Local Authors
 
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Kathryn Atkins Lynnette Beers Greta Boris Jeremiah Cobra P J Colando
Steven G Jackson Michele Kwasniewski Lani Kauten J. S. Lender Christopher Lentz
Maddie Margarita Claire Marti Nancy Milby Mollie Moon Anne Moose
Elisabeta Panzica Marlene Perez Nikki Prince Sabrina Sol Matthew Arnold Stern
Dennis Walsh        
 
Kathryn Atkins matches her love for writing with her MBA as a professional business writer and owner of Writing World. But her heart beats through the short stories, poems, and music that fill her collection Giving My Self to the Wind (2017) and memoir, My Piano Hands (2020). As a past president and current board member for the Long Beach Branch of the California Writers Club (a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization founded in 1909), Kathryn helps newer writers find their voice. Her website with links to published work is https://mypianohands.com/. More of her writing can be found at www.kathrynatkins.com. The My Piano Hands book trailer will let you hear Kathryn’s piano playing of her original piece “Coronavirus.”
 

Lynnette Beers has an MFA in fiction and teaches literature and writing at a local community college. She’s currently working on her fifth novel—a historical romance set in Hawaii in the mid-1940s. When she writes her novels, she tries to immerse herself in the locations where her books take place—be it London, Hawaii, San Diego, or Southern Mississippi. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming in the ocean and mountain biking.  https://lynnettebeers.com

 

Greta Boris is the author of a series of taut, psychological thrillers that expose the dark side of sunny Southern California. Enter the world of the 7 Deadly Sins with any of these standalone novels.  She likes to describe her work (and her life) as ‘an O.C. housewife meets Dante’s Inferno. https://gretaboris.com
 

Jeremiah Cobra grew up in foster care from the age of nine until he completed high school. It is this experience that he drew upon to create the fictional Stacey Bishop in his newest work ...And Then He Shot His Cousin.  He has a BA in English Literature from Howard University and a Master's in education from USC.  He is currently an award-winning teacher of grammar, writing, and literature. jeremiahcobra.com

 

PJ Colando writes contemporary women's fiction and has drawn praise for her singular voice, humor and satire on contentious current affairs, and insights into human life. She has published five novels, including an anthology of her acclaimed short stories, titled ‘I AM... a character.’ Her multiple award-winning series, Faith, Family, Frenzy! is available on all buy sites and bookstores in southern CA. https://www.pjcolando.com/ 

 

Award winning novelist Steven G. Jackson is the author of the highly-acclaimed thriller The Zeus Payload. In addition to writing thriller novels and horror novels, he creates comedies as one-act stage plays and short stories. Five of his plays have made it to the stage. Two of his short stories have been selected for publication, and several others have won writing contests.  He also serves as Vice President of the Southern California Writers Association.   https://www.stevengjackson.com 
 
After Michele Kwasniewski graduating from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in Technical Theater, she spent over fifteen years in film and television production. She worked as a set production assistant on movies such as INDEPENDENCE DAY, FACE/OFF, PRIMAL FEAR, and EVITA and as a production coordinator/manager on many TCL, HGTV, and Discovery series including: MEET THE PANDAS, ADOPTION STORY, WEDDING STORY, and EXTR YARDAGE and BIG BROTHER. She is also a proud member of the Producers Guild of America. Michele's colorful experiences in the industry inspired her to write THE RISE AND FALL OF DANI TRUEHART series. Michele lives in San Clemente, California with her husband, their son, and a disobedient dachshund. RISING STAR is her first novel.
 
Lani Kauten grew up in Concord, CA, around a tight knit athletic family. Ice skating was their common interest. Her love for the sport and storytelling inspired her to write "Breaking Summer," her first novel. It's about a fifteen-year-old ice skater who struggles with the family's athletic legacy and the thrill and responsibilities of adolescent issues, conflicts, and choices. "A Flash of Life," a memoir, followed. Both books fill the reader with thrilling suspense moments. Kauten is currently working on her third book, "The Briefcase." She now resides with her family in Orange County. [email protected] 
 
J.S. Lender’s first book is now available in paperback. They Are Here Now (Short Tales) delivers more than 40 magnificent short stories, including suspense, horror, westerns, surfing stories, and some relationship tales. A new short story anthology is set for release in December 2020. https://jlenderfiction.weebly.com/ 
 
Christopher Lentz is the acclaimed author of Opening Doors (biography, 2019), My Friend Marilyn (historical fiction, 2018) and The Blossom Trilogy (historical romance). His books are about hope, second chances and outcasts overcoming obstacles. But most of all, they’re about how love changes everything.  http://christopherlentz.org 
 
Maddie Margarita writes humorous suspense. She is also the host of Lit Up! OC --a monthly writer’s salon in Orange County, CA. and CHARACTER FLOSS, a podcast for readers and writers on Authors on The Air Global Network.
Maddie serves on the Boards of Sisters-in-Crime OC, and the Southern California Writers Association. Her short stories can be found in IT’S ALL IN THE STORY - CALIFORNIA. maddiemargarita.com
 
Claire Marti's exciting new Pacific Vista Ranch series, set on a horse breeding ranch in exclusive Rancho Santa Fe, California, launched September 2019. Book One, Nobody Else But You, won the GOLDEN QUILL for Best Contemporary Romance 2020, is a 2020 RONE Finalist for Best Contemporary, is a Finalist for the 2020 Beverley Award, won the LERA Contemporary Romance award, and was a Finalist in the prestigious RWA Stiletto Contest.
 
Nancy Milby, CPA, DWS, CS, FWS, founded Laguna Culinary Arts, a multi-faceted hands-on cooking school with a café, cheese and wine shop attached, and led small groups to France, Italy and Spain for the ultimate food and wine vacations.
Her first book, Falling for France, tells the story of her own journey through the fictional character of Annie Shaw. Nancy continued the story French Twist, Finding France, Finding Home, and French Fling. The final book in the series, French Legacy, is waiting to be published.
 
Mollie Moon writes Coming of Age novels in which the protagonist often seeks a better way of life, for which some have to take on extraordinary burdens. While the hero's journey is filled with challenges, there's always a romance lurking somewhere, because love makes life magical. https://molliemoon.com 
 
Anne Moose is a technical-writer-turned-novelist with a background in small book publishing and a degree in Social/Cultural Anthology from UC Berkeley. Since turning her attention back to creative writing, she has contributed to a number of writing anthologies, including It’s All in the Story, edited by DP Lyle. Her debut novel, Arkansas Summer, is an inter-racial love story that shines a spotlight on the violent white supremacy of the Jim Crow South. She is currently finishing a second novel with similar social/cultural themes. This one, which highlights contemporary issues and divisions, is titled The House
 
Elisabetta Panzica writes fantasy fiction about Atlantis, Ancient Egypt , Lemuria and the Hopi tribe. Her latest book, The Atlantean, was just released July 2020.  Wisdom’s Quest is a fantasy series written for teens and young adults. It's a journey through intricate tales of wonder and suspense, love and friendship, and pain and treachery. Her books will awaken a deep memory of the past within each person who believes in reincarnation and redemption.
 
Marlene Perez is the author of paranormal and urban fantasy books, including the best-selling DEAD IS series for teens. The first book in the series, DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK, was named an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers as well as an ALA Popular Paperback. Her novels have been featured in Girl’s Life, Seventeen, and Cosmopolitan. The AFTERLIFE OF THE PARTY, a teen vampire novel, will be released in the summer of 2020.
 
Nikki Prince’s a multi-published author who loves to write Interracial romances in all genres.
Nikki has a BA and MA degree in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in fiction from Southern New Hampshire University. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America National chapter, Passionate Ink RWA, and president of the chapter 2017 and 2018, past member of OCC/RWA local chapter, and was a member of the board as President from 2015 and 2016 and Programs Director for two years prior. http://authornikkiprince.com 
 
Sabrina Sol loves love. She writes spicy romance stories featuring smart & sexy Latina heroines. Family and food are strong themes behind many of the stories.
 
Matthew Arnold Stern is a Southern California native who grew up in Reseda and lives in Orange County. Matthew’s 2019 novel Amiga is based on his experiences in the computer industry in the 1980s. His upcoming novel, The Remainders, will be published by Black Rose Writing in September 2021. He earned awards for his writing and public speaking, including Distinguished Toastmaster and an Award of Excellence from the International Online Communications Competition. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Northridge. He is married with two children, a granddaughter, and lots of cats.  matthewarnoldstern.com
 
Dennis Walsh is a retired healthcare executive who has lived in South Laguna Beach for 20 years. He writes what he calls ‘good airplane reads’ that concentrate on the characters and current issues helped along with a liberal dose of humor.
His novels include ‘The Best Home’ 2018, ‘Beauty & The Beach’ 2019, and a third entitled ‘Easy Marks’ which will be out in late 2020.  Writing is a passion for Walsh, along with his grandchildren, golf, swimming and walking his dog River.