Authors

Laura McNeill

July 1, 2015
Laura McNeill

A native of upstate New York, author Laura McNeill holds a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. After six years behind the anchor desk at a pair of CBS affiliates, where her accolades included awards from the Associated Press, Laura moved to the Gulf Coast of Alabama to raise her family.

In July of 2015, Laura’s new novel, Center of Gravity, will be released by Thomas Nelson Publishing, a division of HarperCollins. Set in the city of Mobile, Alabama, Center of Gravity tells the story of a Southern family in grave danger, threatened by the person who they have most trusted and loved.

To learn more about Laura and her novel, visit her online at www.lauramcneill.com.

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Actors & Actresses, Screenwriters

Russell DeGrazier

June 30, 2014

Fans of the critically-acclaimed drama Friday Night Lights remember Russell DeGrazier as the excitable Stan Traub, a passionate member of the East Dillon coaching staff in seasons four and five.

DeGrazier attended and received a master’s degree in film from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and Television and is a member of the Writers Guild of America. He has numerous writing credits to his name, including 1997’s critically-acclaimed short MAD Boy, I’ll Blow Your Blues Away. Be Mine, 2000’s Attraction — which he also directed — and Sunset Strip, starring Jared Leto, Simon Baker and Nick Stahl. He has also written for HBO and Fox Searchlight.

DeGrazier’s writing agent is Michael Sheresky at UTA in Los Angeles, and his acting agent is Suzanne Horne at The Horne Agency in Dallas. READ MORE

Authors

Tinika Ross

May 19, 2014

Tinika Ross is a novelist and poet from southern New Jersey. After graduating from high school in 2009, she attended Florida A&M University, where she studied psychology. She is currently a freelance writer who also works in the insurance industry. In her spare time, Tinika can be found daydreaming or enjoying the company of her family and friends.

In December of 2013, she released a novel entitled Madness, the story of two individuals who help one another overcome their respective traumatic experiences. Ross also had a story featured in SuperHERo Tales: A Collection of Female Superhero Stories.

Readers can follow Tinika and her writing at her website, lossforwords360.wordpress.com.

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

I grew up around a lot of family. When I was young, me, my mom, my uncle, my cousin, and my older sister lived with my grandma. My grandma was a huge influence on me. She was always very loving and kind. She loved to read and do word searches. I would sit in her room and read or do the puzzles with her. She passed away several years ago. I think I was somewhere between 8 and 10 at the time. But I still remember her and how strong and loving she was, and that’s something that I try to carry with me. READ MORE

Athletes

Michelle Jenneke

January 9, 2015
michelle jenneke

In July of 2012, Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke became a worldwide sensation when a video of her playful pre-race warm-up routine at the IAAF World Junior Championships went viral on YouTube. Born in Sydney, Australia, Jenneke began training as a hurdler at the age of 10 at the Cherrybrook Athletics Club, under the tutelage of coach Mick Zisti.

Jenneke competed in the Australian Junior Championships in March of 2010, finishing first in the 100m hurdles and helping to break the Australian record in the women’s sprint medley relay. Four months later, she represented Australia at the Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore, where she won the silver medal in the 100m hurdles. At the Australian Junior Championships in 2011, Jenneke finished first in the hurdles in the Under-20 group and, in April of that year, competed at the 89th Australian Athletics Championships, where she finished third, behind world champion Sally Pearson. READ MORE

Artists

Drew Struzan

August 11, 2015

Born in Oregon in 1947, artist Drew Struzan rose from humble beginnings to the pinnacle of the movie poster industry, crafting iconic images for some of the biggest films and film series in movie history. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where he worked his way through school by selling his artwork, Struzan was a freelancer for several years before being hired as a staff artist at Los Angeles design studio Pacific Eye & Ear, where he created album covers for artists such as Black Sabbath, Roy Orbison, Iron Butterfly and more. Struzan’s design for Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare was voted voted by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 100 album covers of all time.

In 1975, Struzan started Pencil Pushers, an artistic collaboration that led to work on film posters. During this period, Struzan primarily created artwork for B-movies such as Empire of the Ants and Food of the Gods, until he was contacted by a fellow artist and offered the opportunity to work on the poster design for the 1978 re-release of Star Wars, the success of which made him one of the most in-demand artists in the world. In the years since, Struzan has produced artwork for the subsequent Star Wars films and books, as well as dozens of other films including E.T., Blade Runner, Back to the Future, The Goonies, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and Police Academy. With his lifelike portraits and rich, detailed brushwork, Struzan’s designs highlight the strength and humanity of the characters and, in the process, helped to elevate the movie poster medium to the level of fine art. READ MORE