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Janice Konstantinidis


Janice Konstantinidis, joined SLO NightWriters in 2010 with the goal of developing her writing skills.


Janice Konstantinidis lives in Paso Robles, on the Central Coast of California.

She enjoys writing poetry, memoir and short fiction. 

Born Tasmania Australia, Janice immigrated to the USA in 2005

She draws inspiration from nature and a deep regard and sense of 

the transience of life. 

Janice has had many of her poems published in several literary magazines in the USA. She finds great joy and comfort in writing poetry.

Her memoire is a work in progress. The basis of this memoir is Janice’s early life as an incarcerated child, who was forced to work in the Catholic system of Magdalene Laundries in Australia. 

Janice’s Wikipedia Page,

Illustrates the various complexities of her life as “Forgotten Australian.”

Janice been featured as a guest writer for the Australian National Museum on several occasions. 

Janice is currently writing a book of limericks. She has a lively sense of humor and is often mischievously guilty of writing several limericks a day.

Her poetry, often lyrical, often asks the reader to look deeply into the beauty of nature.


Bachelor of Arts   - University of Tasmania

Bachelor of Letters - Australian National University

Graduate Diploma in Education – University of Canberra.

Vice President:


Steve Derks


Steve is a native of Houston. A graduate of Northwestern University, in Engineering Science. Five years in the Navy followed by 30 years as an Engineer and Procedure Writer at Diablo Canyon.  He is currently enjoying his retirement.

Steve loves the outdoors, reading, and travel.

Leonard Carpenter:


Much-published author of stories, poems, and eleven Conan the Barbarian novels (as a “posthumous collaborator” with Robert E Howard, 1906-1936). Experienced as a technical writer for Disney, Strasbaugh, and other hard and software purveyors. Two novels published since, and my current novel project Fountain of Youth is a modern-day fantasy quest set in Cuba.

2. Published Books:

Tor PBs: Conan The: Renegade, Raider, Warlord, Hero, Gladiator, Savage, & Outcast;

Conan the Great; Conan of the Red Brotherhood; Conan, Scourge of the Bloody Coast; Conan, Lord of the Black River.  Digital on Kindle and Smashwords: Biohacker.

And since November 2017, Lusitania Lost in bookstores and online from Mango Publications. 

Leonard Carpenter (go to

author of LUSITANIA LOST  from

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Steven Mintz, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Accounting

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

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Susan Tuttle

SLO NightWriters Member at Large. Education Coordinator.

Central Coast Writers Conference Book Table Committee.

Our longest serving board member. 

Clinics and Round Tables Critique Groups, NW General Meetings.

Susan is a native of Buffalo, New York, Susan moved to the Central Coast in 2004. She is the author of the suspense novel, Tangled Webs. She continues to win awards for her short stories, novels and, recently, her creative non-fiction. Susan writes sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, paranormal suspense and spiritual meditations. 

Her newest book - hot off the press is available on Amazon. Look for 'Proof of Identity', be intruiged.

She is also a professional editor/writing coach. You can find her on Facebook, or contact her through her websites: and or email her at

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Central Coast Writers Conference Book Table Committee.


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Abigail Aarons


Janice Konstantinidis

Janice joined SLO NightWriters with the goal of developing her writing skills. Janice Konstantinidis is both an Australian and an America Citizen. She lives on the Central Coast of California.

She has been writing shorter pieces, prose, poetry most of her life. She is currently writing a book of limericks.

Janice won four awards in the 2013 Lillian Dean Writer's Contest. First and second place in 'Creative Non Fiction Memoir', and second and third place in Poetry. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Tasmania, a Bachelor of Letters in English Literature from The Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Canberra. 

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