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.
Alesa Lightbourne has been an English professor and teacher in six countries, lived on a sailboat, dined with Bedouins, and written for Fortune 50 companies. She lives in Santa Cruz, where she loves to boogie board and ride a bicycle.
Stephen Shender worked as a reporter and editor for the Watsonville Register Pajaronian and the Santa Cruz Sentinel from 1977-93. He later worked as a political speechwriter in Washington, D.C., corporate speechwriter in Los Angeles, and marketing communications writer in Silicon Valley. A frequent visitor to Hawaii, Steve lives in Aptos with his wife, cat, and blue and gold macaw. Once There Was Fire is his first novel.
K.C. Bryce Fitzgerald has been telling stories for over two decades. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he is both a writer and filmmaker, dedicated to bringing his unique cinematic vision to the screen and page. He was a featured poet in the Burningword Literary Journal and has had films screen in multiple international film festivals. He views the cinematic and literary arts as inseparable, two forms of storytelling that are, in the words of master writer Ernest Hemingway, an undying search for a simple kind of human truth.
Frank Warren’s first salty taste of surfing in 1938, at age six, aboard a homemade tandem paddleboard in Long Beach, was the beginning of a lifelong love of the ocean waves. Bodysurfing at Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach in the late 1940s led to longboarding on a used Hobie pigboard during the mid-1950s at San Onofre and Huntington, the main surfing venues for Warren and his buddies. Frank is still bodysurfing and bellyboarding at his favorite spots on the North Shore of Oahu and Maui, at the age of eighty-four. Never too old to hit the waves for a cool ride.
David Davis, originally from Brooklyn, NY, has resided in Santa Cruz, CA, for 10 years. He enjoys, writing, math games, bike riding, and has dedicated the current decade to working with the homeless population in his adopted hometown.
Pete Schipper, a Santa Cruz native, revisits the places, events and people that comprised Santa Cruz of the ‘50s, recalling the small beach town as a warm and wonderful place to grow up. Come along for a visit to one of the greatest small towns on the California coast: Santa Cruz ’52.
Mary Feliz called Silicon Valley home for thirty years and learned firsthand that the high-tech heartland is really a series of small towns filled with quirky characters and customs. She's worked in the Fortune 500 world and for mom and pop enterprises, competed in whale boat races, and done synchronized swimming. She attends professional organizer conferences in her character's stead, but Maggie's skills leave her literally in the dust. She's a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the Author's Guild.
Nancy Swing has retired after more than 40 years living and working as an independent consultant on five continents. These international experiences enrich her first novel, a mystery set in Laos, where she lived for two years in the early 1990s. Her characters and situations are a blend of the myriad individuals and events which shaped Nancy’s life in overseas settings as diverse as Guyana, India, Italy, Kazakhstan and Somalia. She and her husband, author Russell Sunshine, currently live on California’s Central Coast with five backyard deer who come and go as they please.