Tri-Valley Writers Member News
Shelley Riley’s short story collection, For Want of a Horse was published December 29, 2014, and is now available on Amazon, both in paperback and digital format. The book is a collection of Thoroughbred short stories written over the last year. It’s an eclectic assortment which includes several genres; contemporary, historical, and even a fantasy.
Hector Timourian’s poetry collection, In The Beginning, was published in late fall of 2014, and is now available on Amazon, both in paperback and digital format. The book is a collection of poems that explore the many ramifications taking place in our consciousness—from serious rationalizations to humorous consequences.
John Bluck was interviewed about science-fiction/science-fact and his book, The Ship Finder via Skype for broadcast on a London, England radio station. The broadcast streamed live at www.resonancefm.com.
Stacey Gustafson was a guest on Caryn FitzGerald’s international radio show, “Coffee and Coaching with Caryn.” Stacey discussed her writing process, debut novel, and retold the best joke she ever heard. Tune in for the 30-minute interview at http://carynfitzgerald.com/are-you-kidding-me/.
Two Tri-Valley members have won awards in the 2014 BellaOnline Ebook Awards:
Jordan Bernal: Gold Award Winner in Science Fiction & Fantasy for The Keepers of Éire
Paula Chinick: Silver Award Winner in Mystery & Thriller for Red Asscher—Living in Fear
The BellaOnline Ebook Awards celebrate the talent, creativity, and determination of today’s small press and self-published authors. These skilled writers often take on the task of researcher, creator, editor, marketer, and designer, all while hectically juggling jobs and family.
From science fiction to mystery, from spirituality to humor, these books show us the breadth of stunning literature that exists in our modern world of self-published and small-press works.
Tri-Valley Writers has been awarded a grant of $1,600 from Alameda County Arts Commission/ARTSFUND Grants. Of the 38 award recipients totaling $72,000, we are the only literary award winner. The branch will use the grant funds to assist with our 2015 Writers Conference and our 4th Annual High School Writing Contest. Congratulations Tri-Valley Writers!
On June 21, 2014, Tri-Valley Branch honored Hector Timourian with the Sue Tasker Memorial Service Award. Hector is a charter member who joined in 2005 during the organizational year. Hector has been published in several anthologies including the Las Positas College Anthology where he won first prize for his poem “Abraham’s Hope” He has also published a memoir Gifts from America, describing humorous vignettes of immigrant family new to the United States. He has also contributed poems and short stories for both TVW anthologies First Press and Encore.
Kevin Thaddeus Fisher-Paulson will guide us through the art and craft of the memoir as the guest speaker for the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard, Pleasanton.
Kevin Thaddeus Fisher-Paulson lives with his husband Brian, their two sons, and their four rescue dogs in San Francisco. When not writing, he serves as Captain of the Honor Guard for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. He earned a degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and subsequently studied writing with Dorothy Allison, Jessica Hagedorn and Steve Abbott and has attended courses at the University of Iowa and the University of Oregon. Kevin contributed regularly as a writer to The Sentinel, and his stories and poems have been seen in The James White Review, Amethyst, Oberon, RFD and Suburban Wilderness. His essay, “Virtue Enough for Miss Grrrl” was published as part of an anthology, When Love Lasts Forever, by Pilgrim Press. His plays and monologues have been produced in the ODC Summerfest, Theater Rhinoceros, and the National AIDS Theater Festival. Kevin contributes irregularly to the National Public Radio Perspective Series.
California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch is pleased to announce its first full-day writers conference featuring Keynote Speaker, RITA Award® winning author and Christy finalist, Shelley Adina. Shelley is the author of twenty-four novels published by Harlequin, Time Warner, and Hachette Book Group, and seven published by Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press.
Join us along with the following presenters: Jim Azevedo, David Colin Carr, Dario Ciriello, David Corbett, Constance Hale, Anne Hill, Jason Hovey, Linda Lee, and Penny Warner to learn about craft, marketing, and self-publishing. Click here to view the complete schedule.
Andy Weir will explain how he fell into a print deal as the guest speaker for the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard, Pleasanton.
Andy Weir was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel. It was originally self-published in 2011 after which Crown Publishing purchased the rights and re-released it in 2014. A science fiction novel, the story follows an American astronaut, Mark Watney, as he becomes stranded alone on Mars and must improvise in order to survive. It has been described as an Apollo 13 meets Cast Away. The Martian, a film to be directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, is scheduled for release in November 2015.
Andy compares himself to his story’s hero, Mark Watney, by saying he is on the same level of a smart-a**. “It was a really easy book to write; I just had him say what I would say. However, he’s smarter than I am and considerably more brave.” Find out more at andyweirauthor.com.
David Congalton will share the agony and ecstasy of chasing your screenwriting dreams as the guest speaker for the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch on Saturday, June 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard, Pleasanton.
David Congalton is a radio talk show host and writer who spent 25 years chasing his dream of selling a script to Hollywood. The result was a 2014 feature film comedy Authors Anonymous, starring Kaley Cuoco, Chris Klein, Teri Polo, and the late Dennis Farina as members of a dysfunctional writing critique group. Congalton’s second feature film screenplay Seven Sisters is slated to go into production in early 2015 with director Danny Leiner. Congalton, 61, shares his remarkable journey—the lessons learned and advice for those writers pursuing similar dreams. The shooting script for Authors Anonymous is posted online at www.imsdb.com for those interested in reading the screenplay prior to Congalton’s lively presentation.