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tanya_egan_gibsonTanya Egan Gibson is the author of the novel How To Buy a Love of Reading (Dutton – 2009), and a freelance editor, consultant, and writing teacher. Gibson-Love-of-Readingx100She has written for such magazines as The Writer, Parents, and Writer’s Digest, which will publish her latest article, “10 Things Your Freelance Editor Hasn’t Told You–But Should” in its May/June 2013 issue. Visit her unusual and interesting website at:

Nick Kanas. Dr Nick Kanas has spent decades studying group cohesion, distress and displacement in astronauts, submariners and Arctic explorers. Kanas-Celestial_Bookx125His goal? To equip these explorers with coping tools that will lead them safely to and back from other worlds. His many awards include the Aerospace Medical Association Raymond F. Longacre Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in the Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects of Aerospace Medicine, the J. Elliott Royer Award for excellence in Academic Psychiatry, and the 2004 International Academy of Astronautics Life Sciences Book Award for Space Psychology and Psychiatry (co-author). His recent books include Star Maps: History Artistry and Cartography (Springer Praxis June 1012) and The New Martians (October 2013)

Dick-KatzDick Katz. Lawyer, CPA, author of two books, two screenplays and two plays. Born 1938 and still here to tell the tale.



Mary-Kreftingx100Mary Krefting grew up in the suburbs of Tokyo, immersed in the culture of video games and manga. After receiving her B.A. degree from U.C. Berkeley, she worked as a molecular microbiologist for several years until a decision to pursue her passions led her to the video game industry. She has over a decade of industry experience as a Game Designer, and has worked for Cyclone Studios, THQ, Crystal Dynamics, 3DO, Sony and more. She currently splits her time between teaching Game Design and History at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and is the sole proprietor of MK Designs and Consulting.

Jean-Mansenx100Before turning to writing, Jean Mansen worked in banking and venture capital where she swears that she was creative, but never made up stuff. An avid dog lover, she’s written for Fetch and the Tales from the Trails column for the Marin IJ. She is at work on her first novel and enjoys reading flash fiction pieces at Pints n Prose in Fairfax among other Bay Area locations.


John PhillipsJohn Phillip, an award-winning humor columnist, writes a weekly column for six Marin County newspapers. He has recently finished his first novel tentatively titled “Perfect Parts.”


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Painter, sculptor, diver, author Tracee Raptis was born and raised in the Coachella Valley, in Indio, California. Tracee now lives in Marin County, California where she is writing several new thrillers, crime thrillers, psychological thrillers, mysteries, even disasters, adventures, and more such as women’s fiction, even romance of sorts.

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Tracee’s first published trilogy, Dive Tour, Treasure Hunt, and Redemption reflect her memories and imagination from her first career as a SCUBA diving instructor and tour guide in the Caribbean. See more at and on Facebook and Twitter.


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Maxine Rose Schur is an award-winning travel essayist and the author of several books for children. She has twice won the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award by the Society of American Travel Writers for excellence in adventure travel journalism. Her book, Places in Time (Capra Press), was named the best travel book by the North American Travel Journalists Association and took the Gold Award for Best Book by the Society of American Travel Writers.  Maxine teaches children’s book writing at the Writing Salon in San Francisco. Her latest book is Marielle in Paris. See more at and on Facebook.

Susanna SolomonSusanna Solomon.Sheriff's Calls Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls, Susanna’s novel, is a collection of short stories based on actual events.

She’s written short stories, novels, and flash fiction and gives readings in Marin and Sonoma counties, tailoring her stories to either three minute or five minute readings. She believes it’s good exercise for writing stories, and a lot of help in writing novels.

Dr. Joan Steidinger.Joan Steidinger, is an AASP Certified sports psychologist, writer, and ardent traveler. She wrote “Dr. Joan’s Sports Psych” for, The San Franciso Chronicle website, and had a column on the online magazine Psychology Today. The column was named “Blood, Sweat, and Cheers,” and focused on female athletes, relationships, and sports performance. She writes for Ultrarunning Magazine and is currently writing her first book on female athletes and relationships to be released in 2014. She has written a chapter for a spirituality and sports book. Her chapter is titled “Women’s Intuitive Spirit in Sports.”

Mike Van Horn has a galaxy in his mind. Full of worlds and alien peoples, constantly pestering him with their stories. He has no choice but to get them down as best he can.

He started a short story about a singer who nursed the surviving alien from a spaceship crash back to health. They communicated by singing. This story metastasized into a trilogy, which is just about finished (late 2018). The titles are:

  • Aliens Crashed in My Back Yard
  • My Spaceship Calls Out to Me
  • Space Girl Yearning

Since his main character is a singer, Mike wrote lyrics for songs she performed. Once he had lyrics, he needed music. So he got music composed and sung, and now has seven songs produced. Sci fi with a sound track!

His biggest influences are Ursula Leguin and David Brin, because they are masters at drawing many loosely connected stories out of a consistent universe.

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walkerJett Walker was raised in Long Beach California. After college she taught school in Long Beach and Compton. She lived in Italy, Delaware, Washington D.C. area, and Aspen, Colorado before settling in Tiburon 33 years ago. Once in the Bay area she attended the Academy of Art. She did a lot of writing in college at Long Beach but turned her creative endeavors to art working in paint, etchings, and sculpture. She is a past president of Marin Society of Artists. Ten years ago she started her first novel. It has been edited and reedited umpteen times. It awaits its finished draft. In the meantime she has just completed her second novel’s first draft. She loves words and is fairly fluent in Italian and Spanish, having studied in Spain, Peru, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

Tommie Whitener, CWC-Marin treasurer and retired divorce lawyer from Novato, recently published “Wanda and the Watch and Other Stories,” a collection of twelve stories. He has also written a novel, “Mother Earth: Three Couples,” and is at work on a second novel, a fictional account of his farmer grandparents in Arkansas. More at


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