Locally & Independently Published Fiction

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Helen Vanderberg has been a writer all her life. She grew up in a village much like Pangbury-on-Thames. Her grandfather had been a police surgeon for Scotland Yard before the turn of the century, when Jack the Ripper roamed London’s streets.

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ISBN: 9781458209801
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Published: Abbott Press - June 14th, 2013

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Catherine Gammon is the author of the novel Isabel Out of the Rain and the story collection Beauty and the Beast. Her fiction has appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Other Voices, and The New England Review. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, among others. A Soto Zen priest, Catherine was ordained in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi by Tenshin Reb

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ISBN: 9780615808611
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Published: Braddock Avenue Books - August 8th, 2013

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Ted Gargiulo's stories and essays have appeared in The San Jose Mercury News, The Monterey County Herald, Wilde Times, The Gamut and The Fringe.  Born in New York City, the former stage actor and prize-winning author of “Playdad” lives with his wife in Seaside, CA.  For the past several years, he’s enjoyed a wide following as a regular contributor to Foolish Times, a monthly humor magazine on California’s Central Coast, and is currently working on a volume of essays to be published later this year.

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ISBN: 9781492790204
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 25th, 2013

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Janice Strubbe Wittenberg authored the non-fiction book The Rebellious Body: Reclaim Your Life from Environmental Illness or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Plenum Publishers, 1996) and has co-written a forthcoming book, My Husband Is Under There Somewhere, about obsessive hoarding. The Worship of Walker Judson is her first novel.

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ISBN: 9780989562300
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Published: Spiral Publishing - November 27th, 2013

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Stan Rushworth was born in 1944 in Southern California; grew up primarily in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada; served in the Far East as an Army volunteer from 1962 through 1965; attended San Francisco State University, where he received a Master's degree in Language Arts; lived and worked in Guatemala in the 1970's; lived and worked in Hawaii in the 1980's; and has taught Native American literature and English for the last two decades at Cabrillo College, in Aptos, California. He is of Tsalagi, English, and Irish heritage.

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ISBN: 9780991037209
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Published: Talking Leaves Press - December 1st, 2013

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Christine Z. Mason has published award-winning short fiction as well as numerous articles and book reviews. She is the author of a children’s book, The Mystery of Nan Madol.

Christine graduated with a degree in English Literature from UCLA, where she did graduate work in Creative Writing. She then served in the Peace Corps in Micronesia as an art and photography instructor and subsequently earned her J.D. at the University of California, Davis, and practiced appellate and constitutional law. She lives with her husband in the Santa Cruz Mountains; they have a son and a daughter.

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ISBN: 9780989795852
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Published: Hillrow Editions - April 3rd, 2017

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ISBN: 9780989795807
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Published: Hillrow Editions - September 24th, 2016

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"Former National Enquirer reporter Richard Byrne Reilly is an award winning journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Post, New York Magazine, FoxNews.com, Red Herring, the San Francisco Examiner, the Pittsburgh Trib and many other publications in the U.S. and Europe. His writing has been compared to Hunter S. Thompson and James Ellroy. The Frigate Bird is his first novel. An area native, he lives in Santa Cruz.

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ISBN: 9781612962061
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Published: Black Rose Writing - May 1st, 2013

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Deborah Simon is a professional storyteller with over 30 years experience as a business professional.  She worked as a program developer, manager and team leader.  Deborah is an instructor, lecturer, writer, child advocate, and minister who talks stories. 

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ISBN: 9781935125747
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Published: Robertson Publishing - April 2nd, 2010

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Jeff McElroy received his MFA in Creative Writing in 2009 from Antioch University, Los Angeles.  He is a private educator and spends most of his time with family and friends at the beaches, deserts, and mountains of California.  Jeff is working on a novel set in the Mojave Desert, as well as crafting stories for various surfing publications and an eco-literature treatise.  He finds inspiration in the fantastic and mundane, but is happiest in the wild places.

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ISBN: 9780615733111
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Published: Pierpont Press - December 5th, 2014

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Brandon Philips, a retired educator, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was educated in the Boston area.  He brings to his writing an abiding interest in archaeology, history, languages and the quest for treasure—preferably the kind that needs to be properly repatriated to its original homeland.  He has traveled the world and scoured some of its greatest museums, taking account of their treasures of gold artifacts, crown jewels and precious gems.  Philips lives with his wife in Hawaii and spends much time every year with family in Santa Cruz, California. 

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ISBN: 9780985723033
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Published: Inland Publishing - March 16th, 2013



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