Gianni Russo is an actor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. In addition to starring in The Godfather, he has appeared in 46 movies, 200 hours of television, is the co-host of The Hollywood Godfather Podcast, and the co-author of Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies and the Mob. He resides in New York City.
A former Vietnam machine-gunner, a retired New York City police officer, and a current private investigator, Patrick Picciarelli is the author of such nonfiction books as My Life in the NYPD: Jimmy the Wags, Undercover Cop: How I Brought Down the Real-Life Sopranos, and Street Warrior: The True Story of the NYPD's Most Decorated Officer and the Era that Created Him. He is the co-host of The Hollywood Godfather Podcast and the co-author of Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies and the Mob.
Miles Watson was born in Evanston, Illinois. The son of a prominent Chicago journalist, he took an early interest in writing and published his first short story at 17. He holds undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and History and served in law enforcement for nearly ten years before moving to Los Angeles, where he has worked on such television shows as HEROES, CSI: NY, TRUE BLOOD, THE WALKING DEAD, and THE ORVILLE. A martial artist since his teens, he holds a black belt in White Tiger Taekwondo. In 2012, he graduated from Seton Hill University with a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction and was the recipient of that program's first-ever Endowed Scholarship. His critically-acclaimed first novel, CAGE LIFE, won ZEALOT SCRIPT'S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (2016), and was a runner-up in SHELF UNBOUND MAGAZINE'S Best Indie Book Awards (2016).
Tom Lipinski was the Shamus Award-winning creator of the Carroll Dorsey mystery series. He held an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Literature from Slippery Rock University. Tom was a tenured professor of English at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Department Chair for eight years. He had also worked as an insurance investigator and as a corrections administrator. Sadly, Tom passed away in 2018. He is greatly missed.
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Dameshek’s work has appeared in The Cimarron Review, The Columbia Poetry Review, The Harrisburg Review, The Coe Review, Portrait, Conte and The Wildwood Journal. In 1999, he received the Eileen Lannan Award for Poetry as an undergraduate student at Columbia College in Chicago. In 2004, his interview with the wonderful poet Bruce Weigl was published in Memorious.
Dameshek holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, as well as BA in Creative Writing from the College of Santa Fe.
After living in Pittsburgh, Santa Fe, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, Dameshek now resides in Camp Hill, PA with his wife, Michelle; his daughter, Marsden; and his three dogs, Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli, Jake the Dog and Toast.
Known for his unique stage performances around the Pittsburgh area, Todd Teacher blends music and poetry to create his own signature art form. Whether rocking out to "I'm Your Tom Barrasso" or marveling at the poetic genius of "Two Earthworms," audiences will never forget a Todd Teacher performance. One Nine Books is proud to deliver Todd's work to the world.
Michael Dell is a mystery writer, hockey blogger, and independent researcher who is obsessed with hidden truths. The son of a police detective, Michael grew up in Western Pennsylvania wanting to fight crime, but thin bones and a general dislike for the sight of his own blood made it far safer to stay home and memorize “Columbo” episodes. In 2014, he earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. When not chronicling the adventures of Honest John Churchfield, he enjoys recording fake radio shows, reading old comic books, and watching ridiculous amounts of professional wrestling. He hopes to one day find a box of money.