The Writing Show
Thursday, March 29, 2012
by Christina Trimarco
Dr. Rashida Gray moved to Richmond five years ago from her hometown of Philadelphia, PA. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at VCU Hospital where her specialty areas include women’s mental health and psychiatric emergencies. More a reader than a writer, she loves novels that capture the complexities of human behavior and life experiences. One of her greatest accomplishments has been passing on her love for books to her two children.
Noah Scalin is the creator of the Webby award-winning art project Skull-A-Day. His fine art has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the Mütter Museum Philadelphia and the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. Noah also founded the socially conscious design and consulting firm Another Limited Rebellion and frequently gives lectures & workshops on creativity for groups ranging from teens in NYC to designers at the CIA. His first book, Skulls, was honored as a “Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Teen Readers” by the Young Adult Library Services Association, and was featured on The Martha Stewart Show.
Dr. Keyhill Sheorn is a psychiatrist with a solo practice specializing in the long-term treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. No surprise to her that many writers and artists approach her for help, as the very nature of their work sometimes springs from wrenching heartache that can get unmasked through the creative process. Originally trained as a medical illustrator, Dr. Sheorn is also an accomplished still-life artist, working in oils. Her work is in private collections around the country.
After more than two hundred rejections, Michael J. Sullivan published through a small press. When they lacked capital to produce his second book, he self-published his Riyria Revelations, selling more than 11,000 copies a month (70,000 total). His success led a big-six publisher (Orbit, the Science Fiction and Fantasy imprint at Hachette Book Group) to sign him to a three book, six-figure deal. His books have been on multiple Amazon Bestsellers’ Lists as well as eight “Best of 2011” lists including Library Journal and Barnes and Noble.
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