Todd A. Zalkins

While growing up in Long Beach, California I enjoyed writing as a kid. I guess I daydreamed a lot and had a wild imagination. When I put my thoughts down on paper it would allow me to travel to places I dreamed of going and it allowed me to escape from often chaotic situations at home. I spent a good part of my adult life being the front man of a punk rock band. I have had the privilege of playing music with some of the best musicians Long Beach has ever produced, some of whom have achieved world fame, and many who haven't. One thing for sure, Long Beach has some of the most talented players of music in the world. While in a band and finding reasonable success in the business world I managed to find myself in the grips of a horrific addiction to prescription painkillers which lasted almost seventeen years. It took getting clean and sober to rediscover the things I loved in life, and my passion for the written word returned. In 2010 I self-published "Dying for Triplicate." This is my memoir documenting my descent into the addiction which destroyed my life and almost killed me. I am grateful to know it has been well received from people of all ages throughout the world, and that others have found recovery as a result of reading it. Hearing from readers that the book has helped them in some shape or form has been a real bright spot in my life. The fire to keep writing was lit inside of me, so I dove into "Kindred Revenge," a book that involves some personal experience of abuse when I was a kid. It's a fictional piece of work, but the foundation of the characters derived from something that changed me deep down as a boy. Writing this book was hard at times, but there was a lot of healing in it as well. I then wrote, "The Most Selfless Love" which is a book about the type of man I've always wanted to be, or something along those lines. There's a blend of things that happened in my life both as a boy and adult as well. It was fun to create a story about a man who had done the right thing for most of his life (which definitely isn't me) and comes face to face with losing the one thing he cherishes more than anything in the world. My latest book, "Frog Forward," is a kid's fantasy story about a young boy who rediscovers happiness after tragically losing his family. He discovers a magical place where only those that are "broken" can heal, but it's the cast of characters that makes "Frog Forward" so much fun, and there's a message in it for everyone, not just kids. The sequel to the book will be finished in the fall of 2010, and it's titled "Frog Forward: The Return to Epicas". Thanks to all of you for your support...I hope you enjoy reading the books as much as I have enjoyed writing them....tz
 Todd A. Zalkins

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T'was the Night Before Christmas... 

 (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, may he forgive my doggerel...)

...and all through the shop,
all we minions were working,
   until ready to drop.

The ebooks were flying,
the covers were spare,
The edits were crazy,
   with "one more thing I must share!"

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old Saint Nick,
But Hitch made us work,
   Waving 'round an old stick!

So slave we all did,
And made all your books,
So that Hitch would say now,
   that we're off the hook.

Come today we're off,
to rest up our fingers,
Our hats we will doff,
   No books they do linger.

But we'll all be back,
Don't give it a thought,
for like all wage slaves,
   we're easily bought.

We'll be back on the fifth,
all eager and fresh,
All ready for you,
   after a well-deserved rest.

So Hitch wants to say,
very strongly and loud,
THANKS ALL YOU GUYS,
  you're the best type of crowd.

Indy and Len and Hitch and the gang,
will be back on the 5th,
to do books with a BANG!

In the meantime don't worry,
if you're in a hurry,
'cuz some poor guy got stuck
   sitting here like a duck.

Your emails we'll receive,
so no need to grieve.
We'll be a bit slow,
but we're raring to go.

Your books will be worked on,
your edits still made,
we're just resting a bit,
   before we all fade.

So please excuse the delays;
It won't be for days;
we'll jump on your queries,
   for your wondrous new series.

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old St. Nick,
And sure 'nuff he came,
   It wasn't a trick.

And as he rode off,
into the night,
I could swear I heard Hitch yell,
   "That Edit's Not Right!"

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We'll be back on the morning of January 5th; we'll be here parttime between now and then, thanks.