Music has always served as an emotional release for Meg Myers. Born in Nashville, she spent the first five years of her life in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, where she was raised by a truck driver father and a Jehovah’s Witness mother. After her parents divorced, her mother married a fellow Witness, who moved the family first to Ohio, then to Florida, where they bounced from town to town throughout her teen years. During this period, Myers began singing, writing songs, and teaching herself to play guitar. Alongside her brother, she played bass in a band called Feeling Numb, performing in clubs in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
A few days shy of her 20th birthday, Myers made the decision to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. It was there that she met acclaimed producer Doctor Rosen Rosen – whose previous work includes tracks by Britney Spears, M.I.A., La Roux, and Lady Gaga – who signed her to his production company. The two began writing songs, and in 2011, Myers released her debut EP, Daughter in the Choir, featuring ferocious anthems such as “Monster,” which earned her rave reviews and evoked comparisons to Fiona Apple and Sinéad O’Connor, though Myers cites Tracy Chapman, Joan Osborne and Ann Wilson as inspirations, along with Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley and Trent Reznor.
Author B. D. McConnell, a resident of Corvallis, Oregon, enjoys storytelling around a campfire, good friends, and chasing deer out of the garden. A graduate of the University of California at San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, McConnell has developed electronic communication systems and other unique engineering projects. In March of 2014, he published his first novel, Charlie’s Improv, a fresh and light-hearted tale of high school intrigue. Charlie’s Improv tells the story of a group of clever students who aspire to take part in the annual debate at MacKayde University, until the sophisticated actions of a cheater threaten to dash their hopes.
In July of 2014, McConnell released Kellin’s Joyride, a short story about a young man and his creative efforts to return home after a grueling night of undercover work.
As a child, real estate professional Anthony Lolli lived with his parents in a one-bedroom shack in Brooklyn. When he was six years of age, he begged his mother to buy him an $18 watch from Saks, and was shocked when she told him that they couldn’t afford it. It was then that he decided that he would make his family rich one day. As soon as he was old enough, Lolli began working towards that dream, first as a bike messenger, then by selling glasses, installing alarms and, when he saw his father’s friend join the real estate industry and immediately begin making money, as a real estate agent for the biggest firm in Brooklyn. He quickly became one of the company’s top performers.
In 1998, at the age of 21, Lolli opened his own company, Rapid Realty, and recruited three of his closest friends to work as Rapid’s first agents. By 2003, the company had 15 agents and Lolli’s success enabled his parents to retire. In honor of his father’s many years as a teacher, Lolli turned the second floor of his office into Express Real Estate School, which has produced tens of thousands of graduates.
Originally hailing from the suburbs of St. Louis, author Jason Rizos became disillusioned with the corporate world after stints as a technology sales representative, a call center lackey, and a peddler of diet pills. He moved west to Portland, Oregon, where he resides with his wife and two dogs and teaches writing and literature at Portland Community College.
His short story, “We Love You Fluffy the Hamster,” was selected as a Fulton Prize finalist by the Adirondack Review, and his horror/science-fiction has been published by Snow Monkey, Fourth River, Resident Aliens, and produced in audio by Pseudopod podcast. In 2013, he published The Frugal Homebrewer’s Companion, A Hardware and Technique Guide: What to Buy and How to Build World-Class Beers at Home, and his first novel, Supercenter, was recently released by Montag Press. A social satire about a future hyper-materialistic consumer world where children are raised within sealed retail megastores and groomed as soldiers via video game training, Supercenter tells the story of G.E. Westinghouse, a man who discovers that there may be more to the world than the violent, capitalistic world he’s always known.
Novelist Dennis Liggio grew up in New York, but somehow ended up in Austin, Texas, nearly two decades ago. A connoisseur of tea, Chinese food and cornbread biscuits, Liggio has published several books in genres ranging from horror to absurdist fiction.
His first published work, The Lost and the Damned, told the tale of John Keats, a private detective tasked with tracking down a missing rock star who has taken up residence at a mental hospital. Once inside the walls of the hospital, though, Keats is trapped and confronted by a supernatural darkness that seeks to tear him apart, and his rescue mission becomes a game of survival that threatens both his life and his sanity.
In January of 2014, Liggio published the first book in his Damned Lies series, Damned Lies: Things That Never Happened and a Couple of Things That Did, and has since released a pair of sequels, Damned Lies Strike Back and Damned Lies of the Dead 3D. Featuring magic, zombies, cloning and bare-fisted hobo boxing tournaments, the series is a madcap, genre-bending adventure in escapism.