Naren Aryal co-founded Mascot Books, where he is CEO & Publisher, in 2003 with a single self-published book about about a collegiate mascot and zero experience in the publishing industry. When that book took off he was more than happy to quit his job as a corporate attorney and dive headfirst into the dynamic world of books. Since then Mascot Books, a full-service hybrid book publishing company, has published more than 3,000 fiction, nonfiction, children’s, and cookbooks and has established itself as one of America’s fastest growing and most respected independent publishing houses. Today Naren leads a team of 25 professionals who provide authors a platform and the know-how to get their books out to the general publish. Naren is also the author of: How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 SECRETS of Building a Killer Author Platform. Naren has a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech and earned his J.D. from the University of Denver. He practiced law for seven years before publishing his first book and establishing Mascot. He’s never looked back.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a journalist, author and marketing professional currently working in the technology industry at Shield AI as the Chief Marketing Officer. Her two NYT’s bestselling books: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield tell the stories of unsung heroes who showed bravery and resilience in the face of adversity in the midst of violent conflict. These stories of grit and determination especially resonated with Gayle as she was raised by her single mother, a blue collar worker who juggled jobs to pay the bills, and by her grandmother after her mother died, when Gayle was only 12 years old. After graduating magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Journalism, Gayle began her professional journey covering presidential politics and politics for ABC News’ Political Unit. After 10 years as a journalist, Gayle decided to take her life in a different direction and go to business school. When her first attempt to get accepted at Harvard Business School was unsuccessful, Gayle prepared for a year. It paid off. And it was during her time at HBS that Gayle began the research on women’s entrepreneurship in the midst of conflict zones that would lead her to write her first book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. Following her graduation from Harvard Business School, Gayle served as a Vice President at the global investment firm PIMCO. Most recently, Gayle has moved into a new role as an executive in the technology and AI world at Shield AI an artificial intelligence company focused on using networked robots to protect service members and civilians. Gayle is also a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Florence William’s career as a journalist, author, podcaster, and reporter has frequently focused on the environment, health and science. On this episode of Time4Coffee, Florence discusses the health benefits of spending more time in the great outdoors, and how just one hour a week in nature can heighten your mood, improve your health, and ultimately make your life much better. She has gleaned these insights from her time investigating outdoor health therapies around the world including in Japan and Finland. All of this is documented in most recent, of two bestselling books, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. A graduate of Yale University, Florence works as a freelance writer for publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Outside Magazine, and National Geographic. She joins us on this interview from a cozy office ‘shed’ in her urban backyard, in Washington, D.C., where she is able to get a nature fix every day!
Eric Weiner is a journalist and author of The New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss. His most recent book, The Geography of Genius, has been called “smart, funny and utterly delightful” and has been translated into 20 languages. A number of high schools and universities have incorporated the book into their curricula. As a long-time foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Weiner reported from more than 30 countries -- from Iraq to India to Indonesia -- covering some of the biggest stories of the day.
Robert Draper has been a writer at large for the New York Times Magazine, for the last decade, where he covers domestic politics. He's also worked as a contributing writer to National Geographic since 2007. For the latter, Draper has traveled to the all-male monastic community of Greece’s Mount Athos as well as to volatile corners of the world like Somalia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya.
Hannah Braaten has read her way through the publishing industry all the way to the top where she works as Editor at St. Martin’s Press. Hannah discovered her love for publishing at Wellesley College-- where she initially thought she would pursue a career in politics-- but switched to English after taking a class with an incredible English professor. She'd always loved book stores and in fact, worked in them during high school and college.
Professor Cal Newport is a proud Millennial and a computer science professor who has never owned a social media account. Yup. You read this right. Newport has his PhD in computer science from M.I.T and has deliberately eschewed Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. because his research shows it’s bad for your brain and your ability to do deep thinking.