Tim Jacobs

Q: Tell us your story…

CIP-7-ZF-8518-56360-1-012Tim Jacobs:

I’ve been a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association since 2004. When I first joined, the membership was still under 50 members and a “large” meeting was about 25 people showing up. The organization has come a long way over the past eleven years of my membership. I’m grateful that I got to be the speaker twice during that time and I have also given back by serving on the nominating committee for three years, and also held the positions of Program Director, Vice President, and President on the Executive Committee, and currently serve on the Corporate Board.
 
Each meeting I’ve always walked away with something, whether it be a new contact, a new lead, another story idea, or simply left the meeting with the inspiration to go home and write some more. I’ve made some great friendships and even some business partners.
 
What I truly love about GCWA is that when you’re at a meeting, everyone is on the same level. Everyone is there to help a fellow writer get to that next level in their writing. It’s a joy to be a part of the enthusiasm of other writers when they get published or win an award for their work.
 
Also the speaking guests and workshops over the years have been wonderful. Regardless of what kind of writing you do, or what stage you’re at, you get something from each speaker. The same goes for the Special Events that take place throughout the year.
 
With this group, the education of writing is a fun process!

Marty Leake

MartyLeake1After 27 years in law enforcement I have down sized from the large home, the kids are on their own, the dog died and I have survived to live among my fellow retirees. So, after years of detailed planning and scheduling of life events, I’ve embarked upon a journey as an aspiring writing, blogger, and photographer of my nomadic outdoor adventures and discoveries. I post daily blogs & photographic details of my new retirement lifestyle for my children and hopefully provide them something to strive for in their’er professional lives. I’m currently comprising short stories of fiction for the world to read.

My current lifestyle is like my childhood, when I would play in my backyard all day, stopping only to eat and occasionally go to the bathroom. Now, I live a similar lifestyle, except I take my lunch and I just have to search for a bathroom, except when I’m at the beach.

Visit his website at: http://007pandas.com

Carol Kennedy

image001Dr. Carol Kennedy has three decades experience teaching, consulting, writing and speaking to varied audiences. Just recently Dr. Carol received a medal for her fourth book, A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE FOR THE SOUL, from Florida Authors/Publishers Association, in the category of spirituality. She transforms a God Whisper into a book or seminar laced with knowledge, humor and inspiration. Favorite topics are “How Can I Unlock God’s Power in My Life?”, “How is Life Like Chocolate?”, “Raising Readers and Thinkers” and “”What’s Your Monster?”

Visit her website at: http://drcarolkennedy.com

Carol Kennedy’s books

David Litwack

Dave-Portrait-Hi-ResThe urge to write first struck at age sixteen when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the wild night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by the northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process — and without prior plan — becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

In this new stage of his life, he’s published Along the Watchtower in June, 2013 and The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky in May, 2014. His next book, The Children of Darkness, is the first of the Seekers series, a dystopian trilogy, that was published in June, 2015.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

Visit his website at: http://davidlitwack.com

Doug MacGregor

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Doug MacGregor is a native of Binghamton, N.Y. and a graduate of Syracuse University. He has lived in Southwest Florida since 1988. He was the full-time editorial cartoonist for The News-Press in Fort Myers for twenty-three years tackling local, state and national issues on the editorial pages. You can still spot his cartoon work every Sunday in the News-Press.

Doug also visits schools, libraries, art centers and civic organizations sharing his love for drawing and lecturing on creativity. He has also written and illustrated seven children’s books including his most recent, Morgan McKinney’s Bigger-Than-Life Bedtime Story. His other books include, Turtellini, The Turbo-Charged Turtle, and Rad Hair Day, both self-published in 2011.  In 2009 he published, Get Creative Turn On The Bright Side Of Your Brain; a book to help folks of all ages become more creative in everyday life.

Doug is also a local musician and plays harmonica in various blues bands in the area. He has won numerous state and national awards for his cartoon work and is a member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators. You can see Doug’s work and hear his music at http://dougcreates.com

Currently, he is enjoying his position as coordinator for the Arts in Healthcare program, which brings bring art and music to patients and families within the Lee Memorial Health System in Southwest Florida.

Doug MacGregor’s books

Robert Maloney

portrait3Arrived safely in a Keene, N.H. hospital on Dec. 11, 1924. Graduated from High School in Somerville, Mass. in 1942, and waded ashore in Bombay (India), wearing the uniform of an Army Private, on my 20th birthday Dec. 11, 1944. The next year carried me over the Burma Road to Kunming, China. The A-Bombing of Hiroshima then took me to Shanghai where I fell in love (several times), and that led to my re-enlisting. I wound up in Germany until my discharge in 1948. Attended Northeastern University for 7 years gaining degrees in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.

Moved to Florida in 1978, with second wife, Evelyn. In early 2004, she showed signs of serious dementia, and gradually regressed until she passed away in August of 2014. Rather than go crazy, I decided to put some of the early adventures into print. The result, thus far includes, “Lost in Burma” (52 Poems and Ballads) which was published in June of 2015, “A World War 2 Trilogy” (a short bio, a Shanghai adventure, and a Military Intelligence/Cold War adventure that takes place in Bavaria), and “24 A.A. Ballads” which will find its way onto Amazon later in the year as well.

Visit his website at: http://ftmyersbob.blogspot.com

Robert Maloney’s books

Denise McCoy

me-bookcase1Denise is retired in Fort Myers Florida, and lives with her husband and (at last count) fifteen ‘trap and release cats’. She is the author of The Lives of Riley for 7-9 year olds and Blood-Born a YA novel. Mrs. McCoy holds a BSA degree from International College and an AS in Opticianry from HCC. She holds certificates from The Institute of Children’s Literature as well as certificates from several writing courses. She is a past member of Penpusher’s creative writing class and a current member of GCWA. Future writings include two more books in The Friend’s of Riley series, a devotional for writers and as a homeschool mom for eighteen years, a journal of the first year and various unit studies.

Denise McCoy’s books

Nancy Patralia

DSC04248_2Nancy Petralia grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and will forever be a Steelers fan. Always moving eastward, she lived in Harrisburg then Philadelphia where she met husband John. He taught her about good olives, opera, tennis and Italian cooking. She taught him about Irish stew and having a dog. Together they started a book club that’s met every month for nearly 20 years.

They retired to the Jersey shore where Nancy improved her backhand and discovered a talent for ceramic sculpture. They took Italian lessons. And they dreamed…of living in Italy. When they decided to make that dream a reality it was the start of the best year of their lives–and a story they wanted to share.

Nancy and John recently relocated to Fort Myers, Florida, a city they hope to love as much as Parma, Italy.

Visit Nancy and John at: http://NotInATuscanVilla.com

Nancy Petralia’s books

Kenny Rager

Cannon-114I was born in 1957 in the beautiful Finger Lakes town of Ithaca, New York at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake (AKA “Ithaca is Gorges” and the home of Cornell University, Ithaca College and Ithaca Gun). At the age of 22 I followed my brother Rocky to Fort Myers, Florida where after a few years in the bar business I found my way into real estate development and redevelopment and enjoyed a 30 year career.

I have three remarkable daughters, Ashley, Lyndsey Grace and Chloe’ and a grand son to brag about. The death of Lyndsey Grace at 22 from diabetes complications has forever changed my life and given me inspiration to write more. Ashley graduated from the University of Florida and Emory Law School. Chloe is presently an art major at the University of Florida.

When I was 12 my step Dad, Ernie Silver, gave me the poem Invictus as a creed to live by. As I memorized it I found strength in the poem’s words and it sparked my passion for writing poetry. I never imagined until recently that I would someday be the author of poetry and children’s books. I wish that my mom, Edie, and Ernie were here to read them.

I wrote my first poem when I was 24 and published my first poetry book entitled “Reflections of a Life in Poetry” when I was 57. It is a collection of 50 poems I wrote over 32 years. The subject matter is derived mostly from events in my life or those of close friends and family. They range from love to love lost, from life to lives lost, from childbirth to a child lost, from children to grandchildren, from courtship to marriage, from bikers to veterans, from Christmas to Thanksgiving, from Christenings to reunions, and even some faith-based poems with spiritual messages. I was honored to receive a Five Star book review from Readers Choice.

My hope is that you will find a special poem for you or a loved one that touches your emotions and brings either a smile or a tear, maybe recalls a fond memory, gives you comfort through a difficult time, or just causes you to reflect upon your life where you have been and where you are going.

One of the poems in the book entitled “You’re A CrocaGator” is now my first children’s book. It is a story about love and acceptance as the story line follows the events when a crocodile, named CrocaSonny, falls in love with a beautiful alligator he spots across the creek, named GatorSissy. They get together and form a mixed family like many others throughout the world. My hope is that this children’s book can be a parental tool to promote awareness to convey an explanation of issues our mixed society faces today.

I intend to use the “CrocaGator” in a series of books to address children and family issues. My second book will be out this summer entitled “You’re a Step CrocaGator” focuses on the relationship of step children and their parents.

I have written 8 books now so in the near future be on the lookout for books about: a baby CrocaGator, a CrocaGator going to school, a Happy Birthday CrocaGator, a handicap CrocaGator, a safe CrocaGator and a bullied CrocaGator, to name a few.

By the way, proceeds from the sale of every book goes to support the soon to open “Lyndsey House” in Fort Myers, Florida. Lyndsey House is a shelter for women and women with children operated by the Fort Myers Rescue Mission.

Today I enjoy sharing my poetry with friends and family and making new fans. The best part of my job besides writing is reading to children at schools, inmates at the jail, friends at night and the occasional audience. There is never a charge so if you have a need to hear a few of Kenny’s Poems let me know.

I love hearing back from readers by e-mail at kenny@thecrocagator.com. It would be my fondest desire that my poems encourage others to take some time and write a rhyme.

Visit his website at: http://thecrocagator.com

Kenny Rager’s books