1 February, 2018


Suzanne Bohan is an accomplished health and science journalist, with an expertise in covering health inequities. From 2000 to 2012 she covered science and health issues for the largest newspaper chain in the San Francisco region, the Bay Area News Group. Bohan has won nearly 20 journalism awards, including the 2010 White House Correspondents’ Association Edgar A. Poe award for the series “Shortened Lives: Where You Live Matters.”  She previously worked for the Sacramento Bee, and the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers nationwide have also published her work.

Bohan’s first book, 50 Simple Ways to Live a Longer Life was published by Sourcebooks in 2005.  In April, 2018, Island Press will publish Twenty Years: Why the Poor Die Earlier and How to Challenge Inequity.

Bohan has a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from San Francisco State University. She lives in Northern California with her husband.

11 September, 2017


Nora Bradbury-Haehl is co-author with Bill McGarvey of The Freshman Survival Guide (Center Street/Hachette), which went into a second edition in Spring 2017.

She has worked with teenagers for more than 25 years. She has presented at the National Catholic Youth Conference and is a sought-after leader of workshops and retreats for parents, teens, and college students.

  • She authored ScriptureWalk: Discipleship, God’s Word, Your World,  and Sunday Prayers for Teens. She was a writer for Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics and the Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth.
  • She’s been a contributing editor at and was editor for their Young Adult Ministry in a Box project. She also writes for God’s Word Many Voices.
  • The first edition of her book The Freshman Survival Guide for new college students was featured on The Late Show with David Letterman and the second edition has enjoyed Amazon Bestseller status.

Nora is an editor at Saint Mary’s Press. She is active in interfaith youth work, bringing young people of different faiths together to do service and learn about each other. She loves creating opportunities for young people to have conversations that matter.

She and her husband Greg have four teen and adult children and live in Rochester, NY.

7 August, 2017


Ann Grant didn’t aspire to be a divorce lawyer. She was a partner at a large multi-national law firm, representing fortune five hundred companies, married to a corporate litigator. They had three children and life was good. Until it all came to a crashing halt. Over the next five years, Ann went through a devastating divorce that threatened her emotional health and financial stability.

Divorce is a multi-billion-dollar industry — but the system is rigged. Divorce “professionals” (lawyers, mediators, forensic accountants and therapists) bill by the hour. They financially benefit when women are indecisive and uninformed. Divorces often needlessly drag on for years, while the “professionals” line their pockets with divorcing women’s misery.

Ann had an epiphany. As she was driving down the freeway, headed to trial with the evidence she needed to “win,” she realized a fundamental truth. No one “wins” in a divorce. There are only losers. The only way to take back her sanity was to stop the madness. And she did just that.

Through the process of letting go and finding forgiveness, Ann took back her life. She found her way through the chaos by developing a personal mindfulness practice, and combined with her legal know-how, was able to create a new and better life for her and her children.

When it was finally over, she made the decision to commit her career to helping women navigate the legal minefields and outsmart the system so they can get to a new and better life with their sanity intact and their money where it belongs: in the bank. In her legal practice in Manhattan Beach, California, she helps dozens of women every year. And now, in her forthcoming book, The Divorce Hacker’s Guide to Untying the Knot (New World Library), she reveals the secrets she has learned and that the industry does not want women to know, because they provide a swift route out.

Together with financial advisors and therapists, Ann also runs workshops for women facing divorce and blogs frequently on the topic. It is the women in these workshops, and their stories, that are the inspiration for the work Ann is now doing through DivorceHacker.

Ann received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law where she graduated cum laude, 1991. While there, she served as Editor of the San Diego Law Review. She is the former editor of The Woman Advocate Newsletter, the official publication of the Woman Advocate Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and an adjunct professor of law at Southwestern University in Los Angeles.

Check out Ann and her blog at
Twitter @DivorceHacker


6 July, 2017


Laura Hartema is the author of Bering Sea Strong: Because Sometimes a Woman Has to Board a Fishing Boat to Find Herself (Skyhorse, Spring 2018). Hartema was born and raised in Chicagoland and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri. The challenging work and adventures depicted in Bering Sea Strong led to Hartema’s present career as an ecologist with a focus on stream and wetland restoration. Her passion for her work and love for nature spills into her community, where she leads volunteers in stream enhancement efforts. She encourages others to seek inspiration, beauty and humor in her blog, Love This Day ( Hartema resides in the Seattle area and spends much of her time outdoors embracing Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic mountains.

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22 June, 2017


Alexandra Silber is an actress, Grammy-nominated singer, and writer.
She recently starred most as Tzeitel in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. She earlier played Hodel in a revival of the same show in London’s West End. It was those two roles which inspired her to write After Anatevka.
Other Broadway and West End credits include Master Class, Arlington (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Hello Again (Drama League nomination), and She Loves Me, Kiss Me, Kate, The Woman in White, and Carousel. She has appeared on all three incarnations of Law & Order and has performed in a variety of outlets ranging from the 57th Grammy Awards to Carnegie Hall. Alexandra is also a 2014 Grammy nominee for her portrayal of Maria in the first-ever full symphonic recording of West Side Story, with the San Francisco Symphony.

She lives in New York, and After Anatevka is her first book.

Her memoir White Hot Grief Parade, is set to be published by Pegasus Books in May, 2018.

7 June, 2017

Wester Anderson

A practicing Catholic, Anderson’s books about angels and miracles were inspired by a personal experience of angel intervention that 31XJYNpNedL._SY200_occurred in her own life. She has been a freelance writer and public speaker for more than thirty years.  Wester Anderson has been chronicling the phenomenon of angel intervention in our lives and is widely credited with helping to usher in the “angel craze” in the 1990s.

Joan Wester Anderson began writing in 1973, as a way to bring home a second income for her family of seven. “It was to be a temporary situation while I figured out what talents I had,” Joan says. However, she never got around to deciding; instead she slipped into magazine feature writing, and did an occasional book,too. “The books never sold very well–my mother sometimes bought a copy—but they gave the illusion that I was somewhat of a professional, which was important for my self-image.”

In 1992, Joan realized that her children had all finished college and moved away. Perhaps it was time for her to do the same. One of her sons had experienced an amazing miracle, so she decided to write one last book in thanksgiving to God, and then return to college to prepare for her next career. Instead, her “thanksgiving book” became a New York Times best-seller, Where Angels Walk.   First published by Ballantine Books in 1993, it was released in a 25th Anniversary Edition by Loyola Books in 2016).  Her many subsequent books include  In the Arms of Angels (Loyola Press, 2009), and even a book about how angels sometimes appear as our pets, chronicled in Angel Tails. She lives in Prospect Heights, Illinois.

In this interview of Beliefnet, Wester Anderson explains her view of angels and their unique role in our lives:

2 March, 2017


Marilyn Simon Rothstein is the author of Husbands and Other Sharp Objects (Lake Union, 2018) and  Lift And Separate (Lake Union, 2016), the hilarious and heartwarming novels for anyone who every had a family.

For more than twenty-five years, Marilyn owned an advertising agency in beautiful downtown Avon, Connecticut.

The author grew up with her two sisters in Flushing, Queens.  She went to Francis Lewis High School. Marilyn earned her degree in journalism from New York University, and began her writing career at Seventeen, the magazine. She has a master of arts in liberal studies from Wesleyan University, and a master of arts in Judaic Studies from the University of Connecticut.

Marilyn is married to a man she met in an elevator to whom she dedicated Lift And Separate, and has two daughters. One is an award-winning playwright (By The Water, All The Days, The Invested), and the other one makes a living.

She enjoys theater and movies and other activities that do not require motion. Marilyn has few hobbies, other than hosting large, boisterous groups for holiday dinners two nights in a row.  Follow Marilyn on Twitter: @NounsandVerbs1, “Like” her page on FB: Marilyn Simon Rothstein


8 February, 2017


Happily settled in the Rochester, NY, area with her husband and two young sons, Susan Gilbert-Collins is always a little homesick for her home state of South Dakota. That’s probably why a lot of her fiction is set there, including her first novel, Starting from Scratch (Touchstone at Simon & Schuster, 2010).author photo_042315

“I wanted to explore what it’s like to lose one’s mother as a young adult,” Gilbert-Collins says, “and I tried to do so with a lighter touch, with humor and compassion, so the reader could witness the main character’s grief without being overwhelmed by it. My main character, Olivia, loses her mother very suddenly, and after that she doesn’t return to ‘normal,’ whatever that means, quickly enough to suit her family. This is a typical response to grief in our culture: you’re supposed to move on fairly quickly, which I found hard to do when I lost my own mother as a young adult.”

Olivia, the youngest of four high-achieving siblings, resists family pressure and at first wants only to bury herself in her mother’s kitchen, finding solace in their shared passion for cooking. But as a family secret comes to light and startling announcements are made by two of her siblings, she finds herself drawing on her mother’s memory and spirit to navigate the shifting family dynamics.

Gilbert-Collins’s short fiction has often explored loss as well and has appeared in ConfrontationThe Greensboro Review, Prairie SchoonerAlabama Literary Review, and Kansas Quarterly/Arkansas Review. Her stories have been finalists in Glimmer Train competitions and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Along the way, Gilbert-Collins has freelanced in technical writing and test development, taught English as a Second Language, worked briefly in grants and development, and studied at Oberlin and the University of Minnesota to put off the inevitable (a real job).  And before any of that, she spent the summer between high school and college as the worst pizza deliverer in the history of South Dakota.

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10 January, 2017


nancybansheeNancy Cowan’s life has been all about understanding animals and their relationships to Mankind.  An accredited riding instructor as a teen, as a young mother living in New Hampshire, she became interested in sled dogs and the history of  US exploration o f Antarctica by dogteam.  Her conventional split in a conventional subdivision soon had the unconventional accessory of six huskies living in the backyard.  Nancy became known around the globe for her writing about sled dogs as a sportswriter and author of seven self-published books.  While running her own team and occasionally racing them, Nancy rediscovered an inner satisfaction she had known with her horses.  Halfway measures have never been enough for her, so when Jim, Nancy’s husband, began a quest to make falconry a legal hunting sport in the state, she became involved right away.   Now, more than 30 years later, both Cowans are Master Falconers as well as owners of the internationally known New Hampshire School of Falconry.

Life took an unexpected turn when Nancy and Jim were asked by wildlife experts and federal officials to take on the task of becoming licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators with a mission to rehabilitate and evaluate for release the State’s injured peregrine falcons.  Through falconry, Nancy formed a connection with the wild peregrine, N Z,, not with the intention of taming him but rather to prepare him to return to live in the wild.  This connection was so strong, so sweet, and so amazing, it changed Nancy far more than any change she had effected upon the raptor.   Her book, Peregrine Spring, A Master Falconer’s Extraordinary Life with Birds of Prey, was written to bear witness to  the surprising  understandings she has learned from years of working with hawks and falcons, something Nancy teaches daily in her classes at her School.  Ably agented by Jacqueline Flynn, her book was bought by Lyons Press, which released it in March of 2016.

Parents of grown children and grandparents of two, Nancy and Jim Cowan reside in the small town of Deering, New Hampshire, where Nancy served 16 years as her town’s Town Clerk and Tax Collector.   She and Jim are both now retired…or as retired as running a busy school can allow.  They share their lives with five hawks, six falcons, and two Gordon Setter dogs.


10 January, 2017


susan-scheff-red-1Sue Scheff is a nationally-recognized speaker, parent advocate and internet safety expert. She is the founder of Parents’ Universal Resource Experts, Inc., an informational resource for parents struggling with challenging teenagers. She is also the author of the upcoming SHAME NATION: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate (coming Fall 2017 from Sourcebooks) which dives into the dark side of today’s digital reality where countless people are being electronically embarrassed each day, whether it’s from trolling, cyber-slamming, digital drama, revenge porn, sexting, doxing, hacking or other malicious virtual take-downs. This culture of destroying people with the simple stroke of a keyboard is much more than a fadit’s the new normal. SHAME NATION will survey the wreckage of the most shocking digital debacles, revealing how truly pervasive this phenomenon has become, and advising what we as concerned citizens need to do about it. This book will tap into a nerve in popular culture about our fascination and fear of digital shaming, sprinkling actual social media posts from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more to illustrate how unbelievably mean things have actually become. The book will also provide practical solutions on how to handle a cyber-disaster, should one occur, as well as guide individuals how to recover from the emotional aftermath of a digital shaming.

Scheff’s previous books Wit’s End! Advice and Resources for Saving Your Out-of-Control Teen (HCI, 2008), and Google Bomb! How the $11.3M Verdict Changed the Way We Use the Internet (HCI, 2009), co-authored by the late John Dozier,  recount her personal story of being victimized online and cyber-stalked due to her advocacy work with troubled teens. She went on to win a 2006 landmark case for internet defamation and invasion of privacy. Since then, her name and voice have become synonymous with helping others who have been victims of online abuse as well as educating people of all ages about the importance of good digital citizenship and protecting their online reputation.

Today she is a much sought after expert who has been featured on major media outlets including GMA, CBS This Morning, ABC News, 20/20, The Rachel Ray Show, Dr. Phil, CNN, Anderson Cooper, CBS Nightly News, Lifetime, Fox News, CBC, BBC, Dr. Drew HLN, CNN Headline News, InSession Court TV, and noted major publications such as USA Today, AARP, Parenting Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Forbes, Sun-Sentinel, Asian Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, and many more.