Amy Larson Marble
Amy Larson Marble is a mom, wife, and lawyer, who had a dream years ago about a girl who lived over and over again. Amy was born in Colorado, grew up in North Dakota, and lives in Minnesota with her family and their three dogs (a.k.a the pack).
David Wichman is an author, speaker, sexual healer, and entrepreneur passionate about his message. He is respected and well-known all over the world to those who seek to renew themselves and explore ways to live a fulfilling life free of stigma, shame, and fear around sex, love, and intimacy.
Raised in Fremont, California, David survived a childhood marked by severe neglect and physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. The trauma of his early life led him into years of homelessness, alcoholism, and drug addiction. After decades of struggle and rehabilitation failures, he finally obtained freedom from his addiction in 2005. He remains an active member in New Thought and recovery movements to this day.
In 2006, when David began his journey into sex work, unbeknownst to him he found his calling. While working with sometimes marginalized men, such as seniors, the disabled, and those with severe intimacy issues, he discovered the profound transformational power that sex work creates for both client and provider.
In 2009, David founded travel-companion company The Male Adventure through which he has accompanied clients on life-changing adventures to all seven continents. His trips have featured safaris in the Serengeti, bungee jumping in New Zealand, swimming with humpback whales in Tonga, treks to mountain gorillas in Uganda, and much more. He believes his connection to conservation, wildlife, and different cultures has given him a more intuitive ability to respond to the human condition.
He is an activist, vocal ally, and grateful member of the LGBTQI2 community and stays connected to current or emerging issues that dominate marginalized communities. He is a passionate fundraiser for HIV- and AIDS-related causes and other nonprofits supporting other-abled persons and benefiting animal rescues.
In 2011, he created and began facilitating a workshop called “Sex, Love, and Intimacy: Writing Your Way to New Relationships” for recovery conferences and retreats. Groups have used his highly sought-after writing workshop in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sydney, Australia, with great success.
In 2016, David and his partners, Carl and Todd, founded Heal-VR, a software development company that merges ancient spiritual principles and meditation techniques with modern virtual reality technology. Heal-VR creates content that offers users a deeper and more profound meditative experience.
Undergirding all of David’s personal and professional efforts has been a deep and abiding mystical spirituality. He is currently a student of the Course in Miracles and utilizes New Thought practices, such as life visioning, creative visualization, and meditation. While he has studied the works of many modern healers, his deeper healing in recovery has been under the guidance of his spiritual mentor, T. J. Woodward. David’s spiritual practices have brought him an overwhelming sense of gratitude and an unending wealth of forgiveness and joy on his journey to true wholeness.
David lives with his partners and their three dogs in the Coachella Valley area of California.
Heather Ebert is a professional writer based in Nashville, Tennessee. She has more than fifteen years’ experience in print and digital publishing and has written for a variety of publications. Heather specializes in memoir, fiction, and narrative nonfiction, helping nonwriters tell their stories with power and beauty. She has written eight other books to date. One of her recently published books is Sole Survivor: The inspiring true story of coming face to face with the infamous Railroad Killer by Holly K. Dunn with Heather Ebert (Diversion Books, November 7, 2017). Learn more at heatherebert.com.
Larry Daniel is a former henchman, builder, fireman, paramedic, educator, cardiovascular technologist, and small business owner. He is currently retired and living in northwest Arkansas with his wife and two dogs.
Mr. Daniel received his firefighting credentials from the Fire Academy in Camden, Arkansas and attended paramedic school at Springdale Memorial Hospital, in Springdale, Arkansas, where he also served as an advanced cardiac life support and advanced trauma life support, instructor. He gained a licensure in invasive cardiology with a specialty in cardiac intervention and electrophysiology while employed at Springdale Memorial Hospital.
Larry received a certificate of recognition from Governor Bill Clinton in 1987, for his service to the State of Arkansas, and in 1989, appeared on the CBS television show, Rescue 911. After 22 years in healthcare, the author operated an insurance agency with his wife for nearly a decade.
Larry is an avid outdoorsman who also enjoys yoga and travel. This is his first book.
Rebecca Black has a dark past. She has lived many lives, from working for the Department of Child Welfare to teaching as an adjunct professor. She is a survivor and BRCA1 previvor. She has also died–three times. In the midst of it all, she has found a physical connection and a spiritual purpose with a family of elephants.
Rebecca was born in Michigan but grew up in Tucson, Arizona, where she lives today with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. She loves art–especially Gustav Klimt. She adores music–Tori Amos, Otis Redding, and Radiohead. She is an eclectic, fierce woman.
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ALICIA BONNER NESS
Alicia Bonner Ness inspires mission-driven leaders and organizations to engage for change. She is a community organizer, brand strategist, and event producer passionate about helping people find common cause. After more than a decade working in the social sector, she founded Heptagon Productions, a brand activation agency through which she serves mission-driven organizations in civic engagement, democracy reform, and social justice. A LUMA Institute certified human-centered design facilitator, she uses a unique blend of open ideation and design activation to help individuals and organizations uncover their shared conviction to pursue their higher purpose. Educated at Johns Hopkins University, Barnard College, and Miss Hall's School, she learned her most important life lessons before the age of 10. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband.
Cord A. Scott is an Associate Professor for the University of Maryland system currently residing in Korea. His publication work includes several topics on aspects of Chicago history, aspects of popular culture in American media as well as American military culture, and aspects of comic books. His book Comics and Conflict was published in 2014. Currently he is working on cartoons produced in Stars and Stripes during World War I.
Kari Wiseman was born in South Dakota and slowly migrated south to Atlanta, Georgia. She is a stay-at-home mom with her husband of 26 years and their 2 children. You can usually find her hiking, playing games with her kids, and carrying her camera around while searching for unusual moments or angles that catch her eye.
Kari’s unique perspective due to a complicated personal life has inspired many. She worked in the television industry for eleven years, was a granite sales consultant for homes and businesses, and was a Nurse Aide in a nursing home.
Kari has had the privilege of sharing her story of adoption, finding family, abuse, and forgiveness with thousands of people. She also has a daily blog that integrates words of inspiration with her passion of photography.
LORETTO M. THOMPSON
Loretto is a career marketing professional with a special penchant for writing. She co-authored and self-published three reference guides for adult children caring for their aging parents. After having attained her MBA in Marketing and completing her Doctoral coursework, she continued to search for her next writing project. Upon discovering her father's WWII letters, written over 70 years ago, the project became clear. Since 2014, her goal has been focused on typing, traveling, and researching the story–past and present–of AN UNEXPECTED CODDIWOMPLE. She is an accomplished painter and lives in Niagara Falls, New York in a "tiny house" nestled along the Straits of Niagara.
KATHLEEN M. URQUHART
Kathleen was raised in historic Charlestown, MA, the home of the Bunkerhill Monument and the famous warship, Old Ironsides. Educated at a private, female Catholic high school, she graduated from Burdett College in Boston, MA. A true lover of all things New England, she divides her time between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Having traveled to Ireland, Kathleen represented the United States at the International Western Rose Festival held in County Mayo, Ireland. She works an an Executive Assistant to the President of a private college in Boston, MA.