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DICK CLAASSEN: Dick Claassen has been writing since the age of 9. A whole lot of writin’ was goin’ on in Dick’s young life as he gradually honed his craft. Eventually his writing was mature enough to catch the eye of the Des Moines Register, where he sold the paper a special piece about an Iowa company that made mountain dulcimer kits. From there he penned another article for the Des Moines Register about a miniature carnival titled, World’s Biggest Little Carnival. And an article titled, How to Use the Pocket Calculator In the Darkroom was picked up by “Petersen’s Photographic” magazine. Two more books that were published by educational textbook publishing giant Houghton-Mifflin followed. One was a book about pocket calculators that was aimed at the junior high level titled The Pocket Calculator In the Classroom. A second book titled, Math For Consumer Survival, a math text book, was written for the high school level.

Claassen wrote well over a dozen sci fi, paranormal and contemporary romance novels, plus a chilling alien abduction trilogy including the titles, ta’Sara’s Gift, Zeta’s Child, and The Healers. All that story telling kept Dick very busy for quite some time. But eventually Dick found his way into writing music method books for the ukulele, Ukulele Finger Picking, the banjo, 5-String Banjo: Hot & Wild, and the Native American flute, (6 books covering every aspect of Native American flute music). Dick’s music method books have proven to be wildly popular, so he plans to continue writing books in this genre. Claassen co-owned and co-operated Awe-Struck E-Books, a publisher of more than 400 original ebooks, from 1999 through 2009. He now gives all his time to his how-to books, as well as to PlayFolkInstruments.com, Dick’s website about folk music.

 

C.S. Fuqua photoCHRIS FUQUA: From historical and social nonfiction to dark fantasy, science fiction, and literary fiction to poetry and children’s literature, C.S. Fuqua’s work has a broad span. Christopher began his writing career while in college by freelancing for trade journals in the late 1970s. He later worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine staff writer before becoming a full-time freelance writer in the mid-1980s. His work has appeared in publications as diverse as Bull Spec, Main Street Rag, Iodine, Brutarian, Slipstream, Pearl, Bogg, Chiron Review, The Year’s Best Horror Stories, Cemetery Dance, Christian Science Monitor, Honolulu Magazine, Naval History, The Writer, and many others. His published books include Native American Flute Craft, The Native American Flute: Myth, History, Craft, Muscle Shoals ~ The Hit Capital’s Heyday & Beyond, White Trash & Southern ~ Collected Poems, Volume I, Trust Walk and Rise Up short fiction collections, The Swing: Poems of Fatherhood, and Notes to My Becca, among others.

Chris is a musician of guitar, Native American flute, and other instruments, with three CDs of Native American flute meditations available. He also crafts and sells Native American flutes in bamboo, wood, and PVC.

Chris is a University of West Florida graduate and has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, book editor, English tutor, substitute teacher, janitor, respiratory therapy technician, gas station attendant (when such things existed), salesclerk, and writing instructor. He continues to write full-time, concentrating on fiction while pursuing tangents into nonfiction and poetry. For more information, please visit Chris Fuqua’s website .

Many of Dick Claassen and C.S. Fuqua’s books are featured on this website. If you would like to know more about the specific books they have written, contact them through this site’s contact page.