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.
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.
Community & 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 22 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.
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.
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. Recently, she moved back to California. Her blog can be found at http://pastprimetravelers.blogspot.com/ .
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: Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).
Books & Tales: Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho 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 a librarian with Fresno County Public Library.
Books & Tales, & Intern: Jessica Ham is 24 years old and is currently attending Fresno Pacific University, majoring in history. While at Reedley High she was actively involved in Drama Club, Madrigals and concert choir, and competed in Forensics. Jessica plans to teach history, and continue performing on stage.
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. You can also find several of Sandra’s short stories on UnTreed Reads including her newest, “Arthur”, included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now.
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.
Pets: Jackie Dale is a freelance writer who lives in Reedley with her husband of 25 years, Frank, and their 2 children. Jackie currently writes 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.
Pets: Sheryl Wall is married to Brian and they have 4 children (all adopted). 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.
Community: Kathy Eide Casas is a valley native and has been involved in politics, public policy and public relations her entire career. From the U. S. and state capitols to local projects, she has been a guiding force. Most recently, Eide-Casas completed the writing for two U Turns Allowed magazines, benefiting Focus Forward. Additionally, her work has run in several other local publications, including Valley Health Magazine.
Travel: Christina Morgan Cree is an enthusiastic Agatha Christie buff. She’s seen nearly every film adaptation and read almost every book. She 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.
Mysteryrats Maze: Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.
Community: Mallory Moad is a visual/performance artist, vocalist in the jazz band Scats on The Sly and a proud Central San Joaquin Valley native.
Community: Evelyne Vivies is a native to the French island of Guadeloupe living the American dream of owning your own business, the Orange Cafe in Visalia, CA.
Tales of Diversity: Wasan Abu-Baker was born and raised in Palestine, and was brought up in a highly educated household. She moved to the US after she married her husband and has three kids. She earned her masters degree in special education and is a community leader, advocate for refugees especially the Syrian refugees, and is doing a fellowship at American Friends Service Committee of Pan Valley Institute. She recently became a staff member at FIRM to serve the Syrian refugees, a member of CIVIC—Central Valley Islamic Valley Council, a large council that included all the Islamic centers in the Central Valley.