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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Andrew Winkel  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Science Fiction

Born: 1974 in Clifton, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Andrew Winkel is a lifelong resident of Illinois, and was both born and lives in the town of Clifton. He explains, "I chose to set the events of Raceboy and Super Qwok Adventures in a fictionalized Clifton, using the essential idea of a rural town but creating alternate businesses and places. Some of the action takes place on Main Street, a locale that should be familiar to every resident of rural Illinois. Other stories happen between towns, in fields, or by gravel roads. The heroes do venture outside Clifton when they visit the Field Museum in Chicago, but on the whole, Raceboy and Super Qwok Adventures is a book that readers who grew up or are growing up in the Midwest will connect with."

Biographical and Professional Information

Andrew Winkel and his wife, Milissa, live in Clifton, Illinois. They have four children: Alex, Bryan, Katherine and Anna.He graduated from the Fiction Writing program of Columbia College Chicago in 1996. He earned his M.A. from Olivet Nazarene University in 2000, and has taught middle school language arts for over ten years in Bradley, Illinois. He has also been the part-time director of the Clifton Public Library since 2006.


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Titles At Your Library

Raceboy and Super Qwok Adventures
ISBN: 0983790515

Hierophantasm Publishing. 2012

Five-year-old Alex and his three-year-old brother Bryan have secret identities as superheroes. Alex is Raceboy and can move hyper-fast. Bryan is Super Qwok and is a powerhouse of strength. Together the boys protect the Village of Clifton from the mad scientists Dr. Brick and Dr. Devious, from the conniving Mr. Mischief, and from the magical forces of the Wicked Witch. They must also stop smart slime, halt extra-terrestrial invasions, and overcome remote controlled glue. Sometimes ridiculous, other times hilarious, this collection of more than twenty-five stories mixes superhero action with science fiction, fairy tales, mythology, and even classic literature. Originally told by Andrew Winkel as bedtime stories for his children, Raceboy and Super Qwok Adventures has been super-charged with over fifty illustrations by Christopher Brault.


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