Jenna Bush Hager is an American news personality, author, journalist, and teacher born in Dallas, Texas on November 25, 1981. Hagar is the daughter of the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush. She attended the University of Texas at Austin while her father was President. In 2004 she became a part of her father’s re-election campaign and traveled to swing states with her father. In 2006 she worked as a teacher’s aid at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School for a year. In 2007 she released her debut book titled Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope and followed it up in 2008 with her second book Read All About It!. In 2009 she was hired as a correspondent for The Today Show on NBC. Hagar was named editor-at-large of Southern Living Magazine in 2012. She released her third book in 2016 titled Our Great Big Backyard and released her fourth book in 2017 titled Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life.
Alex Banayan is an American venture capitalist and author, born in Los Angeles, California on August 10, 1992. While attending college at USC he was hired by the Silicon Valley venture capital company Alsop Louie. He has been featured in major media including Bloomberg TV, Fox News, Fortune, Businessweek, and CBS News. Fortune Magazine has reported that he is the world’s youngest venture capitalist and is the youngest business author ever signed by the Crown Publishing Group. His book deal with the publisher Crown Publishing Group was announced in 2012. In 2018 he released the book The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers where he interviews highly successful people like Bill Gates, Larry King, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall and many more. He is also a contributor to The Washington Post, FastCompany, and TechCrunch.
Stephen King is an American author born in Portland, Maine on September 21, 1947. King is known for writing supernatural fiction, suspense, fantasy, and science fiction. In 1967 King sold his first short story to Startling Mystery Stories titled “The Glass Floor.” After graduating from college he would sell short stories to have an income. In 1973 he published his first novel, Carrie with the publishing house Doubleday. The novel was his fourth, but the first to get published. He has since published the novels The Shining, The Stand, The Dead Zone, Firestarter, Pet Sematary, Insomnia, Bag of Bones, Black House, The Colorado Kid, Cell, Under the Dome, Finders Keepers, The Outsider, and many more. King has published 60 novels, 5 non-fiction books, and has written over 200 short stories, most of which have been compiled into books. His books have sold over 350 million copies and a number of them have been made into shows, feature films, television movies, and comic books. King has been awarded numerous awards, including 15 Bram Stoker Awards, 5 Locus Awards, 6 British Fantasy Awards among others.
J. K. Rowling was born was Joanne Rowling in Yate, the United Kingdom on July 31, 1965. She wrote the story Rabbit when she was six and her first novel at seven.
She conceived the story Harry Potter in 1990. In the next five years, she started mapping out the story for the seven books in the series. She published the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, through Bloomsbury Children’s Books in June 1997. Warner Bros. released the film adaptation of the novel in 2001. The last movie based on all seven books, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released in 2011. She also released the novel The Casual Vacancy.
She also wrote crime novels as Robert Galbraith which featured Cormoran Strike. She published the first book in the series, The Cuckoo’s Calling, in 2013. The Silkworm and Career of Evil followed in 2014 and 2015. She wrote the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two. She made her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is set to be a five-film series.
Glennon Doyle Melton is an American author born in Burke, Virginia on March 20, 1976. In 1998 she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree at James Madison University. She started her writing career in 2009 by creating the blog, Momastery. In 2013 she released her debut book titled Carry On Warrior. The book received the Books for a Better Life Best Relationship Award and was a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Memoir & Autobiography. In 2016 she released the book Love Warrior. Both books became New York Times bestsellers. Melton’s writing has also been featured in the magazines Family Circle, Woman’s Daily, and Readers Digest. She has made television appearances on the shows #OWNSHOW, The Today Show, and The Meredith Vieira Show.
David Sedaris, born David Raymond Sedaris on December the 26th 1956 in New York and is an American radio host, comedian, author and digital influencer. Coming to prominence in 1992 with his essay SantaLand Diaries being broadcast on National Public Radio, going on to continue creating essay collections, he is well known for his autobiographical and self-deprecating humor and often jokes about his middle class upbringing, his family and anecdotes. More recently Sedaris is a writer for the New Yorker and his next series of essays is titled Calypso.
As a digital influencer Sedaris is well known for his website where he showcases his work and humor in an interactive manner and his twitter on which he makes commentaries about day to day life and pop culture.
John Green is an American author and YouTuber born in Indianapolis on August 24, 1977. In 2005 he released his debut novel titled Looking for Alaska. He has since written the books An Abundance of Katherines, Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, The Fault in Our Stars, and Turtles All the Way Down. His fourth solo novel, The Fault in Our Stars was a New York Times Best Seller and was made into a film in 2014. In 2015 his novel Paper Towns was also made into a film. In 2007 Green started the YouTube channel VlogBrothers with his brother Hank Green. He has since created 11 online series. Their channel has a following of 3.2 million subscribers with over 785 million total video views. In 2010 John and Hank Green created the YouTube conference VidCon, where YouTubers get together to meet their fans. Throughout John’s career he has been nominated for several awards and has won a Michael L. Printz Award, an Edgar Allan Poe Award, a Corine Literature Prize, and others.
Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author, columnist, and business woman born in Athens, Greece on July 15, 1950. She is the co-founder of and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. Huffington attended college at Girton College, Cambridge and studied economics. She was the third woman and the first international president of the Cambridge Union. In 2011 AOL purchased The Huffington Post for $315 million and made Arianna the President and Editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. In 2016 she stepped down from her role at The Huffington Post to start her new venture Thrive Global. In 1973 she published her first book The Female Woman that attacked the Women’s Liberation Movement. She has since written 14 more books, including The Gods of Greece, Greetings from the Lincoln Bedroom, Pigs at the Trough, The Fourth Instinct, Fanatics & Fools, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time and others. In 2003 she ran as an independent candidate in the 2003 recall election of Gray Davis against Arnold Schwarzenegger, but ended up dropping out of the race early. She has made appearances on a number of radio and television shows like The Daily Show, Saturday Night At The Mill, The Cleveland Show, Any Questions, How I Met Your Mother and more.