Author bios

Sandy Shaller

Sandy for new site_treatedThere is a rumor that Sandy is a fictional character written by his wife Rickie. Sandy does not dispute this. He also says that, therefore, Rickie is responsible for whatever he does!

So far Rickie has written Sandy as a husband, teacher, teacher-principal, Daddy, Grand-Daddy, audio book recorder and writer. Sandy would like Rickie to write him as a New York Yankee superstar, a concert pianist, a recording artist and a hero in a Star Wars movie, but Rickie says fictional characters only stretch so far.

As to Sandy’s stories: if you like one, he thought of it himself. If you don’t, Rickie made him write it that way.

Carol Stefan

Carol_IMG_0133_1024_treatedCarol is a transplant from the East Coast, but her “home town” is New York City.

Carol’s professional background includes teaching, paralegal work, systems analysis, technical writing and copyrighting. Her favorite pastimes are touring Europe and South America, walking, reading, crocheting, and going to the theater. She recently began volunteer work for the local Diablo Ballet organization.

Carol has three daughters who have remained on the East Coast, but she and her husband made the move out here when he tired of snow and shoveling.

You can read some of Carol’s work at http://patch.com/users/carol-l-stefan

Andrew Harrison

IMG_0197 Andrew, treated 2Andrew’s forebears dealt in moonshine. And tobacco, coal, and steel. Who knows what else.

He himself is a leader in gross domestic ink consumption—preferably the non-toxic, waterproof, archival quality stuff you only find in art supply stores. Sure, there are cheaper pens out there, but (as the old Mitch Hedberg joke goes) he got tired of losing them and not caring. He isn’t paid for this high achievement, often mentioning that he should have gone into petroleum.

When he isn’t working in the city, or watching for frogs in the local creek, you’ll find him at the nearest cafe scribbling away.

Catherine Hensiek

Hensiek FullSizeRender_treatedTravel is my passion and inspiration for both fiction and non-fiction pieces. During trips to Europe and here in the states I keep a detailed journal and I mine that later for themes and settings for stories. My NaNoWriMo mystery novel is partly set in Paris. This year I am using material from visits to Venice and Lyon for short stories.

Besides writing I also create visual art. My favorite techniques include acrylic painting, mixed media, collage and watercolor. The beautiful scenery of our golden state inspires much of my work.

Some of my travel writing is posted here: http://www.catrinatravels.com

Denise Desalernos

denise-desalernos-treatedDenise is a second generation California native who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has written dozens of short stories and is working on her first novel length work. A former baker and restaurant manager, she opened and ran a highly successful retail bakery in the East Bay. For the tenth anniversary of the business, she published the Walnut Creek Baking Company Cookbook, a collection of recipes and sumptuous photographs.

An avid lover of nature and animals, she volunteers at local schools with her dog Carmen, helping children learn to read. When she’s not writing, reading, or painting, you can find her outdoors hiking the East Bay hills with her dogs, or backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Lisa Franklin

Lisa Franklin is a Bay Area native (a rare breed) who has been writing short stories for as long as she can rememberso far back, in fact, that she can recall pecking away on a manual typewriter.

When she graduated with her B.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, Lisa received a sympathy card from her junior college fiction instructor, the very man who had steered her in that direction. As he had predicted, like many English majors before her, she took a different path.

When Lisa isn’t coaching other people on how to find a job or career that makes them happy, she can often be found with a camera in hand. Now, after years away from writing, she is thrilled to be back in the arms of her first true love, surrounded by people who are as enchanted by words as she is.

Kathy Oldham

Kathy pic 20150118_113942 (2)_treatedKathy Oldham is the author of the Tom Davies Trio (2015), a non-fiction story of a British motorcycling vaudeville troupe. She has also been published in Irises, a national horticulture magazine, and the Walnut Creek Writers Guild anthologies.

She studied fashion history and design in Paris before moving to England. After many years living in the London area, her family relocated to the Bay Area. The wanderlust never dies and Europe often beckons.

Michele Magar

When she’s not writing fiction or taking jazz improvisation classes at Berkeley’s fabulous Jazz School, Michele runs a medical-legal partnership that provides free lawyers for Bay Area women with cancer. She recently launched the new organization’s website, which includes four original “know your rights” publications she authored—all available for free download. Curious readers can find Michele’s legal writing at TanyaProject.org, as well as her weekly blog covering legal, medical, and tech news useful to women who have or had cancer. Michele plans to add a dozen more free “know your rights” publications in the coming months.

Norma Armon

Norma, colorful bckgrd_treated bisI left Mexico after my divorce and came to the Great White North, chasing the American Dream.  I settled in Hollywood because Spanish International Network hired me to produce a three hour Johnny Carson type show. Ours was the first live television show in Spanish produced live in L.A. After three years with what became the Flagship Station of the SIN Network (now the giant Univision), I left to form my own production company doing specials for ABC, CBS and SIN. After the L.A. Olympics, I moved to Oakland to work with my daughter in our Multilanguage Communications Agency, where we’ve been producing translations and localization of print materials, video, websites and interpreting for Fortune 500 companies for over 33 years. Sooner than later, I expect to delegate my many hats in International Contact, Inc. Then, I intend dedicate myself full time to becoming better at fiction writing, gardening, activism for a better world and taking good care of myself. The WCWG is an integral part of that plan.

Vesta Clare

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Sometimes called Vespa because she always seems to be in motion, Vesta’s traveled through photography and singing on her way to the most difficult craft of all: writing.

In between word hunts and being struck by great story ideas when there’s nothing to write with, she still tries to find time for singing and photography. Major visual influences include Rene Magritte. Writing influences include Maile Meloy, Andrei Makine, Vendela Vida.

Vesta is on sabbatical from the guild, catching up with work that was set aside in order to focus on the recently released WCWG music-themed anthology, but you can also find her at vestaclare.wordpress.com or on Twitter @VestaClare