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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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Crossing Swords by Cindy Safronoff

John Suscovich

John Suscovich lives and works on a 52-acre farm in Western Connecticut. His main operation has always been pastured broilers, however, through the years he has expanded to pigs, sheep, hops, apples, herbs and vegetables. His farm, Camps Road Farm, is one part of a three-part business that includes Kent Falls Brewing Co., a farm brewery on property, and Neversink Spirits, a craft distillery off property.

Since getting into farming, John has raised as few as 40 broilers and as many as 2,400 broilers in one season. No matter what else he ends up growing on his farm, chickens always seem to maintain a special place in his heart. They’re enjoyable to raise, his community loves them, and they’re a vital part of the success of his farm.

His life has taken a lot of interesting turns. He grew up in Connecticut and went to college at the University of Connecticut as a technical theater major. After school, he moved to New York City where he worked for four years in scenic and lighting design, primarily for television.

After getting sick of city life, John and his wife, Kate, decided to ride their bicycles 5,500 miles across the United States visiting farms and craft breweries along the way. After a year of purposeful homelessness, they landed back in CT to apprentice on a farm for a season and eventually start their own broiler operation.

Somewhere along the way, John started Farm Marketing Solutions, his multimedia publishing company, with the goal of educating and inspiring the next generation of farmers. Drawing from his media background, he wanted to share his story with others in the hopes that more people will decide to homestead or choose farming as a career.

John loves what he does every day. He has found pleasure and fulfillment in farming that he hadn’t thought possible to achieve in the working world. On a regular basis, he gets to create life and then share that experience with others. He grows food that is not only good for people, but good for the planet. And he thinks that’s friggin’ great!

His hope with his book is that you come to find the same joy as he has in purposeful food. Chickens were meant to live on grass, not in barns. With every chicken tractor book sold, we’re one step closer to a society that appreciates chickens as much as he does.

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Stress-Free Chicken Tractor Plans - front cover

Gladys Stetson Leahy

Gladys Stetson Leahy was born in 1897 in Poland, Maine, where she grew up with her mother in her grandparents’ home, a small produce farm. A bright girl with some promise beyond her current circumstances, she graduated from Edward Little High School in Damariscotta.

Presumably under the auspices of her aunt and uncle, Harriett and Luther Spiller, she attended and graduated from Bates College with a B.A. degree in 1919. (Aunt Harriett was the Regional Superintendent of Schools and Uncle Luther was the local postmaster.)

After marrying and being deserted by her third cousin, Abner H. Stetson, and bearing his son, she embarked on a teaching career. She started that career at the Edward Little High School. Over the next several years, she changed jobs and locations frequently, seeking to increase her wages in order to support her son, John Howard, who lived with Gladys’ blind mother. To further advance her position, she spent several summers gaining her M.A. degree from Boston University, which she achieved in 1928.

Her career travels eventually brought her to Danbury, Connecticut, where she began teaching at Danbury High School. She was introduced to John W. Leahy by a mutual friend in the mid-1930s. Eventually marrying him, she joined in helping her new husband with his various business ventures and was cajoled into writing a book (this book) about him and the Great Danbury State Fair.

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Jack Stetson

John Howard Stetson, Jr. is the grandson of Gladys Stetson Leahy and John Leahy’s step-grandson. Growing up under the strong influence of both Leahys, “Jack” began his working career as an office boy at a part-time job at the age of twelve. He graduated from Danbury High School in 1962 and spent three semesters at the University of Rhode Island.

Disillusioned with college life, he left there, came home, married Carol Farwell, and spent the rest of his life as a student of the John W. Leahy College of Life-Long Learning while working his way up the ladder as an employee of the various Leahy enterprises. That culminated in his owning those businesses, which will celebrate 100 years of existence in 2017.

His many joyful years of working at the Danbury Fair prompted him to complete writing the story of its history.

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