We are William “Bill” Browning and Paula Burba, a couple of writers who feel the straight and narrow approach is not the most interesting way to go about life. With this philosophy in mind, we named this outfit Fly Crooked Publishing.
Bill is a storyteller and natural charmer who’s lived at least nine lives you probably never realized a man could survive. (It’s no wonder cats adore him, even though he’s certain he’s a dog person.) He’s a Louisville native who spent his tender youth in the city’s projects. He’s since roamed around and lived in nearly all its nook-and-cranny neighborhoods. His first job was at Valley Drive-In Theater, where he rose to concessions manager. He’s worked as a service station attendant for a spell, back when an oil check and a windshield wash came with the fill-‘er-up. He’s also managed both a Fortune 500 company and a Florida house of ill repute. Most recently he’s helped care for both hallowed grandmothers and AIDS patients living out their final days in healthcare facilities. Bill has a deep and wide vault of stories. Some of them can make you laugh and cry on the same page.
Paula is a no-nonsense feminist and 20-year veteran of the trenches of corporations which publish things, where “crooked” as a philosophy is frowned upon. She’s still trying to regard being laid off from one such corporation as a blessing in disguise. She has a knack for writing obituaries, which she did for a living for 14 years. You’d think there would be job security in that field, but you’d be wrong. She loved studying and hearing people’s stories and was honored to be trusted with telling them. She’s also written a lot of profiles of small business entrepreneurs, many of whom inspired her to pursue her own dreams — like starting this indie press. People love/hate her passion, meticulousness, insight and sometimes sardonic wit. (Okay, usually sardonic.)
So, that’s where we were when we launched this web site. For about two years we plotted, planned, learned, experimented and dreamed up ways to make this a reality. We’ve done a few barrel rolls and maybe a loop-the-loop or two already, and we’re ready for more.
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