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Upcoming Events

January 14, 2020

Speaking at Clayton Valley Woman’s Club in Clayton, CA, 11 am on “Rosie the Riveter & Friends: Lessons from the 1940s Woman.” Open to the public. At St. John’s Episcopal Church, 5555 Clayton Rd.

February 22, 2020

Keynote speaker and teaching at Oregon Christian Writers Winter One-Day Conference at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR. Details to follow.

February 28-29, 2020

On board and faculty at West Coast Christian Writers Conference LIT Masterclass in Livermore, CA. This year’s “Level Up” conference is for intermediate-to-advanced writers. I’ll be teaching a mentoring circle on “For the Long Haul – Career Planning and Goal Setting.” Registration opens Dec. 2, 2019!

April 3-7, 2020

Teaching a fiction morning mentoring clinic and serving on the critique team at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in Mount Hermon, CA. Details to follow.

Recent Events

November 4, 2019

Speaking at Fresno State University, Fresno, CA, 3:30 pm, on “Rosie the Riveter & Friends: Lessons from the 1940s Woman.” Open to the public. In the Henry Madden Library, Eclipse Room (second floor); 5200 N. Barton Ave., Fresno, CA.

September 26-28, 2019

Attended American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in San Antonio, Texas, and sat on a panel called “Your Writing, Your Process.”

July 10, 2019

Met with a book club in Concord, CA, as they discussed The Sea Before Us.

June 13, 2019

Spoke at GFWC Woman’s Club of Antioch in Antioch, CA on “Rosie the Riveter and Friends: Lessons from the 1940s Woman.”

June 10, 2019

Met with a book club in Antioch, CA, as they discussed The Sea Before Us.

April 27, 2019

Met with Bibliovores book club in Livermore, CA, as they discussed The Sky Above Us.

April 12-16, 2019

Served on faculty at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, Mount Hermon, CA. I taught a fiction mentoring clinic and a workshop, “Serious about Series: Tips on Writing a Seriously Good Fiction Series.”

March 20, 2019

Spoke at the Golden Age group at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Brentwood, CA on “Rosie the Riveter and Friends: Lessons from the 1940s Woman.”

February 14-16, 2019

Served on the board and the faculty at West Coast Christian Writers Conference in Livermore, CA. I taught workshops on “Platform: Find Your Unique Light and Let It Shine” and “Crafting Characters.” I also taught a mini-mastermind on “Making Your Fiction Come to Life.”

February 9, 2019

Book signing at Barnes & Noble, Antioch, CA.

January 15, 2019

Spoke at Summerset IV book club, Brentwood, CA, for their discussion of The Sea Before Us.

October 16, 2018

Spoke at Maplewood Presbyterian Church, Greensburg, PA on “Rosie the Riveter and Friends: Lessons from the 1940s Woman.”

September 20-23, 2018

Served on faculty at American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Nashville, TN, moderating the historical fiction panel.

September 8, 2018

Keynote speaker at Inspire Christian Writers Quarterly Workshop, Sacramento, CA. Keynote address on “In God’s Waiting Room: Turning Trial to Triumph,” and a breakout session, “Serious about Series: Tips on Writing a Seriously Good Fiction Series.”

February 17, 2018

Coached fiction writers at LIT Masterclass, hosted by West Coast Christian Writers Conference, in Pleasanton, CA.

February 10, 2018

Spoke at Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Association in Petaluma, CA on “Lessons from the 1940s Woman: What Women of Today Can Learn from Rosie the Riveter and Her Friends.”

February 9, 2018

Book release party for The Sea Before Us! My literary agent gave swing dance lessons, plus we had fun giveaways, a reading, book signing, and snacks! At Barnes & Noble, Antioch, CA.

January 4, 2018

Spoke at WINGS (Women in God’s Spirit) at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Livermore, CA, on “Lessons from the 1940s Woman: What Women of Today Can Learn from Rosie the Riveter and Her Friends.”

November 4, 2017

Spoke at PEO Pleasanton’s Author Tea, on “Lessons from the 1940s Woman: What Women of Today Can Learn from Rosie the Riveter and Her Friends.”

October 14, 2017

Skype chat with American Christian Fiction Writers Arkansas Chapter.

September 28, 2017

Skype chat with Faith in Fiction Christian Fiction Book Club, Tottenham, ON.

September 21-24, 2017

Taught at American Christian Fiction Writers At-Home Conference on “Research Without Headaches” (tips on how to document and organize your research material).

April 7-11, 2017

Served on the faculty at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in Mount Hermon, CA.

  • Taught a Fiction Mentoring Track
  • Taught a workshop on “Historical Research Without the Headaches”

March 25, 2017

Spoke at Alameda Free Library Writers’ Group on Writing Is Rewriting: Polish Your Rough Draft to a ShineAlameda Main Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda, CA. Press Release.

March 18, 2017

Book signing at Barnes & Noble, Antioch, CA.

March 16, 2017

Spoke at the meeting of the PEO group in Brentwood, CA.

March 7, 2017

Spoke at Petaluma Woman’s Club on “Lessons from the 1940s Woman: What Women of Today Can Learn from Rosie the Riveter and Her Friends.”

February 17-18, 2017

Taught workshops at West Coast Christian Writers Conference in Pleasanton CA, on “Crafting Characters” and “Making Fiction Come to Life.”

January 29, 2017

Spoke at North Bay Red Hat Society on “Lessons from the 1940s Woman: What Women of Today Can Learn from Rosie the Riveter and Her Friends.” Petaluma, CA.

September 15, 2016

Skype chat with the Marshfield Book Club in Marshfield, WI.

August 22, 2016

Met with the Trilogy Book Club in Brentwood, CA.

June 11, 2016

Spoke at Girls’ Morning Out, Mariner’s Discovery Church, Discovery Bay, CA, on “Lessons from the 1940s Woman: What Women of Today Can Learn from Rosie the Riveter and Her Friends.”


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Spoke at Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Spring Rally, Resurrection Ministries, Brentwood CA, on “Lessons from the 1940s Woman: What Women of Today Can Learn from Rosie the Riveter and Her Friends.”

May 21, 2016

Signed books at the Pittsburg Historical Society’s Armed Forces Day from 2-5 pm. The museum celebrated the dedication of a special sign from Camp Stoneman, under which all soldiers passed on their way to the Pacific! Pittsburg Historical Society. More information in the East Bay Times

May 7, 2016

Book signing at Barnes & Noble, Antioch, CA.

April 13, 2016Pitt His Lauraine's cousin

Spoke at the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce’s Empowering Women in Business group on “Lessons from the 1940s Woman: What Women of Today Can Learn from Rosie the Riveter and Her Friends.” Pittsburg, CA.

March 18-22, 2016John Knox speak 2 - Copy

Served on the faculty at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in Mount Hermon, CA.

  • Taught a Fiction Mentoring Track
  • Taught a workshop: “No Missed Deadlines: Strategies to Keep You on Track”
  • Taught a workshop: “Platform: Find Your Unique Light and Let It Shine”
  • Served on the Critique Team

March 11-13, 2016

Speaker for John Knox Presbyterian Church’s ladies’ retreat. Presentation Center, Los Gatos, CA, on “Encouraged in Faith: Blessings from the Beatitudes.”

November 7, 2015Northpark Penny Murray

Spoke at Holiday Luncheon & Boutique at Northpark Community Church in Fresno, CA on Simplifying Christmas.

October 17, 2015

Taught a Pre-NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop at Alameda Free Library Writers’ Group. Sat. October 17, 2015 at the Alameda Main Library, Alameda, CA.

September 17-20, 2015

Taught a workshop at American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Dallas, TX, on Historical Research Without the Headaches.

September 16, 2015

Book signing at Living Room Bookstore in Bastrop, Texas.

TWD pin launch party

August 8, 2915

Launch Party for Through Waters Deep at Barnes & Noble, Antioch CA. Swing dance lessons taught by my agent, Rachel Kent! Refreshments, giveaways, readings, and a book signing. 1940s attire optional – but welcome! Heritage High School’s Music is Medicine organization held a book fair, with proceeds donated to Homes for our Troops, which builds adapted homes for wounded veterans.

April 18, 2015

Spoke at Alameda Free Library Writers’ Group on Writing Is Rewriting: Polish Your Rough Draft to a Shine. Sat. April 18, 2015 at the Alameda Main Library, Alameda, CA.

January 18, 2015

Spoke at California Writers Club, at the Oakland Main Library on “How You Can Build Your Novel Using the Snowflake Method.” Does plotting your novel ever feel like a smack-down wrestling match? And how can a simple snowflake help you win that match? Author Sarah Sundin will explain how she uses Randy Ingermanson’s famous Snowflake Method with her own adaptations. Building your story from a one-sentence summary up to an intricate outline helps you work out the details of your characters and plot and pull them into a cohesive unit. Even if outlines give you hives, you’ll find techniques you can apply to the writing or editing process.

October 17, 2014Simply Women 10-14

Spoke at Simply Women, Golden Hills Community Church, Brentwood, CA on “Simplify Christmas.”

October 13, 2014

Skype chat with eighth-grade classes at Discovery School, Lancaster CA on  “Writing Is Rewriting.” See news release.

July 9, 2014

Spoke at Greensburg Hempfield Area Library, Greensburg, PA on “Birth of a Novel.”

May 3, 2014

Spoke at Latte and Lit Book Club, Peoples Church, Fresno CA on “Lessons from the 1940s Woman: What Women of Today Can Learn from Rosie the Riveter and Her Friends.” People’s Church, Fresno, CA.

May 3, 2014

Spoke at Tulare Public Library, Tulare CA on “Birth of a Novel.”

April 11-15, 2014

Taught at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, Mount Hermon CA on “Historical Research: Enrich and Deepen Your Story”; also contributed to the “Refresh, Reboot & Refocus Your Writing Adventure” morning track.