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April 29, 2014 > Meet Three Outstanding Local Authors

Meet Three Outstanding Local Authors

By Kathy Garfinkle

The AAUW-Fremont Branch (American Association of University Women), in collaboration with the Fremont Main Library, invites you to Meet the Authors, a panel discussion featuring three outstanding local women writers.

Nancy Curteman loves to share the tension, drama, romance and just plain fun found in her mystery novels. She takes us on some remarkable adventures in her Lysi Weston Mystery series: Murder Down Under, Murder Cast a Spell, Murder in a Teacup and Lethal Lesson.

Jana McBurney-Lin is motivated to write by her passion to communicate and educate. Jana is the author of My Half of the Sky and Blossoms and Bayonets.

Marjorie Bicknell Johnson has always been curious and ready to try new things such as flying a small plane and accompanying an archaeologist to the Mayan ruins in Yucatan and Central America. Bird Watcher and Jaguar Princess reflect her passion for learning and adventure.

These talented authors delight in developing strong female characters.

The women in Nancy CurtemanÕs mystery novels are joyful, resourceful characters who appreciate the humor in every day life. Her lead characters often collide with the local police because they find clues the police miss. Nancy finds writing very rewarding. ÒI love to run upstairs and see what my character is going to do next.Ó Nancy hopes the reader will realize that women can play just as strong a role as men and that women should not be afraid to take risks.

Jana McBurney-Lin lived in Asia for fifteen year. While in Singapore visiting her husbandÕs village in Fujian, she saw an advertisement that read: ÒA girl baby is just as precious as a baby boy.Ó Jana turned to her husband and said. ÒThat is so cool that the government is obviously behind the valuing of little girls.Ó He shrugged his shoulders. ÒThe government can say what they like. But a house with no male is a real problem.Ó This was the inspiration for her first novel, My Half of the Sky in which her character Li Hui struggles to be an independent woman in an emerging, modern China.

The women in McBurney-LinÕs Blossoms and Bayonets are strong in a more subtle way. Although they defer to their husbands, the women step outside the norm and demonstrate strength and independence rarely exhibited in Korea in 1942.

Marjorie Johnson developed a very strong lead character in Jaguar Princess by asking herself what kind of woman would want to learn to read Mayan Code. Maya princess Chanla ÒPeshÓ Pex is a remarkable, resourceful and very bright young woman. The challenge, says Marjorie, is to make the characters come alive for readers.

Meet the Authors
Monday, May 5
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Room B
2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont
(510) 489-4779

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