Author Author is a monthly Published Writers event offered by the Coffee Phix Cafe to spotlight local Cleveland Authors. You need only be published to qualify to participate in the program. Each month we feature 4 to 6 local writers in a mini marathon of appearance and book signings. The Cafe takes NO COMMISSION on book sales, and charges NO FEE for the use of the space. With this program on the last Sunday of each month we will spotlight 1 Author each hour from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm depending on the number of writers we feature. If you've been published and would like to be a part of our monthly Author Author Writer Series please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at 216-381-5705.
Sunday March 26th Featured Writers Previously featured Authors listed below
Rachel Redcross grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and is the 6th oldest child of eight girls. Her book “Sisters’ Swing” (The first in a sequel) is about six sisters who were raised by a single mother, determined to raise her girls with upstanding moral values, love and a strong trust in God. In writing this novel she relies heavily on her own experience of being raised by a warm and compassionate mother. She has always been an avid reader and as a young child imagined her own books sitting atop a library shelf.
Rachel has a Master of Social Work degree which she received from Cleveland State University. With this degree she has assisted families and worked in other social work areas such as substance abuse, mental health and as a Federal Case Worker for prisoners.
Motivational Speaking became a passion for Rachel after teaching Parenting Classes to females and males clients. While earning her Bachelors Of Arts Degree at John Carroll University, Rachel became an author, playwright and director. She has written and directed a number of works including “A Players Card,” “Step Into the Bad Side,” “Bass Reeves: U.S. Deputy Marshall,” “Hello Out There.” During her spare time she is an avid Hand Dancer and Ballroom Instructor with the Detroit 2 Cleveland Connection Dance Institute. Rachel enjoys comedy, cooking, gardening, exercising, walking and singing. She will always love Cleveland, Ohio because it is home and allowed her to grow to be the person she is today. “I will always ask God to guide me as I continue my journey through life.”
Conrad Luznar has traveled extensively throughout the US, some of Mexico, Canada, and overseas to Taiwan. Before writing his novel he wrote screenplays and a myriad magazine articles. After traveling he decides to the pen the novel Cryptic, about a young man with three college degrees and a genius IQ who teams up with a serial killer who calls himself Cryptic. Shortly after he published his second novel “Crow Lake” Problems at the Lake, and is currently working on his 3rd novel.
About the Book: Gus Ward Harrison has been killing for years. Ever since he killed his cousin at age seventeen. He's an intelligent, good looking man who is well off financially, but his dark side does not allow for too much success. In his late forties, he lives alone in a large old farmhouse in southern California. Being divorced and with all this house available, he decides to bring a woman with four young children up from Mexico to live with him. His favorite of the children is young Deb, who looks up to him as her dad. Gus meets Gage Pann who is twenty years younger, through a mutual friend in San Francisco, and discovers that Gage has interests in Ciphers and Norse mythology, two of Gus's own interests. Gus also feels Gage has killer instincts and believes Gage could be of big help. So as their "friendship" grows, they soon develop a game of murder as they elude the law. When Gus dies of cancer, Gage continues on as Cryptic, with no one even coming close to solving the murders. That is, until forty years after the original murders.
An internationally-published art and travel writer, educator, and lecturer, Irene has a life-long passion for travel with a higher purpose. Together with her husband-photographer Alex, Irene has visited over 60 countries. Her research trips result in numerous publications and series of educational lectures and slide-shows focused on various countries’ responses to Holocaust, Jewish history, little-known Jewish communities, origins of traditions and myths, sense of identity, and personal stories. Irene regularly presents to academic and lay audiences in universities, museums, libraries, synagogues, JCCs, and art galleries in Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, and New York/New Jersey area.
Irene is the author of two books on the history of theater, drama, and intercultural interpretations. Her third book “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” has been published in January 2016. Irene’s over 25 articles dedicated to arts, theater, and cultural and historical travel have appeared in multiple journals both in print and online in the U.S., Canada, Kenya, and the U.K.
Irene holds a BA in Theater Journalism and Art History from St. Petersburg University (Russia), a Master’s Degree in English from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio), and a Master’s Degree in Information Sciences from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio). Irene and her husband, travel photographer Alex reside in Lyndhurst, Ohio.
Previously Featured Writers in our Author Author Series