On Sunday, May 21st from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Marilyn Skinner Lanier. Marilyn Skinner Lanier grew up on her grandparents’ ranch in southeastern Oregon, serious cattle country and home to Basque sheepherders, until spring 1954 when her parents moved to an even bigger cattle ranch in northwest Wyoming, the setting for her debut novel, Hardpan, published by Westerly Directions Press in 2015. Two short stories, “The Drop-off” and “The Invisible Delivery Man,” were published in the 2016 Redwood Writers Anthology. The author has an MA in English from CSU-East Bay, and has taken online creative writing courses thru UCLA Extension. She participated in the 2014 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and is an active member of Redwood Writers, a large branch of the California Writers Club, and the Left Coast Writers. Set in the mid-1950s in rural Wyoming, Hardpan tells the journey of a young ranch family grappling with the fierce forces of nature and the changing American West after World War II.
On Sunday, April 30th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Lisa Faulkner. Lisa Faulkner (also known as the Pole Dancing Professor) is a public health expert who mentors women to quiet their busy minds and increase presence through dance, play, sensuality and nature connection. She’s longed to live in a world filled with vibrant individuals since writing her first research paper on biofeedback in junior high school. Lisa studied psychobiology in college at the University of Pennsylvania and spent twenty years in academia researching and teaching determinants of health with a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. However, it wasn’t until discovering sensual dance that she found the secret to radiant health.
On Sunday, March 19th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Susanna Solomon. When Susanna Solomon read her first short story about the day nothing happened in West Marin, called “Sheriff’s Calls”, to a packed house at Pints ‘N Prose in Fairfax, California, the house exploded with laughter. Now, onto something, she used the sheriff’s calls entries in the “Point Reyes Light” as inspiration for more. Susanna asks, “How can I run out of material with the intriguing people of West Marin, California as my inspiration?” Her collection of short stories, entitled “Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls”, has been published December 2013 by HD Media Press. Her success with short story writing came as a complete surprise after over twenty-five years of struggling with writing novels and memoirs.
On Sunday, January 15th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be John Hewitt. Over the past 40 years John Hewitt’s films and books have explored a mosaic of cultures and nationalities. A native of Los Angeles, he grew up in the smog of Southern California and, at various times, has worked as a newspaper and television reporter and editor, magazine writer, producer, cameraman, university professor and author of news writing textbooks as well as five novels. He has traveled in Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. His first three novels, Drone Baloney, Stranger in Baja, and Under the Padre’s Thumb, explored the bewildering culture in communities in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. He currently lives in Northern California. John Hewitt’s newest novel Reptile Wines opens with a zinger—the race-is-on hallmark of his four previous comic novels. Miles Trout is a tour guide for a low frills wine country tour outfit when he’s called from the break room by fellow drivers to find his pal dead—for a second time.
On Sunday, December 18th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Wanderland Writers. Lovers of travel, Spain and sunny southern climes: You are invited to join the editors and contributing writers for the fifth book in the award-winning Wanderland series, Wandering in Andalusia: The Soul of Southern Spain for a book launch featuring wine, tapas and literary treats. It’s interesting that the Wanderland Writers generally tend to head south in their explorations, and nowhere was the southerly route more rewarding than in Andalusia. On this latest adventure, workshop leaders Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar led the writers on a search for the soul of Southern Spain. Along the way they discovered a country ripe with contradiction: an arid landscape filled with lush gardens; the practice of elaborate Christian rituals in churches echoing a rich Islamic past; a land of bullfighters, gypsies, poets, philosophers and scholars; a place where duende and alegría coexist. As they spread out in this inviting territory, they encountered—and wrote about—Columbus and the Christian
On Sunday, November 20th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Denise Pinhey. Denise Pinhey writes humorous stories. Her first novel, ““An Inch in Time” shines a humorous light on the awkwardness of the human condition, especially when it comes to social interaction. Denise Pinhey grew up in Saugus, California, a horsey, deer infested, country town famous for its rodeos and lax liquor laws. When she was old enough to drink, Denise married, joined a wine club and moved to Alamo, CA, a horsey, deer infested, country town famous for nothing. Fans of A Confederacy of Dunces will love An Inch in Time, a strange and surreal romp through time and space that follows the life—and afterlife—of a young man named Justin Oliver Inch. Inch spends his life mistakenly believing he’s a gifted writer after misunderstanding his third-grade teacher’s
On Sunday, October 16th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Marianne Betterly. Marianne Betterly writes poetry about synchronicity, love and loss, wild animals, fairy tales, wanderings in Burma, Japan, Mexico, Nepal and the streets of San Francisco. Her poetry has been published widely in books and journals including The River of Earth and Sky, The Widows’ Handbook, Between the Fault Lines, Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down, The Legendary, New Sun Rising: Stories for Japan, Hot Flashes, Southern Sampler, Green Silk Journal, San Diego Poetry Annual 2014-15, Specter Magazine, and the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal. Marianne lives in a house in Kensington once owned by the great grand-nephew of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Marianne Betterly’s new book of poetry The Return of the Bees focuses on nature, love, loss, the streets of San
On Sunday, September 18th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Bill Zarchy. Bill Zarchy is a writer and teacher and recently retired director of photography in San Francisco. He has shot film and video projects in 30 countries and 40 states, including three former presidents for the Emmy-winning West Wing Documentary Special, the Grammy-winning Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, feature films Conceiving Ada and Read You Like A Book, PBS science series Closer to Truth, musical performances as diverse as the Grateful Dead, Weird Al Yankovic, and Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and countless high-end projects for technology and medical companies. His tales from the road, personal essays, and technical articles have appeared in Travelers’ Tales and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, theSan Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers, and American Cinematographer, Emmy, and other trade magazines. His stories have won eight silver and bronze certificates in the Annual Solas Awards for Travel Writing. Bill’s first book, Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil, chronicles his work and travels in the unpredictable, sometimes dark, often comical world of the film and video business.
On Sunday, August 14th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guests on Sunday will be E. Ardell. E. Ardell spent her childhood in Houston, Texas, obsessed with anything science fiction, fantastic, paranormal or just plain weird. She loves to write stories that feature young people with extraordinary talents thrown into strange and dangerous situations. She took her obsession to the next level, earning a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine where she specialized in young adult genre fiction. She’s a big kid at heart and loves her job as a teen librarian at Monterey Public Library in Monterey, California, where she voluntarily shuts herself in rooms with hungry hordes of teenagers and runs crazy after-school programs for them. When she’s not working, she’s reading, writing, running writers critique groups, trying to keep up with a blog, and even writing fan fiction as her guilty pleasure. Her new book is The Fourth Piece, her First Book in the Order’s Last Play series: “Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war…
On Sunday, July 17th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guests on Sunday will be Dick Jordan, who will be chatting about Cuba, travel and his new film, Cuba Libre. Dick Jordan grew up in Seattle, Washington. At age 7, he donned a suit and tie, climbed aboard a United Airlines DC-6, and took his first big trip: Up to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the day, back to Seattle the same evening by train. As a teenager at the end of the heyday of U.S. passenger train travel, he rode the rails to and from Miami Beach. In between these two “Big City Trips”, he learned to appreciate the outdoor wonders of the West by joining the quintessential “F Troop” of the Boy Scouts and camping in the rain and mud of Western Washington. His service in the U.S. Air Force took him to Texas, Indiana, and the Far East. Along the way he spent nine months studying Chinese in Monterey, California, and discovered San Francisco and Yosemite National Park. When his service days came to a close, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, practiced law for over 30 years, and was an author of articles which appeared in the legal press, and was an editor and publisher of print and on-line legal newsletters. But his real dream was to become a travel writer. Since 1971, Dick has traveled to nearly 250 places in the United States and abroad. In 2006 he started writing travel blogs so friends and family could follow the vacation journeys he and his wife Cindy embark on each year. In 2009, a year after retiring, he became a freelance travel writer. His stories and photographs have appeared in the Contra Costa Times, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, Marin I-J, Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury News. He is also a contributor