Welcome to the official website of nonfiction Kyle Ripton (writer/author).
Kyle Ripton, is an accomplished author, poet, actor, and singer, who is driven by an incredible passion for self-expression, his unique blend of writing to create characters that are unforgettable.
Born in Waterloo, New York and raised in Marana/Tucson, Arizona, Kyle spent his early years creating short stories, building tree forts, and drawing for family and friends. He vividly remembers watching Hogan's Heroes, Star Trek, and Gilligan's Island, while playing with his little green army men, dreaming of the day he grows up to become a soldier himself.
Kyle graduated from high school and left Arizona in 1986 to attend Army Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He then moved to Fort Sam Houston, Texas to train as a Combat Medic, and then moved onto Fort McClellan, Alabama to train as a Military Policeman. From there he deployed overseas to Mannheim, Germany during the COLD WAR.
Kyle's love of writing and singing was uncontrollably leading him to his passion for the big screen. Reading every screenplay, he could find, Kyle learned to write manuscripts, which he later published. When he wasn’t writing, he listened to different bands practicing in the sound rooms of Germany’s studios, until his audition with the band "Alert," landing the lead singer’s position, working small gigs to save up enough money so he could buy a computer, and pursue his love of writing. Studying people, listening to their stories, and write about them, singing for the band, all while proudly serving his country, “I became a student of life," he recalls.
Two years later, Kyle married, left the band, but was soon deployed to Desert Storm (GULF WAR), ending his marriage. After Desert Storm/Shield Kyle remarried and was deployed to Darmstadt, Germany. Continuing his writing of short stories and screenplays, he auditioned for any productions that would see him but did not land any significant roles to take his career to the big screen.
Kyle’s career in the Army consumed him as he rose high in the ranks, commanding his presence as a leader of troops and his units need for him to deploy more frequently to Bosnia, Kosovo, Korea (DMZ), and then to Iraq, where he was injured. After his retirement in 2005, Kyle moved back to Arizona, and in 2006, Kyle wrote and published the novel’s “Diaries of a Soldier, nightmares from within” and “Tunnels, what we did as kids.”
It was in 2010 when Kyle divorced his second wife, slipped into a deep depression, and became homeless. “Living life on the streets was difficult, but it was my writing that brought me back from certain death,” Kyle adds.
In 2010, he wrote and published the novel and script for the feature film, he would go on to direct, produce, and have a cameo in called, "Desperate Situation, Broken of Distinguished Insanity."
Fast-forward to 2016, Kyle’s latest work is the novel and script for his next movie “The Coin Collector.” The Coin Collector is a story about a wealthy Italian family and a serial killer tangled in a harrowing world of hidden secrets, deception, lawlessness, gold, diamonds, and more, under the cloak of mother earth.
Kyle has received numerous awards for his imaginative storytelling and insightful nonfiction work. We invite you to pull up a comfortable chair and explore Kyle’s work. Kyle has been focused on his newest work, a series of children’s self-help books he hopes will grace the libraries and classrooms of schoolhouses around the world. Publishing his first in this series is “The Mourning Tree.” A subtle and simple way for children to understand the loss of a loved one, followed by “Amber’s Pear,” teaching that not everything that glitters is gold, others are to follow soon for your enjoyment. Kyle has also been working to reach out to the deaf and blind readers, providing his work in a variety of formats that help those with disabilities to expand their creativity through reading and writing.
So, we welcome you to come in and enjoy the work of Kyle Ripton.
AWARDS & TESTIMONIALS
Kyle was the International Poetry Societies Ambassador for the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Some of his fan's write – "Kyle's love of writing and acting is infectious," said one fan at a recent film shoot, "Once you see him work, you want to find everything that he has appeared in or written."
- Leslie Patterson, Sacramento, California
"This writer has the ability to captivate you and draw you into his work. Amazing work. You have to see for yourself. I couldn't put the book down."
- Sandy Wilfred, New York
"This writer took me back to my childhood in a good way. I laughed so hard while reading Tunnels, what we did as kids; I nearly wet my pants from laughing so hard."
- A. G. Smith, Producer
"Definitely took me back and worth reading."
- Shelby Mullins, South Carolina
"Can't wait to see the rest of your work that is coming. Your work made me think back to just how simple life can be if we only stop to smell the roses every now and then."
- Cheryl Cordaro, Arizona
AUTHOR IN THE NEWS
Xlibris Radio--June 2010
Fort Hood Sentinel--April 2006
Marana Weekly News--October 2009
Arizona Daily Star--October 2009
Gladden Farms News Letter--2009
Google News Site--2008 & 2009
Barnes & Noble--2006 & 2009
Amazon--2006 & 2009
Literary Society--2006, 2007, 2008, 2009