About This Episode
In Part two of our LA Times Festival of Books author showcase, we talk with three more authors who will be in the WPN booth (#200). Norbert Soski, Author of Only Human, A Guide to the Human Operating System; RosaLinda Diaz, Author of Rom-Com Bee Stings; and Adanna Moriarty, best-selling author of Threadbare, a Patchwork of Poems that Make a Life. In this episode, you get to know each author and what you can expect from them at the festival. Both Norbert and RosaLinda have cool giveaways for the folks who buy their books during the weekend (April 23 &24), and Adanna’s publisher is bringing all sorts of goodies.
The LA Times Festival of Books is one of the largest book fests in the country, with an expected 100,000 people to walk through the free event held annually on USC’s campus. Thousands of books, music, special lectures, a poetry stage, and more. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet authors face to face, find your next read or your future 100 reads, and don’t forget to bring a large bag and get all those books signed!!
About the Authors
Engineer, Rocket Scientist, Life Coach, Community Leader, & Author
Norbert Soski earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). He started his engineering career designing hand-held electronic games at Mattel Toys/Mattel Electronics and holds a patent on one (www.handheldmuseum.com/Mattel/LAGames.htm).
He then moved on to designing computer and avionics systems for such programs as the F-16 LANTIRN pod and MILSTAR satellite programs, the electrical power system for the International Space Station (ISS), rocket engine control systems for the Delta IV RS-68 first-stage engine and J-2X second-stage engine, and environmental control systems for industrial kitchen equipment. As an engineer, he really enjoys creating products that have never existed before. His greatest professional achievement was the RS-68 Engine Control Unit; a first of its kind rocket engine controller.
In other areas of his life, he started working with children at the age of thirteen as a summer camp counselor and as a religious schoolteacher, until graduating from college. However, his greatest and proudest personal achievements are his thirty-plus-year marriage and his own two children. He had the opportunity to be his children’s baseball and soccer coaches and Scoutmaster of his son’s Boy Scout troop and mentor for his High School’s FIRST and VEX robotics teams.
He also served on the board of directors of two non-profit organizations and was a volunteer, elected member of a Los Angeles-area neighborhood council. But in his off time, he mostly enjoys bicycling, along with downhill skiing, hiking/camping/backpacking, SCUBA diving, and launching high-powered model rockets out in the desert.
RosaLinda Diaz, was raised in a particularly magical section of Los Angeles; between the original Disney Hyperion Studios and Snow White’s Cottages. The magic in the air and soil gave her already active imagination roots and wings. Wings that took her gypsying around Europe, Australia, and Africa, and roots that brought her back to California to earn her B.A. at Pepperdine University. She makes her home in California’s Central Coast igniting the fire of creativity and sparking imaginations with her endeavors.
Born in 1978 to parents finding their way through the Los Angeles music business, Adanna’s life has constantly been submerged in art. Moving to upstate New York at a young age, she attended a Waldorf/Steiner school on a small, working organic dairy farm. An unconventional education provided a start in her journey of writing and painting. Waldorf education also provided a lifelong acceptance of her creative mind and the depths to which her imagination could take her. With dreams of being a travel journalist and novelist as a child, and a vision of filling others’ lives with stories and beauty, Adanna wove her way through many different careers to finally land where she always knew she should be. After a fifteen-year nursing career to a hairstylist to today, where she works as a literary publicist and web designer, Adanna makes sure her entire world revolves around literature. Adanna writes about life inspired by nature and has a deep desire to make the world a better place, one word at a time. Threadbare is her first book of poetry. She lives with her husband, stepsons, and daughter in the mountains of Idaho.
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