Featured Authors 2020-21

Celebrate the success of Bay Area authors at the annual Redwood Writers Author Launch event. Listen to excerpts from new books published by our members since last July, and meet local authors online on Zoom.

Scroll down to check out the stellar lineup of featured authors during the 2021 Author Launch.

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Saturday
February 20, 2021
1 p.m.

Due to the global pandemic, this event will be held online on Zoom.

You will receive a link after you register.

Price:
FREE
for Members, Guests
& General Public

CLICK BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AUTHORS AND THEIR BOOKS

  • Brenda Bellinger_Book_Taking Root

    Brenda Bellinger

    Taking Root

    Young Adult

  • Skye Blaine_Book_Must Like Dogs

    Skye Blaine

    Must Like Dogs

    Literary Fiction

  • Marlene Cullen_Book_The-Write-Spot.Writing-as-a-Path-to-Healing

    Marlene Cullen

    The Write Spot: Writing as a Path to Healing

    Self Help

  • Ida Rae Egli_Book_Krisanthis War

    Ida Rae Egli

    Krisanthi's War: In Hitler's Greece

    Historical Fiction

  • Robin Gabbert_BOOK_Diary of a Mad Poet

    Robin Gabbert

    Diary of a Mad Poet

    Poetry

  • Laura McHale Holland_BOOK_The Kiminee Dream

    Laura McHale Holland

    The Kiminee Dream

    Fiction, Magic Realism

  • Marty Malin_BOOK_Grandmothers Devil

    Marty Malin

    Grandmother's Devil & Other Tempting Tales

    General Adult Fiction/Short Story

  • Nancy Martin_BOOK_From the Summer of Love

    Nancy Martin

    From the Summer of Love to the Valley of the Moon

    Memoir

  • Mark Piper_BOOK_The Old Block

    Mark Piper

    The Old Block

    Literary, New Adult, Contemporary

  • Joan Prebilich_BOOK_Hey Mr Ballerino Man

    Joan Prebilich

    Hey, Mr. Ballerino Man!

    Romantic Comedy

  • Rebecca Rosenberg_BOOK_Gold Digger

    Rebecca Rosenberg

    Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor

    Historical Fiction

  • Brittany Sweeting_BOOK_Bubbly By the Sea

    Brittany Sweeting

    Bubbly By The Sea

    Poetry

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Brenda Bellinger

BRENDA BELLINGER

Brenda Bellinger writes from an empty nest on an old chicken farm in Northern California. Her work has appeared in Small Farmer’s Journal, Mom Egg Review, Persimmon Tree, THEMA, the California Writers Club Literary Review, and in various anthologies. Taking Root, a story of betrayal and courage, is her first novel.

Taking Root

Alienated from her mother, 17-year-old Delaney Moran is trying to make it on her own but panic attacks threaten to undermine her fragile independence. Luella, a determined social worker, and Murray, the owner of a music store, want to help Delaney but in doing so, they uncover a secret from her past that must be shared with her.

Brenda Bellinger_Book_Taking Root
Skye Blaine_Book_Must Like Dogs

Must Like Dogs

Rowan and her dog Zephyr have deepened their mind communication. This connection becomes important during her mom’s challenging pregnancy. Must Like Dogs is a story of obstacles, anguish, and love. Readers of Unleashed will be reconnected with the Westburys, now struggling to find their way through a complicated time without being torn apart.

SKYE BLAINE

Skye Blaine writes fiction, memoir, and poetry, developing themes of aging, coming of age, disability, and awakening. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in 2003. She has been published in eleven anthologies. Her first novel, Unleashed, earned an IndieBRAG medallion. Must Like Dogs is the second in the series.

SKYE BLAINE
Marlene Cullen

MARLENE CULLEN

Marlene Cullen offers inspiration to writers through her series of “The Write Spot” books. Marlene’s blog includes writing prompts, places to submit writing, encouragement to write, and techniques to improve writing. Marlene is the producer of Writers Forum where diverse presenters talk about the craft and business of writing.

TheWriteSpot.us

The Write Spot: Writing as a Path to Healing

The Write Spot: Writing as a Path to Healing is a collection of short pieces illustrating the healing power of writing. The resources section contains information about self-care when writing about difficult subjects. Contributing writers reveal their vulnerabilities and share lessons they’ve learned. Their courage is written on every page.

Marlene Cullen_Book_The-Write-Spot.Writing-as-a-Path-to-Healing
Ida Rae Egli_Book_Krisanthis War

Krisanthi's War: In Hitler's Greece

Krisanthi’s War: in Hitler’s Greece is a novel about three women struggling against tyranny and rape in Nazi-occupied Greece. It’s also about the strength and wisdom of women-friends so closely bonded they will risk shame and death to save one another. The novel speaks to the power of love to transcend years of separation, war trauma, injury—and death.

IDA RAE EGLI

Ida Rae Egli taught English and was Chair of the English department at Santa Rosa Junior College. Her first two books were No Rooms of Their Own: Women Writers of Early California and Women of the Gold Rush. She spent twenty years researching, interviewing for, and writing Krisanthi's War: in Hitler's Greece, a novel.

Ida Rae Egli
Robin Gabbert-

ROBIN GABBERT

Robin Gabbert is a lawyer who finally escaped the drudgery of the law and returned to writing poetry. Her poems have been published by Redwood Writers in their 2020 Poetry Anthology, And Yet…, and the California Writers Club in their 2020 Literary Review. Her first book of poetry, Diary of a Mad Poet, was published in October 2020.

Diary of a Mad Poet

Diary of a Mad Poet comes out of pain, loss, fire, and cancer, but they are also poems of healing and joy, family ties, and friendships. Gabbert's individual poems add up to a portrait of a life lived fully. They offer hope to readers who have come through troubles and those who delight in the powers of memory and the rigors of the English language.

Robin Gabbert_BOOK_Diary of a Mad Poet
Laura McHale Holland_BOOK_The Kiminee Dream

The Kiminee Dream

Influenced by folklore and magic realism, The Kiminee Dream is a lyrical work of fiction with characters equally charmed and challenged while living where the ordinary and miraculous coexist seamlessly. With depth, whimsy, and arresting twists, it also offers an eloquent exploration of acceptance in a tender tribute to the people of Illinois.

LAURA McHALE HOLLAND

In her work, Laura McHale finds hope in unlikely places. Her memoir Resilient Ruin won a National Indie Excellence Award for new adult nonfiction. Prior award-winning books include her childhood memoir Reversible Skirt and Sisters Born, Sisters Found anthology. The Kiminee Dream is her first novel.

Learn more at LauraMcHaleHolland.com.

Laura McHale Holland
Marty Malin_BOOK_Grandmothers Devil

Grandmother's Devil & Other Tempting Tales

Grandmother’s Devil & Other Tempting Tales is a collection of six unconventional stories about imaginary grandmothers doing what they do best. These are not the author’s grandmothers. Perhaps they are yours. Perhaps not. It doesn’t really matter. Their stories will capture your imagination. The grandmothers will steal your heart!

MARTY MALIN

Marty Malin is a semi-retired psychotherapist who began his writing career as the editor of a small college weekly newspaper. His recently published collection of short stories, Grandmother’s Devil & Other Tempting Tales, is available on Amazon and through independent booksellers. He is currently working on a novel.

Marty Malin
Nancy Martin

NANCY MARTIN

Nancy J. Martin was born in San Francisco, raised in Marin County, and migrated north to the Valley of the Moon, where she has resided since 1976.

From the Summer of Love to the Valley of the Moon

San Francisco, 1967. A teenager comes of age during the Summer of Love at her rock & roll wedding. An inspirational narrative of one woman’s perseverance, creativity, and stamina to overcome the cultural norms of patriarchy through years of controlling abuse and moving on through the learning curve of personal growth. From the Summer of Love to the Valley of the Moon was inspired by #MeToo.

Nancy Martin_BOOK_From the Summer of Love
Mark Piper_BOOK_The Old Block

The Old Block

Shortly after his father dies, 24-year-old Nick Castle discovers what seems to be a draft of the novel his father had always hoped to write. But a clue at the end causes Nick to fear that this story of a serious federal crime and escape from the U.S. may not be fiction at all. What would you do if your father wasn't who you'd always thought he was?

MARK PIPER

A multi-genre author with a Ph.D. in English, Mark Scott Piper's debut novel, You Wish, earned first-place gold by 2019 American Eagle Book Awards. His second, The Old Block, was published in 2020. More than fifteen of his short stories have appeared in Short Story America, The California Writers Club Literary Review, and online literary magazines.

Mark Piper
Joan Prebilich

JOAN PREBILICH

Aside from her Michael Paxton novels, Joan Prebilich loves to write light-hearted stories such as Hey, Mr. Ballerino Man!

Hey, Mr. Ballerino Man!

When British ballet dancer Stanley Pinkerton and San Francisco social worker Susan Flowers meet at Aquatic Park, there is instant attraction. Both have reasons to be cautious about a new relationship, but their lives become entwined as Stanley helps Susan establish a ballet program for underprivileged children.

Joan Prebilich_BOOK_Hey Mr Ballerino Man
Rebecca Rosenberg_BOOK_Gold Digger

Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor

Double gold for Gold Digger! 2020 IBPA and IPPY! One look at Baby Doe and you know she was meant to be a legend. Just twenty years old when she came to Colorado to work a gold mine with her new husband. Little did she expect that she’d be abandoned and pregnant to manage the gold mine alone. She became the most scandalous rich woman in America!

REBECCA ROSENBERG

Rebecca Rosenberg grew up in Colorado exploring old mines, ghost towns, and honky-tonks with her family, sparking her life-long love of the Rocky Mountains and obsession with the Tabors. Now, Rebecca writes on her lavender farm in Sonoma. She holds a certificate of novel writing from Stanford University. Other books: The Secret Life of Mrs. London, and more.

Rebecca Rosenberg
Brittany Sweeting

BRITTANY SWEETING

B. K. Sweeting is a bi-coastal artist and author of the poetry collection, Bubbly By The Sea. Her passion for the sea and life experiences are best reflected off the surface of her canvases, through photography and writing. You can find her related works at BKSweeting.com

Bubbly By The Sea

Bubbly By The Sea is a pithy collection of short poems. Consisting of two parts; "Head" and "Heart." Like floating in the ocean, these pages will rock you in and out of hot topics. Shedding overdue sunlight on diverse love, sustainability, equality, modern dating to loss. Then back up to the surface with self-love and encouragement.

Brittany Sweeting_BOOK_Bubbly By the Sea

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