Beyond the Halls: An Insider’s Guide to Loving Museums
Mackenzie Finklea is an American Anthropologist and life-long museum enthusiast. She is a young professional who studied at the University of Texas at Austin earning a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, a minor in Architecture, and a certificate in Museum Studies. In April of 2019, she was invited to speak at the TEDx conference at UT Austin about her research on Internet Memes and cyberculture. She has a long history of previous leadership roles and a vibrant fascination with displays of human culture. Mackenzie is borderline obsessed with two things in life: museums, and her tabby cat, Owen. She was compelled to write her book, Beyond the Halls: An Insider’s Guide to Loving Museums as a way to share her passion for museums in a practical and fun approach so that everyone can have the opportunity to cherish and admire museums as much as she does.
The Optimizer: Building and Leading a Team of Serial Innovators
John Saunders spent more than two decades as a Wall Street Senior Vice President, sales team leader, and award-winning sales executive. He followed his passion for helping others grow and founded a coaching and consulting company, Forward Advisory Solutions. He holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Georgetown University. Additionally, Saunders is a member of Georgetown McDonough’s MBA Alumni Advisory Council, an active angel investor, and a formal mentor in the Georgetown Executive MBA mentorship program. As a lifelong learner, Saunders asserts that change is necessary in today’s business world and believes in empowering those with whom he works. In addition to writing, mentoring, and coaching, Saunders enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and exploring the outdoors.
The Child in Us: A Collection of Stories about Happiness
Elizabeth Lucy Ivanecky is a Canadian creative writer who has a passion for the magic of storytelling. As a little girl, she would get lost in the fantastical realms of her wild childhood imagination through the bedtime stories her father shared, which cultivated her kind and playful spirit. Nurturing her inner child as a young lady, Elizabeth knows what a privilege it is to grow old, yet also pledges that her essence will never grow up. She hopes through her writing she can inspire others to be kinder toward and love one another. She sees her future filled with possibilities and plans to always write stories that will enchant the little girl dearest to her heart. Herself.
Angela J. Townsend is a filmmaker and a traditionally published, award-winning author of gothic suspense. Angela is a member of the Author’s Guild in NYC and many other film and writing organizations. Angela is represented by the former Vice President of Paramount Pictures, M. Kenneth Suddleson.
Where are you from? I’m from western Montana. A beautiful place known as the Big Sky Country. I grew up on a farm surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. My childhood was filled with glorious days of playing in the clear, cool waters of Flathead Lake and the Blackfoot river.
Why do you write? I write because it brings me joy and a sense of peace.
What do you write about? Fictional characters in unusual settings. I’m a fan of the Victorian as well as Edwardian time periods.
Do you have a specific writing style? Gothic. I love the classics. My favorite authors are the Brontë sisters, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, and L. M. Montgomery.
What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? People. There have been a lot of negative people that have drifted in and out of my life. Thankfully I have a lot of loving, supportive friends and a strong family who uplift me and support my career.
What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? You changed my life in a positive way. I’m a very empathic person. I love helping others.
How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I started very early, around four or five.
When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? As a child. I couldn’t think of anything better.
What is your work schedule like when you are writing? Early mornings are my best time. I start writing while enjoying my morning tea. My dog is always at my side or curled near my feet.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I can write anywhere and at any time. Noise or distraction doesn’t bother me. In fact, I’m very comfortable in crowded cafes or other busy settings.
How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one-published or non) It takes me about a year and then the editing process, which is usually another month. I’m quite fond of writing screenplays which is what I do now full time.
Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? Yes, keep writing and seek out a critique group. Listen to the feedback of others and consider it wisely.
What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? Finding enough time to write when I’m busy with my movie projects.
What do you think makes a good story? Captivating characters and an interesting setting.
What does your family think of your writing? I have the most loving and supportive family. I am a very fortunate person to have the support system I do.
Do you see writing as a career? Writing is my career. Although I love to write books, I am now in the motion picture industry.
Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? I would like to thank those who enjoy reading my books. Moreover, I am very thankful for their continued love and support. My readers are very dear to me.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I was old enough to hold a pen.
I was born in a family of 4 seasons. I was Winter. My father trained me by the teachings of military. He taught me disciple.
That stayed with me. I cherish and value the fields of sports and mathematics. One taught me how to discover the world and the other taught me how to discover myself.
I studied the faculty of electronics and telecommunications. I had become an Engineer and now I work in an automotive company. I am an Engineer, but I do not like making scientific papers – I think they are boring.
I write code for a living. I write novels for a passion. Besides sport practices, I enjoy watching good movies, creating bpm-based playlists, playing MortalKombat, Yu-Gi-Oh and Left4Dead. I was raised with Dragon Ball, Star Wars and DC comics.
I find darkness fascinating. It is quiet and chaotic at the same time. It is fascinating because it activates my spirit! This spiridix thing… I wondered about it all my life. I think I found out how it works.
I couldn’t keep this information all to myself. I like stories. I first planned a book of 300 pages, and I thought hooray that would be it.
But this is a complex topic. More it needed. It has branches of connections. It is way bigger than a simple concept. So, there would be 7 books.
What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?
I am limited by time. I have to mange my priorities so that quality will not be absent.
What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
I like to write hidden powerful solutions that would help humanity as a civilization. One friend told me that he never belief you can view the world in such a way. For me, that is joyful achievement.
How long have you been writing?
I started since high school with small writings about some ideas that would help me change my perspective. In 2018 I started writing my novel project. So, I would say 3 years.
When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
It is not a desire of mine to become a writer. I write because that is how I expose my ideas. As times passed, it became a pleasure.
What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
After my 9-5 job I start lifting weights to train and this refreshes my mind and body and then, I can start writing without the influence of the day. I usually put only one song in the background. “Yiruma – River Flows in You”
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I enjoy transmitting an information that would help the reader in the real life.
How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)
Usually two and a half years.
Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
I think a writer should be concise. Not useful or unused information should not be present. As a story writer, I think the best you can describe a moment with a rich environment is to write how the senses would view it.
What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?
My writings are usually about ideas. The challenge is “How can I put this idea in a story that would appear normal and unnoticeable?” So, I try to image an environment with a specific problem that its solution has my idea. It’s a research/developing challenge.
What do you think makes a good story?
The one that gives curiosity and leaves space for imagination.
What does your family think of your writing?
The problem is that my writings are in English. My parents know only the maternal language, which is Romanian, so one small book I had translated for them and my father said it is complex, but he did not find any flaws in the research. For me, it is important that the ideas are well researched/developed and tested so that they would be flawless.
Do you see writing as a career?
I would enjoy replacing the 8 hours doing engineer stuff with writing.
Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?
If you had doubt that the spirit was something of a myth or a religion fantasy, you are wrong. And I can prove its existence.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I finished my first book. When I had something to show.
Pills, Teas, and Songs: Stories of Medicine around the World
Debby Nguyen studied Pharmacy and Data Science at Northeastern University, Boston. She is the fifth generation in her family to be involved in medicine and holds a deep reverence for the history of healthcare. While honoring her own heritage of Vietnamese traditional medicine, among other cultures, she hopes to inspire her readers to be inquisitive and informed of the medicine and wellness practices they incorporate into their lives. Debby is also a New York Times-featured poet and a passionate solo-traveler.
Dulee Paranavitana, who also writes under the name D.R. Carmel, is the author of a poetry book, ‘My Musings’ and a novel ‘Jungle Jaunts’. Her books can be read and enjoyed by adults and children alike. Her next novel, titled ‘Midwood Magic’, will be coming out soon. Currently, she is working on her next book of poems ‘Ripples and Echoes’. She also writes on Wattpad as a hobby.
Describe yourself in five words:
Hardworking, dedicated, passionate, creative, and innovative
What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
I’m into marketing
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I step out of my comfort zone
What scares you the most?
What makes you happiest?
Why do you write?
Because I enjoy writing
What motivates you to write?
I want to write a bestseller!
What writing are you most proud of?
My book Midwood Magic
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Obtaining a degree
What books did you love growing up?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone
What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
She did the best and worked hard!
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I live in Negombo, Sri Lanka! I still live there!
How did you develop your writing?
I watched online courses and I kept on writing!
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
What marketing works for you?
Social media marketing
What else do you do, other than write?
I work as a digital marketing executive
What other jobs have you had in your life?
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Tell us about your family?
My parents are doctors and my brother is a med student
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
People liking my book
It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?
Yes! I don’t have one as of now!
Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
Midwood Magic, It’s a fantasy book!
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
Listen to music
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
Model Breakers: Breaking Through Stereotypes and Embracing Your Authenticity
Charlene Wang is the founder of LivingOS, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people embrace their authenticity in life. She writes the LivingOS Newsletter and hosts the Model Breakers podcast to explore what it means to live a good life. Charlene has spent years coaching professionals and has pioneered the value coaching practice to help entrepreneurs, creators, and leaders find, in twenty minutes, their true values and motivations in life. While LivingOS and coaching are Charlene’s passion, by day she works as a product manager at Google. Charlene received her B.Sc. in applied mathematics, computer science, and economics from Brown University. She resides in the Bay Area and admits to being a bit obsessed with her Alishan golden oolong tea.
Charisse M. Williams is a certified leadership coach, speaker and mindfulness teacher who brings passion and authenticity to everything she does. Her entire career is dedicated to advancing social justice and the well-being of marginalized communities. A travel enthusiast, she once traveled across Europe with no itinerary, starting in Amsterdam and ending in Marrakech five weeks later. She is insatiably curious about the mind and loves nerdy podcasts like The Hidden Brain on NPR Radio. Charisse earned her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Break Your Bad Habits in 150 Pages: A Hero’s Journey
Nicholas Lugo has dedicated his life to uplifting the human condition, whether it be putting a smile on a face or solving much deeper problems. His focus is especially tailored towards habit breaking and solving this difficult challenge faced by his generation. He wrote this book simply because this problem is a universal one — everyone struggles with bad habits. And the worst part is that most of these habits have a tremendous impact on our lives. By simply observing his friends and family struggling with this universal problem, it was easy for him to get passionate about sharing this information with the world. While he has written a book on this topic, he cannot say that he is a robot without flaws. And he never expects to be. Yet, these strategies in this book have personally saved his own life from an immense amount of future pain by eliminating many bad habits — and that is why he is sharing them with you.