Helaina Hovitz Regal is a native New Yorker who has always had the unreasonable notion that she can help change the world. Her greatest passion is writing inspiring stories about charities, social good, nonprofits, social issues, animal rescue, mental health, and recovery. Her first book, AFTER 9/11: One Girl’s Journey Through Darkness to a New Beginning, was published in September, 2016 (Arcade/Skyhorse Publishing). She is a professional Speaker, mental health advocate, and has worked as an editor and contributing writer for over 50 publications including Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Times, Salon, Newsday, Teen Vogue, UpWorthy, Glamour, Fortune, Newsweek, Women’s Health, Reader’s Digest, Fast Company, The Daily Meal, The New York Observer, VICE, and others. She lives in New York with her husband Lee, and their rescue dog, Wiley, and, fun fact, designs knitwear to raise money for animal rescue.