Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Sarah Salem

Sarah Salem on Transforming Her Past

Author’s Digest sits down with Sarah Salem, a resident of Toronto originally from Lebanon, to uncover her reasons for writing Twisted Forms of Love. Her novel is based on her own life story about the hardships of growing up in a war torn country with a dysfunctional family.

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Previously Featured Authors

Andrew Glascoe on Remembering His Mother

Andrew Glascoe has always had a prominent identity as a poet, art critic, and writer as his works have been featured in magazines and national newspapers before. However, one thing he had trouble identifying was who he was as a son.

Nancy Szakacsy on Hardship and Perseverance

Marriage counselor Nancy Szakacsy has had no shortage of trials in her life, and she does nothing to hide this. In fact, she uses it as a source of learning for others in her new book. In Hannah Was Here, Szakacsy discusses the painful death of her daughter to an ill-prescribed medication. This heart-wrenching tale has captivated and moved many a reader already.

AuthorHouse Spotlight on Janet Killeen

Janet Killeen is an experienced writer and a tenured teacher. After earning her master’s degree at the University of Kent, Killeen went off to teach teenagers English and English Literature for over thirty years.

The Secrets to Jana Petken’s Success

Jana Petken is an author who needs little introduction, with her book, The Guardian of Secrets and Her Deathly Pact, having been lauded by the Kirkus Indie Review and included on numerous Goodreads lists. But just in case, Petken is a Scottish writer who has spent most of her life in Spain. She found her love for writing after drawing from her experiences in the military and enjoys exploring the after-effects of conflicts on populations.

Ashley Moffett: From Fantasy Bookworm to Published Author

At age fifteen, high school sophomore Ashley Moffett already has a self-published book under her belt. The Orphans, a fantasy-adventure novel for all ages, was born out of Ashley’s decision to create something different from the “usual entertainment choices” she was surrounded in day after day.

The Multitalented Sanjini Bhakta

There is no shortage of talent with Sanjini Bhakta. She has had experience as a model, acted in and produced the film Eye of the Empress, holds a black belt in martial arts, and still finds time to travel the world.

Moose: The Story of a Phenomenon

Robert B. Sherman, the man behind most of the Disney tunes we love to this very day, is a musical and artistic genius—one whose works will be remembered for the years to come.

J. J. Marshall and the End of the World

Twenty-one-year-old Jack Marshall may be a student currently taking up a degree in geography, but his first love is and will always be the craft of writing.

John Robert Allen on the Importance of Getting the Past Right

AuthorHouse author John Robert Allen has indeed made an impact in the literary scene when he self-published his first book, the critically acclaimed The House of Many Windows. It is a riveting tale that follows the story of Wallace Paine—from his journey to becoming a millionaire to his sudden death in the 1918 influenza epidemic.

Author Kathi Macias: Going Up a Notch Higher

Self-published author Kathi Macias’ writing career went up a notch higher when Christian publisher Helping Hands Press acquired her book, Emma Jean Reborn, which she co-wrote with Dr. Cupid R. Poe. The novel was rereleased as an e-book last August, and the print version will soon follow.

Paul Binder: Juggling Life

A man who has lived most of his life bringing awe to the public, Big Apple Circus founder Paul Binder isn’t slowing down at any rate. In fact, Paul Binder has decided to share his fascinating and magical experience with the public through his AuthorHouse-published book entitled Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion.

Andrea Perron: Light from Darkness

How would you feel if you got to watch your life unfold on the big screen and have yourself portrayed by a Hollywood celebrity? Andrea Perron has the rare opportunity of watching her story played in thousands of cinemas across the globe.

Breakaway: Getting Free from a Life of Manipulation and Abuse

Everybody finds themselves in times of trial

With a population of a little under 5,000, Moorhead, Mississippi, is a town where dreams are limited. Nonetheless, it is where AuthorHouse author Brian Johnson aspires to ignite hope within his community by showing them that anything is possible, even if opportunities are few and far between.

Mr. Johnson initiated his writing career by writing ministories that invoke trepidation and suspense. He has a huge following on Facebook, where he continues to update his page with ministories daily. The support he received from his followers were more than enough to motivate Johnson to write his first book Daddy Why You Do It?

Breakaway: Getting Free from a Life of Manipulation and Abuse

Everybody finds themselves in times of trial every now and then, and more often than not, such times can make one feel trapped, making it difficult for them to see the light. Although Marvela Dawnay’s book tells of a vicious cycle of manipulation and abuse that made her feel trapped and helpless, her life story will provide encouragement for those in similar situations, where strength and courage are needed to surmount the odds to break free and find lasting fulfillment.

Parsing Passion: Capturing Love through the Power of the Pen

Born in El Paso, Texas, Jennifer C. Robinson lived a somewhat inconstant life for the first 12 years of her life. With her father in the military, she was repeatedly packing up her belongings and moving from state to state and country to country, to places ranging from Oklahoma to Germany. Eventually, at age 12, Robinson settled in Americus, Georgia.

Matthew Smith Jr.: A Southie With a Story to Tell

We have recently seen another festive St. Patrick’s day pass by. AuthorHouse thought it would be fitting to prolong this year’s feast by featuring an author with Celtic blood, Matthew Smith Jr.

Whenever South Boston (or Southie as it is commonly coined) gets mentioned, one can’t help but think of seedy bars with objectionable characters, Irish-American accents, illegitimate business dealings, and Hollywood films such as Departed and The Town.

Martinus L. Johnson Sr.: A Decorated Diplomat Ponders on Life and Country

When one thinks of a diplomat, it’s hard to sway your thoughts away from tuxedos, ‘need-to-know’ classified meetings, and high-class functions. However the actual life of a diplomat provides a stark contrast to this common misconception.

Pamela Nomvete: From Being a TV Icon to Living in Her Car

Coronation Street. An unassuming residential area in Manchester, England. You might be surprised then to hear that stars such as Oscar winners Ben Kingsley (Ghandi) and Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot), Star Trek’s Patrick Stewart, musicians Davy Jones (The Monkees), Mel B (The Spice Girls), and even author Lynda La Plante (Blood Line) have visited the locale.

Carl Reiner: One of the Most Revered Comedic Icons of the Past Hundred Years

An inductee to the Emmy Awards Hall of Fame with twelve wins to date, a Grammy-award winner, actor, director, producer, author, screenwriter and comedian. There isn’t much Carl Reiner hasn’t done or achieved in his glittering showbiz career or his over ninety gracious years on this Earth.

The Life and Times of One of America’s Greatest-Ever Athletes

Harrison “Bones” Dillard’s is a story of firsts. He was crowned the Olympic 100-meter champion at the first Games to be held post–World War II in the first Olympic race ever to be decided by a photo finish. Four years later, he became the first—and remains the only—man to ever win both Olympic 100-meter and 110-meter hurdles titles. More>>

blake sebring

Five Keys to Writing a Celebrity’s Biography

The eyes of the sporting world will soon fall on London. Appropriately then, we feature an author who reports what he sees going on in sport as his profession. Blake Sebring commentates for the Fort Wayne Komets and has also written the biography of 2008 Olympic Games gold medalist Lloy Ball. More>>

Casey Rislov

Why Casey Rislov's Friends Are Happy to Do Her Book Marketing for Her

Early childhood special needs educator, children’s sports coach, and award-winning self-published author Casey Rislov has always loved to help others. Read her advice for fellow authors and discover how her friends are now helping her promote her book. More >

Mark Crear

Double Olympic Games Medalist’s Autobiography Is Pure Gold

Imagine being a talented collegiate track and field athlete. You rise through the ranks until you are the top 110 meter hurdler in the country, and you don’t stop there. At your peak you are world ranked number 1 in the same event and represent your country at two Olympic Games. The first time around winning a silver medal and then a bronze at the second games, as you are nearing the end of your sporting career. More >

Victoria Nolan

Victoria Nolan is a Published Author at Nine Years Old

This month’s Featured Author has written, illustrated, and published her first book at the age of nine. Victoria Nolan is a pioneer sparking a new trend within the writing world as more and more young writers take advantage of the opportunities self-publishing provides.More >

Dr. Joseph Ruggiero

Dr. Joseph Ruggiero

A writer’s goal is clear. Even before they have sat down to pen their manuscript they know the goal is for their story to become a published book. Usually there is a dream attached to the writer’s goal as well. That dream is their story will one day be brought to life on stage, TV or on the silver screen.

Dr. Joseph Ruggiero’s dream is poised to become truth. A Rose on 9th Street will be turned into a movie this year, a decade after its first release.

Read on to find out which award-winning dish he has selected for you. More >

Benn Haidari

Benn Haidari

We asked 2011 Gourmand World Cookbook Award–winner Chef Benn Haidari if he would be kind enough to suggest a favourite recipe from Gastronomy from an Ice Cold Paradise suitable for fellow authors to prepare and enjoy as a Valentine’s meal.

Read on to find out which award-winning dish he has selected for you. More >


Richard Hebert

Mindwarp has added the newest addition to Richard Hébert’s already bulging trophy cabinet. Kirkus Reviews are known as “the world’s toughest book critics,” and their critiques are accepted by industry professionals as a reliable guide to the best books on the market. Hébert’s Mindwarp has been named a Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of 2011.

AuthorHouse talks to Richard Hébert about a writing career that has spanned more than half a century and includes a Pulitzer Prize nomination. More >


Myne Whitman

Myne Whitman’s debut novel, A Heart to Mend, met with public and critical acclaim winning four Nigerian Blog Awards and staying at the top of Amazon UK’s Kindle bestseller list for several weeks. More >


V. J. Waks

Multi award-winning sci-fi author V. J. Waks talks to AuthorHouse about the latest in her TAU4 series and how she maintains its success by adjusting her marketing strategies to prevailing book market trends. A devoted book fair participant, she explains how she is also embracing the next generation of book marketing platforms to maximize sales.More >

Martha Dixon

Martha Dixon's compelling autobiography, Triumph beyond Measure, was praised by close family and former President of the United States, Wiliam Jefferson “Bill” Clinton. More >