Author Anita D Russell: I Wanna See Laney’s House


Anita is a life coach and bestselling author with career experience in multiple disciplines including pharmaceutical R&D, learning and development, and leadership. She took a bold step in 2013, leaving corporate America. Subsequently, she founded The Place to SOAR based her need to step out and redesign her life after corporate America. Later came the SOAR Coaching Academy, dedicated to helping people cultivate change in their lives through daily growth and personal development.

I Wanna See Laney’s House (2019), Anita’s debut as a solo author, is a sibling story chronicling lifelong spiritual development and a journey towards mental wellness. Read her recent article describing the journey on Kidsburgh.org, an online magazine.

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Women Speakers Association Membership

Since I announced the September 10, 2019 release of the book I co-authored, The Voices of the 21st Century, I have had many inquiries. This amazing and life changing opportunity presented itself to me through my membership with WSA (Women Speakers Association) and they are holding their annual special (this only happens in July of each year). Not only is it an amazing opportunity – there is also a 30-day money back guarantee. Please reach out if I can answer any questions. Below are the details and link.

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Grow your visibility, land more speaking gigs, boost your credibility, sell more products and services, and connect with an inspiring, empowered group of women who are fulfilling their missions worldwide.

Call for Pittsburgh Authors

Author Talk Session & Book Signing

You are cordially invited to participate in the SOAR with the Write Source literary event hosted by Anita D Russell, author of  I Wanna See Laney’s House, and founder of The Place to SOAR.


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In addition to vending and book signing, authors will participate in a panel discussion on the topic of “Building Community Through Literary Arts”.


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A Bench by the Road

While attending the ASALH 104th Annual Meeting and Conference in Charleston SC, I decided to do the post-conference African American Heritage Bus Tour. So glad I did! Anyone who knows me would know that I have a deep appreciation for African American History—that is the undistorted view; the view that speaks our narrative truth to power; the view that brings into the present our generational contributions, not just in America but across the diaspora and the world. The tour was sponsored by Dominion Energy and the National Underground Network to Freedom. One place of historical significance on the tour was Sullivan’s Island.

Fellow Authors Sitting on a Bench by the Road.

For me the highlight of the Sullivan’s Island stop was sitting on a bench by the road with fellow authors. The “Bench by the Road” is a project initiated in by the Toni Morrison Society The name “Bench by the Road” is taken from a 1989 interview with World Magazine where Morrison speaks of the absence of historical markers designed to remember the lives of enslaved Africans. According to Morrison, her fifth novel, Beloved, served in this role:

There is no place you or I can go, to think about or not think about, to summon the presences of, or recollect the absences of slaves . . . There is no suitable memorial, or plaque, or wreath, or wall, or park, or skyscraper lobby. There’s no 300-foot tower, there’s no small bench by the road. There is not even a tree scored, an initial that I can visit or you can visit in Charleston or Savannah or New York or Providence or better still on the banks of the Mississippi. And because such a place doesn’t exist . . . the book had to” (The World, 1989).

The second notable memorial is the Sullivan’s Island Marker . . .

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A place where…Africans were brought to this country under extreme conditions of human bondage and degradation. Tens of thousands of captives arrived on Sullivan’s Island from the West African shores between 1700 and 1775. Those who remained in the Charleston community and those who passed through this site account for a significant number of the African-Americans now residing in these United States. Only through God’s blessings, a burning desire for justice, and persistent will to succeed against monumental odds, have African-Americans created a place for themselves in the American mosaic. . . .

ASALH: Author Book Event

AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING

Imagine a gathering of minds bringing forth knowledge, and narratives bearing the history from transatlantic migration to the 21st century...

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During the first week of October 2019, I had two firsts in my life. I visited South Carolina—not just driving through on my way to somewhere else—actually spending five days in Charleston. And I attended the 104th Annual ASALH Meeting and Conference held at the North Charleston Convention Center. The truth is I had no idea what to expect.

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“I was enthralled from the moment I stepped in the conference space . . .”

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Creativity & Leadership

Life Coaching Application

In my coaching practice, creativity shows up as I proactively cultivate change. I help clients become who they aspire to be by examining who they are. When clients are guided through discovering who they are on a deeply inner personal level, often what emerges is their own creativity to step out and redesign thoughts, feelings and beliefs. As a result, they begin moving forward to living their best life. As a coach I help clients become leaders through creativity in their own lives!

Photo Courtesy of Unsplash: Peter Fogden

Anna Wintour Teaches Creativity and Leadership

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Author Gallery

WRITE SOURCE COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB LAUNCH

Author Talk Session & Book Signing

Imagine engaging in a conversation with local Pittsburgh authors discussing the topic of “Building Community Through Literary Arts”.  Authors bring a powerful, vibrant presence to the community by telling stories related to contemporary, close-to-home subjects; inspiring and connecting to readers; and giving back through programs and volunteering. Join the authors, … Continue reading Author Talk Session & Book Signing

Beauty Shoppe: Meeting & Event Space

A former HQ for the Americus Republican Club of Pittsburgh. An unapologetic move to restore the grand nature of this space and the role it can play in Pittsburgh’s urban professional ecosystem where all are welcome.

Author Anita D Russell: I Wanna See Laney’s House

Anita is a bestselling author and life coach with experience in multiple disciplines including research, learning and development, and leadership. I Wanna See Laney’s House (2019, her debut as a solo author, is a sibling story chronicling lifelong spiritual development and a journey towards mental wellness. Read her recent article on Kidsburgh.org, an online magazine. … Continue reading Author Anita D Russell: I Wanna See Laney’s House

Author Devantae Butler: Breakthrough From Isolation to Elevation

I grew up in Pittsburgh and was a football player. School was a challenge for me because I never took it seriously. In February 2014 my brother and I were involved in a near-fatal car accident. I viewed that situation as a second chance at life. Every decision would now serve a purpose. I founded … Continue reading Author Devantae Butler: Breakthrough From Isolation to Elevation

Author Jenea T Edwards: Scenes from a Single Mom Volume 2

I am Jenea T Edwards. I have one son, Elijah. He’s my greatest blessing. I am also a PreK teacher. I am setting the foundation for our children’s education. I had the opportunity to become a collaborating author in the book “Scenes From a Single Mom Volume 2″.  This is my first publication and I am very … Continue reading Author Jenea T Edwards: Scenes from a Single Mom Volume 2

Author Kyoshi John Morgan Hamilton: Participation

Kyoshi John Morgan Hamilton is a Cleveland, Ohio native, who was labeled as Educationally Mentally Retarded at a young age. He has never let that stop him from achieving his goals. He is a 22 year retired war veteran, with countless awards and models, and motivational speaker. He is also a 3rd generation of USA … Continue reading Author Kyoshi John Morgan Hamilton: Participation

Author Lynn S Manley: Inspired to Conquer

Lynn has written two books, her first one titled, Through the Fire but Not Burnt, and the second titled, Inspired to Conquer. She does freelance writing for newspapers, bulletins, magazines, and companies. Lynn studied at Light University, the Extraordinary Women program, which she applies to her workshops and speaking engagements. Lynn believes that it is so … Continue reading Lynn S Manley: Inspired to Conquer

Author Margo Hinton: Lailah’s Lesson

Margo Hinton is an author, entrepreneur, teacher and coach on a mission to transform the lives of young people.  She has been a teacher and a coach for 27 years inspiring children to find and follow their passion.  Margo has coached basketball, softball and volleyball. She’s helped her student’s dance, sing, draw, run, drum and … Continue reading Author Margo Hinton: Lailah’s Lesson

Author Mark Craven: Karyeator

Mark Craven is the author of five books; both nonfiction and fiction. He owns the website IAmMarkCraven.com and hosts the podcast, “The Craven Effect”. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and still resides there, where he continues to write, speak, and coach. He is completing a masters degree in Higher Education Management at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Author Monai the Poet: Flawed Human, Loved Soul

Monai the Poet was born in and raised in the Homewood area of Pittsburgh. Poetry has been her hobby, strongest passion and interest since she was eleven years old. At 18, she began performing as a spoken word artist and began writing novels and short stories in addition to her poetry. After a few failed … Continue reading Monai the Poet: Flawed Human, Loved Soul

Author Rick Claypool: Leech Girl Lives

Rick Claypool writes weird/absurdist political fiction. He is the author of The Mold Farmer (coming in 2020 from Six Gallery Press) and Leech Girl Lives (Spaceboy Books 2017). He lives in Pittsburgh and works for Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting corporate power. He has worked as a reporter, a home health care … Continue reading Rick Claypool: Leech Girl Lives

Author Yasmin S Brown: The Point of Abuse

Yasmin Brown (1977) was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, to African-American parents, and grew up in the Pittsburgh area. For 16 years she worked as a healthcare professional. Her first book was The Silent Destruction, part of a series called “Deliverance.” She was awarded the “Unsung Hero” by Christ Temple AME church in 2012.As a sexual … Continue reading Yasmin S Brown: The Point of Abuse

Artist Tranikka Powell: The Lion Queen

Hello, my name is Tranikka Powell. I was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and grew up with three sisters and two brothers. I remember developing my passion for art at a very young age when I would sit on the living room floor and watch my mother draw all sorts of characters with the … Continue reading Artist Tranikka Powell: The Lion Queen

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