Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: Lorie Lewis Ham has been writing since age seven and publishing since age 13. She has published many poems, short stories and articles in various magazines including Traffic, worked off and on for the Reedley Exponent, and published five mystery novels set in the San Joaquin Valley. One of those novels, Deadly Discrimination, is being serialized here at Kings River Life. Lorie has lived in Reedley her entire life and recently became a member of the Reedley Historical Society Board. She is married to Larry Ham; they have two teenagers, Jessica and Joseph. Explore Lorie’s creative side at Mysteryrat’s Closet.
Arts & Entertainment and Graphics: Chris Lang is a theatrical designer and theater technician for Kings Canyon Unified School District where he has been employed since 2000. Chris, along with his lovely wife, Claire, and his daughter, Mary, have been living in Reedley since 2005. He attended California State University Fresno as a Theater Arts Major.
Hometown History: Jim Bulls is a long-time resident of Reedley. Now retired, he can be found at the Reedley Museum or having coffee with the “Spit and Whittle Club” at one of their downtown hangouts. He is married to Diana and they have two daughters, Rebecca and Amanda. Jim is a charter member of the Reedley Historical Society and serves on the board. He belongs to the First United Methodist Church and the Reedley Nomad’s Car Club. His hobbies include collecting and restoring vintage cars, and completing “Honey Do” projects for Diana.
Downtown Doings & Hometown History: Diana Bulls is a Central California native and has called Reedley home since 1977. She and husband, Jim, have two daughters, Rebecca who lives in Falls Church, VA and Amanda who is married and lives in Reedley. A recent retiree, she now spends her time writing, working on genealogy and making “Honey-Do” lists for husband Jim. Diana is a church organist and involved with the Reedley Historical Society. Her hobbies include collecting red vintage kitchen utensils, scrapbooking, photography, reading and making a lap for one or more of her cats.
Sports: Larry Ham was born and raised in Southern California, and moved to the Central Valley in 1982. He has worked in radio in the Reedley/Dinuba area for 24 years, broadcasting local high school sports throughout that time and, for the past 15 years, Reedley College Football games as well — first for the KRDU radio station and now on the internet.
Food, Going Green, Travel & Photography: Margaret Mendel was born in San Jose and has a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of San Francisco & a Master’s of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Currently residing in New York, she has had several short stories and articles published.
Food: Alicia Lieu grew up in Cupertino, California. She has Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bachelor of Art from UC Santa Barbara. A New Yorker with the heart of a Californian, she currently resides in Queens, NY and blogs about food in Jackson Heights
Helping Hands: Tom Sims is a local pastor, writer, and blogger. His congregation, “The Fellowship of Joy,” is part of a larger collaborative called “4141 Ministries,” of which he is Executive Director & he is an active Toastmaster. You can also find him on Facebook.
Helping Hands, Spiritually Speaking: Christopher Lewis is an evangelist, pastor and the founder of Nothing is Impossible Ministries. Raised in Reedley, educated in Scotland, he just recently became the pastor of a church in Leeds, England.
Hometown History & Travel: Maria Ruiz was born in Santa Barbara, California; her family had been there since the Spaniards first converted the Indians & created small towns. She graduated from the University of San Diego State in 1972 & taught for 8 years before starting her own business. After retiring she began a ten-year odyssey to visit and live in 57 countries around the world. Presently, she lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Her blog can be found at http://pastprimetravelers.blogspot.com/ and her travel photos at http://community.webshots.com/user/langton64?vhost=community.
Arts & Entertainment: Tess Mize is a Navy wife who lives in her current adopted hometown of Hanford with her husband and dog. She is active in her church and enjoys volunteering in the community and performing in local theater productions. She originally hails from Fayetteville, Georgia, and is an alumnus of the University of South Carolina, where she earned a degree in English Literature.
Books & Tales: Sunny Frazier worked with an undercover narcotics team in Fresno County for 17 years before turning her energies to writing the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries. Based in the San Joaquin Valley of California, the novels are inspired by real cases and 35 years of casting horoscopes.
Books & Tales: Kay Kendall is an international award-winning public relations executive who lives in Texas with her husband, five house rabbits, and spaniel Wills. A fan of historical mysteries, she set her debut mystery during the Vietnam War, a key conflict of last century not already overrun with novels. Published by Stairway Press of Seattle, Desolation Row features Austin Starr, a young bride who turns amateur sleuth when her husband is jailed in Canada for murdering the draft-resisting son of a United States senator. Kay is now writing the sequel, Rainy Day Women. Learn more on Kay’s website.
Books & Tales: Chris Lovato is a twenty something Coloradan who happens to know how to wield a sword…and a pen. Although more inclined to the dark and macabre, his love is literary fiction (based in the ”real world” with a supernatural twist). You can find his blog at roboticscorpionvoodoo.tumblr.com Follow him on Twitter @ceeloroboto.
Books & Tales: Sarah A. Peterson is a library assistant with Fresno County Library, with a Bachelor’s in English and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from California State University, Fresno. In her free time, she makes soap and jewelry that she sells at Fresno-area craft fairs. She has written for The Clovis Roundup and the Central California Paranormal Investigators (CCPI) Newsletter.
Books & Tales: Sharon Tucker is former faculty at the University of Memphis in Memphis TN, and now enjoys evening supervising in that campus library. Having forsworn TV except for online viewing and her own movies, she reads an average of 3 to 4 books per week and has her first novel—a mystery, of course—well underway.
Books & Tales: Terrance V. Mc Arthur is a California-born, Valley-raised librarian/entertainer/writer. He is recently wrote a stage adaptation of Jack London’s The Call of the Wild for the Fresno County Public Library’s next The Big Read. He lives in Sanger, four blocks from the library, with his wife, his daughter, and a spinster cat.
Books & Tales: Jesus Ibarra is a college student at UCLA from Parlier, currently living in Los Angeles. He loves to watch television and especially likes House, Bones, and Fringe. Jesus reads anything and everything. He also loves to listen to rock music and hang out with friends, new and old.
Books & Tales: Roy Runnels is a 22 year old aspiring writer currently working on becoming an English teacher. He has a great deal of interest in television as well as video games, when he is not busy writing. Roy was born in Lake Jackson, Texas and moved to Reedley, California in late 2012.
Books & Tales, & Intern: Jessica Runnels is 21 years old and is currently pursuing a career in acting. While at Reedley High she was actively involved in Drama Club, Madrigals and concert choir, and competed in Forensics. Jessica dreams of being on Broadway someday.
Mental Health: Muffy Walker Muffy Walker graduated with a Master’s of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania & has worked in the mental health field for over 18 years. She is the founder and President of International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF). After learning that her youngest son had Bipolar Disorder, Walker joined other mental health boards and ultimately started IBPF and has dedicated the past 10 years of her life championing the education of the public about mental illness.
Ministry: Karen Lewis was born in Scotland and worked as a dental assistant for several years. She is now married to Christopher Lewis from Reedley. Karen and her husband are now living in Leeds, England where he is pastoring a church. Read about their ministry at her blog, Beyond The Horizon.
Mysteryrat’s Maze: Marilyn Meredith is the author of nearly thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. Under the name of F. M. Meredith, she writes the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series; An Axe to Grind is the latest from Oak Tree Press. She is a member of EPIC, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Marilyn was an instructor for Writer’s Digest School for ten years, served as an instructor at the Maui Writer’s Retreat and many other writer’s conferences. She makes her home in Springville, which is much like Bear Creek where Deputy Tempe Crabtree lives. Visit her at fictionforyou.com.
Mysteryrat’s Maze & Pets: Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes two mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble.
Mysteryrat’s Maze & Rodent Ramblings: Diana Hockley is an Australian mystery author who lives in a southeast Queensland country town. She is the devoted slave of five ratties and usually finds an excuse to mention them in her writing, including her recent novel, The Naked Room. Since retiring from running a traveling mouse circus for 10 years, she is now the mouse judge for the Queensland Rat & Mouse Club shows. To learn more, check out her website.
Mysteryrat’s Maze & TV: Deborah Harter Williams lives in Half Moon Bay, CA and works as a mystery scout, seeking novels that could be made into television. She blogs at Clue Sisters and was formerly a mystery bookstore owner.
Pets: Joyce Brandon is co-founder of Animal Compassion Team, has lived in Squaw Valley for 21 years and has always had lots of four legged friends sharing her mountain home along with her husband Jim, and five children. Joyce works part time for Mountain Valley Community Church and splits the rest of her time between family and animal rescue work. Joyce believes animal rescue is a mission field God has called her to and has given her a passion for.
Pets: Jackie Dale is a freelance writer who lives in Reedley with her husband of 21 years, Frank, and their 2 children. Jackie currently writes for Traffic Magazine and for The Cat House on the Kings Feline Rescue. A former ballerina, Jackie now teaches yoga and fitness classes privately and at local area gyms.
Pets: Lee Juslin is a graduate of Bucknell University with a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a freelance copywriter who lives in NC. Until recently, she was active in pet therapy with her certified therapy dog, Frosty, and owns I B Dog Gone, an embroidery business dedicated to supporting several terrier rescue organizations.
Rodent Ramblings & Pets: Rebecca McLeod, enslaved by the whimsical charms of pet rats in her early twenties, continues her love of rats even though she currently doesn’t own any. She & her husband Matthew recently moved to Florida from Canada. Rebecca holds a B.A. Hons. in English from the University of Saskatchewan and is a freelance writer.
Pets: Sheryl Wall is married to Brian and they have a daughter, Kiana. She has four dogs, two cats, a degree in Child Development and works part time with children along with doing Therapy work with her two Westies at T.L. Reed School and Palm Village Retirement Community. Sheryl’s favorite pastimes include Dog Agility, photography, and reading at Starbucks.
Travel: Brian Wall lives in Reedley with his wife, Sheryl, and their daughter, Kiana. He is a professional software developer and has a B.S. degree in Ag Business from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Travel & Books & Tales: Christina Morgan Cree lives in Santa Cruz with her three children and divides her time between fashion design, performing on stage and writing. Finding inspiration everywhere, she squeezes the most she can out of each day chasing ideas, over-analyzing everything and loving the people around her.
Ashley Brandon is a sophomore at Reedley High School. She enjoys playing guitar, writing and track and hopes to attend UCSF to become a psychologist.