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Linda Ballou - Adventure-travel writer

Linda's ultimate destination piece, Wai-nani, a New Voice from old Hawai'i, takes you to the wild heart of Old Hawai'i. Her travel memoir Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales filled with thrills, chills and giggles allows you experience the great outdoors without getting altitude sickness or tipping your canoe. Her latest release The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon shares the thrill of the show jumping arena and the tender beauty of the John Muir Wilderness.


Constance Caruso - Author

Native of Brooklyn, Constance Caruso took the asset of her first generation Sicilian culture and ran with it, leaving behind all cliches associated with the Italians of 1930s America. Brooklyn College, UCLA, and a number of Writers' Workshops honed the craft that resulted in release of her first book at the age of 83. Her story is not for sissies. With grit and determination, she gives evidence that where we come from doesn't necessarily hamper what we are able to accomplish. Constance resides in Los Angeles and continues to enjoy family, friends and an entrepreneurial lifestyle.

Contact directly: [email protected]


Lisa-Catherine Cohen - Songwriter, Author, Performer

Lisa-Catherine Cohen is a consummate and oft-published writer and editor. She excels at both mechanical and substantive editing. Ms. Cohen is a master of the written word across a wide range of genres for industries as diverse as architecture, the film and music Industries, medicine, education, the environment, publishing, journalism, pop culture, and Body/Mind/Spirit-related media.

A two-time-platinum, #1 hit lyricist and an internationally renowned writer, she brings to each project the poet’s sensibility and an expert craftsman’s attention to detail; and she delivers it fast, too. She is extremely creative and independently resourceful. She works with American, Canadian, and European clients.



Bernadene High Coleman - Author

Born in Post-Prohibition rural Louisiana, Bernadene High Coleman grew up in Los Angeles where she continued her education at Loyola Marymount and California State LA.

Ever with a passion for books and reading, she has set out to chronicle the events she first heard about in her youth. Her first published work in the form of a novel, Mama Rose, through word of mouth, has sold thousands of copies...

With a first collection of poems entitled, Listen My Children, along with a follow-up second novel, I Leave You My Dreams, this author now counts Beyond Color as the fourth of her titles now available.

Ms. Coleman, a widow, mother of three, and grandmother of eight, currently resides in California where she continues to write and speak.


Carrie Cross - Author

Carrie Cross is an avid reader who fell in love with books as a little girl after reading Goodnight Moon. Carrie discovered her passion for mysteries reading Nancy Drew books and The Happy Hollisters series, and after writing SKYLAR ROBBINS: THE MYSTERY OF SHADOW HILLS, she continues to look for clues in unexpected places to this day.

Carrie Cross's influences include Judy Blume, Deb Caletti, Sarah Dessen, and Lee Child. In addition to writing Skylar Robbins mysteries and reading, Carrie loves to cook, hike at the beach, go boating, and travel.


Liz Donatelli - book publicist

Liz Donatelli is a book publicist with Liz D Publicity & Promotions and the founding director of Shirley You Jest! Book Awards and Book'd in Burbank literary event. Her bookish pursuits include The Guilty Ladies Book Club and The Jane Austen Society of North America. A native New Yorker, Liz lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

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Julia Drake - Literary Publicist and Past President of WNBA/LA

Julia Drake is founder and owner of Julia Drake PR, a boutique literary publicity company that specializes in premium author services including niche press campaigns, social media marketing, innovative book events, and author videos. Julia also has served as past president of the LA Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and mentors at the Los Angeles based non-profit organization WriteGirl. She holds a degree in screenwriting and film from UCLA and the American Film Institute.


Cali Gilbert - author, photographer, social entrepreneur

Cali Gilbert is a #1 International Bestselling author, award winning photographer and social entrepreneur. As the creator of the IT'S SIMPLY book series, Cali has published several books of her own and now serves other writers through her company, Serendipity Publishing House. Cali's photography has been exhibited in galleries across the United States. She holds a Master's degree in Sport Management and has traveled the globe as a former figure skater and magazine publisher. A resident of Santa Monica, California, Cali enjoys serving her community, especially women in transition and youth programs.

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Alma Hudson - Author

Alma started writing in college, writing for the college newspaper.  She was very much encouraged to write by her high school instructor Mr. Walker.  He saw much potential in her and asked her at each high school reunion, “Why aren’t you writing?”

Because Alma grew up in the 1960’s and 1970’s, living through many issues that have shaped the way she is today, brought about positive change in America, and that are in the forefront of the news today; she wrote her first book, Checkered Fence.”  She wanted to document that era and bring positive discussion to these issues.  Checkered Fences is a story that tells of an interracial romance in the 1970’s and the struggles encountered during that period of change.  This book is based upon her personal experiences.  

Her second book is called The Trouble with Change.  It’s a thriller/suspense crime story and is also based upon her personal experiences.  The message she wants to send out to the world and to let everyone suffering from domestic violence know is that there is hope even when you think things are hopeless. 

She enjoys writing stories that affect Urban Communities, but these stories are colorless and could happen to anyone.  To show diversity in her writing style, she’s currently writing a third book, a comedy.  She possesses an Associate’s and Bachelor of Arts Degrees and lives with her two children and husband, Eugene in Lancaster, California.  



Joan Jackson - Author, Writer

Joan Jackson was raised in Ohio, taught French, and managed a French Tahitian export company in Oregon. Now a free-lance writer, she has published several magazine articles, written a collection of short stories, and is currently working on her second novel, Just in Time. She and her husband live in West Los Angeles.



P. Allen Jones - Author, Writer

P. Allen Jones is the author of I Only Cry at Night: Living with Sickle Cell Disease, which tackles the topic of sickle cell disease ignorance, overcoming silence and shame, and living in-spite of pain. As creator/blogger of Our Voice, the voice of people living with sickle cell disease, she is recognized as a leading health care advocate and her blog is viewed by millions of people world-wide. She is also a writer in Ability Magazine, columnist of Ponder This in Southern Sierra Messenger, and author of Ponder Faith in various newspapers. P. Allen Jones lives in California and is married with two children.



Ruth Klein - Author, Speaker, Business and Book Branding Consultant

Ruth Klein holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology. Ruth has become nationally well-known for her reliability, motivation and results for her authors, professionals, and business clients. She is an internationally renowned writer, speaker, business and book branding consultant combined with leveraging and monetizing her client’s expertise. Ruth is the owner of the award-winning boutique firm, The Marketing/Time Source, and author of six books, including the best-selling Time Management Secrets for Working Women: Getting the Most out of Each Day. She helps authors write winning book proposals for agents and publishers.

Her words and work have been featured in national magazines, and she is often quoted widely by major newspapers, television and radio…and quoted most recently in O: The Oprah Magazine.


Bluette Matthey is a 3rd generation Swiss-American and avid lover of European cultures with decades of travel and writing experience. She is a keen reader of mysteries, especially those that immerse the reader in the history, culture, and cuisine of new places. Bluette particularly loves to explore regions not on the "15 days in Europe" itineraries. She enjoys little-known discoveries, such as those in the London Walks, in well-known areas. She firmly believes that walking and hiking bring her closer to real life in any locale. Bluette maintains a list of hikes and pilgrimages throughout Europe for future exploration. She lives in Le Locle, Switzerland, with her husband and band of loving cats. Please visit Bluette's website, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Niume.

Bluette's protagonist, Hardy Durkin, appears in her Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery Series, which includes: Abruzzo Intrigue, Black Forest Reckoning, Corsican Justice, Dalmatian Traffick, and Engadine Aerie.


Renee Piane - Author

Renee Piane is a “master at connecting people, and a “love reinvention specialist.” Internationally recognized love & dating expert, seminar leader, speaker and TV personality, Renee has been featured on over 60 TV shows (NBC, CNN, ABC, Today Show, Lifetime, Fox News). As a pioneer in the dating industry, Renee has assisted thousands of people to create amazing relationships with her popular Rapid Dating & Rapid Networking events and seminars.

Renee is the Author of Love Mechanics, Secrets into the Minds of Men and has her own online “Love Mechanics” Radio show with amazing guests on various networks including: I Tunes and Womens Radio Network. Renee has published over 400 love advice columns and her wisdom has been featured publications around the world (WSJ, LA TIMES, NY Times, Cosmo, Men’s Health, I Village Look Better Online). Renee offers amazing resources for the newly single and anyone wanting to manifest love! She truly out "spreading the love," and is married to the man of her dreams!



Joanna Poppink - MFT

Joanna is a Los Angeles psychotherapist specializing in eating disorder recovery of adult women. She is a lecturer, Skype Video consultant, workshop leader, and author of Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder. Joanna suffered from bulimia for many years, found recovery and uses both her professional expertise and personal knowledge to support her clients to a life of freedom and fulfillment.

For a free psychotherapy phone consultation or to invite Joanna to speak, contact her at [email protected] or call (310) 474-4165.


Doris K. Reed - Poet

Writing for over 30 years, Doris' poetry has appeared in Essence, Science of Mind, numerous books and anthologies. Additionally her editorials have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and Daily News newspapers. Ms. Reed performs her work throughout the Southern California area and across the country. She performs at private parties, weddings, retirements, schools and other special events. Her album of poetry Reflections can also be accessed through iTunes. Her book of poetry, Tending My Garden, was followed by the release of her children's book, The Spider and The Fly, which is also available through iBooks.



Tiffany N. Romine - Author

Tiffany N. Romine grew up in Columbus, Ohio and discovered her love for writing at an early age. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Ohio University and went on to study law at The Ohio State University. In addition to her law practice, Tiffany published her first book, Preserved for a Purpose, in May 2012. She currently resides in Los Angeles.



Katharine Russell - Author

Katharine Russell enjoyed over thirty-five years in marketing and communications management in the biotechnology industry. She was an executive with one of the first genetic engineering companies. Russell also was president of Russell-Welsh Strategic Life Science Communications, Inc., and founder and chief executive officer of an ecommerce company offering services for mature companion animals and veterinarians. Russell received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, her master’s degree in journalism from Boston University, her masters of business administration from the Kellogg School of Management, and earned her certificate in creative writing from the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.



Jaki Scarcello - Author, Coach, Consultant

Jaki’s work has always been about the development of human potential. For 30 years, as a leadership consultant, facilitator and coach, she has supported baby boomers as they grew up through the workplaces of Fortune 500 companies in Canada and the United States. The biggest lesson she has learned from those years is; each stage of life has its own unique energy and the ability to utilize that energy effectively is vital for success and satisfaction. Jaki lives a nomadic life with two fixed bases – Toronto and Hermosa Beach, California. Between spells in either home she travels with her husband – a writer and spiritual teacher.


Kathrin King Segal - Writer, Singer, Songwriter and Performer

She is the author of two published novels, Wild Again, and We Were Stardust, which were published twenty years apart because she is a rather slow writer. Kathrin grew up in New York City and has an extensive background in theater and cabaret, and has recorded two CD's of mostly her own material.



Joan Slottow - Artist

Woodblock prints are her specialty. She has been making them since the 1960’s. She currently also prints etchings and collagraphs. Joan makes sculptures, paints, and does ceramics. Her art is representational: while it can be abstract, it is always recognizable. She is mainly interested in texture, pattern and design. She thinks that this is why she is drawn to the woodblock print as a medium. In woodblock, especially in black and white, the artist works with complex black patterns on a white background. She considers her “scribble style” of drawing and the way she carves the blocks to be her signature.

Joan likes animals, plants and the natural world. Many of her works are landscapes; others are pictures of plants and trees. She is not really interested in scientific or visual accuracy. You can see this in her sculpture of a Marlin and a Flounder, two fish not normally found together in nature.



Julia Teweles - Author

Julia is a published novelist, entrepreneur, and also has a day job as a book acquisitions editor in the area of college textbooks and major reference works. She is divorced and her 15-year-old daughter lives with her. Julia loves going to cultural events and goings-on in the arts--lectures, obscure movies, plays, museum openings, and the like.


Kelly Sullivan Walden, Doctor Dream - WNBA-LA Past President, #1 Bestselling Author, Dream Coach, Creator of The Dream Project

Kelly is the host of The D-Spot weekly web-radio show (Mondays at 11am PST) on The Awakening Zone ( she explores the nexus of Dreams, Desires, and Destiny. Kelly is featured regularly on FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC news and in a variety of publications such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, Bride, Seventeen, Woman’s World, and US Weekly. Kelly is the creator/founder of The Dream Project (, a non-profit organization inspiring young people to solve the issues facing the United Nations and the Millennium Development Goals. She is a lover of life and languages and considers dreams to be the most important language in which to become fluent. Kelly teaches Dreamwork in a unique weave of depth, playfulness, humor, and spirituality to catalyze people to awaken to their magnificence so that they can make manifest the life of their dreams.

For more information about Kelly you can go to:, Facebook: KellySullivanWalden, Twitter: dreamexperiment

Rossandra White - Author

A fourth generation South African, Ms. White is the author of two YA novels, Monkey's Wedding and Mine Dances, set in Zimbabwe and Zambia. A recipient of many writing awards, her short stories have been published in Writer's Digest and Interstice, among others. Currently at work on a new novel, she lives in Laguna Beach where she hikes the hills and canyons with her Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Fergie and Jake.

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Nancy Young - Director of Development/Author

Nancy Young's writing brings to life her global travel and multicultural perspective. Born in Taipei and raised in Pasadena, California, she has traveled to over 30 countries and was an arts and cultural development consultant to state and federal governments in Australia for 13 years. Ms. Young has authored and published numerous cultural development plans and policies, arts marketing books, and a short fiction story in the anthology Sweet Sisters and Other Secrets, published by Zonta International. She studied English, French and Chinese literature at UC Berkeley, and International Affairs, Asian History and Film-making, respectively at Columbia, Hawaii and Melbourne Universities. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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