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Monterey Shorts Anthologies
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Reviews of Monterey Shorts:'
Praise for Monterey Shorts!
"There's a distinct flavor of life on the Monterey Peninsula in this eclectic
collection of stories. The mindset is there, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes
adventurous, and sometimes just weird, but you come away having been entertained
and with the smell of the bay in your hair."
NY Times Best selling author of Lamb and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
"These stories are like time capsules filled with memories waiting to be
Author of the Moroni Traveler series
"Monterey Shorts charms, chills, intrigues, and entertains. These ten authors
have created a collection of stories that is a pleasure to read and one that is
full of revelations about the Monterey Peninsula area they call home. Enjoy!
---Steve Sharon Screenwriter of the Clint Eastwood film, The Dead Pool
"Makes you want to read on...." ---The Monterey County Herald
"The stories in Monterey Shorts capture the mythical flavor and real details
of the Monterey Peninsula -- through ten sets of eyes. Some stories use the
landscape as just a jumping-off point, others for the heart of the story. It's
the next best thing to being there."
---Kevin J. Anderson
NY Times Best selling author of Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
"Like any collection of works [Monterey Shorts] varies from mediocre to
impressive - but one has to admire [these] FWOMPers..."
---John Snider Editor of scifidimensions.com
"Widely diverse in subject matter and style of writing --- spellbinding,
funny, fantastic, mysterious, nostalgic, suspenseful --- the stories are all
well written..." ---The Carmel Pine Cone
"[Monterey Shorts] makes fun reading, especially to those who recognize the
shops, streets, and coffee-houses where the stories are set."
---The Coast weekly
About Some of the Authors
Walter E. Gourlay
A native of New York City, Gourlay moved to the Monterey Peninsula after
retiring from teaching at Michigan State University. He has a doctorate in
Chinese History from Harvard and has done considerable academic writing. Before
his teaching career, he was a freelance writer for men's adventure magazines.
For some time he worked in public relations, and managed a concert hall in New
York. He has now returned to writing fiction. A founding member of FWOMP, he
belongs to the local chapter of the National Writers Union. The Pebbles writing
group in Carmel, of which he is also a member, has recently published two of his
short stories in a collection. He's now writing his wartime memoirs and
researching a historical novel set in New York City, Java, and Japan during the
Napoleonic Wars. Walter lives in Carmel, California.
Mark C. Angel
After nearly twenty years as an emergency services professional, Angel has
worked in ambulance services, firefighting, ocean rescue, disaster response and
community emergency preparedness. A volunteer with the American Red Cross since
high school, he most recently spent three weeks in New York City assisting with
disaster relief efforts. In his spare time, he practices Tai Chi and volunteers
as a scientific diver with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He has a bachelor's degree
in psychobiology and music from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and
has traveled and dived extensively on four continents. Mark is currently in the
process of publishing his first novel, Rexriders.
Hanson has a doctorate in Community Health, a nine-page resume, is a veteran
health and sexuality educator, Chair of the Santa Cruz/Monterey Local 7 of the
National Writers' Union, and owns her own consulting business, Health Matters.
Her hobbies (when she allows them) include film, Tai Chi, new thought
spirituality, sunbathing and tub-soaking.
As the saying goes, "Beauty is only skin deep." And as a beautician, Schmidt
doesn't just do people's hair. She is an expert at dealing with the proverbial
"bad hair day". Her talent for knowing about interesting local activities and
events, aimed at improving one's mind, body and spirit, has proven invaluable to
Shaheen's friends and clients. Living nearly twenty years on the Monterey
Peninsula, she has experienced much of what the area has to offer for a
lifestyle makeover. Shaheen has an insatiable interest in the arts, and is an
accomplished painter, photographer, videographer and dancer. Now, as a founding
member of FWOMP, she makes her writing debut with "A Place to Heal."
Tyrrelr is the grateful husband of a fine wife and the proud father of two
daughters who have turned their home into a resting place of homeless lizards,
snakes, birds and other creatures. Because the Tyrrel household doesn't have a
television, Mike tells them adventure stories nightly, one of which is included
in Monterey Shorts. Mike has worked with computers throughout his 30-year
career. He designed and currently oversees the software in a factory that builds
an automobile that typically wins the annual award for best American-made
compact automobile/truck. It did exactly that in 1999, 2000, and 2002.
Jones moved to the Monterey Peninsula in March of 2001, after retiring from
the Boeing Company. He and his wife, Southern California natives, felt a growing
attraction to the Central Coast for many years, which became too powerful to
resist during a visit in the fall of ‘99. Ken's working career involved a great
deal of technical and business writing, but he began writing for pleasure in
1985, focusing mainly on short story fiction. Ken is an active member of the
California Writers Club as well as several other area writers groups. He and his
wife, Anne, live in Pacific Grove with their deaf, one-eyed cat Lucky.
Dahle grew up on the Monterey Peninsula. An early love for reading led to her
interest in writing. She has written many short stories and is currently working
on a first novel.
Merrit lives in Pacific Grove, California, and works as a full time emergency
room nurse and part time writer. He's taken first and third places in local
writing competitions and has posted numerous science fiction stories/articles on
the Internet at various webzines. He says that he derives much of his writing
abilities via his genes; his grandfather was the internationally best-selling
author Frank Herbert of Dune fame. Byron is currently working on multiple
science fiction and fantasy short stories, novels, and novelettes.
Kemp is . . . well, a writer. His day job is as a technical writer for
Starfish Software, he runs a side business as a public relations and marketing
communications consultant, and his hobby is authoring what he calls "a subtle
breed of supernatural fiction." Teenagers and young adults figure heavily in his
story cycles, one of which concerns an unusual family that lives in a fictional
town (Palo Pacifica) based on Pacific Grove, California. A story from that
series, "Resurrected," is presented here. Chris lives in Pacific Grove with
Linda, his lovely wife of over twenty years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree
in English from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is a charter member of FWOP.
from Monterey Shorts:
by Byron Merritt
Of all the Alien Enterprise Zones in all the galaxies, I had to pick
Monterey, California. Of course there are other AEZ's on Earth: one each in New
Turkey, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, and two more in the good ol' Independent
States of America, one in the Florida Keys and another in Fargo, North Dakota.
I'll never understand why Fargo was picked. Somebody told me once it was because
of linguistic variables or some such thing.
But, hey, that's none of my business. As a detective for MAH — Monterey Alien
Homicide — my job keeps me fairly isolated in this incredibly diverse
Captain Terry Bryce, my
C.O., woke me up today before the crack of noon, startin' me off in a foul mood. I'd been up late last night drinkin' Procyon
micro-beer and eatin' live Purcovian Tschk! (I'm not exactly sure what Tschk! is
and I don't care. They taste good and don't run away particularly fast when you
try to eat them, that's all that matters to me).
Monterey Shorts 2
Further Explores the
Myth, Magic and Mystery of the Monterey Peninsula
Highly anticipated sequel to the successful regional
anthology, Monterey Shorts,
weaves the exquisite fabric of the area into twenty brand new short
When it comes to the new anthology, Monterey Shorts 2: More on the
Line, Thomas Steinbeck probably says it best. "Monterey Shorts 2
is a truly engaging collection of short stories written by authors of
talent, perception and wit," he offers. "This fine selection skillfully
illustrates the inevitable tidal influence of place in our perceptions,
dreams and creations."
You might say that Steinbeck knows a thing or two about fiction
indigenous to Monterey and its surrounding area. Not only is he the son of
local literary icon, John Steinbeck, his own fiction is imbued with the
region’s flavor, as witnessed in his fine collection of short stories,
Down to a Soundless Sea.
What, then, is this volume of which he speaks so glowingly? Put simply,
Monterey Shorts 2: More on the Line is the second installment in a
series of short story collections by the Fiction Writers of the Monterey
Peninsula (FWOMP). Encompassing a number of genres and styles, these
anthologies are unified only by the region in which they are set.
Monterey Shorts 2, in particular, gains distinction by how it takes the
rich fabric of the area—past, present and future—and weaves it into the
colorful design of every last narrative.
FWOMP, the creative force behind the book, is a local writer’s
collective, now over five years old, that initially got together to share
and meaningfully critique each other’s work. "When we started our intention
was never to produce books," says chairman and co-founder Byron Merritt,
"but when the first collection became kind of a self-publishing
phenomenon—it’s sold over 3,000 copies to date thanks to great support from
regional booksellers—it was only natural to think about a follow-up."
"It became apparent that we stumbled upon a formula that connected with
local readers and visitors alike," adds founding member Chris Kemp, who
oversaw the editing process and helmed pre-press duties. "Everyone loves
reading about the area, and that’s an appetite we don’t foresee being
satiated any time soon."
For volume two of the series, FWOMP upped the ante considerably.
"Everything about Monterey Shorts 2 is a significant step forward
from the original," asserts Merritt. "Our writing has improved, the
illustrations are more plentiful and evocative, and you’re getting twenty
stories instead of ten."
Monterey Shorts 2: More on the Line, was released April 3 and retails
for $15.95, truly a value given that there are over 400 pages of original
material. As is the case with Monterey Shorts, it is available at
local bookstores and Amazon.com. In addition, the book may be purchased
directly with PayPal from FWOMP’s website, www.fwomp.com, which readers may
wish to visit for more information about the group and its works.
For more information on this unique group of writers, check out these
news articles written about them and their new book:
About the Authors
is the founder of Fiction Writers of the Monterey Peninsula, which was
established in January of 2000.
He continues to raise teenage twins (a boy and a girl)
while working full time as an emergency room nurse.
Lately his writing life has consisted of writing shorts
stories. But he’s interviewed famous authors, too, and has had some of these
interviews published in countries as far away as Australia and the United
His grandfather, the famous
Dune author Frank Herbert, was
an early inspiration in his writing career. Brian Herbert (Byron’s uncle) and
Kevin J. Anderson—coauthors of the New York
Times best-selling Dune
prequels—remain an important influence in his writing life.
Byron currently lives in Pacific Grove, California with
his beautiful fiancé, Stasia, the polish princess.
moved to the Monterey Peninsula after retiring from the Boeing Company in
March of 2001. Southern Californian natives, he and his wife felt a growing
attraction to the Central Coast that finally became too powerful to resist.
Ken holds a Bachelors of Science in Personnel Management and Industrial
Relations from Northern Arizona University and his working career involved
technical and business writing.
He began writing for pleasure in the mid 80's, focusing primarily on short
story fiction. Ken's short-short stories have received Honorable Mention in
the Coast Weekly's annual 101 Word Short Story Contests in 2001, 2002 and in
2003. In '03, in addition to one HM, his Holiday Dinners was awarded first
working on a novel length mystery that builds on the primary characters from
his story Borscht in The Bay published in Monterey Shorts. Five of Ken's
stories are contained in
a collection of short stories and poetry produced in November '03 by the
Pebbles Writing Group of
Ken and his wife Anne have one daughter, Nora, and one grandson. Ken and
Anne live in Pacific Grove with their deaf, one-eyed (or in the more sensitive
words of her loving Veterinarian, 'sound challenged and monocular') cat Lucky.
Lele Dahle grew up on the
Monterey Peninsula. An early love for reading led to her interest in writing.
She has written many short stories and is currently working on a first novel.
Linda Price is a founding member of FWOMP. She took a
year off following the disappearance of her husband in March 2001 while he was
boating on the Monterey Bay.
native New Yorker, and a World War Two veteran, has had a varied career. At
various times he’s been a labor union activist, a writer and copy editor of
pulp fiction, house manager of a noted concert hall in Manhattan, and public
relations director for an international firm.
During this time, she claims her life was on 'pause'. "Fiction draws from the
real life drama that puts people's lives on 'pause'," she claims. "Sometimes
it is personal, and sometimes shared, such as the trauma of 9/ll." Writing has
helped her through many 'pauses' in her fifty-seven years.
Linda stays on her boat in the Monterey Marina when she comes down from the
Lake Tahoe cabin where she moved from her Carmel Valley home in 2002. She has
worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines, taught high school for
fourteen years in local schools, and worked most of her adult career as a
Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice and on staff at CHOMP.
When asked what she 'does' now, she says, "I write murder mysteries." An
enthusiastic participant in the early planning for
MONTEREY SHORTS, she regrets that she was unable to
submit her story, Murder in Monterey.
She notes that 'life goes on' even when one takes a 'pause' and is proud of
the group's progress in her absence. Happy to be writing mysteries rather than
living them, she looks forward to participating in future projects.
He earned a doctorate in Chinese history at Harvard and
taught graduate and undergraduates at Michigan State University for twenty
years before moving to California. His monograph, “The Chinese Communist
Cadre” was published by MIT, and another of his papers “’Yellow’
Unionism in Shanghai”, was distributed by the Harvard Program in East
Asian Studies. He’s a founding member of Fiction Writers of the Monterey
Peninsula (FWOMP), a member of The Monterey Writers’ Workshop, is on the
Steering Committee of the local chapter of the National Writers Union, and is
Program Chairman of Central Coast Writers. He writes a monthly page for the
Newsletter of the Carmel Residents’ Association. Two of his short
stories--"Marriage Makes Strange Bedfellows" and "The Night We Killed
Music"—were included in the anthology
Pebbles, (Thunderbird Writers Group, 1999). Five of his stories,
are in The Barmaid, the Bean Counter and
the Bungee Jumper, (Pebbles Group, 2003). One of them, “Laundry” is
excerpted from his wartime memoirs, a work in progress. His story, “Reunion”
appears in Monterey Shorts,
published in 2002.
He is now researching a monograph on “Chiang Kai-shek and
Mussolini”, and doing research for on an historical novel set in New York
City, Java, and Japan during the Wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon,
based on Dutch and Japanese sources and New York City archives.
Walter lives in Carmel, California.
Mark Angel was born and raised on the
Monterey Peninsula. He currently resides in Carmel Valley. He will soon
publish a science fiction novel entitled
Rexriders, about a civilization that coexists with dinosaurs. He
has a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology with a minor in music from the
University of California at Santa Cruz, and an Associate of Science in fire
protection technology from Monterey Peninsula College. Mark is currently
employed as an Emergency Medical Technician with American Medical Response,
and he has been a volunteer with the American Red Cross, Carmel Area Chapter
for over 20 years.
Shaheen Schmidt, a native of Iran, has lived in the
United States since 1985, and currently resides in Carmel Valley. Although she
works in Carmel as a hair designer, she has an insatiable curiosity and
interest in visual arts, dance, music and writing and is one of the founding
members of Fiction Writers of the Monterey Peninsula. Since childhood, she has
kept a journal and special notebook to write her stories, fully illustrated in
her own hand. Shaheen’s writing is often inspired by music she hears, or
spending time in nature.
Recherche de la France.
In keeping with that tradition, she has written several articles for
publication on the history of the Church. "A Flash of Red" was her first
published fiction story.
believes her insatiable need to write must stem from her 16th Century
French literary ancestor, Etienne Pasquier, known for his encyclopedic
Frances is active in I Cantori di Carmel, a local chorus, and sings in the
Carmel Mission choir. She is also taking part in the Carmel Bach Festival
She serves as web master for the FWOMP site, and works for
SandCastles Toys in the Barnyard on their website.
She has worked as Director of Religious Education in Catholic parishes in
Western Colorado, as well as on the Monterey Peninsula. She lives with her
father, Robert Paquette, in Pebble Beach, is the mother of three grown
children, and now has two grand-children.
Continued: Sample story
from Monterey Shorts:
by Byron Merritt
I also learned not to say Tschk! in front of others last night when a large
opaque Tlinolian sat next to me and I ordered a third round for myself. Saliva
left my mouth — involuntarily of course — and set off one helluva brawl . . .
which started a terrific headache that's still with me this mornin'.
After leavin' the 400 tier apartment in Seaside where I bunk my tired hide, I
travel downtown aboard a floater that wings itself to the top of the MAH
Strata-Building on the Washington Flyway. Cloud cover is below the 200th tier so
I'm greeted with sunshine as I step out of the floater's oval passenger belly
and duck underneath its bat-like wings, their capacitor cells hummin' with the
charges they receive from the wind currents of the Monterey Peninsula. The
overly-brilliant reflection of sun off the glass of the floater feels like
splinters in my head, as I inadvertently glance back after exitin' the
I don't like the sun. Never have. Especially after a night of drinkin' and
Tschk! eatin'. Unfortunately my apartment lies well above the fog and cumulus,
but it's the only thing a lowly detective like myself could afford. Although
two-million world-credits ain't too bad considerin' housin' costs around here.
I grab a newsdisk from a hover-dispenser, shove it into my shaded eyeglass
monitor and watch the news as I descend in a digivator to the 95th level. These
news people need to get a life. They're still talkin' about this millennium
quant-computer bug. For Corsicans sake! Get over it! The year 3000 rolled over
three weeks ago!
"145th tier, Mr. Gunn," a sexy voice announces. I grunt for the digivator to
continue. It was nice of Digi to tell me. She knows I like to stop for Roolusian
coffee on that level, but not today. I drank two pots before leavin' my place
and besides, I've got to get into work and find out what's so damn important
that I start early.
The digivator shimmers and I step off onto the main tier of MAH. "Have a
great day," Digi says as I step off.
"Thanks doll," I reply and watch her doors vaporize as she heads off to pick
up the next transport.
Captain Bryce's office is on the other side of this expansive level and,
unfortunately, all the personnel lev's are in use so I have to use my feet to
get there. Oh well, it'll give me time to finish my newsdisk.
As I walk, the scenes and text from the newsdisk whip by my glasses. Oh for
the love of Sirius! I can't believe these politicians are still bickerin' about
buildin' a second floater zone into Carmel Valley. Last week it took me two
minutes to get from Monterey to the mouth of the valley. I remember when it used
to take thirty seconds. "Build the damn thing," I mutter to myself.
I finally enter the cramped, cluttered office of Captain Bryce and find her
sittin' at her desk talkin' to a cup of coffee. I think she's been at this job
"Detective!" she squeals in that high-pitched voice of hers and embraces me
with a powerful hug. Her orange and olive-spiked hair jabs me in the nose and
mouth and I spit it out. Last week it was purple and gold. I can't keep up with
her changes or her husbands; she's got sixteen of ‘em and an equal number of
hair spikes. She adopted the polyandry and free-lovin' theorem from the
duck-billed Troskonians in the Ofarum galaxy, as did a few million other humans.
I ain't one of ‘em.
"What's the big idea?" I ask, gruffly. "Why you wakin' me up so early? It
ain't even eleven o'clock yet."
I darken my glasses and crunch down into a nearby levchair. I feel the caress
of air around my butt as I continue to spit out colorful strands of hair that
taste like the kitchen floor in my apartment. Don't ask how I know that.
I look up at the captain and she's got her bottom lip stuck out and her red
scaneyes lookin' at the floor. I'm a sucker for women who pout.
"Knock it off already!" I say. "You know I hate it when you do that."
She smiles, sits in my lap and gives me another hug, fillin' my nose and
mouth with her damn pelt again. I rasp tryin' to get rid of the stuff and push
her to her feet. She doesn't seem to notice the displeasure her jabbing hair
"I'm so glad you're here, Ray," she says while bouncin' around her office
watering the multitude of plants surroundin' us. Some look pretty mean so I keep
my distance. "I have an assignment for you."
She winks at me and smiles as she watches me tuck my crumpled shirt into the
a-little-too-tight pants I threw on. She sighs wistfully.
"What this time?" I ask sarcastically. "Another lost Andronian fish?"
I ain't had a real case since I got here. There's not much crime around
Monterey with the camsats and genetic restructurin' done to weed out unwanted
tendencies. Personality changes are available to any who request it through the
reformation centers that dot this sector of the Milky Way. I don't let anyone
mess around with my head, although Captain has reportedly had several
enhancements that make her more pleasant to work with.
"No, silly," she says puttin' down her water jug. A nearby plant picks it up
and eats it. I pretend not to notice. I look at her red eyes and watch them
light up, burnin' into mine. I look away, my head still achin'.
Then she says somethin' that catches my limited attention: "A murder!"