Authors

6 May, 2018

Volpatt

Michael Volpatt is the co-owner and co-founder of Big Bottom Market. For seven years now the Market has been serving the Guerneville community and travelers to California’s Western Sonoma County and has become one of Sonoma’s favorite places to visit.

n addition to his work at the Market, Michael is also a PR guy and has dedicated his time to promoting the Market and the Guerneville community. Michael played an important role in the Market’s Biscuit Mix and Honey bring recognized as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things. He also credits the town’s growing number of entrepreneurs for their role in keeping Guerenville gorgeous and making sure that the town keeps its charm while also evolving for the changing community and the modern traveler. The Market has played a role in the ongoing transformation and Michael along with his business partners Kate Larkin and Donna Prowse, are proud to be a part of the growing community.

THE BIG BOTTOM BISCUIT:  Specialty Biscuits and Spreads from Sonoma’s Favorite Market (Running Press/April 2019)  is Michael’s first book.


1 May, 2018

Romeo

Lisa Romeo’s first book is Starting with Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love after Loss, (University of Nevada Press, May 1, 2018).

Her short work is listed in Best American Essays 2016, and regularly published in both popular and literary venues, including the New York Times, O The Oprah Magazine, Longreads, Brain Child, Inside Jersey, Brevity, Under the Sun, Hippocampus, Purple Clover, Motherwell, Palm Beach Illustrated, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tishman Review, Sport Literate, and many other places. She’s contributed to more than a dozen anthologies, including Flash Nonfiction Funny (Woodhall Press), Feed Me (Random House), The Best Advice in Six Words (St. Martin’s), and Why We Ride (Seal Press).

Lisa works as a graduate writing instructor, manuscript editor, freelance journalist, and writing coach. She is thesis director for Bay Path University’s MFA program, teaches periodically at Montclair State University and with The Writers Circle, and serves as an editor with Compose Journal and Cleaver Magazine.

Lisa frequently presents at writers conferences and leads workshops in many locations. She’s been recognized with grants and scholarships from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Vermont Studio Center and several Pushcart Prize nominations.

A former equestrian journalist and public relations specialist, Lisa earned an MFA degree at Stonecoast (University of Southern Maine) and a BS in journalism from Newhouse (Syracuse University).

Raised in northern New Jersey, Lisa spent many years as a competitor on the hunter/jumper horse show circuit, and lived in California, Las Vegas, Florida, and New York before returning to New Jersey where she married her high school crush. She now lives in her hometown with her husband and college-age sons.

Connect with Lisa at her website, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or blog.

 


16 April, 2018

Pudelek

Rachel Pudelek is a dog-hugger and tree-lover. Growing up with three sisters sparked her passion for both women’s history and women’s advocacy, which led to her career as a birth doula and childbirth educator. These days she channels those passions into researching and writing fiction. The idea for her debut novel, FREYJA’S DAUGHTER, book #1 in the Wild Women series to be published by City Owl Press, came about while researching ancient goddess-worshiping cultures. Rachel noticed how mythology about goddesses and folkloric female shifted from a place of strength and power to a place of subservience and wickedness as women became more oppressed due to political/and or religious changes.

She discovered Norse tales about the huldra, women who were said to have bark patches on their backs and live amongst the trees as powerful protectors of the forest. The folklore surrounding the huldra had changed over the years turning them into evil forest women who seduced men and could only be saved by marrying a man. Rachel saw an opportunity to create a similar story about folkloric women who used to be wild and free and powerful, who were told lies about their very existence, that their wildness must be contained due to its evil and uncontrollable nature. Until one huldra stumbles upon the truth when her own containment cracks open and her wildness flows freely.

When she’s not writing, Rachel enjoys hiking, attempting to grow her own food, or reading. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, a cat, and two well-fed guinea pigs. FREYJA’S DAUGHTER, the first book in the WILD WOMEN series, is her debut novel publishing from City Owls Press.

Learn more about Rachel and her Wild Women series at her website.

 You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


12 April, 2018

Orr

Elaine Neil Orr is a writer of fiction, memoir, and literary criticism. With stories set in Nigeria and the American South, she delves into themes of home, country, and spiritual longing. Swimming Between Worlds (Berkley/April 2018) is described by Charles Frazier as, “a perceptive and powerful story told with generosity and grace.” Anna Jean Mayhew writes, “the riveting plot and real-life characters would not let me go.” In a starred review, Library Journal said of Orr’s first novel, A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa (Berkley/2013), “this extraordinary novel shines with light and depth.”

Her memoir, Gods of Noonday (University of Virginia, 2003), was a Top-20 Book Sense selection and a nominee for the Old North State Award. She is associate editor of a collection of essays on international childhoods, Writing Out of Limbo, and the author of two scholarly books.

In 2016, she was Kathryn Stripling Byer Writer-in-Residence at Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia.

Orr has published extensively in literary magazines including The Missouri Review, Blackbird,
Shenandoah, and Image Journal, and her short stories and short memoirs have won several Pushcart Prize nominations and competition prizes. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Orr was born in Nigeria to medical missionary parents and spent her growing-up years in the savannahs and rain forests of that country. Her family remained in Nigeria during its civil war. She left West Africa at age sixteen and attended college in Kentucky. She studied creative writing and literature at the University of Louisville before taking her Ph.D. in Literature and Theology at Emory University. She is an award-winning Professor of English at North Carolina State University and serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University. She reads and lectures widely at universities and conferences from Atlanta to Austin to San Francisco to Vancouver to New York to Washington D.C., and in Nigeria.

For more, go to www.elaineneilorr.com, facebook.com/ElaineNeilOrr/, and follow her on Twitter@ElaineNeilOrr


27 March, 2018

Bartkowski

Frances Bartkowski has published three books of literary criticism–Feminist Utopias,  Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates; and Kissing Cousins,  as well as essays and poetry.  An Afterlife (Apprentice House Press, Loyola University/October 2018) is her first novel.  Dr. Bartkowski teaches literature and culture at Rutgers University-Newark,  has participated in seminars at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in recent years, and has been a visiting writer at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
She is thrilled to be publishing her debut novel at 70!  She looks forward to sharing this novel with many readers in the coming year.  An Afterlife emerges from autobiographical material but is completely fiction. However, it is set in Landsberg, Germany, where she was born, and Passaic, New Jersey, the town where she grew up.

 


1 February, 2018

Bohan

Suzanne Bohan is an accomplished health and science journalist, with an expertise in covering health inequities. From 2000 to 2012 she covered science and health issues for the largest newspaper chain in the San Francisco region, the Bay Area News Group. Bohan has won nearly 20 journalism awards, including the 2010 White House Correspondents’ Association Edgar A. Poe award for the series “Shortened Lives: Where You Live Matters.”  She previously worked for the Sacramento Bee, and the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers nationwide have also published her work.

Bohan’s first book, 50 Simple Ways to Live a Longer Life was published by Sourcebooks in 2005.  In April, 2018, Island Press will publish Twenty Years: Why the Poor Die Earlier and How to Challenge Inequity.

Bohan has a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from San Francisco State University. She lives in Northern California with her husband.


11 September, 2017

Bradbury-Haehl

Nora Bradbury-Haehl is co-author with Bill McGarvey of The Freshman Survival Guide (Center Street/Hachette), which went into a second edition in Spring 2017.

She has worked with teenagers for more than 25 years. She has presented at the National Catholic Youth Conference and is a sought-after leader of workshops and retreats for parents, teens, and college students.

  • She authored ScriptureWalk: Discipleship, God’s Word, Your World,  and Sunday Prayers for Teens. She was a writer for Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics and the Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth.
  • She’s been a contributing editor at BustedHalo.com and was editor for their Young Adult Ministry in a Box project. She also writes for God’s Word Many Voices.
  • The first edition of her book The Freshman Survival Guide for new college students was featured on The Late Show with David Letterman and the second edition has enjoyed Amazon Bestseller status.

Nora is an editor at Saint Mary’s Press. She is active in interfaith youth work, bringing young people of different faiths together to do service and learn about each other. She loves creating opportunities for young people to have conversations that matter.

She and her husband Greg have four teen and adult children and live in Rochester, NY.


7 August, 2017

Grant

Ann Grant didn’t aspire to be a divorce lawyer. She was a partner at a large multi-national law firm, representing fortune five hundred companies, married to a corporate litigator. They had three children and life was good. Until it all came to a crashing halt. Over the next five years, Ann went through a devastating divorce that threatened her emotional health and financial stability.

Divorce is a multi-billion-dollar industry — but the system is rigged. Divorce “professionals” (lawyers, mediators, forensic accountants and therapists) bill by the hour. They financially benefit when women are indecisive and uninformed. Divorces often needlessly drag on for years, while the “professionals” line their pockets with divorcing women’s misery.

Ann had an epiphany. As she was driving down the freeway, headed to trial with the evidence she needed to “win,” she realized a fundamental truth. No one “wins” in a divorce. There are only losers. The only way to take back her sanity was to stop the madness. And she did just that.

Through the process of letting go and finding forgiveness, Ann took back her life. She found her way through the chaos by developing a personal mindfulness practice, and combined with her legal know-how, was able to create a new and better life for her and her children.

When it was finally over, she made the decision to commit her career to helping women navigate the legal minefields and outsmart the system so they can get to a new and better life with their sanity intact and their money where it belongs: in the bank. In her legal practice in Manhattan Beach, California, she helps dozens of women every year. And now, in her forthcoming book, The Divorce Hacker’s Guide to Untying the Knot (New World Library), she reveals the secrets she has learned and that the industry does not want women to know, because they provide a swift route out.

Together with financial advisors and therapists, Ann also runs workshops for women facing divorce and blogs frequently on the topic. It is the women in these workshops, and their stories, that are the inspiration for the work Ann is now doing through DivorceHacker.

Ann received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law where she graduated cum laude, 1991. While there, she served as Editor of the San Diego Law Review. She is the former editor of The Woman Advocate Newsletter, the official publication of the Woman Advocate Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and an adjunct professor of law at Southwestern University in Los Angeles.

Check out Ann and her blog at
www.thedivorcehacker.com
Twitter @DivorceHacker
Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/divorcehacker
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/thedivorcehacker/

 


6 July, 2017

Hartema

Laura Hartema is the author of Bering Sea Strong: Because Sometimes a Woman Has to Board a Fishing Boat to Find Herself (Skyhorse, Spring 2018). Hartema was born and raised in Chicagoland and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri. The challenging work and adventures depicted in Bering Sea Strong led to Hartema’s present career as an ecologist with a focus on stream and wetland restoration. Her passion for her work and love for nature spills into her community, where she leads volunteers in stream enhancement efforts. She encourages others to seek inspiration, beauty and humor in her blog, Love This Day (www.LauraHartema.com). Hartema resides in the Seattle area and spends much of her time outdoors embracing Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic mountains.

Copyright Greg Westhoff

Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laura.hartema/; Twitter: @LauraHartema; Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurahartema/. Reach her at LauraHartema@yahoo.com.
 

22 June, 2017

Silber

Alexandra Silber is an actress, Grammy-nominated singer, and writer.
She recently starred most as Tzeitel in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. She earlier played Hodel in a revival of the same show in London’s West End. It was those two roles which inspired her to write After Anatevka.
Other Broadway and West End credits include Master Class, Arlington (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Hello Again (Drama League nomination), and She Loves Me, Kiss Me, Kate, The Woman in White, and Carousel. She has appeared on all three incarnations of Law & Order and has performed in a variety of outlets ranging from the 57th Grammy Awards to Carnegie Hall. Alexandra is also a 2014 Grammy nominee for her portrayal of Maria in the first-ever full symphonic recording of West Side Story, with the San Francisco Symphony.

She lives in New York, and After Anatevka is her first book.

Her memoir White Hot Grief Parade, is set to be published by Pegasus Books in May, 2018.