Category: Contributor Interview

Clearly Beautiful ~ a Sculptor’s Vision

Why is it that we respond to certain styles of art more than to other styles? What does it say about us individually, and what does it say about the artist, when a particular work of an artist resonates with our soul, while the work of another artist may leave us cold and unmoved? As a gallery owner, I spend every day surrounded by the beauty created by artists who share an especially joyous and passionate sense of life.  We asked Michael Wilkinson, one of our most popular sculptors, to share his thoughts on Art, on why Art is...

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Multi-Faceted, Multi-Talented Kathy Gruver PhD

Dr. Kathy Gruver is one of the people you don’t forget, once you’ve met her. She is high-energy, fun to be around and you’ll walk away from a conversation with her feeling a little more empowered. Maralyn and I have known Kathy for years and didn’t realize that until a few years ago. Maralyn had met her through her husband and fellow writer, Michael Cervin, and I had met her as an author and was helping to market her books. At some point, Maralyn and I looked at each other and said, “You mean Kathy Gruver?” We just knew...

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David R. Beebe – Featured Luxe Beat Magazine Contributor

My parents moved to Tampa, FL from the Northeast before I was born and I’ve never felt the need to live elsewhere (Caribbean Island fantasies aside). Living in a sub-tropical zone, we use ice to chill drinks rather than as a road coating to drive upon. I became fascinated with computer programming in high school and attended the University of South Florida’s budding computer science department in the later half of the 1970s. I met Patricia at Sears where we both worked part time during those college years, and we married in 1977. In 1979, I started what was...

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Debi Lander – Featured Luxe Beat Contributor

By Maralyn D. Hill and Sherrie Wilkolaski Debi Lander is a freelance travel journalist, photographer and seasoned international traveler who hails from St. Augustine, Florida. She has a keen interest in soft and active adventure, food and wine, history and culture. Her work has been published in Visa Black Card and Islands magazines, AOL Travel, FoxNews, Automotive Traveler, Business Jet Traveler, Taste of the South and many online publications. Debi is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association. She maintains a website with a travel and food blog...

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Featured Contributor Sonja Hegman

This month we are featuring technology journalist, Sonja Hegman. She writes for media outlets such as MediaBistro and The Motley Fool. She has an unforgettable style about her and she is someone you might think should have been in the audience at an Elvis concert, his early years. Her favorite movie is Pulp Fiction and she enjoys Sangria on Friday afternoons at her home in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her cat Fitz can be found curled up in her lap as she writes about Twitter, Facebook and the latest in technology news. She brings a fresh and modern style to...

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Janice Nieder – Featured Luxe Beat Magazine Contributor

Janice Nieder could be the love child of Indiana Jones and Julia Child. A culinary trendsetter, Janice might be found sharing a smoked monkey with the local shaman deep in the Amazon jungle, “running with the dogs” while truffle hunting in Marche, Italy or crashing a wedding in Pakistan, where she was wined and dined by over 200 men — and no women. To keep things in balance Janice also enjoys writing about her luxury Girlfriend Getaways, such as the time she stayed in a Pasha’s palace in Istanbul ($10,000 /night) in a room that had just been vacated...

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Allan D. Kissam – Featured Luxe Beat Magazine Contributor

Allan Kissam has experiences that give him insights when writing that may not be obvious to most people. His first job after college was a deputy in the uncuff and search cage of the Orange County Sheriff…at times it was cage fighting. Turning in the badge, he headed to six years at sea, managing nautical charting surveys and environmental studies. Often this involved scuba diving for recovery of instruments or checking navigation hazards. Today, Allan specializes in information systems security as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH). He has published in technical...

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Featured Contributor Susan Lanier-Graham

Susan Lanier-Graham is living the dream. She is an accomplished journalist with more than 25 years’ experience.that has been featured in hundreds of publications, has written over 70 non-fiction books, and done this all while enjoying a life filled with travel and adventure. While her articles usually specialize in luxury travel, fine dining, homes, and luxury lifestyles, she realizes that wonders are everywhere. Sharing those wonders — whether they be around the world or across the street — is what she enjoys most. Susan has written more than 70 nonfiction reference books, computer and business books, training manuals, and...

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Lillian Africano Has Changed With the Market and Stays on Top

In 2006, I was fortunate to meet Lillian Africano. At that time, she was President of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, and Lillian went on to be President of the Society of American Travel Writers. In addition, she has been an active member of other prestigious writing organizations. Her experience is impressive. Lillian has navigated the transition from newsroom to the virtual office and from typewriters to computers. For me, she has been a mentor. My focus had been business writing and incentive programs, but reading Lillian’s work helped me bring stories to life. She can...

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