Authors

Marshall Walls

May 1, 2014

Born with a rare brittle bone disease known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta and therefore unable to participate in many physical activities, Marshall Walls has dedicated much of his life to reading and writing.

These years of creativity brought about countless ideas for novels, the first of which is his debut novel, Dawn of the Destined Hero, which was published in December of 2013. Set in the Middle Ages, it tells the story of Arimax Holycross, a boy who discovers the power of magic and must confront what it means to be a true hero.

What is Osteogenesis Imperfecta? How does it affect an individual, and what role has it had in shaping who you are today?

Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a rare brittle bone disease in which one’s body doesn’t produce enough of a protein called collagen, leaving the bones much more fragile than any normal person. Of the various types of the disease, I’m fortunate enough to have the mildest version, but I’ve still suffered a few breaks as a young child. The worst of which was a break of my left femur, the strongest bone in the human body, leaving me in traction in the hospital for weeks when I was two years old. READ MORE

Authors

Jonathan Olivier

September 30, 2016
Jonathan Olivier

Author Jonathan Olivier was raised in Port Allen, Louisiana, a small town on the Mississippi River, just a stone’s throw from Baton Rouge. Olivier attended LSU, where he wrote for the school newspaper, The Daily Reveille, honing his journalism skills by reporting on topics including economic development and community issues. Since his 2013 graduation, he has worked as a freelance journalist for publications including Outside, Backpacker, and Louisiana Sportsman magazines, penning in-field gear reviews and backpacking reports, feature articles on hunting, fishing, hiking and outdoor recreation, as well as general news and business reporting.

Olivier’s 2016 debut novel, Between the Levees, was inspired by not only his love for the wilderness of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin, but also as his Cajun lineage. The book tells the story of Sam Miller, a man who yearns to find his long-lost family, and travels into the swamps of Louisiana in search of clues. Along the way, he endures blistering heat, swarms of mosquitoes and a few sinister locals, but in the process, learns new lessons about family and the meaning of home. READ MORE

Authors

Brian Whitney

October 30, 2014

Over the course of his life, author Brian Whitney has been employed as a counselor, a landscaper, and a case worker at a homeless shelter. In 2012, drawing upon his experiences, Whitney published 37 Stories About 37 Women, a collection of interwoven tales about sex, relationships and addiction. With rhythmic prose and hypnotic storytelling, Whitney explored the dark, dysfunctional side of love, lust and desire, topics that he revisited in his next book, 2013’s Am I Pleasing You?

In June of 2013, Whitney co-authored Wasted Paradise, the story of Keith Moore, who left his small town in Maine to travel to Saint Thomas, where he lived the high life until developing a severe drug addiction and ending up in a third world prison. Whitney also worked with adult film star Porsche Lynn on her memoir, The Girl with the Million Dollar Legs, which was released in September of 2014. READ MORE

Authors

Willow Scarlett

April 10, 2014

Willow Scarlett writes from beautiful New Zealand, surrounded by water and trees and the occasional stingray. She writes queer romance with an emphasis on unique characters and a strong love story.

Willow doesn’t have pets or children, but she does have enough kooky friends to stock a sitcom. She also has a mysterious clicking sound in the wall which gets louder every night.

Willow is active in the local hardcore punk scene and the queer craft scene, which have less overlap than one might hope. When she’s not writing, working her day job or crafting she devotes most of her time to procrastinating blog updates.

She is the author of Wrong Side of the Bridge and Knockout Andrew, which was released in November of 2012. Readers can learn more about Willow on her website.

Which authors have had the strongest influence on your life and your writing? READ MORE

Musicians

Boroughs

November 5, 2015
Boroughs

Over the course of the past year, Boroughs has gone from a newly-formed musical collective to one of the most exciting up-and-coming bands in Southern California. Blending elements of country rock, folk and soulful Americana, the band has meticulously crafted a sound reminiscent of Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Wilco.

Consisting of singer-songwriter Kyle Neal, guitarist JD Carrera, bassist Derrick Wong and drummer Tyler Johnson, the band’s songs explore themes of heartbreak, confusion and love, and in November, they will release their debut EP, which was mixed by John Spiker of Tenacious D.

For more information about Boroughs, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit their website at boroughsmusic.com.

How did you initially become interested in playing music?

Kyle: It started at a young age. My mom signed me up for kids choir at the church I grew up in, and I spent most of my younger years singing. When I was about 10 or 11, I started talking to my parents about taking up an instrument. It was either going to be guitar or piano and we didn’t have room in our house for a piano. I was very much an “indoor kid” who lived outside his school district so none of my friends lived close by. I didn’t spend much time running around with other kids. Instead I spent my time playing guitar and singing and eventually writing my own songs. READ MORE