SCOUT MEDIA AUTHORS
Mike Edwards is the singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter for the British alternative-rock band, Jesus Jones. Formed in 1988, Jesus Jones have released seven albums to date: Liquidizer, Doubt, Perverse, Already, London, Culture Vulture, and Passages. Among having multiple chart-topping hits and being awarded Best New Band at the MTV Music Awards in 1991, Jesus Jones are widely known for their #1 international hit, “Right Here, Right Now.” Jesus Jones continues to tour and record, now with a renewed vigor after being able to control their own destiny, freed from the grips of major labels. Mike’s debut novel, Death Threats from an Eight-Year-Old, chronicles how fast a band that is number one everywhere in the world can plummet from the good graces of the press, labels, radio, MTV, and even so-called diehard fans. A true introspective about the cutthroat music business told through the eyes and words of a man who experienced fronting one of the most well-known bands of their time, to finding his band label-less and shunned in a blink of an eye. Death Threats from an Eight-Year-Old is due for release in 2019 through Scout Media.
Father of two, husband of one, Douglas Esper is an author and musician from Cleveland, Ohio. His publishing history includes A Life of Inches, a new-adult sports-fiction novel (Limitless Publishing); “My Wife’s Favorite,” a suspense horror short story in A Matter of Words (Scout Media); “Broken Wing,” a general-fiction short story in A Journey of Words (Scout Media); “The Day We Hung the Tallest Thomas,” a western short story (Frontier Tales Magazine).
He is a vocalist for Indoria and The Firmary. He was the touring percussionist for rock musician Chuck Mosley (ex-Faith No More, ex-Bad Brains) until his death in November of 2017. His book, Jumpstarting A Jalopy: My Attempt to Reintroduce Chuck Mosley, is due for release in 2019 through Scout Media.
Todd Smith is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore, MD. His musical repertoire consists of fronting the bands Dog Fashion Disco, Polkadot Cadaver, El-Creepo, Knives Out, and The Alter Boys. Cumulatively, his five bands have released a total of nineteen albums between 1997 and present day.
Todd’s children’s book, Poof & Snoofin, follows the adventures of two best woodland companions after one of them gets captured by a not-so-friendly wolf. Through their strong bond of friendship and selflessness, they show how caring about one another and having a pure heart will always prevail over bullies. Poof & Snoofin is due for release in 2019 through Little Feet Productions, Scout Media’s children fiction imprint.
Brian Paone, a Massachusetts native, has been writing fiction since 1988 and performing in bands since 1995. Brian has, thus far, published four novels: Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts—a memoir about being friends with a drug-addicted rock star; Welcome to Parkview—a macabre cerebral-horror novel; Yours Truly, 2095—a time-travel romance novel (which was suggested for a Hugo Award, though it did not make the finalists); and Moonlight City Drive—a supernatural crime-noir detective novel (which is a trilogy, with Part 2 coming in 2019 and Part 3 coming in 2021).
Brian also has five short stories published within Scout Media’s Of Words anthology series: “Outside of Heaven”—a throwback to the Creature Double Feature monster movies; “The Whaler’s Dues”—a modern-day mythological romance adventure fable; “Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys)”—a disenchanted-youth ghost story; “Two Gunslingers”—a classic duel-at-high-noon western tale; and “Wayward Corona”—a social-media military speculative thriller.
Brian is also a metal and industrial-music vocalist and has released a total of seven albums with his four bands: Yellow #1, Drop Kick Jesus, The Grave Machine, and Transpose.
Brian currently lives in Monterey, CA with his wife—a US Naval Officer—and their four children. He is a retired police officer and worked in law enforcement for sixteen years from 2002 - 2018. He is a self-proclaimed roller-coaster junkie, a New England Patriots fanatic, and his favorite color is burnt orange.