hus·tle / hə-səl/ vb : to work or move energetically; gain by energetic effort
di·va \dē-və\ n : Etym.: Italian, lit., goddess
energetic, syn. = dynamic
Hustle Diva = Dynamic Goddess
Author, Empowerment Poet, Motivational Speaker
Winner of the 2015 LA Times Festival of Books poetry contest
Mission, accomplishments, services, reviews
Charlene Elizabeth Green (a.k.a. Hustle Diva) is a northern California native who has been writing since very early childhood, penning short stories and poetry, but never thinking of it as more than a hobby. Her first major writing project was a movie screenplay written in 1999 titled Love's Train, which was based on her short story "A Valentine's Day to Remember," written in junior college. She taught herself the scriptwriting craft, and while working a full-time job with the California Dept. of Corrections (at the time) she completed the project in just over a month. Until that point, her passion for writing had lain dormant for years; but after completing her script, she realized it had always been her calling. Though originally set on an acting career for many years, and having studied at the world-famous Shelton Studios in San Francisco in 1995, the written word ultimately captured her heart.
In 2001, while [still] in the process of searching for a producer for her movie, she began working on her first novel, One Man's Treasure. With aspirations to be immersed in the entertainment and literary industries, she made the decision to relocate to Los Angeles, and did so in 2003. After completing her novel, she connected with publisher, author, and philanthropist Dr. Rosie Milligan, whom she sought out for agency representation. Dr. Milligan liked One Man's Treasure so much that she immediately took her on as a client. During that time, their relationship grew, and Charlene developed an interest in editing and proofreading. In 2005, she began an internship working as a copy editor and proofreader for Dr. Milligan. Her first major [joint] editing project was rapper/producer Dr. Dre's mother Verna Griffin's autobiography titled Privileged to Live. She further interned for literary agent and best-selling author Dr. Maxine Thompson as a copy editor and story editor. In 2006, she started her own editing and consulting business, Punctuality Editing Service (now Charlene E. Green's Literary Services).
In May 2007, after several years attempting to have her novel published mainstream, Charlene took matters into her own hands and self-published One Man's Treasure through Milligan Books. Then, as fate would have it, in December 2007, she was presented with the opportunity to have OMT picked up mainstream, and in January 2008 was offered a two-book deal with Kensington Publishing. One Man's Treasure was released internationally on April 1, 2009, and the sequel, And They'll Come Home, was released on March 2, 2010. The third novel in the series, Aftershock, is in production.
Since moving to L.A., Charlene has revisited her talent for writing poetry, and expanded her collection of works. Though she dabbled briefly in the open-mic scene in 2004/2005, she decided to step away and spend more time writing and honing her skills. In April 2008, she was bitten hard by the open-mic bug when she entered a spoken-word contest at the annual Black Writers on Tour convention, not having done any open mic in over three years, and took fourth place after having competed with more than 20 poets, many of them veterans in the realm. From there, she bombarded the open-mic venues with fervor, adding spoken-word artist to her list of talents. Charlene has been known to frequent the local Los Angeles poetry venues up to five nights a week, inspiring hundreds with her unique words. She has also hosted events as well as performed in many shows and done speaking engagements after having been seen and approached by some of those whose lives she has touched. To date, she has more than 75 poems from her extensive portfolio memorized. She is known on the poetry scene as Hustle Diva.
Charlene is also a gifted motivational speaker who has been praised for her ability to encourage people to pursue avenues in their lives they were otherwise daunted by the thought of doing, by helping them see the ways in which they can proceed without feeling overwhelmed. Her books You Are What You Say You Are: Claiming Your Life's Mission & Living Your Dream (purchase your copy using this link!), Wisdom Nuggets, and Building Faith and Character Through Life Challenges are staples in her self-development arsenal. She also offers life consultations and unique poetry workshops through Honor the Spirit, a platform geared toward helping people nurture strong self-esteem through consistent courageous action.
Charlene is also still pursuing the long-awaited production of her movie, Love's Train, as well as seeking opportunities to turn both of her novels into movies.
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Discover the many sides of Charlene E. Green's vision as you soar through this fun, inspirational, all-in-one 3-part poetic series. You will experience an array of emotions along the way, learn a lot about life, and even learn about yourself. One thing's for sure: you won't want to get off, even after the ride is over. So sit back, kick up your feet, relax with a hot beverage, and let the
This collection is easily Charlene E. Green's best yet. It has been labeled "self-help poetry," and for good reason. With her signature poems "Self-Construction," "Revelationary Tears," and "Damaged Goods" gracing the pages, it's easy to see why, after absorbing this potent content, you'd feel you just had therapy. But there is also fun to be had among the hard-core food for thought. So go on ... immerse yourself. Treat yourself. Today.
Adverse change in social climate often warrants a shift in tone when addressing it—one with a higher decibel than before. The level of anguish and overall chaos in our world has taken its toll on many. In You Betta WRITE!, Charlene E. Green gives readers a deeper, grittier poetic look at the challenges we've faced in recent years, using free verse, haiku, and sonnet to paint her picture of inspiration, justice, and resolution.
In "The Suffering," she boldly declares that we've "got hella PhDs in the suffering of others, but ... some of us still don't have a degree of comprehension about how to master our own." In "Accident Forgiveness," she shakes the abused awake by asking how many more "fist-on collisions with your face will it take for you to finally admit that this man is not accident prone, he is purposely reckless with your life?" "Curfew" is a heart-wrenching, parent-focused narrative about the more than 200 missing Nigerian girls, at the hands of Boko Haram. But since Charlene's work is never complete without the inclusion of wit, love, and fantasy, you can be assured of just the right amount of gentle to balance out her firm voice.
You Betta WRITE! is for the grown and mature, and for those whose lives are ready for a deep cleaning, upgraded perspective, and new direction.
Take time out today and every day for some healthy "spiritual snacks." You owe it to yourself! Charlene E. Green has finally compiled her array of short but potent bits of wisdom that are sure to help keep you grounded emotionally and fueled with the inspiration ne
eded to face and hurdle life's daily challenges. Snack on them lightly, or just go ahead and consume gluttonously! You can never overindulge in positivity! And from every page that's exactly what you'll be fed. But FYI: Sharing is suggested.
Life challenges can't be avoided, no matter who you are or what religion you subscribe to. At the end of the day, it's how you handle them that matters. Confronting obstacles with a calm demeanor, confidence, and a solid foundation of faith will be the driving force for your victories. Charlene E. Green shares her stories and powerful messages of conviction, endurance, wisdom, and ultimate triumph using refreshing universal language intended to inspire expanded thinking among both those who are committed to their religions or philosophies and ones who may not have chosen a spiritual path yet. No matter what level you're on in your sacred journey, you're sure to find original perspectives, encouragement, and even humor among these trials and lessons.
They say at some point, the writer's soul will begin to fully infiltrate his or her work. That's what's happened in My Sentiments Exactly. Charlene E. Green's poetry is always heavily laced with her real-life experiences, but this installment reaches a new poignant level, revealing even more of her sharp observations, and divulging some of her deepest emotions about life, love, and career. Her growth is clearly displayed in the tales she weaves and her method of delivery. Prepare to delight in this stimulating voyage.
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