Featured Author February – C.J. Zachary

C.J. Zachary is a bestselling children’s book author who works exclusively with her illustrator husband, Zac. The husband and wife team is from Arkansas and work in elementary education. Zac is an art teacher while CJ is a Dyslexia Interventionist. She also has taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and has served as a Literacy Facilitator. Their first book, The Awkward Avocado, teaches the importance of acceptance and self-love. It has been a smash hit since its release in 2022. CJ and Zac just recently released the sequel, Awkward Avocado and the Interrupting Raptor.

Featured Author January – Dr. Bruce Piasecki

Dr. Bruce Piasecki is the founder of a global management consulting firm, AHC Group, Inc., and a New York Times bestselling author on shared value and social response capitalism. Bruce has worked for over a third of the Fortune 500 in change management, including BP, Merck, and Toyota. One of the earliest advocates for climate solutions, he has been an agent for change for over 40 years. He’s also the co-founder of the Creative Force Foundation – which annually awards young authors writing on business and society issues.

Yearly Roundup, Featured Authors

Over the last year, we’ve highlighted some prolific authors. Every author writes with purpose, passion, and plenty of heart. It’s been incredible to hear their stories and learn more about the inspiration behind their books. In case you missed it, here are some of the authors who made their presences felt in 2022.

Featured Author December – Mary Lee Montfort

Mary Lee Montfort is a successful baker and small business owner. After beginning her culinary career in the kitchen of the Union Bay Café in Seattle, Washington, she went on to open her own successful small baking business in 2004, Mary Lee’s Desserts. Mary Lee believes in passing things forward and has covered all of the costs of designing, producing, distributing, and marketing her cookbook herself so that she can donate all of the profits from each sale to three charities – World Central Kitchen, The Trevor Project, and St. Jude Children’s Research hospital.

Author Spotlight: Cydnee Brady

Cydnee Brady is the author of the new Christmas children’s book, Undercover Elf. It’s a creative and charming story for families to enjoy this Christmas season, and many more in the future. With its wonderful storytelling and hand-crafted illustrations, this festive book captures the magic and joy of Christmas.

Featured Author November – Beth Miller

Beth Miller is the founder of Wagtown, a charitable organization that helps communities become more dog-friendly. Her new book, Tucker Finds His Forever Home, was written to speak to children about dogs and their effect on our lives. The story is told through the eyes of a young pit bull named Tucker. It brings readers along on a journey filled with many life lessons about self-worth, breed discrimination, safety, emotions, and bullying. 100% of the book’s proceeds benefit animal welfare projects and programs that make the world a better place for dogs.

Featured Author October – Dr. Shamina Aubuchon

Dr. Shamina Aubuchon is the author of the best-selling children’s book, If You Touch, I’ll Tell. The book is a very important alarm system for children so they can protect themselves against predators. Dr. Aubuchon holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in Immunology from Eastern Virginia Medical School. A survivor of child sexual abuse, she is an advocate and voice for children who face those horrific and traumatizing situations.

Meet the Halloweenie Team: An Interview

Author Amanda McCann and illustrator Simone Föhl are tremendous talents, and they were kind enough to share some insight into the detailed processes that made this project a reality. Meet the Halloweenie team and get a behind the scenes understanding of what it takes to create a successful children's book!

Featured Author September – Lee Marie Klose

Lee Klose was born in California and now lives in Arizona. Her book, Late for the Buss: An Adoption Story explores the confusion she felt as a child and the challenges she faced as an adult seeking biological information on her family of origin. After a lifetime of searching, she discovered that she is the eldest daughter of Dr. Gerald Buss, the legendary owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. With six younger siblings who knew nothing about her and the realization that she has no legal claim to the family wealth, Lee continued to write and eventually met her siblings and most importantly, her mother, JoAnn just before she passed away on January 21, 2022. In this interview, I sit down with Lee to discuss her story and what it is like to be Unknown Buss.

Author Spotlight: L. M. Connolly

L.M. Connolly MS DVM spent twenty-six years as an associate veterinarian at a private practice. It’s a career filled with compassion fatigue, depression, suicide, and struggle. Learn more about Dr. Connolly and the inspiration behind her captivating story through our discussion.

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