Each month Kona Stories hosts an event with local and traveling authors. This event happens the First Tuesday evening of the month starting at 6 PM. Authors are available to talk story while you are getting your plate of appetizers and glass of complimentary wine. Authors then give a 15-minute talk about their book and themselves, the writing and publishing process or a short reading from the book. After all the authors presentations there is a time for individual questions and book signings with the authors. Expect 2 - 3 authors to attend each month and the evening to wrap up around 8 PM. Dress is Aloha casual wear.
Paula always said that one day she would tell her sailing story. In 2020, living in her new pandemic normal, having to stay home more, she became more introspective. She began asking herself- if she doesn’t write her story now, when will she ever get it done? In the process of writing, she found it very cathartic.
The book Sailing Bear Cub is a 150-page memoir of her 5-years of sailing in the South Pacific. Using offshore sailing an analogy to one’s own life, the author reflects back on her lifelong affiliation with water and boats and how they are intertwined with relationships in her life. From one woman’s perspective, the memoir describes how a family built a sailboat, cut society’s comfort cord and began a five-year sailing adventure to the South Pacific. This memoir is an excellent read for “doers”, “doners”, and “dreamers” (armchair sailors). It is full of adventure and humor. The author was able to glean an awareness and insight into many cultures in Oceania and shares descriptive experiences with people she encountered. It is a glimpse of off the beaten track places. The author describes an extraordinary life that most people can’t even fathom, as well as lessons she learned and how she coped while the winds of life were filling her sails.
Paula Vickery’s five-year sailing experience on a 33-foot steel ketch to the South Pacific was her inspiration in writing her memoir Sailing Bear Cub. She has published two articles in the sailing magazine Latitude 38. She had a 45-year psychiatric/mental health nursing career and co-authored an article3 on Lithium for the Canadian Nurse magazine. She obtained a Master’s in Nursing in 2003 and worked in private practice as an APRN-Rx until her retirement in 2015. She is an avid Polynesian Outrigger canoe paddler and enjoys traveling, watercolor painting, Yoga, Zumba and all thing creative. She lives with her husband in Hilo, Hawaii. Sailing Bear Cub is her first novel.
Dr. Lucy Jones, a spiritual guide and pastoral counselor, has worked for over fifty years with women and men who seek deeper personal growth. Throughout her psychology practice and many years in parish ministry, she formulated an alternative way of working in the field of mental, emotional and spiritual healing. Lucy bases her unique approach to healing on the archetypal model of the hero, one that therapists can use in crisis counseling and management. She is a founding member of WomanStories, a southwestern spirituality and wellness circle where women share activities and learning in community. Currently, Lucy lives in Hawai`i where she continues her spiritual work through writing and counseling. She recently retired as Associate Professor at Hawai`i Community College.
These fables offer a unique approach to self-healing, offering something beyond basic paths to self-awareness. They are appropriate for both newcomers and experienced users of myth-based divination concepts, and designed for use by individuals of all ages, educational backgrounds, cultures, races, women, or men.
The Feral Fables are unique stories of transformation that are not based on a particular ethnicity or cultural tradition, but rather draw from what is universal in each of the various traditions. The most popular and the most universal of the wisdom traditions is telling stories. Storytelling, as an art and as a way of learning about life, has evolved right with us into the modern age. In Hawai`i, it has been refined as an art form we call “talk story.”
For centuries, women and men have sought guidance and counsel to help them in processes of change, healing, and transformation. Today, in the early years of a new millenium, people are still drawn toward the tarot, palm reading, the runes, the I Ching, Native American totem cards, and other ancient games based on spiritual, oracular, even magical wisdom.
Tessa Rice graduated from West Hawai’i Community College and has attended several writing groups & workshops in order to pursue her writing career. Her positive outlook and approach to living with Asperger's Syndrome is nothing short of remarkable, leading her to her first major work, Eternus. Her passion lies with writing science fiction, mostly dystopian/superhero, two genres that inspired her to start her own trilogy.
She lives in sunny Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i.
Eternus Trilogy: The former United States, 2300 AD.
America is now called Celebrus Natio (Rich Nation), and the citizens live under total control of the Council Four. Dawnielle Ellis, seventeen, lives with her family and struggles with her ability to control metal, stone, wood and electricity and to heal herself with water. One day, she is drafted to perform in the annual circus contest, where participants are thrust into a highly dangerous race to the finish, and the losers are condemned to compete until they win. Dawnielle, along with three others from her hometown, train for the treacherous Circus Empodio (obstacle course). After she flouts the strict rules of the competition by saving two members of the opposing team, she goes public with her connection to Davan Hier, her childhood crush. Two years later, her younger siblings Al and Gabby are chosen at the Circus Lottery for the Maze contest, which has been enhanced with booby traps and technological animals.
Featured Author at Kona Stories Words and Wine Event
Featured Author at Kona Stories Words and Wine Event