Today we are joined by the phenomenal Author Marlene Wagman-Geller, who has published to date six books that are taking the world by storm.
Marlene is a true inspiration to me and she feels like a friend I’ve known for years, I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to have interviewed her.
Q: I’ve just read Woman Who Launch, and you have written another phenomenal book! What inspired you to write this book?
A: The inspirational spark for Women Who Launch was the Women’s March on Washington where the capital was transformed into a moving mass of Barbie’s own hue. I investigated the back story of the pussy-eared hats, launched by Krista Suh. This led to the investigation of other iconic enterprises initiated by women and the book was born.
Q: Where and how do you conduct your research for your books?
A: While diamonds were Marilyn’s best friends, the internet is a writer’s. Most of my research was done online; however, when this did not suffice I relied on primary source materials such as autobiographies and biographies.
Q: What have been your favourite moments of being a published author?
A: The pinnacle was when my first book received a review in The New York Times. Other magic moments was speaking at Yale University and my interview with The Chicago Tribune.
Q: What motivates you to keep writing?
A: Whatever wind there is beneath my wings comes from my books; ergo, the inspiration…….
Q: What made you decide to go into this genre of writing?
A: My bucket list was to publish a novel; however, despite copious efforts this never came to fruition. Publishers have bought my nonfiction and I am thrilled and thankful for that. I love the unknown back stories and uncovering that information is a labour of love.
Q: You have written incredible books about some amazing people. Who would you say is the one stand out person in all your books?
A: Ah, hard to answer: a good mother loves all her children……
Q: If you could choose to have an exclusive book club with three authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and what would be your ideal discussion to have with them?
A: The first would be Dorothy Parker, queen of the quip. I would love to hear her trademark humour on a conversational level. The second would be Oscar Wilde whose artistry with words is nonpareil. I would ask him if he had his life to live over, what other road he would have trod. The third would be Emily Bronte. I would ask her how, never having been involved in a romantic relationship, she could have written so passionately about Heathcliffe.
Q: What books do you currently have on your bedside table?
A: My kindle has many enticing reads but with a full-time teaching job, a looming deadline for my next book-coupled with the fact my husband has to be the messiest person in California-I have precious little time to read. I have downloaded The Forgotten Ones: A Novel by Steena Holmes
Q: What’s the one ‘secret’ you’ve learnt since becoming a published Author that has increased your success?
A: I have learned the necessity of marketing; the legwork begins after typing THE END.
Q: Lastly, something fun that our readers might not know about you?
A: I’m not really that fun-or so my students say………
Feel free to connect with Marlene on Social Media to see what is next for her.
About Woman who launch:
Empowering stories of game-changing women
Dorothy Parker observed, “It’s a man’s world;” the lady entrepreneurs and game-changers profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike the matrons of the 1950s-the women who lunched-these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time.
A history of women in business and beyond: Julia Ward-Howe showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sara Joseph Hale-authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb– convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. Estee Lauder revolutionized the cosmetics industry. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears in the largest women’s march in history. These women who launched prove-in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!”
Biographies of women creators, innovators, and leaders: Women Who Launch is filled with inspiring true stories of women activists, artists, entrepreneurs who launched some of the most famous companies, brands, and organizations today and changed the world. It is at once a collection of biographies and a testament of female empowerment.
Readers will find:
- The stories behind renowned companies, brands, and organizations and the diverse women who launched them.
- empowering quotes from strong women and those who refused to be kept down.
- motivation to all women who want to succeed in their careers, launch companies, and change the world.
Find motivation in your career and life with the amazing history of women entrepreneurship, activism, and leadership.
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