Our Authors

Updated: February 26, 2017

Grad Year

Author’s Name

Book Title/email



Richard Nixon

“The Memoirs of Richard Nixon”



Hilda Lassalette

“Fishing for Love” (The Knowing)



Marjorie Johana Moon Goldberg Garrison


“Why Tears”



Mary Garliepp Myers

“Blooming in the Garden of Expectations”



Willie Gordon



William C. Gordon, a former San Francisco trial lawyer, has written a series of noir mysteries about San Francisco in the 1960’s. They have been well received in several languages and are now available in English. Gordon is a world traveler and a photographer and incorporates the diversity of his life experiences into his fiction.


John Saul



House of Reckoning is John Saul’s thirty-sixth novel. His first novel, Suffer the Children, published in 1977, was an immediate million-copy bestseller. His other bestselling suspense novels include Faces of Fear, In the Dark of the Night, Perfect Nightmare, Black Creek Crossing, Midnight Voices, The Manhattan Hunt Club, Nightshade, The Right Hand of Evil, The Presence, Black Lightning, The Homing, and Guardian. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling serial thriller The Blackstone Chronicles, initially published in six installments but now available in one complete volume. Saul divides his time between Seattle, Washington, and Hawaii.


Jerrianne (Thomas) Smith

Mom Please Teach Us to Cook




 Rhea Frances Tetley  

Here is amazon link to her books. 


Rhea-Frances Tetley’s family developed the Valley of Enchantment section of Crestline, beginning in 1924, and she has been visiting the area since birth. She has lived there with her family, full time, since 1976. She is a past president and founder of the Crest Forest/Rim of the World Historical Society and is on the board of directors of the Mountain History Museum in Lake Arrowhead.

Douglas W. Motley is the senior writer for the Alpernhorn News, based at Crestline, California, and covering the communities of the San Bernardino Mountains. Motley has been married to author Rhea-Frances Tetley for four decades. They live in Crestline, California.


Anne Ewing Rassios 

” Godquake: Eternal Tales from Modern Mount Olympus”




Sue Ann Jaffarian



Like her character Odelia Grey from the Odelia Grey mysteries, Sue Ann Jaffarian, is a middle-aged, plus size paralegal. She lives in Los Angeles with her two cats, B and Raffi. She writes mysteries and general fiction, as well as short stories.  In addition to writing, Sue Ann is sought after as a motivational and humorous speaker. Want to receive HOT FLASHES, Sue Ann’s newsletter? To subscribe, just send an e-mail to sue@sueannjaffarian.com with “Add Me” in the subject line. HOT FLASHES is distributed 3-5 times a year via e-mail. And rest assured, your e-mail information is never sold to or shared with anyone.
You can visit Sue Ann at her website: www.sueannjaffarian.com and follow her on both Facebook and Twitter.


Michael Moore (Stark Hunter)




(Wendy) Alane Adams



I grew up in an old Quaker town called Whittier in Southern California. For college, I attended the University of Southern California where I wanted to be an English major, but my family convinced me to become an accountant so I could help run a family business. I spent the next few decades trying to get back to writing instead of balancing budgets. After leaving the family business behind in 2008, I started a foundation focusing on global poverty issues particularly their effect on children. I pursued a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and took several field visits with UNICEF, visiting schools around the world. After seeing the importance of education and literacy in the battle to end extreme poverty, I began to shift the focus of my foundation to improving and supporting literacy efforts. In 2009 I was invited to teach a course on social entrepreneurship at Chapman University and joined the full-time faculty for the next five years. Along the way, my passion for literacy and children came together when my 12-year-old son Alex challenged me to write a book he could read. I began writing the Legends of Orkney book series and haven’t stopped writing since that day.

Having been an avid reader my entire life, books based on mythology have always fascinated me the most. I think it’s the idea of magic and the unlimited potential behind the surreal. Building an entirely new world like the fantastical realm of Orkney in my series has been a wonderful challenge. When I think of stories that don’t involve some element of magic it feels dry and boring. I love characters that are deeply flawed and full of emotions like anger and frustration and a burning desire to understand why it is they are so flawed. There are so many wonderful writers out there that entertain children and adults alike, but my all-time favorite book is River God by Wilbur Smith because it tells such a powerful story of life in ancient Egypt and you can’t help but be swept back to that time and place.
When I’m not writing or teaching, I’m out hiking somewhere in the world or hanging out with my three boys who are my greatest joy. Thank you for visiting my page. I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I enjoyed writing them for you.

To learn more about my foundation visit: www.riseupfoundation.org

– Alane Adams
Alane is proud to be a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the International Reading Association, The Literacy Research Association, and the California Reading Association.


Theresa Covello Hoiles


For over ten years Theresa has worked in various aspects of the entertainment, Internet and advertising fields. As a freelance writer and creative copywriter, she has written for television, the Internet, radio scripts, and commercials. Her marketing skills include writing copy for DVD packaging, consumer and trade advertisements, brochures, games and point of purchase products for Home Entertainment clients including Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Disney Creative Services and the International Film and Television School. Aside from entertainment, Theresa has written marketing materials in the medical, banking, education and insurance fields.

Theresa is the co-author of the non-fiction book, “Love, Luck and Lore” (2006 Conari Press). She has also ghost written for Knock Knock Productions. In addition, Theresa has blogged for Family.com’s ParentPedia site, iriswork.com and ToyDirectory.com.

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