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Third Sunday Salons are held at 12:30pm at the Healdsburg Community Center, 1557 Healdsburg Ave. Unless otherwise noted.

January 20th, 2019 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Kami Funk

Kami Marie Funk has been writing since she could hold a pen. The first stuff wasn’t all that great, but what can you expect from someone who writes their letters backwards? That didn’t stop her, though, not in the slightest. For the past five years, she’s written every single day, hardly able to put down the pen for dinner.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Sonoma State University in 2015 and aims to get her Master of Arts in English sometime soon, like before the next century, preferably. In between the time she spends writing, she makes a living shelving books in the local library, daydreaming about her book being one of them someday. It’ll happen, her magic 8 ball said so.

Kami has never been traditionally published, but she has had three articles appear in Rosa Roots Magazine and has self-published a novella she’s mostly proud of. For eight years, she has published free short stories on archiveofourown, earning a sizable fanbase and positive reviews. So far, she’s published over thirty short stories, including four series she’s kept up with updating. She currently has an agent looking at her third novel, The Bridge-Jumper’s Guide to the Afterlife, which was recommended by author Douglas Rees.

Kami takes writing almost as seriously as she takes getting caffeinated every morning. All she’s ever wanted to do was write, which was a problem in high school when she tuned out lectures to focus on her stories. She mostly pays attention now, though. Mostly.

Kami lives in Sonoma County with her dog and one goldfish who has had one fin on the rainbow bridge for a while now. Besides writing and thinking about writing, she spends all her money on concerts and band t-shirts. Hey, she’s twenty-five.

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February 17th, 2019 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON – at John & Zeke’s Bar & Grill located on 420 Healdsburg Avenue

Waights Taylor Jr.

Waights Taylor Jr., born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, has lived in Sonoma County for twenty-one years. When his professional career was coming to an end, he turned to writing. His first book was the non-fiction, award-winning Our Southern Home: Scottsboro to Montgomery to Birmingham—The Transformation of the South in the Twentieth Century (October 2011). His next book and first novel, also an award winner, was the first book in a murder mystery trilogy entitled Kiss of Salvation (August 2014). The second book in the trilogy was Touch of Redemption (March 2016). The final book in the trilogy was Heed the Apocalypse (November 2017).

Our Southern Home: Scottsboro to Montgomery to Birmingham

Three eighteen-year-old southerners start the day of March 25, 1931, not knowing that the events soon to occur in Scottsboro, Alabama will lead them and the South on an inexorable journey of change: Clarence Norris, black, is boarding a freight train as a hobo in Chattanooga; Waights Taylor Sr., white, is a student at the University of Alabama; Rosa McCauley Parks, black, is a resident of Pine Level, Alabama. The three become involved in the Scottsboro events in different ways with profound implications to the region and their lives.

This searing look at Alabama’s segregated past and the passage through the Civil Rights period to today is a sobering reminder of our nation’s continuing ability to mistreat and disenfranchise minority groups in our midst.

“Waights Taylor Jr. has found the intersection between his personal story and the great narrative of history, and as a result has given us a fresh and vital new perspective on the well-known sagas of the Scottsboro Boys and Rosa Parks. Our Southern Home is thoroughly researched, engagingly written, and deeply felt.”

—Diane McWhorter, author of Pulitzer Prize winning Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

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March 17th, 2019 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Ken Dalton

Ken Dalton was born in 1938 at Hollywood Hospital. He grew up in Los Angeles with his parents, his older sister and younger brother.

In a turn of bad luck, the dreaded Polio virus attacked Ken at the age of five.

By the age of sixteen, after eleven years of operations, therapy, and braces to mitigate the effects of Polio, Ken’s luck changed when he met the girl of his dreams. A few years later they married, produced three wonderful children, and settled into a happy life in Southern California.

In 1966, Ken and his family moved to the green hills of Sonoma County where they bought a home surrounded by apple trees.

Some time later, Ken, designed, built, and operated a small winery that produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Then, in a moment of madness, Ken began writing. His first article was published in Golf Illustrated. Many more golf articles followed in national and regional magazines including Golf Magazine and Fairways and Greens. Eventually Ken felt the urge to write his first novel.

Today, after the publication of six humorous mysteries (including Death is a Cabernet, The Big Show Stopper, The Bloody Birthright, and The Tartan Shroud) and his autobiography that also chronicled the history of the polio vaccine development, he is a few months away from publishing, Casper Potts and The Ladies’ Casserole Club, a comedy of manners novel about active seniors and their eccentric lifestyles.


April 14th, 2019 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Canceled – it’s Easter Sunday.  We will be having an Author’s Expo featuring Northern Sonoma County authors at the Healdsburg Library on April 27th from 2pm til 5pm.

There will be –

  • Readings
  • Book Signings
  • Book Sales
  • & Talks





May 19th, 2019 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Natasha Yim

Natasha Yim is an American Chinese author of fiction and nonfiction works for children and young adults. Turning to memories of her youth in Hong Kong, she recalled an old legend and created a lovely children’s book for Wisdom Tales — The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty, illustrated by the awarding-winning artist and illustrator Pirkko Vainio. Natasha’s story-telling, joined with Pirkko’s flowing, vibrant paintings, bring to life a far-away, long-ago world of separated lovers, sympathetic villagers, magical events, and a helpful goddess.

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Natasha Yim grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong where she was captivated by many of the old Chinese legends she heard as a child. Natasha later moved to the U.S. where she received her B.A. in English Literature with a Writing Emphasis and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University.

She is the author of Otto’s Rainy Day (a Kids’ Pick of the Lists selection), Cixi: The Dragon EmpressSacajawea of the Shoshone, and Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (a 2014 Junior Library Guild selection and 2015 Scholastic Book Club selection), and most recently, Mulan’s Lunar new Year. Natasha’s nonfiction articles have also appeared in the children’s magazines Highlights for ChildrenAppleseeds, and Faces.

Natasha Yim is currently at work on a multicultural middle-grade novel and a multicultural historical young-adult novel.

Natasha lives in Ukiah, California, with her husband, three children, and two cats named Chicken and Moo.


June 16th, 2019 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

The Salon is cancelled for this month.  Happy Father’s Day!


July 21st, 2019 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Vilma Ginsberg – Literary Laureate 2008-2009

Vilma Ginzberg, a retired psychologist who wrote poetry since third grade, turned to writing in earnest late in life, and in 2004, at age 77, published the first of her books of poetry,Colors of Glass.  This was followed by Murmurs & Outcries in 2007, Snake Pit in 2010, I Don’t Know How to Do This, poems on aging, in 2011, [which is also in DVD and CD form],  making noise in 2013, 90 is the New:Poems in 2018, and her most recent work, Octogenarian on Fire

In addition, she was co-editor, with Doug Stout, of the anthology Present at the Creation, 2006, published by the Healdsburg Literary Guild, a collection of 80 poems by 37 Sonoma County [CA] poets on the experience of writing poetry. She was a founding member of the off-shoot of that publication, a poetry-improvising traveling troupe, the RoadWriters. Active in the Healdsburg Literary Guild for over a decade, she served on its board from 2003- 2016.

Her work has appeared in the following anthologies: Present at the Creation, 2006, A Day in the Life of Healdsburg, 2007, Sometimes in the Open, 2009, When the Muse Calls, 2009, Continent of Light, 2011, and World of Change, 2014.

She has read in many Northern California venues, including Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon, Healdsburg’s Center Literary Cafe, Poetry Azul and SoCoCo Poetry, and 100 Thousand Poets for Change at the Beat Museum in San Francisco and in Santa Rosa.  She has appeared on Katherine Hastings’ KRCB Word Temple radio series and Elaine Holtz’ radio show.  Other readings by her can be seen on YouTube’s HealdsburgLiterary channel.

August 18th, 2019 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

A L Whyte

A.L. Whyte lives in Northern California. He is a performer that set aside his acting career around 2010 to make more time for his family: prior to that, he had performed for Nickelodeon,Universal Studios, Image Films, Toyota, Apple and ILM, as well as semi-professional companies around Orlando, Florida and the Bay Area. He has written and published poetry and re-writes for Universal Studios stage productions. His derivative of Harry Nilsson’s, ‘Land of Point’ is registered at the Library of Congress.

After six and a half years, in his spare time, he finished, “The Children of the Stars, Book One, SAIQA.” He is currently finishing work on book two. He projected much of the current cutting-edge science into the future. The goal was to make the characters’ lives, living in a futuristic world, as believable as you and I stepping into our cars. The science is real. The projections are Sci-Fi. His reading for the Third Sunday Salon will be a sneak peek at the second book in the series, The Children of the Stars: Book 2, SAIQA Reborn.


September 15th, 2019 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez is an author and horse-lover, and she writes mostly middle-grade fiction. Her newest series is The Guardian Herd series, fantasy novels starring flying horses, but she also wrote The Pet Washer series and she has many other projects underway. She likes writing about animals and, occasionally, about humans.

Alvarez was born in Southern California, but grew up all over the western U.S., attending new schools in new states about every two years. Her family was not military, just nomadic. After each move, she found herself immersed in a new school culture–and so she learned fast to become an observer. She studied the kids in each town and attempted to adapt to their ways, their slang, and their clothes. She was the perpetual outsider.

She brought her pets and her diary with her everywhere she moved–two things she couldn’t live without. She recorded her thoughts and feelings into her diaries, and she also wrote stories and poems. After school, she volunteered at local stables so she could ride horses for “free”. She set a goal when she was very young to become a published author and to own a horse.

She wrote her first novel, The Spotless Forest, when she was nineteen. She submitted the full-length novel to publishers (back then she had to print the entire manuscript and mail it), only to have it rejected for being “too long for middle-grade readers” (this was pre-Harry Potter).

When she was about twenty-one, she transferred from a junior college to U.C. Berkeley where she received her degree in English Literature and then went on to write a horrible adult thriller. After that, she went back to writing what she loved most, which is middle-grade fantasy. Mouser and Merry followed, a book about an oppressed princess who befriends an abused lion. She didn’t finish this novel and it lives in her closet next to The Spotless Forest.

Alvarez graduated from Berkeley in 1993, obtained a job in finance of all things, and quickly bought her first horse for $2300–a failed Thoroughbred racer named Splash. She reared every time Alvarez rode her, kicked her twice, and trampled her once. Needless to say, she loved the horse dearly.

Then unexpected events derailed her writing for fifteen years–She fell in love, got married, and had a baby! This wasn’t part of her life plan, but it turned out to be the best part. She had a second baby, and then adopted a third! She and her husband moved their beloved children, pets, and horses to a little ranch in Northern California where they still live today. When her youngest child entered kindergarten, her fingers twitched to write again.

In 2011, Alvarez wrote and self-published her third novel, The Pet Washer. It’s about a local girl who works at a pet salon and gets dragged into the royal life by a vacationing princess. Alvarez began speaking at schools and libraries and selling copies of The Pet Washer at local stores, out of her car, and on Amazon. She was the publisher, book designer, publicist, sales team, social media expert, editor, and web designer–and while it was a blast–she had little time left to be the author! She needed a team.

So she decided to break into traditional publishing with a young adult vampire book, get famous, and then make deals for the books she really wanted to write! 70,000 words later, Alvarez had Dead Girls Don’t Cry and she queried it far and wide. It was soundly rejected. The vampire market was dead (or undead if you like). She was too late.

Down and out and decimated by the great American recession, she wrote in her “Jennifer (Recession) Diaries” blog that her time had come! Since finding a job had become as impossible as getting published, she would get published. She threw away the twenty years of rejection slips she had taped to her wall and she declared her intentions to the world, in ALL CAPS, and perhaps in bold as well (which was bold considering she had no idea what she was going to publish).

Eight days later, she was driving home and she became engrossed in a wild daydream. She imagined a herd of pegasi migrating in the clouds above her car. One was pregnant–a white mare named Lightfeather. She was struggling to keep up and determined to survive as her herd pulled farther ahead. Alvarez knew the foal in her belly was special but also a threat to the herd. By the time she got home, she had the plot to STARFIRE.

She forgot all about her publishing dreams as this book took over her life. It wrote her. Alvarez’s daughter began to read STARFIRE as Alvarez wrote it, and she became enthralled, asking for a new chapter each morning when she woke. Alvarez wrote like mad to accommodate her, and she did not come up for air until the first draft was finished. She had always been warned not to write “talking animal” books–that publishers don’t like them–but as she edited STARFIRE, she realized it was the book she’d always wanted to read as a kid. And so she decided to query it.

Since she’s not one to take rejection personally (see racehorse story above), she queried an agent who had previously passed on her work. The agent, Jacquie Flynn, loved STARFIRE and offered immediately to represent it. She sent the manuscript on submission to editors and HarperCollins Children’s Books acquired the novel in a four-book pre-emptive offer, which Alvarez was delighted to accept.

In hindsight, Alvarez is grateful STARFIRE is the book that broke through because this book, her fifth, is the book she was born to write. It is the sum of Alvarez’s interests–flying horses and underdogs, heroes and bullies, and a special colt watching his herd, wishing he was not an outsider. It’s the story for anyone who’s ever felt left out, or different, or alone, but who believes in their heart they can belong and, perhaps, make a difference. It’s her story, and now–thanks to her agent and HarperCollins–it can be your story too.


October 20th, 2019 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Richard Schmidt

R.V. Schmidt is an award-winning Cowboy Poet, artist and story teller. He is the author of several books and has been included in and anthology by the Lakeside Writers Guild. This year he is a winner in the Fifteenth Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest, The Joshua Blair Memorial Arts award and has received a Certificate of Acknowledgement from Congress for his work, some of which has been published in American Cowboy magazine.

He is the current Lake County Poet Laureate, Coordinator for the Poetry Out Loud 2019-2020 competition and Literary Chair of the Lake County Arts Council.




November 17th, 2019 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

December 15th, 2019 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON