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 newspaper columnist, a commercial artist/designer by profession and author and illustrator of over 130 children's books. My wife and I own Tangerine Sky Productions, a video entertainment company. And, when I'm not working my tail off, I am enjoying time with my family.



Strange Grand Haven paperback coming July 2015
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 will appear in a upcoming book, "Strange Grand Haven," which will be 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. 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 writing a book, titled, "Return to Strange Grand Haven," which will pick up where the newspaper column left off and present all-new "believe it or not" tales from Ottawa County history. Stay tuned for details, appearing on the Strange Grand Haven web page. Pictured is the cover of the new Strange Grand Haven book, on sale beginning in July 2015.

Frederick Hollman serial killer book to be republished

Black Oak Media, the original publisher of "Final Doom: The Frederick Hollman Story," recently placed the book out-of-print as the company restructures. I will be self-publishing the book and re-releasing it this fall via Amazon. The book, about one of our nation's first serial killers who once lived in Grand Haven, Michigan, will feature all of the original book's content and some updated material. It will be paperback, approximately 100 pages, and be available online as well as in select local Grand Haven stores.

Illustrations completed for 4th Zampolin dragon book

I just completed illustration the third in a series of Sparkie Wyk the Dragon books for author Dayette. J. Zampolin. In the latest book, Sparkie and Crystal, Sparkie learns to adjust to family life when his sister, Crystal, is born. Crystal, unlike Sparkie who breathes fire, breathes frost! The contrast between the two finds them meeting in the middle as the siblings learn to love each other for their differences. Prior to this book was Sparkie Wyk and Sparkie Soars. I created nearly 20 full color illustrations for the new picture book. Free coloring pages are available from the author. Visit Sparkie's homepage and Dayette J. Zampolin online, and watch for the book available via Amazon kindle soon! Pictured: An illustration from the new 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.


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