WritersTalk Staff


Marjorie Bicknell Johnson

Marjorie wants each issue of WritersTalk to be professional in appearance and content because the newsletter represents South Bay Writers to the outside world. She holds an M.A. in mathematics from San Jose State and is addicted to the Fibonacci sequence—she served on the editorial board of The Fibonacci Quarterly, an academic mathematics journal, for 40 years. Her two published novels, Bird Watcher: A Novel, and Jaguar Princess: The Last Maya Shaman, appear on southbaywriters.com in “Members Books.” She enjoys sharing her passion for writing.


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Sheena is most comfortable sketching owing to her background in architecture. These days she is honing her writing skills by working on her memoir and experimenting with integrating her sketches into her stories. Sheena, South Bay Writers Member-at-Large, writes the column “View From The Board” for WritersTalk. In her spare time, she is working on a post-baccalaureate certificate program in writing from UC Berkeley Extension. She lives by the words, “God is in the details.”


Pat Bustamante

Pat loves poetry—all forms and all kinds. She earned money as a proofreader (long ago) and enjoyed that, too. She is a seventh generation native of California; an occasionally published poet; the author of seven novels, including A Book of the Dead, published online, and numerous short stories and articles published in magazines. At San Jose State College (not yet a university), she earned a B.A. in English and obtained an elementary teaching credential.

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Chess recently authored the first two installments of the Young Adult time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She’s a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly young adult fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

Carolyn Donnell

Carolyn is a prize-winning writer and poet. Her latest award was First Place in fiction at the 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference. She attributes her successes to the help and experience gained from South Bay Writers club members and activities. As a Contributing Editor to WritersTalk, she heads up the Contests and Markets column and takes photographs at meetings. She also supports SBW’s social media outreach on Facebook. Her other passions include music (viola) and painting.

Victoria M. Johnson

Victoria is a published author and filmmaker, both writer and director of four short films and two micro-documentaries. Her published works include six books of fiction and nonfiction. Her poetry appears in online literary magazines and print anthologies. As a WritersTalk contributing editor since 2008, Victoria says, “Though it is hard work to produce the newsletter each month, it is also a lot of fun to meet with a group of writers with the common goal of creating something of value for the members.” She enjoys reading members’ work and sharing the creative journey with others.

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Linda is an Adobe software expert and a book designer. She has designed, edited, and contributed to the Ageless Muses series of anthologies, and produced all three perfect-bound volumes of short stories, poetry, and artwork. Before she took a right turn into book publishing, she was creating advertisements for newspapers. She has a degree in drama, acting/directing, from California State University at Hayward. “Presentation is an aspect of all human endeavors whether it’s a conscious effort or not.”

Sally Milnor

Sally is an award-winning poet who has been a South Bay Writers member since 2005 and Membership Chairman since 2012. As Membership Chairman, Sally is at the registration desk at our monthly meetings, where she greets our current members and becomes acquainted with both prospective and new members. She writes the New Members column for WritersTalk. Now a retired attorney, she attended Peninsula University School of Law.

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Karen enjoys reading and reviewing WritersTalk’s monthly editorial content. She devoted a good portion of her career writing proposals and reports as a project manager at San Jose State University. For two years, she was the managing editor of the VOTER, the League of Women Voters newsletter. In addition to her contribution to WritersTalk, her most frequent writings appear as letters to the editor in local newspapers.