OLLI Authors: Fiction

Tamim Ansary -
The Widow’s Husband

Published: 2009
Publisher: Numina Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Historical fiction
Website: mirtamimansary.com
Description: A novel set in Afghanistan in 1840 against the background of the first Anglo-Afghan war.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI Berkeley – Instructor

Tracey Barnes Priestley -
Duck Pond Epiphany

Published: 2013
Available for Purchase from: Where all fine books are sold and Amazon...please note we always encourage readers to support their local bookseller and library...if they don't have it ask them to order it!
Genre: Fiction 
Author's Web Link: duckpondepiphany.com
Author's Blog: thesecondhalfonline.com
Written: Duck Pond Epiphany was written during a wonderful period of midlife transition.
Authors Note: Having written non-fiction for many years, I found jumping into fiction to be an absolutely delightful experience. Challenging? Yes, but ultimately it was richly satisfying. Writing about human connection, family relationships, women's friendships, it was an amazing ride!
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at Humboldt State University (Member & Instructor)

Mary Anne Benedetto -
Never Say Perfect

Published: 2012
Publisher: A Writer’s Presence, LLC through CreateSpace
Available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble (ebook available)


Published: 2006
Publisher: The Troy Book Makers
Available for Purchase from: Amazon (ebook) and T.B.M Books
Genre: Fiction
Author’s Web Website: awriterspresence.com
Author's Blog: maryannebenedetto.blogspot.com
Written: When employed as an accountant/lease administrator for a commercial property management firm
Author’s Note: I teach memoir writing classes and work with individual clients to capture their life stories for the benefit of future generations.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at Coastal Carolina University (Member/Teacher)

Bill Boudreau - (4 titles).
Redemption Island ~ An Iraq Veteran’s Journey
Published: 2012 by CreateSpace
Genre: General Fiction
Moments in Time

Published: 2010 by CreateSpace
Genre: General Fiction – Short Stories
Author’s Note: Moments in Time is a collection of 14 short stories dealing with children’s, teenagers’ and adults’ conflicts and resolutions—some good and some bad.

Disharmony in Paradise
Published: 2010 by CreateSpace
Genre: General Fiction
Author’s Note: Disharmony in Paradise is a novella in which a middle-aged man persuades his wife to go on a three-mast sail ship cruise in the Caribbean, island hopping, hoping to mend his troubled marriage.

Olsegon: Wolfwood Forest and Massacre Island
Published: 2006
Publisher: Booklocker, Bangor, Maine
Author’s Note: Olsegon is a Nova Scotia two-mystery novel. The setting is early 1950s. Wolfwood Forest is a story of the search for a kidnapped 14-month-old boy. Massacre Island traces the investigation of the murder of 17-year-old Lisa Surette.
Author’s Websites:www.billboudreau.com
Author's Blog: www.billboudreau.com/blog.html
All books available for Purchase on Amazon
All Titles Written: After retirement in 2000
OLLI Affiliation: Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Sy Brandon -
Life Is A Hammock: “mewsings” of a traveling cat

Published: 2010
Publisher: Co-op Press
Available for Purchase from: www.lulu.com/
Genre: Fiction – Pets – Cats
Author's Website: www.lulu.com/product/paperback/life-is-a-hammock/12055872
Author's Blog:http://lifeisahammock.blogspot.com/
Written: After taking retirement
Authors Note: This book is written in the voice Stormy the cat and contains photo cartoons. Proceeds from sales go to our local humane society.
OLLI Affiliation: Yavapai College OLLI of Sedona and the Verde Valley (Member & Facilitator)

Bill Bruehl -
The Wally Weet Stories 

Published: 2005 by Book Surge LLC Available for Purchase from Amazon
Genre: Short Story, Fiction 
Website: http://billbruehl.homestead.com/HomePage.html
Authors Note: The Wally Weet Stories are a collection of 12 stories chronicling the coming of age of a lad growing up in a petit bourgeois Catholic family in Pennsylvania during the 1930's and 40's.
OLLI Affiliation: Clemson University OLLI in Clemson SC. Member/Instructor

Jay P. Cooper -
Hammurabi's Dagger

Published: December 15, 2012
Publisher: Seaking Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Fiction / Time-Travel
Web Presence: Orange County Register "Writer's visions are coincidental to character's"
Written: In retirement
Authors Note: Overview: A fast-moving, time-travelling adventure with an historical bent that takes place over a three-week period, and is based on the premise that extraordinary things can happen to ordinary people.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at Univ. of California, Irvine. Member and Instructor. In addition, Jay is a volunteer subject at MIND MATTERS, the institute for memory impairments and neurological disorders at the Univ. of
California Irvine.

Judi Culbertson -
A Novel Death

Published: 2011
Publisher: Avalon Publishers
Available for Purchase from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Genre: Mystery Novel, Suspense
Website: judiculbertson.net
OLLI Affiliation: Stony Brook University (Member & Instructor)

Lyla Garner (pen name of Lila Marie Niemann Garner) -
A Plausible Diversion

Published: 2011 by Prairie Muse
Available for purchase from: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com (Also available in ebook format).
Genre: Romance/Women’s Fiction
Author’s Web Link: www.lylagarner.com
Written: After retiring
Author’s note: I’m a dedicated genealogist and the book touches on genealogy but is essentially about family turmoil and triumph. I teach some genealogy classes.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Nebraska-Lincoln OLLI (member)

John Gaudet -
The Iron Snake

Published: 2007
Publisher: Brandy Lane Publishers, Richmond, VA
Available for Purchase from: Amazon and as an Nook e-book from Barnes & Noble
Genre: Historical novel, Africa, Victorian era railroads
Website: benttwigbooks.com
Blog: theironsnake.com
Written: After taking retirement.
Authors Note: 'I give lectures to OLLI at three locations in VA as well as the Rotary clubs. Most requested topic: “The Iron Snake and the Man-eaters of Tsavo”. Invite me, I’ll come.'
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at George Mason University (Member & Lecturer)

Dixie Guill Golden -
Unfinished Conversations

Published: 2012
Published in Trade paperback and available at Amazon,
Available for purchase from: Amazon as a Kindle e-book, Barnes and Noble and other Bookstores
Genre: Fiction.
Website: "Golden Times" discusses writing, philosophy, consciousness, ethics, language and life for Seniors daily at dixiegolden.blogspot.com.
Written: After retirement,
Authors Note: I decided to write poems and novels after a career of teaching others to do that. I still mentor other OLLI writers who take my writing classes.
"Wingwalking: Poems" is available from the author.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL (Member & Instructor in Writing, Poetry and other topics of interest.)

Ruth Fisher Goodman (Translator) -
Yeshiva Boy: A Story of Piety and Young Love written by Jacob Dineson

Published by E-Booktime, 2012
Available for purchase from: from Amazon
The Jewish Pope: A Yiddish Tale written by Yudel Mark
Publisher: Fithian Press 2006
Genre: Fiction
Available for purchase from: Amazon
Author's Note:
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at Delaware

Ralph D. Hartman -
Trial By Choice

Published: 2007 by iUNIVERSE, Inc. 
Available for Purchase from Amazon
Genre: Fiction 
Authors Note:
OLLI Affiliation:Carnegie Mellon Osher Institute. Member/Instructor

Jeanne Kern (Pen name: Jeanne Bruce) –
Trips and Whales and Puppy Dog Tales

Published: 2005
Publisher: iUniverse
Available for Purchase from: Amazon and via book store order
Genre: Romance Novel
Author's Web Links: Amazon
Written: In retirement
Authors Note: As a retiree and a newcomer to Nebraska, OLLI was a godsend, and the writing classes gave me the push to break out the research I’d done for the book and re-write it. A trip to whale-watch in Baja California, Mexico, convinced me it was the perfect setting for a romance novel.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at UNL (University of Nebraska) (Member and Teacher)

Thomas Kochansky (2 titles under Historical Fiction. 1 title under Educational Books)
Man of Action - Peter's Recollection of the Christ.
Published: 2003:
Tribune - A Story of Early Christianity
Published by PublishAmerica
Available for Purchase from Amazon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Website: http://www.growlinggrizzly.com/
Written: Books written since taking retirement.
Authors Note:
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI-USF at Tampa, Florida. (Member & Teacher)

Carol Leonard SeCoy -
The Bag Lady War

Published: 2010
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction / Satire.
Available: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Website: carolsecoy.com
Web Links: Carol Leonard Secoy Reads From The Bag Lady Wars
Written: In retirement, with two more books to follow.
Authors Note: The story dandles the reader between tears and laughter as three elderly widows take on the “system.” It is a now screenplay awaiting option, and has generated reviews by scores of book clubs.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon

Joann Rose Leonard -
The Healer of Fox Hollow

Published: 2012
Publisher: Vantage Point
Available for Purchase from: Amazon, joannroseleonard.com
Genre: Fiction
Website: joannroseleonard.com
Blog: joannroseleonard.com/blog
Written: Before retirement.
Authors Note:
OLLI Affiliation: Osher Institute at UCSC, formerly with OLLI at Penn State

Vincent R. Malatesta -
The Abandoned Mill

Published: 2010 by Lulu.com
Available for Purchase from: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Lulu.com
Genre: Fiction-Mystery-Supernatural and Paranormal.
Author's Web Links:
Written: After taking retirement
Author's note
'I teach classes in Religion, History, Supernatural and Paranormal.'
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at Kennesaw State University. (Member & Teacher)

John Charles Miller -
Citrus White Gold (An Alternate History Novel of Citrus County, Florida)

Published: 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace
Available for Purchase from: CreateSpace or from Amazon
Genre: Speculative Fiction -- Science Fiction -- Alternate History
Author's Web Links: Website: quarkspacetravel.com
Written: After retirement
Author's note I teach a course called "Geology for Travelers"
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI-USF at Tampa, Florida (Instructor)

Nancy H. Payne -
Phoenix / Maine

Published: 2003 by Rathaldron Publications. Available for Purchase from Amazon & Sagebrush Valley Book Shoppe at antiqbook.com (antiqbook.com ref #: 090326006)
Genre: Fiction 
Written: After retiring from the Maine Legislature
Authors Note:
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at the University of Southern Maine. Member/Instructor

Cary Pepper -
Reel Life Crime

Published: 2011
Available for Purchase from: Smashwords (all ebook formats), Amazon (for Kindle), Barnes & Noble (for Nook)
Genre: Fiction 
Author's Web Link: carypepper.com
Authors Note: A new take on The Maltese Falcon, REEL LIFE CRIME is a tongue-in-cheek hard-boiled detective story, an affectionate tribute to the noir genre, and a commentary on how much films impact our culture and our everyday lives.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at San Francisco State University (Instructor)

Jean Sheridan -
Island Maps: Stories, Essays,Poems

Published: 2013
Publisher: Lulu.com
Available for Purchase from: Lulu.com & iTunes
Genre: Fiction
Author's Website:
Author's Blog:
Written: After taking retirement
Authors Note: This is a compilation of work written between 1962 and 2012. It is admittedly the work of an amateur writer and is a review of some aspects (not all) of my life as a girl, young mother, wife, divorcee, single woman, and grandmother, recorded by way of these literary forms.

Richard Schwirian - Pen name: Richard Patton -
Neophyte Warrior (Series)

Book 1: 2002 - His Majesty's Envoy
Book 2: 2002 - The Reluctant Commander
Book 3: 2003 - The Lion's Apprentice
Book 4: 2004 - Massacre at the Forks
Book 5: 2005 - Outrageous Interlude
Published by Zumayapublications.com.
Available for Purchase from Amazon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Website: Zumayapublications.com (Go to website and do a search on "Richard Patton.") 
Authors Note: The Neophyte Warrior series chronicles the adventures, romances and growing pains of a young militia Major named George Washington during the French and Indian War. All books are written under the pen name Richard Patton. 
For reviews of all five books, go to: http://www.readerviews.com/genre_f_Historical-2006.html
OLLI Affiliation: Carnegie Mellon Osher Institute

Elizabeth Ticknor
- Spicy Alphabet Soup

Published: May, 2014
Genre: Flash Fiction (very short stories)
- Endangered Species
Published: April, 2013
Genre: Novella and short story collection in one.
- Secrets, an Odyssey
Published: April, 2012
Genre: Fictional memoir
Publisher: Bookstand Publishing
Available for purchase from: Amazon, Barnes&Noble.com
Website: elizabethticknor.com
Written after retiring.
Author Note: I have been an OLLI member since retiring from the CIA in 2002. 'Secrets, an Odyssey' is loosely based on my family's life overseas in the CIA.
Olli Affiliation: OLLI at George Mason in Virginia