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Five authors to share writing secrets

By From page B1 | April 17, 2013

What: Placerville Shakespeare Club Authors’ Day

Who: Placerville Shakespeare Club

Where: 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville

When: Sunday, April 21. Doors open at noon and the program starts at 1 p.m.

Cost: $10

Information: 530-642-9609

Every year the Placerville Shakespeare Club hosts an author day with wonderful regional and local authors. This year the Placerville Shakespeare Club Authors’ Day is Sunday, April 21 at the clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville.

This year the Shakespeare Club members bring five creative writers that represent a huge diversity in genres. Military aviation history, historical romance, contemporary murder mystery, paranormal romance, civil rights history and an inspirational business story will offer something for everyone.


Shari Fitzpatrick

Somerset resident, Shari Fitzpatrick, author of “Berried in Chocolate,” details the secrets of her hard-won success as creator of Shari’s Berries, a hugely successful line of gourmet dipped strawberries, and her new company, The Berry Factory.

A member of the National Speaking Association Speakers Academy, and the keynote speaker at a Tory Johnson event in April, Fitzpatrick will be sharing her inspirational advice about doing what you love, making mistakes, mending a broken heart, priorities and starting your own business.

Her newest  invention is her book, “Berried in Chocolate” covered in chocolate. “It’s the first book with calories and makes the perfect gift as the reader can read my story and eat my chocolate at the same time,” said Fitzpatrick.


Keli Gwyn

Keli Gwyn brings her debut historical romance, “A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California,” to the Shakespeare Club along with her penchant for all things Victorian.

The heroine of Gwyn’s book, Elenora Watkins, battles fire, disease, desperadoes and, most challenging of all, society’s views of what women can and cannot do in the 1870s in El Dorado.

The Placerville resident is working on publishing her second and third novels, also historical romances, and will be speaking about her publishing journey and the local historical aspects of her first novel.

“I’ll use my story as a segue into the meat of the message, that of putting wings to our dreams,” said Gwyn,who is a finalist for the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.


Clarence “Bud” Anderson

Military history buffs, especially those who enjoy aviation history, will be sure to enjoy the exploits of author Clarence “Bud” Anderson. Anderson flew P-51 Mustangs with Chuck Yeager in World War II, shot down 17 enemy planes, commanded jet fighter squadrons in South Korea and Okinawa, was an Air Force test pilot and led combat strikes in 1970 in Vietnam.

In his book, “To Fly and Fight.” written with Joseph P. Hamelin, Anderson details the aerial confrontations, talks about flying 116 missions and explains the mindset a pilot needs to have in combat.

The 91-year-old Auburn resident will speak about the exploits in his memoir and answer questions about the process of writing with a collaborator.


Michele Drier

Michele Drier, a former newspaper editor, is the author of  the “Vandesky Vampire Chronicles,” four novels about the Vandesky family, and “Edited for Death,” the first book in the Amy Hobbes Newspaper Mysteries. Her books explore two different genres: paranormal romance and murder mystery.

In the first book of the Vandesky Vampire Chronicles, “SNAP: The World Unfolds,” Maxie Gwenoch becomes the new managing editor for a multi-national celebrity magazine — part of a media empire owned by the Vandeskys, who happen to be vampires. A centuries old family feud between the Vandeskys and their rivals finds Maxie right in the middle.

Drier, who lives in Sacramento, is currently at work on her second book in the Amy Hobbes Newspaper Mysteries, and has just put out a boxed set of the first four Vandesky Vampire Chronicles on Amazon.

She will be speaking about her two writing genres, the differences and similarities between them and why she chose them.


Sherie Labedis

The Civil Rights Movement is sensitively explored by author and teacher Sherie Labedis in her book “You Came Here to Die, Didn’t You?”

Labedis isn’t providing a history lesson; her book is the actual experience of an altruistic Shingle Springs teenager, Labedis herself, who traveled to Mississippi in the 1960s to register black voters.

The Roseville resident is a popular speaker with schools and activist groups all over the nation and is currently trying to get her book on the big screen. She will be speaking about her experiences during the summer of 1965 in Pineville, South Carolina.

Tickets for the April 21 event are $10, with the proceeds going to the Shakespeare Club Scholarship Fund. Doors open at noon and the program starts at 1 p.m. They may be purchased at the door or by calling Alice at 530-622-3504 or Donna at 530-677-8409.

Along with the individual author presentations, there will be a question and answer period, door prizes, light refreshments, time to meet the authors, purchase books and book signings.

Wendy Schultz

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