Gabrielle Begun

Author of Freddy the PennySan Francisco, CAPhotography by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Lauri Levenfeld

When I heard Gabrielle’s story, my jaw hit the ground. Being a mom of a 5-year old, I was inspired and excited to see how a ten year old had the drive and dedication to take an award-winning writing assignment and turn it into a published first book. That’s exactly what Gabrielle did (with her awesome family beside her!) and now Freddy the Penny is on sale and hopefully coming to a bookshelf near you. I sat down for a Q&A with Gabrielle, and then, asked her mom about the behind the scenes of how she took her daughter’s dreams and helped make them a reality.


Margarita…From day one, when Gabrielle came home from school and announced that she wanted to write a book about a penny, I never stopped believing in her. I was always amazed at her dedication. She began writing at age 8 and finished the book when she was 9. For a year, she would wake up at 6am every day and write for 15-30 minutes. Her dedication encouraged me to do something with her story. At first I showed her finished work to her language arts teacher in school.  

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Lucia Tran

Founder of Lucia Tran Media & Zooey MagazineLOS ANGELES, CAPhotography by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Lauri Levenfeld

I started Prodigy because I am inspired by women young and old. With the current generation engaged in such tremendous technology strides and digital overdrive, I am continually fascinated by how the younger generation deciphers and maneuvers its way through to focus in on what matters to them most. Whether it is the digital connection or something completely outside, there are so many young people making strides faster and bigger than we ever did and could. With Lucia Tran, I will continue to be amazed I am sure throughout her career. A woman who is deeply connected to family, friends and all that is real, she has made a true impact on moms, women and the world around her at a very young age. She has translated her passions into successful businesses that all of us could learn a thing or two from. I am excited to share our Q&A.


1.Who are you? And what are you currently up to?

I’m Lucia Tran, and I’m the Founding Editor of Zooey Magazine as well as Little Zooey. Currently, I’m writing an essay for my Jane Austen class that’s due in a few days, while trying to get the newest issue of Zooey out the door.

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