James Weaver is poet who has been published in two issues of Penumbra (2012 and 2015) and Collision: The Intersection of Poetry and Photography (2015). Some of his performances include performing at SlaM on RyE, Berkeley’s Poetry Slam and the Queen Bean of Modesto. He was also a judge at InkSlam in Los Angeles. He is currently working on his first chapbook.
Susan Bremer O’Neill is an unconventional self-help expert who’s been a pioneer and trail blazer her entire life. Her first book, From Sex Appeal to Self Appeal: One Woman’s Journey to Recover Her Body, Her Sexuality, Her Self, took close to nine years because of its personal nature and depth of writing. 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.
A very special story about my best friend's Casey and John. Please join our fight against Cystic Fibrosis and help us get closer to a cure. - http://www.cff.org/Great_Strides/dsp_DonationPage.cfm?walkid=7765=529185
DJ Williams, with the DNA of a world traveler, born in Hong Kong. He has ventured into the jungles of the Amazon, 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.
Meredith First left an insanely great recruiting career at Apple Inc. to write the books that had been haunting her dreams—stories for anyone who survived high school with a little help from their friends. She is now the proud author of The Gridley Girls Series. 10% of all profits of her book sales will be donated to organizations that help young people who struggle with issues she experienced.
Frances has three sons, two daughters-in-law, seven grandchildren, two grandchildren by marriage and two sisters. She has been an educator for over 25 in which time she has received several awards for her dedication. 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.
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. 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.
Kristin Miller, a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, has had a passion for language and literature her whole life.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.
Ken White recently retired from the worlds of advertising, corporate communications, and interactive entertainment to concentrate on writing and community service.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 Lathrop and the Central Valley heartland.
Shawnie Clark knows writing has always had a place in her life. As She raised her children, all five, they inspired her to write children’s stories and poetry. 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.
Hazel 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.”
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.