SUPERVOLCANO – in remembrance

So today would have been my dad’s 76 birthday. He and I wrote a book together a few years back called “SUPERVOLCANO: THE CATASTROPHIC EVENT THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HUMAN HISTORY.” After he passed away three years ago of ALS, I revised and updated the book. I wish we could have written more together. I miss my dad, but his work lives on. The book is available in print and in all digital formats.

New Non-Fiction Book

Working with Larry Flaxman on DEVILS, DEMONS AND DARK ANGELS, a comprehensive history of evil, the devil, demons and dark angels in religion, myth, fiction…For Visible Ink Press, releasing late 2016/early 2017.

I’ll be writing regularly for

I will be contributing regularly, along with Larry Flaxman, to a booming website called This site is presenting some of the most cutting edge material on ancient history, alternative history, knowledge, mythology, archeology and so much more. Here’s our first article:


Today we are going out with the following press release. Suffice it to say, I am excited, anxious, energized, wired, and every possible wild emotion in between that I have been given the absolute privilege to tell this story, the story of one of the most iconic brands in history, and the evolution of one woman who experienced being a part of a family dynasty that is the MAYBELLINE empire. I will be posting regular updates here!

Italia Gandolfo – GH Literary Management



Writer-Producer Options Maybelline Cosmetics Dynasty Story

SAN DIEGO, CA/JAN. 19, 2015 – Writer-Producer Marie D. Jones (Where’s Lucy? Productions) has optioned the rights to the story behind the Maybelline cosmetics empire from Sharrie Williams, great-niece of Maybelline founder Tom Lyle Williams; based upon her personal experiences, her father’s journals (William Preston Williams), and her extensive collection of family documents.

Writer-Producer Jones is developing a television series, working title “Out of the Ashes: The Story of the Maybelline Empire and the Family Behind It,” which is already garnering interest from networks. The series covers the history of the family dynasty, from the founding of the company in a rural Kentucky kitchen in 1915 to its continued status today as a billion dollar brand icon, focusing on Williams’ coming of age and personal experiences growing up amidst power, fame, and fortune.

Jones stated, “Open the drawer of the average woman and you’ll see Maybelline products. But few people know the incredible, tumultuous and, at times, shocking, story of the family behind the iconic brand; a dynasty spanning four generations. It is the intimate story of a young woman growing up surrounded by the recognizable trappings of wealth and power, and with the challenges and losses she endures, finds herself literally rising from the ashes to become her own person. But it’s also the epic historical journey of a singular idea born from a simple Kentucky dream that became a legend—a brand that continues to stand the test of time.”

Italia Gandolfo, CEO of GH Literary Management, brokered the deal.