Meet my Publicist – Coral Russell

Bette and Coral in NYCCoral Russell is my publicist . She works for Bent Pine Publishing, the company that publishes my books.

We have been working together¬† for a little over a year and I have gotten to know Coral in a thousand delightful ways, yet she continues to surprise me with her new and exciting ideas and her past achievements. Just recently she was approved as a Reviewer for Korean Literature that has been translated into English; and it caused me to stop and think that I’d like for my fans, friends and followers to get to now this amazing woman.

Coral and I spent three days together at the BEA and I couldn’t have done it without her. She is a smoother of roads, a finder of lost things, an organizer of everything and a delight to talk to. Oh and as a Publicist, she also comes up with interesting ways to get my books into the the hands of new readers and reviewers. Little wonder I have come to not only respect her for the professional she is, but the awesome friend she has become.

NOW IT’S TIME TO MEET CORAL RUSSELL… Although she is happy to be behind the scenes and shine a spotlight on me, there are a world of interesting things you should know about Coral;¬† here are a few things I’ve learned in the time we’ve been working together:

  • She’s Mexican/German and speaks enough Spanish to get by and likes to read books in Spanish.
  • She’s the type of person who will try the weirdest thing listed on the menu.
  • She used to drive an 18 wheeler and liked it!
  • She’s been to every state except Alaska, Vermont, and Maine.
  • She lived in Korea for a year and a half and fell in love with the country.
  • She has her Masters in English and taught English as a Second language to students in the US, Korea, China, and Venezuela for almost ten years.
  • She won a grant from the McCaleb Peace Initiative to study North and South Korea and wrote a 20 page article about what she learned.
  • She likes reading Korean literature and recently got the opportunity to review Korean literature that’s been translated to English.
  • She loves movies and TV shows with subtitles.
  • She’s fascinated by ghost stories.

Best of all she LOVES to read books, talk about books, and organize events for books!

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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