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A Book and a Chat" has proved a hugely popular radio program with people of all ages. With well over a thousand shows already recorded, Barry's format of "a chat over a cup of tea" has received nothing but rave reviews from guest and listeners alike. The writer of a successful young adult romance book "Across the Pond" Barry has himself appeared on a large number of radio and TV programs. "A Book and a Chat" is a program for writers and readers, not so much a literary show, more like... let’s sit around have a cup of tea and a few laughs."
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Monday, January 15, 2018




One nation, without God...
Colton Pierce apprehends Abberants--those who display symptoms of faith--and quarantines them on a remote island to ensure public safety. Years prior, the government released a genetically-engineered super flu that destroyed the genes believed to be the biological source of spiritual experience in an effort to rid the world of terrorism. As an extractor with the Center for Theological Control, Colton is dedicated to the cause.
But Colton's steadfast commitment is challenged when he learns his own son has been targeted for extraction. An underground militia, the Remnant, agrees to help Colton save his son in exchange for his assistance with their plan to free the Aberrants on the island.
Colton is faced with the most important decision of his life. Remain faithful to the CTC? Or give up everything to save his son?


William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California, with his wife and two daughters. A believer that "good living produces good writing," Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible. A writer of speculative fiction, he enjoys stories that deal with humanity's inherent need for redemption.


A Book and a Chat with David Faucheux


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Across Two Novembers

A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile

About the Book

Friends and family. Restaurants and recipes. Hobbies and history. TV programs the author loved when he could still see and music he enjoys. The schools he attended and the two degrees he attained. The career that eluded him and the physical problems that challenge him. And books, books, books: over 200 of them quoted from or reviewed. All in all, an astonishing work of erudition and remembrance.

About the Author

David L. Faucheux is a lifelong resident of Louisiana and currently lives in Lafayette. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he obtained a BA in English and later a Master of Library and Information Science. He has worked as a braille instructor and medical transcriptionist. With the encouragement of a friend, he began an audioblog, which he maintained for several years. He continues as a reviewer of audiobooks for Library Journal. His hobbies include dining out, listening to music, and learning new trivia.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Book and a Chat with Caitlin Hamilton Summie

A Book and a Chat  with Caitlin Hamilton Summie


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What is remembered; what is missed; what will never be again . . . all these are addressed with the tenderness of a wise observer whose heart is large enough, kind enough, to embrace them all without judgment. . . . intense and finely crafted  . . . . her stories reach into the hidden places of the heart and break them open to healing light, offering a touch of grace and hope of reconciliation.”—Foreword Reviews, starred review 

“The stories center on the complexity of family relationships with such empathy and humanity that novelist Steve Yarbrough called the book “nothing short of magnificent.”… Summie grounds readers in reality just as they become lost in her beautiful prose…. To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts does not shy from life’s hardest moments, but its sorrow is not gratuitous. Summie is a writer who approaches life as a whole, both good and bad, rooted in history and place, and her elegant prose shines in this collection.”—Chapter 16.org (also appeared in The Knoxville News-Sentinel)
“…nothing short of magnificent.”Steve Yarbrough

“Her compelling writing reminds us of the power of a well-delivered narrative….Summie’s stories emphasize [our] shared humanity, and there is something accessible, recognizable and timely for everyone.”—The Vail Daily

About Caitlin

Caitlin Hamilton Summie earned an MFA with Distinction from Colorado State University, and her short stories have been published in Beloit Fiction Journal, Wisconsin Review, Puerto del Sol, Mud Season Review, and Long Story, Short, and elsewhere. Her first book, a short story collection called TO LAY TO REST OUR GHOSTS, was released in August by Fomite. She spent many years in Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Colorado before settling with her family in Knoxville, Tennessee. She co-owns the book marketing firm, Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, founded in 2003.

You may read some of Caitlin’s stories in the following places:
“Growing Up Cold,” a short story, appeared in Hypertext Magazine, July 2017.
Cleaning House,” a short story, appeared in South85 Journal in June, 2017.
Geographies of the Heart,” a short story, appeared in Long Story, Short, January 2017.
Sons,” a short story, appeared in The Mud Season Review, July 2016.
Look for “Taking Root,” a short story, in Belmont Story Review.
And read her poem, “Everything,” over at The Literary Nest.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A Book and a Chat with Gwen Mayo and Sarah Glenn

A Book and a Chat  with Gwen Mayo and Sarah Glenn



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It is 1926 and the Florida land boom is in full swing. Army Nurse Cornelia Pettijohn takes leave to travel south with her ancient uncle, who claims that he wants a warm winter home. When their car breaks down, they take the Mullet Express to Homosassa. When a passenger poisoned Uncle Percival's hidden agenda makes him the sheriff's prime suspect. 

ABOUT Gwen Mayo and Sarah Glenn

Mystery and Horror, LLC was legally organized in 2011. It began as a writing partnership between Gwen Mayo and Sarah Glenn, because they were going to the same conventions and events to promote their books. In 2013, the partners decided to expand into publishing other writers who share their love of genre fiction.

We belong to the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. Our page is here

Gwen Mayo, Publisher

Gwen Mayo is passionate about blending the colorful history of her native Kentucky with her love for mystery fiction. She currently lives and writes in Safety Harbor, Florida, but grew up in a large Irish family in the hills of Eastern Kentucky. Her stories have appeared in anthologies, at online short fiction sites, and in micro-fiction collections. She belongs to Sisters in Crime, SinC Guppies, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Historical Novel Society.

Gwen has an associate degree in business and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Kentucky. She was a judge for the 2012 Derringers and the coordinator for the 2011 Derringers. Interesting fact: Gwen was a brakeman and railroad engineer from 1983 - 1987.

Sarah E. Glenn, Editor in Chief

Picture Sarah E. Glenn, a product of the suburbs, has a B.S. in Journalism, which is redundant if you think about it. She loves writing mystery and horror stories, often with a sidecar of funny. Several have appeared in mystery and paranormal anthologies, including G.W. Thomas’ Ghostbreakers series, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, and Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology. She belongs to Sisters in Crime, SinC Guppies, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Historical Novel Society.

Sarah edited two different newsletters and was a first round judge in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine 's 2003 "Slesar's Twist Contest". More recently, she has been a judge for the 2011 and 2012 Derringers. Interesting fact: Sarah worked the Reports Desk for her local police department, and criminals are dumb.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Book and a Chat with Barbara Ridley


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Barbara Ridley is the author of When It’s Over, a literary novel set in Europe in World War II, published by She Writes Press in September 2017.
Originally from London, U.K., she has lived in California for over 35 years. She loves the San Francisco Bay Area which is now her home, and likes to spend as much time as she can in the great outdoors.
She was born in London and grew up in a tiny village in Sussex. She attended the University of Sussex and then the North London School of Nursing. She worked for 40 years as a nurse and then a nurse practitioner, specializing in the care of adults with physical disabilities. She has now retired from her day job and is focusing on her writing. She lives in the East Bay with her partner and their West Highland terrier MacDuff.


The author’s mother in 1940
When It’s Over is a literary novel set in England during World War II. Lena is a young Czech Jewish woman who manages to reach England and join a group of refugees staying in a small village in Sussex, where they are sponsored by an eccentric upper-class, left-wing English family. As the war progresses, Lena is torn between her attraction to Milton, the landlady’s son, and her loyalty to fellow refugee Otto. She tries to keep hope alive in the face of frightening news reports on the fate of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe, while Milton is caught up in the political movement that leads to the defeat of Churchill’s Tory Party in 1945, ushering in Britain’s first viable Labour Government.
When It’s Over deals with universal themes of optimism versus pessimism, hope and denial, and the assimilation of immigrants during a time of social upheaval. Although it is a work of fiction, it is based on Barbara’s late mother’s experience as a refugee in the 1940’s.
Barbara was inspired to write the novel after her mother’s death in 2002. There was so much in her story that was too good to lose, but so many details Barbara realized she didn’t know. So as a lover of fiction, she decided to write a novel and make up stuff to fill in the gaps.
But she also did a ton of research. Among other resources, she was able to read her father’s contemporary letters to one of his close friends. The novel offers fascinating insights into some little-known aspects of life during the war, and the history of the progressive political movements in the 30s and 40s. The issues they struggled with then still have resonance today.

A Book and a Chat with Abbie Johnson Taylor

 Abbie Johnson Taylor

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I was born in New York City on June 1, 1961. After about a year, my family moved to Boulder, Colorado. When I was about four years old, we moved to Tucson, Arizona, where we lived for about eight years. I attended the state school for the deaf and blind for about five and a half years before being mainstreamed into a public school. In 1973, we moved to Sheridan, Wyoming, and I continued to attend public schools.

After graduating from Sheridan High School in 1980, I went to Sheridan College for two years and received an AA degree in music. I then transferred to Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, where I received a BA in music two and a half years later. After that, I studied music therapy at Montana State University in Billings for two years, but I received no degree. I then completed a six-month internship at a nursing home in Fargo, North Dakota and returned to Sheridan in 1988.

About six months later, I started working as an activities assistant at a nursing home. I worked there for fifteen years. During that time, I also volunteered at other facilities that served senior citizens in the Sheridan area. I facilitated a support group for the visually impaired, taught Braille, and served on the advisory board to a trust fund that allowed visually impaired people and the agencies that served them to purchase adaptive equipment and services. I also joined the YMCA and a women's singing group. In 2005 when I married my husband Bill, I quit my job and other volunteer obligations so I could write full time.

My work has appeared in various publications including The Weekly Avocet and Magnets and Ladders. A romance novel, We Shall Overcome, was published in July of 2007 by iUniverse. A poetry collection, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver, was published in December of 2011, also by iUniverse. In August of 2014, my third book, That’s Life: New and Selected Poems was published by Finishing Line Press. A memoir, My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds was published by DLD Books in August of 2016.

Bill and I made our home here in Sheridan. After we were married, Bill suffered two strokes: one in January of 2006 and one in 2007, leaving him unable to use his left arm and leg, and I cared for him at home for six years. In September of 2013, I was forced to move him to a nursing home because he was losing strength and getting harder to lift. A month later, he passed away.

I would like to invite you to visit my blog which I update at least once a week. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy reading my work. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Oct 1st (Sun) Radine Trees Nehring
Oct 3rd Barbara Ridley
Oct 4th (7pm) David Faucheux
Oct 8th (Sun) Betty Jean Craige
Oct 10th Randy Denmon
Oct 11th Elizabeth Upton
Oct 15th (Sun) Ken Mixen
Oct 17th Dr Berit Brogaard
Oct 18th (7pm) Willaim Davidson
Oct 22nd (Sun) Peter Thompson
Oct 24th Katherine Nouri Hughes
Oct 25th (7PM) Tom Carter
Oct 28th (Sun) J.J. White
Oct 31st Dawn Foss

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Book and a Chat with Louise Mae Hoffmann

A Book and a Chat with Louise Mae Hoffmann

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Louise Mae Hoffmann

7 Hours to Sofia: challenges and discoveries of a Peace Corps Volunteer, Louise Mae HoffmannHoffmann makes a powerful point in this book about democracy. Bulgarians struggle to come to terms with their own freedom. After retiring from her career directing a college library, and serving as president of the New Mexico Library Association, she decides to volunteer for the PEACE CORPS. The book tells the story of her tour of duty. Along the way, Hoffmann established a new public library in the city where she was teaching. She travels by train to many Bulgarian towns and cities. She visits the countries near Bulgaria with many friends, and shares letters from and to family members and friends in the U.S. She shares 24 wonderful Bulgarian recipes, which she prepared for students and friends who came to visit. The book reveals people and places we know very little about. Hoffmann is richer for her experiences in the Peace Corps and so are her readers.

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As a sixty-five year old Peace Corps Volunteer, Louise Mae Hoffmann doesn’t really know what to expect from her time overseas. However, with her children grown and an extensive career under her belt, she felt as if it was the right time for her to follow her childhood dream.
In her novel, “7 Hours to Sofia,” Hoffmann offers readers a totally uncensored account of her time as a Peace Corps volunteer. The novel is a combination of diary entries, her candid narration, as well as transcribed letters to and from various correspondents. She recounts, her struggles learning a foreign language and alphabet, describes the native dishes she learned to cook and details everyday life in a Bulgarian town. Hoffmann is at all times totally honest in her writing. She details the good, or her UP list, and the ugly, her DOWN list. Some things, such as meeting new and interesting people are UP, while challenges including trying for two days to receive a package from the mail are DOWN.
This level of detail is also Hoffmann’s hamartia. Much of the information is irrelevant; for example, on the drive to her first Peace Corps orientation meeting, Hoffmann describes where she stopped for the night and what she had for dinner. While her memory is impressive, these details don’t feed into the actual story and do little to enhance the readers’ experience. Likewise, the letters she includes from her children are of debatable importance. At this stage in the novel, Hoffmann is battling the loneliness of living on a different continent from her loved ones, surrounded by a language she is only just learning to speak. The letters from her children and friends back home also refer to that loneliness felt by all. At the same time, however, reading about her daughter going to the movies and watering her garden in Boston really adds to the feelings of being removed from her family rather than making her happy to hear the details of their lives, far away.
Many of the small details about life in Bulgaria really are fascinating, and show what kind of culture shock Hoffmann had to acclimate to during her time in a foreign country. For instance, Hoffmann wrote, “The clothes were weighed and are bought by the pound” – as she describes her challenges finding affordable clothing, especially jean pants, while in Bulgaria.
“7 Hours to Sofia” is an interesting and honest account of one volunteer’s time in the Peace Corps. Any person interested in pursuing this dream would do well to read Hoffmann’s novel, as her totally uncensored account is at all times honest and very often entertaining as well. It is obvious Hoffmann’s incredible attention to detail and her passion for her work provided the underlying foundation to her becoming an author.
Overall, “7 Hours to Sofia” is an experience readers can learn about vicariously from the comfort of their own home, and determine if such a bold career change is right for them. With the fluent and factual wealth of wisdom apparent in Hoffmann’s mind, I would be on the lookout for future novels from this talented author.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Book and a Chat with Cate Montana


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Cate Montana

The ego is NOT the enemy.

Humans can’t function without one. What messes us up is we’re not taught what the ego is, what it’s for, and how it can be managed for optimum functioning.

Without that information—without knowing exactly how the ego is born, how it thinks and how the perception of separation it feeds us 24/7 is actually 100% ILLUSION—we’re boxed into a pitifully narrow spectrum of living filled with fear, loneliness and dissatisfaction. But once we know what we’re dealing with —once we know how to operate the controls — BAM! It’s a whole new ballgame.

Frankly, if people knew what the ego is and how to expand it (not inflate it!) their lives and the whole world would change for the better overnight.

Hungry for no-nonsense answers to life’s BIG questions? Want a simple guide to the Truth of who you are (and who you aren’t)?  Want to know how to create lasting change in yourself and the world? The E Word is the book for you.


That which used to call itself Cate Montana dissolved into nothingness. Then she returned to tell the tale in The E Word. Delightful, compelling, and profound.




From a young age I wanted answers. REAL answers. Not fabrications and stories and belief systems from other times and other people. I took Jesus’ word for it when he (apparently) said, “The kingdom of heaven lies within” and went looking for it. And I found it. And in the process learned the mechanics of what keeps humans outside the gates.

THIS is what I have to share with you.

If you’ve ever asked the BIG questions like “Who am I? Why am I here? What’s life? What’s God? What’s death?” and been frustrated at the lack of answers, or the fluffy woo-wooness of the answers, or the sheer repetitiveness of the same-old answers, or the confusion of conflicting answers, you’ve come to the right place.

Yes, there’s info on this site about all my books. Enjoy it! But The E Word is where it’s at right now.

The book and all the blogs and videos and workshops (and webinars and online courses to come) are designed to give you no-nonsense information about the ego’s true nature and an understanding as to why the ego and the kingdom of heaven are mutually exclusive territories until we wake up to what the ego is and get a handle on it.

Then the story changes and life changes and we evolve into an exciting new adventure called transpersonal consciousness—the intermediate stage of civilization that will flower when people are no longer ruled by the blind self-absorption and error-fraught perceptions of the personal ego—the great foreseen Golden Age of peace that will reign before the next evolutionary step is taken and the transcendent state of consciousness called the “no ego” state of enlightenment occurs.

So welcome! Dive in!

I hope you find hope here. For despite appearances to the contrary, the 21st century is actually the most hopeful time and age in human evolution yet. We just have to get on the ball, hitch up our Big Girl and Big Boy pants, face the ego and its shadows, kick over the traces of religion and superstition, learn what’s really going on and get on with it.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

A Book and a Chat with Bluette Matthey

A Book and a Chat with Bluette Matthey

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 Bluette Matthey

The central character in all the mysteries is Hardy Durkin, a twenty-seven-year old American with dual US and German citizenship, who is a hiking tour outfitter specializing in European treks. Considerable attention is paid to the history, culture, cuisine and character of the milieu and its inhabitants. Hopefully, the novels provide a sensory experience of the region to the reader. If I had to categorize the books I would call them cozy travel mysteries.

About Bluette Matthey

Bluette Matthey is a 3rd generation Swiss American and an avid lover of European cultures. She has decades of travel and writing experience. She is a keen reader of mysteries, especially those that immerse the reader in the history, inhabitants, culture, and cuisine of new places. Her passion for travel, except airports (where she keeps a mystery to pass the time), is shared by her husband, who owned a tour outfitter business in Europe. Bluette particularly loves to explore regions that are not on the "15 days in Europe" itineraries. She also enjoys little-known discoveries, such as the London Walks, in well-known areas. She firmly believes that walking and hiking bring her closer to the real life of any locale. Bluette maintains a list of hikes and pilgrimages throughout Europe for future exploration. She lives in Le Locle, Switzerland, with her husband and band of loving cats.

Her next novel, Engadine Aerie, due out shortly, is set in the Engadine Valley, Switzerland.

A Book and a Chat with Charlene Ball

A Book and a Chat with Charlene Ball

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Charlene Ball

My historical novel, DARK LADY: A NOVEL OF EMILIA BASSANO LANYER, tells the story of Emilia Lanyer, a spirited, beautiful, and intelligent woman who was Shakespeare’s “Dark Lady,” a poet in her own right, and one of the first women in England to publish a book
Daughter of a Court musician and secret Jew, Emilia at a young age becomes the mistress of a much older nobleman, Lord Hunsdon. Through Hunsdon, she meets the brilliant, witty player and poet Will Shakespeare, and they fall in love. Dressed as a boy, Emilia goes on adventures around the city and countryside with Will. But the poet from Stratford has his own secrets, and their liaison ends unhappily.
Emilia, being pregnant, marries her cousin, Alfi Lanyer, and has a son, Henry. She learns from Alfi’s mother, Lucretia, what she has long suspected: that her family are secret Jews. Although she was raised in the English Church, she is drawn by the beauty and spiritual strength of her family’s religion. To help her husband on a sea voyage, she visits the unscrupulous astrologer and magician Simon Forman and through him learns about the secret world of dark magic. She becomes addicted to a potion he gives her. When Emilia breaks her addiction and begins to write poetry, she is encouraged by two friends, very different from one another: Margaret Clifford, Countess of Cumberland and the cross-dressing underworld character, Moll Frith. Emilia publishes her book, Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, in 1611, becoming one of the first women in England to publish a book.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a definitive portrait of Emilia. The people pictured above appear as characters in DARK LADY. Left to right: Margaret, Countess of Cumberland, Emilia’s mentor; Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, Will Shakespeare’s patron and friend; Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke; and Emilia’s lover, William Shakespeare.

 About Charlene Ball

Here’s some more information about me and my writing.

I’ve published articles and short stories, some of which have appeared in Sinister Wisdom, The NWSA Journal, The Journal of the Short Story in English, The North Atlantic Review, and other journals. I wrote some plays also, one about Shakespeare and Emilia, and the other about Christopher Marlowe.
In my former life as an academic, I published journal articles and taught writing, English and world literature, and women’s studies.
 I hold a B.A. and M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature concentrating on Renaissance (early modern) literature. Studying about Shakespeare and other Elizabethan and Jacobean authors gave me an enduring fascination with the Early Modern period.

In 2009, I retired from Georgia State University’s Women’s Studies Institute where I taught and served as program administrator. Since retirement, I spend my time writing, doing community work, digging in my garden, and selling books with my wife Libby Ware, a writer and antiquarian bookseller.

I belong to a writers’ group that I helped found, and I have attended Carol Lee Lorenzo’s writing classes and Fiction Intensives workshops and Rosemary Daniell’s Zona Rosa workshops. I belong to the Atlanta Writers Club and the Georgia Writers Association. I am a Fellow of the Hambidge Center for the Arts and held a residency at the Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. I’m a member of the First Existentialist Congregation (UUA) of Atlanta where I help arrange for guest speakers and edit the monthly newsletter. I live in Atlanta a mile from my wife Libby Ware.

A Book and a Chat with Pepper Jay

A Book and a Chat with Pepper Jay

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Pepper Jay

About Pepper Jay

Pepper Jay. I like to say that I’m the most beautiful hard-working retired middle-aged speaker, panelist, author, producer, actress (SAG-AFTRA), Bubby, rancher, woman with salt and pepper braids that you’ve ever met in your entire life who looks forward to working with you.

Allow me to tell you a little about myself. I was born in 1949 and, sometimes, I believe I have lived several lifetimes. My Grandmother was my best friend and her best friend was Sophie Tucker (“The Last of the Red Hot Mamas”). I literally spent my childhood and early teens in the Moulin Rouge, Coconut Grove, Brown Derby, and in Vegas casino showrooms watching the Rat Pack and other entertainers of the time.
Growing up in Hollywood, I began my performance career at age 5, performing in local theatre and TV sitcoms, and I tap danced and performed skits for charity events and fund-raisers. 

Entertainment has always been part of my life.

fter graduating from San Diego State University, I obtained a lifetime teaching credential from the State of California and for a decade enjoyed teaching for LA Unified public schools and counseling students and coordinating and producing shows by the 100+ member drill team.
The highlight was interacting with the students and traveling on a regular basis to meet and speak to students in 3 school districts about the power of money.

After graduating with a juris doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law, I was fortunate to be a successful practicing litigation attorney for 32 years..

In 1991, I formalized my entertainment company, Pepper Jay Productions LLC (“PJP”)    PJP produces music, film, TV, music videos and internet shows.   .PJP also produced and published the Actors Podcast Network, consisting of 15+ informative and entertaining shows on three channels: Actors Reporter, Actors Entertainment, and Actors Radio.

From 1993 through 2008, I created and hosted the Working Actors Group, offering scene study, on-camera and auditioning techniques, including cold reading workshops, to working union actors.

Today, I continue with a few private performance coaching clients. I also enjoy leading performance workshops for lawyers, teachers, business people, actors, singers, public speakers, etc. Even an 8th grader afraid to give a book report in front of his class can find relief in learning performance skills. The key is “audience psychology!”

Five of my favorite things at age 68: 1. Spend time with my grand-children. 2. Spend time with my animals. 3. Produce music with my production partner, John Michael Ferrari. 4. Make people’s lives easier through dynamic performance skills. 5. I Volunteer as I continue as an
Ambassador for the Art 4 Peace Awards organization and I sit on the Board of the U.S.S. Emmons Association.

Proud and humbled in 2016 to be the recipient of the 2016 Diamond Rose Award in Entertainment by the Multicultural Motion Picture Association, the Braveheart Lifetime Achievement Award by Art 5 Peace, and commended by the City of Los Angles and City of Beverly Hills, California.