Bestselling author to share insights

Bestselling author to share insightsBestselling author Steven Rowley will share insights about “The Perils and Joys of Writing Autobiographical Fiction” at the Thursday, May 2, Ridge Writers meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

Rowley’s first novel, “Lily and the Octopus,” made a huge impression on the publishing scene in 2016.

The deeply autobiographical story of a man fighting to save his dog became a national bestseller that was translated into 19 languages and is now in development as a feature film for Twentieth Century Fox at Amazon Studios.

His follow-up, “The Editor,” tells of a young writer in early 1990s New York who finds himself in an unexpected friendship with Jacqueline Onassis, who appears on the scene as his book editor.

Hear how the process of borrowing real events from his own life for his first venture led Rowley to center his second novel around writing and publishing.

Rowley has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Palm Springs.

In addition to the evening talk, he give a different program that same day at 2 p.m. at My Enchanted Cottage as part of the “Read the Book, Meet the Author” series. For this afternoon gathering, purchase your ticket and your copy of the book at Red Rock Books.

The public is invited to attend.

Ridge Writers ( or is the East Sierra Branch of the 110-year-old California Writers Club ( which traces its roots back to Jack London and friends in the Bay Area.

Story First Published: 2019-04-19