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.

Judy Handwerker

Judy Handwerker is a committed Christian who ardently loves the Word of God. In her walk with the Lord, she has served in the local church as a teacher, elder and Praise dance minister. She has taught praise and worship dance to children, teenagers and adults. She continues to minister in “Prophetic Worship” dance throughout the local tri-state area (NY/CT/NJ).

She is also a Certified Personal trainer who is the owner of Judy Global Wholeness, LLC with its subsidiaries Kidsfit, Fitness with the Edge, and the licensee of the National Physical Education curriculum KID-FIT for Preschoolers. Judy’s lifelong mission is to help individuals become fit and healthy through her businesses.

Joy to Go: The Elixir of Champions!, a devotional on joy, is her first book.

Judy lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ken.

Author of:

Joy to Go by Judy Handwerker

Greta Muller

Successful Performance — in a single presentation, a long-term project, as a team leader, in your career or life — starts with presenting yourself first.

Greta Muller helps clients understand perceptions, master assets, and develop skills in order to “present” the best message possible. Over the past 17 years, she has developed a unique methodology that provides a roadmap for clients to embrace strengths, identify intentions, and develop professional ideal outcomes.

Clients include Fortune 500, mid-level firms and non-profit organizations.

Greta began her coaching career in 1998 as a Talent Coach with Talent Dynamics, working exclusively with news, weather and sports anchors. She gradually shifted her focus to the person on the other side of the microphone: that non-professional communicator whose job title and industry required public speaking, media interviews and events.

Prior to becoming a coach, Greta worked extensively as a spokeswoman and actress in all media and venue — film, television, radio, and theater, which served as an invaluable foundation for her work.

Her strengths include quickly assessing a client’s needs, embracing their industry and unique challenges to put them at ease, while empowering through imaginative solutions.

Her years of experience gives her a unique perspective into analyzing and offering perspective in career guidance, as well as professional projects, events and meetings.

She is a proud member of the Executive Women in Golf, SAG-AFTRA, the SAG Film Society, and AEA.

She has been classified as a Woman Owned Business in the MWBE for New York, serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts at BMCC and is the President of the New York book club Lit Chicks.

You can find Greta online at c3nyc.com.

Author of:

Opening Your Presence by Greta Muller

Dave Gregory

Dave Gregory holds a BFA from Boston University’s School of Fine and Applied Arts. (It’s in the attic somewhere.)

He began writing in the 4th grade, though Miss Platt was never pleased with the quality of his penmanship.

He has written poetry and essays over the years, for his sanity and others’ enjoyment. Published in several newspapers and poetry collections, he also had a poem published in a Christian publication that was distributed free in fourteen counties in Tennessee.

As for jobs, he has been, in no particular order, a light designer, built sets, acted, was a tour stage manager, assistant stage manager, production stage manager, and a newspaper boy. He has also been an Accounts Receivable clerk, Accounts Payable clerk, and office manager, flipped hamburgers, managed the Bernhard Center (Fine Arts Center) at the University of Bridgeport, managed a hardware store, worked in an electrical supply store, sold fertilizer, flowers, bushes, and Christmas trees (real and artificial), helped build mechanical indicators for airplanes and shutters for assorted uses, including one that is part of the Mars Rover.

Father of two and grandfather of three, Dave now reads to daycare children through the Literacy Center of Milford and is a docent, giving tours at the Milford Historical Society in Connecticut.

Author of:

On the Cellar Door - by Dave Gregory

Darryl Rosen

Darryl Rosen speaks, trains, coaches, consults and writes on the subjects of leadership and culture, sales, management and customer service. He is an experienced business professional, having formerly served as President and Owner of Sam’s Wines & Spirits, a $50 million multi-store retailer in the Chicago area.

Through his transformational keynotes, workshops and coaching sessions, he’s helped the professionals of numerous sales organizations achieve extraordinary results.

He is passionate about sharing what his experience has taught him about the topics of motivation, excellence in execution, and achievement. His favorite way of illustrating these lessons is through awareness assessments and engaging stories and analogies. His audiences consistently find him to be entertaining as well as informative!

Darryl earned an MBA in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Darryl is a graduate of the prestigious Canfield Training Group Train-The-Trainer program. This highly selective, international program is designed to help human potential leaders teach and coach The Success Principles and to equip future generations with the skills needed to succeed. Darryl is also certified by the Barrett Value Centre to use a complex suite of tools and assessments, all designed to boost his client’s financial returns by revolutionizing their cultures and helping them form a more work cohesive environment.

He is the author of seven books on the topics of sales, leadership, success and effective management.

When he is not working, Darryl enjoys running (he has completed 14 marathons) and spending time with his wife and three sons. He is also a strong supporter of philanthropic efforts dedicated to improving the lives of children.

He’s also a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and hopes that this year will finally…be the year!

For information about how Darryl can bring his messages alive for you or your team, contact him by visiting darrylrosen.com.

Author of:

See You at the Finish Line by Darryl Rosen  Team Energized by Darryl Rosen

Danny Friedman

Danny Friedman is a multimillion-dollar sales professional with over 25 years of experience. He has achieved success in the office equipment, commercial real estate, sporting goods and promotional products industries.

In 2007, Danny started DANNY, Inc., a sales training company that features Danny’s highly energized style of speaking. He is not only educational, but inspirational.

Danny is recognized as an expert in the world of sales and his sessions are a “must see.” His pragmatic style delivers a winning message to each one of his audiences, whether there are 25 or 1,000 people.

He speaks at national association tradeshows as well as corporate functions and is in demand both domestically and internationally.

Danny speaks to schools, healthcare organizations and corporations about his life and what he has overcome to inspire others to do the same. His sessions will make you laugh, cry and inspire you “to never give up,” no matter what battle you are dealing with.

Audiences learn of the many treatments, physicians and alternative medical practices Danny endured until he finally found the solution to overcome his personal nightmare.

Danny’s audiences leave with the inspiration to succeed in their personal life. It is his belief that everyone is entitled to live a happy and healthy life.

Danny lives in Chicago with his wife and 2 daughters.

Learn more about the author at dannyinc.com.

Author of:

What Doesn't Kill You... by Danny Friedman

Chris Westfall

Entrepreneur, consultant, author and publisher: Chris Westfall is the author of “The NEW Elevator Pitch” and “BulletProof Branding,” and a specialist in creating high-growth strategies across a wide array of industries.

A sought-after speaker and consultant, he has been recognized as the US National Elevator Pitch Champion. His guidance has created multi-million dollar revenue streams across four continents, and he has appeared on CNN, ABC NEWS, NBC TV and many other media outlets.

Along with Bloomberg TV’s Jeffrey Hayzlett, he is the producer and co-host of “The 118 Pitch Course” – helping businesses to understand the secrets of a world-class elevator pitch.

Focused on Millennial success, Chris is an award-winning MBA instructor at a top-10 MBA program, and has been recognized as the MBA Communicator of the Year. Originally from Chicago, he received his undergraduate degree from SMU and holds an MBA from Texas Christian University, where he graduated with top honors.

A former sales and marketing executive, his clients include HP, Cisco, RNC Global, E&Y, Unilever, Verizon and dozens of other globally-recognized brands, as well as small and medium-sized businesses.

As a pitch coach, he has helped clients to land on “Dragon’s Den” and “Shark Tank,” and he regularly speaks to college audiences across the country on effective communication, marketing strategy and leadership.

Chris lives in Dallas with his wife and two daughters.

You can find him on most social media platforms or on his website, westfallonline.com.

Author of:

BulletProof Branding by Chris Westfall

Chris Vanderzyden

Chris Vanderzyden is a small business advocate, CPA, sales trainer, keynote speaker and creator of the 7 Step VICTORY Programs™ Her career began as a certified public accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, now PricewaterhouseCoopers. She then became a corporate defector and recreated her life as an entrepreneur and developed a nationwide advertising specialty and marketing company into a million dollar venture.

As a speaker, Chris delivers energetic, action-packed presentations filled with fresh concepts and essential strategies that inspire her audience to take action and achieve new levels of success. She is a recognized leader and is in demand to provide presentations to audiences ranging from 50 to 2,000 to many groups and audiences worldwide.

She is a highly sought-after broadcast commentator who has appeared on Fox Business News and other major media outlets.

Chris lives with her family in Vermont.

Learn more about Chris at www.chrisvanderzyden.com.

Author of:

7 Steps to Entrepreneurial Victory by Chris Vanderzyden