Story Sprouts 2013 Authors

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Story Sprouts 2013 Anthology Authors


Stacy Yamaoka Anderson

Stacy Yamaoka Anderson resides in Southern California with her husband, daughter, and Stella, the dog. She enjoys taking Stella to the dog beach, or along for a car ride.

Stacy blogs at and is on Twitter @stacyyamaoka


Tiffani Barth

Tiffani Barth is an active member of SCBWI and a board member of CBW-LA. She lives in North Hollywood, where she writes YA and middle grade novels. When not writing she can usually be found in a movie theater watching the latest blockbuster or planning her next hiking adventure.


Cacy Duncan

A resident of Inglewood, CA, Cacy Duncan likes writing about aliens, monsters, and superpowers. She likes reading and watching “junk” about aliens, monsters, and superpowers too. She hopes to one day own a t-shirt with an alpaca wearing an Afro on it. If she ever got a puppy, she would name him Kiba. She can occasionally be found on Twitter @WineAri.


Abi Estrin

Abi Estrin writes fantasy/science fiction young adult novels. She is an SCBWI member, produced screenwriter, and playwright. Her novel Stricken won the SCBWI-LA regional Sue Alexander grant. Abi has an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute and wrote the animated adaptation of Ben Hur (2003) starring the voice of Charlton Heston. She’s also had several screenplays optioned by directors.

When she’s not drinking coffee and typing away at a new writing project, Abi works as a horse trainer and hunter/jumper riding instructor. She lives with her fiancé and two cats in the hills of Los Angeles.


Diane H. Fisk

Diane H. Fisk is a former public school music teacher. Now living in Los Angeles, she writes stories for young adults and children, as well as screenplays and country music. Diane belongs to SCBWI, CBW-LA, NSAI, TAXI, and S.A.G. She can be found on Facebook at



Angie Flores

Angie Flores was born and raised in Hollywood. A firm believer in fairy tales, Angie met her Prince Charming after college, and he became her happily ever after. Now she calls the South Bay home, along with her husband and three boys.

Angie’s boys inspired her love of writing children’s stories and picture books. She has over 20 stories waiting to be discovered. Angie has also written two television pilots, scripts for on-air radio announcements, and a movie script. Currently a part-time human resources manager, she writes handbooks, policies and procedures, and marketing materials.

Angie loves to travel, make jewelry, and roller skate on the beach. Insomnia usually brings her the time to write her stories. Angie has spoken to middle school writing classes on the journey of a story and finding motivation.

Angie serves on the CBW-LA Board of Directors as Marketing and Fundraising Manager.


Glenn Jason Hanna

Glenn Jason Hanna is a Brooklyn-born, Long Island-raised Los Angeles resident who likes baseball, board games, baseball, writing, baseball, the Mets, and baseball. He writes and illustrates picture books, middle grade novels, and has started a YA novel bordering on new adult.


Kristina F. Jordan, M.A.

Kristina F. Jordan has lived in New York City, San Francisco, London, Athens, Cairo, Jerusalem, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, and loves how people the world over are all so very different while also exactly the same.

She holds a management degree from the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

Kristina has written many scripts. She worked on the staff of LA Law and also wrote, produced, and directed “Peas In A Pod.” She loves how it feels to put inspiration to paper, creating characters and their stories. She is enjoying exploring writing for children. Find her at


Lucy Ravitch

Lucy Ravitch is a picture book/novelty book author who loves to teach. With a background in elementary education, she shares her love of learning wherever she goes. Lucy is a full-time mother, writer, and blogger living in Southern California. Her math resource blog,, offers free hands-on math activities for anyone who teaches children. Her social links can be found there.

Lucy is the Secretary for CBW-LA and active SCBWI member. She is enthusiastic about writing and learning and has a positive attitude. Writing is a process, and she is grateful for everyone that has helped her become more refined along her writing journey!


Donna Marie Robb

Donna Marie Robb works as a children’s librarian and enjoys traveling to exotic foreign countries with her husband, Ron Atmur. She has published several short stories in literary magazines such as Wild Violet, Femspec, and Tales of the Talisman. She has also reviewed children’s books for School Library Journal and recently completed a young adult novel.


Diane Sepulveda Robinson

Diane Sepulveda Robinson is a descendant of early Alta California landowners in southern California, San Pedro, and Rancho de los Palos Verdes. She is writing a nonfiction book about her family’s history. A retired South Bay police officer, Diane also uses her 35 years of experience to write books on careers in law enforcement and self defense.

Diane serves as Palos Verdes Library District Trustee Secretary. She is a board member with Peninsula Seniors, a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Daughters of the Revolution (DAR), and a member of CBW-LA. Her interests include oil painting and setting up self-defense video presentations.


Nora Rodriguez

Nora Rodriguez lives in the city of Lynwood with her husband of eighteen years and their three sons. She is currently a teacher for LAUSD. Nora enjoys reading, watching old movies, and, of course, writing. Her goal is to someday become a successful author in both the English and Spanish speaking markets.


Lissa Ross

Lissa Ross is an Australian writer living in Los Angeles. After traveling the globe playing music, surfing, and filmmaking, Lissa is now writing her first novel, Alias Jet Girl and the Dolphin Rescue. She is on Facebook at


Lynne Southerland

Lynne Southerland learned about storytelling surreptitiously from the top of the family staircase as she listened to a true raconteur, her father, weaving words and pauses in perfect intervals that captivated his listeners, including her.

After receiving her B.A. in Comparative Literature, she traveled to Los Angeles, jumping head first into the storytelling world of filmmaking. Lynne’s creative journey has taken her from editing to producing to directing and writing. She co-directed Mulan 2, the sequel to the beloved Disney feature about the legendary Chinese heroine. Earlier, she provided creative leadership as producer on such projects as Disney’s An Extremely Goofy Movie, HBO’s acclaimed multicultural series Happily Ever After, Fairy Tales for Every Child, and Paramount’s animated feature Bebe’s Kids.

Ten years ago the Muse tapped Lynne on the shoulder and invited her to become an author. Her inspirational picture book manuscript is called Baby’s Breath: A Fable About Remembering Who You Are. Her fascination with Aboriginal Australian culture inspired her first YA novel, In the All at Once Time.

Check out her website:


Christal Terry

Christal Terry resides in Hawthorne, CA. She is mother to a seven-year-old boy and currently works as a preschool teacher. Christal is a member of CBW-LA as well as the Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Society.


Kathryn Thornton

Kathryn Thornton is a New Hampshire native living in Southern California with her wonderful, supportive family, which includes two adopted rescue dogs. She writes contemporary and new adult fiction. She is inspired by her family, friends, music, art, nature, and all the crazy things that make life wonderful.

An active member in the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles (CBW-LA), she published two pieces in the CBW-LA Anthology. For more information, visit and


Cameron S. Ulyate

Cameron S. Ulyate grew up in California. As a kid, Cameron could be found climbing mountains or kayaking in the ocean when he had free time from play rehearsals.

As an author, he loves writing about adventures that he never read as a kid. And he loves to break the rules. Who said wizard pirates can’t ride mechanical dinosaurs?

In the past, Cameron worked with an AAR literary agent on multi-media marketing. He has also worked for several acting agencies and promoted environmental ad campaigns.


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 Story Sprouts 2013 Anthology Authors

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