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Tom Kranz uncovers the ways in which authors, artists and musicians find their creativity, especially those who find it later in life or hidden under layers of denial. Artists, writers and musicians aren't necessarily born that way. Or, maybe they are and just don't know it.


Catering to Creativity: Serving It Up With Sudi
The title alone is smile-worthy: How Catering Sucked the Life Right Out of Me. And the author, Sudi Karatas (pronounced kara-tosh), brings humor to everything he does. And man, he has done a lot.From humble beginnings in upstate New York and Long Island, Sudi, who also goes by Rick, had dreams of acting, took classes and finally moved to the west coast. Now, 20 years later, his credits fill an entire make it hard for a podcast interviewer to know where to begin. So, this episode begins with an upbeat song that Karatas co-wrote, and it turns out he's written a lot of songs, many of which he sings himself. You'll hear one in this episode. But that's only the beginning. Rick wrote, produced and acted in the film Walk A Mile In My Pradas, currently available on Amazon, and has two books out based on subjects he knows very well--catering and the LGBTQ community.  We spend the first half of the episode discussing some of his hilarious experiences working in the catering industry, which he still does from time to time. The second half we spend talking about his book Rainbow Relatives, a sort of how-to on speaking to children about gay and lesbian family members, why some families have two dads or two moms and the whole spectrum of LGBTQ topics that children are exposed to.Somehow, we crammed all these topics into an episode just 30 minutes long, so your short attention span is no excuse not to listen! Promo for TK BooksTK Books LLC Adult fiction and science fiction; ebooks, softcover, hardcover and audiobooks.Support the show
30:55 09/24/2022
Creativity born in a Philadelphia neighborhood
Charles Wiedenmann grew up in a neighborhood remarkable for its unremarkableness. Lawndale was a neat, working-class section of northeast Philadelphia during the 1960s and 70s. He spent his youth without video games, the internet or a smartphone. Chaz and his pals played outside with whatever was around yelling "Car!" to get out of the way of a car coming down the street.  They walked to school and rode their bikes miles from home and it was OK as long as they were home by dinner time.  Bored by school, Chaz made music, played in a band and moved to LA for a time. After a decade in the corporate world, he did what so many of us did later in life--sat down to feel it and write it. Now he's a prolific writer and blogger. His new book Lawndale is filled with nostalgic anecdotes about life in the neighborhood during simpler times and affords a peek into how creativity sparks while the world chugs on around you."Best Song About Philadelphia" used with permission from Matt Farley/Motern MediaTK Books LLC Adult fiction and science fiction; ebooks, softcover, hardcover and audiobooks.Support the show
26:12 09/10/2022
The Ultimate Recall: Cars Rescued from a Shipwreck
Of the 6,000 recorded shipwrecks in the history of the Great Lakes, perhaps none is as unusual as the wreck of the City of Bangor. It carried more than 200 brand new Chryslers, hot off the assembly line and destined for car dealers in Minnesota when it wrecked on a reef on Michigan's Upper Peninsula in a horrendous winter storm that clobbered Lake Superior. The year was 1926. The weather was unforgiving. Ice eight inches thick encrusted the ship and the cars. The crew made it off but their nightmare had only just begun as they trudged through a blizzard for two days to find shelter. They were ultimately rescued, several suffering from severe frostbite. And then came the salvage of the cars. Walter Chrysler wanted them back and the mission to recover them is an incredible story of human achievement that comes alive in the new book Shipwrecked and Rescued by journalist and historian Larry Jorgensen, who chats with me about this incredible story in this episode of Type. Tune. Tint.Support the show
24:24 07/31/2022
1000 Works: How Poetry Found Adele Kenny
As a little girl with polio, Adele Kenny learned to read at age four, then grew up to teach, write, survive cancer, live with MS and fuss over the cutest dog in New Jersey. Today, Adele has published her 1,000th work and dozens of books and is a cultural icon of the New Jersey town where she is the Poet Laureate. adelekenny.comExit 13 MagazinePoetry Rap by Jedd BloomPromo for TK BooksSupport the show
26:25 07/23/2022
Sit Down and Write: 2022 Book Expo
Independent authors from around the U.S. gather in Linden, New Jersey in August, 2022 for the 9th annual Independent Authors Book Expo. The event is the brainchild of Renaee Smith, a busy woman with a full-time job and family who somehow has time to write and manage a non-profit that supports independent authors. Today we have a preview of the book expo and some useful advice for first-time authors who might feel reluctant or even scared to sit down and write their story. You can do it. For some inspiration, listen to today's episode.https://iabx.orgPromo for TK BooksSupport the show
24:47 07/17/2022
Miles to go before I eat: Foodigenous!
Writing and food might just be the most heavenly combination a blogger could concoct. That's exactly what Adam Horvath does in his blog, website and social media pages called Foodigenous (food-IDGE-enous), a culinary adventure to foreign lands like Philadelphia, Elmira, East Hampton and even Newark. With a background in the food industry and a day job as a CFO, Adam's blog is a passion project. His experiences not only recount amazing food but the amazing places where the food lives. And there are the people, the inventors of things like a pizza made with American cheese and a clam chowder pie to make you weep. Take a break for 20 minutes and enjoy our conversation.Foodigenous websiteFoodigenous FacebookFoodigenous InstagramPromo for TK BooksSupport the show
24:42 06/25/2022
Fred Rossi: At the intersection of past and present New Jersey
At a time when local newspapers across America are struggling, Fred Rossi has worked for the same central New Jersey newspaper for 23 years. He's a lifelong New Jersey resident and student of its history. So, it's no surprise that his book, Jersey Stories: Stories You May Not Have Heard About People and Places in New Jersey, is rich in the history that helped forge New Jersey and the America we live in today. Even if you're not a New Jerseyan, you'll learn a lot from Fred's book. In the meantime, join us for a little chat about the Garden State, past and present. It won't hurt, really.Fred's book is available by emailing him directly at to John Pizzarelli and Joseph Cosgriff for their permission to use the song, "I Like Jersey Best."Promo for TK BooksSupport the show
18:26 06/12/2022
Living A Creative Life
After a 30-year career as a television news reporter and anchor, Kasey Kaufman picked up a paintbrush and discovered her new passion in life. With no formal training, her use of color in her preferred medium of acrylics has resulted in thoughtful and inspiring work. Now, she paints every day in her home studio. Her work is in demand and she has adopted what she calls a creative life. How did she adapt storytelling in television to storytelling on canvas? Find out in this fascinating episode of Type. Tune. for TK BooksSupport the show
21:00 06/04/2022
Not Karaoke: Making Waves with Fake Pockets
Finding your voice can be a lifelong journey. This is the story of a young woman who found hers in an unusual place in her early 20s, embraced it and is taking it to the next level. Devon Alana is the lead singer, lead composer and guitarist for the New Jersey indie band Fake Pockets. In this episode, she talks about her journey of self-discovery, her inspirations and her songwriting process. With creativity rooted in real life, Devon and Fake Pockets are destined to make it big, and this is your front-row seat!Magnolia Street albumMint 400 RecordsPromo for TK BooksSupport the show
32:46 05/27/2022
The science of Sci-Fi, with a little help from the smart kids
Writing science fiction requires attention to science while retaining the sense of wonder and imagination that makes it fiction. In writing my new sci-fi novel Moon Rescue: Escape from the Dome, I went to a great source for advice and guidance--engineering students and their teacher at a Philadelphia public high school that nurtures young people's interest in STEM. Teacher John Kamal, with degrees in mechanical engineering and a passion for teaching young people, brought two of his students into my research process and the three of them kept me on the right track as I made stuff up about how 5,000 people might live under a giant dome on the Moon. My interview with John reveals a man who left a successful career in developing power sources for spacecraft and supply chain software to teach in one of the most financially challenged school districts in America.  I was inspired and you will be, too!Promo for TK BooksTK Books LLC Adult fiction and science fiction; ebooks, softcover, hardcover and audiobooks.Support the show
19:44 05/20/2022
A new name for this podcast: TYPE TUNE TINT!
In this episode, I'm announcing the change in our name to Type Tune Tint, a podcast about independent authors, musicians and artists. There's a whole world of people with talent who practice their craft in their basement or with friends, but who deserve a wider audience. This podcast will focus on their inspirations, their personal stories and their paths to creativity. The first episode under the new brand will be coming your way soon.Thanks to Jamie Coston at JCO Designs LLC for the lovely logo design. Support the show
04:43 05/13/2022
Baseball to Brain Injury and Back: A Story of Survival
Ruppert Jones was a star player for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and four other teams during his 11-years in Major League Baseball. But his love for shagging fly balls almost cost him his career and his life in 1980 when he crashed into the unpadded center field wall at the Oakland Coliseum. His injured shoulder was the big concern at first, and it took a long time to recover from that. But when he finally got back onto the ballfield, he knew something else wasn't right. He was having trouble sleeping. He couldn't concentrate. He had flashes of anger. He wasn't as sharp as before. He turned to alcohol and cocaine to self-medicate his depression. He lost his family, his money and almost his career. It took another decade to realize he was suffering from a traumatic brain injury, and even more years with psychiatrists to get a definitive diagnosis of mental illness as a result of the injury. Today, he is an advocate for mental health and TBI awareness and tells his incredible story of survival in his book Never Give Up: A Memoir of Baseball and Traumatic Brain Injury. We talk about his book, which he wrote by hand, and his long and slow process of recovery with the help of good friends, his wife and his faith. TK Books LLC Adult fiction and science fiction; ebooks, softcover, hardcover and audiobooks.Support the show
22:10 04/22/2022
Ramadan 101: A Magical Message for Kids & Adults
Ramadan in 2022 is not only a time of fasting, prayer and reflection. Today's generation of Muslims decorate for Ramadan, put up Ramadan trees and exchange presents. It's a joyous time of family togetherness and celebration. Talha and Rahama Alvi have created a children's book, The Ramadan Tree, that demystifies Ramadan and Islamic culture for kids, with adults along for the ride. Talha did most of the writing while Rahama, a graphic artist, did the many gorgeous illustrations. She's also a public school art teacher and encountered questions about Ramadan from her students.  Both are passionate about spreading the word that Muslim families are part of our community and their cultural and religious traditions are part of what Jimmy Breslin called "the great melting pot."Support the show
22:49 04/16/2022
Facebook Conversations: The Good, The Funny, The Ugly
Facebook, the greatest double-edged sword of 21st-century communication, brings people together and divides them all at the same time. For author and comedian Marklyn Johnson, Facebook is a vehicle for honest discussion. But it turns out "real talk" has real consequences. His new book, Facebook Conversations: The Good, The Funny, The Ugly, is a collection of discussions on every current issue we care about. Marklyn navigates the topics, some of which meander from thoughtful discourse to sheer verbal abuse. It's a high-energy read and in this episode, I talk to him about why he does it, his opinion on why people post on social media and his plan to bring veterans along for the comedy ride.Support the show
22:10 04/02/2022
Teaching the teachers, and the rest of us!
Frank Lyman has spent his life teaching children, adults and other teachers. It turns out that many of those lessons can apply to non-teachers. How do our kids learn to read and what's our role as parents in that effort? What parallels are there between teaching children in school and on-boarding a new employee, teaching adults EMT skills or how to navigate a database? Frank's book, 100 Teaching Ideas That Transfer and Transform Learning, is a starting point to answer these and other questions about teaching and communication.Music: Tom KranzSupport the show
21:42 03/27/2022
Bringing your passion to the page with Coach Debby
Debby Handrich is known to her fans in Seattle as Coach Debby, radio host, podcaster and life coach specializing in helping aspiring writers bring their passion from their hearts to the written page.  Her story begins as many writers' stories do, with a lonely childhood brought on by a condition over which she had no control, leading her to create her own world by writing stories.  Today, she is a successful writing coach whose clients seek her out for help writing something as simple as a letter to a full-blown book. Her humanity and optimism make her a joy to listen to in this episode.  Debby has a weekly radio show on 1150 KKNW, Seattle, and a website filled with inspiration. Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
20:08 02/25/2022
Saved by Music and Playing It Forward
Is it possible to save a life with music? It is not only possible but a medical reality as we hear from Andrew Schulman, a professional musician whose near-death experience and miraculous recovery is the subject of his first book, Waking the Spirit. Hear about his harrowing surgical experience during which his vital signs bottomed out causing clinical death, the frantic resuscitation effort and the medically induced coma. As his doctors and nurses agreed he would most likely not survive, his desperate wife found his iPod, placed the earphones on him and hit "PLAY". Within 30 minutes, the St. Matthew Passion by Bach stabilized Andrew's vital signs, reignited his will to live and, with intensive and remarkable care by the doctors and staff at New York's Beth Israel Hospital, slowly brought him back. Thus, he found a new calling--bringing his guitar and musical passion to the bedside of other critically ill patients. Today he is a Certified Medical Musician and a recognized expert on the healing power of music.Support the show
27:18 02/22/2022
Drumming and Writing, Inspiration for 2022
In the first episode of 2022, Tom Kranz gives a preview of his next book currently underway, a sequel to his successful, five-star sci-fi novel Time Travel Rescue. The new book is called Moon Rescue and should be out in the spring. Tom also recently attended a percussion convention and found some inspiring words about writing from a drummer. How did that happen? Give a listen!Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
10:44 01/12/2022
The Doctor Is In: Tonya Nagle, PhD, talks about creative writing and assembling box sets
Dr. Tonya Nagle worked hard to get her PhD in Higher Education Administration, then decided it wasn't for her. She preferred teaching, interacting with students and writing creatively. So, that's what she did. Today, the Marine Corps veteran is a curriculum instructor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and uses her weekends to write. She has a lengthy collection of books under the pen name Cara North and currently is part of a new anthology of stories for young adults called Written In The Stars. Tonya talks about her writing process, her roots as a writer, and juggling a full-time job with her passion for writing.Support the show
21:09 12/03/2021
Kids, Baseball and Honest Talk About Race
Steven A. Falco's novel Mickey Mantle's Last Home Run is about the friendship between two boys, TJ who is black and Jonathan who is white, and their common love for baseball which helped bridge their differences during 1968, a year of racial and political polarization.  Baseball fans will be attracted to Steve's affinity for the sport, the stats and the heroes of the game, especially Mickey Mantle whose star began to fade at about this same time. TJ and Jonathan's honest talks about race are refreshing and as relevant today as they were in 1968. Steve is retired from government service but remains active as chairman of his local Shade Tree Commission which preserves and plants trees in his community. Listen as he talks about his inspiration, his writing process and his volunteer work.Support the show
16:48 09/24/2021
Childhood isolation leads author to create Sci-Fan worlds
By day, Cassandra Morphy is a business data analyst, working from home in front of her computer. By night, she delves into alternative realities, creating fantasy worlds and writing about them in 25 self-published books.By her own admission, Cassandra grew up escaping the real world into the other realities of books, TV shows, and movies, and now she writes about those worlds."I have social anxiety disorder. I've dealt with it for most of my life. It started developing about when I was 10 or so. And basically, like middle school, high school, I basically had no friends. And I spent all the time in school, just reading books. So, like that's always been this aspect of my life, just reading the books, imagining myself in those worlds."Support the show
13:42 08/22/2021
A young model of motivation for Gen Z, and maybe the rest of us
At age 23, Pavlina Osta has accomplished more than many people have accomplished in a lifetime. She got a running start at a career in her early teens when she showed a talent for interviewing people for a local radio station in Daytona Beach, FL. One thing led to another and at age 17, she was asked by an executive at iHeartRadio to do a syndicated interview segment. In the ensuing couple of years, she interviewed celebrities including Ed Sheeran, Katie Couric, athletes, NASCAR figures and more. Her drive for success took a significant turn at age 18 when she left home and went to live and work in New York, a prescient move that opened the door to a career as a media personality, blogger, podcaster, guest commentator and now, author of 20 Things Every Motivated 20-Something Should Know.Support the show
19:00 08/19/2021
Hey, Tuskegee! Black History Lesson for Young and Old
Robert E. Constant's children's book, Hey Tuskegee! provides a guided tour of one of America's hotbeds of Black History, Tuskegee University and the Alabama city that surrounds it. But here's a secret: it's not just for children. Robert's straightforward narrative, through the eyes of a young brother and sister, provides a clear review of some key chapters in the history of African-Americans that the rest of us may not know, but should. Robert's family history reads like a chapter in the Tuskegee alumni journal and informs this interesting and articulate author's story.Music: Tom KranzSupport the show
12:12 07/22/2021
Successful indie author follows the Coca Cola Trail
Larry Jorgensen follows America's most famous soft drink brand from its first bottling in Mississippi to its growth across America in his two books of memorabilia, anecdotes and photographs. It's not a history of the Coke corporation, but a history of the grass-roots bottlers and communities that were at the heart of the product's growth. Larry has sold 9,000 copies of his books as a one-man operation, packing and shipping books from his back bedroom.Support the show
12:41 07/15/2021
Old School Hoops: Basketball After 60
Jim Sweeney is a member of a growing federation of basketball players in their 60's, 70's, even 80's, who travel, compete and continue playing their favorite sport without regard to their age. Maxi Basketball is a worldwide phenomenon with its own organization and a passionate following that Sweeney has tapped into with personal relationships and friendships that span the globe. His book Old School Hoops is a close look at Maxi Basketball, the people he's met and the places he's been. Join us for a fascinating look at these colorful athletes through the experiences of a lifelong basketballer.Support the show
15:56 07/01/2021
Independent Authors Book Expo 2021
A preview of the upcoming Independent Authors Book Expo on August 7, 2021, in Roselle, NJ. Organizer Renaee Smith, founder of the Independent Author Book Experience, talks about her non-profit support activities for self-published authors and gives a preview of the expo for those who'd like to just show up and those who would like to exhibit.Support the show
13:46 05/30/2021
Beaches, Bays & Backroads
Career news photographer Brian Horton turns his camera to the beauty of the Jersey Shore, making a bookful of scenic and nature photos as a tribute to his late wife and a fundraiser for the center that helped her cope with multiple sclerosis. Info on obtaining the book is included.Support the show
14:46 05/10/2021
Lessons from a Sh*t Talker
Marklyn Johnson, stage host, comedian, podcaster and author may not have invented the phrase tell it like it is, but he certainly lives by it. His new book, Lessons from a Shit Talker, tells his story of a life journey fraught with other peoples' ideas of what he should have done with himself. His lessons are surprisingly relevant to the rest of us and told in a funny, memorable way. Support the show
14:27 03/20/2021
Dystopian Earth: A Common Sci Fi Theme
Author Calvin Fisher's first novel, Northfield, takes place in a post-apocalyptic world shrouded in poisonous gas and day-to-day survival that depends on wearing a gas mask and earning "credit cards" instead of currency. Why do so many sci-fi stories take place on an Earth that is dying? Calvin talks about that and gives us a preview of his book.  Support the show
08:45 03/14/2021
Two Books and a Movie from a Checkered Family History
Kevin D. Miller's family tree provided inspiration for his two historical fiction novels, one of which details a real-life murder in his family and is soon to become a feature film. His latest book is inspired by his great great grandparents' interracial marriage during the Civil War era. Kevin, a web developer and part-time actor with a silky voice, is a totally delightful and informative guest.Support the show
11:35 03/09/2021