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FThe Write NewsSaturday December 11, 2021—11:00 to 2:00pmIN-PERSON AND ON ZOOMFESTIVE HOLIDAY BUFFETPublished authors are welcome to bring their books to sell and sign*How To Decide What Publishing Model is Best for YouTHREE OF OUR OWN: What You’ll LearnDefinition of the three main types of publishing: Self-publishing, Traditional, and HybridWhat the pros and cons are of production, distribution, marketing & publicity, and financesHow to decide what works for you and what it takes to get thereHeidi Eliason Freelance writer, editor, and consultant,self-published her first novel, titled:Confessions of a Middle-Aged Runaway:An RV Travel Adventure (2019) Todd BequetteCriminal defense attorney, has traditionallypublished two novels: Good Lookin’: A JoeTurner Mystery (2021) and Blood Perfect(July 2022) Lucinda JacksonSpeaker, consultant, and founder of LJ Ventures, used ahybrid publisher for both of her books: Just a Girl:Growing Up Female and Ambitious (2019) and ProjectEscape: Lessons for an Unscripted Life (April 2022)Sign-in 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. *Members display and sell their books from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Check-inthrough lunch.Business Mtg. 12:45, Speakers 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant: 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.Reservation To reserve a spot, go to the CWC Mt. Diablo website for attendance in-person ( 25 members/ 35 guests) or on Zoom ( 10 members/ 15guests) at: ng/ Website, http://cwcmtdiablowriters.org.

DecemberT e Wr e ewP ge TwPresident’s Message: Linda HartmannWrite the WavesDear CWC-Mt. Diablo Members,Once again, we approach the holidays, and another yearwill soon be behind us. If you are like me, you will say to yourself things such as “How isit already December? Is it possible another year has zipped by so quickly? There is somuch still to be done to reach my goals AND prepare for the holidays!”December is full of holidays and celebrations. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah,Diwali, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Boxing Day, Ōmisoka, Winter Solstice, something notlisted here, or simply celebrate life and holidays in your own way, there are lights andfestivity that abound. This year, celebrate the profound history of our CWC-Mt. Diablo Branch on December11th either at Zio Fraedo’s or on Zoom! We will make it festive and fun either way. Authors attending in personare encouraged to bring their books to sell and sign during the first hour and during lunch. This is a fantasticopportunity to procure some items for your gifting list while supporting your peers concurrently. Wear your uglyholiday sweater, dress up or down, add a festive background to your Zoom, or whatever makes you feelcelebratory. Let’s have some fun!December 11th is also International Mountain Day, educating people on mountains’ roles in providingfresh water, food, clean energy, and recreation. The theme for this year is “Sustainable mountain tourism.” Thereis much to see, learn, and do to sustain our own Mt. Diablo.When I think about what our branch has accomplished in 2021, I see a lot to be proud of. The Board ofDirectors voted to begin the fiscal year with hybrid meetings, allowing members to choose whether meeting inperson or on Zoom is best for them. It enables members who cannot meet in person to stay connected and forothers to enjoy the camaraderie of being together again. Our team is lucky to have specialized members, MarleneDotterer and David George, heading up this new endeavor’s technical aspects. We encounter and work toovercome new glitches each time we meet. We practice with the speakers and other board members who tell uswhat they see and hear from the perspectives of virtual (via Zoom) and in person. Thank you for bearing with usas we grow into this new technology. Last month it brought us the well-known Ally Machate (The Writer’s Ally)speaking from miles away in Maryland. We no longer need to limit ourselves to local speakers.As December commences, concentrate on celebrating, family, friends, your writing, reading, and try to fitin a bit of time to relax and reflect on the past year. These past two years have been challenging in many waysfor all of us. Think of what you envision for the New Year, and know you have your “family” of writers righthere. You can join in on any of the activities and add ideas of your own.As you contemplate your year, I hope that you have attended some meetings, learned new skills,accomplished writing and reading that have expanded your strengths and enhanced your creativity. Some of youparticipated in NaNoWriMo and made It to 50,000 words! Let’s try to think about and even list the things weDID get done this year while continuing with our never-ending “To-Do” lists! Try this, and you will see whatyou achieved in 2021. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you and yours!REMEMBER TO BRING BOOKS YOU’VE WRITTENTO DISPLAY AND SELL AT THE DECEMBER 11th MEETING.

DecemberT e Wr e ewP ge ThreeCONTENTSp. 4 - 6 Marlene Dotterer Interviewed by Heidi and Sai:p. 7 - 8 Upcoming Programs; Review of Brennert’s Moloka’i by Frances Stephensonp. 8 - 11 Statewide Jack London Award Winners cont’d from last monthp. 11-13 Read for Scholastic Awards; Lead a Writers Table; Submit to Lit Revp. 14 - 16 Miscellany of Interest and Funp. 17Young Writers Contest Donor PageMember Events, News, and SalutesIf you have a new publication, a book launch, an upcoming media interview, please writeup a short announcement and let us put you in the newsletter. Gather up a picture ofyourself or your publication and to submit, go to:https://cwcmtdiablo.org/newsletter/(Ed. Note: Ken donated to Mt. Diablo’s Young Writers Contest in honor of awriter he greatly respected as you will read in Ken’s article here.)Ken KerkhoffThank you for the opportunity to honor Pejathaya, who was a good friend, an alltime scholar, a progressive farmer, an environmentalist, and a wonderfulstoryteller. He was loved by everyone who knew him.S. M Pejathaya, the StorytellerPejathaya was born in 1946 on the southwest coast of India. Hewatched ships sailing near the Malabar Coast and dreamed of joining theIndian Navy. Circumstances wrecked that dream around the time his countrysuffered from a food shortage. He took up agriculture with a vengeance andparticipated in the Green Revolution.Pejathaya (pronounced pay ja tai ya) became the manager of a bankowned farm in 1969. His curiosity about agriculture brought him to the districtagriculture office in the town where I had just begun work as a Peace Corps Volunteer. The assistant directorof agriculture called the two of us into his office together, assuming that Pejathaya was also an Americanvolunteer. Wearing blue jeans and a denim jacket, Pejathaya’s style and mastery of English made him appearAmerican. From that day until he passed away in 2015 we were best friends.In 1971 Pejathaya married a planter and became manager of his wife's coffee estate. Starting with noexperience in growing coffee he studied furiously and soon became widely known for his creativeintercropping and technical approach to planting, irrigating, harvesting, processing, and marketing of coffee.When he commuted the long distance from Bangalore, where his daughters were schooled, to thecoffee estate, he would spend days alone in his bungalow. He began writing articles for agricultural journals.People liked his writing, and soon he wrote for local newspapers. His research in water conservation andpower generation from methane gas and solar capture becameregular reading by many. Eventually, Pejathaya published fivebooks in the language (Kannada) of his state (Karnataka).

DecemberT e Wr e ewP ge FourMember Events, News, and Salutes (cont’d)Pejathaya brought his family to the United States in 2012. We rented a large van and traveled all overthe Bay Area, walking the Golden Gate Bridge, visiting Napa wineries, tasting the charms of San Francisco,visiting farms, and sampling lots of Indian cuisine.Publishing an anthology of his short stories in the United States became Pejathaya's dream. He askedme to edit his collection of seventy stories and get them published in the U.S. The time difference betweenBangalore, India and Walnut Creek is thirteen-and-a-half hours. My late evening briefly coincided with hisbreakfast. We conferred through email, but occasionally talked by phone. He and I worked hard to reconcilehis style with what the U.S. literary agents wanted. After numerous rejections, Pejathaya suggested that wecombine some of his short stories with my nearly finished memoir about Peace Corps India.The result was a book titled Paper Boat, Discovering India With A MasterStoryteller, which was published in 2015. Every other chapter features one ofPejathaya’s unique stories.This book is available at Reasonable Books, in Lafayette, as well as on Amazon.My good friend Pejathaya passed away in 2015, just as we were planning amarketing tour in English-speaking areas of India.Ken continues to write, now in historical fiction and young adult genres. His most recentlypublished book is Four Degrees North, Confronting Terror in Central Africa. It is ahistorical fiction, based on Ken’s experience living and working in Cameroon and Nigeria.This book is available at Reasonable Books, Amazon, and IngramSpark.Be InterviewedThese interviews help Mt. Diablo Branch members get to know you, your work, and your thoughts about writing andthe writing process. If you would like to be interviewed, let us know through this link:https://cwcmtdiablo.org/newsletter/Marlene Dotterer Distinguished Service Award InterviewInterviewers: Sai Balaji and Heidi Eliason Sai: First I want to say congratulations on receiving theDistinguished Service Award for your achievement. Forpeople who don’t know what the award is or what youhave to do to achieve it, can you explain?Marlene: The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is thebranch’s version of the Jack London Award which the stategives to members in branches of the California Writers Club(CWC) that have nominated someone who has beenexceedingly helpful to the branch. The DSA is a way of honoring volunteers whohave done something a little over the top—more work than the basic branch volunteerjobs entail. Something a little more.Mt Diablo’s WebmasterMarlene of the many hats

DecemberT e Wr e ewP ge FiveBe Interviewed (cont’d)Sai: What is the most challenging part of earning this award?Marlene: The award is not very specific, so you just do the work that needs to be done. Atleast that’s what I’ve done. If I can do something, then I get it done. Other people just do theirjobs and I don’t think we really think about it, we just do what needs to be done.Sai: Did you have any other members help you with the work that you did?Marlene: My goodness, yes. I think the award I got was mainly for the work I did getting theZoom meetings up and running after the pandemic started. There were many people involvedin that because it required running the meetings, so it took everyone to help.Sai: How has receiving this award affected you or your work?Marlene: I certainly appreciate that they noticed that I did a lot of work in addition to what I was already doing. It’salways nice when others notice that you’ve done something good, I guess.Sai: Do you have any advice for those who might want to win this award?Marlene: I think the best way to win awards like this is: just to see what needs to be done, and if it fits with your skillsand you can do the work, jump in and help with things. If you have a good idea that the branch hasn’t alreadyimplemented, or if you have contacts or people you know who you can encourage to help, such as putting us in touchwith someone who can give us a big grant or can run an entire program for us, or something like that, it can reallymake a big difference in what the club does and how we do things. I think that’s what is needed.Heidi: Can you tell us about your history with the CWC and what your experience has been with the club?Marlene: I think I joined in 2010, and that was before I published anything. I was writing my first novel. I thought themeetings were incredibly helpful for me at the beginning. I think for the first few years I just went to meetings andworkshops. I had joined a critique group with three people in the Tri-Valley branch, and they were alwaysvolunteering. One was president, someone else was the membership chair, and someone else was the program chair,and then the next year they would be doing something else. For years they would just switch jobs and they were doingsomething in the branch every year. That kind of rubbed off on me.I wasn’t sure what I could do, but then the membership chair at the Mt. Diablo branch was leaving and sheneeded someone to take her place. There was a notice in the newsletter, and I decided I would jump in. That’s how Igot started helping out. I learned how to be membership chair, and it just went on from there. After a couple of years Itook over the Young Writers Contest. It was going to go away because the people who were doing it had been doing itfor several years and needed to stop, and there wasn’t anyone else who was going do it. The clock was ticking down,and the president was going to put the gavel down and say it was going away, so I decided I would try it. Famous lastwords—I’ve been doing it ever since then. I think that was 2014.Heidi: So you saved the Young Writers Contest, that’s great!Marlene: Well, they had been doing such a good job that it was easy to step into what they had done. Since then it hasall changed. I love to do web stuff and I love to play around with forms and create forms. When we could no longeruse Submittable for the Young Writers Contest, we had just gotten our new website, which I was fairly instrumental ingetting going. I said I would do the contest on the website and make my own forms, and I’ve been doing it ever since.I’m glad I was able to do it, because I really like doing that part.Heidi: Didn’t you also have some other positions on the board?Marlene: I was president for three years. So I was membership chair, then I took over the Young Writers Contest,and I was president, and then the webmaster. I’m still doing all of that now except for president and the membershipchair.Heidi: You have really helped the club a lot. What is the best thing that has happened to you because of yourmembership with the club?Marlene: It may sound a little silly, but making friends, because I didn’t have any friends in Pleasant Hill. All of myfriends were in Berkeley because I was working in Berkeley and living there. Then when I married and moved outhere, I saw my friends in Berkeley, but they were over there in Berkeley. Joining the club has let me meet so manypeople and we talk often and do things together sometimes. I didn’t have that before. It’s just nice to have this group.

DecemberT e Wr e ewP ge SixBe Interviewed (cont’d)Heidi: And they’re writer friends.Marlene: Yes, they’re all writers, and of course, I’ve learned so much because of the speakers.Everyone has such good ideas. The people who critique your work are so amazing. They know somuch! That has been amazingly helpful in getting every book published. Even if they don’t knowthe answer they can say, “Just keep at it, don’t give up.” Because if you don’t give up, you’llaccomplish something.Sai: What is one thing you would like to change about the CWC Mt. Diablo branch?Marlene: I really liked your ideas about different kinds of optional meetings like the games, andthe writing prompts, and things like that. I would really love to do that and have that happen. I’m so glad we got theopen mic started, because I’ve been wanting to do that for years. It’s because it was on Zoom that it was easier to getstarted. We didn’t have to worry about finding a place, but we’ve actually been able to find a place to meet in person,and that’s a big deal. I really hope that your plans about the other meetings come to fruition because I think that wouldbe so much fun, to play games with each other—even if it’s on Zoom—to do the writing prompts, or just meet to writefor a while, or do a critique thing—whatever would be fun to do.Sai: Is there anything that the club members would be surprised to learn about you?Marlene: After all of these years, probably not. I’m pretty open, and I have a lot of surprising things in mybackground, but I’ve talked about a lot of them at various times. Everyone is always surprised to find out I have fivechildren. Most people don’t have that many. I have five children, eleven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.Heidi: Is there anything more about your work that you want people to know, or do you want to talk about yourbooks or where you are in your writing process?Marlene: I like all of my books, but it’s been five years or so since I’ve published anything. I haven’t even been ableto finish anything. I have several things in progress and would love to be able to get to them. I honestly need people tostep up and volunteer, like if someone could take one of my jobs, so that I can go back and do a little bit of writing.Heidi: That was actually my next question. What can the other members do to help you?Marlene: Volunteer. Don’t be afraid to learn a new skill. For instance, I’vebeen asking for years for someone to help make certificates for the YoungWriters Conference. It’s just printing off certificates with names and titlesusing mail merge. There may be another way of doing it, but that’s what Iuse, mail merge. No one knows how to do mail merge, and no one thinksthey can learn it. I was going to offer a class on how to do it, and I was going to put it in the newsletter next month.Things like that, just for people to step up. I know people don’t have time, but I don’t want people to be afraid tovolunteer.Heidi: So no other specific tasks that you can think of right now?Marlene: Well, there’s a lot. I really need a web person who can back me up on the website, but that’s a very definiteskill that most people don’t have, but if someone does, I would love to have that. I do have a few people that help onthe web, Andrew Benzie and Phyllis Houseman take care of some of the pages and update things like the currentmeeting page and author page. That is very, very helpful, but they don’t get into the running of the website and theback end of it, and that’s where you need a lot of computer skill and knowledge of that kind of thing, so hopefullysomeday. It’s an easy website; it’s WordPress, so it’s not anything hard.

DecemberT e Wr e ewP ge SevenUpcoming Programs for 2021-2022Jan 8Brooke WarnerFeb 12Mar. 12Joey GarciaConstance HaleWORKSHOPBetsy GrazianiApr. 9FasbinderHow to Be the BestAmbassador for YourBook: Pitfalls to Avoid,Practices that Pay OffWhat It Takes To Finish A BookHow to boost your book and platformWriting CharacterBetsy is an award-winning, genre-jumping author, a licensedpsychotherapist, and an in-demand communications trainer. Shehas coached public speaking for the reluctant and the downrightphobic in fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations,throughout the U.S. and abroad, working with executives, as wellas with authors, activists, entrepreneurs, politicians, and thoughtleaders.If you’ve heard a good speaker on writing/publishing/editing, email our speaker chair, LucindaJackson, at [email protected] in the NewsletterSince we’re writers we should also be readers. The Write News is always open to publishing book reviews bymembers. Any book you enjoyed is fine as long as it’s within CWC guidelines of no proselytizing ETC To submit abook review, let us know through this link: https://cwcmtdiablo.org/newsletter/Review of the book Moloka’i by Alan Brennertby Frances Stephenson,Secretary of the Mt. Diablo CWC branchThe historical fiction novel, Moloka’i, transported me into a world that I havenever experienced, a quarantined leprosy settlement on the Hawaiian Island ofMoloka’i. I was drawn into the lives of the isolated and sick patients living at thesettlement. The author, Alan Brennert, has written a moving story of the life, love, andstrength of his characters who created a supportive community for themselves,watching out and caring for each other.The story begins with the diagnosis of leprosy and subsequent arrest of the seven years old protagonist,Rachel Kalama, and her uncle, Pono Kalama. Both are fictional characters. As was the tradition in the latenineteenth century and into the twentieth century, lepers were isolated in an actual leper colony atKalaupapa. Rachel is now cared for by a group of Catholic nuns. As a reader, I was drawn emotionally intoher struggles and the horrors of the disease as it ravages a patient’s body. She was shunned by members ofher family and later, she and her husband were forced to give up their daughter to adoption. BecauseBrennert does capture in his writing the challenges lepers’ face, I both laughed and cried throughout thestory. I appreciated the humanistic approach the author took toward the leprosy patients. They were given avoice as ordinary people with a cruel disease.

DecemberT e Wr e ewP ge EightYou in the Newsletter (cont’d)The political events of the twentieth century and medical advances in the treatment ofleprosy touched the lives of the residents at Kalaupapa, and Brennert weaves thesehistoric occasions into the novel. The research in the treatment of leprosy, which offershope to Rachel, the American take-over of Hawaii, and the bombing of Pearl Harborduring World War II were all seen from a Hawaiian perspective.Brennert adds to the richness of the story by including Hawaiian words, discussingthe foods served in a Hawaiian feast or luau, and sharing Hawaiian legends.I felt Brennert successfully blended both fact and fiction in this novel. The setting ofthe story was true to history while most of the main characters were fictional. At theclose of the book, Brennert listed those people who actually lived at the leper settlement.I enjoyed reading Moloka’i and recommend it as a good historical fiction novel.Book Review by Frances Stephenson, member of the Mt. Diablo branch, California Writers ClubCWC Jack London Award Winners Cont’d from Nov. newsletter(Ed. Note: These are included so you can see that there are 22 CWC branches around the state [11 in thisissue] and what volunteers in other branches are doing. These people have been honored by their branchesfor their various efforts.)Michael Wycombe Napa Valley WritersMichael was raised in England and trained as a scientist before immigrating tothe US to pursue a career in computers and technology. After several startups, and seniorand executive management positions, he moved to Napa to quit the rat race and pursuehis writing goals. Michael serves as the webmaster and was a board member whilebranch secretary.Cathy Chase North State WritersOver the last five years, Cathy has served as Vice President andPresident. Her sense of humor and insistence on making member meetingsfun has influenced the branch’s steady increase of members. When the Camp Fire devastated her community anddisplaced a number of members, Cathy’s efforts to encourage new membership continued. She takes the lead inbranch fundraising, book signings, and member anthologies. Cathy worked with community leaders tocoordinate the Chocolate Festival’s “All About Books” and Chico’s Thursday Night Market. She is also thebranch expert at finding monthly speakers, and coordinates and leads the North State Writers critique group.Brian Michael Gaps Orange CountyBrian Gaps started a Meetup group promoting the Orange County monthlymeetings. This brought a steady crop of new guest visitors each month. The Meetupgroup now has 750 members and has provided the majority of new membership signups for the past three years.When Orange County was able to hold in-person meetings, Brian becameactively involved in arranging the meeting room before and after meetings. Thisinvolved chairs, tables, podium, projector and screen, guest speaker needs, signage,and room décor.In 2019, Brian was elected Vice-President. He worked proactively withPresident Jonathan Yanez to make sweeping improvements to the branch, including policy changes, restructuredadmission pricing, improved online marketing, guest engagement, and drafting board member role descriptions.In a technical capacity he has made improvements to the website design, added functional links, created aguest email signup, handled search engine optimization (SEO) for the website, created Mail Chimp templates formonthly email communications, provided backup support for MRMS, and offered individual instruction on theuse of Zoom. He continues to solely maintain the Meetup group.

DecemberT e Wr e ewP ge NineCWC Jack London Award Winners Cont’d from Nov. newsletterRoger C. Lubeck, Ph.D.Redwood WritersRoger C. Lubeck is the President of California Writers Club and the ImmediatePast President of the Board of Directors of Redwood Writers, and the 2020-2021Membership Chair. As a Redwood Writer Roger has brought enthusiasm, encouragement, humor, and fun toclub events. His efforts have focused on writing opportunities and publishing among branch members. He is astrong supporter of community education regarding the craft of writing.Roger has served as an associate editor on five Redwood Writers anthologies. He created RedwoodWriters Press (RWP) and he continues to manage RWP’s Kindle Direct Publishing site, the Bowker ISBN site,and the Library of Congress Number Online website for RWP.Since joining Redwood Writers, Roger has been responsible for the club’s audio-visual equipment,served as one of the club photographers, and produced a number of flyers, bookmarks, and programs. Rogerserved on the club’s Sonoma County Fair planning committee and he has been a strong supporter of the club’sparticipation at the county fair. Finally, Roger has been a presenter in four workshops and at three monthlymeetings.In his career, Roger has been a university teacher, business consultant, workshop leader, facilitator,public speaker, speechwriter, researcher, parent trainer, and dogcatcher.Dr. Marcia Ehinger (pronounced “EE-in-grr.”)SacramentoCalifornia native Marcia is a retired physician (pediatrics, women’s health, andgenetics.) As a writer, a proofreader, and a student of writing, she is an undeniable assetto the Sacramento branch. For more than three years she has served on the board.She has presented “early bird” topics at monthly meetings (e.g., Poem in Your Pocket Day), and helpedwith programs, critique groups, and beta reading. Before COVID, Marcia was that member who always spottedguests and collected their emails for later contact. She remembers names and is a walking memory log.One of her most important roles is serving as content editor of the branch newsletter, Sacramento Writer,for which she unilaterally summarizes presentations, articles, member news, and other items. She pre-formatsspeaker descriptions and photos so the webmaster can post them.Currently she serves as the branch Anthology Co-Chair. To get started, she conceptualized the theme,researched cultural meanings, and wrote an essay to further develop the theme. Marcia brings a smile, a helpinghand, and positive energy to any topic or meeting. She is truly a Sacramento branch treasure.Pat AverySan Fernando ValleyThe board of Directors of the San Fernando Valley branch of the California WritersClub proudly nominates Patricia Avery for the 2021 Jack London Award.Pat first became acquainted with the San Fernando Valley branch through a LifeWriting class she was taking with instructor Rita Brown, long-time club member and 2019 Jack London Awardrecipient. At Rita’s suggestion, Pat began attending meetings and volunteered to be the Hospitality Chair. Whenanother member stepped up to hospitality, Pat filled the vacant Secretary’s position. When the club’s Treasurerretired from the position, Pat agreed to take it on, in addition to being Secretary.Today, along with the Treasurer’s position, she assists as a critique group co-coordinator and is an activemember of two critique groups, which she hosts on Zoom. She also volunteers to coordinate the writing promptsessions at monthly membership Zoom meetings.Past club president Andrea Polk says, “Pat has been a quiet leader, taking on and volunteering to performa host of responsibilities with grace and assertive suggestions. If she says she will do something, she does it anddoes it very well.”

DecemberT e Wr e ewP ge TenCWC Jack London Award Winners Cont’d from Nov. newsletterScott EvansSan Joaquin Valley WritersThe San Joaquin Valley branch is happy to nominate Scott Evans for the 2021 JackLondon Award. Scott created, engineered, and captained the University of the PacificAnnual Conference on Creative Writing for several years, and plans to continue after thepandemic. Scott also introduced local writers to the California Writers Club and organizedCWC’s newest branch. His branch members appreciate all his efforts. Writing is a solitaryactivity, but needs the input of fellow writers to be its best. Through his hard work Scotthas provided this for San Joaquin Valley.Scott is the editor of the Blue Moon Literary and Art Review. In addition to many articles and papers, hehas published numerous thrillers, murder mysteries, and nonfiction works. He is retired from the faculty of theUniversity of the Pacific.Lisa Meltzer PennSan Francisco PeninsulaLisa Meltzer Penn joined the SF Peninsula branch in 2007 after attending the Jack London WritersConference. She is the Founding Editor of Fault Zone anthology series and recruited and mentored subsequenteditors. Her editorial involvement continues to the present. Lisa arranged for Fault Zone readings at locallibraries, bookstores, cafés, and the San Mateo County Fair. She has been active on the branch board since 2009,serving as President and Secretary. She received the branch’s Louise Bog

Todd Bequette Criminal defense attorney, has traditionally published two novels: Good Lookin’: A Joe Turner Mystery (2021) and Blood Perfect (July 2022) President’s Message: Linda Hartmann Write