Frank Bill lives in Corydon, Indiana. He works at a paint factory. He has observed as the economy has soured in his part of rural Indiana. The good factory jobs are vanishing. Meth labs flourish. Crime is soaring.
Bill keeps a notebook handy and he scribbles down story ideas inspired by the devastation he sees around him. His first book, "Crimes in Southern Indiana" is dark and violent and nearly impossible to put down.
In this interview Bill talks about his inspirations-the rejections-and how he finally broke through and got his stuff published.
Local musician Tom Scheidt passed away earlier this week. Scheidt was a long-time member of the Miami Valley music scene, playing in a number of bands including Chazz and Orion—and was a founding member of Fannigan’s Isle in 1984.
Here Niki Dakota talks with Rick Fannin, Scheidt's longtime musical partner in Fannigan's Isle. Dakota and Fannin discuss Scheidt's legacy as a musician, teacher and storyteller in the Miami Valley.
Maxine Skuba is a professional counselor and teaches Life/Work Planning classes at Wright State University, Clark State Community College and Antioch University Midwest. Over the last 16 years she has subdued her inner critic and is now comfortable with also being called a poet.
Here Skuba speaks with Conrad Balliet about writing as threapy, travel and inspiration.