November 14, 2015
Jess Ranch Community
A great meeting, with members sharing their recent books, poems, or projects. Only memberstook front and center to gain some practice pitching their books, fine-tuning their “elevator pitch”, or feeling how it is to promote a first-time novel to a live audience. The following participated: Freddi Gold, Jenny Margotta, Sierra Donovan, Marilyn Ramirez, Michael Raff, Bobi Sullivan, Jeanne Newcomer, Ivan Summers, Cliff Walker, Roberta Smith, Suzanne Holbrook, Evelyn Blocker, Mary Langer Thompson and her group, the Poemsmiths.
TECHNIQUES FOR RESEARCHING AND WRITING ABSORBING SETTINGS
PENNY C. SANSEVIERI
PAUL S. LEVINE
June 13, 2015
Jess Ranch Community Church
Paul S. Levine is an entertainment industry attorney for over thirty years as well as being one of the few California Literary attorneys. He specializes in contract negotiation, contract drafting, and litigation.
As an entertainment lawyer, Levine has written the legal contracts for several books adapted as movies-for-television. With over a quarter of a century of experience in the entertainment and book industries, Levine is one of the few lawyers on the West coast who also understands the world of book publishing. As such, he is able to act as both literary agent and publishing attorney for his clients.
PETER BOURRET AND BILL BLACK
The regular Saturday meeting was held Monday May 11, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the
Hesperia Branch Library
9650 7th Ave
because of construction at the Apple Valley library.
Q and A on Bill Black shows. Click Here.
AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER J. LYNCH
April 11, 2015
Los Angeles native Christopher J. Lynch has written for numerous local and national publications. A lover of crime fiction, he also has published several short stories, and is the author of the One Eyed Jack series about a professional blackmailer who operates in and around the South Bay area of Los Angeles. The debut novel in the series was a 2013 Shamus Award finalist, and a 2014 Writers Digest honorable mention for genre fiction. It also was recently optioned for adaptation to a feature length movie with Lion's Gate Films. In 2014, Christopher wrote and published an authorized biography of the iconic child actor Ken Osmond, (Eddie Haskell from the TV series Leave it to Beaver).
When he's not writing, Christopher enjoys mountain climbing and has reached the summits of Mount Whitney, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, and most recently, completed a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp. He once trained and led eleven blind hikers to the summit of 10,000 ft. Mount Baldy, the highest point in Los Angeles County, and the third highest point in Southern California. A documentary film is being made of the adventure.
Christopher's website is http://www.christopherjlynch.com
AUTHOR OF "FLY GIRL"
March 14, 2015
Syd Blue, commercial pilot and author of “Circle” and “FlyGirl” spoke at the March 14 meeting. As Chief Pilot running an aviation business specializing in aerial surveillance, Syd Blue lives a life in the skies from California to Texas. On the ground, Syd has also written, edited and produced for everything from TV stations to production companies; from book publishers to national magazines. Along with two books, Syd has had over 40 articles published, and supervised writing staffs around the world at magazines and a news service. She also produced an award-winning documentary, TV shows, commercials and short films. With two cats and one husband, she manages two corporations from her cabin in the woods.
For info on books, curriculum, and Syd Blue:
FlyGirl e-book on sale:
Student reviews of Circle:
Syd Blue in the news (articles, blogs, radio interviews, etc.):
The Circle trailer: