Vanna B.

Vanna B. is an author and publisher of fiction novels. The Hope Street Publishing CEO is a native of Philadelphia, PA and received her BA in journalism from Temple University. Writing has been a life-long passion of hers and she always planned on authoring books.

Vanna's professional writing career began with newspapers and magazines, where she served as a restaurant reviewer, proofreader, advice columnist and staff writer covering a range of topics including current events, local politics and culture. After making the decision to leave the workforce to stay home to raise her son, she began penning her first novel, Fancy. Fancy went on to be a huge success, landing on the Amazon Kindle best-sellers list for multiple categories, earning Vanna the 2012 Philly Hip Hop award for “Best Author,” being featured in The Source Magazine, and receiving overwhelmingly positively reviews. This year Fancy 2 and Knock-off Nina, also made the Kindle best-sellers list, and Vanna was nominated for two AAMBC Awards as well as two Urban Literary Awards.

“I’m incredibly grateful that my work is being so well received,” Vanna says. “I love writing and sharing my gift with others, and I work very hard at providing top-notch material with the goal of bringing readers a unique and memorable experience.”

Cal Akbar

Philadelphia native Cal Akbar is a lover of all things creative. In addition to writing, he is skilled in drawing, painting, photography, sculpting and graphic design. Also an army vet, firefighter, licensed nurse and rapper, he is quite the renaissance man. But his favorite titles are those of husband and father. Cal is looking forward to the release of his debut novel, a collaboration with wife Vanna B. He is also working on his own book, which will be released shortly after. Stay tuned to see what this talented new Hope Street Publishing author has in store!