Georgian Court Alumni Find Success in Telling Stories

Power of Words

Authors Andrew Galasetti, Christine Drapala Hughes, and Kimberly Ann Williams Miller graduated from Georgian Court with more than their assorted degrees. The three published writers also left GCU with a passion for telling stories and creating page-turners for history buffs, fans of fantasy and young adult readers alike.

Passion, Purpose and Perseverance

Book by Andrew Galesetti '12

Andrew Galasetti ’12 earned a degree in English and had every intention of pursuing his dream of becoming a writer—and then some. In fact, it was only weeks after graduation that he launched a Kickstarter microfunding campaign to support the completion of To Breathe Free, a riveting tale that captures a multi-generational family’s journey as they strive to achieve the American dream and to “breathe free.” But simply writing a book and waiting for someone else to take notice wasn’t enough for Andrew, who continues to take control of his own marketing to get the word out about his work. “I wanted to maintain my rights and creative freedom and to be in control of my dreams,” says Andrew, who has a new crowdfunding campaign to support his writing and recently released novel, These Colors Don’t Run. The story takes place in Georgia in the 1830s and introduces readers to an orphaned slave named Samuel who makes a decision that leads to freedom, but comes at a great cost.

 

 

 

 

It’s all about the journey

ThreeDaysofRain

Christine Drapala Hughes ’98 was savvy enough to blend her love of English (her major) with marketing (her minor). Christina, whose first young adult novel, Torn, was published in 2012, counts movies like Star Wars and Avatar: The Last Airbender among the many creative works that inspire her. Her latest read, Three Days of Rain, was published last year and has been met with solid reviews from readers praising her as a “masterful author.” Writes GoodReads reviewer Joyce Wetherebee: “This book is both hard to read and compelling at the same time. (How the heck did she manage that one?) The story starts with the kind of guy many women won’t admit to dreaming of. You know, the stranger who pulls over to change the flat tire just because he’s a nice guy? Yeah, that one.” Another absolute must-read by Christine is her laugh-out-loud take on her journey from classroom English teacher to published author on her own Web site.

 

 

 

Finding inspiration and inspiring others

Kimberly Ann Williams Miller ’92 describes her journey in the arts and writing as “amazing.”The former biology major and anthropology minor started on her entrepreneurial journey when her sister suggested that she read Twilight, the wildly popular young adult, vampire-themed series. As a teenager she had little interest in such books, but decided to give them a try. After finishing the first book in the series, she was hooked and “read the rest within the week.” Kimberly  began writing the very next week. Her first young adult fantasy novel, Triangles, connects elements of escape, a dreamlike tropical location, and physically attractive love interests in a captivating mystery. Published in June 2013 by Spencer Hill Press, Triangles has been well received by literary critics. She is also the author of Parallel Triangles (due out in early 2015), Trusting Trinity, True Love Never Dies, Case in Point, and Relative Revenge. Read more on Kimberly’s blog.

Authors Andrew Galasetti, Christine Drapala Hughes, and Kimberly Ann Williams Miller graduated from Georgian Court with more than their assorted degrees. The three published writers also left GCU with a passion for telling stories and creating page-turners for history buffs, fans of fantasy and young adult readers alike.

Passion, Purpose and Perseverance

Book by Andrew Galesetti '12

Andrew Galasetti ’12 earned a degree in English and had every intention of pursuing his dream of becoming a writer—and then some. In fact, it was only weeks after graduation that he launched a Kickstarter microfunding campaign to support the completion of To Breathe Free, a riveting tale that captures a multi-generational family’s journey as they strive to achieve the American dream and to “breathe free.” But simply writing a book and waiting for someone else to take notice wasn’t enough for Andrew, who continues to take control of his own marketing to get the word out about his work. “I wanted to maintain my rights and creative freedom and to be in control of my dreams,” says Andrew, who has a new crowdfunding campaign to support his writing and recently released novel, These Colors Don’t Run. The story takes place in Georgia in the 1830s and introduces readers to an orphaned slave named Samuel who makes a decision that leads to freedom, but comes at a great cost.

 

 

 

 

It’s all about the journey

ThreeDaysofRain

Christine Drapala Hughes ’98 was savvy enough to blend her love of English (her major) with marketing (her minor). Christina, whose first young adult novel, Torn, was published in 2012, counts movies like Star Wars and Avatar: The Last Airbender among the many creative works that inspire her. Her latest read, Three Days of Rain, was published last year and has been met with solid reviews from readers praising her as a “masterful author.” Writes GoodReads reviewer Joyce Wetherebee: “This book is both hard to read and compelling at the same time. (How the heck did she manage that one?) The story starts with the kind of guy many women won’t admit to dreaming of. You know, the stranger who pulls over to change the flat tire just because he’s a nice guy? Yeah, that one.” Another absolute must-read by Christine is her laugh-out-loud take on her journey from classroom English teacher to published author on her own Web site.

 

 

 

Finding inspiration and inspiring others

Kimberly Ann Williams Miller ’92 describes her journey in the arts and writing as “amazing.”The former biology major and anthropology minor started on her entrepreneurial journey when her sister suggested that she read Twilight, the wildly popular young adult, vampire-themed series. As a teenager she had little interest in such books, but decided to give them a try. After finishing the first book in the series, she was hooked and “read the rest within the week.” Kimberly  began writing the very next week. Her first young adult fantasy novel, Triangles, connects elements of escape, a dreamlike tropical location, and physically attractive love interests in a captivating mystery. Published in June 2013 by Spencer Hill Press, Triangles has been well received by literary critics. She is also the author of Parallel Triangles (due out in early 2015), Trusting Trinity, True Love Never Dies, Case in Point, and Relative Revenge. Read more on Kimberly’s blog.

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