Author Martin Lastrapes:
His name is Martin Lastrapes and he is a novelist. My debut novel, Inside the Outside won the Grand Prize in the 2012 Paris Book Festival.
He grew up in the Inland Empire, an eclectic region of Southern California with a rich history that nobody knows about, including most of the people who live there.
Despite growing up in the region that birthed the Hell’s Angels, housed the first McDonald’s restaurant and is one of the foremost manufacturers and suppliers of crystal meth, I spent the great majority of my childhood watching professional wrestling and reading comic books—that is, of course, when I wasn't busy avoiding homework or wondering when I should begin my evolution of becoming Batman.
In 2003, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Creative Writing and in 2006 I earned a Master’s Degree in Composition, both from California State University, San Bernardino. Since then, I've happily parlayed my academic résumé into a career as an English professor.
His writing has been published in various literary journals and websites, such as The Pacific Review and L.A. Voice. In 2004, I won awards for my short fiction from the Cal Poly Writer’s Conference, as well as the California Writer’s Club. We spoke with him about his new book The Vampire , The Hunter and The Girl and his wonderful , insightful and very often funny podcast .
New Zealand Band Ivy Blue :
Ivy Blue are an Alternative Rock band from Te Aroha, New Zealand consisting of THE URGE and A.FLOW.
Ivy Blue are an Alternative Rock duo from Te Aroha, New Zealand made up of The Urge (born 1996) on Vocals, Guitars, and Keybaords, and A.Flow (born 1998) on Drums, Percussion, and occassional Vocals.
They grew up together in Te Aroha and have played together in other groups, but decided to take the plunge as a rock duo in November 2013, and since then have gone from strength to strength.
Their music is a unique blend of electronic, rock, and pop which when blended right can produce amazing results. Such songs include their first single 'Invisible'- a song about a person who feels invisible to the world.
The album saw official release on June the 7th 2014, recieving a generally positive reception on REVERBNATION adn causing minor movement online. 2 weeks later, the band's second album WORLD MAGNETIC was released on June the 25th 2014, achieving similar results as the previous album REVEAL.
It is yet to be known if teh band will perform in support of the two albums; but the band are currently working on the follow-up to WORLD MAGNETIC, a documeantry called From The Ground Up, and have many projects in the pipeline for 2014/2015: so keep your eyes out for more.
Author Martin Lastrapes: