the seasons, her book Patient for Pumpkins tells the story of T.J., a boy who accompanies his father to the farmers’ market and enjoys the changes in fruits and vegetables as the year progresses. Families looking to introduce the concept of seasonal availability of produce to young children will be delighted by this children’s book by Linda L. Knoll, a lifelong resident of Northern California who is a professionally trained artist with a teaching credential.





Rick and Ryan Goldsberry are proud to announce the upcoming arrival of their new book FLOATER!  Floater will be available for purchase October 1st. 

Goldsberry, RyanHey kids! As a young boy, Ryan Goldsberry spent most of his time drawing portraits of his favorites, the Ninja Turtles, Star Wars and of course, Mr. T (google him). Now that he’s old, he’s found that the subjects of his drawings really haven’t changed all that much. At some point he also realized that he needed a respectable job so he works as an animator making video games. Most recently he worked on Tomb Raider. That’s right! He got to make everybody’s favorite video game heroine move, walk and talk! Ryan has a wife and five kids, which technically, makes him insane. But he also feels it qualifies him to make children’s books. He hopes his books will make bedtime more bearable for all you kids and parents alike.



Goldsberry, RickRick Goldsberry loves kids, stories, and humor—not necessarily in that order. He has written jokes for comedians, radio programs, and nationally syndicated cartoonists and at one time was a syndicated cartoonist himself. He is mesmerized by stories, he loves to read them and write them. Rick has done extensive field work in childology. Kids and teenagers—two different species—surround him. He has substitute-taught kids in all grades; he hires teenagers at his fast food restaurant; and he has six kids of his own. He can’t get enough of kids—until he collapses in bed at night.





Talbot, Lauren Lauren Talbot was raised in New Jersey and studied at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She is both a Certified Clinical Nutritionist from the Natural Healing Institute in Encinitas, and studied closely with celebrity nutritionist, Natalia Rose of “The Raw Food Detox Diet”. She has been a student of nutrition for over a decade and is now married with three step-kiddos, and a thriving private practice in Dallas. She is just recently relocating to Sonoma County where she will continue to work both locally and internationally with clients empowering and educating them to achieve the health and beauty they desire and deserve. Her book Clear Skin Detox Diet is available on Amazon.




Senegor,-Dr.-Moris Moris Senegor, M.D., is a neurosurgeon who has practiced in the Central Valley of Northern California for more than twenty years. Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Dr. Senegor immigrated to the United States with his family after graduating from an English high school in Istanbul. At the University of Chicago he earned both his undergraduate and medical school degrees, and began a residency in neurosurgery under Sean Mullan, M.D. Dr. Senegor spent part of his six-year neurosurgical training in San Francisco, where he completed a six-month rotation at the University of California, San Francisco under Charles Wilson, M.D., then the chairman of neurosurgery. Dr. Senegor has performed more than eight thousand neurosurgical procedures involving brain, spine and peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Senegor is the editor of San Joaquin Medicine and writes a wine-tasting blog at He is an avid photographer, bicyclist, wine enthusiast, traveler, and teacher of classical music. Dogmeat is his first published book.



Dampier,-Frances Frances Purnell Dampier was born in Winona, Mississippi and grew up in the small town of Greenwood, Mississippi. She is presently a retired educator after thirty-nine years of service. Frances taught English at Sunnyvale Middle School for over twenty years and was honored as Teacher of the Year. She later became Assistant Principal and Principal in the Sunnyvale School District and in 2009 became Management Team Member of the Year. As the Principal of Sunnyvale Middle School, Frances was appointed as ACSA’s Middle School Representative for the State of California. Frances also served as the Principal of Bishop Elementary School in Sunnyvale, California for seven years. While at Bishop, the school received a top achievement awards from Gray Davis, the Governor of California and notable achievements from the United States Education Secretary, Richard Riley. Frances acquired her Bachelor of Science Degree at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi and her Master’s Degree in Administrative Services at La Verne University in California. Frances is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, LinkedIn, NAACP, National Professional Women Association and the Tracy Community Church. Her biography is included in both Who’s Who of American Women (1989-90) and International Who’s Who (2000) editions. Frances has successfully been published in two works of poetry. Her poems include, “Barack Obama” in Collected Whispers and “America’s Unraveling” in Stars in Our Hearts. Frances has three sons, two daughters-in-law, seven grandchildren, two grandchildren by marriage and two sisters. She resides in Tracy.



Berlin, Matthew Matthew Berlin is a sixteen-year old independent author who enjoys writing Action/Adventure and Fantasy novels. He began writing Embark, the first book in the Legends of Lustria series at 14, and self-published the completed novel at 16. Matt is currently writing Prevalence, which is the second book in the series. Matthew is also co- writing a book with a friend and fellow author. Matthew is very fond of fantasy, and was inspired to write Legends of Lustria after enjoying successful franchises such as The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and a variety of others. Writing allows Matt to take his imagination to the farthest limits. In his series, he attempts to captivate readers with vivid imagery in a world where the fantasy is reality. When Matthew isn’t writing, he enjoys competing with his Track and Field team, playing video games, hanging with his friends and drawing. 




Kaufman, Elisabeth Elisabeth Kauffman is a freelance editor in the Sacramento area. Her favorite genres to read and edit are YA fantasy, sci-fi, and romance. She regularly obsesses over board games, Doctor Who, and what makes a good story great. Come share your ideas with her on Facebook and Twitter–@WritingRefinery–and on the web at




Atherstone-Pamela Pamela Atherstone never set out to write a book. Selected as Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2013, and first place Historical Fiction, this award winning venture came as a result of being forced into disability retirement. Needing something to keep her busy during a life-changing transition, she soon found the Modesto Institute of Continued Learning (MICL) at Modesto Junior College, and the Writer’s Workshop offered in the curriculum. As the great-granddaughter of German-Russian immigrants, and an amateur genealogist focusing on Russians of German heritage, she soon found herself writing “…Like Footprints in the Wind.” This is a fictional tale about the real experiences of the people of German heritage living in Russia just prior to WWII. Few people know about the “Purge of the Kulaks” by Stalin’s armies.  She feels the importance of introducing non-German-Russians to this saga is through fiction. At a recent seminar Pam related that “Information from Russia on family members, who remained behind when my great-grandparents emigrated, seems to be non-existent. The stories I unearthed regarding the history of the Germans in Russia, following the Revolution of 1917, explained these gaping holes and the lack of recorded information about the people. Knowledge of those inhabitants, and what they experienced, is relatively unknown among the general populations today, and the more I learn, the more I wish to share the information with others.” To the uninitiated, this novel is an eye-opening and resonant account of a relatively little-known part of world history. A mother and grandmother, Pam is a lifelong Californian, and has lived in Modesto for nearly 40 years with her husband, Jim, and her horses and dogs. She is currently working on a sequel.



Dampier, Frances and T.J. T.J. Dampier is a sensitive, smart, creative genius of a child. He just turned twelve years old but his writing shows the maturity of someone much wiser. He lives in San Jose and attends Holly Oaks Elementary School as a 6th grader. T.J. who is known as Trevis by his friends, enjoys playing basketball and football. In fact, he was awarded defensive player of the year! In addition to sports, T.J. is both an honor student and a member of the Gifted and Talented Program known as G.A.T.E at his school. T.J. has a gift for writing. Whenever he gets a moment, he sits down and composes short stories. His grandmother who is an author loved his stories and encouraged him to keep writing. The Illegal Child is his first in a series of published work. T.J. has a loving family consisting of his father, mother, two sisters and a brother and a host of relatives.



Brantingham, john John Brantingham’s work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, and he has had hundreds of poems published in magazines in the United States and England. His newest poetry collection, The Green of Sunset, is from Moon Tide Press. He is the writer-in-residence at the dA Center for the Arts.






Reinarts,-Robert Robert Reinarts is founder and coordinator of the Heritage Writers Community, with the goal of providing a nurturing community for the creation of literary products and to establish and operate a variety of platforms for this community to present their work to the public.  Robert has worked as a mathematician, computer analyst and programmer, management consultant, educator and business owner.  His most important Civil War novel “Charon’s Daughter” was recently published through Amazon, available in “e-book” format. This self-published novel was awarded the first prize winner by the prestigious San Francisco Writers Conference of 2014. His other non-technical publications include “The California Delta” a poem published by the Peatduster a Sierra Club organ, a short story published in iUniverse an anthology of the San Francisco Writers, and “The Magical Staff Generator”, published in a health-care trade journal, as well as poems published in HWC Haggin project chapbooks. Robert currently serves as an Ombudsman, County Commissioner, advocate for seniors, and member of the Community Action Board. Robert lives in Stockton with his wife and dog.


Brennan,-Ethel Ethel Brennan is a writer and photography stylist. When she was a child, she and her family lived in Provence, where her parents owned a goat cheese farm. Although her family returned to California while she was still young, most of her childhood summers were spent traveling in France from Paris to the rustic countryside of Provence where her parents kept the farmhouse. She is now based in San Francisco and travels frequently to France with her twin boys and French husband. She is the author of Herbes de Provence, Baby Gifts and co-author of Citrus, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, A Children’s Kitchen Garden and At the Farmers’ Market with Kids.




Brucell, Robin Robin Burcell, an FBI-trained forensic artist, has worked as a police officer, detective, hostage negotiator, and criminal investigator for nearly three decades. The Black List is her latest international thriller about an FBI forensic artist. Face of a Killer was the first in the series and received a starred review from Library Journal. It was followed by The Bone Chamber, and The Dark Hour. More information can be found on her website.





Burwen, Mike Michael Burwen, although raised in New England, has lived in California for decades. A retired high-tech industry consultant, he is an avowed foodie and life-long amateur cook. He traveled the world for 40+ years, collecting recipes (bribing chefs and waiters) that form the core of his cookbook, Easy Gourmet Recipes for the Frugal Cook.





JohnHarrison John Harrison currently lives in California with his wonderful wife and three adorable sons. He is working on the next installation of the Shadow Sage; Shadow Flight. John has been writing since he was in elementary school. His friends and family all love his imagination and his ability to weave a good story in a very short time. His professional writing has ranged from business processes to short stories and now novels. Published Shadow Dance as an Ebook through Smashwords and in print through Amazon and CreateSpace. Feel free to follow him on: Twitter: @John_A_Harrison.




Chadwick-Jennie Jennie Chadwick  has been writing seriously for about 5 years. It all started when she used to make up-funny stories for her two girls when they were little. As her girls got older they said she should write these silly stories down, for other kids. So one day she did! Her kids books are action/ adventure for 6 to 10 year olds. Jennie has received unique acknowledgements from bookstores and schools, where she held book signings. The kids always seem to gravitate to her silly readings! Jennie says, “I love watching and working with kids, they help me keep the silliness in my grown up life. Laughing and playing, that’s a kids job! My job is to write books that kids like and can relate to.” Jennie grew up and makes her home in Modesto, CA.




SClark Shawnie Clark knows writing has always had a place in her life. At a young age, she wrote stories about her hopes and dreams. As she reached young adulthood she continued to write with a little more focus, writing various articles for newspapers and magazines. As Shawnie raised her children, all five, they inspired her to write children’s stories and poetry. She’s had some poems published in anthologies (book of poems by various writers), and over the years she has continued writing articles for online magazines and websites. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to take her writing to a higher level. Shawnie now has several children’s books published. “Writing is my joy!” Shawnie says. Check out her books on Amazon.




Deutsch, Rick Rick Deutsch is also known as Mr. Half Dome. He’s the author of One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome – the only dedicated guidebook for this famous hike. It has sold over 10,000 copies and is now an e-book. Having topped Half Dome 33 times, he is uniquely qualified to write the definitive guide for all levels of hiker. His casual style of writing provides candid conversational guidance while insisting that you have fun! It’s a big hike. Be prepared and do it safely. Rick is also an enthusiastic speaker (member of the National Speakers Association) who can help your group or company get to the top of their mountain. He is a captivating professional communicator and gives talks at outfitters, libraries, health clubs, museums, colleges, cruise ships and bookstores.




Dixon-Cooper, HazelHazel Dixon-Cooper has been a professional astrologer for more than twenty-five years, and is the author of the internationally bestselling Rotten Day astrology book series. She has written astrology articles and columns for a variety of publications, including Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Bedside Astrologer.” She is a research member of the American Federation of Astrologers and a member of the National Council of Geocosmic Research. Her books available at Amazon and B&





Doll, Cherish A Cherish A. Doll, author of The Enchanted Cloak series, was born in Modesto, California, and currently resides in Salida. With over two decades of experience teaching language arts and social studies, middle school students are her target audience, but many age groups enjoy her magical fiction books. Over the years, she has traveled to a number of foreign countries, steadily compiling information for the historically accurate descriptions of castles and people’s stations that she incorporates into her books. Cherish also taught video broadcasting for a period of time and believes this helps her to visualize the scenes in her books on a grander scale.



Notman,-Jeannette Jeannette Notman was born in a small Northern California town in 1954. Her childhood was fairly typical of the times. She was the first woman on either side of the family to attend and complete a college degree. Life’s journeys have taken her on so many amazing adventures all over the globe. Finally it is time to sit and ponder on what she has been through and where she is headed. In so doing, she hopes to encourage others to look for and embrace all that life has to offer. Her top three passions in life are: 1. Healthy living, including the inside and the outside of the body. 2. Making sure her numerous gardens have hundreds of varieties of flowers on display through out the year. 3. Her number one passion is studying the word of God. She has participated in intense Bible study classes for almost 20 years. Most of those years have been spent leading groups and various speaking opportunities. Jeannette looks forward to each day and the guidance from God in all areas of her life. Now she is praying that her new found ministry of writing and hopefully more speaking will be a blessing to many and a glory to God.




Feldman, Jay Jay Feldman’s most recent book is MANUFACTURING HYSTERIA: A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America (Pantheon, 2011.) He is also the author of the critically acclaimed WHEN THE MISSISSIPPI RAN BACKWARDS: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes (Free Press, 2005). His novel, SUITCASE SEFTON AND THE AMERICAN DREAM (Triumph Books, 2006), is the story of a major league scout who discovers a pitcher in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, Gourmet, and a wide variety of other national, regional and local publications. He has also written for television (the highly praised but short-lived CBS series Brooklyn Bridge), and the stage.




Hagen, Claudia Claudia Hagen’s Hanford’s Secret Clouds of Despair is the third non-fiction book by this local author and Our Grandma Flies A Hot Air Balloon is her first children’s book. The Night A Fortress Fell To Fairfield, and The Mystic High Adventures of Fannie Flame & Crew, were her first published works along with numerous medical and aviation related articles. After thirty-six years of critical care nursing and twelve years as a commercially rated hot air balloon pilot, she is now retired and living in the Modesto area. Claudia enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, and entertaining her grandchildren. Each of her books also have their own FaceBook page.




Harris, Kerry Kerry Harris, author of “The Devoted Cook” blog, is the founder and original owner of Main Street Café & Catering. With no experience in the food industry, Kerry opened the Manteca café in 2004 with the vision of offering homemade food at affordable prices. She would often joke about personally shopping on a weekly basis and then inviting the whole town to come and eat! After constant requests for her recipes, she compiled Something For Everyone, a new cookbook that includes traditional family recipes, café recipes, and new recipes developed in her journey toward healthful eating.




Neal, James Harvey James Neal Harvey, a Syracuse University graduate, has written for TV, newspapers, and magazines, and is the author of eight books. He’s also played trumpet on tour with a jazz band, and served in the US Merchant Marine. He’d studied abnormal psychology in college and has long had an interest in the criminal mind. Throughout his advertising career he free-lanced crime stories in magazines such as True and Men’s Adventure, and while still running his agency began writing crime novels. The books became national best-sellers and the selections of Book-of-the-Month Club and the Literary guild. After selling his agency he devoted full time to writing. For many years his hobby was collecting and flying antique airplanes. He lives in Napa with his wife Ursula and their dachshund, Herman.




Karen Arnpriester Karen Slimick Arnpriester has released two new non-fiction books over the last year. Slimy is a children, teen, parent, and teacher version of her real-life struggle with bullying. This short story shares the pain and devastation from five years of humiliation and isolation. The book also covers tools to survive bullying and how students can step up and make a difference in their schools. Karen hopes to have the fiction novel Leadbottom, inspired by Karen’s true story, ready to share at the 2014 Bookfest. Her second non-fiction book is titled Miraculous Relationship. This is a collaboration of accounts of miraculous encounters with the Holy Spirit. Karen is also a Christian fiction author (Anessia’s Quest and Raider’s Vendetta) who writes about real-life conflict and struggles. Her stories do not sugar-coat the trials that humanity must endure, whether it is abuse, abandonment, addictions or the need to discover the purpose of life. Karen wants to challenge the reader to evaluate their beliefs and to consider what God means to them. Her stories are sprinkled with blessings from Heaven in the appearance of angels, miracles, and God’s divine intent in the characters’ lives. Mrs. Arnpriester resides in Manteca, California, and is a wife, mother, grandmother and adoptive mother of her two daughters. While writing is her passion, she is also a graphic designer and designs her own covers.



Hearn-Hill,-Bonnie Bonnie Hearn Hill wanted to write fiction about women’s issues, but when she accidentally fell into a six-book deal with one of the largest publishers in the world, she decided to try combining her concerns with her publisher’s needs. Her international thrillers cover topics from women and weight issues (KILLER BODY), to sex and power (INTERN), to ghosts, metaphorical and otherwise (GHOST ISLAND). Regardless of the genre, her focus is empowerment. A national conference speaker, she has mentored many writers and edited and co-authored books, including New York Times bestsellers, for numerous others. “I love everything about writing,” she says, “even when I hate it.” She appears on “Bonnie’s Book Club” on Great Day, KMPH Channel 26 and has presented workshops all over the United States, frequently with her critique partners and good friends, Hazel Dixon-Cooper and Christopher Allan Poe. Find her books on Amazon.



Janssen, Hal Hal Janssen has written over 25 articles for leading fly-fishing magazines.  He has contributed to 21 books as both artist and author.  Hal gained broad recognition as an instructor for his stillwater fly-fishing seminars and schools, and has entertained thousands in fly club presentations, as a member of the Coors Outdoor Team, and Ed Rice’s International Sportsman’s Exposition Pro Staff.  He helped found the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers Club and is a fisheries consultant to conservation groups.  Hal’s book “Stillwater Fly-Fishing Secrets” is full of never before available Stillwater information, revolutionary fly patterns and instruction on how to tie and fish them.




jesus, steveSteve Jesus is a musician and author from northern California. He has 18 years of experience under his belt playing the guitar and studying music. Through the years he has been involved with several different bands and even got a little radio airplay with the Joe Steele Band. On top of that he’s studied music at Delta College in Stockton and Sacramento State. As a former teacher he has always enjoyed sharing what he has learned with others. In 2013 he wrote his first book, Guitar Theory for Slackers.





Kalanty, MichaelMichael Kalanty’s book, TV spots, and YouTube videos all point to one thing: Chef Mike loves to teach you How To Bake Bread. And that’s the title of his book that took home the “Best Bread Book in the World” award from the Paris Cookbook Fair. He’s created products you see on grocery store shelves, opened pizza franchises, and taught more professional bakers than there are types of bread. It’s 3 months away as he writes this, so he doesn’t know what bread he’ll be demonstrating at the Bookfest. All he can say is it will be instructive, fun, and super-yummy. Stop by and learn how to knead the new and gentle way!






Kalm, DeniseDenise P. Kalm is a Board-Certified Coach and President of DPK Coaching offering personalized transition coaching services and workshops. Recently, much of her practice has been around career management. Years of experience in the IT and scientific communities helps her engage with clients working in those areas. She is also the Chief Innovator for Kalm Kreative, Inc., offering marketing, speaking, writing and editing services. Denise is the author of the novel, Lifestorm, the career management guide Career Savvy – Keeping & Transforming Your Job, and, with co-author, Linda Donovan, the book Tech Grief – Survive & Thrive Through Loss. Despite recommendations, she loves to write in a variety of genres, including horror and suspense, as well as using her coaching experience to help people get to where they want to be in their lives. She is married and lives with her husband and house rabbit in Walnut Creek.



LindaKayDSC_8501-Edit-WEB  Linda Kay is the author of Instant Feng Shui-Just Add Wind and Water.  Reading this book will help you discover how to turn your NOW life into a WOW life using simple, fun and easy changes you can make instantly.  As a graduate of the Western School of Feng Shui, Linda follows a holistic approach, which presents Feng Shui as both an instinctive art and a practical science.  She is an experienced consultant, workshop leader and speaker.  She works with both private and business clients, helping them experience many positive benefits just by making a few simple changes in the energy in their homes and offices.





Managelos, JohnJohn Mangelos and Ella Mangelos-Velthoen have been cooking and laughing together since they were children. So many patrons of their restaurant would regularly ask them for recipes, so the two decided to write and publish The Greek Gourmet, their first cookbook. It was so successful that they published a second cookbook, The Culinary Adventures of The Greek Gourmets.





McKenzie, MichelleMichelle A.B. McKenzie is an attorney turned children’s author with a passion for children’s literacy. She is the author of Beavers’ Big Problem and Beavers’ Big Discovery, lighthearted and lively critter tales for young children and early readers up to age ten. Both stories are silly and entertaining vocabulary builders that focus on overcoming adversity. Beavers’ Big Problem is about what happens when the clopzip on the main gizmo breaks at the Far Away Land Ice Cream Factory. Beavers’ Big Discovery finds the critters of the Far Away Land preparing for the Great Rodent Festival. Full of vocabulary and zany fun, these books are sure to delight preschoolers, young readers (K-4) and parents alike. Find them on Amazon! Ms. McKenzie lives in rural San Joaquin County with her husband, son and their extended family of critters, including horses, cats, a dog and an action-packed dairy goat. Check out, which features children’s puzzles, games, fun facts and reading comprehension tests to go with the books. You can also follow Mrs. McKenzie on Facebook at Silly Critter Stories for Kids.




meredith,-marilynMarilyn Meredith is the author of over 35 published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Spirit Shapes from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel is Murder in the Worst Degree from Oak Tree Press. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, Three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She’s taught writing for Writers Digest Schools, and at many conferences all over the country, including the Maui Writers Retreat. She lives in the Southern Sierra with her husband of many years, one dog, and too many cats.




Miller, KristinKristin Miller, a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, has had a passion for language and literature her whole life. Born and raised in Northern California, she often made up stories about faraway places and edge-of-your-seat adventures. After graduating from Humboldt State University, Kristin taught high school and middle school English, married her college sweetheart, and had two beautiful munchkins. In 2008, she took time off from teaching to raise her children, and started writing while they napped. Her first novel was published in 2011, and since then she has had fifteen other novels published with Entangled Covet, Avon/HarperCollins and Harlequin Nocturne. She is the author of the Seattle Wolf Pack series (starting with the national bestselling novel Gone with the Wolf), the dark and gritty Vampires of Crimson Bay series and the paranormal/fantasy Isle of Feralon novellas. In March of 2014, Kristin hit #16 on the New York Times Bestseller list, #11 for the New York Times e-book subcategory, and #41 on the USA Today Bestseller list. The project, titled Lucky 7 Bad Boys, was a box set including Crazy in Love, her sweet and sassy contemporary romance, as well as works by six other romance authors. It remained on the USA Today Bestseller list for three weeks. Another project also hit the USA Today Bestseller list at #81 in April of 2014. She has five additional novels planned for this year. Find her books on Amazon and follow her on FaceBook!



Minnehan Jones, MaureenMaureen Minnehan Jones Maureen Minnehan Jones is a Registered Nurse, Guided Imagery Practitioner, Holistic Healer, Author, and Speaker. Her book Wisdom to Wellness: Healing Your Emotional Sufferings so the Physical Healing Can Follow won the 2012 International Book Award in the self-help category. It provides guiding examples of how true healing can happen. For those seeking freedom from the shackles of disease, this compassionate book reveals the author’s powerful healing technique, the MO (Modus Operandi) Technique. Working in tandem with traditional medicine, the MO Technique goes after the underlying emotional source of the disease .Through the use of her MO Technique, the meaning behind health challenges can be revealed and understood allowing healing to take place. Steps to Release the Common Thread of Disease is Maureen’s audio companion for following the MO (Modus Operandi) Technique. In her work, her goal is always to deepen the mind, body, spirit connection. You can learn more about Maureen at her website:




Mitchell, MajorMajor Mitchell is the author of eight novels and two children’s books. He lives with his wife, Judy, in Northern California. A member of The Western Writers of America and a frequent guest speaker at historical meetings and schools on the West Coast, he has also written  several  songs,  and  will  soon  release  a  CD  of traditional  folk  music.  On  rare occasions he will take the stage as a singer.





Moyer, DonDon Moyer began writing his outdoor column, “Tight Lines,” at the Tracy Press in California in 1979. As years went by, he added numerous other newspapers.   “Tight Lines” has run in over  two dozen newspapers. Also a freelance fishing writer, his work has appeared in Angler, and  Flyfishing the West magazines. An angler and hunter since childhood, Don has been active in conservation groups for decades. A former Region Manager of California Trout and member of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Flyfishermen, Don also served on the Board of Directors of the Tuolumne River Trust. He has been a member of The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, the NRA, and the Outdoor Writers of America. When not exploring the outdoors, Don is President of Moyer Consulting, a firm specializing in fighting government red tape.



Murphy, ValerieValerie Murphy has had a passion for storytelling since she was a little girl. Now a mother of three, she is the author of Children’s Book Of Poems Schmoems, The Gumshoes: A New Town, Oh Joy, which recently received an honorable mention from San Francisco Book Festival, and the newly completed second book in the series, The Gumshoes: Rogues Hollow Crossing. Valerie is currently working on her first young adult novel which she hopes will bring awareness to Cystic Fibrosis, her son was diagnosed with the devastating disease with in 2006.




Claudia Newcorn-pic Claudia Newcorn is the author of an award-winning fantasy fiction books Crossover and Dark Fire, the first two scrolls in The Krisalys Chronicles of Feyree saga. Firestar, the third book in the trilogy, was published in Fall, 2012. She is the TV Show host of Central Valley Writers Workshop on KAZV-TV, a public speaker, and a Modesto Bee Community Columnist. Claudia is also owner of the innovative marketing and communications agency Acorn Enterprises, and has enjoyed being a freelance writer and editor for over 15 years, after having spent more than two decades in marketing and product management. She writes for both individual and business clients. Her many articles appear in newspapers, magazines and specialty publications nationwide.



Brittney NunesBritt Nunes never expected to be a writer. Coming from a past where she always struggled academically, to the point where she was held back in grammar school, the idea of completing a novel was utterly intangible. But falling in love with reading was what ultimately helped her excel. She now considers herself a dork with an overactive imagination. Being that she is addicted to rich words, suspenseful stories, a touch of romance, and massive amounts of coffee, becoming a writer not just became possible, but enviable. Britt writes for young adults. Etched is her debut novel.




Robert O'Hanneson Robert O’Hanneson spent over twenty years selling amusement rides to carnivals and amusement parks worldwide. Now, he writes full time in California’s Central Valley. His novel, Possum Belly Queen, is Dark Oak Mystery Contest’s 2010 winner and is currently available on Amazon and at B&N. He wrote Bloody Soil, which was partially read on Fresno’s NPR station. His article “Inside the Silos of Doomsday,” was part of Military History Magazine’s issue on the Cuban Missile Crisis. His work also appeared in Fresno Magazine. As board vice president of the Yosemite Writers Conference, he worked on planning of conferences, speaker acquisitions and generated scholarship funds for high school and college students.



Bremer-O'Neill, Susan  Susan Bremer O’Neill is an unconventional self-help expert who’s been a pioneer and trail blazer her entire life.  She went from being a buttoned-up scientist working on the world’s most powerful laser system to being an exotic dancer working in Gentlemen’s Clubs.  She produced the woman-empowering DVD, Striptease for Real Women. and founded Self Appeal® to empower every woman to see her true value and beauty for increased confidence and courage.  Her first book, a memoir of her incredible journey to self-respect and love, From Sex Appeal to Self Appeal:  One Woman’s Journey to Recover Her Body, Her Sexuality, Her Self, took close to nine years from start to publication because of its personal nature and depth of writing. She regularly speaks to women’s groups of all ages, and she’s been interviewed on local and national radio, television, and in newspapers.  Continuing her study of relationships and psychology, Susan coaches women to build Self Appeal and the relationship with themselves, while living with and loving her husband and five rescue animals, three cats and two dogs, in Modesto, California.



parenti,-richard Richard Parenti is the published author of Emotional Sobriety: Feel-Good Secrets for Everyone, Balboa Press, a division of Hay House. After a 40-day silent retreat in the Himalayan mountain’s, he authored “Naked Before God,” “Mind-Body Illusion,” “Your True Self,” and several other articles which were published in the Himalayan Path magazine, a most prestigious Yoga magazine. He is currently the spiritual director of the Yoga Health Institute, Modesto, California.  Regarding his book, Emotional Sobriety, Richard recently received from the White House, “…Your gesture (his book) serves as a reminder of the kindness of the American people and we are grateful for your support of our shared vision for our Nation’s future….” Signed by Barack and Michele Obama.





Pearson, Kelli Kelli Pearson is the author of Miss Brain’s Cool Math Games and founder of Growing Smart Kids. She wasn’t always a math person, and she knows what it feels like when kids don’t “get it”. Her Miss Brain books use fun dice and card games to help kids love learning math. Kelli has presented at schools, after school centers, and family groups on how to make math fun for kids. She also leads creative math and science camps and classes. Kelli believes that with playful, hands-on learning, every child can be good at math.




Christopher Allan Poe Christopher Allan Poe is an author and touring musician from Los Angeles. He writes paranormal fiction with themes that focus on social issues for women and children. A national conference speaker, he co-authored DIGITAL INK: Writing Killer Fiction in the E-Book Age with bestselling author Bonnie Hearn Hill.





Clive Riddle Clive Riddle is a life-long Californian, married and father of three, living in Modesto, California. At age 26 Riddle became CEO of a regional health plan. After a decade, he went on to found MCOL (, a leading national health care business information company. Riddle has authored a variety of health care reference books and business articles in national publications. He is a noted speaker at national events regarding key health care business issues. The Burning Z is his second novel, preceded by Dorris Bridge, which was released in 2010. Dorris Bridge is a novel about rural legends – a supernatural crime mystery set in rural Northern California in the 1970s. The Burning Z is a science fiction – horror novel where zombies are determined to attend the Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.



Adam SidwellDefender-02-2 In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Transformers, and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He’s been eating food since age 7, so feels very qualified to write the Evertaster series. He once showed a famous movie star where the bathroom was when he lived in Los Angeles.  Adam currently lives in Utah where he is raising his family and running a publishing company.



Slack-Judy   J. A. Slack is an artist, illustrator, and an educator as well as a member of three prominent organizations: the National League of American Pen Women, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the American Association of University Women.  Slack was featured at the “California State Fair Authors” concession in 2007, proudly with Sam Shane of CBS 13 News. Of her five published books, Crunching Carrots, NOT Candy …a fun nutritional picture book was voted as one of the top 100 books for educators by the National Education Association and the Willy and the Winchester Motorcycle book is on permanent display in the Winchester Collection located at the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum (a Smithsonian affiliate) in Cody, Wyoming. Slack’s new books that will be introduced at this year’s event include: Crunching and Munching the Alphabet, Color Me Wholesome, and The Purse Curse. For more information go to:




Amy Smith-picAmy Elizabeth Smith, originally from western Pennsylvania, teaches professional writing, creative writing, and literature at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She has an undergraduate degree in Music from West Virginia University and a Masters and Ph.D. in English from Penn State. This summer she published a nonfiction travel memoir entitled All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year’s Journey with Jane. The book describes a year spent traveling and holding reading groups on Jane Austen in Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay, and Argentina. She is now married to a man she met while traveling in Latin America (who remains nameless here, so as not to spoil the surprise for anyone who’d like to read the book, since this is part of the story!).



Steve Sontag Steve Sonntag taught Spanish, German, Latin, English, and the Academic Decathlon at Manteca High School in Manteca, CA. He was a mentor teacher and the high school teacher of the year in Manteca Unified School District. He taught Spanish at the junior college and university levels. Since retiring in 2002, he has tutored high school students, has given workshops to teachers and students, has had meetings for families with 6th through 12th graders for career planning, and has assisted prospective authors to become published. He thus far has written Learning, The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love!: Helpful Ideas For Students And Parents, Teaching, The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love!: Helpful Ideas For Teachers In And Out Of The Classroom, and The Ill-Fated Earthlings, a science fiction e-book. He has written articles for Recovering The Self, an American magazine to help people in general, as well as for Teaching Shop, an Australian, educational website. His books are representative of the human condition with the understanding that people can improve, when they are given direction, encouragement, and praise.



Torngren,-Maya Maya Torngren, author of Maya: The Story of a German War Bride is the life story of a German girl growing up in Germany during Hitler’s regime. She spent the night of her fifteenth birthday huddled in the basement with her family as her home town of Augsburg suffered its largest air raid of the war, during the coldest night of that year. Life was very interesting for the teenager after the war ended and the American troops entered the city, bringing with them the Big Band Sound.  Five years after the war, she met and married an American soldier. Moving to America was just the beginning of many different experiences that awaited her. When the couple had four children, aged thirteen, twelve, nine, and six, they left the U.S. to embark on an eleven-month, once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa, the Canary Islands, and Europe. Four years after their return to the U.S., they moved to California, where they remain to this day. Sadly, a few years later, tragedy struck the family. The book ends 60 years later on Maya’s 75th birthday. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Raley’s.



Paula DeBoard Paula Treick DeBoard lives, teaches, and writes in Northern California, although her fiction often takes her to out-of-the-way places, real and imagined. Paula is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel The Mourning Hours (Mira, 2013) and The Fragile World (Mira, October 2014). She has recently signed a two-book deal for novels to be released in 2015 and 2016—which means that for the next two years, she can be found staring at her laptop screen in various local coffeehouses. In the in-between moments, Paula teaches composition at San Joaquin-Delta Community College and attempts to update her website,, her Twitter account, @HerPlotThickens, and her Facebook page. She is supported in these pursuits by her husband Will, two small dogs with surprisingly vicious barks, and a cat.



Vieira, Margie Margie Vieira is happily married to a most patient man. She has three amazing daughters who never allow her to forget what life is all about. Living in Northern California has enabled the author to see a broad spectrum of nature. She grew up on a dairy surrounded by farm land as far as the eye can see. Most importantly, “family” was the keyword and foundation to her upbringing. Writing her first novel broadened her path of thinking. Once she believed that all life had to offer was what she saw right in front of her, until Seeing Again opened her eyes to endless possibilities.





White, Ken Ken White recently retired from the worlds of advertising, corporate communications, and interactive entertainment to concentrate on writing and community service. He received his A.A. degree at Modesto Junior College, his B.A. and teaching credential at UC Davis, and his M.A. at San Francisco State University. He has taught mass communications and film appreciation at Modesto Junior College. Born in Lathrop and raised in Modesto, he continues to live in his home town. He is married to Robin and has two adult step-sons, Tyler and Eric. He is the author of four novels, fourteen screenplays, one sitcom pilot, and two stage plays. Most of his stories are about his home town and the Central Valley heartland.



Williams, DJ DJ Williams, with the DNA of a world traveler, was born in Hong Kong, has ventured into the jungles of the Amazon, the bush of Africa, and the slums of the Far East, to share stories of those who are overcoming incredible odds.  His novel, The Disillusioned, has garnered a consistent string of rave reviews, including: “A fast-paced mystery…you won’t put it down until you’ve unlocked the secrets and lies to find the truth.” -Judith McCreary, Co-Executive Producer of Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, & CSI. As an Executive Producer, Producer, and Director, Williams is part of a production team that have collectively produced and/or written over 400 episodes of broadcast television for SONY, The F/X Network, The Game Show Network, FOX Family, FOX Television Studios, Spike TV, NBC, ABC, and various cable networks worldwide. Currently, he is Co-Creator and Executive Producer for a show in development with VIMBY (A Mark Burnett Company), as well as writing his next novel, Fallen Angel.


Curtis, SageSage Curtis is currently an MFA candidate at University of San Francisco. Her work has been published in literary journals such as burntdistrict, 34th Parallel, Perceptions Magazine, Caesura, Garbanzo Literary Journal, Deep Water Journal and others. She was the receipient of the Doritt Sibley Award for Outstanding Work in Poetry in 2013. She is working toward her first chapbook and, hopefully, publishing her thesis within the next three years.




Also Available for Book Signing in Authors’ Alley

Jori Nunes
Muirya Shea-Galduroz
Scott D. Roberts
Michael Dwayne Smith
Elizabeth Leu
Jim Money
Iris Melendez
Jeannette Notman
F X Biasi Jr
Owen Sullivan
Hans Berger
Annie Severe
Nathalie Valkov
Michelina Vinter
Dixie Salazar
Jerry Guibor
Steven Hammind
Beverly Graham
Valerie Rodgers
Mary Stewart Anthony