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Cohen, Lawrence S

By Amy Pistone | October 24, 2020

Lawrence S. Cohen ABOUT LAWRENCE Most consider my writing quirky like my sense of humor.I’ve published fast fiction, non-fiction articles, and helped edit books. When editing for others my goal is to find the connection to the reader’s heart.I worked in national advertising in Chicago and won at Cannes Film Festival, Clios and other award shows.After retiring I kept dreaming up ideas, like working at Six Flags Great America as a caricaturist. Being a 62 year old standing on 1000 degree asphalt and calling out, “Caricatures. Only 10 Bucks!” was insane. My 17 year old colleagues called me “Loony Larry.” But I persevered with my own caricature business until social security started. My clients ranged from Brian the 12 year old birthday boy to groups like Citizens for Advocating a More Perfect Meatball.I hold a Bachelors in Journalism from Ohio University and a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University.

Braun, Chrysteen

By Amy Pistone | October 18, 2020

Chrysteen Braun ABOUT CHRYSTEEN Chrysteen Braun is a native Californian, born and raised in Long Beach. She wrote her first novel when she was twelve, and while she can’t recall what it was about, she always thought she could become a writer.Because she was a rowdy teenager, her parents sent her on Chapman College’s World Campus Afloat after graduating high school, hoping she’d come back “a better person.” (It worked) She also worked for Capital Records in Hollywood, ordering all the Beatles Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album covers, and after reading the words to the songs, said “This will never sell.” When she still couldn’t decide what she wanted to pursue as a career, she went to work for her family’s construction business.Almost fifty years later, as a licensed flooring and general contractor, she and her husband Larry retired from remodeling and interior design, leaving their business to their daughter to carry on as Chrysteen’s parents had.In the early 1980’s Chrysteen wanted to write, and joined an Orange County, Ca. writer’s group with then unknown author Elizabeth George, and wrote a novel but tucked it away when business and family life took over. She did however, not totally abandon her writing interest as she published numerous articles about remodeling and interior design in her local newspapers. Now that she’s retired, she’s reinvented herself and started writing again.They have a second home in Lake Arrowhead, California, where Chrysteen opened a store, aptly called At The Cabin. The mountains have been the inspiration for her “Cabin” novels.Chrysteen currently lives in Coto de Caza, Ca., (near Mission Viejo) with her husband Larry, “who is the wind beneath my wings.”

Pub Shop and Craft Chat

By Amy Pistone | October 11, 2020

Craft Chat is a regular event that provides opportunities to discuss writing topics of interest and write in a casual atmosphere. Conversations will be led by SCWA members. STORYTELLER’S TOOL BOX Whether you’re writing sci fi, paranormal, coming of age, romance, or memoir, all stories have key elements that make them engaging reads. In this two-part workshop, best-selling author Janis Thomas will take you step by step through these key elements, starting with that spark of an idea and helping you to hone that idea into a workable concept.

October Meeting: Bestselling Author Karen Dionne

By Amy Pistone | October 4, 2020

SCWA October Meeting When Karen Dionne wrote The Marsh King’s Daughter, a dark psychological suspense set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness, she never imagined the wild journey she was about to embark upon. Praised in The New York Times as “Subtle, brilliant and mature . . . as good as a thriller can be,” The Marsh King’s Daughter was translated into 25 languages and became a #1 international bestseller, took home several prestigious awards, was named to numerous best books of the year lists, and is in development as a major motion picture with Oscar-winning talent.

SCWA Presents Writers Online

By Amy Pistone | September 26, 2020

SCWA Presents Writers Online Check out our new YouTube channel for some of our best and brightest authors and guest speakers. Through this year of challenges SCWA has risen to new heights with a wide range of talented presenters who will inspire, educate and motivate writers and readers alike through our online programs. Our content includes the Hump Day Book Tours, Pub Shops with insights into book publishing and marketing, plus our monthly author spotlights and workshops.

Porter, Kathy

By Amy Pistone | August 28, 2020

Kathy Porter ABOUT KATHY Kathy Porter grew up in Endicott, New York, the birthplace of IBM and only a short distance from where one of her favorite TV series creators, Rod Serling, was raised. Kathy’s lifelong interest in science fiction ignited when her father, a science teacher, showed her craters on the moon and taught her about the constellations. She grew up watching science fiction movies and TV shows. Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles was her first delve into a science fiction novel, and she has been hooked ever since.“I think I was born telling stories,” Kathy explained during a recent interview. “As second to the oldest of seven children, the girls all slept in one bedroom. I loved making up bedtime stories with an eerie edge to frighten my sisters: tales about fairies, leprechauns, and aliens.”In September of 1961, reports of Barney and Betty Hill’s alien abduction claims took the media by storm. Kathy has been fascinated by their story of science fiction turned reality and “are we alone?”“The concept of the Gray Guardians Series initially came to me in a dream that lingered in my mind for hours. Finally I told my husband about it over coffee and explained to him that if it were a book, I would love to read it. He said, ‘If you want to read it, you have to write it.’ With his encouragement and support, Earth’s Ultimate Conflict came to fruition. That’s how the Gray Guardians Series began.”Science fiction fans of all ages are applauding the appearance of this bold new voice for the genre.The Gray Guardians Series:Earth’s Ultimate ConflictEscape From NuurThe Journey, the third stand-alone novel in the series, will be released 2021

Quinn, Darlene

By Amy Pistone | August 19, 2020

Darlene Quinn ABOUT DARLENE Darlene Quinn is an international award-winning author and journalist from Long Beach, California. Her Web Series of novels, have garnered acclaim and have created an avid international fan base.Quinn finished Buddy Ebsen’s incomplete manuscript for a Barnaby Jones novel, Sizzling Cold Case, which was released in January 2007. In addition, she has published articles in both “Innkeeping World” and “Savvy Magazine,” highlighting the business knowledge she gained during her time at Bullock’s Department Stores and the Bullocks Wilshire Specialty Department Stores.Prior to being an author, Quinn was a public school teacher, a self-improvement and modeling instructor, and a private contractor for various department stores and hospitals.Darlene is a frequent staff member at the Southern California Writers Conference and has spoken at many philanthropic groups, fundraisers, social, aspiring-writers groups, business and book clubs. She has inspired, informed and motivated audiences to action and success. Darlene has the keen ability to deliver her message with clarity, conviction and passion.She has two children, John and Jodie, and lives with her artistic husband, Jack, in Long Beach, California.Visit Darlene’s website https://darlenequinn.net/ and make sure you sign up for her newsletter!Connect with Darlene:https://www.facebook.com/darlenequinn1https://twitter.com/DarleneQuinnhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/darlenequinn/https://www.youtube.com/user/DarleneQuinnhttps://www.pinterest.com/darlenequinn/

Call for Submissions

By Amy Pistone | July 24, 2020

Send Us the Best of Your Best! Enter your prettiest pros, your finest quips, and your tallest tales because SCWA is putting together another anthology. This time we’re mixing literature with gastronomy and want your most excellent literary short stories and poems, etc., alongside your favorite recipes.   We know the frozen daiquiri was a great source of inspiration for Hemingway’s novel Islands in the Stream. What’s yours?  And what about Flannery O’Connor. With her love for ham and mayonnaise, what might she have come up with?  

Thompson, Russ

By Amy Pistone | June 30, 2020

Russ Thompson ABOUT RUSS I’m a retired educator who taught reading and served as a high-school principal in Los Angeles. I write easy-to-read novels for teens who are reluctant readers.

Dun, Sulan

By Amy Pistone | June 15, 2020

Sulan Dun ABOUT SULAN Sulan is a former high school math and science teacher. While home with her first baby, she taught herself computer programming. Her first foray into self publishing was a shareware game she wrote for her toddler to mash a handful of keys to make pictures of her toddler’s stuffed animals pop up. Someone in Montana sent her $5 for her game. Sulan used the $5 to buy a pen and vowed to sign one day at Microsoft as a software developer. And five years later, she did it!But eventually, working full time with four kids under the age of six was just too much and so she quit to stay home with them. While home with her kids, she started FunBasedLearning.com, a free educational games website which has had over 51 million page views. Sulan also wrote two screenplays, one of which was hip pocketed by a WGA signatory agent. If you know anyone interesting in making her feature length action adventure comedy, let her know!Screenplay title: Brawlers, Inc.Logline: A TV wrestling show’s optimistic recruiter and worrywart lawyer must help the show avoid cancellation by going to wartime Iraq to find and legally bring back an enemy combatant brawler for the show’s wrestlers to fight.Sulan has also been writing science fiction short stories and earned two honorable mentions in the Writers of the Future contest. The winning short stories are based on her novel in progress.If you wish to follow her, you can find her at:Twitter: @SulanDunFacebook: http://facebook.com/funbasedlearningYouTube: at https://www.youtube.com/user/SulanDunGames website: http://FunBasedLearning.com