Elaine Stevens, Author


hanging by my tale


by Edward Lawrence Fassel

Edited & with a forward by Elaine Stevens

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The True Art

of Living in America



by Art E. Sapanli

Edited and Co-authored by Elaine Stevens

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Ed Fassel knew he was gay from the time he sat on his fatherís lap at the age of three, experiencing what he describes as his first rejection.  From childhood pranks on the beaches of Delaware to his exotic South Sea journey, Edís life has been remarkable.  He consistently hid the truth from his family, yet he was unable to ever hide the fact that love is the dominant ruler of all he has accomplished.

Living with AIDS since 1988 and cancer since 1994, Ed has overcome a great deal of physical pain and spiritual suffering in his 50-plus years.  However, his phenomenal sense of humor has been the secret of his survival.

In Chameleon: hanging by my tale, Ed takes us back and fourth via colorful flashbacks from his present state of pain to the childhood dreams and fantasies of yesterday.  Youíll meet Candi Kane, Edís cyber identity in an Internet romance that is brimming with pathos and perversity, sadness and sensuality, longing and leaving.  Youíll also meet the teenage dance star who became the Fred Astaire of Delaware.

Ed reveals many colors of his chameleon-like nature in chapters introduced by his own poetry.  It is a beautiful autobiography, overflowing with anecdotes and revelations.  Edís lesson to us all: Learning to live will, rather than die sadlyódespite the doctorsí death sentences.  The eternal hope for a cure for AIDS, the belief that love is all there is, the dream of a life long fulfilling partnership are the elements of Edís buoyant nature which keeps both the writer and the reader afloat in Chameleon: hanging by my tale.



Art Sapanli


A Turkish immigrantís evolution from machismo to fatherhood and motherhood: The heartwarming story of how Art (Ertug) Sapanli dreamed of America as a youth, worked hard to achieve his goals and came to live the American dream. His life experiences would bring him full circle as he experienced true happiness and horrible sadness. The nightmare of his young wifeís death would suddenly force Art to make dramatic changes and discover the true meaning of life with his young son, Kevin. Together they faced the challenges of life at a time when hope seemed lost.

Art Sapanli grew up in a country where societal roles were very distinct and structured and never believed that his destiny would be that of both father and mother. Single parenting has been his greatest and most rewarding challenge. There are no greater gifts than those a child brings to a manís heart.




 About Elaine Stevens...


Award-winning broadcast journalist, Elaine Stevens founded her San Diego based creative production and media consulting firm in 1995. During her tenure in San Diego, Stevens has become well known as a media professional whose broad range of creative abilities include writing, producing, media campaigns, video production, literary and editorial collaboration and copy writing, as well as a skilled voice-over and on-camera talent.

 Hailing from the Deep South, Stevens achieved both fame and notoriety for her ground breaking investigative journalism at ABC affiliate WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi. There she became the first female anchor of the very first all female news team in the country along with such notables as ABCís Robin Roberts.

 A seasoned writer, producer and broadcaster, Stevens has a proven track record in developing successful and nationally acclaimed media campaigns and corporate productions. With a  television and radio media career, spanning more than 25 years, Stevens has honed her intuitive knack in discovering just the right ďhookĒ for a number of high profile clients including:

         Hon. Michael C. Moore, Attorney General of Mississippi

         The Westgate Hotel

         XtraCash ATM (Amicus Financial)

         Rand Technology

         San Diego Office Interiors

         Hospitality Asset Services, LLC

         San Diego Hall of Champions

         The California Ballet

          DIGITEC Business Systems

         The Balboa Theatre Foundation

         Hamiltonís Restaurant

         Healthy Youth Advocacy

         The Principal Financial Group

         Mikelson Yachts

Specializing in original programming and nationally acclaimed productions, Stevens continues to produce unusual visual projects utilizing the industryís latest techniques in animation, motion graphics matching her verbal imagery with a unique flair. The Food Network recently nibbled on an original festival special, which Stevens wrote, produced and coordinated at locations on both the East and West Coasts.

 In the summer of 2001, sTeVens Media Productions successfully established a creative publishing department working with other authors and utilizing the talented design services of Graphix Communications to produce several well-received print publications.

 Recently published projects include, Chameleon: hanging by my tale, written by Edward Lawrence Fassel and the soon-to-be completed The True Art of Raising Keenan, written by Art Sapanli, which is currently being translated into Turkish and published for both the Middle East and U.S. markets. 

 Currently, Stevens is completing a series of autobiographical short stories, entitled: I Married the Waterman: Southern Tales of Love & Woe and Under the Magnolias, a TV pilot which Stevens describes as ďSex and the City Goes South!Ē

 Nationally recognized by the Associated Press, The Vision Awards and nominated two years in a row as one of San Diegoís Women Who Mean Business, Elaine Stevens is an active volunteer in a number of multi-cultural humanitarian organizations involved in assisting at-risk youth, the culturally deprived and animal welfare.


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