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About Penelope Przekop
Her writing has been featured in The New Jersey Star Ledger, The Shreveport Times, The Baton Rouge Advocate, The Detroit Metro Times, and several other publications, and has been praised by acclaimed authors Lisa See, Antwone Fisher, Anneli Rufus, Marya Hornbacher, Terri Cheney, and Marisa Acocella Marchet.
Her art often includes a strong sense of character and story. Her primary subject is the complexity of women. Galleries in New York City, Philadelphia, Cleveland, California, Louisiana, Italy, and Central America have represented and shown her work. It has been acquired by two Italian museums.
Penelope is also a consultant who works with Fortune 500 pharmaceutical, biotech, and technology companies to design, evaluate and refine quality management systems that ensure product quality, customer satisfaction, and regulatory compliance. She's the author of Six Sigma for Business Excellence (McGraw-Hill) and is a former columnist for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Magazine.
Find out more about her at www.penelopeprzekop.com.
Artist and writer Penelope Przekop grew up in Louisiana during the 1970s and 80s. Despite fictional elements, Please Love Me is her memoir; she is Peyton Bound, a character she created as a young adult to understand how she fell into a destructive relationship that led to a suicide attempt, and violent public cry for help. As she wrote the book, she realized it was about much more than first love gone wrong. It was about her dysfunctional childhood, her mentally ill mother, and her desperation to break free.
Please Love Me gives a raw voice to some of the deepest issues contributing to teenage suicide. It is an honest look into the human spirit's need for love and truth in a world full of craziness, and just how far some will go to find it.
The Six Sigma process excellence program, based on Johnson & Johnson's unique approach
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. Using Johnson & Johnson's Process Excellence Program as a model, Johnson & Johnson's director of quality, Penelope Przekop, walks readers through the real world of implementing a Six Sigma program. Examples and insights from Johnson & Johnson as well as other Six Sigma companies detail:
- How to apply Six Sigma principles and techniques immediately with little supervision from senior managers or black belts
- How to resolve communication issues between management and the Six Sigma team
- Ways to become a Six Sigma champion without assistance from senior management or black belts
- Methods and tools that managers at all levels can incorporate into their departments, improving quality and performance from the inside out
What Building a Novel in Four Phases WiLL do is provide a simple four-phase process that will enable you to actually get your novel written. A process and quality systems expert, and author of five books, shares the process she created to help manage the overwhelming task of writing a novel.
Penelope Przekop has worked for over twenty years as a quality systems and process expert in the pharmaceutical industry. She is a professional artist and the author of five books. She has a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. degree in Quality Systems Engineering. If anyone was too busy to write a novel, it was her. Find out how she did it.
Vincent van Gogh fakes his death.
Ellis Spenser longs to paint.
Holly Carter conceals a famous lineage.
Theo van Gogh gains his health, but loses the woman he loves.
Mimi Calais says she's a vampire.
Tom Spencer hatches a plan.
Ellis and Tom Spencer oversee the drug safety organization in one of the world's largest and most respected companies, Pratt Pharmaceuticals. Tom's deviant plan for their future begins to splinter when Ellis meets Holly Carter, a lonely Southern woman who has come to New York to pursue art while furthering her pharmaceutical career. Holly lives in a Greenwich Village apartment building owned by Mimi, a mysterious young woman whose claims of being a vampire remind Holly that life goes on. As Ellis pursues Holly, the past and present begin to overlap. Dark secrets emerge amidst Mimi's bizarre apartment bookstore, strip clubs, galleries, brownstones, corporate boardrooms, and Starbucks ad nauseam, while this diverse cast of characters struggles to carve out unique identities in a world where middle age is the beginning of the end; corporate puppets and dreaming immigrants rub shoulders in the hallowed burning halls of Ellis Island; and forever takes on new meaning.
Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime. Based on extensive research, CENTERPIECES explores the miraculous explosion of Van Gogh's work shortly after his suicide and the death of his brother, Theo, six months later. Join Vincent in a journey of self-discovery, friendship, betrayal, fantasy, corporate intrigue, and love. Find out what he sacrificed for art.
"CENTERPIECES is an amazing, powerful, and deep trip inside the human condition! Strong and impressive!"
Jean Marc Calvet, internationally renowned artist and subject of the feature film, CALVET
“CENTERPIECES is a bold story filled with dramatic scenes--one of the most striking of which is the 1897 burning of the Ellis Island Immigrant Station by quite unexpected hands. Highly recommended to those who enjoy their historical fiction with a twist.”
Barry Moreno, Historian, Ellis Island Immigration Museum and author of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ELLIS ISLAND
"Penelope Przekop has keen insight into the human condition."
Terri Cheney, author of MANIC: A Memoir, and THE DARK SIDE OF INNOCENCE: Growing up Bipolar
"What a clever novel! I was so drawn in by Przekop's characters. She is terrific at creating distinct personalities and voices. And her plotting is spot on. The different story threads were so compelling and she tied them all together in such a satisfying way. I found the writing to be the most amazing aspect of all. There is so much poetic beauty here. She truly captured the artist sensibility. Boy, this lady can write!"
DeAnna Cameron, author of THE BELLY DANCER
"Penelope Przekop writes with gorgeous imagery, quirky characters and deep storytelling."
Melissa Walker, author of LOVESTRUCK SUMMER and VIOLET IN PRIVATE
About the Author
Penelope Przekop’s debut novel, ABERRATIONS, was launched in 2008. Her writing has been featured in The New Jersey Star-Ledger, The Shreveport Times, The Detroit Metro Times, and The Baton Rouge Advocate, among other publications. She's also an artist whose work is represented by Monkdogz Urban Art (New York City). Her blog, Aberration Nation, has been praised by numerous acclaimed authors and artists. In addition to her creative projects, Przekop is a pharmaceutical industry executive whose nonfiction work has been published by McGraw-Hill. CENTERPIECES brings together her diverse experience and gifts.