Dionne is an adventurous and upbeat spirit, often called an eternal optimist. She founded Happy Writing Co in 2017 after completing her International Life Coaching (focus: Lifestyle Design & Goal Achievement) certification from Symbiosis, India. She was sitting in a café in India, creating a book cover for an author, and found herself overwhelmed by the negativity in writing groups and author-centric social media chats. She knew she wanted to continue working with authors, but she also knew she wanted to break through the belief that you have to miserable to be a successful writer.
Dionne believes when one author wins, we all win. She believes we should all celebrate every success, big or small, together, with pure happiness.
Dionne originally studied Fashion Design and worked as a New Store Opening corporate trainer for a major US restaurant chain before moving into cosmetics as an education and artistry trainer for a Top-5 prestige brand. She has a BFA in Communications from Indiana University, which she finished while living in a rural Ugandan village with her former charity teaching English and job skills to women pulled from sexual trafficking. She has a Masters of Professional Writing from Chatham University, where she studied the author platform with Pulitzer Prize winning journalists and Fortune-500 executives.
In 2014, Dionne founded Pen Name Publishing, an award-winning boutique publisher known for innovative and unique approaches to publishing, as well as finding manuscripts other publishers might deem to be too risky. In 2017, every book launched as an international Amazon Best Seller in a major category.
Her proudest achievement to date was being voted most likely to be an author or poet in the eighth grade. She has written 13 books that will start publishing in 2018.