Terry McMillan was born in Port Huron, Michigan on October 18, 1951. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986, studied film at Columbia University, and enrolled in the Harlem Writer's Guild. Her books include Disappearing Acts, Mama, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, The Interruption of Everything, and Getting to Happy. Her books Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back were adapted as major motion pictures. Her title Who Asked You? made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013.Paul Rieckhoff is the executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the first and largest organization for veterans of the War on Terror. He is a graduate of Amherst College, where he studied political science.