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Penelope Jean Hayes (born Penelope Jean Bachmeier) is a self-help and metaphysics writer, contemporary philosopher, and speaker. She is the author of the upcoming book, The Magic of Viral Energy: A Guide to Supernatural Happiness, which centers on the contagious nature of energy, and in 2019 began writing her second title, Do Unto Earth.

The term "viral energy" was coined by Hayes to describe her experiences of the phenomenon of contagious energy through social interaction and the environment. She began studying and writing about Viral Energy in 2002; her book manuscript was penned from May of 2017 to January of 2019.

In October of 2017, Hayes signed with famed literary agent, Bill Gladstone of Waterside Productions Inc. Gladstone also represents bestselling authors Eckhart Tolle and Neale Donald Walsch.

As an expert in media, popular culture, and societal and global pressures, Hayes has appeared on The Dr. Phil Show. She has extensive on-air television and radio experience, plus a background as a celebrity publicist. As a noted publicist, she has represented television personalities from ABC's The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Dancing With The Stars and more.

Hayes appears in the Top 25 on Ranker's worldwide list of "Famous People Named Penelope."

From 2010-2015 she was the Resident Popular Culture Analyst at an ABC News affiliate (WCIV-TV) and the face and voice of the 5-year running live TV segment called "Pop News With Penelope," amassing a daily viewership of approximately 302,000 households, per Nelson Ratings, plus tens of thousands of followers across social media outlets. Hayes continues to be called upon by national morning television programs, radio shows, and magazines for her expert input on issues related to social challenges, relationship tips, politics, global impact concerns, and more.

She is the host of the popular Apple iTunes and iHeart Radio podcast, "PENELOPE," which is based on the combination of material from her manuscript, The Magic of Viral Energy, and early thoughts from her second title, Do Unto Earth; a book written by way of channeled wisdom.

From 2015-2018, Hayes was a contributing writer for The Huffington Post. Hayes has written a number of cover stories for U.S. regional magazines, and secured coverage in national publications including Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and People to name a few, and media interviews with television shows such as Good Morning America, E! News, Extra TV, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, ABC News 20/20, and more. Media outlets have quoted her as a popular culture expert including People Magazine, Men's Health Magazine, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and more. As a journalist, her written works have been published in national news and entertainment magazines, and niche industry publications. Her narrative non-fiction stories have been featured on covers for regional leisure magazines such as Life on the Water and Heartland Boating. She has also written media releases on behalf of clients for the United States Surgeon General, Hawaii State Department of Health, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Medal of Honor, and the New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Pelicans basketball organizations.

In 2018, Hayes began writing a column for the internationally distributed aspirational and best-life magazine, Face the Current, a publication that is read in 55 countries with a readership of 50,000 per issue and a web and social channel reach of 750,000.

Hayes is involved in animal welfare issues, saving species, environmental awareness, and a plant-based diet. She advocates for compassion toward animals, veganism, and opposes factory farming. She became a vegetarian in 1992 and vegan in 2017. In 2006, Hayes served on a task force that brought famous primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, to Windsor, Ontario for a three-day event. Hayes writes of the honor of "spending a few days alongside the very humble and deeply inspiring Dr. Jane Goodall." Hayes has assisted with advisory and publicity efforts for Eugene Cussons, Host of Animal Planet's "Escape To Chimp Eden." Known as "Chimp Eden," the animal sanctuary is The Jane Goodall Institute South Africa. Since 2012, the pair has collaborated on a number of ideas to further the cause of public education and compassion towards animals including via pitches for future television series concepts. In 2014, Hayes interviewed Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, a farm animal protection organization dedicated to ending the factory farming of animals.

In 2019, through what she describes as channeled energy or "automatic writing," Hayes commenced the writing of her second title, Do Unto Earth. This book explains "viral energy masses" which are large energetic fields created by both light and heavy intentions and actions of communities and populations, industries, and cultural beliefs, as well as through massive pockets of love, hate, nature, war, gratitude, abuse, forgiveness, indifference, and compassion. While speaking plainly to the damage mankind has done to the planet, both energetically and physically, this book also brings inspiration to the hearts of those working toward environmental and animal welfare causes as it sets forth a clear and actionable vision of humanity's path to evolution. Do Unto Earth advises that saving species and adopting plant-based food sources are the most important missions to pursue. Building the viral energy message from domestic to global, Book One, The Magic of Viral Energy, deals with the ways in which you can utilize the knowledge of viral energy to attain a life of purpose and happiness, whereas Book Two, Do Unto Earth, reveals broader issues facing both humanity and planet Earth that directly affect humanity and our species' future.

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