Published Members

Active Members of the California Writers  Club, Berkeley Branch (published writers, authors, poets and qualified bloggers) are listed here with links to their work.

Members, please check this page regularly and send updates to with “Member Page” in the subject line. Members may request a posting be added via the form at

JoAnn Smith Ainsworth head shotJoAnn Smith Ainsworth

Matilda’s SongOut of the Dark Polite Enemies The Farmer and the Wood NymphExpect Trouble  • Expect Deception

“The author’s attention to detail and dialogue make this a book I would highly recommend.” Affaire de Coeur Review Magazine


Karen Arlen photoKaren Arlen

They Came Singing:   Songs from California’s History (bk & CD)  •  Days of Gold! Songs of the California Gold Rush (bk & CD)  •   Tutokanula:  A Yosemite Legend (Musical Historical Play & CD)

I am co-author and publisher of books, CDs and plays on California History Through Song. These are of particular interest to educators, musicians and historians.


John Byrne BarryBarry

Bones in the Wash: Politics is Tough. Family is Tougher

I set out to write the kind of book I love to read — fun, fast-paced, but with three-dimensional characters, a believable plot, and a whiff of literary merit.


Bellucci photo Lucille Bellucci

The Year of the Rat • Journey From Shanghai • Stone of Heaven • The Snake Woman of Ipanema • A Rare Passion • Pastiche: Stories and Such • Farrago: More Stories • Meow’s Way (FREE!) • Meow’s Way Redux

Lucille’s short stories and essays have won eight first-place awards.


Sheryl Bize-Boutte photoSheryl J. Bize Boutte

Books: A Dollar Five: Stories From A Baby Boomer’s Ongoing Journey • A Kiss Under The Mistletoe • The Dog With The Old Soul • All That and More’s Wedding • Running For The 2:10 – More Stories From a Baby Boomer’s Ongoing JourneyTalking In Class blog

“Full of such imagery I felt I had been there.”  — Publisher’s Weekly.


Gurnam BrardGurnam S. Brard

East of Indus

“Dr. Brard is a masterful raconteur and very knowledgeable about the social, cultural, religious and political factors affecting life in India.”—Dr. R. Cardin, Newport Beach, CA


Burchfield photoThomas Burchfield

Dragon’s Ark: A Tale of the Supernatural  • Whackers: An original Screenplay  •  The Uglies: A Crime Saga

Dragon’s Ark won three awards for horror fiction in 2012, including an IPPY award. 


kristen caven headshotKristen Caven

The Souls of Her Feet – book & musical •  Perfectly Revolting: My Glamorous Cartooning Career  • The Reason She Left and Other Stories  • Sammy Sperm’s Guide to Safe Sex • The Bullying AntidoteThe Winning FamilyOn the Wings of Self-Esteem (with Dr. Louise Hart)

“Kristen Caven brings the disciplined imagination of a thousand ballerinas and the incisive wit of a Gary Larson to her graphic essays on life, love, education, and the real meaning of everything.” —Libby Comeaux


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Portrait of a Traveler in TWO PLUS FOUR EQUALS ONE: Celebrating the Relationship Between People With Disabilities and Their Service Animals  • A Particular Dog in Norway (poem) in KALEIDOSCOPE Magazine, Summer/Fall 2011

I’m a poet and a storyteller who’s always on the move for a new way to say things about things dog and disability.


Anjuelle Floyd.Anjuelle Floyd

Keeper of Secrets … Translations of an Incident (June 2007) • The House (Sept. 2010) • Seasons in Purdah (Sept. 2012) • When the Drum Major Died (Feb. 2014)

Motto: “Imagination is the key to freedom. The artist’s job is to cultivate and nurture her or his imagination, and that of others.”


Henry Hitz

White Knight, or how one man came to believe that he was the one who caused the San Francisco City Hall killings and the Jonestown Massacre

ʺA powerful tale set in San Francisco during the turbulent late ‘70s…An elegant debut novel.”— Clifford Irving, author of Final Argument and Trial



Francine Thomas Howard

Page from a Tennessee Journal •  Paris Noire • The Sisterhood Hyphen

(Photo by Barbara Vail.)

ʺRemarkable…as suspenseful as it is rich in detail.ʺ  — USA Today


Kymberlie Ingalls photoKymberlie Ingalls

My Blog BookBridges

A pioneer in blogging, having self-published online since 1997. Works include personal essay, prose, short fictional stories, and a memoir in progress. Beware of the occasional falling opinions.


Tim Jollymore photoTim Jollymore

Listener in the Snow • Observation Hill, a novel of class and murder • The Advent of Elizabeth

Readers’ Favorites, “This is elegant storytelling that packs a punch.”


Kingman photoJeffrey Kingman

 Moto Girl, a novel

Moto Girl is a tense family drama about a 12-year-old girl learning to ride motocross.


Lloyd Lofthouse headshotLloyd Lofthouse

My Splendid Concubine  (with Anchee Min) • sequel, Our Hart, Elegy for a Concubine • The Concubine Saga  •  iLook China blog AND

“Just a beautiful rendering of a classic love story.” —The Bookish Dame


John Q. McDonald photo John Q. McDonald

Stories & essays:  “Aquae Tempus,” 2012, The First Line, 14, no. 2 •”Desolation,” 2012, Tahoe Blues anthology, Bona Fide Books • “Of Turtles & Rockets,” 2010, EarthSpeak on-line • “A Tune in the Key of Empty,” 2009, Amoskeag, 26, no. 1 • “Four Boots of Two Islands,” 2007, Isotope, 5.1 • “Fear and Loathing on Election Night, ’88,” 2007, Out of Line • … and others


Sue Mote

Hmong and American


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Into the Face of the DevilTales from the Promised LandHangtown Creek

“If you want a good page-turning story written by a master of his craft whose vivid characters triumph and fail, find love and defeat during the fantastic age of the California gold rush then John Putnam’s books are a sure-win ticket.”—author John Lacklen

“John’s characters jump off the page and talk to you, his villains cold as midnight, his heroes straight and true.”  Tom Rizzo


Colleen Rae photo Colleen Rae

 Mohave Mambo • Chihuahua EnchiladaShiloh Speaks •  A Therapy Dog’s Memoir of Unconditional Love


Alon Shalev headshotAlon Shalev

The Accidental Activist • A Gardener’s Tale • Unwanted Heroes • At The Walls Of Galbrieth (Wycaan Master Book 1) • The First Decree (Wycaan Master Book 2) • Ashbar (Wycaan Master Book 3) • Sacrificial Flame (Wycaan Master Book 4) • From Ashes They Rose (Wycaan Master Book 5)  •  Blogs:  Left Coast Voices  • Elfwriter

“A beautiful and elegiac evocation of a timeless Britain and of a man of the ancient ways of the earth who brings peace and healing where the flames of persecution once burned.” — Vivianne Crowley, best selling author about A Gardener’s Tale


Simmons photoDavid Simmons

Culloden Field: Where History Lives in Song

“The Canadian Celtic Cowboy”


Aline Soules

Meditation on Women


Wagele photo Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram Made Easy Are You My Type, Am I Yours?  • The Enneagram of Parenting • The Happy Introvert  • Finding the Birthday Cake The Career Within You The Beethoven Enneagram (CD) • The Enneagram of Death  • The Career Within You   (Psychology Today blog)  Enneagram…Exploring Your True Self  (blog) • The Enneagram for Teens

Most of my books are published by HarperCollins publishers on the Enneagram personality system. Reviews can be found on my web site under the titles of my books.


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A Lucky DogFurther Adventures of A Lucky Dog • Penny House  • Jack London’s DogTwice a Hero • The Numbers Series •  The Secret Heart of Numbers.

“Dirk Wales not only creates masterpieces, he is a masterpiece.” —Imagine Publicity


James D. Wiseman photoJames D. Wiseman

Tales from a Wise Man

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