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Upcoming Events

January 4, 2018

Speaking at WINGS (Women in God’s Spirit) at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Livermore, CA, 9:30-11:30 am on “Lessons from the 1940s Woman: What Women of Today Can Learn from Rosie the Riveter and Her Friends.” Open to public.

February 10, 2018

Speaking 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 17, 2018

Coaching fiction writers at LIT Masterclass, hosted by West Coast Christian Writers Conference, in Pleasanton, CA. This is a one-day masterclass for intermediate-advanced writers, featuring keynote speakers, instruction in craft and marketing for both fiction and nonfiction writers, and small groups sessions with a coach. I’ll be coaching fiction writers. Registration opens November 27, 2017.

March 23-27, 2018

On faculty at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in Mount Hermon, CA, teaching a Morning Mentoring Clinic for historical fiction writers.

Recent Events

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.” wccw-2017

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.
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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, 2014MH 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.