Socialbuzz: Directory of Smashwords Users on Twitter

Follow me on Twitter at  DanielMFife Daniel Fife
I began writing Light & Dark during my years as a graduate student at Ball State University under the major of Counseling Psychology. What began as a simple hobby quickly turned into something more as I found a passion for writing. While carrying the schedule of a full-time student as well as working a part-time job, I devoted myself to write at least one page a day. After graduating, I received the opportunity to begin practicing psychology as a counselor at a local private practice. My devotion to my writing did not waver. Working a full time schedule and maintaining a full complement of clients, I maintained my dedication. A year or so later, I completed the rough draft of Light & Dark and began the ed ... read more
Latest book: Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight

Follow me on Twitter at  caroletownsend Carole Townsend
Carole Townsend is a columnist for the Gwinnett Daily Post, the second largest newspaper in Georgia and a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Ladies Home Journal and Teen Magazine. She has been described in her writing style as a cross between Lewis Grizzard and Erma Bombeck. She has established a reputation as one of the up-and-coming writers in the humor genre and has earned a national following. Southern Fried White Trash is her first book. Written in her unique humorous style that has earned her a readership around the nation for her eclectic wit, the book is a collection of humorous but real life stories that have happened at weddings, funerals, and holidays and other family gatherings. T ... read more
Latest book: Southern Fried White Trash

Follow me on Twitter at  earlofseacliff Michael O'Leary
Kia ora tātau He mihi kia koutou Mā te ako ka mārama Mā te mārama ka mātau Mā te mātau ka ora Horahia te marino Horahia i Rotorua Tukua te rangi mo te ruri Kia rerehu – i. E hinawa – e! Nō reira: tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. By learning comes understanding Through understanding comes knowledge and wisdom Through knowledge and wisdom comes life and well-being Spread out below lies Rotorua Lake; How calm and still it lies! This is our day for dance and song How far will the sound travel! My name is Michael O’Leary, I was born in Auckland in 1950. This whakatauki is a mixture of two works: the first tells of the importance of knowledge and wisdom as life-affirming aspect ... read more
Latest book: Wednesday's Women

Follow me on Twitter at  namewasstolen M. Vasseur Huff
I live in the wilds of Northeastern Oklahoma, in a clearing near some pecan woods. Different animals show up in my back yard, during the day most are domesticated animals, at night, anything could be out there. I have a daughter and a grandson. I also have 2 terriers, 3 goats, and 1 cat. I attended Tulsa Community College and the University of Oklahoma (for awhile). I got my associates degree in history and love learning new things. During the day, I work at a mundane job and at night I turn into the Green Eco-Avenger and fight environmental crime.
Latest book: A Literary Buffet

Follow me on Twitter at  hathor422 Ronnie Massey

Latest book: Nun's Exodus

Follow me on Twitter at  hoodchickstory LaShonda DeVaughn
In 2007 LaShonda DeVaughn stepped into the literary world swinging. Her self-published debut novel, "A Hood Chick’s Story" hit the urban fiction world and immediately sold out in bookstores worldwide. Thereafter, she was intensely sought out by agents and publishers alike. Focusing on her vision for developing her own publishing company, LaShonda turned down lucrative publishing deals to remain her own publisher. Her popularity caught the attention of newspapers such as the Boston Herald, Boston Globe and the Boston Banner. "A Hood Chick’s Story" has also reigned supreme as one of the top two urban books in the popular Don Diva Magazine. LaShonda has even garnered the support from Boston’s City Counselo ... read more

Follow me on Twitter at  Spyder8fly Spyder
I, Spyder (Kathleen Deveaney-Brown) decided to write my first Book after reading Savage Autumn by Constance O’Banyon. An Author who was truly inspiring to me. For the past 20 years I have written nearly 15 Novels. I live with my Husband and grandchildren Joseph, Taliah and Marshall in Illinois-along with 3 dogs and a cat that lives up to her name! Ninja! I was born and raised on a farm in Hickory, Pennsylvania. The youngest of seven - 5 brothers and 1 sister. Growing up was hell! March 1, 2012 I released Book 1 of a 4 book series Personal Justice.
Latest book: Personal Justice 1

Follow me on Twitter at  phoenixfire2010 Michael Phoenix
My first book, "A Dream in the Night", began as one poem / song: Goodbye. Written when I was 15, after the death of a friend. The entire design and every word are a part of my spirit and soul. 25 years are in this book, a long journey on a road that has ended. One life spent looking back. One ghost who believed they only belonged in the shadows. "Memories faded. Ghosts laid to rest. One life, over. A darkphoenix has risen from the ashes of a fresh grave." What began as writing music reviews for fun, evolved into something serious. My second book: "In a Valley... A Writer's New Beginning" began the journalist side of my writing. I live in the Lehigh Valley, Pa area. In January, 2012 I started noticing the loc ... read more
Latest book: A Valley and Beyond - June 19

Follow me on Twitter at  socalbeaches Morgan St. Ives
I publish 2 online travel guides. In addition to the beaches one, there is one on San Francisco. Come visit! http://www.intosanfrancisco.com
Latest book: So Cal Beach Vacation Guide

Follow me on Twitter at  novelogism Dick Hannah
Imagine Dick Francis listing toward adventure races instead of horse racing, or Diane Mott Davidson writing about triathlons in lieu of catering. With a background in adventure races including competing in the Army Best Ranger Competition Dick Hannah provides a fresh voice and real world glimpse into the world of adventure racing and fitness in his thriller novels. Prior to starting his writing career he spent four years as a Ranger team leader and continues to stay sharp by working as a fitness consultant at a fitness bootcamp. When not racing or writing, Dick works full-time as technical writer, business analyst and trainer. Dick followed up Toe the Line, his first full-length novel, in 2013 with On the E ... read more
Latest book: On the Edge

Follow me on Twitter at  ggconsulting1 Geoff Greenwood
Geoff Greenwood is a business consultant specialising in the exceptional performance of human potential using the latest performance psychology, science, research, technology and online business marketing strategies. The approach is by taking what works in sporting champions and uniquely packaging it for business and professional life and delivering it in a blended way for maximum success and impact. It helps companies and individuals to sustain competitive advantage in these difficult economic times.
Latest book: The 12 Biggest Business Problems You Cannot Solve Are All Really Mental

Follow me on Twitter at  SLeeGilbert Steven Lee Gilbert
Steven Lee Gilbert was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana but considers his childhood home the green, rolling foothills of East Tennessee and the southern Appalachia mountains, settlement to all sorts of interesting people, composites of which can be found throughout his writing. Most of his adulthood he’s spent in the Sandhills and Piedmont of central North Carolina, where he lives now with his wife and family. Steven received his B.A. in English from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, after which he was commissioned and served four years as an officer and paratrooper in the U.S. Army. While in school he had the pleasure of learning from Wilma Dykeman and in 2007 had the opportunity to work with Barry Hann ... read more
Latest book: A Lovely, Indecent Departure

Follow me on Twitter at  firebaptizedd Kenya Wright
Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sang the Michael Jackson thriller song in her bathroom mirror. She has tried her hand at many things from enlisting in the Navy for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist to being a nude model at an art university. However, writing has been the only constant love in her life. So here we are Kenya is publishing her first book, Fire Baptized, the urban fantasy novel she always wanted to read. This novel is the first book in a series. Will she succeed? Of course. For she has been coined The Urban Fantasy Queen, the Super Iconic Writer of this Age, The Lyrical Genius of Our Generation. Granted, these are all terms coined by h ... read more
Latest book: Caged View (An Urban Fantasy Collection of Short Stories) (Habitat .5 Series)

Follow me on Twitter at  julianrogers3 Julian Rogers
I am a dreamer and have spent most of my life dreaming. For one reason or another I sat down in 2006 and, periodically, wrote Pilgrim's Hope. This year i deceided that I would just get it out there via self publishing (smashwords.com). This is just one of a number of ideas and just happened to be the first I started. 80,000 odd words is hardly enough to describe the full idea that has formed and evolved over time. Any comments please send them direct to me and not post on random boards I can be contacted at authorjsrogers@yahoo.co.uk
Latest book: Exodus: Pilgrim's Hope

Follow me on Twitter at  Eastwood_Anaba Eastwood Anaba
Pastor Eastwood Anaba is the Founder and President of Eastwood Anaba Ministries (EAM), headquartered in Bolgatanga, Ghana. Eastwood Anaba Ministries is dedicated to repositioning God’s people through revival for the return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Pastor Eastwood is a revivalist with an uncompromising message on the Holy Ghost, Righteousness, Discipline and Order in the Body Of Christ, with a powerful emphasis on the Love of God. He has authored 46 books including God’s End –Time Militia and The Love Revolution. He and his family live in Bolgatanga, where he serves as the Senior Pastor of Fountain Gate Chapel, a people –oriented and missions hearted ministry.
Latest book: Falling Under The Power

Follow me on Twitter at  inkspellpublish InkSpell Publishing

Latest book: After Taste

Follow me on Twitter at  monteranderson Monte R. Anderson
As a second generation military man, Monte had seen quite a bit of the world and the United States by the time he entered high school. He carried on the family tradition by attending the Military Academy at West Point, New York where he earned his BS in Engineering, and, upon graduation, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army. His twenty two years career carried him to many parts of the world including Vietnam, Korea, and Germany. He became a student of history, particularly military history. As an Infantry officer, Monte developed an understanding of military tactics and strategy. This knowledge was put to good use when he was assigned as an instructor at the Army Command and General Staff Colleg ... read more
Latest book: Leadership for New Managers: Book Two

Follow me on Twitter at  eddyfy_ Aditya Thakur
Writer/Musician/Philosopher/Spiritual evolver/Life liver/Ex marine engineer
Latest book: When the World Disappeared (Free Version)

Follow me on Twitter at  twevven13 Ian B G Burns
Ian is the fourth generation in his family to become a published author, his maternal grandfather, Bernard Capes, Bernard's uncle,and Bernard's son, Renalt, preceding him. Ian’s own writing began in secondary school, and extended into comedy sketches and lyrics for the stage in his early twenties. Later he found himself writing for the Education Department, and, after going into private practice, writing reports, proposals, and scripts for training videos and some television commercials. The catalyst for fiction writing was a story a colleague told him one day about a bunch of kids riding home on the back of a huge horse, which insisted on walking through a dam! This led to his first book, Scratcher (1987). ... read more
Latest book: Ranga Plays Australia

Follow me on Twitter at  monk9 Leon steyn
Leon Steyn believes he is nothing more than an eternal Universal Scholar. His interests include Astronomy, Archaeology, Religion, Anthropology, Ancient Cultures, Travel, Photography, Spirituality and Writing. His writings include research and in order to do this he spent time in Egypt, India, Cambodia, Taiwan and America. His wish list includes a visit to Cuba, Palestine and Guatemala, seeing the Northern Lights and visit the grave of Shackleton on South Georgia, Antarctica and the North Pole. His emotional empathy is with the victims of the 1914 New Foundland Disaster.
Latest book: Ozymandeus

Follow me on Twitter at  Michael_D_Urban Michael D. Urban
I was born outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Now I live in New England with my Portuguese Water Dog (who happens to have the same grandfather as Bo Obama). Drake's Coffin and Ironsides' Peril are the first two novels in a planned series of several thrilling adventures featuring my Drake's Coffin hero, Zach Colt. For over a decade I lived and traveled throughout Central America. I have worked in federal law enforcement both in the States and overseas. Most recently I have been a trial lawyer in private practice. And yes, I did dive in search of Sir Francis Drake's lead coffin, which has been resting for over 400 years somewhere on the ocean floor near the entrance to Portobelo Harbor, Panama. I haven ... read more

Follow me on Twitter at  Lara_Nance Lara Nance
Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cites through the South. She started out with a career in business/marketing for twenty years and then went back to school for a masters in nursing and is currently a nurse practitioner in Virginia Beach, VA. Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories. From ghosts, witches, and energy vampires to thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales, she is willing to explore a variety of compelling adventures full of dan ... read more
Latest book: Rescue From the Baron

Follow me on Twitter at  iamwillbradley W Bradley
If you like or dislike anything about any of my stories, please let me know. I honestly appreciate all comments.
Latest book: Origin

Follow me on Twitter at  dtcstewart Duncan Stewart
Duncan Stewart is a thirty something originally from England and now living in New Zealand. Originally he wanted to do English or Theology at university but instead ended up doing Chemistry, with the result being he doesn’t really know a lot about any of them. Duncan lives with his wife, son and a dog, which would give Cerberus a run for his money, in Christchurch and is currently working hard, some of the time.
Latest book: The Epistles of Judas

Follow me on Twitter at  PitchingTheWoo Debbianne DeRose
Debbianne brings much-needed humor to the Metaphysics and Self-Help genres. Please visit www.debbianne.com for giggles and deep thought. Get your FREE copy of "Manifesting for Simpletons"---it's fun and practical! http://youtu.be/vRq5ZSS3Hp8 GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5766121
Latest book: How I Met the Man of My Dreams: a Guide to MANifesting Yours

Follow me on Twitter at  SLPkathie Kathie Harrington
Kathie Harrington, M.A., CCC-SLP is a speech/language pathologist, author, public speaker, wife, mother, and grandmother. She has numerous books, short stories, and articles to her credits. Kathie blogs on a regular basis. Her expertise is in the areas of autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and speech-language development. Kathie enjoys writing in both the fiction and non-fiction arenas. Her first novel, To Dance with Fireflies, will be published soon.
Latest book: One-Eyed Teddy Bear

Follow me on Twitter at  @ScottWhitmore Scott Whitmore
Born and raised in the Midwest, Scott Whitmore traveled throughout the United States and around the world after enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1982. Later commissioned as an officer, Scott’s 20-year Navy career included duty afloat and ashore in ship operations, administration, personnel management, maritime logistics, physical security and training. A few years after his 2003 retirement from military service, he joined the sports staff at The Herald, a daily newspaper located in Everett, Wash., with a circulation of 45,000. As a copy editor and sportswriter, Scott’s beat included high school athletics and motorsports, including national and local racing series. In 2009 his feature story about a young Evere ... read more
Latest book: Carpathia

Follow me on Twitter at  raydanielmystry Ray Daniel
Ray Daniel writes mysteries based in and around Boston. He lives in the wilds beyond Rt. 128 where he works the fertile soil of his lawn.
Latest book: Driving Miss Rachel

Follow me on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/hwbcoversetc Suzie Louis
It's strange what you eventually come up with when you write for other people: some elements of your own experience emerge as well as fresh, new stories that seem to come from nowhere. This has been my experience since I began to write for pleasure. I initially used my professional and personal life to produce Deepwater, the Litigation Junkie and Diary of a Novice Market Organiser but also found a stream of fantasy that became the Archie the Royal Hot Water Bottle series. I continue to find the creative writing process interesting as I work on a new novel and hope you enjoy the results so far.
Latest book: How to Set Up & Run Markets Fairs & Fetes

Follow me on Twitter at  Travis Blackman Travis Blackman
Inventor Songwriter Spoken word artist Tradesman Author Screen writer Comedian
Latest book: SIGH LENT LETTERS

Follow me on Twitter at  OfficialAmandaW Amanda Wilson
Amanda Wilson resides in east London in the United Kingdom with her husband and teenage daughter. She has been writing since the age of 12, and had her first short story published in a women’s magazine when she was 16. The decision to write her first novel ‘Karaoke, Praise the Lord’ came when Amanda entered the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) competition in 2009, which required all competitors to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Amanda completed the challenge, and two years later decided to publish the novel. Amanda is the Director of 9:10 Publishing, an independent imprint which produces first-rate poetry anthologies, business books and books pertaining to personal development for youth ... read more
Latest book: Karaoke Praise the Lord

Follow me on Twitter at  harrine Harrine Freeman
Harrine Freeman is the CEO and owner of H.E. Freeman Enterprises which provides credit repair services to help clients restore their credit rating and develop good money management skills to pay off debts, save and plan for retirement for the past 12 years. She is an energetic speaker, author, personal finance expert, and freelance writer. She was once in $19,000 in debt, only making $21,000 a year and was successfully able to get herself out of debt without filing for bankruptcy. Her knowledge and tips have helped her diverse clientele restore their credit, learn how to manage their finances and get totally out of debt. As a guest speaker at regional and national churches and schools, national radio shows, ... read more
Latest book: How to Get Out of Debt: Get an "A" Credit Rating for Free

Follow me on Twitter at  JoomlaGuy Richard Pearce
Married with three kids. Living in beautiful Sydney, Australia.
Latest book: Build a Joomla Website Handbook

Follow me on Twitter at  natalie_g_owens Natalie G. Owens
Natalie writes stories of mixed genre, especially, romance, mystery, suspense and fantasy. She got her first taste of serious writing in her teens by penning poetry, short stories, and articles for college and local publications. At university, she trained as a lawyer. Many years later, after somewhat abandoning the legal profession for the greener pastures that language provides, Natalie freelanced as a writer and editor. As her writing suggests, her tastes in books are eclectic, but she possesses an extensive collection of romance and mystery novels, both in print and on e-reader. She loves to meet other authors and readers. Natalie is married and has one son. She spent 11 years in Atlanta, Georgia with her ... read more
Latest book: An Eternity of Roses (The Valthreans: Book 1)

Follow me on Twitter at  strangstu Stu Strang
Stu Strang was a minister in the confines of organized religion throughout the late eighties and most of the nineties. Along that journey, he became increasingly aware that not only was the institution of religion not helping to facilitate the LOVE COMMANDMENT of Jesus, but was actively working against it. He saw religion as a cloaking device designed to take innocent people into a cheap imitation of what was "true, good and right." Stu's personal memories and poetry reflects upon his process of leaving a generic land filled with lies, deceit, and perversions of many sorts... to enter the raw, unbridled forgotten planet of transparency and connection to fellow human beings.
Latest book: Organic Community

Follow me on Twitter at  xanthe_walter Xanthe Walter
Xanthe Walter writes adult romances, specializing in novel-length male/male and BDSM stories, often with a fantasy, sci-fi or murder-mystery twist. She started out as a fanfiction writer, winning major awards in every fandom she participated in. She is particularly well known for her invention of a BDSM universe, where everyone is bisexual and identifies as either dominant or submissive. Xanthe lives in London, England with two very spoiled cats!

Follow me on Twitter at  #ScottieRieux Scottie Rieux


Follow me on Twitter at  CleanRomanceBks Kathleen Wiseman
Kathleen Wiseman was an Editor until marriage, and is now writing clean romance novels. She is the mother of two lovely girls, three rescue cats, and two little rescue dogs. Kathleen is a keen quilter and her favorite quilt is her Double Wedding Ring quilt.
Latest book: Cally's Choice (Servants of God Book 2)

Follow me on Twitter at  coachkellerkc Keller Coleman
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Coach Keller has been in business working and instructing people with success strategies for over 10 years. Coach Keller is a highly-motivated person who loves to help people bring out the success in their lives. “I have been mentoring and coaching people for numerous years. People naturally have been drawn to me by my humor and my charm. Whenever there has been a need, problem, different insight needed, people always have sought me out to help them achieve their goals and desires. I love helping people. I love bringing the leader that is within them out.” Coach Keller is a community activist working with community-based organizations that helps residents on the east side o ... read more
Latest book: From Blue Collar to Businessman

Follow me on Twitter at  EveNewtonJobs Steven Cohen
Steven Cohen, 49, came to the United States in 1982 at the age of 19 and joined the United States Army for four years serving three 6 months tours in the Sinai Desert as part of a joint peacekeeping force (MFO). After leaving the army Steven came to California and worked in a number of sales jobs for such blue chip companies as McGraw Hill, Pepsi and Prentice Hall. Looking to establish himself in one of his passions Steven forced his way in to the music industry in the early 90’s and worked for numerous record labels in a publicity capacity. He had the privilege of working with both Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash and helping the late June Carter Cash win a Grammy for her final project ‘Press On.” In ... read more

Follow me on Twitter at  mitchmilam Mitch Milam
I have been a technology professional for over 27 years and have pursued every imaginable role within the computer industry, but mostly focusing on software. I am currently working as an independent consultant, focusing exclusively on creating products and solutions which utilize Microsoft Dynamics CRM as an xRM platform which could include: o xRM Solution Architecture o xRM Development o xRM Developer training I am a Microsoft Certified Training and a six-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).
Latest book: Dynamics CRM Deep Dive: Security

Follow me on Twitter at  NancySussan Nancy Frederick
Nancy Frederick is an internationally acclaimed astrologer, and a popular New Age writer who also writes novels.

Follow me on Twitter at  indie_writer_la LaDonna Hadley
I write short story fiction thrillers. Short stories are my passion. They give people an opportunity to sit down with a good book and finish it no matter what they have going on.
Latest book: Un cuarto después de

Follow me on Twitter at  RhianCahill Rhian Cahill
Rhian Cahill is the alter ego of a stay-at-home mother of four. With motherly duties rapidly dwindling Rhian is able to make use of the fertile imagination she used to keep herself sane for all those years of slavery. Having spent some years living overseas and visiting tropical climates has helped inspire some steamy stories. Multi-published in erotic romance and contemporary romance, Rhian, with the help of Mr. Muse, spends her days and nights writing. When not glued to the keyboard you’ll find her book in hand avoiding any and all housework. For more on Rhian visit her website www.rhiancahill.com or you can contact her at rhian@rhiancahill.com or connect on Twitter - https://twitter.com/RhianCahill or Face ... read more

Follow me on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/ElizabethMFinn Beth Sadler
Married for 43 years to my own Tall, Dark and Handsome Hero. A marriage that has produced three sons and four young grandchildren. Through all of life's ups and downs I have always found pleasure in jotting down the scenes that played out in my imagination. Now, I'm finally able to sit at my desk and let the stories flow, (Ah retirement feels good). Cheers, Beth Sadler
Latest book: A Man For Triena

Follow me on Twitter at  Steven_R_Burke Steven R. Burke
Growing up in a little town in the great northwest, Steve learned to enjoy the outdoors and all that nature had to offer. The beauty surrounding his home town of Colville Washington inspired his world of Tuwa. Every character in his novels was inspired by characteristics from people he either knew or behavior he observed. His magic is only limited by a person’s capacity and creativity. For over a decade now he has made mountain desert state of Utah his home with his wife and son. Some of his favorite authors are Terry Brooks, J.K. Rowling, Terry Goodkind, J.R.R. Tolkein, and Christopher Paolini.
Latest book: The Dark Tide (The Guardian Chronicles, #3)

Follow me on Twitter at  TylerKBarnes Tyler K. Barnes
Aspiring Romance and Erotica writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Genres. California native. Infected by curiosity, flights of fantasy, idealism, and the desire to jump into the future...now. Blog coming Summer 2014. I have a paranormal romance novella in the words involving shifters, in Turkey, in the 70s. Expected release is Fall 2014. Other writing projects are knocking about as well. Profile photo credit: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day, "Discovery Departs" Image Credit & Copyright: Ben Cooper (Launch Photography) http://www.launchphotography.com/Photographer.html
Latest book: Tyler's Test

Follow me on Twitter at  arkayevans Arkay Evans
Music is my first language. I'm a published author, spoken word poet, photographer and violinist hippie chick who loves fast cars, quick wit and real jazz. At the age of 5, I began training as a Suzuki violinist. With no command of the written language, I composed stories and poems with shapes. By age 8, I wrote the Kindergarten naptime stories for our parish and penned my first book at age 9. Writing isn't what I do, it's who I am. 'A Woman of Purpose' is a personal collection of poetic expressions addressing spiritual solution for women of faith. My book talks about how I have and how we all can by faith unlearn toxic habits and behaviors to change how we interact with and respond to the world; how we ... read more
Latest book: A Woman of Purpose: Secure In Faith Through Difficult Times


Follow me on Twitter at  LostAppleNovel Iain Mavro Coggins
My experiences as a public school student drove me into teaching with a mind for reform. Yet my experiences as a teacher drove me to a complete rethinking of what it means to be educated. Foremost in my mind is the question of purpose—what John Dewey terms “the aims of education”—and how to revive a truly learner-centered approach to schooling. I have been influenced by many thinkers, especially Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, an early 20th century Japanese education reformer. His theory of soka, or “value-creation” profoundly influences my work.