Blog: Thoughts on Things
Literary fiction fanatic, fitted sheet folding flunkie, fart joke enthusiast, Springsteen devotee, and die hard dog person, Danielle is a writer, strategist, and editor.
After spending twenty years in the corporate world, Danielle is transitioning into a more creative life, which alternately exhilarates and terrifies her. She spends her days working within the San Diego writing community and is honored to be the president of the San Diego Memoir Writers Association. Danielle received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Vanderbilt University and is currently working on revisions to her memoir and blogging at her site at daniellebbaldwin.
Quote: “If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right.” —Henry Ford
Blog: Here There Be Dragons
Genderqueer atheist fantasy writer in Chicago. I like weird, I like wondrous, and above all I like things that grapple hard enough with the world to uncover something true. I’ve worked as an editor and ghostwriter, and I’m in the process of querying my first novel, about a witch starting a magic business in Oregon while she tries to rescue her wizard ex-boyfriend from a giant fish.
Quote: “I hate quotations.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson
Blog: Just Five Things
Born in Colorado, Lisa Franek has explored many forms of art, including dance, music, theater, film, and visual art. Feisty from young days of hopping on horses without a saddle or bridle, Lisa has jumped into her passions with both feet ever since. She spent four months with a trapeze troupe before finishing her degrees in music, film, and art, then spent several years teaching film classes in San Diego while also working for a local non-profit, bringing independent film to San Diego audiences. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Lisa found employment in the film industry, and now divides her time between continuing to program independent films nationwide, writing short stories, scripts, and books, and spending time with her feisty dog, El Jefe. Check out her website at www.lisafranek.com. And you will find her book, Buena Vista, as well as several collections of short stories at amazon.com/Lisa-Franek.
Quote: “Perfection is the enemy of the good.” ― Voltaire
Blog: The Feisty Writer Life
Marni Freedman is mildly insane and highly entertaining. She started out at the USC School of Filmic Writing where her favorite hobbies were to flirt with Carlos de los Rios (who later became her husband and co-writer of Playing Mona Lisa by Touchstone) and nap during films shown in film class. In her defense, the chairs are very cushiony at the Norris Theater on the USC Campus and she might be slightly narcoleptic. She’s currently a playwright (www.ajewishjoke.com) and the founder of The Feisty Writer. Her favorite job, though, is as writing coach for new and budding voices. At night, she and Carlos hang out with their extraordinarily feisty child, Ben, who is already a better writer than both of them.
Check out Marni’s latest book: 7 Essential Writing Tools: That Will Absolutely Make Your Writing Better (And Enliven Your Soul). To learn more about Marni as a Writing Coach, go to marnifreedman.com
Quote: “I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.” ―Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
Raised to be a good Catholic girl from a strict military family, Tracy Jones had to fight to find her feistiness, but she owns it now. She’s a ghostwriter, editor, and content writer who’s mastered the art of binge watching a new season of House of Cards in one day. She also works as a copy editor for novelists, screenwriters, memoirists, bloggers, and self-help writers. Tracy lives in San Diego with Lulu, the PTSD cat, and is working on a children’s book about their adventures together.
Tracy spent 10 years in Manhattan as an executive speechwriter and internal communications manager for companies such as KPMG LLP and The New York Times. She’s currently the content editor and a featured writer at The Feisty Writer, the co-producer of San Diego Writers, Ink (SDWI) Annual Memoir Showcase, a co-instructor for SDWI’s Certificate in Memoir Writing, and has been a featured writer/performer in So Say We All’s V.A.M.P. showcase.
Tracy is currently finishing her screenplay, “Don’t Call Me Kitty!” and looking to publish a memoir, Starting Over at Ground Zero, in 2018. She also runs one of the longest-running screenwriting groups in San Diego. It’s open to all levels and a read and critique writers’ group led by a professional writing coach and editor. Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. For more information, email Tracy at email@example.com
Quote: “As a child I assumed that when I reached adulthood, I would have grown-up thoughts.” ― David Sedaris
Karen Laugesen Russell
Blog: In Me Head
Karen Laugesen Russell is a New Zealand writer living and working in California. Another ex-corporate high flyer (well, she took a couple of steps but the goddamned voice kept saying she should’ve stuck to being a therapist. No, a writer! That’s it―a writer!) So she left, got therapy, got pregnant and began to write. Her work has been published in New Zealand’s Headland Journal and featured in the San Diego Writers, Ink Memoir Showcase.
Quote: “Mete a cara” ―I might have this completely wrong but when I lived in Brazil (I’m a native English speaking Kiwi), before I did anything possibly dangerous, stupid, or ridiculously good fun, I would look at my three Brazilian-host sisters, and we would cackle and scream, “Mete a cara!!!” I took it to mean either, “Seize the day,” “Go hard or go home,” “Fuck it, I’m just gonna do it,” or some combo of these concepts. I continue to live this way, despite a husband, two kids and suburbia begging I subdue, refine, and succumb.
Blog: You Read It Here First
Book publicist Paula Margulies is the owner of Paula Margulies Communications, a public relations firm for authors and artists. In addition to being a publicist, she became an award-winning author in her mid-forties, something that she would never have believed she’d be doing when she was younger. Her written work includes the nonfiction book, The Tao of Book Publicity: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Promotion, her debut novel, Coyote Heart, a short story collection, Face Value: Collected Stories, and a historical novel, Favorite Daughter, Part One. Margulies is a contributor to Author Magazine, the San Diego Examiner, and The Feisty Writer and has been awarded artist residencies at Caldera, Red Cinder Artist Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and Centrum. Margulies resides in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit www.paulamargulies.com
Quote: “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Marijke (aka “Prema”) McCandless
Blog: Listen, Play, Write
Former harried VP of corporate communications for a high technology company, now a published author, rock-climber, long-term meditator and self-proclaimed Zen Tantrika Witch dedicated to inquiring into the nature of reality, saying YES! to life, casting writing spells, and generally living life imperfectly but with great delight. Learn more about Marijke at cookingupstories.com.
Quote: “Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’” ― Maya Angelou
Lindsey Salatka is an author, blogger, and generally congenial person, except when she’s not, and then, look out! Her inner feline is a serious bad-ass. Lindsey’s work has been featured on blogher.com, ewriterscoach.com, In The Loop, Shanghai Family Magazine, Urbanatomy: Shanghai, and, of course, here at thefeistywriter.com where she is the managing editor and duster in chief. She is also director of programming at the San Diego Writers Festival, an unforgettable event taking place at the San Diego Central Library on April 13, 2019. Her novel, Fish Heads and Duck Skin, will someday be ready for public viewing. Until then, you can find her curled up with her family or musing about life, love, and culture on her blog, fishheadology.
Quote: “It’s time you knowed, the word is ‘grew’ instead of ‘growed. ’” ―Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein
Blog: Writing Unbridled
Lisa Whalen, a.k.a. Irish Firecracker, is a former boy band devotee and current podcast devotee. Though punctual to a fault, she takes a better-late-than-never approach to adult rites of passage, having only recently discovered coffee and smartphones. Her most meaningful midlife discovery is that horses are her greatest teachers. She swears by horse trainer Buck Brannaman’s claim that “The horse is a mirror to your soul. Sometimes you might not like what you see. Sometimes you will.” Horses are so wise Whalen wishes they could be her editors.
A transplant to Minnesota, Whalen teaches writing and literature at North Hennepin Community College but abides by the adage “Omaha is my Home-aha.” She bleeds Nebraska red, cheering on the Cornhuskers, even (especially) against her adopted state’s Golden Gophers. She’s an animal lover and introvert, which means she volunteers at a shelter and can be found chillin’ with the host’s pet at most social gatherings. Find her on Twitter and Facebook: @LisaIrishWhalen.
Quote: “Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.” —Gustave Flaubert
Blog: Guest Bloggers
Quote: “You say I dream too big, I say you think too small” ― Unknown