Authors

Ed Simon, Editor/Writer—-Ed loves food and food cultures. Whether he’s looking for the best ceviche in Colombia, the best poke in Hawaii, the best tequila in Jalisco or the best Taiwanese Beef Roll in Los Angeles, it’s all good food! He also loves a good drink. He’s had Mai Tais in Hawaii, Bourbon in Kentucky, Tequila in Mexico and Rum in Jamaica. His wine escapades have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and Idaho’s Sunnyslope wine Trail. And he’s had beer all over the world! Music is another of Ed’s passions, writing and interviewing many classic rock, rock and blues musicians. Getting the great stories of road experiences from them is a particular delight. Traveling also fits in with Ed’s writing, exploring all over to find the most interesting places to visit, even in out of the way areas. Ed lives in Meridian and is searching for the best finger steaks in town.

Elise Thompson, Editor/Writer—Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.

Megan Tribley, Writer—Megan spent her awkward teenage years in the Northwest where she grew to love playing outside and appreciating a good meal and drink. She moved to Boise after college and hasn’t looked back since. You can always find Megan at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, out on the trails, an art show or getting a brew at one of Boise’s many breweries or cider houses.

Simone Snaith, Writer—Simone Snaith writes young adult and fantasy novels, and sings in the band Turning Violet. A fan of scifi, fantasy, the supernatural and most things from the ’80s, she enjoys reviewing music, books and movies. You can read about her own books at simonesnaith.com.

Paul Gaita, Writer—Paul Gaita lives in Sherman Oaks, California with his lovely wife and daughter. He has written for The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Variety and The Fix, among many other publications, and was a home video reviewer for Amazon.com from 1998 to 2014. He has interviewed countless entertainment figures from both the A and Z lists, but his favorites remain Elmore Leonard, Ray Bradbury and George Newall, who created both Schoolhouse Rock and the Hai Karate aftershave commercials. He once shared a Thanksgiving dinner with celebrity astrologer Joyce Jillson, and regrettably, still owes the late character actor Charles Napier a dollar.

Sterling Bingham, Photographer/Writer—Sterling has been into photography for as long as he can remember. After leaving a successful career in Hollywood in photography and set painting, Sterling retired to Northern Idaho to enjoy all that the Gem State has to offer.

Terry Welch, Photographer—Terry is the man-about-town, always finding interesting things in and around Boise. His photographic work can be seen at his website, www.terrancewelch.com.

Drey Campbell—Dr. Drey Campbell is an extroverted Treasure Valley native who is proud to be 2C.  Drey has a masters degree with clinical licensure in social work as well as a PhD in education.  Drey has written for the Press Tribune, The Coyote, and Fusion Magazine, as well as has published a few research papers in various mental health journals.  Drey has a wonderful Ukrainian wife, two great dogs, five chickens, and enjoys to spend his free time listening to live music, going to community events, eating a new restaurants, playing basketball, cycling, and throwing pottery.

Bob Lee, Writer—Bob Lee started interviewing bands while working in college radio and later contributed to various publications including early issues of Ben is Dead. As a drummer and singer, he has toured and recorded with bands such as Claw Hammer, Jon Wahl & The Amadans, Mike Watt and the Black Gang, Backbiter, Crawlspace, Hot Damn and Fearless Leader. He is the quiet, sneaky one of the band. When writing, Bob’s credo is, “All we have is the truth.”

Chris Banyas, Writer—Chris is a Pocatello native, music junkie, and record addict currently amassing a collection of rejection slips on his way to a career as an author. He earned a B.A. in English from Idaho State University, focusing on Technical Communication, and currently works at Simplot as a Regulatory Technical Writer. Chris has a passion for all music, especially the discovery of unknown bands, and loves to purchase used LPs based solely on cover art alone. He listens to everything, with the extreme metal genres and punk being his bread and butter, and fills the time in between work, sleep, and records with board games.

Patti Jo Roth-Edwards—A lifetime in the Music Business as a working professional Performer, Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist and Producer has brought Patti Jo Roth-Edwards here to settle in Idaho. Consistently at the Top of the Charts on Number One Music, with over 100 songs playing globally over internet radio, Patti Jo’s songs enjoy millions of plays. As a Judge for the Northern California Songwriters’ Association and the California Country Music Association, her knowledge and understanding of music and performance is respected and well-established. Many of her songs are available for download on iTunes and Amazon. In addition to her 5 albums, she has 104 singles available through CDBaby.com. Patti Jo’s Facebook Page has info and more about her, while her Number One Music Page has lots of original songs and more.