HOT SPOT ~ Ward 8 Book Festival Sandra Fleming, Monica Mathis-Stowe, C. Natasha-Richburg, Nanette Buchanan
Sandra Fleming is a native Washingtonian currently residing in Fort Washington, Maryland. She never knew a book was waiting to be birthed until she was inspired by her four-year-old granddaughter, Kaya Rylee, in 2011. Since that time, she wrote and self-published her first book in February 2013, “An Unlikely Trio: a Ladybug, a Dolphin & a Fairy.” A second children’s book, entitled “Sweet Grandma,” and in the near future, a motivational book for adults, are in the works. Thanks to Kaya, Sandra is proud to add the descriptive “author” to her accomplishments.
Sandra continues to be inspired by her granddaughter, who is the love of her life, to help our youth find their purpose and destiny in life. As she embarks on her journey to inspire, encourage and motivate youths, she has spoken and shared her story of being an author at pre-schools, churches, non-profits, and other local venues.
Her favorite quote: It’s all about the Children!
Her favorite scripture for children: Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV
Monica Mathis-Stowe is a D.C. native but spent a great deal of her formative years in North Carolina. She’s an alumnus of Nyack college, earning a B.S. in Organizational Management. She works as an investigator for a government contractor and finds time to write every day. She lives outside of D.C. with her middle school age son and firefighter husband. She enjoys travelling and is an avid reader. When she’s home, she’s usually surrounded by her family and friends. Her debut novel, WHERE DID WE GO WRONG?, was published in April of 2012 by The Literary Publishing Group.
At age ten, she was introduced to the world of romantic fiction by an older cousin who worked at a local library, and it was "love at first read"-- Monica simply couldn't get enough. Reading for fun opened her mind to a whole new world. Instead of just reading novels, she studied them, determined to join the ranks of the many published authors whose work she enjoyed. A few of Monica's favorite authors include Jackie Collins, Terry McMillan, Mary Higgins Clark and Carl Weber. She enjoys reading all genres, but her favorite is contemporary and romantic fiction with strong, independent women as lead characters.
Monica's writing describes the drama in relationships among families, lovers, friends, and colleagues. She likes to take her readers on a roller-coaster ride of emotions that will make them laugh, cry, gasp, think, and question people and the decisions they make.
Author, mentor, and motivational speaker, C. NaTasha Richburg provides great summer reads for youth, young adults, and adults with seven faith based books about life, coming of age, relationships, and God. Each book contains definitive and open ended questions that allow for an intrapersonal understanding of learned principles.
C. NaTasha Richburg has a BS in Business Administration from Frostburg State University, a MBA from Morgan State University and a MIS from Johns Hopkins University. Mrs. Richburg is currently attending Morgan State University in pursuit of a Doctorate in Urban Leadership Education. With over 25 years of federal government service, Mrs. Richburg is also President and CEO of CNR Ministries, an author, a mentor, and a motivational speaker. Mrs. Richburg has also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the Information Systems department for over 15 years.
Mrs. Richburg is married to her husband Melvin and has four children. Motivating others to achieve “excellence” is the force behind her passion that “[a] wise man is strong; yea a man of knowledge increaseth strength” (Proverbs 24:5).
Nanette M. Buchanan was born, raised and educated in Newark, New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It was then that she first set her pen to pad and wrote expressions of her love for poetry.
Her writing accomplishments include three volumes of poetry; Thoughts, Thoughts & Reflections and Quiet Times. Nanette’s first published work and debut novel was “Family Secrets….Lies & Alibis.”
Nanette's preferred genre’ is romantic fiction, but readers will attest they all have suspense, mystery and a dramatic twist. It is her goal to become a successful author without limits; writing and producing plays that feature her poems as well as adaptations of her novels on the “big screen”. Nanette is a proud mother, wife and grandmother who resides in Somerset, New Jersey.