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Florida

Authors

Sabriena Williams

August 13, 2015
Queen Sabriena Williams

A native of Gainesville, Florida, Sabriena Williams is an author and the founder of Queen Vision Ministries. After overcoming a traumatic childhood, Williams began to write at the age of 12, and within her notebooks, she was able to find a release for the feelings that she wasn’t able to enunciate verbally.

Williams received a degree in general studies from Edwards Waters College in Jacksonville and a degree in psychology from Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach. After her divorce from her high school sweetheart left her devastated and alone, Williams began hosting bible studies and prayer meetings in her apartment’s living room. These meetings gradually evolved into Total Vision Ministries. Designed to help women and young girls strengthen their relationship with God while pursuing their ordained purpose, Total Vision Ministries was rebranded as Queen Vision Ministries in 2014. READ MORE

Authors

T. Allen Diaz

August 5, 2015
T. Allen Diaz

Though a relative newcomer to writing, author T. Allen Diaz has a pair of titles under his belt that have quickly established him as a name to watch in the dark science fiction genre. A lifelong resident of the Tampa Bay area, where he serves as a firefighter, Diaz published his first novel, Procythian Reign, in February of 2013. The book tells the tale of Laura Clabar, who lives a life of luxury and privilege as the niece of a powerful ore baron. But when Laura falls for a member of the working class, she begins to question her role in society.

Diaz released the second book in The Proceena Trilogy, entitled The Proceena Crusade, in March of 2014.

To lern more about Diaz and his writing, follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

What was your childhood like, and how did it shape who you are today?

Childhood’s a funny thing. I used to think that I had the best life in the world. In hindsight, it was a much more complex than that. I had a few friends with whom I would run and play. But, I was an only child for eight years and learned to entertain myself. I would go out into the woods or ride my bike. I loved to read and daydream. I used to go to my room or out in the backyard and imagine up stories and adventures in which I was often the main character. I think that really fostered a vivid imagination. READ MORE

Entrepreneurs

Ron Holt

July 27, 2015
Ron Holt

A little over 12 years ago, Ron Holt quit his high-paying corporate job in Atlanta to open Two Maids & A Mop, a small cleaning service along the panhandle of Florida. Friends and family members responded with skepticism and, in some cases, outright criticism. When the new business failed to gain any traction during the first few months, the criticism got louder, but Holt persevered.

Today, the Two Maids & A Mop system employs more than 200 people and cleans more than 400 homes per day across the United States. In 2013, Inc. Magazine recognized the company as the fastest-growing cleaning company in America. The company’s annual revenues exceeded $8 million in 2014 and recently, Two Maids & A Mop announced an aggressive expansion strategy to franchise the business across the country. READ MORE

Authors

Wesley Banks

June 30, 2015
Wesley Banks Hope in Every Raindrop

Born in 1983 on the west coast of Florida, Wesley Banks graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in civil engineering. After spending seven years building movable bridges, he decided to focus on his true passion: writing.

In May of 2015, Wesley’s debut novel, Hope in Every Raindrop, was released. An inspirational, thought-provoking tale of kindness and loyalty, Hope in Every Raindrop tells the story of Katie Price, a writer who relocates to a small town in South Carolina in search of a story. She finds more than she bargained for, however, when she encounters the town doctor, his nephew Kyle and the rare dogs they breed.

Along with his wife Lindsey and their two dogs, Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon, where he spends most of his time writing, rock climbing, hiking and skiing. READ MORE

Actors & Actresses

Dillion Harper

July 14, 2014

Adult actress Dillion Harper was born in Florida on September 21, 1991. The shapely brunette studied dental care in college, then got her start in the adult entertainment industry as a nude model for various websites including Hustler, Score, Brazzers and Bang Bros. Her first foray into movies was in 2012, and she has since appeared in numerous X-rated films for such companies as Devil’s Film, Diabolic Video and New Sensations.

Readers can learn more about Harper on her website, which will be officially launching soon, or by following her on Twitter.

What were you like growing up?

Growing up I was a daddy’s little girl, so I spent a lot of time doing what most little girls aren’t used to… instead of dolls and braiding hair, I would always have a fishing pole in my hand and a live shrimp at the end of my hook. Swimming pools, and the smell of grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. I loved being outdoors and I always had a big grin on my face but could be a little stubborn. READ MORE