Meet Our Members

 (In Alphabetical Order by First Name)

 

 

 

 Barbara Berst Adams 

Barbara Josephine Berst Adams is the author of non-fiction adult and children’s books and a feature writer for national and international magazines. She has taught inspired writing to adults and children, and is entering the fiction children’s book arena. She and her artist/photographer husband, Kipp Davis, live on an island between the fertile Skagit Valley and the chain of evergreen San Juan Islands  in Washington State. They enjoy the sunny micro-climate of the islands, the nearby Cascade Mountains and temperate rainforests.Here they are restoring their six-acre farm’s heirloom gardens, antique apple orchard, wildlife sanctuary and farm animal experiences for children, and have consulted one of North America’s first sacred architects to plan future outdoor art and structures based on inspired village, cottage, temple and castle designs.Also an experienced healer, Barbara and her husband founded the spiritual non-profit World Grace Foundation, which works with African orphans, French mysteries, American local economy, sustainability, the arts, spiritual exploration, and natural healing.Their travels have taken them to much of theU.S., to South Africa, Europe and Mexico. They have four grown children, three grandchildren, and a collection of pets and rare breed farm animals.

 

 

 

 

 Bob Mottram 

Bob Mottram worked more than 30 years as a daily newspaper reporter, feature writer, columnist and editorial writer. He spent nearly eight years with The Associated Press, including tours as a New England Correspondent and Alaska Correspondent for The AP, and two tours as a news supervisor in The AP’s Seattlebureau. Mottram is author of Saltwater Salmon Angling, published by Frank Amato Publications, Angler’s Guide to the West Coast: Salmon and Tuna, published by Wilderness Adventures Press, and In Search of America’s Heartbeat: Twelve Months on the Road, a self-published memoir. He currently is working in collaboration with his daughter, a certified canine behaviorist, on a book about dogs. He is a recipient of more than 40 national and regional awards for reporting and writing, including two national “Best of the Best” awards for feature writing. Mottram was born and raised on the East Coast. His experience includes factory work, farming, military service and wildland firefighting.

 

 

 

 Carl Meinzinger 

Carl Meinzinger has spent his working life as a craftsman, building and repairing wooden boats and doing custom woodwork. At the beginning of 2011 he took a sabbatical from his working life and dedicated much of his time to writing his first (yet to be finished) novel (time travel fantasy) and writing a little poetry too. Carl is as much at home in the deep wilderness as he is clubbing in the big city. Educated thru high school in his birth stateMichigan, he then moved toCaliforniafor a decade and has lived in the Anacortes, WA area for 30+ years. He is self taught in his trade and spent many years as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He is now looking forward to a second career, working for FEMA in the aftermath of disasters.  

 

Carol Busse (bio coming soon)

Chris Long (bio coming soon)

 

 
 

 

 

 

 Dena Blatt

Dena Blatt is an award-winning writer who was born in a small town in Ontario,Canada, one of seven children of immigrant Russian Jews. At the age of 24, she emigrated to California, became aU.S.citizen and started her American career in the medical field. From 1957 to 1959, she lived and worked in Israel, where she met and married a survivor of the Sobibor death camp. They returned to California and had two children.She has had varied careers but her talent has always been to analyze — as head of a medical technology lab, owner of an electronics business, an investor in real estate, a researcher and self-styled journalist of the Holocaust, and a graphoanalyst with her own “Dear Dena” handwriting column — which she hopes to syndicate in the near future.Blatt’s interest in metaphysics, UFOs, extraterrestrials and the paranormal was spurred by experiences from her childhood but heightened dramatically upon meeting Shirlè Klein-Carsh in 1996. Since then, she has become a passionate student of the genre leading her to write the book The Artist & the Alien. This is her first published writing on the subject of aliens.In October, 2007, Blatt was awarded 3rd Place in the Feature Article category in the 76th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition for her interview titled “From ‘Ordinary’ Man to Beast and Back Again” of a former SS man and mass murderer. The article originally appeared in the Canadian Jewish News in January, 1996.Blatt has four books in progress on other subjects. She is a grandmother who splits her time between Anacortes,Washington and Santa Barbara,California.

 

 

 

Denise Morrow (bio coming soon)

 

 

 Elmer Roth (bio coming soon)

 

 

 

 

 Gail and Rich Ballow  (bio coming soon)

 

 

 

 Janine Pratt Moden 

Janine Pratt Moden grew up in Portugal, France, England, and various parts of the southern United States. As an adult she has lived in Hong Kong, Greece, and Kenya, as well as in different areas in the United States. When her husband retired, they moved to Washington, where they bought ten acres on Whidbey Islandand raised Shetland Sheep, accompanied by two llamas, one donkey, and three dachshunds. Since moving to Anacortes, she has spent her time weaving, writing, and most recently, attempting to rear a very large dog. Janine has written a memoir, and a book of poems, Hard Candy. Her work has also appeared in the 4th annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards Collection, and in Word Weavers, an anthology published by the Skagit Valley Writer’s League.

 

 

 

Jared McVay  (bio coming soon)

 

 

 

 

 

 Jennifer Sherin

Prayerful is my first published novel, and I would like to express how thankful I am for the opportunity to be able to share this little piece of my spirit with the world. Initial inspiration for Prayerful germinated, of course, from my faith, but the particular details stemmed from my longing for adventure, passion for heroic story, and dabbling in Japanese culture and Anime. It would be a dream-come-true if Prayerfulwere adapted into an Anime. I am also inspired by those authors including Jane Austin, C.S. Lewis, and Kathleen Morgan. But there are so many more works I need to read, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day!I have begun work on two stories continuing from Prayerful. God willing, this will become a trilogy! I am absolutely enamored by all of my characters, and I greatly desire to follow each of them further. There is so much more that could be told of them, and I hope my readers will enjoy them as much as I.

Joanne Jones (Bio Coming Soon) 

Jocie Slepyan (Bio Coming Soon)

 

 

  Karla Locke

The ramblings of organized (or disorganized) thoughts and ideas. A work in progress. About me: I am someone who is fascinated by this technology, so fascinated I have decided to make a career out of it. Currently I love to produce events centered around the arts, especially photography. I also enjoy social media and I am now venturing to do it for others. This blog was started as a ‘practice’ blog, but it is developing into an outlet for my musings, my ideas, somewhere to place and gather my thoughts and express myself. Karla’s also has an e-publishing business Armchair e-publishing.

 

 

 

 Kathleen Kaska

Kathleen is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, travel articles, and stage plays, has just completed her most challenging endeavor. The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane, a true story set in the 1940s and 50s, is about Audubon ornithologist Robert Porter Allen whose mission was to journey into the Canadian wilderness to save the last flock of whooping cranes before encroaching development wipes out their nesting site, sending them into extinction. Published by University Press of Florida, the book is scheduled for released in 2012.Kathleen also writes the award-winning Sydney Lockhart mystery series set in the 1950s when women were caught between the dichotomy of career and marriage, when fashion exploded with a never-before-seen flair, and movies and music had the country dancing with gusto. Her first mystery, Murder at the Arlington, won the 2008 Salvo Press Manuscript Contest. This book, along with her second mystery, Murder at the Luther, was selected as bonus-book for the Pulpwood Queen Book Group, the largest book group in the country. Before bringing Sydney into the world of murder and mayhem, Kaska published three mystery-trivia books (What’s Your Agatha Christie I.Q.?, The Alfred Hitchcock Triviography and Quiz Book, and The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book

 

 

 Kelly McVicar Gordon  (bio coming soon)

 

 

 

 

 Kori Fosso  (bio coming soon)

 

 

 

 

 Kristine LeBlanc

Kristine LeBlanc is the owner of Desire Lines Writing Studio in Old Town Anacortes.  She is an English instructor at Skagit Valley College and has taught memoir writing classes for senior citizens at the YMCA in Mount Vernon.  She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (with an emphasis in Creative Nonfiction) at Antioch University.  She is currently working on a coming-of-age in the ‘80s memoir and a collection of personal narratives.  Born and raised in New England, she has lived on the West Coast for the past twenty years.  Kristine is passionate about language, the writing process, and helping others explore their creative endeavors. 

 

 Lara Dunning

Lara is a Mid-West gal whose month-long family vacations as a child created a deep love of the West. Lara currently lives on Fidalgo Island in the Pacific Northwest where she devotes her time to family and community, her job at Fine Edge Nautical Publishing, as well as, her passion for writing. She spent her childhood and teen years writing short stories and poetry and by her 20’s called Alaska home for ten years.  In Anchorage she earned her BA in Anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage, as well as, delving into photography and journalism. Lara continued her studies in the Indigenous Studies Graduate Program at SUNY Buffalo where she focused on American Indian history and art. Lara is currently attending the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program with a focus on writing for Young Adults. Lara is the co-founder of the Fidalgo Island Writers Guild, a member of Whidbey Island Writers  and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. She also volunteers her time at various community functions/events such as Oktoberfest, Chamber events and Love at the Library. Lara’s literary interests are young adult, fiction, fantasy, paranormal, with a dash or two of historical fiction.
Larry McKee(bio coming soon) 

 

 

 Mark Bunzel                                                                 

Writer – Photographer – Author – Publisher  Fine Edge Nautical Publishing     Waggoner Cruising GuideHe is the writer and producer for an award-winning children’s educational software program titled “Make a Map”, which is still being sold and used in thousands of schools today. He managed the turn around of MGM’s James Bond video game franchise and has been the author of numerous trade magazine and industry white papers. In his role as a Managing Director for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Hollywood he worked with Sony, Disney, the BBC, MGM and the Motion Picture Association developing the foundation for digital media. Mark has worked on standards and copyright issues as a board member of the Interactive Multimedia Association (Chairman) and the Software Publishers Association. He was a contributor to the Digital Copyright Act and was invited to be a delegate to the European Union’s formation of media standards. He also led the team that created the worldwide ISAN movie registration system for the IMPA. His consulting clients over his career include many of the major media firms around the world and the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.10 years ago, he decided to make a career change to a quieter life around something he enjoyed. He moved his family to Anacortes and purchased a nautical publishing company. He began writing for boating magazines on some of the best destinations to boat in the world. His articles and assignments have covered the Virgin Islands, Baja, the far reaches of British Columbia,Alaska, the Canals of France and even sailing the coast of Vietnam. Mark is the co-author of “Cruising the Virgin Islands” the best-selling boating guide for the Virgin Islands. Mark recently purchased the “Waggoner Cruising Guide”, the best selling guide for boaters in the northwest,British Columbia and now to Southeast Alaska and is now writing and editing the 2012 Edition.

 

 Matt Follett  (bio coming soon)

 

Paul Dorset

Paul Dorset was born in Poole, Dorset in England in 1960 but has been living in America since 1995. He has been writing for many years and some of his early works were published in ‘teen advice’ columns. He has also had many technical articles published, mostly in the field of Computing.Paul currently lives in the Pacific Northwest but has traveled extensively and worked many times with teens and youth groups. It is this background combined with a vivid imagination that has enabled him to weave a tapestry of magic into complete novels. His first epic fantasy series, aimed at young adults, is entitled ‘The Southern Lands’. However, the storyline is more than exciting enough to keep adults turning pages as the story unfolds.Paul is a 51-year-old father of five who has worked as a computer consultant for more than 30 years. His publications include fantasy novels for ages 12-plus, how-to books for adults, and dark paranormal thrillers for ages 16+. He incorporates his extensive experience in computers – and his insightful perspective on the possibilities therein – in novels that include layers of contemporary intrigue, romance and mystery.

 Rob Harrison (bio coming soon)

 

 

 Ronda Rae Franklin

This is my testimony – my testimony of faith and lack thereof; of the rising and falling of hopes and dreams; of beliefs and disbeliefs; of tremendous heartache and human folly; of reaching out and stepping out when all I want at times is to is pull back and step away. This book is for believers of Christ – as well as non-believers. There are truths in these pages for every man and woman. Some of the truths will seem impossible, incomprehensible, invigorating, heart-wrenching, gut-churning, and amazing. These are my trials and truths that I pass on with love for all of mankind, and with the utmost hope that the words within this book will touch and inspire even the hardest of hearts to the softest of spirits, the humblest of humans to those filled with hatred and hurt. The most righteous in Christ’s name, the poorest, the wealthiest, the most lost and the found – may you each find a truth, a teaching, or a story within these words that will grab onto you and change your life in some grand or small fashion.

 

 Ruby Tanaka (Bio Coming Soon)

 

 Ted Chepolis (bio coming soon)

 

 

 

Teru Lundsten

I’m a freelance writer and personal historian. Over the years I’ve written in different genres, but in 2003 I entered the field of journalism and I found my bailiwick. Though I’ve written articles on a variety of topics for several publications, my favorite topic is peoples’ lives.When I lived in Seattle, Washington, I profiled people in my neighborhood in the Queen Anne News, a community weekly. Now I live in Anacortes, Washington, where I profile people for a local website, www.AnacortesNow.com. I mine both sources for this site, posting a profile about once a week.As a personal historian, I write peoples’ life stories for their loved ones and progeny, some of them not yet born.

 

 

 Will Aldridge

 

 

 

 

 

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