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Interview: Dr. Laina Turner-Molaski, Author of The MS Project – Orange is the New Pink

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Dr. Laina Turner-Molaski is a Faculty Chair with Capella University. She is also an author of both fiction and nonfiction and is a business consultant. Laina’s mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1985. After her mother’s death in 2000 Laina became committed to bringing more awareness to the disease.

You can reach Dr. Turner-Molaski through the website The MS Project at www.themsproject.com or her own personal website

Thank you for this interview, Dr. Turner-Molaski. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

I have been writing stories since second grade but it took me until I was 37 to decide I was going to have the courage to actually finish one and get it published. I am happy to say this is my fourth book.

Do you write full-time?

I will say yes I write full-time, but I also have a full-time job that pays the bills as I am getting my books to the point where they pay the bills.

In conjunction with MS Awareness week, you are launching not one but three things. The first is a book. Please tell us about The MS Project.

The MS Project is about creating awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. My mother had this disease, and I have been committed to bring more attention to it as a way to educate people and also raise money for research toward a cure.

You’re also launching a website and an iPhone app. Would you please tell us about those?

The book has a companion website and iPhone app. The app will be released on March 14th with the book and a portion of proceeds for both go to fund MS research. The website is open to all and is designed to create a social community of people who are in some way connected to MS. I would love to see this website be a place where people can learn and motivate each other.

What inspired you to create The MS Project — the book and the website?

When my mother was diagnosed there wasn’t much known about the disease. Now 25 years later there still isn’t much known about the disease. I am hoping through this initiative more people will know what MS is and that we can raise awareness and money for research.

Would you tell us briefly about the other contributors involved in creating the book?

There are over 20 amazing people who allowed me to use their own personal story for The MS Project. There are many different types ranging from how they were diagnosed to motivating story’s to content that breaks your heart but also makes you feel lucky to know these people.

I noticed that The MS Project: Orange is the New Pink is Volume One. What can we expect in the future in regards to the book as well as the website and app?

As I was compiling the book I had many people say I should do one yearly. Maybe on different aspects or areas of the disease. Create a series so that it became an ongoing initiative. I created this one as Volume 1 to stay committed to that goal.

What’s next for you?

I will be attending many of the MS walks to promote The MS Project and then I am finishing up the sequel to my fiction book Stilettos & Scoundrels and look forward to promoting that.

Thank you for this interview, Dr. Turner-Molaski. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?

You can find me at www.lainaturner.com and The MS Project at www.themsproject.com

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