Browsing Tag

Dystopian

Authors, Screenwriters

Aaron Denius Garcia

February 6, 2015
Aaron Denius Garcia

Born in Virginia, author and screenwriter Aaron Denius Garcia spent his childhood splitting time between Venezuela and the United States. After a disagreement with his baseball coach, Aaron opted to forgo that season and instead try out for the spring play at Annandale High School. Bitten by the acting bug, Aaron attended Virginia Tech and, after graduation, moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.

After some early success as an actor left him feeling unfilfilled, Garcia took a screenwriting class at Santa Monica college and realized that storytelling was his true passion. He eventually found a home writing for Leverage on TNT, writing for the show for two years before moving on to pursue other ventures, including writing and directing the acclaimed In Sickness and In Health and penning the children’s holiday book Santa’s Plight. READ MORE

Authors, Politicians

Patrick Quinlan

October 24, 2014

Born and raised in New York City as the youngest child in a large Irish-American family, Patrick Quinlan is a political activist, fundraiser, former gubernatorial candidate and critically-acclaimed author of seven novels. Quinlan began his career writing grant proposals and press releases at Greyston Bakery and the Greyston Foundation, where he helped raise millions of dollars to house homeless families and individuals with AIDS, and later worked in public relations for the National Science Foundation.

In 2002, Quinlan served as campaign manager for State Representative and Green Party member John Eder of Maine. Quinlan also served as a consultant to Eder’s 2004 campaign, and as Eder’s legislative aide at the Maine State House during 2004 and 2005. In 2009, Quinlan established an exploratory committee and began raising funds for a run for governor of Maine. He later withdrew, citing his recent divorce and a need for personal time. In 2010, he worked with Ben Chipman on his successful run for State Representative. READ MORE

Authors

Simone Pond

October 13, 2014

As a young girl, Simone Pond loved writing in her journal and making up stories, but after reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, everything changed. Amazed that a woman could write so convincingly from a teenage boy’s perspective, Pond became determined to become a writer as well.

In 2013, Pond released The City Center, the first book in her dystopian fiction series. A fast-paced tale of love and adventure that will appeal to young adults and seasoned readers alike, The City Center is a bestseller in Amazon’s post-apocalyptic science fiction category and was the recipient of a gold medal award from Reader’s Favorite.

The second book in the series, The New Agenda, was published in May of 2014, and a third, The Mainframe, is scheduled to be released in December.

Pond currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their Boston Terrier. Learn more about her and her writing at www.simonepond.com. READ MORE

Authors

Dan Haight

March 12, 2014

Dan Haight is an emerging writer whose credits include the Flotilla series and many published short stories. As a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he refers to himself as a “blue collar geek” with a passion for writing, working with his hands and being a dad. Dan works as a “computer guy” by day and writes in his off-hours.

Dan began writing at age 12 and published his first short story in 2007. Flotilla, his first novel, was released in 2011 and its sequel, Iron Mountain, will be published on March 10, 2014. Readers can learn more about Dan and the world of Flotilla at flotillaonline.com.

How much is the story of Jim, the protagonist of Flotilla, influenced by your own childhood?

My childhood informed the story of Flotilla, in that I was a messed-up kid like Jim was. My mistakes were different, but I had to grow up, discover who I was in the process, and work every day to wear the identity I had chosen for myself. READ MORE

Authors

Drew Montgomery

February 26, 2014

Originally born in Austin, author Drew Montgomery now makes his home in Houston. He attended Texas A&M University, where he earned a degree in Economics. He currently works in the video game industry and outside of writing, he is a passionate sports fan who also loves reading and working out.

Montgomery currently has five works available on Amazon: three short stories, a short story collection, and his most recent work, post-apocalyptic novel The Plague, which was released in March of 2013.

When and why did you decide to become a writer? Was there one particular moment when you realized, “I have a story to tell, and I intend to tell it”?

I actually started writing stories as far back as elementary school, where I wrote my own version of Jurassic Park, which is still one of my favorite movies. At the time, my parents would not let me watch it, so I decided to create my own story, inserting myself and several of my friends into the narrative, and then followed up with a much more original (but still blatantly ripped off) version of my own. I did get a lot of encouragement from my parents after that, including quite a bit of giving up computer time to let me pound away on Word. READ MORE