Daniel Quinn

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About Daniel Quinn

An American writer, he is best known for his 1992 novel, Ishmael, which deconstructs the belief that humans represent the pinnacle of evolution. His other works include The Story of B (1996) and After Dachau (2001).

Early life

He briefly wanted to become a Trappist monk. After abandoning this dream, he pursued a career in publishing.

Trivia

He was awarded the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship Award in 1991.

Family of Daniel Quinn

He grew up in Nebraska. He was married three times, and he settled in Texas with Rennie Quinn, his third wife.

Close associates of Daniel Quinn

His novel Ishmael inspired the Pearl Jam/Eddie Vedder song, “Do the Evolution.”

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Marina Di Guardo

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About Marina Di Guardo

Best-selling author of the horror/apocalyptic novel Frozen Bodies who has also authored works called L’Inganno della Seduzione and Non mi spezzi le ali.

Early life

She was part of the fashion industry for many years working as vice director in Blumarine show room.

Trivia

She has a famous family which helped increase her Instagram following to more than 550,000.

Family of Marina Di Guardo

She has daughters named Chiara, Valentina and Francesca Ferragni. She was married to dentist Marco Ferragni, but the couple divorced in 2002. 

Close associates of Marina Di Guardo

Her daughter Chiara made her dog Matilda Ferragni an Instagram sensation as well.

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Kelley Armstrong

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About Kelley Armstrong

A Canadian fiction writer, she is best known for her teenage supernatural book series, The Darkest Powers, as well as for her urban fantasy series, Women of the Otherworld. Her other works include crime and romance novels and short stories.

Early life

She developed a taste for the sinister during her younger years; she often submitted school writing assignments that featured undead or otherwise evil characters.

Trivia

Her most famous series, Women of the Otherworld, features such innovations as a female werewolf and multiple narrators inhabiting a shared universe.

Family of Kelley Armstrong

She settled with her husband and children in Southwestern Ontario, Canada.

Close associates of Kelley Armstrong

She named Stephen King as one of her most important literary influences.

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Elsa Maxwell

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About Elsa Maxwell

Known as the Hostess with the Mostess, she was the world’s premiere party-giver during the Roaring Twenties. She first gained fame as an author and gossip columnist.

Early life

She dropped out of school (though she later claimed to have continued studies at Sorbonne) at age 14 to begin work as a theatre pianist and accompanist (despite not having had a single music lesson in her life).

Trivia

Her parties were legendary for their lavishness – attracting the who’s-who of the Hollywood elite–and for the games, like scavenger hunts, she invented to keep guests entertained.

Family of Elsa Maxwell

She was born in Keokuk, Iowa, at a theater, during an opera performance.

Close associates of Elsa Maxwell

Like Texas Guinan, she went from humble beginnings to the center of the Hollywood social life.

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Heloise Bowles Cruse

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About Heloise Bowles Cruse

A Texas-born author and newspaper columnist, she compiled books of helpful household advice, including Heloise’s Housekeeping Hints and Heloise’s Kitchen Hints. She first published her popular Hints from Heloise column in the Honolulu Advertiser in 1959.

Early life

She was born Eloise Bowles, and she grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. Soon after it appeared, her housekeeping advice column was syndicated by close to six hundred newspapers.

Trivia

Her work, Heloise’s Housekeeping Hints, earned a spot as a top 10 bestselling book of 1963.

Family of Heloise Bowles Cruse

She married Marshal Holman Cruse, a captain in the U.S. Army Air Forces. The couple’s daughter, Ponce Kiah Marchelle Heloise Cruse, was born in 1951 and became the new Heloise advice columnist following her mother’s death in 1977.

Close associates of Heloise Bowles Cruse

Marianne Williamson is another famous Texas-born author.

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Mari Sandoz

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About Mari Sandoz

An American novelist, biographer, and teacher, she wrote extensively about pioneer life and the Plains Indians. Her novels and non-fiction works include Cheyenne Autumn; The Beaver Men; Slogum House; and Old Jules.

Early life

She took the rural teachers’ exam and taught in country schools. Later, she worked for the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Trivia

She published a 1942 biography of Crazy Horse, the famous Lakota tribal leader.

Family of Mari Sandoz

She and her five siblings were born in Nebraska to Swiss immigrant parents. She was briefly married to Wray Macumber.

Close associates of Mari Sandoz

She and Juanita Brooks both wrote about pioneer life.

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