THE RICHARD ROSE CONSPIRACIES

September 4, 2013
My passion for creative writing began after a typical small town boyhood in Kokomo, Indiana. Paper routes, basketball, teen dances and too many greasy French fries were followed with a BA degree at Wabash College, a small liberal arts college just down the road from Purdue. As an English major, I contributed cartoons and satiric articles to the humor magazine and short stories to the more serious literary publication.



After a fun summer in New Orleans, where I survived by selling Bibles from door to door, Uncle Sam provided me with room and board for the next three and a half years. Most of this time was spent as a German linguist fighting the Cold War with a gun and a dog on the East/West German border. Thanks to the GI Bill, I enjoyed a post army vacation at the Free University in Berlin before I arrived at the decision that it was time to get serious about my life and get a job.
The Big Apple beckoned. A job didn’t. Some finance courses at The New York Institute of Finance were required before I boarded a Greyhound Bus for Chicago and a job as an account executive with a major investment firm. I have resided in Chicago ever since, and my business card now reads: First Vice President—Investments. During this time I collaborated with an associate, Robert Nussbaum, in writing and announcing the first TV coverage of the stock market on WFLD-TV, which won a local Emmy award for news broadcasting in Chicago. We moved from TV to WAIT-AM radio, a major station, where I continued to write and announce spot market reports—and 30-second commercials for the firm for next 16 years.

All of this did not leave me as much time for creative writing as I would have liked, but I managed to keep my hand in. A number of short stories were published in Mike Shane’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Among them, "The Hard Cure," received an Honorable Mention in Best Detective Stories of 1972. A mystery novel, "The Satyr Candidate," made the bookshelves in 1979, and several screenplays were scripted, some in collaboration with my brother, Charles. One screenplay, "Death Angel," took us to Los Angeles in 1985 to participate in its presentation before an audience by actors with The American Film Institute Alumni Association. Some of these screenplays were optioned, one by Don Johnson Productions and another by Graham Henderson, the associate producer of Hoosiers. The screenplay on which "The Lazarus Conspiracies" was based was a top ten finalist in the Illinois/Chicago Screenwriting 2000 Competition. 

The passion continues. I have just completed another novel, "The Gumshoe," a mystery set in Chicago circa 1947, and a sequel to "The Lazarus Conspiracies" is next on the agenda. But when I can pry my fingers off the keyboard of my laptop, I usually reach for a book or a video of a vintage flick in my ever expanding library. I also find time at my Indiana lake retreat to hit tennis balls, bike and swim. When the opportunity presents itself, I’m good enough behind a set of drums to sit in with jazz groups—or so my lovely wife, Kay, tells me. Aside from being the love of my life, she is also my enthusiastic cheerleader and nutritionist. Keeping me healthy is a priority. No more greasy French fries.

Sincerely,
Richard Rose
Author of THE LAZARUS CONSPIRACIES (Savant 2013)
 

DANIEL S. JANIK: PENSIVE WHALES AND DANCING TURTLES

August 12, 2013
Aloha! As a wanderer who's lived in almost every state of the USA at one time or another (I grew up in Alaska when it was still a territory and live in climatically opposite Hawaii), I like to say when people ask me what I do that I'm an author. That is, after all, what I've been doing for over 40 years in a wide variety of genre's under several different pen-names, despite distractions, like being a pediatric (later integrative health/preventive medicine/public health) physician, university ...
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MR. MYSTERY AND INTRIGUE

July 22, 2013
I have always wanted to write. More often than not, life opened other doors for me, though the door to a writing career always seemed closed.  I found myself in an assortment of fields to support my family, including industrial supervision, construction, and teaching. It was teaching that took up most of my adult life, and I still find myself immersed in it during my “retirement.”



My mother was my biggest writing motivator. She encouraged me to write poetry when I was in elementary school ...
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FISHING AROUND JAMAICA WITH TONY TAME

March 9, 2013
Tony Tame was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1943. His mother was a native Jamaican and his father was "technically" an Englishman who arrived on the island with their baby in arms. An only "island" child, he naturally assumed that simply by being born he had done all that could reasonably be assumed would be required of him in life.



Tony enthusiastically left high school in absolute agreement with his father’s view that "spending further money on tertiary education in his case would be a was...
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SURFING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC

November 13, 2012


My name is David Allan Williams and I am a writer. It kind of sounds like I should be standing in front of a group at a weekly AA—Authors Anonymous—meeting. I guess that’s how I feel about writing now: It’s addictive. Especially when a work is finally released.

I would not recommend being an author to anyone looking for a career choice. It is a journey full of rejection and despair, brief moments of relief and excitement and capped with an overall anticipation that something bigger wi...
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SUE DOLLERIS EXPANDS HER AUTHOR REPETIORE TO INCLUDE "THE LOONS"

October 30, 2012
Like my first book, HELLO, NORMA JEAN (Savant 2010), THE LOONS (Savant 2012) also started out as a screenplay written several years ago. In converting THE LOONS into a contemporary comedy-of-errors novel, I worked hard to maintain the freshness of a play and the visuals of a movie. Reminiscent of the screwball comedies of the 1930s, THE LOONS is replete with heavy doses of love woven throughout the chaos.



As with HELLO, NORMA JEAN, I was excited that Savant Books and Publication saw promise i...
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RE-INTRODUCING MASTER STORYTELLER DAVID B. SEABURN

September 29, 2012
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. As a teen, in particular, I wrote awful poetry and tried to emulate Bob Dylan. I started writing seriously in seminary at Boston University in 1972. There I was published for the first time—a series of poems in an alumni journal—work lost long ago. During my six year tenure as a parish minister, I became a disciplined writer, having to produce a sermon each week, both a literary and theological task. During this period I wrote many short ...
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KEYS IN THE RIVER

August 10, 2012
When I was little, we would eat good food and then listen to stories. I was fortunate to have two of the best storytellers ever: My father’s mother told fables, horror, and zombie stories. Her stories were flights of fancy, intense and imaginative. My mother told real life stories of growing up in the fifties and sixties. Alternating between each of their homes (I lived with both) I heard the best of both worlds.



I remember as a child telling myself that when I grew up, I wanted to tell sto...
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MARCANTONI RISING

June 28, 2012

I have been a freelance editor and writer since 2004. My first paid gigs were for writing short plays and film scripts for a small production company in Atlanta. A theatre-kid, I attended film school and upon graduating thought I was the king fish. Then the production company didn't produce any of the scripts they bought from me and eventually folded. The same thing occurred with several other projects, first a TV show, then a newspaper in Tampa, Florida, and then another TV show, "The Bleepi...
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Savant Poetry Anthologies

June 14, 2012
I often heard readers, bookstores and publishers alike say with a grim, Nietzschesque frown, "Poetry is dead." And, if one is to believe that publishing is all about "making money," they certainly may be correct. But publishing, at least at Savant Books and Publications, isn't just about money; it's about sharing fine literature with readers all over the world. In sort, communication. But not just communication - if prose is the bread and butter of literary publishing (and it is), then poetry...
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