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Kilayla Pilon

In August of 2014, Vancouver-born author Kilayla Pilon released her debut novel, The Prophet’s Daughter. A tale of deceit, redemption and the strength of the human spirit, The Prophet’s Daughter tells the story of Arin Lovelock, a sixteen-year-old girl forced to fight for her own survival in a post-apocalyptic world after her parents are brutally murdered.

Kilayla started writing when she was a child and, after learning about Jim Jones and the People’s Temple in a Human Behaviors class, began crafting the story that would eventually become her debut novel.

Learn more about Kilayla and The Prophet’s Daughter at kilaylapilon.wix.com/books.

What was your upbringing like, and how did it shape who you are today?

I was brought up in a rough neighbourhood surrounded by children and people of all cultures. We were not very well off, but I found the place more of a home and far more welcoming than I did when in homes of people who were not struggling in the financial part of life.

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Daniel Kucan

Author and designer Daniel Kucan grew up in Las Vegas, in a theater training conservatory where he studied design, carpentry, art and performance studies from a young age. During his teenage years, he developed an edgy, dramatic style and quickly became known as an artist who made rules up as he went along. After attending NYU, Kucan worked as a performer until 1999, when he moved to the west coast and became the lead designer for Hollywood furnisher Mortise & Tenon on La Brea.

From 2005 through 2006, Kucan was the resident carpenter on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and became known for building with recycled and renewable materials. He later hosted Desperate Spaces with Lise Simms on HGTV as well as Sell This House: Extreme on A&E with Tanya Memme.

In February of 2014, Kucan published Full Contact, Collected: The collected stories of Zach, Elroy, and Taro the Hunchback, an introspective, no-holds-barred look into the mind of a modern day warrior.

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Kit Lyman

Kit Lyman, the author of Satan’s Garden: A Novel, wasn’t always a writer. For much of her life, she was in fact a non-writer, one who would fill the first few pages of numerous notebooks with illegible chicken scratch before moving on and leaving the remaining pages forgotten and blank. As a child, Lyman dreamed of becoming a Hollywood starlet, and if the bright lights faded out, to live out her days as a forensic scientist.

A 2011 graduate of Cornell University, Lyman has worked as a script reader for IPG, a literary management company, and as a production assistant on the daytime talk show, The Talk.

Lyman, who currently resides in San Antonio, published her debut novel, Satan’s Garden, in March of 2014. Told from the perspective of twin sisters whose lives diverge after one is kidnapped, the book is simultaneously a suspenseful psychological thriller and an emotionally-resonant coming-of-age story.

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Nick Garber

Founded in 2011 in Sacramento, California, Black Jack Comics is an independent comic book studio created by artist and writer Nick Garber, who believes strongly in producing quality comic books with interesting characters and stories that captivate readers. Now based in Mission, Texas, Black Jack’s first comic, Phantom Hawk #1, was released in April of 2012, and the universe will soon be expanding with the pending publication of a pair of new titles, Pendragon and The Ape.

In addition to bringing gritty and dynamic characters to the page, Garber and Black Jack Comics have remained highly interactive with their readership via social media and at comic book conventions.

Learn more about Garber and Black Jack Comics at www.blackjackcomics.net.

What were you like as a child?

I had a lot of energy and that energy usually earned me extended periods of time in my room without toys. However, my parents wouldn’t take the paper and pencils I had in there so I would spend hours drawing characters from my favorite comic books. My punishments were not that long but I would stay in my room drawing for hours.

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Kristin Sollenne

Raised in California, Kristin Sollenne first discovered her love of cooking by creating fresh, wholesome spins on classic Italian dishes to help her parents attain their weight-loss goals while still enabling them to enjoy their favorite foods.

These days, as a rising culinary star and Food Network guest judge, Chef Sollenne oversees the five kitchens of the New York City Restaurant Group’s Bocca Di Bacco locations. A 2013 honoree of Zagat’s Top 30 Under 30, Sollenne’s cooking philosphy focuses on crafting simple, farm-to-table Southern Italian cuisine featuring nutritious ingredients and bold flavors. As the executive chef and culinary director of the expanding Bocca Di Bacco chain, Sollenne workes with each location’s chefs on healthy cooking techniques and manages the training program.

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