Gary Heyward was born and raised in New York City’s Polo Ground Projects in Harlem. At the age of nineteen, he joined the United States Marines and became a decorated war veteran by serving in the Desert Storm/Desert Shield Operation in 1990–1991. After receiving an honorable discharge, he served as a New York City corrections officer, working ten years at Rikers Island. In May of 2006, Gary was arrested and convicted for selling drugs throughout the jail. During his incarceration he developed a passion for writing and penned his memoir, Corruption Officer. He was released in 2008, and currently works for the city of New York.
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Michelle Cuttino is the “Queen of Plus-Size Fiction,” and serves as a body positive advocate, talk radio host, and motivational speaker. She is President of Big Body Publishing and Big Body Broadcasting. She is a columnist for four publications, and a plus-size lifestyle and publishing industry blogger. Cuttino is the author of Love & Happiness, Love Is Blind, and Me & Mrs. Jones, an eBook series adaptation of her screenplay once optioned with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Films. Cuttino is also co-author of the erotica anthology, Zane Presents… Cougar Cocktales, under Zane’s Strebor/Simon & Schuster imprint. Read more at MichelleCuttino.com.