For over four centuries, California has been an ever-changing landscape of innovation and revolution, triumph and tragedy.
In Fascinating True Tales from Old California, author Colleen Adair Fliedner mines the history of the Golden State to collect more than fifty tales of famous Californians and their escapades from 1542 through 1940. For many, like James Lick, Leland Stanford, and John Downey, California was a place to strike it rich. Others sought freedom and a new beginning, including Chinese immigrants and African Americans, like philanthropist and freed slave, Biddy Mason. And still some characters just wanted to live their lives outside of society’s rules, like swindler James Reavis or the cross-dressing stagecoach driver, Charley Parkhurst. Readers will be entertained and enlightened as they take a trip through California’s colorful past.
Colleen Adair Fliedner is an award-winning author, journalist, and historian. She has written four nonfiction books, radio and TV commercials, screenplays, and hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines, and online publications. Her credits include the Los Angeles Times Travel Section, the Orange County Register; Westways, Home & Away (both Auto Club publications), France Today, BajaTRAVELER, and Native Peoples Magazines. Her most recent book, In the Shadows of War: Spies, Love & the Lusitania, is a historical fiction novel.
Colleen began her professional career as a research historian, writer, and oral historian at California State University, Long Beach, CA. She was a staff writer for the Orange County Register newspaper’s online travel website and was a regular contributor for Talking Travel Radio Network based on the East Coast.
Colleen lives in Orange, California with her husband, Rick, and two Pomeranians. They can’t wait to get back on the road again to visit their favorite places in the state.