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Welcome to the Talking Book Publishing Podcast with Kathleen and Adanna! Join us for part one of our special series for the 2023 LA Times Festival of Books (LATFB). We are thrilled to share our exclusive interviews with three amazing authors: Susan Hartzler, Gordon Blitz, and Dale Arenson. Hear them discuss their books and their writing process. Be sure to meet our guests in person at the Writers & Publishers Network (WPN) booth (located on Trousdale, booth number 200) at LATFB on April 22 and 23. Don’t forget to check out the WPNs children’s booth on the main children’s thoroughfare. The experience is free and open to the public! Tune in now to get to know the authors and their incredible works before you meet them at the festival!
About the Authors
From a young child, Gordon was called a sissy, girlie, fag, queer, and homo. Getting towel whipped, stomach punched and spit on were part of his world. He never found his writer’s voice until he retired in 2017 after forty years of accounting and became a passionate writing machine. In 2021 his novella Shipped Off was published as part of the Running Wild Press Novella Anthology Volume 4, Book 1. He self-published his second novel, Fathers and Other Strangers, in 2022. Audiobooks are available for both novels. His third novel Stretched Love has just been published by Tofu Ink Arts Press Ten of his autobiographical stories are available on the Queer Slam Episode 21, podcast called “Just Gordon.” He participated in the writing and performing of the 2022 film, Queers Across the Years. Additionally, he wrote and performed in Queerly Imparted at the Skylight Theater in Los Angeles as part of the World AIDS Day celebration. In 2023, his play Reflections won the Region 8 of The Kennedy Center American Theater College Festival in Las Vegas. Gordon has performed his comedy standup routine at the Kibutz room at the Los Angeles deli, Canters.
This novel follows the lives of a straight married couple; workaholic husband, strong willed wife, and her younger troubled gay brother. The HOLD these three characters have on each other takes on mythic proportions when one of them faces serious illness. When the relationships take an unexpected turn…one that doesn’t always make sense ,the reader will come to understand how love, in all its forms, can be stretched, even beyond the grave.
Susan Hartzler is a lifelong dog lover and an award-winning writer who has figured out a way to live her life to the fullest as a single woman, not conforming to the social norms of marriage and children.
Winner of the Angel on a leash Award from the Dog Writer’s Association of America and the Pawlitzer Prize from America’s most dog friendly city Carmel, CA, Susan has created a life filled with joy that revolves around her dogs and wrote about it in her first memoir, I’m Not Single, I Have a Dog — Dating Tales From The Bark Side.
Susan also works as a blogger for hire and writes public relations and marketing materials for a variety of industries. Her current pack consists of two talented Australian Shepherds, Seven and Paige Turner, who Susan has trained to act in commercials and bring their special kind of love to children in the hospital as therapy dogs.
At age 60, Susan Hartzler has learned to accept, even love, the single life, provided she has good friends and a dog or two by her side. Always attracted to the quintessential bad boy with his good looks and charming ways, she was sure she could change “the one” into a devoted partner and loving father, but her compulsive giving and fixing behaviors went hand in hand with her disappointing and disastrous romantic relationships. On a purposeful trip to the pound, she hoped to find a dog to care for, one that would sniff out the bad guys, give her a sense of purpose, and help her find meaning in her crazy world. Thoughtful and funny, this memoir follows Susan’s life through the many ups and downs on her way to finding unconditional love. Her journey is a personal one, full of the hard decisions it took to learn to put herself first and stop entering and staying in unhealthy relationships. By saving a dog, she rescues herself, learning to love herself as much as her dog loves her.
Dale Arenson is a bestselling author of gripping memoirs inspired by his risky and unconventional life. A high-school dropout, he found the supportive family he always craved as a member of the famous Hangmen Motorcycle Club. After many run-ins with the law and brushes with death and animated by the desire to better himself, Arenson reinvented himself as a commercial pilot and had a successful career in aviation for 35 years.
Always up for a good challenge, later on he became a World Champion and Record Breaker Rifle Shooter.
A big admirer of classics such as Plato, Hemingway, and Marcus Aurelius, Arenson is now taking his turn at writing books that entertain, inspire, and stand the test of time.
Jump inside the cockpit of an airplane and take an exhilarating trip across the United States. With a 34-year experience in aviation, your pilot will land safely at your destination.
In this gripping follow-up to his bestselling memoir, Hangmen, Dale Arenson lets you in his early days at the helm of an airplane. He also shares incredible stories of learning and survival. From the first day in his Cessna 140 to being at an airshow with the legendary Bob Hoover, each moment of this new chapter in his life is an adventure.
The outlaw biker becomes a construction worker, then a salesman, until he fulfills his dream of working as a professional pilot. His unorthodox path to success nearly gets him killed many times, but he perseveres.
Better Lucky Than Good is an inspirational story full of drama, humor, and fun flying stories. It will keep you at the edge of your seat, make you laugh and cry, and inspire you to follow your own dream.
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