Category Archives: Profiles

Web-Building: Creating an Engaging Online Presence

Maybe you’ve grown up in the internet age, with a tablet in every room of your house. Or maybe you suspect the “World Wide Web” your nephew keeps telling you about belongs to the same realms of fantasy as Spiderman. Either way, there’s no denying an online presence helps authors reach fans, connect with agents and editors, and ultimately, sell… Read more »

Enough About You, Let’s Talk About Me: Writing Your Memoirs

It’s the most dreaded interview question of all time: Tell me about yourself. At best, your answer sounds like a parroted version of “What I Did On My Winter Vacation”; at worst, you remind your new boss of their Uncle Vernon at Thanksgiving dinner, endlessly championing his own achievements. But what if you really do have a story to tell?… Read more »

Writing Under the Rainbow: The Expanding Horizons of LGBTQIA+ Fiction

The last five years have seen an expansion in LGBT+ awareness, advances (and setbacks), and media representation. There’s been a similar boom in the LGBT+ book world, from genre fiction to indie and self-publishing. Even the mainstream publishing world has sat up and taken notice, releasing many new LGBT-focused titles each year. As a published author of LGBT+ fiction and… Read more »

“One question” Twitter blog – Jennifer Leeper

Like atoms or molecules, words for me as a writer are the building blocks of the living expression of my imagination. I say living because a poem or a piece of prose grows and changes over time as its meaning is shaped and reshaped, discovered and rediscovered by readers. Since I wrote my first poem in elementary school, I have… Read more »

Allan Chow — Artist Profile

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Allan Chow, born April 22, 1979, is a Malaysian-born landscape painter who currently resides and owns a studio in the United States. Allan received his BFA in Illustration from the Kansas City Art Institute. Mentored by illustrators, Allan worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer during his twenties while he experimented with paint after dark. His natural attraction to… Read more »

Angela Cervantes – Writing What She Loves

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Kansas City Voices managing editor, Jessica Conoley, recently spoke with award winning author, Angela Cervantes. Cervantes’ debut book, Gaby, Lost and Found, was named “Best Youth Chapter Book” by the International Latino Book Awards and a “Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of 2014.” Her second novel, Allie, First At Last, debuted in Spring 2016. She first showed up… Read more »

An Artist’s Life on the Ranch – Kimberly Beer

Kimberly Beer is a writer, photography, entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed “creative adventurer.” Beer’s journey as an artist and writer has not been an easy one. “I’m a mixed bag of tricks,” she says, “People who know me as an artist or writer don’t realize I’m an entrepreneur who owns and operates a working cattle ranch.” The demanding hours as a cattle… Read more »

Ken Buch – Artist Profile

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I did not choose to become an artist. At midlife, after 40 years of living in a left-brain-dominated attitude, after earning a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and working 15+ years in the IT and computer programming fields, I inexplicably found myself painting and writing poetry. This uncharacteristic behavior coincided with an equally unbidden urge to revisit my childhood and re-evaluate… Read more »