Meet the Staff Writers – Our Write Side

Our Write Side community staff writers.

Our Write Side Editors:

Stephanie Ayers is the Creative Executive Officer (CEO) 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 writes content for Blogmutt in her spare time.

You can find a full listing of her works on her Amazon author page.  She shares her writings and life musings on Written. Additionally, she hosts the exclusive Master Class and Fractured Friday writing prompts and hosts writing lessons and advice every Wednesday. She moonlights as the Head Designer for OWS Design.

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A.L. Mabry is the Executive Editor 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, while raising special needs awareness with The Juniper Files, the editor of Raising Voices (our teen scene), and the creator of the chilling Coldly Calculating writing prompt series. She writes regular articles for OWS Ink: Literary Journal.

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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 hosts a ghostwriting column on Fridays with Letters to Casper and is the dedicated designer of OWS Ink: Literary Journal.

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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.

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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.

Eric shares stories from his life and classrooms here on Teacher Tales every Wednesday. He also moonlights as Our Write Side’s exclusive Poetry Editor.

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Our Write Side Columnists:

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.

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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 and more every Monday on Nancy’s Notes. She is also part of the exclusive OWS Design team as an illustrator.

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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, beginning February 2016, on Writing Hijinks. She is also an artist and illustrator for OWS Designs.



Our Write Side Book Review Team:

Missy Sladek-Reviewer

David Wiley- Fantasy/Sci-fi/Christian Lit Reviewer and Site Contributor

Katheryn J. Avila-Romance/Horror/Paranormal Reviewer


Our Write Side Monthly Contributing Writers:

EC Jarvis-Site Contributor

Lilian Oake-Site Contributor