We have a lot of projects that we work on, below are some of our featured, diversity team and projects! #diversitybooks #diversityauthors

Emha Goliesh

emhagoliesh.com

emha website

#dyslexia

new adult romance

  • Lacey Shyver has never been interested in love or romance. That’s because science, school, and career have been the most important in Lacey’s life. That is, until one simple touch from drummer, Blake Nivey, opens her up to things she never knew existed. But every reward has a risk and every pleasure has a sacrifice. Not only does this new territory test Lacey’s loyalty to a relationship and to her education, she also gets haunted by something she can’t understand. Whether her fears have anything to do with her being in a wheelchair or not, that is something Lacey must find out for herself before it’s too late. Because once June 9th begins, it never ends.

  • Tagline: Lacey Shyver has always rolled through life in a perfect straight line. Until an unexpected twist in romance and fate sets her on a path that swerves in every direction but forward.

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  • The facts: grew up in California, cat person, favorite animal is dolphin, loves watermelon with seeds, hates being late, obsessed with nature, fascinated by the universe, confused by the human body
  • The reasons: I write because it’s a freedom thing for me. I can rewrite reality and manipulate fantasy. I like to test the limits and introduce new concepts. I love creating diversity books for people because it helps support a culture of unity and connection. The idea that my work can empower or inspire those who may feel weak and hopeless to be stronger people is most rewarding.
  • The diversity: I grew up with dyslexia and as much as I struggle with reading, I am in love with writing.
  • The advice: Feel things out and write what comes through. Archive all notes, but also start from a blank page once in awhile, even if the entire book has been written.
  • The quote: “Dream past the fantasy. Fight past the battle. Drift past the rhythm.” #bedifferent #bebold

Kendra Gottsleben

kendragottsleben.com

#RareDisease

kid’s books

  • The facts: Midwestern born and raised,  rare disease advocate, always sees the positive in life  passionate about helping others, bachelor’s degree in both psychology and sociology, enjoys making others smile, loves bright colors and sparkle, fashionista
  • The reasons: I enjoy writing as an avenue to express myself and share my experiences. Through my writing, my hope is that the reader understands that life is full of adversity, but life’s ups and downs shouldn’t stop one from striving for their ultimate dreams. My highest compliments have been when readers say they felt empowered by my writing.
  • The diversity: At age four, I was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Mucopolysaccharide Type VI also known as Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome (MPS VI). I have never allowed my condition to deter me from striving to achieve my goals and dreams.
  • The advice: Don’t change your foundation just to fit in or to be accepted. Always stay true to who you are!
  • The quote: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”
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Eileen Martinez

eileenmartinez.com

#Depression

kid’s books

Ink loves books. So much so that Ink tries make one! But how can Ink make a book when everything that is touched turns every white page ink black? Find out how Ink makes it all work!

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Kevin Nordstrom

facebook.com/mrdinks

#Schizophrenia

kid’s books

  • The facts: in love with a beautiful wife, obsessed with a newborn son, has a wild imagination for anything whimsical, can’t live without the many cats that fill up a house full of dreams, is excited about running an art inspired business: Whimsical Mischief Studio
  • The reasons: I draw and write to bring something magical into the world–where there is heart and emotion behind each creation, where it’s okay to laugh and be silly, where the dreams of wonderful ideas are limitless.
  • The diversity: I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when I was in my early twenties, but it has only been recent that I became open about it. The moment came when I realized I was going to be a father. And I want the world my son grows up in to be one that doesn’t stigmatize those who are different.
  • The advice: Remember that every day is a new opportunity to be a better version of yourself.
  • The quote: “If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” -Epictetus

Come on a journey with Lana and her wheelchair as she attempts to make friends. It’s not always easy to be accepted when Lana feels so different from all of the other kids. What can she do to show them she loves to play just like everyone else?

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Lana and her friends are being attacked right when her wheelchair, Chairsy, is running out of power. How will they fight off the evil fairies and make it back to the castle before dark?.

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Madison Parrotta

facebook.com/maddie

#SMA

volunteer assistant

  • The facts: Intrigued by literature, BA in English and Theatre, enjoy anything to do with books, reading should be a word used every day, I like food, a lot, and bread, I like bread a lot, my Yorkie dog is my reading partner in crime
  • The reasons: My interest in books began when I entered kindergarten; I was seized by an overwhelming fear that I would never be able to learn to read. Now that I can, my reading tastes grew from YA to fiction to drama to academic literature and beyond. But it annoys me that more people with disabilities aren’t included in our media, so I want to help change that.
  • The diversity: Born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2.
  • The advice: Don’t let other people dictate your choices.
  • The quote: “It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.”  ― Lemony Snicket #neverstopreading
  • BA in English and Theatre
  • Early career dramaturg
  • Copy editor for Culture Trip
  • Fiction and creative nonfiction editor for The Bookends Review
  • Reader for The New Group
  • Assistant editor for the theatre and disability section of The Theatre Times
  • Publications
  • Disabled Bodies in American Theatre | 2017 | https://thetheatretimes.com/disabled-bodies-american-theatre/

 

Aly Sanchez

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#CentralCoreDisease

young adult romance

  • The facts: Cali girl all the way, loves the color green, eldest of three children, can’t get enough of youtube, obsessed with photography, adores writing, reading, and painting, can’t live without a Chihuahua named, ‘Tinkerbell’, spends too much time overthinking everything, but tries to balance out the serious and silly side of life
  • The reasons: I write because the liberty that comes when the pen hits the paper allows me to give life to characters and places that I can freely create. I have a deep, inner romantic side that I can satisfy through my writing. There’s no better feeling than having readers connect and feel an array of strong emotions from my writing.
  • The diversity: I was born with a form of muscular dystrophy called, central core disease. It may be my identifier, but it’s not my definition as an individual.
  • The advice: Don’t rush anything or force it for that matter, great things take time. Write about what interests you as a reader and expand it in any direction you want it to go. Always have something handy to write down any random ideas that may come to mind. It’s your story, let your imagination run wild and hold on tight!
  • The quote: “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” #staystrong
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Kolly Strolly

includas.com/team

#MuscularDystrophy

kid’s books

  • The facts: loves crafts of all types, played with roly poly bugs as a child–still does, appreciates hand made gifts, enjoys doing things in nature, obsessed with trying new things and making friends, tries to celebrate the rainbow in life after heavy storms, even when everything feels washed away
  • The reasons: Creating stories for children makes the world around me feel softer, like a cloud I can reach up, play with and no one will judge me for it. I find happiness in making children happy, especially when in comes to including them and giving them a cloud to play with when they feel alone.
  • The diversity: I was born with muscular dystrophy and have used a wheelchair since I was a kid. I’ve always felt like an outcast growing up, so hopefully my books will let others connect to a place that will bring comfort and excitement to everyone.
  • The advice: Always follow your dreams, even if others don’t believe in you. Because I believe in you. Not everyone will have the same way of doing something and that’s okay, just take hold of your own path and explore!
  • The quote: “Don’t let the rain scare you away from finding your rainbow of sunshine.” #dancewiththeclouds

Come on a journey with Lana and her wheelchair as she attempts to make friends. It’s not always easy to be accepted when Lana feels so different from all of the other kids. What can she do to show them she loves to play just like everyone else?

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Lana and her friends are being attacked right when her wheelchair, Chairsy, is running out of power. How will they fight off the evil fairies and make it back to the castle before dark?.

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Sasha Flare

includas.com/team

#SevereAnxiety

new adult mystery

  • Everyone in Seattle knew she did it. The detective was going to prove she did it. But Leslie Ohlee did not want her husband dead—despite his complaints about her inability to walk and their brutal fights every gossiper loved to soak up—Leslie wouldn’t kill someone who saved her life. Maybe she pushed him and he died in the hospital hours later. Maybe she hadn’t shed a tear when blood was gushing out of his head. Maybe she was immediately attracted to firefighter, Ricardo Jamestive, while her husband was fighting for his life. But her behavior was not what was weird, it was everyone around her that acted in a way no sane, innocent people would ever act. Did people want her to go crazy? Or were they hiding something?

  • Tagline: Strangers pop into Leslie’s life after the death of her husband and she can’t figure out why.

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