Authors

Brandi Megan Granett

September 2, 2016
Brandi Megan Granett

Brandi Megan Granett is fueled by a passionate desire to share her long-held belief that our thoughts, these ethereal things continuously bouncing around in our heads, have the power to shape our life experiences and change the world that we live in. As a creative writing teacher — one who holds a Ph.D. from Aberystwyth University in Wales, an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.Ed in Adult and Distance Education from Penn State — Granett encourages her students to diligently examine the stories they tell, to explore the worlds they are creating and identify not only the meaning behind them, but also the real-world influences that helped to mold them.

In February of 2000, Granett published her debut novel, My Intended, a melancholic tale of a bride-to-be who, after the sudden death of her fiance, opts to proceed with the wedding as a testimony of their love for one another. Granett followed that up in 2014 with Cars and Other Things That Get Around, a collection of short stories about love, family and the endless desire for human connection. READ MORE

Authors

John Lindsay

June 6, 2014

John Lindsay launched DontEvenReply.com in June 2009, taking prank emails to another level as he interacted with individuals he found by way of Craigslist and reveled in their gullibility. Posing as a customer or seller, Lindsay responded to a variety of classified ads, making ridiculous offers to unsuspecting victims. With a unique ability to incite exasperation, confusion and rage — sometimes all three simultaneously — Lindsay’s site became an internet sensation.

In April of 2010, Lindsay released Emails from an A**hole: Real People Being Stupid, the book version of his immensely popular site.

How did DontEvenReply.com come about?

It started back when I was in college and my car’s transmission blew up. I was going through Craigslist trying to find a cheap car to buy, and was quickly getting fed up with all the BS I had to sift through. Finally, I saw one ad in the “For Sale by Owner” section that was pretty much this entitled woman demanding a Ford Explorer for her “3 beautiful girls” and the car had to be pretty much perfect. For $1500. The icing on the cake was that she included a picture of herself. The whole thing just irked me, so I decided I was gonna respond to her ad and see if I could get under her skin. I started out trying to sell her a piece of crap Bronco, then a car that was completely totaled, then the Ford Explorer from Jurassic Park, and she was more and more furious every time I emailed her. I thought it was hilarious, so I passed these emails around to my friends. Then I started responding to other ridiculous ads, messing with the people in similar ways. It eventually evolved into me coming up with absurd scenarios for anyone gullible enough to believe me. READ MORE

Authors

Taona D. Chiveneko

November 25, 2014

On his website, Taona D. Chiveneko is described as “the most antisocial author in Africa.” Perhaps because of this aversion to attention and publicity, the details of Chiveneko’s life are shrouded in mystery. He is reported to be a citizen of Zimbabwe who was born either between the Zambezi and the Limpopo rivers, or along the road running from Mutare to Hwange. He is equally evasive when it comes to questions of his age.

In 2013, Chiveneko published his debut novel, The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption. Told through the shifting perspectives of characters whose lives have been affected by a nation’s efforts to recruit a new executioner, The Hangman’s Replacement was the recipient of a silver medal in the adult horror category at the 2014 Reader’s Favorite Awards. READ MORE

Authors

Zan Perrion

January 23, 2015
zan perrion

In the New York Times bestseller The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, the book that exposed millions to the burgeoning seduction community, author Neil Strauss devoted an entire chapter to Zan Perrion, calling him “the undisputed heavyweight of the genre” and noting that “in four years, he never once asked for advice, he only gave it.” Seduction icon David DeAngelo has called Zan “an example of a true natural,” and Mystery, of VH-1’s The Pickup Artist, has stated, “I want to be like Zan.”

Zan, though, maintains that he is not a pickup artist. Instead, he is a romance artist, one who views women as the highest form of art and has dedicated his life to the pursuit of beauty in all its forms. As the founder of the Ars Amorata philosophy — a celebration of the art of seduction and the rebirth of romance — and a co-founder of the Amorati network of men, Zan is one of the most original and insightful voices on relationships and seduction in the world today. After ten years of writing, Zan released his first book, The Alabaster Girl, in December of 2013. Within its pages, Zan recounts his life, philosophies and insights into the world of romance. READ MORE

Musicians

Eden Jones

October 29, 2014

For the past two years, singer and songwriter Eden Jones has been honing her sound throughout London, performing and delighting crowds at numerous well-known clubs and venues across the city. Her songs are unique and eerie, and her voice dances across the tribal melodies with an infectious joy. Lyrically, songs such as “Big Dreams and Dirty Fingernails” and “Beautifully Twisted” speak of hope and passion in a world that’s gloriously imperfect. Working alongside several talented producers, Eden Jones puts her unique stamp on each and every song she performs.

Eden is currently working on her debut album, recording in both London and Los Angeles.

To learn more about Eden Jones, visit www.edenjonesmusic.com, or listen to her music on Soundcloud.

What were you like as a child? At what point did you become interested in music and performing? READ MORE