Montgomery County authors write books about fantasy, faith and family

Imagine a hotel where guests can live out a fantasy, something they’ve always wanted to do, but maybe were too afraid to try or didn’t have the natural talent to accomplish. “You can go there and feel like you’re singing on a stage in front of thousands of people or skydiving,” Gaithersburg author Shields of Breeana said of the screenplay of his fifth novel for young adults, Splendor (Page Street Publishing, September 2021). The book’s main character sees how his sister has changed after visiting the hotel and goes there to figure out what happened. “It’s fantasy with a healthy dose of mystery,” says Shields, who enjoys the adventure and pace of writing for teens. “I love this time of life when all of these possibilities are open and life can go anywhere.”


Since 25 years, Devoured Zacka taught the concept of people as “thinkers” and “feelings” in her work as a business consultant. She renames these terms “cactus” and “snowflake” in The cactus and the snowflake at work: how the logical and the sensible can thrive side by side (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, November 2021). Zack says the book can be useful in any type of relationship. It includes questions for readers to discover their personality type and strategies for picking up on subtle cues in others. “The foundation is understanding your own style and how to turn your perceived responsibilities into your greatest strengths,” says the Potomac author. Instead of judging, Zack encourages people to recognize what matters to someone else and then calibrate the way they communicate with that in mind.


In writing Rekindled and Renewed: Real-Life Conversations on the Intersection of Home, Faith, and Everything in Between (End Game Press, November 2021), Kensington’s Paige Nothing says she felt a deep kinship with her co-writer, Victoria Duerstock, who lives in Mississippi. Both are interior designers and women of faith who see a cross between their spiritual life and decorating. “We know these are two hot topics, but we want to put them together and invite women to have conversations about both,” Rien says. The chapters mix sections on self-care, faith, and relationships with strategies for dealing with clutter and furniture. “Home is more than ‘what should I put on the walls?’ There’s just a deeper dimension or layer available to us,” says Rien.


Bethesda Magazinee contributing writer steve robert told by collecting stories and writing Cokie: A Life Well Lived (Harper, November 2021) was his way of mourning his wife of 53 years, who died in 2019 of breast cancer. Although Cokie was well known as a reporter for ABC News and National Public Radio, the book provides insight into her family life, her Catholic faith and her relationships with friends, who often described her as their rock. moral touch. “Not everyone can be a famous television star, but everyone can be a good person,” says Roberts, who teaches journalism and politics at George Washington University. “Everyone can learn something about this from their life and their private acts of kindness. She lived the gospel every day.


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