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If you ask Rana, she will describe herself as a writer first. THEN she'll tell you about all of her career ... as a lawyer, an investment banker, and private equity investor. That journey - and her passion for stories - ultimately led her to continue to explore and grow as a published author and entrepreneur.

When she realized that a traditional publishing model wouldn't work for her goals, Rana created Little Pickle Press. Rana describes it as a "21st century children's media publisher dedicated to helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible little people by inspiring our readers to help children in need, celebrate diversity, and protect the environment." They walk the talk, too, and work diligently to minimize their own footprint. LPP prints and distributes its materials in an environmentally friendly manner using recycled paper, soy inks, and green packaging. In addition, Rana - and the other authors to be published through the company - donate a percentage of the proceeds of their books to a children's non-profit.

Just as Rana's first book What Does It Mean To Be Global? was arriving from the printer, she got word that the book was named a 2009 National Best Books Award winner in the Children's Picture Book - Hardcover nonfiction category. USA Book News sponsors this annual award. The next two books in the series are due to be released in 2010.

She lives in Belvedere, California, with her husband and their three Little Pickles.

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