Prashant Pinge

November 21, 2014

After spending his childhood years in the quaint neighborhood of Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India, author Prashant Pinge earned his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, then a master of science degree in management from Lancaster University. His love of campus life then carried him to the Indian School of Business, where he enrolled in the post-graduate management program before earning a post-MBA master in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. After working as an engineer for awhile, Prashant returned to Mumbai to join the family business and start his own marketing and branding firm, Media Panther.

Prashant began writing in 2003, after a vivid dream compelled him to climb out of bed and put pen to paper. While he has yet to work out the details of that story, he has released several children’s books and young adult novels in the fantasy genre. His first book, Avantika’s Garden, was published in 2009 and told the story of an adventurous group of animals that live in and around a house in suburban Pune. His books have been nominated for the Crossword Book Awards, with Raja & the Giant Donut being shortlisted in the Children’s Writing category in 2011. His recently-released novel, Sceadu, is a fast-paced tale that takes place in a land within the human shadow.



LaSuria Kandi Allman

November 19, 2014

In an iconic photo from the civil rights movement, a young black woman and two men are blasted by a fire hose, the water pinning them violently against a Birmingham, Alabama brick wall. Taken in 1963, the era-defining photo gained national attention and helped to alert the world to the horrors that African-Americans were facing in America at the time. For decades, a woman by the name of Carolyn McKinstry claimed to be the woman in the photo. McKinstry appeared at numerous events around the country and told her story at dozens of speaking engagements. In November of 1999, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss her life and the circumstances of the notorious photograph.

Watching from her home in Detroit that afternoon was Mamie Chalmers, who recognized herself — not McKinstry — in the famous photo. In 1963, Chalmers had been in Birmingham, serving as an organizer of the foot soldiers and The Children’s Crusade, who were summoned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to protest and march against the racism and segregation plaguing the country. Chalmers wrote letters to McKinstry, Oprah Winfrey and the Life photographer who had taken the picture. Six months later, McKinstry responded and insisted that it was indeed her in the photo. For years, Chalmers attempted to set the record straight, contacting each television program on which McKinstry appeared. She got nowhere, though, until McKinstry, who runs a ministry, backed off her claim in 2013, stating to The Detroit News, “I don’t know who’s in the photo but it’s not me.” Later that year, Chalmers was recognized by the city of Birmingham and presented with a key to the city.


Authors, Entrepreneurs

Crystal Victoria

November 17, 2014

Raised by her mother in Denton, Texas, author and motivational speaker Crystal Victoria was an intelligent, curious child who suffered from bullying and teasing and the hands of her peers. Her search for acceptance and purpose led her down a long, dark road of drugs, violence and self-doubt, taking Crystal from the Honor Roll to Texas jail cells and juvenile detention centers.

Through faith and perserverence, though, Crystal Victoria emerged from her trials and tribulations as a stronger person, and at the age of 25, she found her passion in the world of motivation, business, and writing. Today, she is the President and Founder of Target Evolution, Inc., an online educational institution and incubator that provides students with a quality post-secondary education and the tools needed to begin a sustainable and successful business enterprise.


Authors, Poets

Melanie Jane Molloy

November 14, 2014

In her early thirties, author and poet Melanie Jane Molloy trained to be a adult teacher and life coach and, after home-schooling her daughter and helping her achieve her dream of running a business, Molloy decided that it was time for her to pursue her dream as well. She’d long had a passion for writing, having penned her first novel at the age of eleven, and found freelance work as a ghost writer before publishing her first book, Flourish, a collection of poems, affirmations and inspirational quotes. Released in November of 2013, Flourish focuses on creativity, love, confidence and peace, and the quotes and mantras contained with are designed to boost the mood of the reader and guide them in a positive direction.

Molloy’s work has been featured in Greetings UK magazine and showcased at various art exhibitions. She is also the author of Magic in Tuscany, the story of two women whose lives become intertwined in the Tuscan countryside, and she is currently working on another romance novel entitled Under the Tropical Sun.



Diana Nixon

November 13, 2014

Author Diana Nixon was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus and, after graduating from Belarusian State University in 2008 and receiving her Master of Law degree a year later, she worked as a lawyer for two years. But when her daughter was born, she left her legal career behind and dedicated her time to being a mother. Along the way, she began writing and in 2012, Nixon published her first novel, Love Lines, an epic tale of paranormal romance.

Nixon has since written three more books in the Love Lines universe, Songs of the Wind, Diamond Sky and The Curse of Blood, and in 2013, she published Hate at First Sight, a story of romance without any supernatural elements, and The Souls of Rain, the first book in her Heavens Trilogy.

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