Penelope Przekop is the author of six books, including fiction and nonfiction. Her writing has been featured in The New Jersey Star-Ledger, The Shreveport Times, The Baton Rouge Advocate, The Detroit Metro Times, and has been praised by acclaimed authors Lisa See, Antwone Fisher, Anneli Rufus, Marya Hornbacher, Terri Cheney, and Marisa Acocella Marchet. She has been a columnist for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Clinical Leader and Life Science Leader Magazine. Her new book, 5-Star Career: Define and Build Yours Using the Science of Quality Management launches this November 9th (Productivity Press).
Penelope's first novel, Please Love Me, gives a raw voice to some of the deepest issues contributing to teenage suicide. It's an honest look into the need for love and truth in a world full of craziness, and just how far some will go to find it. Please Love Me is one of Penelope's most sensitive books. It's based on her coming-of-age story that took place at a time when AIDS was a whisper, cell phones were a fantasy, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper spoke to the heart of 18-year-old girls, and the information superhighway was nowhere to be found.
Aberrations is the story of a young narcoleptic college student whose life has been overshadowed by the mysterious death of her mother. Aberrations is one of Penelope's most beloved books. Her characterization of Angel Duet and her struggle with narcolepsy has been praised by the Narcolepsy Network and many who warrior through the condition.
Six Sigma for Business Excellence shows managers at all levels of Six Sigma proficiency how to create a process excellence program that addresses both company goals and day-to-day operations. In the mix of Penelope's books, this title published by McGraw-Hill was most influential to her 5-star movement within the pharmaceutical industry. Her common-sense, strategic approach shines through.
Centerpieces explores the explosive interest of Van Gogh's work following his suicide as well as the death of his brother, Theo, six months later. It is an alternative history with a splash of fantasy. Join Vincent on a journey of self-discovery, friendship, betrayal, fantasy, corporate intrigue, and love. Penelope's books tend to include a sprinkle of the paranormal. Centerpieces showcases Penelope's ability to dovetail her creative and technical expertise by placing Vincent van Gogh in a modern-day New York City-based pharmaceutical corporation.
During the week following his death, Jim Howard watches his adult stepchildren, Honey and Dust, reunite after ten years to attend his funeral. In Dust, the family converges at the Howard Big House, the last pre-Civil War plantation home in Ellis County, Texas. When Jim's biological daughter, Norma, finds a secret room filled with books, runaway slaves come out of the historical woodwork, and Jim watches the Howard Big House spring to life in ways he never thought possible. The idea for Dust was born when Penelope and her brother met in Dallas to attend their stepfather's funeral and support their histrionic mother. Much of the book's content is based on events that occurred that week. The book was published following the tragic death of Penelope's brother in 2012.
Building a Novel in Four Phases is a quick-read mini e-book about writing that does not cover grammar, style, or detailed information on the elements of fiction. (There are a million other books to help with that.) Instead, it provides a simple four-phase process that can help you not only start, but also finish, writing a book.