Page 13 - July 2019 Hustle Mama Magazine
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 DAVIDA COLONA
 Hope McGill grew up in New York City's famed neighborhood of Harlem. She is the epitome of “you believe it you can achieve it”. At the age of sixteen she began writing short stories. Reading has always been a means of escape for her. Curling up with a good book helped her to explore the world and meet fascinating people. As she grew older, her appetite for reading grew immensely and her books became more diverse. She began to read books such as J. California Cooper's, "Life Is Short But Wide", Octavia Butler's "Bloodchild" as well as the classic, "Manchild In The Promised Land" by Claude Brown.
The excitement and joy of reading these various authors inspired her to begin writing. Her stories feature real people with real lives, real problems, and extraordinary passion. She published her first book at the age of 38. "Pearls" was published with blood, sweat and tears and absolutely no financial backing. The public's response was overwhelming to say the least and spawned two sequels, "Pearls II" and "Pearls II Special Edition". Her collection of work is available online from her website. Visit www.HopeMcgill.com as well as Amazon, Kobo and NOOK.
You would think that being an author was enough for Hope. After searching online for waist beads and being unable to find a set that was appealing to her that would also fit her waist adequately, she decided that she was going to learn how to make her own. After trial, error and many long nights she was able to make what she envisioned in her head. Hope's waist beads sparked a flurry of customers requesting sets of their very own
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