The SJVW Board
June Gillam writes the Hillary Broome crime novel series, inspired by her obsession with what makes ordinary people mad enough to kill. A co-founder of SJVW in 2015, June has authored seven books, released through her imprint, Gorilla Girl Ink. She was honored with a Jack London Award for her service to the writing community. Visit her at junegillam.com.
Bonnie Broxton is a retired school principal. Beyond the hundreds of school newsletters, grant writing, and other endeavors to which she has contributed, she is a novice writer. Bonnie is also a political activist and recently worked on the campaign to elect her former student Oscar Ortiz to the position of Napa County Sheriff.
Membership Chair and Treasurer
Pam Van Allen
Pam Van Allen draws on her background as a psychologist to construct rock and roll stories of intrigue featuring protagonists who cope with painful emotions. Dr. Van Allen’s fourth book, Silent Voices Calling, launches an epic science fiction series, Secret Messages. As an editor and formatter, she works with independent authors to aid their self-publishing. Visit her at Whizzits Press.
Charity is often writing even when she isn’t typing away. For her, writing is simply a way of processing the world, whether with poetry, fiction, essays, or simple notations. However, to be a writer it is best to be a part of a writing community. Having moved to the region during the pandemic, she found SJVW, participating first through Zoom and now in person. She encourages writers to take the step and join the supportive community – even with different goals, everyone benefits from encouragement and guidance.
John Britto is a charter member of the San Joaquin Valley Branch of the California Writers Club. He has published in the anthologies of the University of Pacific and Delta College and the soon-to-be released Great Valley Stories. He writes novels, novellas, and short stories, with a focus on both contemporary and historical fiction.
A former academic, Bill is the award-winning author of five novels and three sets of short stories. He focuses on contemporary adult fiction. Many of his stories take place in the fictitious Central Valley town of Mañana. As an #ownvoices author, many of his characters are gay or Latino. Visit his website at billvanpatten.net.