I’m an entrepreneur, but I’m also a writer at heart.

To date, I’ve written and published 10 books including the best-selling tween fiction series, Mackenzie Blue, and the marketing handbook, Chasing Youth Culture and Getting It Right.

Many people have this misconception that only certain gifted individuals can be creatives. Having been a writer and entrepreneur for so many years, I can tell you that this simply isn’t true.

All of us are creative in some way. We have amazing stories to tell, portraits to paint, musical pieces to compose, but we let our limiting beliefs get in our way.

I’m not a creative. I don’t have what it takes. I’m not good enough.

So many of us tell ourselves this narrative over and over again until it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

In reality, everyone is creative. Everyone has the capacity to produce meaningful works of art. It all comes down to unlocking your creativity and developing a process to do so. That’s why I created The Elevation Approach. This approach has helped me to harness my creative energy, write and publish numerous books. And it can help you too.

Books I’ve Authored

Honest June

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Middle school is hard – but it’s way harder when a fairy godmother puts you under a truth-telling spell!

June has always been a people-pleaser, telling harmless little lies to make her friends and family happy. She’s convinced being honest about her feelings will only hurt the people she loves!

Until, out of nowhere, a secret fairy godmother appears to “bless” her with the ability to only tell the truth! Seriously?! As if June didn’t have enough to worry about!

The Zee Files Series

The Zee Files (Book #1)

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Thirteen-year-old Mackenzie Blue Carmichael, aka “Zee,” has never eaten fish ‘n’ chips, never slept away from home longer than a few nights, and knows nothing about London. But when her family relocates for her dad’s new job, Zee has to leave her old life in California behind for a new one in England.

Now at her new boarding school, The Hollows Creative Arts Academy, Zee hopes to find new friends and jumpstart her music career. But things aren’t so easy. Some classes are more difficult than expected, and between a chilly roommate, a BFF who’s gone MIA, and distractions from the hottest – and poshest – student in her grade, Zee has to wonder: will she ever find her place in London?

Fans of the bestselling Mackenzie Blue books will love this spin-off series that follows Zee’s new adventures across the pond – in London! Add this book to your tween’s reading list just in time for the holidays!

All That Glitters (Book #2)

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As the school’s Creative Arts Festival approaches, Zee must find the confidence to showcase her musical talent on stage. See where London takes Zee next in Book 2 of The Zee Files, the spin-off series to the bestselling Mackenzie Blue books!

The Creative Arts Festival is almost here – and Zee still hasn’t figured out her performance.

Everyone is talking about the school’s biggest event of the year, where students can showcase their talents. But while Zee’s excited to see her friends and schoolmates perform, she’s not sure she’ll ever be ready for the stage. She’s never performed in front of so many people before, or without her bandmates – or in England, no less!

Now the Festival is slowly approaching, classes are getting harder, and things with her friends and family are becoming complicated. Will Zee be able to pull it all together in time?

Follow Zee on her next adventure in England with Book 2 of this fun and exciting middle-grade series!

Girl/Friend (Book #3)

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Who is the good-looking and wealthy Archie Saint John really to Zee? Find out in Book 3 of The Zee Files, the spin-off series to the bestselling Mackenzie Blue books!

Everyone is surprised when Zee strikes up a friendship—and more—with The Hollows’ most elusive student on campus, Archie Saint John. Unfortunately, Zee can tell her friends don’t understand him, and Archie doesn’t understand her friends. It feels like the more Zee tries to help the situation, the more tangled things get.

Meanwhile, the Harvest Dance is coming soon, followed by final exams. School drama aside, Zee’s determined to finish the semester off with a bang!

See how Zee balances friendship with budding romance in Book 3 of The Zee Files series.

A Very Malibu Vacay (Book #4)

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Zee’s next adventure is coming soon!

Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right

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Whether you’re a business professional trying to decode the $43 billion youth market, a marketer looking for a message that connects, or an entrepreneur trying to develop youth-oriented products, Chasing Youth Culture and Getting It Right gives you an unparalleled field guide to the newest wave of millennials and their mindsets.

Inside this unique book, you’ll meet four major tribes – The Wired Techie, The Conformist But Somewhat Paradoxical Preppy, The Always-Mellow Alternative, and The Cutting-Edge Independent – and understand their key traits, likes and dislikes, and what kind of adult they will likely become.

  • Includes many examples of companies, brands, and organizations who chased the youth demographic and got it right, or who failed to nail their audience.
  • Understand such concepts as Warholism, Tweenabees, Hand-me-ups, Massclusivity, The Facebook Effect, and Instantity.
  • The author has won many honors and much media recognition as a young entrepreneur and youth marketer to watch.

Want to understand the next generation? Get Chasing Youth Culture and Getting It Right and discover how to reach this fascinating and elusive demographic.

Mackenzie Blue Series

Mackenzie Blue (Book #1)

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Meet Mackenzie Blue, aka Zee.

She has it all—smarts, talent, humor, and style…

Is it enough to survive middle school?

Countdown to a 7th Grade Meltdown

  1. Your BFF moves away.
  2. Someone steals your diary and reveals your deepest secrets—to the entire class.
  3. You have one chance to become a rock star and one chance to totally blow it.

Guess what!? All three happened to me! School’s a disaster already. Don’t get me wrong—I love Brookdale Academy and I have a fabulous crew of friends. (At least, I think I do.) But, if I’m going to survive, I need all the help I can get!

The Secret Crush (Book #2)

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Mackenzie Blue has a crush!

But how can she get Landon – the cutest boy in school – to notice her? The class’s new rock-and-roll musical is her chance.

Reasons why our musical is going to be amazing: I could be the star! Landon could be my co-star…which means we’ll hang out together. Working on the sets, props, music, script, and costumes will be tons of fun.

There’s so much to do, I’d better get started!

Between her crush, the musical, and her friends – not to mention school work – Zee is torn in a thousand different directions. With all the real-life drama going on, will she lose sight of what’s really important?

Friends Forever? (Book #3)

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Tween readers will love following the adventures of Mackenzie “Zee” Blue. California girl Zee is an expert shopper, plays the guitar and writes songs, and makes purses and jewelry. She knows how it feels to have a huge crush. And she knows how to be a good friend and keeps in touch via texts and emails.

In Friends Forever?, third in Tina Wells’s delightful illustrated middle-grade series, Zee and the rest of her class from the Brookdale Academy are off on a camping trip to compete in an environmental scavenger hunt. Zee is extra psyched because her best friend, Ally, is visiting from Paris. It should be fabulous having all her friends in one place, but for some reason everyone is fighting!

Mixed Messages (Book #4)

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As a fashionista and future rock star, California girl Mackenzie “Zee” Blue’s life is busy. Zee keeps in touch with all her friends with texts, IMs, and emails – and now, Bluetopia, the coolest social networking site ever!

In Mixed Messages, fourth in the illustrated middle-grade Mackenzie Blue series, Zee and her friends from Brookdale Academy launch Bluetopia, a fab social media site – which is perfect, because Zee’s band, The Beans, is about to have its biggest show ever. Everyone is talking about it on Bluetopia.

At least it would be perfect if a glitch in the Bluetopia system didn’t threaten to ruin the show – and Zee’s life!

Tween fans of the Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will love the Mackenzie Blue books.

Double Trouble (Book #5)

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Mackenzie Blue is a star! Or she will be…as soon as she gets the part of an aspiring singer on a new TV pilot! But juggling auditions and the rest of her life turns out to be harder than Zee thought. Zee’s friends are helping her hold everything together. But Zee doesn’t like having to bail on plans – and her friends – to run to another audition. Is being a star worth it?

Fans of the Dork Diaries will snap up the fifth book in this tween illustrated series about a twelve-year-old girl trying to survive middle school.

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