Bookshop Santa Cruz has hundreds of locally and independently published books on our shelves. Our consignment program allows us to continue to accept all of the professionally-produced, self-published books from our local authors and to devote our resources to prominently featuring them throughout the store.
Michael S. Ripley was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, in an age before cell phones and home computers. His formative years were heavily influenced by dinosaurs, Ray Bradbury, Avalon Hill Wargames, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dungeons & Dragons, Godzilla, and H.P. Lovecraft. After graduating High School, he spent four years in the U.S. Army spying on the East Germans during the Cold War. After his military stint, he earned a four year degree in European History, with a minor in Military History, from San Jose State University and began working for the Santa Cruz Public Library.
I write stories that reflect the magnitude of the times we’re living in as modern humans. My innovative creative fiction grapples with the complex juxtaposition of living in the world we have been given and creating the world where we want to live, simultaneously. I’m birthing a unique style of creative prose which tempers the intensity of current environmental upheaval by offering thoughtful, playful, and magical word-craft to uplift, enlighten, and enchant!
Tod Connor has previously published non-fiction and fiction works. His writing has appeared in Talon Magazine, Raphael's Village, Ohio Reviews, The Apropos Literaty Journal, The Short Humour Site, Christianity Today, and many others. He lives with his wife in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.
J. L. spent her formative years on military air bases in Europe and at her grandparent’s house on the outskirts of London. It was there, roaming the surrounding woods, parks, streams, and ponds—quiet places, mystical and old—that the seeds of her imaginative stories took hold. In her musings, she conjured magical ports to other worlds, where fairies, water babies and enchanted creatures lived. The forest-dwelling of the Womara is a reflection of her deep love of all things green. She lives in California on the Monterey Peninsula.
Heather Robyn was born and raised in Southern California and is the middle child of three. As an avid learner, she earned her Doctorate degree in Education and spent several years in Social Work helping foster youth and homeless veterans. She enjoys traveling with her two teenagers and exploring new activities. Raised a Chicago sports fan, Heather frequents baseball and hockey games when her teams are in town and is also a fan of Rugby. She currently lives in the San Jose with her children, boyfriend and Husky, Echo.
Born and raised in California, Gurpreet Kaur Sidhu always felt different from the other kids. With an insatiable appetite for reading and writing, Gurpreet would often find herself at the receiving end of a cold stare from one of her teachers – reprimanding her for working on literary ventures when she should have been paying attention. All those secretive moments spent scribbling paid off, however, and now Gurpreet is launching her debut novel “STORM”.
Jamaal is a local author to the Bay Area living in Walnut Creek. Growing up in his hometown of Pendleton, Oregon, Jamaal always had a passion for astronomy, writing, and science fiction novels, Carl Sagen's Contact, in particular. Witnessing the divisiveness, bigotry, and violence plaguing our nation inspired him to write Space Between Us, a story about a boy, but more so, a story about us as a society.
Barbara Anne King is the author of The California Immigrant, the first book in her Monterey Bay series, featuring multicultural stories told from the heart.
Ever since she was a young girl, she had an ear for a story. But she always harbored a secret wish to be a storyteller. Taking George Eliot’s words to heart, she reinvented herself since “it’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
Mary Male is a first-time novelist who lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her husband and two dogs. She graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in French and English and an MA in special education. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. A former educator, she has written several textbooks and curriculum guides. She loves learning new things and considers the novel-writing experience among the most exhilarating and challenging things she’s ever done. Her favorite activities are traveling and being with family and friends.