New Book Panel

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Monday June 18, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Moderator Lorelei Armstrong leads a Pirate Workshop at SBWC. She's a novelist and has an MFA in screenwriting.


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Flor Edwards, by age twelve, had lived in twenty-four different locations across three continents. Always on the move to escape the Antichrist and in preparation for the Apocalypse in 1993, her nomadic childhood prompted her to pen Apocalypse Child. In this debut memoir, Flor movingly describes her early life growing up with her family and eleven siblings as a member of The Children of God, a controversial religious movement that many describe as an apocalyptic cult. Flor now lives in Los Angeles, California


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Ara Grigorian is the award-winning author of Game of Love (2015) and Ten Year Dance (2017), his critically-acclaimed second novel. Ara is a technology executive in the entertainment industry. True to the Hollywood life, Ara wrote for a children's television pilot that could have made him rich (but didn't) and nearly sold a video game to a major publisher (who closed shop days later). Fascinated by the human species, Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories. He's a public speaker and a workshop leader for the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Southern California Writers' Conference, Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference, and others. Ara is represented by Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy Literary Group.


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Lida Sideris is an author, lawyer, and all-around book enthusiast. She writes soft-boiled mysteries and was one of two national winners of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America scholarship award for her first novel, Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters. Her latest novel is Murder Gone Missing. Lida is that rarity among authors who actually enjoys book marketing. She's appeared at numerous writers conferences, book stores, libraries and wineries, and can be heard on podcasts and radio shows from coast to coast. Lida lives in the Santa Barbara area with her family, rescue dogs, and a flock of uppity chickens.


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Janis Thomas is the author of bestselling What Remains True (Lake Union, 2017) and the upcoming All That's Left of Me (June 2018). She's written three critically-acclaimed humorous women's fiction novels, Something New, Sweet Nothings, and Say Never. Award-winning Murder in A-Minor is the first in her musical murder mystery series. Janis has written over fifty songs, and two children's books, which she wrote with her dad. When she isn't writing or fulfilling her PTA duties, Janis likes to play tennis, sing with her sister, and throw lavish dinner parties with wild menus for friends and loved ones. She lives in Southern California with her husband, their two beautiful children and two crazy dogs.