TURLOCK NOW: Turlock gets the write stuff

mrowland@modbee.comApril 14, 2013 

Turlock has the write stuff this month.

Several writing projects and locally produced books are launching in April to satisfy the inner wordsmith and booknerd in all of us. First, writers in the area are invited to the new The Turlock Writer’s Guild & Salon (TWiGS for short) starting this week.

The group is being organized by Adrienn Mendonca-Jones, a Georgia transplant, whose first novel “The Practical Purpose of Princesses” was published by Fat Bottom Bird Press in Kindle edition last year. Mendonca-Jones previously worked as a board member for the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home in Savannah.

There she also worked ran a local writer’s guild and had hoped to find a similar group in Turlock. But finding none she decided to start her own for local authors – both aspiring and published. The group will be a place to share work, get inspiration and support and down the road do public readings.

The first meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and the next is scheduled for April 30 at the Starbucks at 2012 E Canal Drive. Meetings will be in formal and writers of all level and forms (novels, short stories, poems, etc.) are invited. If interested, bring a writing sample and copies to share. The group will begin meeting every other Tuesday after the initial meeting.

For more visit www.facebook.com/groups/turlocktwigs.

But Turlock authors aren’t just meeting, they’re also publishing.

Turlock filmmaker and writer Scott D. Roberts is about to publish his first novel, “Vengeance is Now.”

Roberts, who is best known as the co-director of the award-winning documentary “Gas Hole” narrated by actor Peter Gallagher, will release the book in May. He will have a launch party in Turlock. April 25 at the Grizzly Rock Café. Afterward Robert will embark on a 10-city book tour.

The book will be released by 3L Publishing out of Sacramento in soft cover. Billed as a mystery and erotic thriller, it follows a down-on-his luck former detective who is framed for an unspeakable crime.

For more visit www.vengeanceisnow.com.

And finally, those looking for a more all-ages read can pick up the latest work from Turlock resident Judy Slack.

Slack has published the children’s book “Willy and the Winchester Motorcycle,” which is available now. The book, about a middle-school aged boy who decides to write about motorcycles for an English assignment, is inspired by Slack’s family owning a rare 1910 Winchester Motorcycle. The bike is currently on loan to the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum in Wyoming.

This is Slack’s fifth self-published children’s book. For more on the book visit Slack’s website, www.crunchingcarrotsnotcandy.com.

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