Archives for March 2003

Ann T. Zeddies

Ann Tonsor Zeddies spent her first three summers on a mountain top in Idaho, and wanted to be a cowboy until she realized that the frontier had moved off the planet. Her interest in biology began at an early age, when she collected a bucket of assorted amphibians and turned them loose in the tent where she was living with her parents and younger brother. Her brother became the professional biologist. Ann chose to deal with strange life forms by writing science fiction.

While working on earlier novels, Typhon's Children and Riders of Leviathan (written as Toni Anzetti), she has swum in all of the Great Lakes, and snorkeled in the Pacific, between the Mariana Trench and the volcanic island of Pagan. She has camped in the Badlands, and ridden horses in the Huron National Forest and the vineyards of Quercy. Along with her husband and two of their four children, she earned a black belt in tae kwon do. After stays in Michigan, Kansas, and Texas, she now lives in Pennsylvania.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #55: Ann Tonsor Zeddies / Justin Hinks

Ann Tonsor Zeddies
This week Ann Tonsor Zeddies joins us to talk about her book Steel Helix, a book about genetics and the future. We get into some great conversation about the future of genetics engineering and how science is unlocking the mysteries of our DNA.

Justin Hinks
Justin Hinks is a new author who published a book called Talismans of Puissance. Justin is attending the University of Illinois, and tells us what it is like trying to write a book while working as a full time student. (Young and aspiring authors need to listen to this one!)   [Read more...]

Stan Lee

Stan Lee's Marvel Comics, along with the Daunting Competition, defined the atomic age for Baby Boomers and my own Generation X. Always denied the credibility given to other Science Fiction writers, such as Harland Ellison or Ray Bradbury, Lee has plugged along regardless, guiding Marvel comics through the past four decades. In the pantheon of Post War writers Stan Lee stands apart as a truly American author, in a truly American medium.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #54: Stan Lee / Tee Morris

Stan Lee! (Yes, THE Stan Lee!)
This was a true treat for both of us, as like most kids of the 70's and 80's, we grew up on Spiderman and other Marvel comics.

If we've ever recorded a show you don't want to mis, it's this interview with Stan Lee. Lie, cheat, play hookey... do what ever you must, but do not miss this interview with the legend Stan "The Man" Lee.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #53: Scott Nicholson

Scott Nicholson hails from North Carolina and weaves the legends and mysteries of the Appalachian mountains into his tales. His latest book, The Red Church, tells the story of a haunted church and a young man forced to question his faith. Scott shares with us the background behind the real church on which the story is based and the reaction of the townsfolk to his book.   [Read more...]

Tony Ruggiero

Tony Ruggiero has been publishing fiction since 1998. His science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories have appeared in both print and electronic mediums.

In many of his stories, Tony writes about people and their internal struggle making choices when faced with diverse and moralistic issues, along with alternative lifestyles such as vampires, aliens, and other creatures. In many cases, he places the alternate life form center stage of the humans and avoids concluding his novels with the proverbial happy ending.
In dealing with these diverse issues, Tony draws on his recently completed twenty-three years experience as a United States Naval Officer, where making tough decisions, especially in dealing with people of various ethnic and racial backgrounds, was a constant occurrence.

He retired October 2001 and spends the majority of his time now writing and assisting his wife Katie with her Naval career, and raising their daughter Alexandra.

His published and upcoming novels include. Team of Darkness, (March 2002) a horror novel published by Hard Shell Word Factory. Get Out of My Mind (April 2003), Mind Trap (June 2003), both science fiction novels, and Aliens and Satanic Creatures Wanted: Humans Need Not Apply, (August 2003), a collection of science fiction, horror, and fantasy stories, all three to be published by Amber Quill Press.

Team of Darkness received a reviewer's choice award from Scribes World Reviews. Mind Trap has been nominated for an EPPIE award for best science fiction novel. Mind Trap was also nominated for best science fiction novel by SimeGen Book Reviews

Other novels currently being marketed to publishers include: Freddy, a suspense novel about a stone gargoyle on top of a Norfolk, Virginia hotel, whose power corrupts individuals who fall under its guise of promised wealth. Endangered Species, a science fiction thriller about an alien consciousness passed down through the generations of a family, and is now ready to make its move to change the human genetic makeup in favor of its own. Dragon's Breath; is a suspense novel about witches and their control over a town in Connecticut and a plan of revenge for a murder twenty years ago.

Tony was born in Irvington, New Jersey and attended college at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, where he received his bachelor's degree in Economics. He then joined the United States Navy in 1978. Having spent a large portion of his naval career in the Tidewater area of Virginia, he currently resides in Suffolk, Virginia, with his wife Katie, daughter Alexandra, and Snickers, their chocolate Labrador retriever.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #52: Tony Ruggiero

Tony Ruggieo joins us to talk about his latest book, Get Out of My Mind, a political book with a slight science fiction twist. Set around the presidential election of 2000, we get a glimpse of both human as well as alien politics.   [Read more...]