Rodney Lacroix

March 27, 2014

Author Rodney Lacroix is just one of those guys. He’s one of those guys that make you say, “You know, I’m glad I’m not THAT guy.”

Rodney can stub his toe while brushing his teeth. He can get a flat tire while walking. Things, well, things just go wrong for Rodney.

A native of New England, Rodney Lacroix is a computer technician by day, father-of-two by night, and always — always — has something funny to tell you about what happened that day. He has been writing about his misadventures at his popular blog, Mental Poo, since 2007. He’s also done stand-up comedy, emceed charity events and has hung out with many celebrities.

Lacroix released his first book, Things Go Wrong For Me, in 2012, and followed it up in 2013 with Perhaps I’ve Said Too Much.

You launched your website in 2007. What was the motivation for doing so? Fame? Riches? Just the desire to have a platform with which to air your various daily thoughts? READ MORE


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, Poets

Nick Piombino

January 14, 2015

In the late ’60s, while a dramatic cultural shift was taking place across the United States, New York City was the home of a thriving poetry scene. And perhaps no one remembers the era better than Nick Piombino, a poet, essayist, artist and psychotherapist who studied poetry with William S. Burroughs, Ted Berrigan and Bernadette Mayer, performed with Patti Smith and was friends with Jackson Mac Low and Allen Ginsberg, with whom he spent an afternoon in jail as a result of a sit-in against the war in Vietnam. In the same year, 1967, he burned his draft card as a member of the Resistance group led by David Harris.

Born in New York City in 1942, Piombino studied English at the City College of New York before receiving a Masters degree in social work from Fordham University. In 1982, he completed his psychoanalytic training at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Finding beauty in early works of psychoanalytic theory, Piombino incorporated aspects of psychoanalysis into his writing. Piombino’s first published poems appeared in 1965 in American Weave Literary Journal. Encouraged by Berrigan and Bernadette Mayer, Piombino gave his first poetry reading with Patti Smith at The Kitchen in 1973. He has had an ongoing private practice in psychoanalysis since 1985 at his office on West End Avenue. READ MORE


S.A. Lytle

March 24, 2014

S. A. Lytle has lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada since birth. She loves traveling, and hopes to explore the world someday soon.

In the meantime, though, Lytle lives with her identical twin Sam in a cozy house on the edge of the city and focuses on writing. The house is filled from top to bottom with books and video games, and the two spend most of their free time coming up with stories or reading.

Her first novel, The Hunter’s Tale, was released in May of 2013.

What authors have inspired you over the course of your life?

So many. I began reading even before I started my school, our parents wanted us to start school as far ahead as we could. Sam and I were twins but had no other siblings; we were very introverted children. So we read anything and everything we could get our hands on. Growing up, the fantasy authors I consumed the most were Mercedes Lackey, Robin Hobb, Melanie Rawn, Ed Greenwood, R.A. Salvatore. There’s just so many books I read that have places in my heart that I can’t possibly list them all. READ MORE


Rob Conery

July 28, 2015
Rob Conery Winterland

In addition to penning a weekly fishing column in the Cape Cod Times, Rob Conery’s writing has appeared in various publications including Cigar Aficionado, Fly Rod & Reel, Powder, The Drake, and Sand Sports. A graduate of the University of Massachussetts, Conery splits his time between a hobo camp in western Maine and his native Cape Cod, where has has spent 44 consecutive summers within walking distance of Lewis Bay.

In June of 2015, Strawberry Books published Conery’s debut novel, Winterland, which tells the story of a group of individuals who band together to save a small ski town in Colorado from a Texas oil baron who hopes to build condos and turn the region into his own personal Aspen. Protagonist “Easy” Ed Stallings, who stumbled into a small fortune during his time in Key West before he moved to Winterland and opened a bar, leads the charge against the corporate overlords who threaten to not only destroy a town, but also the residents’ way of life. READ MORE