I'm Kevin Collier. I welcome you to beautiful Grand Haven, a quaint port city along the Lake Michigan shoreline where my wife, Kristen (pictured), son Jarod, and I make our home. I am a writer, author of books, and commercial artist/designer by profession. In the last decade, I have illustrated over 130 children's books. My wife and I own Tangerine Sky Productions, a video entertainment company. Thanks for dropping by!



New Strange Grand Haven paperback now available
Best of Columns Featured In New Book

Recently retired after 35 years at the Grand Haven Tribune, I also retired my "Strange Grand Haven" column, which appeared every Monday in the newspaper for nearly 4 years. The best and most outrageous tales to appear in the column now appear in the new book, "Strange Grand Haven," which is now available at The Bookman and Hostetter's News Agency in Grand Haven. The book includes 51 stories, runs 100 pages, and sells for $12.00-$14.00. A sequel, "Strange Grand Haven Book Two" will be released before Christmas. A list of all of the stories appearing in the book also appears on the Strange Grand Haven web page. I will also be publishing a sequel, titled, "Strange Grand Haven: Book Two," which will present more "believe it or not" tales from Ottawa County history. The new book can also be ordered by mail from the Strange Grand Haven web page. Pictured is the cover of the new Strange Grand Haven book, on sale now!

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Serial Killer from Grand Haven due in area bookstores
Black Oak Media, the original publisher of "Final Doom: The Frederick Hollman Story," recently placed the book out-of-print as the company restructures. The book has been re-published through The Book Patch, a printer based in Arizona, and is now available, with a new title, "Serial Killer from Grand Haven: The Frederick Hollman Story." The book, about one of our nation's first serial killers, focuses on Frederick William Hollman, who once lived in Grand Haven, Michigan, and will feature all of the original book's content, photographs, and some updated and new material. Included in the book will be the report of a new paranormal investigation that took place at the Ford County jail, Illinois, on July 18, which is the location where Hollman was hanged in 1897. This new book includes 9 pages of photographs from the era. The paperback, which runs 168 pages, is available online for mail delivery, and available locally at The Bookman and Hostetter's News Agency, on Washington Street, in downtown Grand Haven. A version of the book titled "Serial  Killer in Ford County," will be available at the Ford County Museum, in Illinois. The editions are identical, with the exception of the title, only. The retail price of the paperback book is $15.00. Visit the book webpage here. Pictured at left: the book's cover, which shows Hollman, at left, holding his bible as he stands upon the gallows, one day before he was hanged.

Order copies online via Paypal. Postage is included in the book price.
Your order ships within one week of purchase. All copies are signed. 
Select the Quantity of Books below (up to 3 per mailing) When you press the Buy Now button, you will be directed to the purchase page on PayPal. Thank you! If you have any question, email me.
Number of Books

Upcoming Winsor McCay book to reveal untold SL years 
An upcoming book, "Growing Up McKay," will be published in October 2015, and contain what no other book on artist Winsor McCay has featured, his 18 years growing up in Spring Lake, Michigan. The landmark book will trace the McKay family's arrival in Spring Lake in 1866, to the year they left the area, in 1885. With the help of the Winsor McCay committee, and the Spring Lake District Library, McCay's childhood is examined. Chapters include his friends, close association with his namesake Zenas G. Winsor, his school, his home, his illustration of the sinking of The Alpena (his first commercial work) and the history behind it, his father's jobs and position in the Village Council, and rare photographs that include images of his home, The Union schoolhouse where he was a student, and a high-resolution reproduction of his sinking of The Alpena illustration, kept unblemished in a local Ottawa County museum. The book also shows the Winsor McCay historical marker in Spring Lake, and the story behind it becoming a reality in 2009. Also, a letter is reprinted from Winsor McCay's grandson, Winsor R. McCay, that was written for specifically for the historical marker dedication ceremony. The paperback book, approximately 80 pages, will be available for purchase by mid-November 2015. Visit the Growing Up McKay page herePictured: Winsor McCay.
Picture book of Grand Haven vaudeville stars coming soon
A new large size book, 8.5x11 inch format, about Grand Haven's twins who went on to become major vaudeville stars from 1897-1911, will be published in August 2015. The book is a memoir, and will included compiled photos, news items and reviews about featuring Herbert and Howard Lyman. The book will include a brief history of their lives and career, include over 2 dozen full-size rare photos, with newspaper clippings and ads published about them during their lifetime. Due to the oversize dimensions of the book, and high quality printing on superior white stock, the book will likely retail for $20. One historical aspect in the book concerning comedy sketches, is evidence the twins pioneered the mirror illusion routine, that became famous in the 1933 Marx Brothers movie, "Duck Soup." A big thank you to descendants who provided rare content for this tribute publication. This scrapbook of memories will be available at Grand Haven bookstores and by mail via PayPal. To learn more about the Lyman Twins, visit their homepage here.

Ottawa County spiritual warfare book coming this fall
In the works presently is an upcoming book written by my wife Kristen and I about spiritual warfare in Ottawa County history. The book, titled "Faith Under Fire" will include many examples of efforts to tear down Christianity in our area, and evil that has broken the church in some cases. Topics of witchcraft, séances, Pastors under siege, uprisings in the church, and more will be highlighted. Of interest will be the history behind the construction of the cross on Dewey Hill. Also featured will be examples of racism in our county's history, demonic possession, cults, secret societies and scandals involving Pastors. Further stories will be about how some people claim to have heard voices compelling them to kill in the name of God. Also, denominations that waged battle against each other. The book will likely run 80-100 pages, paperback, and will be available online via PayPal and at Hostetter's News Agency and The Bookman stores on Washington Street, downtown Grand Haven. The price of the book will be $12-14, and 10% of sales will be donated to the area Love INC. A web page featuring more information about the book is currently in the works, so check back here for updates on this book.



My chapter books for tweens and teens
I have written several chapter books over the years and the four I would recommend to readers 9-15 would be the titles pictured above. Each can be purchased online by clicking on the book title. Barthpenn@heaven.org follows an inspirational communication via email between an angel in heaven and a boy who has only a short time left on earth. The second title is Esther's Channel, presented much like the works of C. S. Lewis, where creatures mirror humans and their emotions, a turtle named Esther must find forgiveness for others after her mother dies. The third title is Natalie's Ark, written by my wife and I. It tells the tale of a young girl lost in a flood, and how through faith, and the encouragement of animals that speak, finds her way back home. The fourth book I recommend is Dreamchaser, also written by my wife and I. It presents the tale of an urban youth who dreams of playing professional basketball, but discovers he is an all-star to those who love him most.

My picture books for children

I have written and illustrated several picture books over the years and the four I would recommend to readers 4-8 would be the titles pictured above. Each can be purchased online by clicking on the book title. Whispering Wally follows the inspirational tale of a large blue whale, and reveals the secret why he speaks in a whisper. The second title is Professor Horace, Cryptozoologist, which explores the unusual and amusing world of creatures of fable and legend. An elderly professor not only finds the creatures, but befriends them and promises to keep secret their existence. The third title is The Jumbo Shrimp of Dire Straits, written by my wife and I, illustrated by me, which tells the tale of a crusty sea captain who falls on hard times but does not give up on finding a place called Hope. The fourth book I recommend is Hope the Angelfish, which is a written collection of fables with biblical meaning. One illustration accompanies each of the 10 stories included.

Browse all of my titles

To browse all of my book titles available on Amazon, click here to visit my author page online.


I illustrate many books for authors each year and my illustration services are available upon request. I also edit and produce videos for books and other entertainment media at reasonable cost. Inquire how I can help you with your project. Check out examples of my artwork here: ART GALLERY 1, ART GALLERY 2.