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Hard Boiled

Matt Geiger
Middleton Times Tribune
Tue, 06/16/2015

Longtime Middleton resident Nick Chiarkas’ debut novel, “Weepers,” is a gritty tale of crime, revenge and redemption on the streets of New York City where the author spent his formative years.

The air was thick with pesticides and the shouts of children. Adult voices hurdled down from apartment windows. Gang members, merchants, cops, priests and mothers lived side by side, playing out their individual dramas on concrete stages of streets and stoops.

“If I close my eyes and imagine it, there is always a hint of DDT in the air,” recalls Nick Chiarkas, smiling tenderly as he envisions the housing project where he grew up on New York City’s lower east side. “As kids, we would chase the trucks that drove through the city spraying it. Elsewhere people were shouting from windows. Men would urinate in the street, between parked cars, and that was considered okay.”

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Helping Writers Move Ideas from Head to Paper

by Beth Davis
Feb. 2o13
Natural Awakenings – Milwaukee Edition

Kira Henschel, owner of HenschelHAUS Publishing, has always had a passion for words, so it comes as no surprise that although her career began in technical translation, it would eventually lead to publishing.

After earning bachelor degrees in international relations and geology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Henschel moved to Innsbruck, Austria, in 1979, to take care of her grandmother. In 1984, she established her own technical translation company with 60 freelance translators working in 32 different languages. The team translated technical documents in the fields of engineering, business and geology, as well as several books on various topics, before she sold the agency in 1990.

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Cancer Slam Gets Glowing Review in The Pink Paper Magazine

The Pink Paper
Oct/Nov 2012
Chelsea Wolf

cancer slamAnsley M. Dauenhauer’s first novel, “Cancer Slam” is a must-read for anyone involved with a breast cancer diagnosis. As a teenager, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and I had no idea what that meant for me and my family. “Cancer Slam” follow the Bennett Family through the initial diagnosis and mastectomy, to the chemotherapy treatments and subsequent hair loss. Through their journey, everyone stays extremely positive and open with one another. As a kid or young adult, it can be scary to think your whole life is going to change, especially when you are not even sure why. When Liz Bennett is diagnosed with breast cancer, she explains in the perfect way exactly what is going on in her body and how the rest of the family will be affected. Dauenhauer creates characters that are not only relatable, but who you root for and sympathize with. As a kid who has a sick parent, it’s easy to feel guilty for longing for normalcy. Hannah’s range of emotion, from anger to scared to sad to an adult-like acceptance, keep the story true to life. I laughed. I cried. But most of all I stayed positive because I think that’s what the Bennett Family would have wanted. I loved this book and believe it is an important read for anyone, not just young adults,dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

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Hide House home to HenschelHAUS Publishing

Hide House home to HenschelHAUS Publishing

Bay View Compass
April 2, 2012

The Hide House in Bay View is home to a diversity of small businesses and studios occupied by artists, photographers, and musicians. For the past two years, Bay View resident Kira Henschel has been operating HenschelHAUS Publishing on the second floor of the venerable old complex.

What could be described as a one-stop-shop for all writing and publishing needs, Henschel’s services include coaching clients in writing and publishing, manuscript review, typesetting, book and cover design, editing, proofing, layout, marketing support, and product distribution and fulfillment. She even guides authors with book award submissions.

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