Author, movie producer and Pepperdine MBA Alumna Christie Hsiao was recently featured by Forbes.com alongside her New York Times bestseller, Journey to Rainbow Island. Her fantasy novel tells the story of a girl, Yu-ning, who comes from a world without jealousy, judgment, anger or conflict, but is forced to venture out on a quest to find seven sacred crystals on her island. Christie wrote the book to counter the negative content that is produced in entertainment and instead inspire people with an uplifting story about empowerment and transformation. Since its 2013 release, Christie has spoken to a wide range of audiences about the book’s positive messages regarding following one’s heart, believing in oneself, and pursuing one’s dreams. Currently, Christie plans to produce a stage musical and TV series, in partnership with Korea’s MBC, and also extend the entire media franchise to China. A film adaptation of the book is also in the works, and Christie has commenced a book sequel that she expects to publish in 2017.
Christie is also the Founder and CEO of Serenity Media Group, a global entertainment company devoted to creating high quality film, TV, and digital media projects that uplift and inspire. She serves as creative director for all of Serenity’s projects, as well as overseeing all aspects of marketing strategy, business development and expansion. She works with top executives and major companies in film, TV, music, art, publishing, merchandising, concerts/events, branding and marketing in both the U.S. and China, and uses her knowledge and experience to educate, create change, and spread positive messages. Christie earned her MBA from Pepperdine University in 2004.