Nicholas Tanek

September 26, 2016
The Coolest Way To Kill Yourself

Nicholas Tanek came of age in the early ’90s, a skater kid from New Jersey who listened to East Coast punk bands like The Dead Milkmen, The Dead Kennedys and Sonic Youth. Tanek’s musical tastes eventually expanded to include groups such as My Bloody Valentine, The Stone Roses, The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Smiths, and when he was 16, he went to his first illegal rave in New York City. It would prove to be a pivotal moment in his life.

Tanek, a graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in English, found himself staying in his parents’ basement in the days after Hurricane Sandy ravaged coastal New Jersey in October of 2012. With a generator powering his laptop, he reflected upon his life, analyzing the relationships that had shaped him. And these experiences, set against the backdrop of the rave scene, were the inspiration behind Tanek’s first book, The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself, a tale of love, hedonism and heartbreak that was published in 2013. READ MORE


Jim Beard

August 12, 2015
Jim Beard

Author Jim Beard was introduced to comic books at a young age by his father, who passed along his love for the medium. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a part of the comic book universe when he sold his first story to DC Comics in 2002. In the years since, the Toledo native has contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history has written official Justice League, Star Wars and Ghostbusters stories, giving a voice to some of the most iconic characters in entertainment history.

In 2011, Jim contributed to and edited Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters, and in 2014, he published Sgt. Janus, Spirit Breaker, an inventive tale of a former military veteran who aids those who are haunted by spirits still anchored to this world. A year later, Jim released a sequel, Sgt. Janus Returns, that helped to establish him as one of the most unique voices in the world of occult fiction. READ MORE


Koos Verkaik

October 15, 2015
Alex and the Wolpertinger

Back in early August, we spoke to Dutch author Koos Verkaik about his background and his extensive list of published works. The most recent book in Verkaik’s Alex and the Wolpertinger series, The Monster Inn, was released in December of 2014, and in the coming months, the entire collection will be released in print for the very first time by Ladybee Publishing. With the ongoing series — for which Verkaik has 30 volumes planned — soon reaching a brand new audience, we checked in recently with the prolific author to learn more about the world of the wolpertingers.

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As an author who jumps from one project to another and publishes books for both children and adults, what is your writing process?

I have always worked this way. My head is so full of ideas and it has to get out – one way or another. Hurray for technology: all you need is one laptop to get it all done. It is no problem for me to write 1,000 words a day, sometimes I write 2,000 or even 3,000 words a day. I can switch from one manuscript to another. Many years ago, people from IBM suggested they would connect my brain to a computer to see what was going on inside my head while I was writing. It never came to that, but it was an interesting idea. READ MORE

Actors & Actresses, Radio Personalities

K.C. Armstrong

October 8, 2014

As the host of Keepin’ It Real on the Women’s Radio Network, K.C. Armstrong gives talented, up-and-coming women a voice and, by way of his riveting interviews, provides them a platform with which to educate and inspire listeners. A long-time associate producer of The Howard Stern Show, Armstrong joined WRNW1 in June of 2014 and has been helping interesting and innovative females from diverse backgrounds share their personal stories and secrets to success.

Armstrong was raised in Suffolk County, New York and played football at Western Kentucky University for head coach Jack Harbaugh. Though best known for his work on radio and television with Howard Stern, Armstrong has also acted in three movies — Death4Told, Grace and the Storm and Secret War — and in soap operas such as Guiding Light and As the World Turns, and he stars on the comedy DVD series Meet the Creeps. READ MORE


Michelle Geltner

March 31, 2014

In November of 2013, Michelle Geltner published her fast-paced young adult novel the panther/girl, an intricate tale of trust, love and survival. Geltner, a recent English and marketing graduate from Bradley University, has been working toward publication for her book for nine years when it, originally a short story, won third place at the Naperville Women’s Club Short Story and Poetry Contest in the mid-2000s. She has also had many publications through the Bradley Scout, and one through the Naperville Sun-Times, in the past couple of years.

Starting on April 1st and continuing through April 5th, the Kindle version of the panther/girl will be available for free on Amazon. Readers can also learn more on the book’s Facebook page.

How has the story of the panther/girl evolved since you first began writing it? READ MORE