“Love your characters!” says award-winning California author and poet, Barbara Link. She would know, having produced numerous successful works, including three stories aired on KVPR, a National Public Radio Affiliate. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in literary magazines and small presses. She received the CSUS Bazzanella Prize for fiction. Her memoir, Blue Shy was published in 2010 and awarded First Prize in the Sacramento Friends of the Library First Chapter contest. She co-authored Coffee and Ink, a handbook for writing groups and was a past editor of Sacramento’s Poetry Now. Publication credits include American River Review, Poetry Now, Earth’s Daughters, Mindprint Review, Anima, Whitefish Review, Missouri Review, Women’s Compendium, Hardpan, Dead Snakes, and Earth’s Daughters.