Meet the Authors


lorrieBW Lorrie Caplan-Shern Lorrie Caplan-Shern is a force of nature that inspires and uplifts people’s lives wherever she goes. She truly loves life. Her professional life and creative passions have often crossed paths in her twenty years as an Intuitive Life Coach as she helps others find their purpose and guides them to live a full and loving life. She discovered her own deeply creative abilities at mid-life and, in addition to being an author, has become a visual artist working in abstract watercolors and acrylics. She is also songwriter and playwright.
Currently Lorrie is co-writing pop songs and a song called Yesterdays News, co-written with Lee Johnson, placed in the top three songs at the 2012 Durango Songwriter Expo. You can hear this song and others by Lorrie at
While writing Giving Birth To My Parents (, Lorrie realized that she was incredibly lucky to have the childhood and upbringing she experienced. Her next book to be published by Summerland Publishing is entitled How to Have A Sacred Marriage & Eleven Boyfriends. It’s about celebrating marriage through honesty, integrity and humor. Making a Difference
Lorrie Caplan-Shern has been married to her partner, Food Stylist Stephen Shern, for 30 years. All of what she does is dedicated to her beloved husband. For more information visit
Gary Delanoeye Gary Delanoeye has been writing his entire life; Personal travel journals, creative writing as an English major and academic writing as a high school special education teacher and university professor. But it is the personal journals that have found their way into his short stories; the tidbits remembered years later from travels, people along the way and things that might have been.
Gary certainly met a lot of delinquent kids during his years as a teacher at a youth correctional facility! Journals from those days became the source of his two fictional novels, Checking in at the Crowbar Hotel and Letters from the Outs. But then Gary noticed that his other journals were full of characters, drama and humor too. And so he has prepared his first anthology of 12 very different short stories, Clean Shorts. 
Gary, Jill and a cat with several names live near Santa Barbara, California and thus, some stories have local origins. For example, “Back to See” is a story of whales and birds in the Santa Barbara Channel and Gary’s work as a volunteer naturalist.  
There are more stories yet to come too! With plenty of journal material still left to explore, Gary continues to have fun with the words that capture his experiences and reflections. 
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 PatsyGarlan Patsy Garlan has published poetry, personal essays, syllabuses for drama students, and, with co-author Maryjane Dunstan, two college texts about the future (Prentice Hall), and two children’s books set in Burma (The Viking Press), where she lived for a year with her then husband and their four children. Making a Difference
Rich Grimes Rich Grimes has authored seven published works including Classroom Under Construction, Angel in my Backpack, Old – Stories of Aging and Reflections on Caregiving, Cat Speak, and two children’s books, Animal Friends and Heather and Buddy Go to School. Rich’s writing reflects his interest in diverse topics, both fiction and nonfiction, based on his educational and professional background, affinity for the imagination and wonder of children, respect for aging, interest in the history global conflicts, and his own creative instincts.

Two more children’s books are in the works to complete the Heather and Buddy trilogy. Heather and Buddy Go to the Zoo is next – due for publication later this year. High school coach, principal mentor, writing workshop presenter, hospice volunteer, and storyteller, Rich is blessed with two beautiful, grown daughters and four adorable grandchildren.  He lives in Ventura, California.

Jennifer Hill Jennifer Hill is a professional health care executive focusing on improving the quality of life for all. While advocating for others for over two decades in the health care arena, Jennifer’s passion is to spread the word of the gospel. Jennifer is an outgoing evangelist who provides spiritual sermons to several nursing facilities all across Colorado is described as ” the epitome of a true humanitarian.”
Jennifer’s philosophy:
With God all things are possible.Jennifer donates 6% of her book proceeds to:
Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter
P.O. Box 914
Aurora, CO 80040
Jennifer’s words are so amazing! She is the most energetic and spiritual woman I know. ~Lilli Garcia, LPN. Colorado
Jennifer is prolific and insightful in this breath of fresh air read. Jennifer offers a unique and down to earth perspective on handling life’s curve balls! ~Felisa Jack, Social Work Assistant Colorado
To know Jennifer is to love her. She is not only a great friend but an awesome spiritual sister. ~Kathy Davis, HostHome Provider Making a Difference
Sharon Mendes Sharon Mendes
When Sharon was in the second grade her teacher read “Brighty of the Grand Canyon,” by Marguerite Henry. That became her favorite book, and the inspiration to start writing stories about her favorite subject, horses.
In 1974 Sharon graduated from nursing school, and was finally able to buy her first horse, a dappled gray Quarter horse named Pippin.In addition to working as an RN for almost thirty years, she has owned and trained many horses. She is a co-founder of a 4H riding club named the Bourne Equestrians, and has taught children in the community to ride. She became a certified riding instructor and spent ten years as a competitive barrel racer.
Sharon has kept a daily journal for years. She has recorded the adventures she and her husband John and daughter Jessica have had with the ponies and horses on their small farm in Pocasset, Massachusetts. They all share a fascination with how the different animals interact with each other. Her first book,” Bravo and Glee of Cape Cod”, is based on her black Thoroughbred race horse, and white Shetland pony. Her Laura Lee Farm book collection also includes ” Who is Bella?”, the story of a new puppy that comes to the farm, and “Crossing Laura Lee Farm”, the story of a snapping turtle that must cross the paddock so she can lay her eggs in the lake close by.
Sharon has recently joined Peace for Ponies, a local organization that helps rescue abused and neglected horses. A portion of the proceeds of her newest book, “Ryan, A Horse’s Tale”, will be donated to them. For information about her charity, go to for ponies, or like us on Facebook. Making a Difference
Jolinda Pizzirani Jolinda Pizzirani, author of “Soul Survivor,” “Inspirations” and “Angel Words,” hopes that the messages put forth in her books may help readers better understand the purpose of this wonderful life we are given. Her lifelong study of spiritual philosophy and metaphysics has been the backbone of the beliefs she shares with others in the hope of helping to make the world a better place.
Roger Simpson was born in a manger, actually a large and sturdy cardboard box filled with straw in an alley next to the main L.A. railroad station.  He never knew his parents because he heard it whispered that the birth was divine and his parents were forced to live under cover of darkness.  As you can read, Roger is a humorist, educator, and author who lives with his wife in a California town by the sea. Learn more at
SoaresPic Wayne Soares is an actor, author and inspirational speaker.  He is a highly acclaimed anti-bullying crusader and his message has impacted thousands of youth across the country.  Wayne was featured in the comedy The Curse of Don Scarducci with Alec Baldwin and recently won a major role in the sci-fi thriller Tobacco Jack.  He continues a personal mission of entertaining our troops around the Globe. His website is