"Many people, other than the authors, contribute to the making of a book, from the first person who had the bright idea of alphabetic writing through the inventor of movable type to the lumberjacks who felled the trees that were pulped for its printing. It is not customary to acknowledge the trees themselves, though their commitment is total." ~Forsyth and Rada, Machine Learning
It is a myriad of people who contribute to every work of art, regardless of the medium. Here at Quicksylver Publications, we acknowledge and honor all those that came before us as well as all those who make what we do possible... And for those of us here at QPub, no matter the number of works produced, we are a family.
Together, we make up the Confederacy of the Quill!
G Russell Gaynor (*^)
At the age of 5 Russell was challenged by his grandmother to ‘prove it’ when he said he could do better than the movie they’d seen. He handed her two notebooks and she agreed with his opinion. That was the beginning!
Although life defies understanding, Russell has set about the challenge of teaching through his stories, in small baby steps, the lessons of love and life he has come to treasure since learning so much through the viewpoints of others.
It will always be the opinion of those who receive art to measure its worth, but to date Russell has penned five books, twenty screenplays, two plays, over 2 scores of poems and a role-playing game system. This too is only a beginning!
Madolyn Locke (*^)
An early and enduring love affair with words served Madolyn well in her position as Editor of her High School’s literary magazine, and college found her writing and editing for yet another publication.
Years later, the encouragement of G. Russell Gaynor resulted in quite a few accolades including published poems, placement as a semi-finalist in the Screenwriters Expo Script Writing Competition and as the winner of a Short Story Competition for Ebony Magazine.
A true romantic at heart, enduring themes of love in all of its forms are to be found in her writing whether screenplay, short story, novel, or poem.
Alexa B. Bronson (^)
Within the throes of her artistic pursuits, Alexa met G. Russell Gaynor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A strong and fast friendship was struck as they shared a passion for creativity, artistic expression and undeniable connection between art and life. Alexa found that life happens while you are making plans and she became involved with several charities, including the Peace Corps, which pulled her away from the States.
Now married to a lovely man by the name of James Bronson and the mother of two daughters, life has delivered a bounty of treasures to Alexa that she could never trade. However, the passion for writing never died and through the pen, Alexa hopes to deliver a few treasures of her own.
Amy Owens (^)
Amy has been writing since she learned to write, always improving and learning how to expand her craft. In one of her first professional submissions, she won a short story contest, placing 2nd. She has had two poems published and has a notebook full of more poems, but finds herself drawn to narrative writing.
She is constantly adding to her writing portfolio and looks forward to stretching her creative muscles with Quicksylver.
Ashia R. Sims (^)
Ashia fell in love with the eerily creepy writings of Edgar Allen Poe at a young age. When she discovered authors like R.L. Stine and Stephen King, she knew she wanted to be a horror writer. Later the work of C.S. Lewis inspired her, and she began to self-publish horror and poetry books at 10 years old.
Ashia has found a way to combine her love of telling stories with her love of creativity and technology by working as a creative technologist and working to empower women to become active participants in the technological age.
Charles L. Jones (*^)
Charles Jones’ life embodies the true nature of a Renaissance Man. Born in Brooklyn and having lived in NY, Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Japan, Charles has had first-hand experience in multiculturalism and appreciates the beauty inherent in every walk of life.
He currently fills the position of Vice President of Quicksylver, Inc., sharing the reins of the business aspects of the company with G. Russell Gaynor. His goals include expanding his role within the company, and he has designs on expanding his writing to scripts and full-length novels.
Desirée Kern (*^)
Born and raised in Canada, Desirée Kern discovered a love for drawing at an early age, and spent most of her time working on her theory that everything under the sun looks better when rendered by an artist.
Although drawing has remained her preferred medium, Desirée has developed her skills in every form of artistic expression she could find, including computer graphics, photography, makeup design and even a burgeoning fashion clothing line.
These days, Desirée’s talents are kept busy with various commissions and personal projects, and she is excited to add Quicksylver to that list.
Eric Ray (*^)
Eric (aka: Takkless) is a self-taught illustrator who's been working to develop his style since putting pen to paper as a wee tot. High School and the years after brought a concentration on character design and development, and in lieu of formal training Eric draws heavily from his major influences, including Brom, Luis Royo, Bernie Wrightson, Ed Benes, Stan Lee, Jim Lee, Alfonse Mucha, and many others.
Eric is married to a lovely woman, Rose, and has two beautiful girls, who know to within a hair's width just how tightly they have him wrapped around their fingers. He currently resides in Charlotte, NC and makes a living as an artist and tattooer.
J Darnell Cheatham (*~)
J. Darnell became involved with Quicksylver through his work as a musician, certified graphic designer, and writer. His interests include animation, still art (all mediums), film and digital production, writing (shorts, novels and screen plays) and music production.
Darnell says “Despite the twists and turns, and the ups and downs life has presented to me, it never failed to direct me back to the essence of myself… the artist within.”
Joel Lee (~)
Joel was raised on a steady diet of horror films and comic books. He first began writing and illustrating his own short stories at the age of 8. By 16, he had written his first play.
His formal education and his experience in advertising, as well as screenwriting and fiction have provided him a comprehensive perspective of the industry. He employs his creativity, humor, scrutiny, and knowledge in an effort to provide Quicksylver with valuable assets for its literary endeavors.
Born of circumstance and perspective, Reiter came to see life from a standpoint most might label askew (but let’s not get him started on labels). It was through this angle of vision that his mind opened up to the limitless possibilities of thought and existence.
What some call daydreaming, he calls a work in progress. There is a universe out there, full of theory and definition – waiting for its story to be told. It holds comedy, tragedy, adventure, mystery, horror, action and intrigue. Reiter is but one of its storytellers!
T Barnes (~)
A poet, a painted, a writer, an enthusiast of life, T. Barnes found herself working with Quicksylver where the exchange of ideas and dreams fueled a passion that had been mired by the twists and turns of life. Inspired by those in her life and driven to bring her visions to the world, T. Barnes endeavors to persevere.
She says: “It has long been a passion of mine to watch. Not simply to see, but actually observe life and those who truly know how to live it. Come with me as we investigate the why and not the what!”
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