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Amanda Levy

March 20, 2015
Amanda Levy

Author Amanda Levy believes strongly in the power of food to bridge cultures and bring people together. And in her gripping new memoir, Stop Bullies With 21 Meals from 7 Continents, she examines this notion, hoping to use the communal strength of food to end all forms of bullying around the globe, while simultaneously recounting the remarkable and shocking details of her tumultuous life.

Despite a difficult upbringing, Levy graduated from City University of New York with a BA in Economics and Mathematics and practiced civil law for ten years in 40 United States District Courts before diverting to criminal law in 2013. The struggles that Levy has faced throughout her life paint a vivid picture of inner strength, determination and the power of the human spirit.

To learn more about Levy and her writing, follow her on Twitter. READ MORE

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. READ MORE


Brian Whitney

October 30, 2014

Over the course of his life, author Brian Whitney has been employed as a counselor, a landscaper, and a case worker at a homeless shelter. In 2012, drawing upon his experiences, Whitney published 37 Stories About 37 Women, a collection of interwoven tales about sex, relationships and addiction. With rhythmic prose and hypnotic storytelling, Whitney explored the dark, dysfunctional side of love, lust and desire, topics that he revisited in his next book, 2013’s Am I Pleasing You?

In June of 2013, Whitney co-authored Wasted Paradise, the story of Keith Moore, who left his small town in Maine to travel to Saint Thomas, where he lived the high life until developing a severe drug addiction and ending up in a third world prison. Whitney also worked with adult film star Porsche Lynn on her memoir, The Girl with the Million Dollar Legs, which was released in September of 2014. READ MORE


Shoshaku Jushaku

July 10, 2014

The Buddist term “shoshaku jushaku”  describes life as “one continuous mistake.”

Taking this phrase extremely literally is the author who writes under the pen name of Shoshaku Jushaku, whose first book, The Cheese Stealer’s Handbook, catalogues his mistakes in excruciating detail. From his troubles with women and roommates to his own inner demons — all of which he mercilessly attempts to drown out with copious amounts of drugs and alcohol — Jushaku’s book is a witty, poignant and honest memoir of an individual struggling to find his way in the world.

What was your upbringing like, and how has it shaped who you are today?

I don’t think my upbringing really mattered one way or another. I’ve mostly been shaped by extremely poor decisions on my part. At least bad decisions make for good stories. READ MORE


Piers Platt

June 9, 2014

Boston native Piers Platt joined the Army in 2002 and spent four years on active duty, including a year-long deployment to Iraq in 2004 as a tank and scout platoon leader with B Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th United States Cavalry Regiment — the “Quarterhorse.” He led over 200 combat patrols in the Sunni Triangle and was named the Squadron Officer of the Year.

Platt has published several short stories since 2013, and in January of 2014, released From the Arquebus to the Breechloader: How Firearms Transformed Early Infantry Tactics, a reference book focusing on the evolution of firearms throughout history. Platt’s most recent book, Combat and Other Shenanigans: Tales of the Absurd from a Deployment to Iraq, is the wry, action-packed and poignant story of his year in Iraq.

When he’s not spending time with his wife and daughter, Platt works as a marketing strategy consultant in New York City. READ MORE