Episode 2 – The Iron Maiden

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When Fact Met FictionIn The Iron Maiden, we learn a bit more about the people of Southern Sunset in episode 2.

  1. Mel Tennant does not have a good relationship with the magazine’s celebrity chef, Poppy Stanhope.
  2. Olivia’s favorite author is non other than Nathaniel Embers.
  3. Celeste’s daughter Sunny will be working at the magazine offices in the afternoons.
  4. And Jon, much to the chagrin of Olivia has an incredible grasp on what the readers of Southern Sunset want to read.

Find out if Olivia can fit in as the editor for Southern Sunset in Episode 2 of When Fact Met Fiction.

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Teaser for Episode 2 – Cold Leftovers

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Episode 3 – Poppy Stanhope

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Poppy Stanhope shares what her fans have been saying about Jon’s articles.

Sunny announces that Nathaniel Ember’s newest novel has hit #1 on the New York Times best seller list. Celeste announces that Poppy Stanhope will be arriving in a few minutes. Poppy enters enthusiastically singing the praises of the magazines new format. When she meets Jon she is immediately impressed, much to Jon’s chagrin. After a private conversation it is revealed that Poppy has made Jon an offer to write for her TV show.





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Chilled Cookies and Cream Pie

Chilled Cookies and Cream Pie

Who doesn’t love the taste of cookies and cream?

Oreos first debuted with their cookies and cream goodness in 1912. And since then they have remained a favorite treat for young and old alike. They have also become a kitchen staple for many delicious desserts. Today’s recipe features the chocolatey taste of this beloved cookie. But before we give you that recipe enjoy the story that brings to life one woman’s enduring love and the part that a cookies and cream pie played in keeping that love alive. Read the short story “6 pm” by Jon Frank.

Here is our version of a chilled cookies and cream pie.

We tweaked it, tasted it and it was a hit. Give it a try and then tell us how you liked it or send us a picture. Can’t wait to hear from you.

Chilled Cookies and cream Pie
Chilled Cookies and Cream Pie

A chocolatey, from scratch, pie crust cradles a light and creamy cheesecake inspired filling that is loaded with crushed oreos then topped with homemade whipped cream garnished with more oreos. It doesn't get better than this.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 2 8 oz. blocks cream cheese
  • 1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 20 Oreo cookies crushed
  • 5 Oreo cookies crushed for garnish
Pie crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Line a 9" deep dish pie pan with parchment paper. Grease and dust lightly with cocoa powder.

  3. Combine first 4 dry ingredients and mix well.

  4. Add melted butter and mix until thoroughly incorporated and resembles a soft dough.

  5. Press dough evenly into pie pan and bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

  6. Set aside to cool.

Pie filling
  1. Beat the blocks of cream cheese until creamy.

  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until combined.

  3. Add in the cool whip and beat until very creamy then fold in the crushed Oreos and pour into cooled pie crust.

  4. Spread until evenly distributed and place into freezer.

Whipping cream
  1. Chill a metal bowl in the freezer until cold.

  2. Pour the heavy cream into chilled bowl add 1 tsp vanilla and beat on high until thickened and peaks form.

  3. Place the whipped cream into a piping bag with tip or a Ziplock with 1/4"  of the corner cut off and pipe the whipped cream over the entire pie.

  4. Garnish with Oreo pieces from 5 cookies.

Watch Episode 2 of When Fact Met Fiction to see how a scene with cookie wrappers became the inspiration for this recipe.

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Episode 1 – Welcome to Southern Sunset

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Celeste tries to convince Vic to stay

Episode 1 – Welcome to Southern Sunset introduces Celeste Frank, who is put in a bind when her staff writer, Vic, quits without any prior notice. In spite of her offering more money to Vic he leaves her in a lurch. Find out if she will be able to pull it all together on Episode 1 of When Fact Met Fiction.


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Kale Salad

Asian Kale Salad with Craisins

Kale, the New and Old Superfood

The benefits of eating kale is all over the internet.

Kale is a brassica, which means it’s of the cabbage family. It is loaded with awesome buzzword goodness. It is packed full of fiber, iron, vitamins A, C and of course, K. It has calcium for your bones , antioxidants and best of all is low in fat.Kale Salad ingredients

With all of that power packed goodness no wonder a Samurai, like our hero in the following story, Kowareta and Nana would favor it. Take a moment to read it.

With a few simple ingredients you could be on your way to enjoying a light nutritious side dish like the recipe mentioned in the story above.


Here is our version of an Asian kale salad and add a mouthful of healthy flavor to your next meal.

Kale Salad
Asian Kale Salad with Craisins
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Cuisine: Asian, Salads
Servings: 4 people
Author: Robin Liner
  • 1 large bunch kale
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup almonds raw, slivered
  • 1 TBS olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese fresh grated
  • 1/4 cup sesame ginger dressing
  • 1 cup cranberries dried
  1. Remove the stems from the kale leaves. Cut the kale into small pieces and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add pressed or chopped garlic, salt and parmesan cheese and mix together.
  3. In a small skillet, on medium heat, combine the olive oil and almonds and sauté until lightly browned.
  4. Add the almonds and the dressing to the garlic mixture and mix well.
  5. Place the kale in with the garlic mixture and toss until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  6. Place on plates and garnish with a few dried cranberries if desired. ENJOY!
Recipe Notes

Asian Kale Salad With Craisins is mentioned in Episode 1 of When Fact Met Fiction. Here is the clip from that episode:

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Print out the recipe and as you make and serve some Asian Kale Salad w/ Craisins do it with the same heart of love that Nana shows for Kowareta.

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Mother And Son Team Create Romantic Comedy Webseries

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Jon and Olivia from Webseries "When Fact Met Fiction"
Jeff Alexander (Left) as Jon Frank and Rebekah Babelay (Right) as Olivia Smith

ASHEVILLE, NC, – East Stream Studio, founded this year by Stefan Liner (CEO) and his mother Robin Liner (VP) have teamed up to create the company’s first Webseries, “When Fact Met Fiction”—a romantic comedy that takes place in Southern Appalachia. The show’s two leads are played by Jeff Alexander (Jon Frank) and Rebekah Babelay (Olivia Smith). Supporting roles are played by award winning actor Carol Anderson (Celeste Frank), Mondy Carter (Mel Tenant) and Madison Garris (Sunny Frank). The show will premiere on YouTube and Vimeo on Friday, December 2nd.


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Robin Liner, Writer / Director

“When Fact Met Fiction celebrates southern culture. People in the Southern Appalachians love family, food and falling in love. A story that shows a woman combining entrepreneurship with family is something I can relate to, so it isn’t surprising it made its way into our story.” – Robin Liner, Writer / Director / VP, East Stream Studio

The story takes place in the office of Southern Sunset magazine, a lifestyle magazine owned by single mother and widow Celeste Frank. When Southern Sunset loses its lead writer with only a couple days left before an issue goes to print, Celeste is forced to call in a family favor to her brother in law Jon Frank, aka best selling romance novelist “Nathaniel Embers”.

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Jon and Olivia in a moment of attraction from Episode 3

There’s only a handful of people that know Jon is Nathaniel Embers. Jon keeps it that way for personal and professional reasons. When Jon arrives at Southern Sunset to help, he’s immediately taken with the newest member of the Southern Sunset family, Olivia Smith, a young woman fresh out of college focused on her career as a technical editor.

Things don’t start off too well between the two when Olivia finds some dirt on Jon in a web search. What she doesn’t realize is the Jon that sits across from her now has changed and happens to be her favorite author, Nathaniel Embers. But Jon isn’t afraid of a challenge. He’s made up his mind to win Olivia’s heart and to do so without telling her about Nathaniel Embers.

Stefan Liner, CEO / East Stream Studio
Stefan Liner, Producer / Director

“We’re really excited to present “When Fact Met Fiction” as the first of many more East Stream Studio projects to come. Our desire is to tell stories that connect with people in a meaningful way and I believe “When Fact Met Fiction” will do just that.” – Stefan Liner, Producer / Dierctor / CEO,  East Stream Studio

East Stream Studio is dedicated to developing, producing and distributing quality entertainment for the Web, television and big screen. To find out more about the Web series “When Fact Met Fiction”, visit the show’s website at www.WhenFactMetFiction.com. You can also follow WFMF on Facebook and Instagram.

When Fact Met Fiction Has a Photo Shoot


Awhile back we sent out to subscribers of our newsletter a few pictures from the photo shoot we had done with Jeff Alexander and Rebekah Babelay. We had intended to post a more thorough article about the shoot itself a couple of weeks ago. But things got busy for Stefan (who is still out in California working on “Gold Dust“) and me, who has been attending to the list Stefan left me to cover while he is gone. Anyway, better late than never.

To start, I have to brag about Jeff and Rebekah. First, they worked this shoot into their schedules at the last minute without complaint and they were completely professional (most of the time – smiles).jo-silliness

Rebekah was lovely as always. It’s impossible to make her look bad and believe me we tried for episode 8. You’ll just have to wait to see what I’m talking about. With the modeling experience she had under her belt we were able to get a ton of great pictures in a short amount of time.

Not to belittle Rebekah’s greatness, but Jeff was a beast that day. He had just had major surgery a week and a half earlier, and, in spite of feeling like crap, was able to get his handsome on and muster some sizzling sex appeal (it doesn’t hurt that Jeff and Rebekah have cultivated some awesome chemistry). But they gave us some practical, crazy, and funny pictures as well, and we are so grateful.




Thanks to Jeff and Rebekah for going above and beyond and to Bclip Productions making some of their studio space available to us. As such, we were able to get everything we need to keep things moving forward for When Fact Met Fiction. If you’ve seen the header for this website of our Facebook page you’ve seen a glimpse of what we got accomplished.


Well, without further adieu. Check out the mini-gallery of our photo shoot:











When Fact Met Fiction season one produced by East Stream Studio in Asheville North Carolina

When Fact Met Fiction – Coming December 2016

When Fact Met Fiction: One step closer

What did you do this summer?

When Fact Met Fiction, the web series that gives this website a reason to exist, was what we lived, ate and breathed beginning in March. It will be what some of us continue to be consumed with for quite some time, but that isn’t a bad thing because we are having a blast. The following is a re-purposing of a newsletter we sent out a couple of weeks ago to let our fans know that we are still at work behind the scenes. We are excited to bring WFMF to completion.

At East Stream Studio we are finally accomplishing what we have been working towards for years.

When your brain is bursting with dozens of great ideas for a web series it can be difficult to finally settle on the one you believe you should begin with. Our plan was to begin with a different idea, not because it was better, simply because it was different. But it would also take more time, be more complicated to shoot and cost much more money… and these were limitations we knew we shouldn’t attempt to overcome. On top of that, our producer, Stefan Liner, was going to be gone for two months to work on the feature, Gold Dust as 1st AD. He was convinced he wanted to have a project of his own come out this year. Not simply a pilot, but an entire season of something. So, we went back to the drawing board, so to say, and revived an idea Stefan had originally come up with several tears earlier.

For our team,  When Fact Met Fiction was the perfect fit. It had fun storylines, enjoyable characters and was able to be shot primarily in one location making it feasible to pull off an entire season on a meager budget. So, we locked in on WFMF and immediately began strategizing about the story and characters. Then we divided so we could conquer. I went to work writing the scripts while Stefan dove into the pre-production. It looked something like this:

When Fact Met Fiction’s, “Basic Insane Plan”

  • Write 8 scripts and revise them multiple times
  • Put together a crew
  • Do a bunch of pre-production stuff (You know… get locations, design the set, create or acquire props, wardrobe, etc.)
  • Run auditions and cast our characters
  • Make a web series

    When Fact Met Fiction- Some of our great crew Dustin Abernathy, Joel Escalante and Sam Scott
    When Fact Met Fiction- Some of our great crew Dustin Abernathy, Joel Escalante and Sam Scott

Principle photography is in the can (or…on the hard drive)
Promotional photos are behind us.
Branding for the show is looking great thanks to Jay and Stefan Liner and all we have left is:

  • Editing
  • Marketing
  • Plan a premier
  • More marketing
  • Funding for Season 2 (And trust me you’ll want a Season 2…we sure do!)

Okay, that’s still a lot to do before…

… We start all over again, but with an even better sense of how to get to where we are going.
Why? Because we love this.


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