Madison Hawthorne was born in 1985 and grew up in Pittsburgh, PA where he got his degree in business at Duquesne University. He grew up reading comics and appreciates the artwork involved in the process. He started writing his first Novel at the age 16 and has been writing ever since. He was awarded a chance for a Fellowship with the AWC Performing Arts Center in Pittsburgh because of his work on King of Sweden. Madison’s comic is published by DMP and is available in digital format on amazon.com.
Please welcome KC Stangl on board as a new WIP writer! KC will be contributing articles and stories from the perspective of a recent transplant to Pittsburgh. Get a feel for his work by visiting his new blog The Herb Garden, and Other Life Lessons.
KC Stangl grew up in an Army family, spending his early years in Paris, France, Washington, DC, and finally State College, PA, where he graduated from high school, and entered the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA on a Navy ROTC scholarship.
Commissioned as an Ensign, US Navy, in 1979, he spent 8 years as a Naval Flight Officer, with duty stations all over the West Pacific and Indian Ocean. Upon leaving the Navy, he began a career as an acoustic sonar engineer for the Navy Dept., working in the Philadelphia area, Southern Maryland, and retiring, after 31 years of service, as an adviser to the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington DC.
He recently relocated to Pittsburgh, to reunite with his high school sweetheart, and is pursuing a writing career. He is also a musician, playing guitar and singing at various open stage venues, and hopes to pen a few original songs as well. His maternal grandfather, a professional chef, inspired a lifelong love of cooking, and his first attempt at a blog focuses on that, while providing some, hopefully, thought provoking reflections on life, love, and the challenges of finding meaning in everyday events, decisions, and actions.
WIP Arts is pleased to introduce a new contributor! Christine will be writing about the arts and culture scene in the Pittsburgh area. Check out her bio and work below. Welcome, Christine!
Christine M. Soltis’ deepest passion is in fiction writing and has been for over ten years. She has written dozens of books, including several non-fiction international co-creations. Many of her novels can be accessed via Amazon.com. In addition, she is co-writer on various film scripts and does freelance writing, including scientific topics.
She is also a monthly contributor to the horror site, Ravenous Monster and now, WIP Arts. In the past, she has contributed articles to various magazines including The Globe, The Front Weekly, Verdure Magazine, The Yahoo Network, EscapeWizard.com and Whatscheaper.com. In 2011, she was an exhibitor at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
In addition to her writing, she made her acting debut in A Chemical Skyline, which was an Amazon best-seller for monster horror. In 2012, she lived in Los Angeles, California and was able to take part in a 15 minute, nationally syndicated courtroom drama that aired on Fox and the CW network, among others.
For her first degree, she attended Point Park College for Broadcasting and worked in newsradio for a decade. Christine has completed her Masters of Science in Environmental Studies, which has heightened her appreciation for Earth and science.
Besides releasing books, Christine has begun a journalistic/arts “webisode” via SolsticeNightSky Productions, which features science, travel, artists and events in the local area. These episodes can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/SolsticeNightSky