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Background

About Chris, creator of writerguider.com ...

EDUCATION

  • UCLA, B.A. in English (with honors)
  • Cal. State University, Teaching Credential (with honors)
  • West L.A. College and College of Marin, classes in Computer Science, HTML, creative writing

PUBLISHING AND PUBLISHED WORKS

      Magazines:

  • Editor in Chief, Where Magazine/Los Angeles (a regional travel magazine published by California Magazine)
  • Senior Editor, GamePro Magazine (world's #1 gaming magazine)
  • Articles published in various regional magazines and newspapers, including Los Angeles magazine and Daily Bruin newspaper

      Books:

 A Sky for Henry (children's book, Red Hen Press)
   

Lockerboy (an adventure novel for young adults, Red Hen Press)
   

The Wish Book (a comic novel for young adults, Red Hen Press)
   

Stories Light and Dark (short stories, Red Hen Press)
   

Swingin' Chicks of the '60s (nonfiction, Cedco Publishing)
   

Encyclopedia of Sixties Cool (nonfiction, Santa Monica Press)
   

The Disneyland Encyclopedia (nonfiction, Santa Monica Press, three editions in 2008, 2012, and 2017)
   

The Disneyland Book of Lists,  (nonfiction, Santa Monica Press)

 

 

TEACHING, TUTORING, AND COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • High school, five years in Los Angeles County (with tenure), classes in English and Journalism
  • College, Cal. State University, Northridge, California, one year, classes in Freshman Composition
  • Middle schools in Marin County, English classes, substitute and one year as a full-time teacher
  • K-8 private schools in Marin County, classes in writing, math, and newspaper production, plus many volunteer presentations
  • Tutoring in Marin County, dozens of K-12 students 
  • Ghostwriter, editor, transcriptionist and proofreader for several memoirs and published books (confidential)

MEDIA EXPOSURE

  • Appearances on the E! Channel, in nationally broadcast TV documentaries, and on national radio programs
  • Chris's books have been reviewed and discussed in such print publications as Playboy, the National Enquirer (twice, a total of eight pages), Los Angeles magazine, Details magazine, the Los Angeles Times (full-page feature), the San Francisco Chronicle, and USA Today

"Read, read, read. Read everything--trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write."
William Faulkner


 


 

 

"The last paragraph in which you tell what the story is about is almost always best left out."
Irwin Shaw



 


 

 

"Word-carpentry is like any other kind of carpentry. You must join your sentences smoothly."
Anatole France


 


 

 

"The door to success is labeled PUSH."
Oscar Wilde



 


 

 

"Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery."
Henry Miller



 


 

 

"A writer's material is what he cares about."
John Gardner



 


 

 

"I always know the ending; that's where I start."
Toni Morrison



 


 

 

"If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it."
H.G. Wells



 


 

 

"Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen."
Willa Cather