Meet Our Members

Constance Caruso Hutchinson – Author

Native of Brooklyn, Constance Caruso took the asset of her first generation Sicilian culture and ran with it, leaving behind all cliches associated with the Italians of 1930s America. Brooklyn College, UCLA, and a number of Writers’ Workshops honed the craft that resulted in release of her first book at the age of 83. Her story is not for sissies. With grit and determination, she gives evidence that where we come from doesn’t necessarily hamper what we are able to accomplish. Constance resides in Los Angeles and continues to enjoy family, friends and an entrepreneurial lifestyle. Contact: connycaruso@gmail.com

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Lisa-Catherine Cohen – Songwriter, Author, Performer

Lisa-Catherine Cohen is a consummate and oft-published writer and editor. She excels at both mechanical and substantive editing. Ms. Cohen is a master of the written word across a wide range of genres for industries as diverse as architecture, the film and music Industries, medicine, education, the environment, publishing, journalism, pop culture, and Body/Mind/Spirit-related media.

A two-time-platinum, #1 hit lyricist and an internationally renowned writer, she brings to each project the poet’s sensibility and an expert craftsman’s attention to detail; and she delivers it fast, too. She is extremely creative and independently resourceful. She works with American, Canadian, and European clients.

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Bernadene High Coleman – Author

Born in Post-Prohibition rural Louisiana, Bernadene High Coleman grew up in Los Angeles where she continued her education at Loyola Marymount and California State LA.

Ever with a passion for books and reading, she has set out to chronicle the events she first heard about in her youth. Her first published work in the form of a novel, Mama Rose, through word of mouth, has sold thousands of copies…

With a first collection of poems entitled, Listen My Children, along with a follow-up second novel, I Leave You My Dreams, this author now counts Beyond Color as the fourth of her titles now available.

Ms. Coleman, a widow, mother of three, and grandmother of eight, currently resides in California where she continues to write and speak.

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Liz Donatelli – book publicist

Liz Donatelli is a book publicist with Liz D Publicity & Promotions and the founding director of Shirley You Jest! Book Awards and Book’d in Burbank literary event. Her bookish pursuits include The Guilty Ladies Book Club and The Jane Austen Society of North America. A native New Yorker, Liz lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

Websites: www.lizd.co & www.bookdevent.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pubLIZityLA – Facebook: www.facebook.com/lizdpublicity


Cali Gilbert – author, photographer, social entrepreneur

Cali Gilbert is a #1 International Bestselling author, award winning photographer and social entrepreneur. As the creator of the IT’S SIMPLY book series, Cali has published several books of her own and now serves other writers through her company, Serendipity Publishing House. Cali’s photography has been exhibited in galleries across the United States. She holds a Master’s degree in Sport Management and has traveled the globe as a former figure skater and magazine publisher. A resident of Santa Monica, California, Cali enjoys serving her community, especially women in transition and youth programs.

Publisher: Serendipity Publishing House www.SerendipityPublishingHouse.com
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To learn more, visit www.CaliGilbert.com


Alma Hudson – Author

Alma started writing in college, writing for the college newspaper.  She was very much encouraged to write by her high school instructor Mr. Walker.  He saw much potential in her and asked her at each high school reunion, “Why aren’t you writing?”

Because Alma grew up in the 1960’s and 1970’s, living through many issues that have shaped the way she is today, brought about positive change in America, and that are in the forefront of the news today; she wrote her first book, Checkered Fence.”  She wanted to document that era and bring positive discussion to these issues.  Checkered Fences is a story that tells of an interracial romance in the 1970’s and the struggles encountered during that period of change.  This book is based upon her personal experiences.

Her second book is called The Trouble with Change.  It’s a thriller/suspense crime story and is also based upon her personal experiences.  The message she wants to send out to the world and to let everyone suffering from domestic violence know is that there is hope even when you think things are hopeless.

She enjoys writing stories that affect Urban Communities, but these stories are colorless and could happen to anyone.  To show diversity in her writing style, she’s currently writing a third book, a comedy.  She possesses an Associate’s and Bachelor of Arts Degrees and lives with her two children and husband, Eugene in Lancaster, California.

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Joan Jackson – Author, Writer

Joan Jackson was raised in Ohio, taught French, and managed a French Tahitian export company in Oregon. Now a free-lance writer, she has published several magazine articles, written a collection of short stories, and is currently working on her second novel, Just in Time. She and her husband live in West Los Angeles.

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