Author Archive

17 May, 2022

QUEEN OF THE WEST: The Life and Times of Dale Evans, Theresa Kaminski

The first full-length biography of mid-twentieth century multi-faceted star Dale Evans, follows her career from small-town girl and radio singer to movie stardom with her life and screen partner Roy Rogers. Dale was an accomplished master of image and reinventing herself as the landscape changed under her. She began her career, trying to fit in, and was convinced to hide her early marriage and her son. She didn’t quite have the looks to make it as a bombshell, but musical westerns were the key. And when she partnered up with Roy Rogers, their on-screen chemistry transformed her into Queen of the West. Eventually the two married and Dale became one of the most famous working Moms in America as she blended family and work in the public eye.

Once married, Dale acknowledged her son Tommy while Roy had three children already. They had a child together who had Downs Syndrome and died before her 2nd birthday. They went on to adopt 4 additional children, becoming early advocates to change the perceptions of the developmentally disabled and for adoption. In her career, Dale continually reinvented herself. She began singing in small- and big-town radio stations in the 1920s, when this medium was still in its infancy. By the 1930s she had enough experience to move into a bigger market, and she appeared at glamourous Chicago nightclubs and toured major cities with a big band. Dale’s voice attracted the attention of a Hollywood agent in the early 1940s so off she went to California where she became a B-movie star. The following decade, she transitioned to television and co-starred in one of the most popular shows of the 1950s. Dale got in on the rapid spread of cable in the late 1970s and early 1980s, too. Charismatic Christian ministers like Pat Robertson and Jim Bakker launched religiously-themed stations that took off with cable viewers. In 1985, Dale began a talk show on the Trinity Broadcast Network that ran until 2001, the year she died.

Drawing from never-before-seen sources (especially business records and fan mail) at the newly-opened Roy Rogers-Dale Evans collections at the Autry Museum of the American West, Kaminski deftly charts the broad sweep of change in women’s lives over the twentieth century, against a backdrop comprised of the glitter of country music, the glamour of Hollywood, and the grit of the early television industry.

“Drawing from archival interviews and correspondences, Kaminski provides engrossing glimpses into the obstacles Evans faced on her road to fame—from her two left feet (“Frankly, I can’t even do a time step,” she admitted during one audition) to her fraught home life, which was especially painful during the brief life of her daughter Robin, who died of encephalitis as a toddler. The deeply humanizing result restores an oft-overlooked yet influential 20th-century celebrity to her rightful place in music history.” — Publishers Weekly


17 May, 2022

The Vanishing of Carolyn Wells, Rebecca Rego Barry

Editor of Fine Books & Collections and author of RARE BOOKS UNCOVERED Rebecca Rego Barry’s THE VANISHING OF CAROLYN WELLS, part-biography, part sleuthing narrative, a true-life literary detective story to rediscover the unfairly lost legacy of one of the original grand dames of mystery, the once wildly popular and prolific novelist Carolyn Wells, an author who counted presidents among her fans and whose books were turned into silent films by Thomas Edison. (Post Hill Press, World English, for publication Spring 2024).


24 March, 2022

RICHARD NIXON: NATIVE SON, Paul Carter

Attorney Paul Carter’s biography of our 37th  President, drawn from over 600 oral histories and dozens of interviews conducted by the author with Nixon intimates, an examination of Richard Nixon through the lens of his Southern California roots; sharing the story of Nixon’s life, including his humble rural upbringing, his career and life successes, his many defeats, and a close look at the man as a brother, son, husband and father (Potomac Books, World ex Asia, for publication in 2022).


4 October, 2021

Wels

Susan Wels is a bestselling author, historian, and journalist. Her 1997 book Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner, published by Time-Life Books, sold 440,000 copies and spent 14 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. It was also a Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and USA Today bestseller. Wels subsequently spent six weeks in the North Atlantic as correspondent for the 1998 Titanic Research and Recovery Expedition, in conjunction with the Discovery Channel and NBC’s Today show. Wels’s 2001 book Pearl Harbor: America’s Darkest Day, also published by Time-Life Books, sold 180,000 copies. She is also the author of nonfiction books including Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It (Running Press, 2009), Stanford: Portrait of a University (Stanford University, 1999), and The Olympic Spirit: 100 Years of the Games (Collins, 1995).

Her work has received praise and press coverage from The New York Post, People magazine, Smithsonian’s Air & Space Magazine, Publishers Weekly, the American Library Association, Booklist, Library Journal (starred review), School Library Journal, The Independent (UK), Elle Magazine (Italy), the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Arts Monthly, the San Francisco Examiner, and the San Jose Mercury-News.

Wels is also an award-winning magazine editor and seasoned developmental book editor. Among many other titles, she edited the memoir Off Mike (Stanford University Press, 2007) by public radio host Michael Krasny, one of the nation’s leading interviewers of literary luminaries. In addition, she served as senior editor for The Genesis Series, published by HarperCollins, editing six natural history books on America’s national parks. She has written for publications including Time.com, The Independent, and Parenting, Stanford, and Diablo magazines.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Wels graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English literature and journalism. She also holds an M.A. in history from San Francisco State University. Her work as a historian includes her well-reviewed book San Francisco: Arts for the City—Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932-2012, published by Heyday in 2013, as well as her published research on the role of women at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. In the course of her historical research, she uncovered this fascinating story and has researched it exhaustively for a decade—discovering surprising, previously unexplored connections among the central characters in this tale that changed the course of American history.

Wels and her husband have two daughters and divide their time between the San Francisco Bay Area and their farm in the south of Chile.


4 October, 2021

The A-Ha! Method – Communicating Powerfully in a Time of Distraction, by Gabe Zichermann

Entrepreneur, professional public speaker, and author of THE GAMIFICATION REVOLUTION, Gabe Zichermann shares his behavioral-science based approach to crafting and delivering speeches and idea/company pitches or even leading a meeting that will help readers engage and persuade today’s distracted listeners. (Rowman & Littlefield , World English, Fall 2022)


30 August, 2021

Schmitz

Elisa A. Schmitz is an award-winning entrepreneur and professional journalist. She’s the Latina founder of 30Seconds.com, a highly-regarded digital media platform where women (and men) come to inspire and be inspired. She’s also the founder of iParenting, a “Best of the Web” digital media company that she sold to The Walt Disney Company in 2007. Elisa then worked for Disney as Director and Executive Editor of the Disney Interactive Media Group. She has been a newspaper columnist, magazine editor, radio and video host, and created content and marketing programs for various Fortune 500 companies.

Elisa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which awarded her its Entrepreneurial Achievement Award, and her Master’s degree in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist. Elisa is a high-profile and valued alum of her two universities. At UW-Madison, she sits on the Communication Arts board, while at Northwestern, she sits on the NUvention Media Entrepreneurship program board and is a member of the Council of 100, a mentoring organization made up of Northwestern’s top 100 female alums. Elisa cherishes each opportunity to mentor young women, entrepreneurs, business and nonprofit leaders who are navigating their careers, and she is frequently asked to speak to students and alumni at on- and off-campus events.  Elisa became an engaged member of various coveted business networks after she and 30Seconds were selected for inclusion in three highly-competitive startup accelerator programs: Springboard Enterprises Media/Tech Accelerator in New York City; Blackbox/Google for Entrepreneurs Accelerator in Silicon Valley; and 1871’s WiSTEM Accelerator in Chicago. She also was selected for the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network and is a member of the Ellevate, Astia, and Pipeline Angels networks, participating in their exclusive conferences and events. She also serves as an adviser to startup companies.

Elisa has been featured widely in the media, including: The Huffington Post, Fast Company, United Hemispheres, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, Modern Luxury, Windy City Live TV, ABC-TV, WGN-TV, WCIU-TV, WGN Radio, Women Tech Founders, Moms In Business (cover), Curated Chicago, Chicago Parent, Make It Better and more.  Elisa is considered highly influential because of her media, marketing and entrepreneurial expertise. By generating active engagement among audiences, she is often asked to report and write about business events, is regularly offered guest author and featured blogging opportunities, and is also frequently asked to be interviewed on radio shows and podcasts.

Through building her two media platforms, Elisa has become an expert in communicating with and marketing to women, audience acquisition, brand building, digital marketing, content marketing, social media marketing, building buzz and awareness for her clients and their campaigns. Elisa has worked with some of the leading companies in the world, including: AT&T, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the AT&T web parenting portal; Kimberly Clark, where she created content-rich micro sites for Huggies, Pull-Ups, GoodNites and more brands; Proctor & Gamble, where she was invited to speak to its female leaders about “Courageousness In the Workplace”; Quaker Foods, U.S. Cellular, Barilla Pasta, Capital One, CNBC, and more. Aside from business success, what also makes Elisa uniquely qualified to write Become the Fire is her personal background. Elisa’s mother, Maria Elisa, is from Puerto Rico. The youngest of 13 children, Maria was the only child in her family to go to college (on scholarship to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she met Elisa’s father). Elisa’s father, K. John, is from the former Yugoslavia. His family immigrated to the United States after World War II when he was a young teenager. The family started a custom cabinet company that grew to become a thriving business based on quality  craftsmanship.  The value of hard work and excellence in all you do taught by Elisa’s family are only two of the traits that propelled this first-generation American’s Become the Fire journey.


30 August, 2021

Rimer

Alexandra Rimer has been an Assistant Editor at The Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University since 2005.  She is a co-recipient of the Eugene S. Ferguson Prize (Papers of Thomas A. Edison), Society for the History of Technology, 2005. She is also a frequent lecturer on Mina Miller Edison at the Thomas Edison National Historic Park in West Orange, New Jersey, where she lives. She has also been invited to lecture about the Edison family at the Edison family estate in Fort Myers, Florida and the Lewis Miller Cottage in Chautauqua, New York.

Her upcoming book SEDUCED BY THE LIGHT: The Mina Miller Edison Story, will be published by Lyons Press in 2023. There has never been a biography written about Mina Miller Edison. As an historian of Edison, Ms. Rimer is the only person who has seen certain unpublished correspondence of the Edison family.  She has full access to the archive at the Edison National Historic Park and  also is in regular contact with surviving family members who have provided her with their private papers about their family.


26 August, 2021

Audio rights for SEDUCED BY THE LIGHT sold at auction to Blackstone!

We are thrilled to share that audio rights for SEDUCED BY THE LIGHT: THE MINA MILLER EDISON STORY, about the long-suffering wife of Thomas Edison, a proto-influencer who deftly crafted a narrative in society and media of a glamorous, happy family despite the scandalous exploits of America’s greatest inventor have been snapped up by Vikki Warner at Blackstone Audio, at auction, for publication in 2022, thanks to the to our fab sub-agent Tara Gelsomino at One Track Literary Agency for brokering the deal!


26 August, 2021

AN ASSASSIN IN UTOPIA: The True Story of a 19th Century Sex Cult, Mystics, Mayhem, and a President’s Murder, by Susan Wels

A narrative weaving together the interlocking stories of John Humphrey Noyes, founder of the utopian Oneida Community, known for their shocking sexual practices; his idol, the eccentric newspaper publisher Horace Greeley; and the gloomy, indecisive James Garfield, the teacher, congressman, and Civil War hero elected U.S. President in 1880—only to be assassinated in his first six months in office by the demented Charles Julius Guiteau, who was linked to all of them in extraordinary ways!  (Pegasus, world English, 2022).


24 August, 2021

How to Have a Kid and a Life: A Survival Guide by Ericka Sóuter

Continue to have and grow your life, Mom―for your sake and your kids’.

“A brilliant book for any woman out there who is feeling alone, isolated, or overwhelmed with too much to do. It is a must-read guide that will help you understand how we got here, how to take back control of your life, and, most importantly, that you are not alone.” ―Eve Rodsky, New York Times bestselling author of Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)

“Parenting is arguably the most high-stakes, high-pressure, high-reward endeavor one human being can embark upon. Now, Ericka Sóuter has tapped into the often difficult-to-navigate world of being a parent and a person at the same time, and she does it in a frank, relatable, no-nonsense way. There is something for everyone in here: I laughed, I cried, and I learned. Thank you, Ericka!” ―Jennifer Ashton, MD, mom and ABC News chief medical correspondent

“Everything you need to know about Ericka Sóuter’s tenacity, compassion, and humor as a working mom can be summed up this way: she wrote this amazing book during the pandemic . . . and while potty training. Her empathetic voice, no-BS advice, and guilt-relieving research are an arm around your shoulder. Take comfort.” ―Lauren Smith Brody, author and founder of The Fifth Trimester

When did being a good mom come to mean giving up everything that used to make you … you? That’s the question millions of 21st-century mothers grapple with every single day as they parent in our madly kid-centric culture. Contrary to the incessant messaging from everywhere, committing to yourself and your own needs is what makes for a good mother and happy kids.

With How to Have a Kid and a Life, popular journalist and Good Morning America parenting expert Ericka Sóuter shares her tips for being a happy, whole person while still being a great, and sometimes just good enough (which is plenty fine), parent. Sóuter blends her own stories of surviving the seismic challenges of parenthood with testimonials from stay-at-home and working moms; interviews with therapists and researchers; and findings from the latest studies on happiness, self-care, and parenthood. What she delivers is a wonderfully irreverent survival guide to motherhood, featuring:

• Advice on keeping your career on track while parenting
• Tips for handling clueless and unhelpful partners
• Taking back ownership of your body
• Creating a reliable village of support (even with moms you didn’t think you’d like)
• Staying connected with child-free friends
• What to do if you feel like you’re missing the “mom gene”