Bob Beach has spent most of his professional life writing for advertising, a field in which he has won many local, regional and national awards. In 2003 he was awarded the American Advertising Federation Silver Medal for lifetime professional achievement. His career has also included stints as a designer, film director, marketing consultant, web developer, university professor and painter/printmaker. During this time he started and operated a design studio, a film production house, a full service advertising agency, a marketing firm with clients in 15 states and a web development business.
In his spare time he publishes BikeToledo.net, a regional cycling website, takes multiple-day tours on his bicycleand plays tournament chess.
He holds a B.Sc. in Education and an MFA from Bowling Green State University.
He lives in Toledo with his wife, Pam, and three rescued cats.
Contact Bob at email@example.com.
The Lucid Dreamer
Nick Ikaros is a rising New York artist, a strong new voice in the art world, struggling to escape his troubled past and flirting with A-list success. His path to the top is blocked, however, when his muse, his inner voice, stops speaking to him and the flow of his creative ideas is cut off.
Unwilling to take the time for traditional measures, Nick employs a psychologist to hypnotize him and uses his skill at lucid dreaming to confront a mysterious figure who has been haunting his dreams. Believing this figure to be his subconscious personality, Nick seeks a showdown to answer his burning questions: who or what is this strange and powerful other who inhabits his mind with him, and why has he shut off the creative faucet? Nick is determined to reopen the door into his subconscious and resume the flow of creative ideas.
Faced with growing financial pressures, the potential loss of his wife and new son and the risk of falling back into his murky former life, Nick ignores the advice of his psychologist and launches a mindbending battle of wits and mental courage with his alter ego to restore the wellspring of his ideas. Unfortunately for Nick, victory in this struggle will not be the end of his problems. Creative ideas are not the only things behind that door - dark and dangerous creatures from his past , dormant and long buried, wait eagerly to consume him.
Set in the rapidly gentrifying area of SoHo and peopled with quirky and bizarre characters, this engaging and intelligent psychological drama provides entertaining plot twists while it questions the nature of the subconscious and the creative forces within us.
Publication is expected in 2013.
The Girl Who Could Speak
When Oona's cat won't play with her, she turns to her mom, who explains that cats generally don't like the same kind of play that little girls like. To know what a cat likes, you have to know how to understand cats; and, of course, that's difficult, because cats and litle girls speak different languages.
Demonstrating that even a little girl can take control of her life and overcome obstacles with thought and perseverance, Oona makes use of the resources at her local library to help her understand cat language and behavior.
Using what she learns, Oona modifies her own behavior with her cat and trains Pretzel to respond and play with incentives of food. The result? A happier and less stressed cat, which Oona and her brother Truman can finally play with.
This book, based on a true story, explores issues of creative problem solving and the relationship of a pet to its family.
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