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

Patricia Sheehy

Pat Sheehy

Patricia Sheehy

Patricia Herchuk Sheehy is the author of four books, including the Amazon best selling novels, Field of Destinyand Veil of Illusion. She has published close to 100 essays and articles and has earned several awards, including three from the prestigious Writer’s Digest contest, which receives more than 13,000 entries annually. She is a self-employed Working Writer, providing copy-writing and communications support to corporate, non-profit and small business entities. She facilitates workshops and coaches emerging writers. A Connecticut native, Patricia holds a Master’s Degree from Wesleyan University. She and her husband have recently relocated to Estero, Florida.

Visit her website: www.patsheehy.com

Patricia Sheehy’s books



Geneva Kelly

genevaGeneva grew up in NJ but has been living in Florida for 10 years.  She has a long history of writing and performing both her songs and poetry.  Both of these, reflect life through her eyes.  These days you can find her working on a column, or some sort of light hearted story.  And soon, she will complete a new children’s book series inspired by her son.

Now that Geneva has decided to plant her feet in the sand, she’s hoping to make publishing her next reality.


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

Scott Kingdon

I was a litigation attorney for many years. In recent years, I have mediated lawsuits. Most of the articles I have published were published in law journals. I have written some articles for sports publications, such as the Chicago Track Club. I am currently working on a book on the history of high school athlete eligibility litigation in the state of Indiana. The book is an outgrowth of a law journal article I wrote in July, 2012.

10636425_1377162025924857_2802613498196025321_o1Born in New Orleans in 1937. I practiced pediatrics in academia and in private practice before retiring in 1999.
Tried painting and photography before settling on writing for my retirement day job. My delight and challenge as a writer is for my readers to understand and experience the emotions my characters instill in me. Furthermore, I want readers to predict character behavior in any given circumstance based on how I have portrayed them – but then, maybe not.

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

jcl2I started making up stories to tell whoever would listen, virtually when I started talking. I started writing the stories down when I was nine or ten. Yet, somehow as an adult, for about thirty years, the only writing I did was business and technical writing. I spent those years working for corporations in the High-Tech industry, specializing in implementing company-wide Information Systems. At age fifty, I started writing for pleasure, again — first poetry, then short stories, and finally novels.

My first published novel, The Janus Code, written under the pen name J.C. Ferguson (maiden name), was awarded the FAPA President’s Gold Medal. It is an international thriller about trying to stop a very deadly computer virus. I published my second novel in 2015 — Mangrove Madness, a humorous mystery set in Florida. It is about a newly licensed female PI trying to track down first one, then two…then seven missing people.

Next, I’m working on a follow up novel to Mangrove Madness.
I am currently self-employed — designing websites, educating users on computers, creating covers and formatting printed books and eBooks for self-published authors.

Visit my author website at: http://jcferguson.net

Blog: onreadingandwriting.com
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J.C. Ferguson’s books

Doug MacGregor


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