Wednesday, October 5th 2011
Coast to Coast AM's and myTalk107.1's Ian Punnett Bites into Book Biz with Jackula the Vampire Dog
LOS ANGELES, October 3, 2011 -- Just in time for Halloween and pitch perfect for today's edgier young readers, Coast to Coast AM's and myTalk107.1's Ian Punnett debuts his second children's book with a note of menace, Jackula the Vampire Dog. Inspired by his dog Jack, a Boston terrier he adopted from a local rescue, Punnett gives all profits in support of children's and animal charities nationwide. Published by Beaver's Pond Press, the hardcover book is available for $16.95 at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell's Books, Booktopia, and local boutique book stores.
"It's important to me to do creative work for a greater purpose," said Punnett. "Children's books can make kids laugh, bring families together and raise money at the same time."
No stranger to things that go bump in the night, Jackula is the story of a little girl suffering from bad dreams who takes comfort in a stray dog that watches over her while she sleeps. But the dog has a secret -- a secret that's good news for lonely little girls and bad news for the neighborhood squirrels. The book's dark humor has earned Punnett the honor of being called "Shel Silverstein-esque."
About Ian Punnett
Ian Punnett is a modern day Renaissance man. ¬†He is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, a local radio/TV personality, a popular children's book author, the author of his first book for adults scheduled for release from Crown Books in Spring of 2013, the associate producer and assistant director for two HD-DVD commercial productions of Minnesota Opera, an ordained pastor, a father of two sons, a husband of 27 years to his wife and local radio co-host Margery, and a loving owner to a very peculiar dog that dreams of catching squirrels.
He hosts the #1 weekday morning drive talk radio show for women in the Twin Cities on myTalk107.1 with his wife Margery. He's also heard on 525 radio stations and XM Satellite Radio on his nationally syndicated Coast to Coast AM with Ian Punnett, which is the #1 overnight radio program in the country. As a seminary-trained ordained deacon in The Episcopal Church, Rev. Punnett preaches and teaches at various churches regularly in the Twin Cities. ¬†Because of his Masters of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary and his background in talk radio, Punnett has appeared on numerous cable and network television news programs nationwide.
As an author, Punnett writes children's books for charity. His first children's book, Dizzy the Mutt with the Propeller Butt, benefited the Ronald McDonald House in Twin Cities, Red Lake Rosie's Rescue of Minnesota and the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley, Colo. For the second time this year, he's on the HD-DVD production team of a new opera for Minnesota Opera -- "Silent Night" which is based on the famous WWI Christmas Truce. Most importantly, he enjoys his sons, one a sophomore college swimmer and the other a high school senior. In his spare time he hangs with Jack, his 35-pound Boston terrier (they typically weigh 10-15 lbs). Because of his size and fear of wind and lightning, the shelter Punnett rescued Jack from believed he was kicked out of a puppy mill and abandoned. Today, Jack is loved and helps other animals in need through Punnett's creative endeavors.