Author Spotlight Fiction Book Club 2016

Once again, Copperfield’s Books and Redwood Writers are teaming up to present local authors’ books to the public during the 2016 Spotlight Fiction Book Club. This book club features works written by Redwood Writer members, and the public is encouraged to participate in these free and open events held the last Tuesday of each month at Copperfield’s Bookstore in Santa Rosa.

Whether you read the books or you just want to listen and learn about writing, these discussions will be interesting and informative. The Redwood Writer authors will attend the meetings to respond to comments and questions.

The Author Spotlight Fiction Book Club
meets every month
from 6 to 7 p.m.

Copperfield’s Books
Montgomery Village
775 Village Court
(located next to Ross)

No reservations are required for this FREE series

Open and print the book club flier by clicking here



Prompted by a Press Democrat article about the collaboration between Redwood Writers and Copperfield’s Bookstores, KRCB’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers interviewed three of the featured authors from the 2016 fiction book club.

In this show, host Gil Mansergh welcomes Marian Lindner, Marilyn Campbell and Linda Loveland Reid, the first three novelists and their books.


Below, listen to this Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, podcast, and find more Word By Word interviews at KRCB.

January 26

San Francisco by Marian Lindner

San Francisco is a steamy look at romance set against one of the most deeply impactful moments in American history–the great earthquake and fire of 1906. From the inferno of clapboard houses south of Market Street to the community spirit in Golden Gate Park’s tent city, San Francisco depicts a socialite’s desperate struggle to survive the catastrophe. Torn between two men during the three-day disaster, only to be bitterly betrayed by one of them, her life is changed in ways she would never have imagined.

Marian Lindner

Marian Lindner

Author/Screenwriter Marian Lindner’s debut novel, San Francisco, will be followed in 2016 by The Hunt for the Lost Word and The Witch Lineage. Lindner also wrote The Emotionally Available Partner. An active Redwood Writers member, Lindner lives in Glen Ellen with her husband, daughter, a golden-haired Chow-Chow and a little black cat.

February 23

Trains to Concordia by Marilyn Campbell

Trains to Concordia by Marilyn Campbell; It is 1892 in Homestead, Pennsylvania. A steel strike, an injury, and death by a train accident leaves Charley and Jennie O’Brien orphaned and homeless. This is a coming of age story about Charley as he and his sister ride the orphan train to a foster home in Kansas. They, along with their friend, Christina, experience unimaginable hardships in their new homes.

Marilyn Campbell

Marilyn Campbell

Marilyn Campbell is a Napa author and member of both Redwood Writers and Napa Valley Writers, of which she was a co-founder. She wrote features for a weekly newspaper and copy for several public relations firms before switching to a career in social work.  When Marilyn retired from Napa County Adult Protective Services, she resumed writing and has since published short stories and poetry in anthologies and small journals.  Trains to Concordia is her first novel, published by Camitzke Press. She lives in Napa with her husband, Michael.

March 29

Something in Stone by Linda Loveland Reid

Something in Stone by Linda Loveland Reid; In Dillon Beach, California, five dynamic, funny and amazing women spend a weekend wrangling over their foibles about sex, jobs, politics, and love while being confronted with death and the overriding mystery of the death of one of them 35 years ago.

Linda Loveland Reid

Linda Loveland Reid is the author of two novels and also directs theater in Sonoma and Marin counties. Reid is chair of Redwood Writers Play Contest and Festival held each year. She has directed Community Theater in Marin and Sonoma counties more than 30 years. Linda earned two B.A. degrees from SSU, where she currently teaches art history classes for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

April 26

The Marvelous Journals of
Miss Virginia Pettingill
 by Gil Mansergh

The Marvelous Journals of Miss Virginia Pettingill by Gil Mansergh. Set in the fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts during the 1921-1922 school year, this book features the private writings of a precocious seventh grader who has the ability of Sight which she must keep secret from almost everyone. Encouraged by her parents, she writes about her life, her town, her times, and the things she “sees.”

Gill Mansergh

Gill Mansergh

Gilbert Mansergh of Sebastopol is the psychological educator internationally acclaimed for utilizing Hollywood movie clips as teaching tools. Author of over 60 non-fiction books, two syndicated film columns, and a movie blog, Mansergh is also the producer/host of the Word By Word: Conversations With Writers radio show on Sonoma County’s NPR station, KRCB-FM.

May 31

Intent to Hold by Thonie Hevron

Intent to Hold by Thonie Hevron. In this contemporary thriller, Sonoma County Sheriffs’ Detectives Nick Reyes and Meredith Ryan travel to Mexico to rescue his kidnapped brother-in-law. Along the way, they battle corrupt cops, natural disasters, and even family to save his wife’s brother. A fast-paced read that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Thonie Hevron

Thonie Hevron

Thonie Hevron is a law enforcement veteran who writes suspense novels based on the people behind the badge. A Sonoma County resident for over thirty years, her two thrillers, By Force or Fear and Intent to Hold won awards in the Public Safety Writers Association Writers Contest in 2012 and 2014.

June 29

Hardpan by Marilyn Skinner Lanier

Hardpan by Marilyn Lanier. Set in Clark, Wyoming in the mid-1950s, Hardpan tells the story of a young ranch family caught in the vagaries of the changing American West after World War II. After returning from the war to manage the family ranch in eastern Oregon, Kurt Glover confronts familial challenges to his new role. His decision to relocate his family to a remote cattle ranch in Wyoming introduces risks to his young family that he never imagined.

Marilyn Lanier

Marilyn Skinner Lanier

Marilyn Skinner Lanier grew up on cattle ranches in eastern Oregon and northwest Wyoming—the setting for her debut novel, Hardpan. She has an M.A. in English, and an MBA. She and her husband live in Sonoma County. A short film, “The Fence,” based on a chapter from her novel, was selected for the Director’s Award at the UCLA Film Festival in 2008, and again for the Ashland Film Festival in 2009.