Baker is managing partner of Book Marketing Mentor, a resource and consulting group based in Sonoma. She is past President of The Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, BAIPA); on the Board of the Bay Area Consultants Network (BACN); Membership Chair of Redwood Writers and Redwood Writers Academy. A member of the Napa Valley Writers Club and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).
Baker earned an MHROD from USF, B.A. in Drama from San Diego State University, certificate in Applied Graphics from Santa Rosa Junior College, is a Certified Action Plan Marketing Coach, a certified Constant Contact service provider, and engagement marketing expert. She lives in Sonoma, California with four chickens and her husband Garry.
Baker is writing a memoir/guidebook that proves women with ovarian can take charge of their treatment and recovery.
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After a career in Silicon Valley, Gary pursued passion projects, studying astrophysics and philosophy. He’s spent the last two decades thinking about how to live a balanced, meaningful life in a rapidly evolving technological world. This self-reflective journey infuses his novel with insights about our future and the challenges we will face in finding purpose.
Before turning to writing speculative fiction, Gary worked in a variety of Silicon Valley tech companies. He was eBay’s Chief Financial Officer and led the company’s initial and secondary public offerings. Gary has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA degree in philosophy from San Francisco State University. He has two children with Cynthia, his wife of forty-three years. When not traveling the world, he raises bees and makes a nice Cabernet at the family’s Napa vineyard. He and his family live in San Francisco.
While living in London began volunteering for Cerebral Palsy and continued volunteering when I moved back to the States.
Many of my poems are subjects of those experiences. I’ve authored 2 poetry books:
My Heart Sings
Dancing with God
I write almost daily, short stories, some for children, and poetry.
- Paint with a Typewriter/Type with a Brush, Exploring the Imaginary Worlds of Ray Bradbury through the Art of Illustration
- The libretto for Bradbury’s Mars, the Musical
- The Man in the Hat, the Poetic Spirit at Work in Poetry, Painting, and Prose
- The White Book: The Apollonian System, a Complete Metaphysical Philosophy in Three Volumes
- The Art of Poetry in Twelve Poems
Lance also exhibits his paintings, reads his prose, and recites his poetry in what he characterizes as performance art.
Her work focuses on personal topics such as love, relationships, grief and memory loss.
Ms Ingalls has a colorful history in stage, comedy, auto racing, radio broadcasting, and teaching. All of this feeds her broad scope of writing in memoir, prose, fiction and opinion essays. She has received praise from critics, colleagues and writers for her heartfelt honesty and emotional depths.
Rebecca was born and raised in New York City, and practiced medicine on Long Island before moving to Napa in 2008. She and her husband, Bill Gantt ( a retired music teacher at Vintage High School) have 5 children between them ( “yours, mine and ours”) and the youngest is in college. Read the blog at PremierObGynNapa.com, on the tab that reads, “My Life Until Now“. You can also read her online health related articles at Medium.com, by putting her name in the search bar.
Her first Young Adult novel, Fauxcialite, was published in 2016. Her second YA novel, The Last Pageant in Texas, was published in 2019. She is currently working on her third novel which is of the New Adult genre. Two of her short stories appeared in Napa Valley Writers 2019 Anthology.
Sarita currently serves as President and Publicity Chair for Napa Valley Writers. When Sarita isn’t writing, she focuses on her cactus water business – deserthydrator.com
He has published a handful of poems and short stories online and in several print anthologies. A few months ago, he published his first book of fiction, a collection of short stories about six unconventional grandmothers titled “Grandmother’s Devil and other Tempting Tales.” You can read some snippets from the stories at www.grandmothersdevil.com and buy the print or eBook on Amazon or your favorite bookseller.
Marty hosts “The Storytellers” program on OZCAT Community Radio in Vallejo, the third Thursday of each month and is a member of the Benicia Writers Workshop, Napa Valley Writers and Redwood Writers. He is working, more or less feverishly, on a novel or two.
Jim Mc Donald retired from his career as a podiatrist in 2014 and began a creative journey as writer and painter. He lives in Yountville and chairs the Yountville Arts Commission.
His most recent chapbook is Visual Language with poems that dwell in the space between the visual and language. Previous chapbooks include Takeoff (2018), Hourglass (2019), and also the broadside Fly Museum (2020).
Born in Arkansas, he moved with his family to California as a young boy. Following publication of technical research and report documents during his professional career, he now writes biographical short stories of his early years, and fictional works from his years living in Europe, Florida, and California. Two of his short stories appear in the anthology Meritage; Collected Works From Napa Valley Writers 2019, and he has written articles for a regional newspaper.
Dana recently completed “The Butterfly Wing,” an historical fiction novel which opens with the journey of a female Chinese immigrant to San Francisco in 1855 and follows her to the Napa Valley, where she encounters the volatile and infamous Sam Brannan. Her next project is a collection of essays based on the comic-tragic observations of a menopausal woman. It is titled- “Turning into a Pumpkin.”
Dana is currently a member of Napa Valley Writers and Redwood Writers, and continues taking writing classes at Napa Valley College. She is the founding member of PENS—Publishing Entrepreneurs of Napa-Sonoma.
As of 2019, Wendee blends her favorite things, mindfulness, writing, and horsemanship, with “Experiences” through Airbnb. The writing workshop is called “Write with the Herd – Meet me at the Gate” where up to six participants interact with horses, and respond to writing prompts at Brioso Vineyard Stables on Mount Veeder in Napa County, CA.She also guides guests in practicing Reiki with Animals. Please see descriptions in the links here, and if interested in local or NVW discount, call 707.337.8599.
Write with the Herd
Horse Education and Guided Reiki
You can find her short stories, essays, poetry and short memoirs on her blog at www.rosewinters.com/blog
(published songwriter, Ray Charles sang one of her songs!) 😊
West Coast Songwriter of the month 2019: Berkeley, Vallejo and Petaluma
West Coast Songwriter of the Year: Petaluma
(I’m grateful to say that because of NVW’s 2019 anthology, I am now a published writer!)
- Memoire: COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES, METAMORPHOSIS OF A CAVE DWELLER and more
- Dystopian Futuristic Fantasy: THE NETHER and WAR GENE
- Murder/Romance Whodunnit DOUBLOON and MURDER AT THE PINE COVE INN
- Superhero Adventure: CAPTAIN GRIZZLY
- Coming of Age: (At 40!) MARLENA TAKES A TRIP and (at 17) CALI’S MOJO
- Short Stories: EVOLUTION OF AN INNOCENT and much more
- Poetry: (piles of ‘em)
- Essays/Short Memoire: (lots of those too, my favorite being BLACKBERRY LOVE
Short fiction has appeared in American Fiction Volume 13, North Atlantic Review, Pleiades, Palo Alto Review, and other literary magazines.