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    A Few More Words with "Huntress" Author Alexandra Sokoloff

     

    These days, most writers are loathe to take a stand or say anything that might alienate any part of their audience. Not so for Alexandra Sokoloff, the author behind the brilliant Huntress /FBI series, which deals in explicit detail with the horrors of sexual abuse and human trafficking...and the bloody comeuppance for the monsters who commit such heinous acts. Alex is also unafraid to voice her opposition to the current presidential administration and the role she feels it has in perpetuating a culture that tolerates and even celebrates sexual abuse. I sat down again with her recently to talk about the the new book (Hunger Moon), battling with Trump trolls and the realities of writing screenplays for Hollywood.

     

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    A few Words With: California State Librarian Greg Lucas

     

    California State Librarian Greg Lucas has a daunting daily to-do list: managing the main research and information hub for all things pertaining to the Golden State's illustrious history and heritage. It's a tough job that is equal parts administrator, historian and educator. But anyone who spends any time around him knows Lucas is up to the task. A highly regarded former journalist, Lucas covered the Capitol for various dailies for over 25 years, giving him both a unique insight into the machinations of state government and a deep appreciation for the role California has played in shaping the America we know today. I sat down with him recently to talk about the job, his former life as a Capitol scribe and the reasons why every aspiring writer needs a good library.

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    The Open Mic: A Few Words with "Fake News" Author Tom Chorneau

     

    Unless you've been living in a cave for the last two years you are probably very familiar with the term "fake news." But while it primarily wormed its way into the American lexicon during the 2016 presidential election, the challenge of how to discern legitimate news from agenda-driven faux news stories has been around for a long time. Long enough, in fact, that noted Sacramento capitol reporter Tom Chorneau was already well into his debut novel, "Enterprise Reporting," before most people had ever heard the term. We sat down with him recently to talk about the book, the pros and cons of indie publishing and how a reporter used to daily deadlines deals with the long haul of writing a novel.

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    A Few (More) Words With Pulitzer Prize Winning Editorial Cartoonist Jack Ohman

     

    When we last sat down with Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman In November 2015, he had won every major award a journalist could win except for the Pulitzer Prize. Now he's even won that, taking home the honor in April of last year. A successful author as well as a cartoonist, we sat down with him again recently to talk about the impact the award has had on his work and his other writing.

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    A few Words with 'Dear Friend' Gina L. Mulligan

    Author and philanthropist Gina L. Mulligan began her award-winning writing career more than 20 years ago. Starting out as a successful freelance journalist she eventually moved on to short stories and then historical fiction, releasing her first novel, “Remember the Ladies,” in May of 2016. She quickly followed that up with her second novel, “From Across the Room,” in September of that same year. Mulligan’s latest project is a lot more personal. Drawing on her own experience of battling breast cancer, Mulligan started the charity Girls Love Mail, which collects letters of hope and encouragement from around the globe to be distributed to women through cancer treatment centers and programs nationwide. To date, Girls Love Mail has collected over 100,000 letters, 100 of which are featured in Mulligan’s new book “Dear Friend: Letters of Encouragement, Humor and Love for Women with Breast Cancer.” The project has drawn national attention that keeps her very busy, but Gina graciously made time recently to sit down with the Open Mic to talk about “Dear Friend," the art and craft of historical fiction and the state of the publishing industry.

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