Laura was born a storyteller. She has been turning all of life into stories since she was young. This mother of one daughter, grandmother of four girls began writing down her fictitious stories to the delight of her family and friends. She's been writing her tales for over twenty-five years. She became a published author when she put one of her short stories in a Christmas anthology in support of feeding children around the world, entitled Eight 'Til Christmas. Since then, she has published Deception, Royalty, and co-authored Rogue.
Currently, Laura's writing a follow up to Royalty at the request of her fans, entitled Heirs. She's also ghost writing a novel about being careful what you wish for called, Made for Me. She has numerous ideas for additional novels, including one she's been working on since the late '90s, called Lessons. One day when the stars align and time is no longer an issue, she’ll complete it. The lessons addressed throughout the story, speak to both children and adults. Laura will tell you, "God blessed me with a natural gift of storytelling; it is up to me to use that gift to the best of my ability."
Not only is Laura a published author, she owns Foundations Book Publishing Company along with an additional hybrid publishing company, Vitality House.
SUSAN J. PIERCE
Promotions Specialist/Marketing Director
Susan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management with a certification as a Small Business Marketing Specialist. She’s been in the publishing industry since 2010, and is a bestselling self-published author with ten novels under her belt, before she signed on with Foundations in 2016. Her goal for success is quite simple – work hard and be nice. The rest will fall into place.
Dawné Dominique is a best-selling, multi-published author and an award winning professional book cover artist. With over fifteen years’ experience, she devotes her time between creating cover art for numerous publishers and Indie authors, while trying to write the next paranormal/fantasy bestseller.
Being an author herself, she knows how important cover art is to an author. She has humbly accepted many awards and honourable mentions, but she’s quick to attribute her success to the diverse authors she represents. Without them none of those accolades would be possible.
An accomplished oil painter and sketch artist, she has dabbled in all mediums of art.
She loves what she does and every cover is a challenge to exemplify an author’s deepest desire to see their words depicted into art.
Head of Acquisitions
Mike was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Illinois on an art scholarship, and graduated with a BFA degree.
He taught public school in Washington D.C.’s inner city, while attending law school at Georgetown University. At Georgetown he was selected to the editorial board of Georgetown’s law review. Upon graduation, he clerked for a federal judge in Washington. Thereafter, he was appointed to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. In that position he prosecuted numerous cases, including those involving murder and rape.
He left government service to join a large Washington law firm where he specialized in commercial litigation. He subsequently took a position as general counsel to a national environmental services company headquartered in Annapolis, MD. After several years, he resigned in order to practice law part time, thereby allowing him the time to devote to his first love, creative writing. He lives on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and two dogs, Blueberry and Scout.
Dr. NATHAN FAYARD
Dr. Nathan E. H. Fayard is a professor of medieval literature because “swashbuckling adventurer” isn’t really a viable career path these days. Instead, he got his doctorate at the University of Arkansas and now makes do by studying tales of adventure and heroism, both modern and medieval.
In his graduate work, he learned the writer’s craft, and these days he teaches academic and fiction writing at the college level, as well as serving as an editor for Foundations’ texts.
He loves helping writers polish and shape their work, aiding them in bringing their stories to life for their readers, and he looks forward to working with Foundation’s great pool of talent!
Dr. SAMUEL CARROLL
Dr. Samuel Carroll is a musician by training, a scholar by inclination, and a minister by vocation. Editing brings together these three areas: listening to the cadences of the English language, thinking critically about texts, and shepherding authors as they bring their visions to fruition.
He completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then was called into international student ministry. Whether performing or teaching, this thread runs through his work: complexity resulting in simplicity. A profound theoretical understanding of music, technique acquired with great pains, repertoire from many centuries: these are all very well. But their purpose is to make music for everyone to enjoy. Again, if one cannot express a theological truth in simple language, can one really claim to understand it?
There is enough jargon, enough academese, enough business-speak in the world already, he says. Let us write clearly!
Keri Ranger has a background as a large hotel chain auditor, which skilled her in multi-tasking, putting out fires, seeing needs, and addressing them. As a mother of four girls, she has reinforced that skillset. She not only takes direction to get authors what they need and guide them, when necessary, she asserts herself to help where she notices a need without being asked. She has worked closely with SJ Pierce to learn more about the marketing and promotions of books and authors.