Meet the Writers – Our Write Side

Our Write Side community writers and staff

Stephanie Ayers is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Our Write Side and graphic designer, editor for Mother Spider Designs and Publishing. She is also a full-time world-building ninja, six-time published author, and part-time freelancer from central Virginia, crafting her own story and avoiding growing 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 offers writing wisdom every Wednesday.

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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 Bipolar Tuesday, the editor of Raising Voices (our teen scene), and the creator of the chilling Coldly Calculating writing prompt series.

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Jennifer FitzGerald began working in the book industry in 2008. She has worked with over 500 authors and counting, to help them create a beautiful presentation for their books, with both their cover and interior. She published her first book on cover design in 2011.

Jennifer owns Mother Spider Designs, LLC, a full-service book design company. She also owns Spider Books Publishing, and Black Widow Publishing, two micro-press publishing companies. Her experiences with these three companies and the clients and authors she works with, has lead her to conceptualize the need for IPU; to assist authors who are on the Indie path, in making the best quality books possible.

Jennifer lives with her family in SW Florida. She is a member of the Board at Gulf Coast Writers Association, and she published her second book in 2015. She is a regular speaker at GCWA on the subject of book marketing and has been a guest speaker at other writing events and organizations in Florida.

Author Jennifer FitzGerald writes mostly about her expertise as a book designer here on Jenn FitzGerald Books. She has worked with over 500 authors and counting since she began in 2009.

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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.

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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 and listen to her syntax advice in A Way with Words.

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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, editor, story coach and freelance writer, completely dedicated to the written word in all its many wonderful forms. She hosts the #WOW555 weekly writing challenge on her blog and is working on her own sci-fi series Out from the Delta Shadows.

Once upon a time, she worked as a journalist and community newspaper editor for a small section of the Dallas, Texas Metroplex, specializing as much as she could on promoting the arts and entertainment communities of several small towns. 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 works behind the scenes for Our Write Side as our marketing and social media manager.

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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.

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Marissa Sladek is an avid reader and the chief reviewer for Our Write Side. Originally from central Pennsylvania, Marissa now lives in central New Jersey with her family, which includes 4 boys, a husband, and two cats. Marissa loves baking, cake decorating, and gardening. Marissa is a book review writer for I.D.E.A.L Magazine, a magazine for adults with special needs. She parents a child with a rare genetic change called 16p11.2 duplication and three with autism.

You can find Missy’s book reviews here on Sundays.