A native of Milpitas, Sam Marines is the youngest of three siblings. His parents are retired and living in California and Arizona, respectively. Formally educated in the Broadcast Journalism and Organizational Development fields, he acknowledges that his first love will always be non-fiction writing. He has been writing since he was 10.
Throughout his traditional daytime writing career, Sam has written & edited technical documentation for companies from multiple industries, press releases for the City of Los Angeles, and he has edited several industry and non-profit newsletters. In the 1980s, his writings appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Times, and the L.A. Daily News.
Currently he is, by day, employed as a technical writer and the editor of his dot-com employer's company newsletter. In the more recent past, he has been editor of several newsletters, under the Toastmasters International public speaking organization. His writings appear from time to time in the Toastmaster's Bay Area (District 4) newsletter. Previously, he was editor of that District 4 newsletter. At night and on weekends are when Sam focuses on his non-fiction book work.
He reveals his most painful life memory was the 15 years when he had no relationship with his father. Now his father is one of his best friends. Thus he knows what it is like, as an adult, to have no relationship with a parent and all of the ramifications from that. Using his personal experience as a springboard, for the last 10 years Sam has devoted himself to being an advocate of "Adult Offspring - Parent Relationships" and to completing his first non-fiction book: How Your Life has Affected Your Parents: Live a Happier Life Through Understanding and Honoring the Mom and Dad Heroes Among Us. Along with completing his book, Sam is currently working on his application criteria for membership with the NSA (National Speakers Association). You will occasionally find him guest speaking on the importance of adult offspring - parent relationships, during local club meetings of organizations: Kiwanis, Optimists, Lions.
As a public speaker, Toastmasters International recognizes Sam as a DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster), the highest educational recognition bestowed to its members. He won Toastmasters' 1995 District 4 Silver Scribe Award for the best locally produced newsletter within the organization. During his initial career as a broadcast news reporter, Sam won two 1985 Golden Mike Awards, bestowed by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California for excellence in professional news writing and reporting.
In addition to his non-fiction book writing, Sam has other passions, including off-road four wheeling, playing acoustical guitar in a band, lapidary, golfing, and relaxing to music (e.g., Diana Krall, 70's classic rock).
Visit Sam's website at http://www.agapeguypress.com