Piper Castillo, Clearwater Community Reporter

Piper Castillo

Clearwater Community Reporter

I grew up in Fort Lauderdale and received an English degree from Florida Atlantic University. As a community news reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, I cover north Pinellas County and also write the "Nightstand" column for the Sunday book pages. The only thing better than a good read is a day in the sun with my family.

What actor, author Meg Tilly reads for balance

Meg Tilly Penguin Random House
In her own romance thrillers, she aims for both darkness and light.

‘Miraculum’ creates a dark carnival

Steph Post, the author of
Author Steph Post took a break from writing a crime fiction trilogy to dive into a fantasy world.

Rob Sanders finds optimism in middle-grade books

The author and teacher is also reading about American history.

Paul Wilborn’s nightstand is long on short stories

Paul Wilborn poses near La France in Ybor City. Wilborn's debut book,
The author of a book of stories set in Ybor City is reading Lauren Groff, Anton Chekhov and Elmore Leonard.

Kristen Hare enjoys sharing books with her kids

Kristen Hare, author of 100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die. Courtesy of Kristen Hare
The author of ‘100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die’ is reading Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series.