Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live: Denise Pinhey ūüóď

Melinda Adams AKA LilyCat

On¬†Sunday, November 20th from¬†12-2pm,¬†join Left Coast Writers¬ģ 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, ‚Äú‚ÄúAn Inch in Time‚ÄĚ 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‚ÄĒand afterlife‚ÄĒof a young man named Justin Oliver Inch.

Inch spends his life mistakenly believing he‚Äôs a gifted writer after misunderstanding his third-grade teacher‚Äôs (more…)

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Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live: Marianne Betterly ūüóď

Melinda Adams AKA LilyCat

On¬†Sunday, October 16th from¬†12-2pm,¬†join Left Coast Writers¬ģ 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 (more…)

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Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live: Bill Zarchy ūüóď

Melinda Adams AKA LilyCat

On¬†Sunday, September 18th from¬†12-2pm,¬†join Left Coast Writers¬ģ 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‚Äôt Hurt ‚ÄėEm, 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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. (more…)

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Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live: Eboni Harris

On¬†Sunday, August 14th from¬†12-2pm,¬†join Left Coast Writers¬ģ 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… (more…)

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Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live: Dick Jordan

On¬†Sunday, July 17th from¬†12-2pm,¬†join Left Coast Writers¬ģ 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 ‚ÄúBig City Trips‚ÄĚ, he learned to appreciate the outdoor wonders of the West by joining the quintessential ‚ÄúF Troop‚ÄĚ 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 (more…)

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Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live: SSAC Writers

On¬†Sunday, June 19th from¬†12-2pm,¬†join Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guests on Sunday will be Southern Sampler Artists Colony Writers.

It’s another celebration of all things Southern! Please join the writers and artists of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony¬†as they evoke the¬†dreamy, sometimes steamy¬†world of Charleston¬†and beyond in¬†an exciting¬†sampler of poetry,¬†short fiction,¬†non-fiction and other delights. You don’t have to go there to be there, but if you want to be spirited away, you’ll be able to do that¬†when you join the fun. So please listen in and find out what we all love most about the American South.

“This heartfelt anthology celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony. Contributors present a cornucopia of writing, recipes, and art created in Charleston‚ÄĒSouth Carolina’s Holy City.”
‚ÄĒMary Edna Fraser, Charleston artist

The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers¬ģ are invited to participate in the (more…)

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Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live: Morris Taylor and Jonathan Arnowitz

On¬†Sunday, May 15th from¬†12-2pm,¬†join Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guests on Sunday will be¬†Morris Taylor and Jonathan Arnowitz.

‚ÄúNine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat!‚ÄĚ tells stories from Morris‚Äô varied life in¬†the form of flash memoir. The thirty narratives recount episodes from his childhood in the Great¬†Depression of the 1930‚Äôs to his eighty-fifth birthday. Morris writes in the first person, present¬†tense, to give the reader a feeling of immediacy. A dozen poems are free-standing or sprinkled¬†into the prose. Forty of his original watercolors illustrate the 124-page book in full color. Four¬†photographic montages picture various aspects of Morris career as a concert pianist, a professor¬†of music, a watercolorist and gay leather man.

Morris Taylor is a contemporary version of the Renaissance man. Throughout his fourscore and more years he has displayed a keen interest and considerable skill in thearts, religion, family and leather life style. As a musician, he has traveled the world giving classical piano concerts, master classes and lectures. His writing achievements range from scholarly papers in musicology to incisive poetry relating gentle nature to gritty life. In retirement years, Taylor has become a watercolor artist. His twenty-five one-person shows range from San Francisco’s Grace Episcopal Cathedral to the Center for Sex and Culture. On May 21, 2015, he exhibited his erotic watercolors at Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum. For four decades Doctor Taylor was on the faculty of Christian universities. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Music. In the capacity of his missionary credential, he has taught Bible classes for youth and adults and raised up a Seventh-day Adventist church in Appalachia. With his wife Elaine he toured as a duo-piano team. When their four kids were young, they fit into the back of the station wagon when their parents were on tour. When the children grew to be teens, Lucille, Leonard, Lowell and Lyndon became the prominent Taylor String Quartet winning national prizes and touring under management.

In his sixties Morris has acted upon his inherent homosexuality. He came out simultaneously as a kinky person into sado-masochism into the leather life style. Probably he is the oldest title holder in that community, International Master 2013. A documentary film is being made of Taylor’s life.

Jonathan Arnowitz is a Design Director for Foxconn, the leading maker of Smart¬†Phones. Previously, he has worked as a designer for Google, Nokia, as well for a¬†Dutch Design bureau, Informaat. Jonathan has already published two books on¬†software design. Presently he is working on a series of books under the title of The¬†Goldberg Variations. This series follows its main character on a journey of self-discovery through error and mistakes then through forgiveness (more…)

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Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live: K. Hamilton

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On¬†Sunday, March 13th from¬†12-2pm,¬†join Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be K. Hamilton.

Inspired by real-life events, author K. Hamilton artfully combines the elements of a Western with the 21st century. Paths intersect and twist from Silicon Valley, to Colorado, to the wide-open spaces of the high desert of the Three Corner country of Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada. Three Corner Rustlers is a contemporary story featuring an estranged daughter, Carson, who is returning to her childhood home; C.J., an ex-con whose life is changed by an unusual mentor a wild mustang named Rio; plus a criminal network of cattle thieves, Federal agents, and a rancher whose livelihood is threatened. The journeys of these characters are woven together in this modern-day tale to surprising conclusions.

K. Hamilton works from a small ranch in Northern Marin County, California where she and her husband keep their four horses. They also have a home in Oregon. This is her first novel.

The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers¬ģ are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions.

FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (more…)

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Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live: Anne Sigmon and MJ Pramik

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On¬†Sunday, February 21st from¬†12-2pm,¬†join Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be¬†Anne Sigmon and MJ Pramik, Contributors to¬†To Oldly Go: Tales of Intrepid Travel by the Over-60s

A brand new collection of remarkable travel tales from ‘Silver Travellers’. Dervla Murphy travelling in Cuba at the age of 74, Matthew Parris swimming the Thames at 60, and Colin Thubron climbing the last stronghold of the Assassins in his 60s are among the writers recounting their adventures, often defying expectations – and the odds – and going outside their comfort zone to take a less-travelled path in later life. Published with participation from the Silver Travel Advisor, this single volume brings together contributions – some original, some previously published – from independent-minded souls whose experiences have been entertaining, amusing, thrilling, and even a little irresponsible. Other contributors include Roger Bray, ‘Green Goddess’ Diana Moran and Bradt Guides’ very own Hilary Bradt. – See more at:¬†http://www.bradtguides.com/to-oldly-go-pb.html#sthash.WoFyrnBe.dpuf

Mary Jean Pramik, a coalminer’s daughter and a great, great-granddaughter of the Mongolian pain, has hitch-hiked across the United States, tracker May apples in Ohio, chased children through wet mountains of California, fended off bill collectors in tropical San Francisco, and counted sharp-taloned bird carcasses along the Pacific’s Point Reyes sands. Communicating with screeching penguin hoards in Antarctica remains a high point of her sojourn on this planet. MJ earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in biological sciences, and completed an MFA in writing. She moonlights as a medical writer, penning such scientific thrillers as¬†Norenthindrone, The First Three Decades, the fast-paced history of the first birth control pill extracted from a Mexican yam. Winner of the coveted Mary Women Medal and a Travelers’ Tales Solis Award, MJ’s articles and essays have appeared in¬†Nature Biotechnology,¬†Drug Topics, and¬†Cosmetic Surgery News, and mainstream publications such as¬†Good Housekeeping,¬†Odyssey, and the¬†National Enquirer. She has contributed to the “Venturing in” travel series on the Canal du Midi, Southern Greece, Southern Ireland, and Puglia, Italy, and the “Wandering in” series for Costa Rica, Bali, and Cornwall. MJ teaches graduate writing skills in the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University.

Anne Sigmon¬†flunked jump rope in seventh grade and washed out of college PE. After college, she headed for San Francisco and a career in public relations. Exotic travel was the stuff of dreams until, at 38, she married Jack, took tea with erstwhile headhunters in Borneo and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at 43. Five years later, she was zapped by a career-ending stroke caused by an obscure autoimmune disease called Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS). She may be stuck with blood thinners and a damaged brain, but she’s still traveling to isolated regions ranging from Botswana to Burma and, most recently, to Syria, Jordan, and a remote rainforest in Costa Rica. Anne’s personal essays and travel stories have appeared in local and national publications including¬†Good Housekeeping¬†and¬†Stroke Connection¬†magazines and the anthologies¬†Wandering in Costa Rica,¬†Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness, and¬†Travel Stories from Around the Globe. She is currently working on a memoir about her experience with stroke and autoimmune disease. Anne’s blog¬†www.JunglePants.com¬†offers travel tales and tips about adventure travel off the beaten path. On her author website,¬†www.AnneSigmon.com, she writes about‚ÄĒand offers tips on‚ÄĒliving with stroke and autoimmune disease.

The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers¬ģ are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are (more…)

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Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live: Ivan Light

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On¬†Sunday, January 17th from¬†12-2pm,¬†join Left Coast Writers¬ģ Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be¬†Ivan Light, Author of Deadly Secret of the Lusitania

In 1915, a German U-Boat sank the British passenger liner Lusitania. Many Americans, including women and children, were among the 1,200 dead, so the crime caused a storm of protest in America, and helped plunge the U.S. into World War I. In this gripping novel, an insurance investigator and his fianc√©e help a murdered longshoreman s widow who’s been unjustly denied her husband s life insurance. Finding themselves in possession of documents detailing the Lusitania s secret cargo, the couple are targeted by German and British spies, Irish republicans, a rogue socialist, and the newly-formed FBI, all wanting to use the suppressed material for their own purposes.

Ivan Light¬†is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. The author of seven books, he received the Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2000 in recognition of his pioneering publications dealing with immigrant and ethnic minority entrepreneurship. His¬†Deflecting Immigration¬†received the American¬†Sociological Association Best Book (more…)

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