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Archives for September 2011

That Marcia Clark Reinvents Herself As Mystery Novelist

Marcia Clark

By Pamela Burke

TWITTER: @thatmarciaclark

We all know the Marcia Clark of the O. J. “Trial of the Century” media extravaganza. Because of her role in that high-profile case, The New Yorker called her “The Most Famous Prosecutor in American History.” She won 19 out of 20 murder trials, just not “that” one.

“I went into court every day trying to win it. It didn’t happen. The fact that I survived it shows me what you can live through.”

Marcia Clark book Guilt By Association

Marcia Clark's "Guilt By Association"

But did you know that because of her love for reading mysteries since age nine, she decided to become a crime novelist? Her first who-done-it, “Guilt by Association,” is out, and has been called “a triumphant fiction debut,” and a “corker” of a novel.

We wanted to know what had become of Marcia since the trial and her many appearances as a commentator on television. Recently we got the chance to hear her speak at Book Passage in Corte Madera, Ca.

It was a sold-out crowd, and her message was fascinating, fun, and one of reinvention. She shared her story recently on our Women’s Eye Radio Show in a conversation with Stacey Gualandi. Here is some of what she had to say… [Read more…]

Mariette Hartley Discusses “Breaking the Silence” of Addiction

September 24, 2011

Mariette Hartley, author of "Breaking the Silence"

Mariette Hartley


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Mariette Hartley, television personality and author of memoir “Breaking the Silence,” recently re-released in paperback


“That” Marcia Clark Turned Mystery Novelist Discusses “Guilt by Association”

September 24, 2011

"That" Marcia Clark, now author of mystery novel  "Guilt by Association"

Marcia Clark


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Marcia Clark, former Los Angeles deputy district attorney and lead prosecutor, now author of new mystery novel “Guilt by Association”

Commentator Keli Goff Has Her Eye On Politics

Keli Goff

By Stacey Gualandi

Twitter: @keligoff
Facebook: KeliGoff

She has an eye for pinpointing the hot button issues in today’s political discussion. Commentator Keli Goff has been called “fearless” and “a breath of fresh air” since she emerged from the 2008 election as a voice for the hip-hop generation.

“I feel I’ve done my job best when someone says they didn’t know about something until they read my column and took action…” Keli Goff

If you follow politics, you’ve read her editorial blogs on The Huffington Post and loop21.com or listened to her on radio and TV shows across the country. She has an opinion and isn’t afraid to share it.

GQ Candidate Book by Keli GoffNow Keli’s experience in following Presidential campaigns and elections has inspired her first novel “The GQ Candidate,” a page-turning look into the inner circle of an unlikely man running for president, an African-American who was raised by a multi-racial family.

She comes by it naturally; after all, her passion for picking presidents began as a preteen. With the 2012 election campaign underway, I wanted to check in with Keli to see what’s on her mind these days… [Read more…]

Lisa See: Novelist On Her New Book “Dreams of Joy”

September 17, 2011

Lisa See | Best-selling Author of "Dreams of Joy"

Lisa See


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Best-selling author Lisa See discusses her new book set partially in China,”Dreams of Joy.”

Keli Goff: Political Pundit On Her Novel “The GQ Candidate”

September 17, 2011

Keli Goff

Keli Goff


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Political pundit Keli Goff talks about her first foray into fiction, “The GQ Candidate.”

Survivor Somaly Mam Enlists Hollywood to End Human Trafficking

Somaly Mam

Somaly Mam: Photo by Michael Angelo

By Stacey Gualandi/September 15, 2011

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Twitter: @somalymam

The statistics are shocking. Over two million girls every year are forced to become sex slaves around the globe. Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry, second only to the drug trade.

Finding an end to this global crisis begins with one woman: Somaly Mam. Her personal vision, she says, is a world where young women and girls are safe from sex slavery, girls as young as four-years -old.

In 2007, Somaly co-founded the Somaly Mam Foundation, a non-profit committed to ending modern day slavery through shelters, awareness campaigns and rehabilitation programs. Because of her efforts, she is now a force to be reckoned with. She has already rescued over 7,000 young women and children.

Somaly made a rare West Coast appearance at the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel to launch her Foundation’s PROJECT FUTURES global Program in Los Angeles. Meeting and talking with her for the first time, I wanted to call her Somaly “Mom”, because that is what she has become to so many girls – girls who were once facing a life of torture, rape, and often times death.

Somaly Mam in Hollywood

Somaly with AnnaLynne and Angel McCord

“My mission is to fight and end human trafficking … to give my girls a home. I know how to help a girl and how to love them, how to make them hope and have a new life.”

As a young girl herself in her native Cambodia, Somaly was kidnapped, forced to work in brothels, and repeatedly raped and tortured on a daily basis until one day she miraculously escaped. It was at that moment that she dedicated her life to rescuing, rehabilitating and reintegrating the innocent victims of sexual slavery.

“The girls keep me going. They are a part of my life. We have been through the same thing. I do it from my heart day-by-day. The girls teach me, and I teach them.”

She has earned numerous honors, including being chosen a CNN Hero and one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year. In 2009 she was listed among TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

“I was never thinking I could be doing this today. I never thought I could help so many girls,” she says modestly.

Somaly and her daughter

Somaly and her daughter, Adana

Somaly walked a celebrity-filled red carpet with her 15-year-old daughter, Adana, by her side. It’s a far cry from her own childhood in Cambodia. Now Somaly is turning to the young and famous for help.

SMF Global Ambassadors, including actress AnnaLynne McCord, model Angel McCord, Pretty Little Liars’ Shay Mitchell, MTV’s Ashley Rickards and actors Ron Livingston and his wife, Mad Men’s Rosemarie DeWitt, were all on hand to support her new platform for change.

Livingston has tried to do whatever he can to help ever since he met Somaly five years ago. “She’s brave, passionate and has experienced what she’s fighting. She is on the frontlines everyday,” he says.

Many of these young stars have read Somaly’s book, “The Road of Lost Innocence,” and visited Cambodia to witness her in action. Angel McCord said it changed her life. “My calling is to be a voice because I have one. We need to change the laws and how people perceive it. Stop sweeping it under the rug. It is slavery. It is unacceptable. It’s a sin on humanity. The best thing I can do is speak, scream, write, blog…whatever I can about it.”

Somaly Mam book cover

Both she and her sister talked about their own difficult childhoods and their personal connection to these young victims. AnnaLynne, one of the stars of “90210,” at one point broke down on the red carpet as her emotions got the best of her.

“It’s my fight too because what has happened to those girls in a smaller way has happened to me. I have a personal connection to what violation of body means, and abuse and what that entails. And Somaly has a personal reason to be a part of it. I needed someone who can’t sleep unless she’s fighting this issue because that’s how I feel about it.”

PROJECT FUTURES global Program Director Amy Merrill says there is so much potential with the younger generation. “They have proven that they care and have a charitable intention. With PROJECT FUTURES we want to capture that and give them a platform to join this cause. This program is all about using the skills you have already, what-you-know, and who-you-know to take action.”

In fact, classical pianist Chloe Flower says she was so inspired, she collaborated with Baby Face and Deepak Chopra and devoted her next album to the life of a trafficked human. All proceeds will go to SMF.

Chloe Flower

Chloe Flower

“Music has the ability to peak certain emotions but no one wants to talk about a 4-year-old getting raped 30 times a day. That’s why I am using music to help. If we change the mindset of young males who have the potential of participating in human trafficking as they get older, then they’ll grow up not to participate in this kind of behavior. “

Somaly’s mission is not without risk. She literally enters these brothels to rescue the girls herself. And for that she has received numerous death threats. Her oldest daughter was once kidnapped by those behind the threats.

Despite the threats, Adana supports her mother’s continued fight. “I’m proud of my mom. She is my hero. I will be like her. I will help. I won’t give up.”

Cambodian Girls sent by Somaly

Cambodian girls with Somaly: Photo by SMF

As she walked the red carpet, Somaly was grateful for the support, for having a voice, and for giving so many the right to live. She says she is determined to keep fighting to end slavery once and for all, no matter the risk.

“It is dangerous. You can die. But I die inside if I don’t continue. I’m happy with what I’m doing. If they kill me, I have my girls. 7000. That I saved.”

To learn more about the Somaly Mam Foundation, go to their website at www.somaly.org/.



Robbyn Swan: Journalist on “The Eleventh Day” and 9/11

September 10, 2011

Robbyn Swan

Robbyn Swan


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Robbyn Swan, co-author of “The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden”