Authors Read: Camas First Friday March 4th!

In downtown Camas, Washington, on March 4th at about 5pm when the street normally closes for the weekend, local authors will leave their keyboards and gin and tonics for a couple hours of mingling with the public and reading from their work. (Yours truly will read and discuss from selected flash. Check out my CV.)

At 6pm, in the auditorium of JOURNEY church, authors will take turns reading form their own work. Below is a sample of what you might expect:


Carolyn J. Rose (also a guest author on Wink/Nudge: here.)

Carolyn J. Rose grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. She teaches novel-writing in Vancouver, Washington, and founded the Vancouver Writers’ Mixers. Her hobbies are reading, gardening, and not cooking.

Mike Nettleton

Mike Nettleton grew up in Bandon and Grants Pass, Oregon. A stint at a college station in Ashland led to a multi-state radio odyssey with on-air gigs in Oregon, California, and New Mexico under the air name Mike Phillips. In 1989 he returned to the Northwest and in 1994 joined KEX Radio in Portland. Recently retired, hobbies are golf, pool, Texas hold-em poker, and book collecting.

Ron Gompertz

Born high above Sunset Blvd, Ron grew up in a suburb of Disneyland. He has lived and worked in France and Spain, speaks 2.5 languages, and plays a mean guitar. He got the idea for “No Roads Lead to Rome” while hiking in the hills above Barcelona, Spain. The story came to him in a blinding flash that took the next 5 years to extract. He’s also the author of “The Expat’s Pajamas,” a collection of mostly true stories about life in Barcelona.

Sheila Simonson

Sheila was born in Montana and raised in eastern Oregon, graduated from the University of Washington, and has advanced degrees (English and history) from the UW and Portland State. She has taught at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, for more than thirty years before she retired to write full time. She’s had eleven novels published—four regencies and seven mysteries—and is collaborating with Sarah Webb on a YA fantasy and an SF novel. She continues to write mysteries and might even be induced to write another regency if the spirit moves her. Happily married for more than forty years, she has a son whose Rhodesian ridgeback, Mugabe, was the model for Towser in Buffalo Bill’s Defunt. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading (all kinds of fiction, archaeology, and history). She’s taught fiction writing, science fiction, and Irish history, among other things, and misses teaching mainly for the students, who in her words, were wonderful.

Bill Cameron

Critically-acclaimed mystery novelist Bill Cameron is the author of the dark, gritty mysteries Chasing Smoke and Lost Dog, both featuring irascible Portland homicide cop Skin Kadash. New York Times Bestselling Portland author Chelsea Cain describes Skin’s third outing, Day One, as “an utterly engrossing page-turner.” Booklist says, “[Day One is] unrelievedly bleak and gritty yet thoroughly compelling.” The next Skin Kadash mystery, County Line, will be released in June 2011 by Tyrus Books.

Chasing Smoke received a starred review from Library Journal, and Booklist declared, “it engages the reader on an emotional as well as literary level.” It was a finalist for the 2009 Spotted Owl Award for best Northwest mystery. Lost Dog was nominated for the 2008 Rocky Award and was a finalist for the 2008 Spotted Owl Award.

Cameron’s short fiction has appeared in Spinetingler, the Killer Year anthology, and Portland Noir, as well as on Lit 103.3: Fiction for the Ears. His most recent story can be found in First Thrills (Forge Books). The Skin Kadash story “Sunlight Nocturne” will appear in Deadly Treats, edited by Anne Frasier, out in September 2011.

Bill lives with his wife and poodle in Portland, Oregon, where he also serves as staff to a charming, yet imperious cat. He is an eager traveler and avid bird-watcher, and likes to write near a window so he can meditate on whatever happens to fly by during intractable passages. He is currently working on his fifth novel.


Ann Littleton

Ann Littlewood worked as an animal keeper at the Oregon Zoo for 12 years. A nursery keeper, she reared a variety of mammals and birds. She left the zoo for a career in corporate America as a technical writer and publications manager. Now she writes mysteries and short stories. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and a small but hairy dog. She is active in the Audubon Society of Portland and other tree-hugger organizations.

Terry DeHart

Terry DeHart is a former U.S. Marine and NASA security analyst. Three of his stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His short stories have appeared in The Barcelona Review, Zoetrope All-Story Extra, Night Train Magazine, In Posse Review/Web del Sol, Paumanok Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Vestal Review and Opium, among others. Terry lives with his wife and daughters in the Camas Area.

Pat Gulley

Before retiring in 2001, Pat worked as a Travel Agent. She has published several short stories, a few as mystery SF/fantasy crossover and humorous mysteries that take place in a moorage for floating homes. The first of the humorous mysteries was in the anthology Murder Across The Map. He latest novel, Downsized to Death is available direct from her website ( Pat lives in a floating home on the slough side of an island in The Columbia River.

Bob Ferguson

Bob began writing memoir after teaching an 8th class on the same subject and thinking, “Hey, this is fun!” The result was Some Days Chicken Some Days Feathers.

If you cross-pollinate the humor of Dave Barry with the sagacity of Robert Fulghum you will taste the flavor of my memoir, Some Days Chicken, Some Days Feathers. It begins with my earliest recollections in Oregon and ends as I am discharged from the Marine Corps due to Vietnam injuries. It is a comedy mixed with Greek tragedy, but really wants to be a musical as fun as Mama Mia

MORE TO COME! Check back in the coming days for more information on these brave souls and others.



  1. Hi, Randal–

    Thanks for the nice heads-up regarding the return of the Camas Literary First Friday!

    I think you have a small typo in your Sheila Simonson blurb. I believe it ought to be _Buffalo Bill’s Defun*c*t_?


    • There are “First Fridays” every month in downtown Camas. The author event is once a year in cooperation with the downtown association, but there is a lot of talk locally of creating more events like this.

      Thanks for stopping by.


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