Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 012916 Contents THE RIVER - JANUARY 29, 2016
St. James City resident and owner
of Lisa’s Art Camp and Starfish
Bodyart on Pine Island, Lisa
Fasulo, recently published her memoir
entitled In Living Ink. A recount of the
dark side of the tattoo world, the mem-
oir follows the timeline of Fasulo’s life
from the 1964 murder in her family’s
kitchen to the modern insidious side of
the tattoo industry.
“I wrote this memoir to tell my story,
to tell the stories of those who cannot,
and to tell the stories many want swept
under the carpet when it comes to tattoo-
ing,” said Fasulo. “I’ve experienced it all
when it comes to the tattoo industry. It’s
been the common thread woven through-
out my life, and now I am onto my next
tattooing chapter here in Florida: the
Pine Island tattoo artist.”
Fasulo’s memoir begins with the
infamous 1964 Tuesday when Harold
Linn stormed her childhood home,
demanding money from Fasulo’s mother,
Helen Huba, and her five siblings. The
family maid was able to escape before
the breaking-and-entering and called
the police immediately. A local sergeant
stormed the residence at once and was
shot in the chest by a shotgun in front of
Fasulo then takes the reader through
the interesting and unique events in her
life, bringing us up to 2011 when she
was approached to film a reality television
show with her Tattoo Learning Center.
After the debut of the pilot episode, Fasulo
was met with angry backlash from over
50,000 tattoo artists, death threats and an
FBI investigation to ensure her safety.
“That was the scariest point of my
life,” said Fasulo. “Can you imagine being
hated by 50,000 people? I thought I was
going to die. I had personal security pro-
tecting me against the death threats. I will
never forget it.”
Today, Fasulo can be found tattoo-
ing at her Starfish Bodyart tattoo studio,
located inside the Lisa’s Art Camp store
on Pine Island Road. The Fort Myers
Tattoo Learning Center is still in full oper-
ation taking students and tattoo appoint-
Fasulo’s memoir has been three years
in the making. In Living Ink is now avail-
able for purchase on Amazon and in-print
at Lisa’s Art Camp.
Evening With The Authors
Advance Sale Discount Tickets
Act now to meet, mingle and dine with dozens of best-selling authors at
Evening with the Authors on Friday, March 18 at the Marina at Edison Ford,
2360 West First Street in downtown Fort Myers. The cocktail reception in
the Edison Ford Coconut Grove on the beautiful Caloosahatchee River begins at 6
p.m. A plated dinner and program follows at 7 p.m .
The reception is a chance to meet the 20-plus authors who will headline the
Southwest Florida Reading Festival the following day. Reservations are required.
Discounted advance tickets can be purchased for $45 by January 31; tickets will then
increase to $50. Space is limited. The deadline for reservations is midnight on March
3. Go to www.readfest.org and select Evening with the Authors to make a reservation.
The dinner will honor author Debbie Macomber with the 2016 Distinguished
Author Award for her generosity and work as world spokesperson for World Vision’s
Knit For Kids program. The evening is sponsored by Books-A-Million and the Edison
& Ford Winter Estates. To see the list of outstanding authors attending the festival and
dinner, go to www.readfest.org/Authors.
The dinner is a choice of slow roasted prime rib with aus jus, macadamia crusted
mahi mahi or eggplant parmesan with spaghetti and pomodoro (vegetarian option).
The reception will include a cash bar and feature Read-a -Ritas.
Complete author infor mation, schedules of festival activities, partner events, direc-
tions to the event and more, are available in the festival app available free at the App
Store or Google Play, online at www.readfest.org or by calling 479-4636.
Kyra Belan, artist, writer and a
resident of Cape Coral, has just
released her new non-fiction
book, Divine Ladies in America
(Astarte Books). This book is avail-
able on Amazon.com in paperback
and Kindle formats, and at selected
The author states that the Divine
Ladies in America was written to help
close the gap between the familiar myths
about the divine men, and the less famil-
iar but just a plentiful legends and myths
about the divine women. She feels that
women and girls need to know more
about their heritage. These myths origi-
nated during the prehistoric times, and
continued to evolve through the millen-
niums into the present.
“I believe that our culture can be
greatly enriched by including the feminine
heritage into our mainstream society,”
Currently, Dr. Kyra Belan is showing
her paintings from the American Beauty
Series and the Kali Series at the Island
Conclave Art Gallery, the newest gallery
on Pine Island. These series are about
the beauty and magic of the flowers and
the birds, and are represented in bright
colors, which reflect her magical realism
Belan’s books are also available at the
art gallery. She can be contacted at www.
com or email@example.com.
Always dreamed of writing a novel?
Maybe you don’t know how to
start or how to tighten that first
draft you just finished? The Southwest
Florida Romance Writers are sponsor-
ing their 2016 Hearts In The Sand
Conference – Book-In-A-Day Workshop
on Saturday, March 12. Nationally
recognized publisher, editor and author
Debra Dixon will lead the workshop at
the Bonita Springs Elks’ Lodge, located
at 3231 Coconut Road in Bonita
Dixon is the editor and publisher of
Belle Books. She has authored 22 books,
including a writer’s guide on goal, conflict
and motivation; all three play a key role
in her workshop, which she has conduct-
ed across the country.
For further information on the confer-
ence or to register online, visit swfrw.org/
hearts-in-the-sand-conference or call 307-
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