Our Authors

At Emerald Lake Books, we work with authors of all types and sizes. Whether they are self-published, first-time, best-selling, award-winning, established or celebrity authors, we have the knowledge and expertise to meet their needs.

A.J. Park

A.J. Park - author photo

Author A.J. Park has embraced a lifelong ‌passion for writing and reading. There is nothing better than a really good story, and she feels compelled to keep creating. Fantasy has always been her favorite genre, because it represents the world of imagination in fiction.

A.J. loves laughing and joking with family and friends. She enjoys meeting new people and learning and doing new things. She craves real-life adventures, climbing mountains, backpacking, rappelling, swimming in lakes, and snowshoeing. She also enjoys building furniture. She loves trees, sunshine, fresh air and shopping for outdoor gear, and she always eats her vegetables.

Her dislikes include poison ivy, soda, junk food, yard work, uncomfortable shoes and mosquitoes.

A.J. is from Northern Utah and is happily married to the father of her three beautiful daughters.

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Author of:

War's Ending

Anne Crawford

Anne Crawford, author, speaker and healthcare coach

Anne Crawford is happily married and has a lovely daughter. She lives in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.

Anne began writing after an accident caused her vision impairment and left her legally blind. During her rehabilitation, she decided to write a book, and this effort helped her enormously.

She began her adult life caring for her severely disabled grandmother until she entered an aged care facility. The experience led her to follow her mother’s footsteps into nursing.

After working for a while in an acute trauma hospital in Melbourne, Anne studied midwifery. She spent time in Launceston, Tasmania, as a midwife before returning home to study for her Master’s in Public Health.

Back in Melbourne, Anne worked extensively across community healthcare both as a nurse and in research.

It is this broad experience with healthcare, as a patient, caregiver and professional, that has enabled her to recognize the profession’s shortcomings and, rather than complain of them, suggest solutions to the problems she sees.

As the premier healthcare coach in Australia, she hopes to one day see many more in the healthcare industry embracing the benefits of including a healthcare coach as part of their patient care teams.

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Author of:

Surviving Healthcare in Australia

Esther Wallace

Esther Wallace, author of "The Savage War"

Esther Wallace is a writer and a freelance illustrator, who holds an associate’s degree in graphic design and animation.

Her flash fiction piece, Princess Herona and the Dragon, won the Georgia Peach Award (third place).

Coming from a large family, Esther began writing fiction to entertain her younger siblings and share her creativity with them. Likewise, she shared all the most stirring books she read.

Her favorite stories are those that ask the most difficult of questions. She likes it even better when she can encourage other people to discuss those things with her or at least to ponder on their own.

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Michelle Crawford

Michelle Crawford, author of "Being More Human"Michelle Crawford is the Chief Conversationalist and amazing brain behind Being More Human. She has more than twenty years of experience providing guidance, leadership development and Human Resource skills, as well as strengthening the corporate culture of organizations across twenty different industries. And this experience has shown her one great truth—modern businesses are losing their humanity.

After seeing the world and meeting people from all walks of life, Michelle chose to dedicate her life to helping businesses become more human in the way they operate and in their culture.

Michelle has brought a team of human resource and organizational development experts together to increase humanity in the workplace through kindness, psychological consulting and deep, transformational change for organizations, teams and individuals. Focusing on being 100% Human in their approach connects all these actions together.

The community and industry, as well as the Australian Government, have recognized Michelle for her profound contribution both to the corporate world and to her much-loved charities.

Michelle’s academic qualifications include a Bachelor’s in Social Science (Human Relations & Communication & Human Resource Management) and a Masters in Applied Science (Social Ecology – Organisational Development).

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Author of:

Being More Human by Michelle Crawford

Susanna Liller

Susanna Liller

Susanna Liller, like many women, wears multiple professional hats (which she enjoys wearing). She is an organizational-development consultant, executive coach, women’s workshop leader, writer and musician. Her career, whether mediating, facilitating or coaching with groups or individuals, has always been about helping people find the path that evolves them to the next level of success. She believes that everyone’s journey in work and life exists to transform them to a higher level of being. The challenge, however, is to not resist the change. Susanna sees herself as a guide and motivator in this transformational process.

Susanna lives on a small farm in Maine along with her husband Robin, four overfed sheep, a one-eyed rooster, two chatty hens and a wimpy one-hundred-pound dog named Max. She spends as much time as she can visiting her children and grandchildren. In her “spare” time, Susanna plays the keyboard and sings in a band, which has landed her in the Belly of the Whale more than once! She loves seeing every day as an adventure on her own life Journey.

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Author of:

You Are a Heroine by Susanna Liller

Lionel Binnie

Lionel Binnie

Lionel hails from the U.K. but has spent the last few decades in the U.S., first in California and later in New York, where he’s now based. After working with several medium-sized retail and fashion businesses, he founded MSource Ideas, a business development consultancy in 2008.

As someone who has worked as a practitioner and consultant with consumer products and retail businesses, Lionel noticed a distinct lack of resources that tackled the questions he raises in this book. So he decided to write what was missing.

Specifically, if consumers can order virtually any product imaginable and have it delivered directly to them, what types of shopping experiences are likely to persist in the real world? And why?

Now that we are two decades into the era of e-commerce, Lionel felt we have a good vantage point to ask and answer these questions. And as someone who is intensely interested in the outcome, Lionel decided he’d tackle exploring the concept himself. This book is the result of that effort.

When he is not working as a consultant, Lionel returns quite often to England to see family—and to check whether the weather has improved. It hasn’t. However, the food is getting a lot better.

This is Lionel’s first book although he’s published articles and given talks about different aspects of retail and marketing, including to The Fordham University Foundry Business Incubator, The International Conference of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

The author enjoys connecting with his readers can be contacted through his website at msourceideas.com.

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Author of:

The Future of Omni-Channel Retail by Lionel Binnie

The Future of Omni-Channel Retail

Linda Lattimore

Linda Lattimore

Linda Lattimore, author

Linda Lattimore is a dedicated and passionate collaborator and visionary. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the WGN Global Fund (wgn-globalfund.org), a 501c(3) that teaches young leaders about social enterprise as a vehicle for change and gives them the tools to act as role models for future generations. In addition, WGF supports the Global Business Partners program, which joins forces with women in developing nations who, because of socio-economic circumstances, would not otherwise have access to the education or funding opportunities needed to create small businesses.

Linda is a well-regarded speaker, published author and educator in the field of Sustained Leadership (lindalattimore.com). As the Founder of Cross Sector Institute (xsectorinstitute.com), she is committed to business models that recognize the significance of social responsibility. Her emphasis is on encouraging clients to create thriving corporate responsibility programs and to do good even as they do well.

A seasoned lawyer, C-suite executive and business strategist, she is committed to helping individuals, from Millennials to Boomers, understand the importance of their unique gifts and talents to a world in need. An American raised in Latin America, she has traveled extensively throughout the world as international corporate counsel, witnessing firsthand some of the world’s most pressing social issues.

Linda is the proud mother of two outstanding young women who carry the torch of service and community giveback that generations before them held high.

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Author of:

Solutionaries by Linda Lattimore


Dennis C. Miller

Dennis C. Miller is a nationally recognized strategic leadership coach and executive search consultant with more than thirty-five years of experience working with nonprofit board leadership and chief executives across the country. Dennis is also an expert in board governance, leadership development, philanthropy and succession planning. In addition, he is a sought-after motivational speaker, retreat facilitator and board and leadership performance coach.

Dennis’ experience working with hundreds of nonprofit organizations has provided him with the knowledge and insights to understand the competencies required of today’s nonprofit leadership, whether as chief executive officer, chief operating officer or chief development officer. As Managing Director of The Nonprofit Search Group, he recruits executives who can inspire their organization to achieve greater levels of success and measurable achievements.

As the former president and chief executive officer of a major medical center and foundation in New Jersey, his reputation as a respected healthcare executive resulted in numerous honors, including the status of Fellow in the American College of Health Executives. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, Chaired the Board of Trustees for the Center for Health Affairs, Inc. in Princeton, and served in a leadership capacity on many other nonprofit boards.

Dennis obtained his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and Master’s degree in Public Health Administration from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Passionate about leadership and governance, Dennis was the Founder of the Center for Excellence in Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the largest private university in New Jersey. He served as the Center’s Executive Director from 2012 to 2016. He was also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Saint Joseph’s Regional High School in Montvale, New Jersey, a highly respected academic college preparatory school. He served as Chairman of their Profiles in Excellence Capital Campaign and was recently inducted into the school’s Green Knights Hall of Fame.

Dennis is the author of three books on nonprofit organization success:

Dennis is also a regular columnist for many of America’s leading nonprofit business publications and blogs.

With his autobiography, Moppin’ Floors to CEO: From Hopelessness and Failure to Happiness and Success, Dennis mixes together the right ingredients for an engaging, illuminating and compelling memoir, providing a gut-honest recount of his highly eventful life with engaging stories and valuable life lessons. Dennis shows how anyone, including a troubled kid from New Jersey, can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, make it to the top and live a happy and fulfilling life.

Author of:

A Guide for Recruiting Your Next CEO by Dennis C. Miller

Cheryl Marks Young

Cheryl Marks Young, author

Cheryl Marks Young, author

Cheryl Marks Young is the founder of Creative Blueprints and the Creative Blueprint Process. She is a master connector, leader, author, national speaker, professional coach, entrepreneur, board member, and former senior non-profit executive.

Over the years, Cheryl has 
had many careers, including
 matchmaker, adventure traveler and guide, hiking guide, dating coach, jewelry designer, entrepreneur, coffee fanatic, storyteller and so much more.

Cheryl enjoys helping individuals, entrepreneurs and organizations define, design, and achieve their fullest potential. She works with her clients to help them energize and balance their busy lives, deepen their personal connections, and establish passion and purpose in their lives and work.

She is the author of many articles and speaks to organizations and individuals across the United States on various topics, including business acumen, relationships, motherhood, leadership, strategic communication and work/life balance.

As mother to two adorable severe food-allergy kids, Cheryl is a fierce food-allergy awareness advocate. This has led her to develop a line of allergy-friendly skincare products for her children and she is happy to share information with anyone who needs it.

One of Cheryl’s lifelong goals was to set foot on all seven continents. She began this journey single and landed on her last continent with her husband on a trip to Australia.

She now resides with her husband, two children, and all of their travel mementos in New Jersey.

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Author of:

Love Your Life by Cheryl Marks Young

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Karen Mangia

At the age of 33, Karen Mangia faced an undiagnosed illness – she didn’t know what to call it, and neither did a team of five doctors. Despite diet and exercise, she gained weight, lost color in her skin and eyes, watched her energy drain away… Who was she? What was she becoming? And what exactly was wrong with her? Through the confusion, Karen kept working, doing, being and achieving – sacrificing her health, her relationships…herself. A last-ditch trip to an unorthodox doc helped her to face a crossroads in her life – identifying the childhood reason for her poor health – and helping her to turn her life around.

A recovering overachiever, Karen’s journey through misdiagnosis left her wondering, “What more can I do?” The key to her success wasn’t tied to her determination, her ambition, her relationships – she had to simplify, and adopt a powerful new formula for creating a life without regrets. A simple realization led her to a three-step process that has transformed her life, her relationships and her health.

Her story inspires thousands each year at keynote presentations, as she is committed to helping others to achieve more by doing less.

A proud resident of Indiana, Karen received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ball State University. Named to the “Top 40 Under 40” list by the Indianapolis Business Journal, she lives in a suburb of Indianapolis when she is not traveling and connecting with friends across the globe.

Author of:

Success with Less by Karen Mangia

Marc Youngquist

Marc Youngquist enlisted in the Marines in April 1969, and went off to Parris Island on August 18th of that year. For the next four years, he served all over the Western Pacific (with a very limited time and no direct combat experience in Vietnam). In July 1973, Marc was discharged from active-duty as a Sergeant and, in 1975, was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps Reserve.

In 1974, Marc became a police officer attaining the rank of Lieutenant. During that time, he attended the University of New Haven, obtaining a B.A. in Criminal Justice. In 1979, he graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Marc went on to work as a contractor for the Department of Energy and returned to school to earn an M.S. in Criminal Justice/Public Administration. He later enlisted in the Army Reserve as a Drill Sergeant, and two years later transferred to the Military Police in the Connecticut Army National Guard, where he served the rest of his military career.

While an MP, Marc held every position from driver to First Sergeant and was deployed to Panama, the Dominican Republic, 9/11 airport security, and then finally, Iraq.

Since retiring in 2012 as a Special Investigator for the Insurance industry, Marc has been spending his time traveling with his wife and three dogs, and resides in Connecticut where he writes and builds stunning kayaks.

If you want to keep up with what Marc’s doing, feel free to visit his website at marcyoungquist.com. Marc also welcomes hearing from his readers. You can contact him using the form below.

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Author of:

The 143rd in Iraq by Marc Youngquist

Cindy Peyser Safronoff

Whether undertaking a climb of Mount Rainier with an all-woman team or researching little-known aspects of the early years of America’s suffrage movement, Cindy Peyser Safronoff has devoted much of her life to exploring the nuances of women’s empowerment.

She graduated from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and completed the Genealogy and Family History certificate program at the University of Washington. Safronoff has applied all that she has learned through her studies to uncovering a deeper understanding of two iconic figures in the women’s rights movement.

Safronoff currently divides her time between the liberal, high-tech city of Seattle and the conservative suburbs of St. Louis – a division that she has found helped her understand differing viewpoints within American culture, such as the clashing views of Victoria Woodhull and Mary Baker Eddy.

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Author of:

Crossing Swords by Cindy Safronoff