Events

Meet PJ virtually or in person at one of these upcoming events!

Orange County Branch of the California Writers Club

April 3, 2021, 11:00 am

Virtual Event

San Fernando Valley Branch of the California Writers Club

January 09, 2021

Virtual Event
PJ teaches her seminar: “I Write Funny… and You Can, too!”

Book Carnival Bookstore

October 21, 6:00 p.m, 2020

Virtual Event

PJ reads an excerpt from her latest book, The Jailbird’s Jackpot, and then compares-and-contrasts its protagonist and plot with her prior book, The Winner’s Circle.

Lawn Launch of I Am … a Quarantine Survivor

September 25, 2020

PJ launches her latest book in the I AM … series

Spark Blog Featured Author

September 19, 2020

READ THE INTERVIEW HERE: 

PJ as the featured author on the SPARK Newsletter. Read it here: 

The Spark Interview

I met P.J. Colando back in the spring of 2016 in an Orange County coffee shop where I was honored to be reading along with a few other authors. I remember this reading for several reasons beginning with the way the espresso machine would launch into its hiss and sputter every time one of us got to a “good part.” I loved how it made absolutely no difference to the audience packed into the small space and grouped around the little cafe tables. Afterwards, P.J. was the first to come up and buy a copy of my book. She not only read “Casualties” but followed up with me to let me know what she thought of it and wrote reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. A writer herself, she knew exactly how to support one of her fellows. Today, I am pleased to return the favor by sharing a bit about P.J. and her new book“The Jailbird’s Jackpot”

Here is what P.J. Colando looks like

Here is her bio…

A former speech therapist, P.J. writing her “encore career.” Her “Faith, Family, Frenzy!” series of novels is rooted in the Midwest where she was born and raised before migrating west to Southern California. “Jailbird’s Jackpot” is the fourth novel in the series and she has plans already for the next novel. In addition to this series, she has written a collection of essays and short fiction published. You can learn all about P.J. here and see all of her books here. She welcomes the opportunity to speak with book clubs. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Here is her book…

And here is our interview…

SPARK: Tell us a little about your latest novel. What compelled you to write it? Can it stand on its own or should a reader begin with the first book in the series?

P.J. COLANDO: The protagonist compelled me to write her side of the story. She stands alone and her book stands alone. She was first introduced in Stashes, the first entry in my Faith, Family, Frenzy!” series. She was the conniving daughter-in-law… get the gist?

Here’s the pitch: Ex-con Amy Breeden has a problem, but becoming an instant millionaire isn’t it. Will she stick to her intention to take down the dude who double-crossed her or heed her parole officer’s advice that ‘living well is the best revenge?’

I dedicated“The Jailbird’s Jackpot” to Amy because she knows how to steer a plot.

SPARK:How do you feel about this book compared to your other novels or novels you have in progress? Is there a book in you that is screaming to be written that you have yet to write?

P.J. COLANDO: As an author, I am like a mother who loves all her children equally. The fact that I’ve written six books awes me!

SPARK: Tell us how being an indie-author has gone for you. What have been the high points? Is this a path you recommend? Do you see it as a business or an extension of your creative work?

P.J. COLANDO: Hmm. As we all are aware, the burden of publicity falls onto the author’s shoulders, especially during COVID-times. Writing is my encore career – I built a highly successful private practice in speech-language pathology before I began writing as an earnest hobbyist. I wrote thousands and thousands of clinical reports, so writing now is an escape from the form and strictures of reports. 

SPARK: When did you start writing and how has your writing evolved for you over time? 

P.J. COLANDO: I began writing in 2010, seeking a path forward after I ended my private practice. In 2012, I closed my practice – because I liked writing more than working with toddlers. When I wrote I could push ‘delete’ if/when I didn’t like a character’s behavior, something that’s not possible when one’s patients.

SPARK: You often have humor on your blog and wry observations along with that ‘”Boomer” comment right on your website. Do you want to talk about how being a “boomer” informs your view of life and the kinds of stories you write? 

P.J. COLANDO: Being of Boomer-age is great because I no longer let others’ judgments bother me. Humor is my default strategy and approach to life. I write satire and humor with a literary bent. When I speak, my tongue is always in my cheek.

SPARK: What does writing mean to you and how does it fit with the rest of your life?

P.J. COLANDO: Writing is a useful pastime and hobby. Not just during quarantine, but every day. I write while my husband watches TV sports. He likes that writing is a silent sport.

SPARK: Writer and activist Grace Paley once said “Life is too short, and art is too long.”  What do you think of when you read these words.

P.J. COLANDO: I agree and would add this… “So, you might as well dance on the edge of the earth.” Writing is perfect for me, with its endless endeavor to hone craft – and one can write short stories or long.

I’m a lifelong reader with a prodigious vocabulary. While I can not use multi-syllabic words in daily conversation, I can slide them into my writing.

 

Dime Stories oral read

September 13, 2020

PJ reads chapter 2 of the Jailbird’s Jackpot

Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop

September 02, 2020

Read the blog here

PJ participated in an awesome blog hop – read it here.

Orange County Writers Friday Reads spotlight

Aug 21, 2020

PJ is the featured author in an online writers group.

Southern California Writers Association Happy Hour shout-out

Aug 14, 2020

PJ is the featured author in an online writers group.

Jailbird Jackpot Virtual Book Launch Party

Aug 08, 2020

Sleepless in Laguna Bookstore
1590 PCH #4
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949 549-4190

Catch PJ’s latest “Jailbird Jackpot” in her ongoing saga of what happens when the sordid topic of coin (and lots of them) instantly alters people’s lives.

Dime Stories oral read

July 12, 2020

Virtual Event
Author Event
Intro to Bad-Ass Amy, protagonist of The Jailbird’s Jackpot

Carlsbad PJ & You

July 12, 2020

Carlsbad Village Center
Author Event
Come meet PJ where she’ll sign books, tell tall tales and share her secrets for writing popular fiction.

Rated G Radio with PJ Colando

June 06, 2020

Radio Show
Author Interview
PJ Dishes about life during Covid, how she met her husband “Uncle Larr” and her upcoming books out in July!

Writer’s Club

March 07, 2020

Foothill Ranch Library
Author Interview
PJ will talk about how and why to add humor and memoir. She will also be available to sell and sign copies of her “Faith, Family Frenzy!” book series.

The Winners Circle Coming To Your Area

January 30, 2020

Michigan
Michigan Book Tour
Meet PJ in Michigan January 30 – February 4th in Lansing and Williamston events!

Turtle Rock Women’s Fiction Group

January 22, 2020

Irvine, CA
Author Event
Meet PJ and have her autograph your very own copy of The Winner’s Circle!

I Write Funny Seminar

January 18, 2020

Anaheim Public Library
500 W Boradway
Speaker Event
What makes PJ’s books so funny? Come meet award winning author PJ Colando and you’ll hear her story, get a chance to take a selfie and buy a copy of her latest!

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