Though I’ve been writing in one form or another since the age of twenty, Delta Legend is my
first solo novel. I began writing in college, creating character monologues as a way to stand out
in auditions. Before long I was cranking out sketch comedy and one-act plays.
When I found myself in Los Angeles, with then husband, Michael Bertram, I transitioned to
writing for screen. Delta Legend was orignally a screenplay from my time in Hollywood and I'm proud to be one of the few writers who've successfully turned a spec into a novel.
I hold a degree in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University and have worked in
production and post-production the Entertainment Industry in Northern California and Los Angeles. I'm also a Foodie and can often be found co-teaching cooking classes or acting as prep
chef for some of the great culinary artists at The Kitchen in Alamo, California.
I currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area with my partner, Sound Engineer/Producer, Tom Size, and the incredibly spoiled pets of Camp Runamuck.
Flash Forward 2020. Dear Friends, I have been largely absent from the literary world since
December of 2015 when my long-time partner, Tom Size, was diagnosed with Melanona. After
a valiant fight, Tom left this world on October 30, 2016. Then last October, two days before his 25th birthday, my amazing, brilliant, and funny nephew, Cody, lost his battle with addiction. Tom and Cody should be here, they had so much more to give to the world.
So yeah, I've had my share of life curve balls lobbed my way. These last few years have been about healing, checking in on my fiercely independent 93 year-old mom, and working full time to keep the roof over my head.
And now, here we are in the midst of a pandemic in a deeply divided country grappling with social and racial injustice. I am reminded of a time at the beginning of the Gulf War when I felt depressed and helpless about what was happening in our country, the world. When our protesting seemed to have little impact, a social activist friend of mine said, "Remember, when you feel powerless to change the bigger issues, change the small ones you can in your own community." That's always stuck with me.
With that in mind, I am working to get Delta Legend into the hands of some Bay Area Middle Grade & High School English/History teachers who are working hard to meet the challenges of Distance Learning during this unprecedented time. They will need all the support and tools we can give them. I'll keep you posted.
Until then, hang tough and be kind to each other even when divisiveness is modeled and encouraged. We're bigger than that. Take it from someone who's known some challenges of late - we're gonna get through this, and come out changed but stronger on the other side. - Kelan