About Us

What is Authentic Productions Entertainment?

Authentic Productions Entertainment (APE) is an organization of writers, artists, and editors dedicated to working together to create quality creator-controlled entertainment in the forms of both digital and print novels, comics, and whatever else strikes our fancy. If you’re a writer, artist, or editor and are interested in becoming an APE, drop us a line at authenticproductionsmail@gmail.com.

Who is APE?


J.R. Broadwater, Writer

J.R. Broadwater (Randy to his friends and family) is a freelance writer from Memphis, TN. His published works include the non-fiction semi-autobiography Down With the Thickness: Viewing the World From a Fat Guy’s Perspective, the urban sci-fi novel You Only Die Twice, the contemporary fantasy novel The Chosen: Rebirthing Part 1, and the superhero fantasy novel Just Super- all of which are available in paperback and for Kindle. Current projects include the ongoing serial Moving On, the comic series Failsafe with artist Shawn Skvarna, and several other novels in various states of completion. J.R. currently resides in Saint Louis, MO with his beautiful wife and four year old step-son.

J.R. is available for freelance work and can be reached at authenticwriters@gmail.com.

You can also follow J.R. on Twitter: @Chosenwriter & Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authenticentertainment

Shawn Skvarna, Illustrator

Shawn Skvarna is a Graphic/Production Director for Benchmark Group Media, which publishes the Harrisburg Magazine. In what little free time he has, Shawn designs awesome covers for fat friends that are too poor to pay him, and aspires to do the art chores on comics with that same fat friend who will still be too poor to pay him. If you’re not too poor to pay him, Shawn is open to being commissioned for art projects, because he is an awesome artist and would like to be able to feed his wife and baby girl.

For commissions contact Shawn Skvarna at shawnskvarna@gmail.com

Cathy Holder, Editor

“Although I have no proof, I am certain my mother was correcting everyone’s use of the English language in the delivery room, including mine! I can just imagine her saying, as she faded in and out from the anesthetic, ‘Cathy, you should enunciate ‘wahhhhh-ha’ more clearly and without the use of a preposition at the end of your sentence.’ From those humble beginnings began a lifelong love of the English language. I majored in Spanish & English in college, and, although I dropped out before graduation to pursue other interests, my enthusiasm has yet to wane all these years later. I have edited a book, countless publications, cover letters and resumes, as well as school papers for graduate level students. I have written poetry since I was a teenager and have two books formulating in my head. Thankfully, my husband, children, friends, and especially my mother, understand this passion and encourage me daily!”

For editing services contact  Cathy Holder at clholder@mediacombb.net


Mark Ruelius, Writer

Mark Ruelius was our best friend and co-writer for over ten years. He passed away on January 7, 2010 due to complications with diabetes. Though he is no longer with us physically, he will live on in the hearts and minds of those that knew him and in the various worlds and characters that he has helped to create. His works include co-writing The Chosen Rebirthing Parts I and II, and helping to develop concepts for You Only Die Twice, The Thick Man (In Production), & Failsafe (In Production).