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 is a career educator. His first teaching job was at a private elementary school where he appeared for work the first day with two broken arms. But this job was not a good fit for Gary, nor Gary for it. Gary relocated to accept a job at a residential treatment facility that included a school program for high school-age kids with academic and emotional challenges. And this was a better fit and also a well-timed one; Special education legislation had just been passed. Gary went back to school to earn special education and administrative credentials.
And yes… Gary has had a lot of experience with “at risk” adolescents and has learned so much from them and from his colleagues who have stepped up to the plate to teach them too.
During these experiences, Gary has delivered many conference presentations on at-risk students, special education topics, cooperative learning and the things educators can do to help such students succeed. He has also been faculty in Graduate Credential, Special Education and Master’s Degree programs.
Gary completed his Ed.D. degree in 2006. Currently, he supervises student teachers and teaches educational research courses in a Master of Arts Degree program. Gary is a volunteer naturalist and enjoys leading interpretive hikes on the Channel Islands. He also does photo identification of whales as a volunteer on local whale watching boats.
Gary has enjoyed living on the California Coast with his dear wife and their occasional collection of cats, bunnies and… an iguana!
Gary says, ” ‘Checking in at the Crowbar Hotel’ turned out to be a very reflective piece of fiction. The perspective of time and experience has enabled me to look at challenging students differently, perhaps more holistically.” Making a Difference
 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 is a retired high school principal who devotes much of his time to researching and writing – endeavors he greatly enjoys. He conducts writing workshops to encourage, teach, and support aspiring authors.  Also, utilizing his exceptional oratorical skills and sense of humor, he conducts storytelling – reading books and poetry to elementary school children who respond enthusiastically to his wit and wisdom. Serving mankind and animals is a priority evidenced by his participation as a hospice, youth, and feline volunteer.  Recently he was hired to coach girls’ basketball at Foothill Technical High School in the Ventura USD.

Rich has authored six published books including Classroom Under Construction, Angel in my BackpackOld – Stories of Aging and Reflections on Caregiving, Cat Speak (recently released) and two children’s works, Animal Friends and Heather and Buddy Go to School which contain brilliant images created by talented illustrator, Cathy Quiel.  Rich’s writing reflects an interest in diverse topics in both fiction and non-fiction genres with one common component; all are works of “heart”.

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 and due for publication in 2018.  Rich is blessed with two beautiful, grown daughters, and four adorable grandchildren.  More information about his books can be found at

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