Letitia Pilelis-Gamez, the owner of Sandpiper Books, has been in retail most of her adult life. A former Barnes & Noble bookseller, it’s been her life-long dream to own a bookshop. Letitia has earned her degree in Interior Design, has spent years studying world religions, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. Her favorite genres are memoir, philosophy, and theology.
Meg Tessensohn is a former Barnes & Noble assistant manager & a community relations manager. With over 20 years in the book industry, working with publishers, authors, editors, schools, fundraising, and children’s events. Currently, she is the publicist for Sandpiper Book. Ms. Tessensohn also is the owner of Books & Roses. She is an avid reader, enjoys cooking, vintage hats, paints and is married with two grown sons & one grandson.
Lauren Lloyd is a student at Cal State Fullerton, majoring in geology and anthropology. She loves reading--especially fiction, sci~fi and fantasy. Lauren's favorite series are Harry Potter and Mary Russel. Lauren also teaches historical crafts with the queens college at the so cal Renaissance Faire and participates in the SCA (a medieval reenactment group).
Krystina started at Sandpiper Books in November 2016. She has a BA in English Education with an emphasis in Literature. She taught English in Long Beach USD until she became a mother but has continued her passion for teaching by tutoring students in the South Bay for the past few years. Krystina is well read in many genres but especially Young Adult and Juvenile Fiction. In addition to having a passion for literature, she is a fabric doll maker and has been Vice President of the Torrance Craftsmen Guild since 2016.
Ashna Madni is a student at the University of Southern California majoring in Creative Writing and Social Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology. An aspiring author, Ashna loves to read and write several kinds of fiction, but finds particular interest in the genre of magic realism. Some of her favorite authors include Virginia Woolf, Aimee Bender, and George Saunders. In her free time, Ashna enjoys taking and teaching ballet and contemporary dance classes. She has danced for sixteen years and is currently the Co-Director of the Chamber Ballet Company of USC.