Authors

David O’Brien

July 9, 2015
David O'Brien

Born and raised in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, author David O’Brien studied environmental biology and later deer biology at University College Dublin. But rather than pursue his lifelong interest in wolves and predator-prey interactions after completing his doctorate, O’Brien instead opted to teach English in Madrid. After moving to Boston with his wife, he continued teaching at Boston’s Cathedral High School and Bridgewater State College for seven years before returning to Spain, where he currently teaches English and science in his wife’s hometown of Pamplona.

In his teenage years, O’Brien began writing poetry, and had one of his poems published in Cadenza, a Dublin-based magazine at the age of fourteen. In the years since, he has had additional poems published in journals and anthologies such as Albatross, The Tennessee State Poetry League, Poems of Nature and various anthologies of Forward Press imprint in Britain. In addition, O’Brien’s non-fiction articles have been published in Hot English magazine and for the Boston newspaper Dig. READ MORE

Authors

Rob Conery

July 28, 2015
Rob Conery Winterland

In addition to penning a weekly fishing column in the Cape Cod Times, Rob Conery’s writing has appeared in various publications including Cigar Aficionado, Fly Rod & Reel, Powder, The Drake, and Sand Sports. A graduate of the University of Massachussetts, Conery splits his time between a hobo camp in western Maine and his native Cape Cod, where has has spent 44 consecutive summers within walking distance of Lewis Bay.

In June of 2015, Strawberry Books published Conery’s debut novel, Winterland, which tells the story of a group of individuals who band together to save a small ski town in Colorado from a Texas oil baron who hopes to build condos and turn the region into his own personal Aspen. Protagonist “Easy” Ed Stallings, who stumbled into a small fortune during his time in Key West before he moved to Winterland and opened a bar, leads the charge against the corporate overlords who threaten to not only destroy a town, but also the residents’ way of life. READ MORE

Internet Celebrities

Chris Scott

July 25, 2014

On May 14, 2014, Boston resident and Twitter user Chris Scott sent out the following tweet to his 1,000 followers…

“Oh hi Becky who refused to kiss me during spin the bottle in 6th grade & now wants to play FarmVille, looks like tables have fucking turned.”

With those 139 characters, Scott would unwittingly become a Twitter celebrity. After comedian Mary Charlene retweeted Scott’s Becky joke to her 160,000 followers a month later, the initial tweet went viral. Some 23,000 retweets and 33,000 favorites later, Chris Scott has been plagiarized by hundreds of fellow Twitter users and was even accused of stealing the joke by Jordan Carlos, one of the stars of MTV2’s Guy Code — an accusation that was later rescinded when Carlos failed to find any evidence that he had used the line on the show. READ MORE

Musicians

Nordic’s Yell

December 30, 2014
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The music of French rock band Nordic’s Yell reflects the diverse musical tastes of the band, with influences ranging from hard rock to grunge to acoustic blues, and on their first album, released in August of 2014, the band provides a glimpse into their unique musical universe. Brothers Niels (vocals, guitar) and Lorenzo (guitar) began playing music together at the age of 13 and founded Nordic’s Yell in 2013 and, in just two short years, have developed a dedicated underground following.

On Nordic Yell’s debut EP, recorded at Magic Studio in Saint Peray, France, Niels’ haunting vocals combine with Lorenzo’s layered, complex melodies to form songs that memorably toe the line between darkness and hope.

To learn more about Nordic’s Yell, visit them online at www.nordicsyell.com. READ MORE

Authors

Dan Haight

March 12, 2014

Dan Haight is an emerging writer whose credits include the Flotilla series and many published short stories. As a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he refers to himself as a “blue collar geek” with a passion for writing, working with his hands and being a dad. Dan works as a “computer guy” by day and writes in his off-hours.

Dan began writing at age 12 and published his first short story in 2007. Flotilla, his first novel, was released in 2011 and its sequel, Iron Mountain, will be published on March 10, 2014. Readers can learn more about Dan and the world of Flotilla at flotillaonline.com.

How much is the story of Jim, the protagonist of Flotilla, influenced by your own childhood?

My childhood informed the story of Flotilla, in that I was a messed-up kid like Jim was. My mistakes were different, but I had to grow up, discover who I was in the process, and work every day to wear the identity I had chosen for myself. READ MORE