Our Write Side Executives:
Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of Our Write Side, author of fictions, and wears many hats with OWS Ink. She is also a full-time world-building ninja, seven-time published author enjoying country living in central Virginia, while crafting her own story and resisting to grow up at all costs. She mothers her children, loves her husband, attends church, and avoids all things zombies.
Stephanie has been a regular contributor and leader for Bloggy Moms and Just Be Enough, and wrote content for Blogmutt as a freelance writer.
You can find a full listing of her works on her Amazon author page. She shares her writing experience and advice weekly. Additionally, she hosts the exclusive Master Class writing prompt. She moonlights as the Head Designer for OWS Design and one of several editors for OWS Ink.
A.L. Mabry is the Executive Marketing Director of Our Write Side. She is an author, freelancer, and editor who enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She is an artist and Wiccan who has an obsessive love of vampires, kilts, and blue butterflies. She is passionate about many topics and her posts are often laced with the snarky sense of humor one acquires from raising five teenagers, all at once.
When she is not writing, advocating, or creating handmade items for her Etsy shop, she can be found exploring creeks, mountains, and rivers, playing board games, videos games, and working on various projects with her loving husband, Shawn, and their children. She maintains her shreds of sanity with yoga, tea, and cats.
You can find a full listing of her works on her Amazon author page. She is also known around here as The Sassy Scorpio Scribe, keeps your writing tight with the Friday Flasher prompt series, and the creator of the chilling Coldly Calculating writing prompt series. She writes regularly for OWS Ink: Literary Journal. She is the dean of OWS U and also leads the marketing and coaching divisions of OWS Ink, LLC.
There are many who will tell you Wendy Strain doesn’t live in the same world as the rest of us, but Wendy will tell you there are many worlds and we all have a choice as to which ones we want to live in. She’s happy to share a few with you and invites you to join along on the adventure of discovering new ones all the time.
At heart, Wendy loves great stories – living them, writing them, revising them, polishing them, even ghostwriting them! Today, she’s living her passion as a ghostwriter and freelance copywriter, completely dedicated to the written word in all its many wonderful forms.
Once upon a time, she worked as a journalist and community newspaper editor for a small section of the Dallas, Texas Metroplex. When newspaper started to die, she moved into freelance writing until she decided she really wanted that Master’s degree in English. Having accomplished that, she’s back to freelance copywriting and considering the PhD. Is she crazy? Check her out on your favorite social media channel and decide for yourself.
Wendy is the Managing Editor for Our Write Side. She also handles the backend, as well as social media and marketing. She is the dedicated designer of OWS Ink: Literary Journal, and heads the editing division of our publishing company: OWS Ink, LLC.
Our Write Side Editors:
Emma T. Gitani is a mother and Nonna, Italian for that dreaded g- word, living in South Florida. Starting out her career as a technical writer and editor, she then moved to systems testing to fulfill her desire to ‘break things.’ She finally settled down to use her BA in Education writing stories for children and young adults. In October 2014, tragedy struck and her cousin passed away. Annie had always been her cheerleader, encouraging Emma to go for it and write a book. In her honor, Emma is now writing fiction with a purpose to share, working hard to get that book finished.
Emma joins Our Write Side as the Asst Social Media Manager and Copy Editor for OWS Ink: Literary Journal. You can read her first article here. She moonlights as the head administrator of our facebook writing group, OWS Word Mafia, shares book reviews, and is a part of the OWS Designs team.
Eric Keizer lives in Northern Illinois with his wife of eighteen years, and his dog, Edith. He earned his B.A. in English from Drake University, and his M.A Ed. and teaching license from Aurora University in 2013.
A lifelong prankster, he enjoys sharing a good, deep belly laugh and telling tall tales. He avidly reads the Classics, but counts Anne Rice as a guilty pleasure. Although he has written many pieces, his work has not yet been published.
Besides writing poetry, he has written seven children’s books, is working on a psychological thriller about a serial killer, and is feverishly trying to finish a “coming of age” story set in 1980s Chicago. He has 2 poetry chapbooks coming out in 2017 through OWS Ink Press.
Eric is Our Write Side’s Acquisitions Manager.
Our Write Side Team:
Tara Roberts (pronounced Tar-ah and with a southern drawl) lives and plays on the Florida Gulf Coast. A former print news and online media reporter, she now spends her days roaming the woods and beaches of the Panhandle talking to herself, penning eclectic fiction, and taking photographs. She can be found most days at “Thin spiral notebook” trying to quiet the voices in her head.
Be inspired by her captivating photography with The Darkroom writing prompt every Thursday. Her Two Word Tuesday offers a spin on 2 words to get your muse going.
Nancy Miller lives out in the Illinois countryside near St. Louis, Missouri. She shares her home with her husband of 31 years and three exceptionally spoiled dogs. After losing her house to fire in November 2013, not much was left but they did find a slightly melted USB drive with all her writing backups. She took this a sign she should get back to work. She is the author of Crystal Unicorns, a romantic suspense novel available in paperback and ebook on Amazon. Her current book, Shark Bait, is in final edits.
She shares her writing advice every Monday. She is also part of the exclusive OWS Design team as an illustrator.
J.K. Allen received her BA in Creative Writing and English from Michigan State University. She did her senior thesis in poetry under the tutelage of Diane Wakoski, but has been focused primarily on fiction as of late. Common writing themes that can be found in her work address identity and the type of strength that can be found in ordinary people. Julia is currently working on a Young Adult fiction novel and can be found at local cafes in her hometown when writing, and painting, drawing, or reading when not.
She shares writing lessons here on Our Write Side every Tuesday. She is also an artist and illustrator for OWS Designs, and a lead team member for our university.
David Wiley is an author of science fiction and fantasy stories, choosing to write the stories that he would love to read.
His short fiction has previously been published in Firewords Quarterly, Mystic Signals and a King Arthur anthology by Uffda Press. He also has a short story forthcoming on Sci Phi Journal. David resides in central Iowa with his wife and their cats and spends his time reading, writing, and playing board games. He has two completed books debuting soon through OWS Ink.
He is part of the review team on Our Write Side, leading the sic-fi/fantasy, Christian lit genres, as well as monthly content contributor. He blogs daily, writes book reviews, and is a new father.
A.M. Rycroft is a monthly content contributor and an author coach for Our Write Side and OWS Ink. She is a dark fantasy and horror writer, and blogger. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and holds a B.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh.
She has been writing since a young age, and though she attended art school for a time, she found her way back to writing again after art school. Her first dark fantasy/horror novel Into the Darkness was written while she attended the University of Pittsburgh. Her writing has been compared to the works of David Eddings and Stephen King.
When she is not writing, Rycroft is a writing coach and a periodic cartoonist. She enjoys keeping fit with weight training and walks through her local parks. During the summer, A.M. is frequently seen riding the roller coasters at the Kennywood amusement park.
Her indie press, Mighty Quill Books is a proud affiliation with Our Write Side.
E.C. Jarvis is a British author working mainly in fantasy and erotic romance genres. For the last thirteen years, Jarvis has been working her way through the ranks of the accountancy profession in various industries. During ten of those years she has also been writing.
Since the start of 2015, she has completed six full novels, won a number of online writing competitions, and just finished the final book to complete her first series.
She lives in Hampshire, England with her husband, daughter, and cat.
She shares her humor and sage writing advice the first Wednesday of each month on Our Write Side.
Lilian Oake shares the lessons she’s learned as a writer every fourth Wednesday despite mothering a horde of goblins, running a fun website and YouTube page about family life, and leaving happiness behind her wherever she goes.
Lilian (aka L.F. Oake) writes young adult and children’s fantasy stories that are good for the soul and teach the reader something if not just to value life and love. She’s originally from Phoenix, AZ but now happily lives in the bushy part of North Carolina.
Andy is a feature writer for Our Write Side.
Andy Peloquin–a third culture kid to the core–has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.
When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn’t looked back since.
Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.
David Parvo has to write. So he writes. A lot. Some of it’s good and some of it’s bad. Whatever the case, he starts adding his spontaneity around the third draft. Sometimes he even gets paid for it! Presently he’s marketing Bloody Big Dry Blues, a sorta cozy yet hardboiled character-driven murder mystery set in Central Texas a century ago. You may follow his project on Facebook, Twitter or the website.
He contributes once a month to Our Write Side with a focus on world-building and crafting historical fiction. He is a welcome addition to our team.
Behind the Scenes Support:
Katheryn J. Avila is the Executive Team Leader. She handles all aspects of the book review team from collecting the books to distribution, coordinating monthly emails and assignments, and providing general support to Our Write Side when needed. She also hosts the 5 week writing prompt Friday Flash Fiction Train.
Katheryn is a programmer by day, writer by night. A lover of all things supernatural and helpless romantic at heart, she spends most of her writing time coming up with stories that incorporate at least one of the two. So far, she’s only published one book, but she intends to publish more work in the future. She lives with her boyfriend and hopes someone finds a cure for allergies so they can have pets someday.
Elizabeth Abel joins the Our Write Side staff as a designer and Digital Media Manager. She writes dark fiction, builds our weekly newsletter, and creates the stunning videos you find on our YouTube page. She’s had stories published with Stories R Us magazine, as well as creating their magazine.
Joshua Robertson is the founder of Crimson Edge Press. Our partnership with him and his publishing company has proved lucrative. The support offered by him and his staff has gone a long way to helping us grow and learn. We deeply appreciate everything they do for us. In addition to publishing dark fantasy, dystopia, and historical fiction, they have a regular podcast, a Facebook group, and weekly newsletter catering to writers.
Joshua currently lives in North Carolina with his children. In 1999, he began crafting the world for Thrice Nine Legends, including Melkorka and Anaerfell. He is also the author of the A Midwinter Sellsword and Gladiators and Thieves in the Hawkhurst Saga. His short story, Grimsdalr, is inspired by the tale of Beowulf.
Brandon Soale owns Crab Apple Books, a brick and mortar store operating out of Middletown, Ohio. He lends support to Our Write Side by selling our paperbacks, hosting book signing tours, and more.
Brandon’s background is in education. He graduated from Miami University with a degree in history and social studies education. He worked for the Butler County Historical Society as curator of the Heritage Hall Museum in Hamilton. His goal is to create a place in Middletown where like- minded people can gather to share ideas and learn. He hosts writers workshops, historical exhibits, art programs, book clubs, author signings, and local history lectures. All of which will be free and open to the public.