The Cemetery by the Lake (A Short Story-Stories from Colony Drive, #1)

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A recurring dream, restless nights, and a personal journey to conquer old demons lead a young woman back to a day missing from nine years earlier... More
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About Tiffany Apan

Tiffany is an author of Supernatural Historical Fiction who grew up among the thick forests of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It was there she began honing artistic abilities and received much of her creative inspiration. Having been exposed to music since she was a child, she learned the guitar, violin, and accordion from her musician grandparents before taking up classical piano at age 9.

A misfit among her peers (she was the only one in her fifth grade writing class obsessed enough with Vikings and Norwegian mythology to write poems about them), Tiffany was highly active in the artistic community in Wilkes-Barre, PA, involving herself in all music, theater, visual arts, and writing. She began formal classical vocal training at age 12 and appeared in numerous musical theater and operatic productions. Eventually, she settled quite comfortably into a role as “that artsy kid in black” who sits in a coffee shop, drinking endless amounts of coffee and tea while writing furiously in a journal or sketchpad.

After graduating high school, she left the Northeastern PA ghosts for the Southeastern PA zombies (Pittsburgh). Upon the move, Tiffany became involved with the indie film scene, landing supporting roles in a couple films. Her real turning point as a vocalist, however, was being given the opportunity to portray the role of a Free Style Jazz Singer in the world premiere of Marta Effinger’s “Whispers Want to Holler." During rehearsals, she was coached by Billy Harper who wrote the musical score for the production. Projects such as this also gave way to the release of her music with partner in crime, Jason English. Since then, she has gone on to act in several films and theater productions with starring and supporting roles, release music to critical acclaim, and receive accolades for her writing and producing.

Her 2008 debut album, Poet, is an eclectic blend of rock music (combining Classical, Folk, World, Gothic, Metal, and touches of Pop). It received enthusiastic responses from music fans and also garnered some critical acclaim. Music from the album was featured on several compilation albums and in 2009, she was an American Finalist in The Best New Song in the World Contest with her acapella song, “Lost Little Girl." Her songs have also been featured in films, and the music video for the adaptation of "Scarborough Fair" won in the Open Music Video Category at the 2010 International Indie Gathering Film Festival. In 2012, her screenplay, "Driving Nowhere" also won for Best Horror Short Script at the same festival.

While Tiffany enjoys the Pittsburgh area, Northeastern Pennsylvania is the place she considers “home”, and frequently travels up there for inspiration. The Appalachian Mountains serve as a backdrop for many of her stories, including "The Cemetery by the Lake" and "The Birthrite Series."

Her current projects include follow up books in The Birthrite Series, a follow up to Poet titled The Antiquity Project, several film projects, and rehearsals and performances with The Wayward Companions, a musical group that is a shoot off from the Pittsburgh Historical Music Society that performs traditional historical pieces with historical instruments.


-American Finalist in the Best New Song in the World Competition for song, "Lost Little Girl"

- 2010 International Indie Gathering Award for Best Music Video in the Open Category for Tiffany Apan's "Scarborough Fair" Music Video

- 2012 International Indie Gathering Award for Best Horror Short Script for Screenplay, "Driving Nowhere"

- Nominated for a 2015 Shorty Award in the Blogger Category


- The Parting of Veils Webzine

- Ravenous Monster Webzine


- Rogue Cinema

- Depreciation Lands Museum Gazette (Spring 2016 Edition)

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Review by: Aria Kiss on April 29, 2014 :
I like your kind of imagination.
(review of free book)
Review by: tony parsons on March 31, 2014 :
Jane (19) was admiring the Appalachian Mountains (Pennsylvania). She was adopted. She went to Kings College to study English. She met Craig at the Wilkes Sordoni Art Gallery. They soon became intimate. Jane had gone to a lodge in the Poconos to clear her thoughts. When she was a child the kids used to play Ghost in the Graveyard. She went missing for 3 days, was found & went through therapy. Craig had decided he better pay her a visit.

Cool book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written mystery short story (book). It was very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios & a great set of unique characters. This could make a great mystery movie or mini TV series. No doubt in my mind a very easy rating of 5 stars for this short story (book).
Thank you for the free short story (book)
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
(review of free book)
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