CONTRIBUTORS

Elizabeth Gracen

Elizabeth Gracen arrived in NYC from a small town in Arkansas a year after traveling the world as Miss America 1982. She used her scholarship prize money to study acting at HB Studios and photography at the New School. She later moved to Los Angeles where she has worked as an actress for over twenty years, most notably as 'Amanda' on the long-running HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES and HIGHLANDER: THE RAVEN. 

In 2012, Elizabeth formed FLAPPER FILMS, a production company devoted to developing inspiring, informational content for multi-generational men and women. Her films have met with great success on the international film festival circuit and on streaming media platforms. 

In 2016, Elizabeth formed FLAPPER PRESS and published her first YA novel, Shalilly.

Jim Byrnes

Jim Byrnes was born in St. Louis, Missouri—that's blues country. He grew up on the city's north side, where one of the neighborhood bars had Ike and Tina Turner as the house band. By the age of thirteen, Jim was singing and playing blues guitar. His first professional gig was in 1964. Over the years, he has had the great fortune to appear with a virtual who's who of the blues. From Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker to Taj Mahal and Robert Cray, Jim has traversed the blues highway for 45 years.

An actor with numerous television credits, including WISEGUY and HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES, he also headlined his Canadian variety show, THE JIM BYRNES SHOW.  With nine albums and over fifteen awards to his name, Jim's first love is and will always be the blues. FLAPPER PRESS  is honored to have Jim Byrnes as a music writer—'cause this man has some stories to tell.

Derek May

Derek May, from San Antonio, Texas, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Media and Philosophy from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. Derek returned home to Texas and has been working in and around film and television for the past twenty years. 

 

Derek has written nearly 50 movie reviews for movieweb.com and completed 13 original feature film and television screenplays, many of which have been winners or finalists in such prestigious competitions as the Walt Disney and Nicholl Fellowships, the Austin Film Festival, and the Creative World Awards. He served as a judge for 10 years for the Austin Film Festival and Texas Film Institute screenplay competitions. His latest project has been the highly acclaimed stop-motion animation fan series Highlander: Veritas, currently in production on its second season with original-series stars Elizabeth Gracen and Anthony De Longis.

Brandon Alter

Brandon Alter is a healer, teacher and writer. He is passionate about sharing spiritual tools that help others live life with authenticity, resilience, and grace. A teacher (and life-long student) of Pilates, Yoga, Breathwork, Tarot, Reiki, Crystals, and Shamanic skills, Brandon's goal is always the same: to help others restore the alignment and perfection from which they emanated. "The more we can trust our hearts, the more our lives will continue to blossom. While our minds are tremendously valuable tools, they are to act in the service of our hearts. Your heart, in my opinion, is your most cherished guide and highest teacher." 

Angel Lopez

Angel Lopez is a film producer, writer, astrologer, and co-host of the podcast, THE SPIRITUAL GAYZ. Angel has been studying and working with both tarot and astrology for twenty years. He hosted the AOL.com astrology web-series ASTRO TALK WITH ANGEL and writes the blog ASTROLOGY REALNESS. He has also had pieces published on Upworthy.com and The Huffington Post. On the film side, Angel produced the Sundance Film Festival award-winning film DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, as well as the features THE DINNER and STATE LIKE SLEEP. He also wrote and directed his own short film I CAN’T WITH YOU, which had its premiere at the 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival, and he recently finished producing filmmaker Justin Simien’s second feature BAD HAIR.

Maria Beale Fletcher

January 01, 2020

Maria Beale Fletcher is a professional Chaldean numerologist, a former Radio City Rockette, and Miss America 1962. Maria's passion for numbers and in-depth study of the Chaldean "Mystic Numerology" make her a welcome expert addition to Flapper Press! 

John C. Alsedek

January 01, 2020

Writer, producer, and radio-drama aficionado, John C. Alsedek, shares the history of radio and the impact it has made on the world of entertainment. 

Contessa Ippolita Douglas Scotti di Vigoleno

Contessa Ippolita Douglas Scotti di Vigileno is a true Italian—born in Florence, Italy, from a long line of eccentric Italian aristocrats, she has traveled the world in search of adventure, romance, and magical, mouth-watering recipes. 'Ippo' loves Italian history, especially as it relates to food. Author of There's a Beatle in My Soup, Curcuma e Zenzero (Ginger & Tumeric), 101 Perche Sulla Storia di Firenze (101 questions on Florence History), and Superfoods, Ippo is currently finishing her latest work, The Lords of Florence (all published by Newton Compton Publishers).

We are honored to have the Contessa as our premiere food writer for FLAPPER PRESS.

Kim Carr

Kim Carr is a small farmer, photographer, and aspiring writer. After obtaining a degree in Animal Science, Kim settled onto twenty acres where she is living out her dream life every day. Currently Kim is combining her passion for writing and photography in a photo series featuring heritage breed farm animals for a future book.  She also enjoys writing a regular feature about her everyday life, called “Around the Farm”.

Stay updated on Kim’s projects at www.kimcarrphotography.com

Anne Trominski

Anne Trominski was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, but now resides in San Antonio. She graduated from Trinity University after majoring in English and Communication. She spends her dull working hours as an editor for a major publishing company, and her personal time as an oft-frustrated writer. She has written two yet-to-be published novels, countless reams of heartfelt poetry, and has tried her hand at blogging a few times.

Anne is also a gastronomist and amateur chef who likes to obsessively read articles on health and wellness. She is a constant learner and explorer, and likes to drop knowledge on others like it’s hot.

David Van Etten

David Van Etten had eight poems published with the Santa Clara Review in the '90's when he was “varsity poetry.” He misses those days, and those who peopled those days. David began writing again when he married his wife, Susy, and witnessed the birth of their now-three-year old, Daisy Joy.

 

Life’s tribulations have added weight to David’s writings, including David’s current fight with colon cancer, family experience of electroconvulsive therapy, and ordinary aging unto dementia. David’s mother was a nun and his dad was a Jesuit when they met in theology grad school at USF in 1967, the “other summer of love” for those who left religious life to get married. David’s parents ran a home daycare called the Van Etten Zoo in San Jose for nearly 40 years, where David and his sister, Mary Grace, were the two kids that stayed and slept there.

 

David hopes you enjoy his latest poems of family and language and life.

Daniel Shaw

Daniel Shaw is a voice-actor, writer, and animator from San Antonio, TX. He graduated from UTSA in 2015 with a Bachelors in English for Professional Writing. He received some training in film and screenwriting form UTSA’s multimedia program and has written and directed two short films; Road to Nowhere and The Mark. He has been developing his talents as a voice actor for over twelve years and has been cast in several videos by various YouTube producers. Recently he was cast in Derek May’s stopmotion series, Highlander: Veritas; voicing a variety of characters including Methos, Sunda Kastagir, and Hugh Fitzcairn. He has recently collaborated with actress Elizabeth Gracen and actor Anthony De longis on the upcoming second season of Highlander: Veritas. His love of gaming began with visits to his cousins’ house and spending countless hours on their original Nintendo console. Since then he has been an avid gamer and enjoys action/adventure, fantasy, and sci-fi.

Eric Schumacher

Eric Schumacher is a critically acclaimed, award-winning film, TV, and multimedia actor/director/producer and martial artist with a steadily growing list of successful film, television, and multimedia projects under his belt. He is one of only a handful of actors to have ever played both Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in nationally publicized productions and is partial to sci-fi/fantasy/fan culture world multimedia projects. He is a frequent guest speaker at sci-fi conventions, comic-cons, and film festivals and is the current president of Seelie Studios, LLC, a ground-breaking multimedia production group.

More about Eric can be found here:

Website: www.ericschumacherfilm.com

IMDB: http://www.imdb.me/ericschumacher

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Eric-Schumacher-54210757834/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/EricSchumacher

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eschumacherfilm/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/schumacher.eric/

Actor Show Reel:  https://youtu.be/KkP9UehRZWo

Voice Over Demo Reel:  https://soundcloud.com/user-962440222/erric-vo-demo-2017-dr-4

Hilary Thomas

Hilary Thomas grew up in Pasadena, California, and trained with the Pasadena Dance Theatre. She earned degrees in dance and psychology from Santa Clara University and continued her dance training with the Joffrey Ballet. In 1999, Hilary created Lineage Dance, a contemporary dance company dedicated to raising awareness for nonprofit organizations and to making the arts accessible to all. In 2010, the company opened the Lineage Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in Old Pasadena as a community hub designed to encourage community awareness through the arts. LPAC created the DANCE FOR JOY free classes for those affected by Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimers, Stroke Recovery, Cancer, and Autism. Hilary has also been on faculty at Flintridge Preparatory School, teaching science and dance since 2001.

Darcy Liddell

Darcy Liddell is a small town girl who continues to do the small town-thing, but in an international, vagabond sort of way. She left the west coast many moons ago and landed in a tiny hamlet in France, via Paris. Darcy has lots of crazy stories to share about her life and the world around her.

Carmel MacPherson

Carmel MacPherson began her career as a secondary teacher and academic. She has managed Human Resources for two of Australia’s preeminent organizations: the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the Australian Federal Police, and for large segments of PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Qantas Airways.

 

Carmel currently runs her own management consulting company with a strong focus on providing strategic and operational advice to new start-ups and mentoring entrepreneurs. She is also on the Board of Adrian Paul’s The Peace Fund and has always had a particular interest in social-justice issues, with a passion for programs that improve the lives of children, drive diversity, and celebrate difference.

Amy Carlson

Amy Carlson, diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2012 at age 44, is an advocate for People with Parkinson's. She believes that an 'Always Now' attitude is the way to tackle every day. She also knows that exercise is the cornerstone to living well with PD. She teaches specialized exercise classes with Lineage in Pasadena for PWPs and speaks to groups about How to have PD. She is a resource for PWPs worldwide. Locally, she authors the Meetup Group People with Parkinson's Pursuing Wellness to build the Parkinson's community in the San Gabriel Valley and Pasadena.

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