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Rosanne Vrugtman
Abigail Dane
  
Website:
Romance Genres:
Historical Romance
Speaks On:
Confessions of a Romance Writer: Seven Things I DIdn't Know Before I Became One
DIY Book Trailers--Fun and (Mostly) FREE
Interactive Editing Playshop
Success from the Inside Out
Jumpstart Your Intuition
Intrepid Board Leadership for the Trepid Board Leader
Speaks To:
Libraries,
Bookstores,
Writing Groups,
Book Clubs and other readers groups
Willing to Participate in Online Events:
Yes



Travels From:
Staunton
Travels From (State):
VA
Travels From Country:
US



Bio:
  • Careers in business, human service and education
  • Earned degrees: AA; BA (English/Education); MS (HR Management and Development); MEd and PhD (Adult Education)
  • Dissertation research:  rigorous quantitative validation of the Dimensions of Intuition® (DOI®) instrument researcher designed to measure intuition (i.e., human intuitive capacity)
  • 1991 to present:  Established Transitions Unlimited, offering customized personal and professional development programs, consultation and publishing
  • 1998 to present:  As adjunct/visiting professor, has taught an array of undergraduate and postgraduate courses: writing (creative, business, academic and technical); psychology (general and developmental); HR and organizational development; training and assessment; leadership; time and stress management; many others
  • 2010 to present:  Serenity Art; create one-of-a-kind art dolls, cards, scrapbooks, handmade books and portfolios and other paper-engineered items; also teach art classes for local Art League; also create my own art book covers
  • Certifications: brain dominance profiling (utilizing HBDI®); police training specialist (rape, battering, child sexual abuse);parenting; gang prevention
  • Board leadership (includes): 1997-2001—St. Louis Chapter of ASTD, winning two prestigious national awards during her presidential year 1999); 2009-2014—Institute for Learning Styles Research (ILSR), president in 2013-14; 2010-present—Zane Grey’s West Society (ZGWS), VP since 2012, executive editor of Zane Grey Review journal; numerous other boards, committees and task forces
  • Conference presentations:  Numerous local, regional, national and international conference presentations in areas of social service, crime prevention, workforce development; college and career readiness; teaching and learning, intuition, education, and more;
  • Retired from University of Missouri-St. Louis, College of Education, in 2012; now living in Shenandoah Valley of Virginia;
  • Taught an array of continuing education classes; topics include romance writing, intuition, success, brain dominance, brain-based teaching and learning, Zane Grey, Betty Zane, book trailer-making; editing and more
  • 2013:  Edited and published Betty Zane: Contemporary Version of Zane Grey’s first novel, Betty Zane (1903); currently working on contemporary versions of the other two books in his Frontier Trilogy
  • 2015:  Published first historical romance novel in the Whitleigh series, The Pirate and the Virgin
  • 2016:  Published second historical romance novel in the Whitleigh series, The Baron and the Black Widow
  • 2017:  Published third historical romance novel in the Whitleigh series, The Viscount and the Valet
  • 2018:  WIPs books four and five in the Whitleigh series

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