When I began this endeavor in October 2014, I had no idea what it would become. In 2015, I organize 160 authors. In 2016, I juggled 800 attending, but would have dropped the act had a select number of individuals not stepped in to help me. By the 2017 season, I had the pleasure of bringing in some of the most amazing minds and biggest hearts I have ever had the honor of knowing. To them, and to all of you for joining us on this journey, thank you. Without you, I would not have been able to carry this load.
Angela B. Chrysler
Owner Brain to Books
Angela B. Chrysler – Owner
Angela B. Chrysler is a writer, logician, philosopher, and die-hard nerd who studies theology, historical linguistics, music composition, and medieval European history in New York with a dry sense of humor and an unusual sense of sarcasm. She lives in a garden with her family and cats.
While writing, Ms. Chrysler fuzzies her cats and survives on coffee, Guinness, and the writings of Edgar Allan Poe who strongly influences her style to this day. When she is not writing, she enables her addictions to all things nerdy, and reads everything she can get her hands on no matter the genre. Occasionally, she finds time to garden, mother her three children, and debate with her life-long friend who she eventually married.
BRAIN TO BOOKS
On 15 October 2014, Ms. Chrysler conceived an idea for Brain to Books, an online beginner’s manual for authors that accumulates all her writing and publishing findings and thoughts into one page. One year later, she had collected nearly 1,000 followers with access to hundreds of authors, bloggers, and readers. Using the Brain to Books brand, Ms. Chrysler hosts events, promotions, and tours for bibliophiles.
“Writing is hard. Publication doesn’t have to be.” Brain to Books takes the guess work and complications out of publishing for an indie author and makes the road less traveled a little less bumpy for those of us paving the way of indie publishing. We are the first. The generation of authors who are venturing forth, cutting our way through a world unexplored in hopes to find an alternative to Traditional Publishing. Why? Because writing is hard. Publication shouldn’t be.
Ani Manjikian – Chief Information Officer
Born and raised in Southern California, Ani’s been a nomad, spending time in such places as Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, and Northern California before finally settling on an island in the Puget Sound. Her life experiences have formed her into all-around person with the technical knowledge and analytical mind of a programmer, creative and detailed orientation of a writer, and aesthetic instincts of a photographer.
Her writing career started when a friend in Cyprus made her promise to stop throwing away her writings because she thought they weren’t good enough. After returning to the States, Ani set out to finish a single horse story and tried to get it published. However, the book, like the writer, needed time to mature.
While perfecting her craft, Ani graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Industrial Arts and worked several jobs from retail sales to human resources project management. Her innate ability to learn new computer programs with minimal instruction combined with her need to be creative led to her current long-term stint as a web development consultant.
The book, meanwhile, spawned several siblings until there was enough for a series. Not knowing what to call it, Ani turned to another friend who suggested a word play on the books main themes of horses, space, family, and heroes. Spirit of the Lone Horse, the first book in the Stars of Heros series, was published in March 2015. She is currently working on the rest, with an ambitious plan of publishing forty-two when all is said and done. Official Site of Ani Manjikian.
Angela Dukes – Customer Service
Heidi Angell – Marketing
Heidi Angell has been passionate about writing since she “published” her first book in her first grade class! She has written thousands of short stories, plays, books and poems. She has published a psychic thriller series: The Clear Angel Chronicles which has two books out: Elements of a Broken Mind and Angel’s Dance. She also has an urban fantasy/ horror series The Hunters, with the second book due out in late 2016. The first book in her Hell School Series is coming out in March 2016.
Heidi also has a children’s picture book Royal Prince Vince, and an activity book Creative Exercises to Inspire.
When not writing, Heidi enjoys music, reading, Netflix binging, hiking, swimming; preferably all while hanging with her fam! Official Site of Heidi Angell
Indigo Forest Designs – Graphics
Jin Okubo – Data Entry
There are few interesting things that can be said about Jin’s home town, a mildly racist country town in the Santa Barbara mountains, though he is hopeful that things have changed there. Having grown up during the great migrant issues of California during the 80’s and 90’s, Jin Okubo. was able to experience some of the issues throughout his education all the way through his university education..
Upon finishing his university studies he moved to the beautiful country of Japan only to bounce back and forth between the U.S and Japan for a couple of years. Finally, he received his Japanese citizenship in the spring of 2014. Throughout his life he has been surrounded by many strong women which is one of the contributing factors for the protagonists in his novels tending to be women.
He loves classical literature. There is always the temptation to write easy to digest books that are made to sell, rather than books that are written for an experience reader and very few writers have mastered both. He works hard to continue to improve his craft. With every improvement he inches his way ever closer to that perfect balance of books that will satisfy the modern reader.
What he would love to say to all his readers: “I write to challenge my reader. As you face this challenge you will find that you will grow to love the characters I have created. This love will bring a deeper understanding to my writing and my characters more.”
Charlene Diane Jones – Memoir Manager
Nothing excites me more in science than this: a still point in the turning world. That phrase comes from T.S. Eliot’s poem The Wasteland but nothing might be more true than this complete spontaneity eliciting an unwavering center.
I believe the Center is Love. I believe Love is a fast vibration, a rapid vacillation at the very heart of every person, animal, plant, rock, ocean wave…all of it. That may be why the Mandlebrot Set describes for me the delight I feel in how our world, our experience of our world, changes and changes, yet stays at its centre, the same.
The story of my life corresponds with the Mandlebrot Set. My inner shape emerged differently after I was kidnapped, raped and tortured when I was 16. Instead of embracing life as I had previously, with all the vigour of a strong, healthy young woman, I withered into a dark, inwardly dwelling ghost.
Then within a year I met Namgyal Rinpoche who would become my meditation teacher. I ignored him as mightily as I could, so intent was I on dying young. I failed.
At 20 I was in His Holiness the Sakyapa’s Temple in Dehra Dun India where for ten days or more I experienced Initiation into the various forms of Tibetan Vajrayana Tantra Buddhism. I didn’t understand any of it.
Through following my Teacher’s restless wanderings, I climbed glaciers in Norway, watched Maori dancers in New Zealand, lived near the hot springs of Roto Rua, and undertook a three month intensive meditation retreat all before I turned 21.
More adventures unfolded as I continued to follow Namgyal’s intrepid steps.
Namgyal Rinpoche proclaimed the nature of life to be transient, ever changing. “Let go,” he implored us often, “let go and enter the stream of Consciousness which alone will truly support you.” After many attempts and failures, I finally did.
On these pages I point you toward the Love which underscores all of life: through Meditation; discoveries in Psychotherapy; through Dreams; through our collective stories in Memoirs, through all the frontiers of Consciousness we learn the truth proclaimed by Namgyal Rinpoche and many others, “Let Go! All is transient, temporary! Change alone remains the constant!” Fractals indeed!
I hope through these pages you gain insight into increased joy, increased clarity and increased non-clinging awareness!
Tabitha Barret – Romance Manager
Karina Kantas – Thriller Manager
Karina Kantas is heading the thriller genre as well, as creating and running three separate events for authors of MC fiction. She’s also recruiting and helps with quality control. Karina also records how to videos about programs authors should use and the Cycon events.
Karina is a prolific author and writes in the genres of thriller, fantasy, romance and flash-fiction. She currently has seven books published and has been a novelist for over twenty five years. As well as writing she also runs a successful author service, KKantas AuthorAssist helping authors new and established to gain an understand on how to market and promote themselves and their books. Official Page
A.F. Stewart – Horror Manager
Kylie Jude – Science Fiction Manager
Rachel Speakes – YA Manager
Joe Compton – “Joe Live”
You can view the videos and podcast for #GoIndieNow on Google+ and YouTube
GO INDIE NOW
We are a collection of artists from many disciplines and many of us dabble in multiple disciplines. Above all though we are just artists who do our own thing and who love talking about our art, how we do it, and giving the world alternatives to the over saturated, over hyped, and force fed nonsense that has been deemed worthy of the word art.
We are here trying to showcase the independent spirit of all artforms. We will do so anyway that we can: blogs, podcasts, calendars, twitter feeds, and Facebook parties. All of that will come in time, so you definitely want to keep coming back here as we the plan builds with time. For now we are starting out with our signature show, GOINDIENOW. It is a monthly web series that will talk to Indie artists and showcase Indie events around the world. If you know someone who you think we should be featuring or talking too make sure to send them here. We love to talk to anyone who shares our passion and needs help being seen.
Kori D. Miller – Back Porch Writer
Ten Things About Kori
- I love helping people figure things out and make connections.
- If you bring up martial arts, expect us to be talking for a while.
- I like the idea of gardening and landscaping more than the execution.
- I’m an introvert and a bit shy. Strike up a conversation. I like that.
- Tell me about you. I like to listen to people’s stories.
- If you like white popcorn, then we’ll become fast friends.
- Debating is fun, but finding common ground is more satisfying.
- Don’t bring up tea unless you have time to kill.
- I’m always on the look out for people who want ARCs of my books.
- Giving is a need, not a want.
In my former career as a training & development specialist, I was known as “Keen Kori.”
BACK PORCH WRITER
Why the Back Porch Writer?
It all started because I wanted to become a better writer, learn more about publishing, and to connect with other authors on a similar path. I live with my family in the country, about thirty minutes from Omaha, Ne and an hour from Lincoln, NE. The closest town is about five minutes from me, and is roughly 25k people (not including the surrounding area — that would bump it to about 35K, I think.) Since I couldn’t attend conferences and workshops (because of other commitments) I thought hosting a podcast would be a great alternative. I love giving authors a platform to tell people about themselves, their books, and their journey.