Meet the Staff
Meet the Staff
Our Write Side Executives:
Amanda Hester is the Chief Executive Officer of OWS Ink, LLC. She is an author, freelancer, and artist who enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She 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 teenagers.
When she is not writing, advocating, or creating handmade items for her Etsy shop, you can find her exploring creeks, mountains, and rivers, playing board games, videos games, and working on various projects. 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, and the creator of the Out of Context writing prompt series. She writes regularly for OWS Ink: Literary Journal.
Heidi Angell is the Chief Financial Officer of OWS Ink, LLC. A bibliophile, lexicomaniac, and wordsmith, when she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys helping fellow authors on their writing adventures. As such, you will see her managing several of our book releases, writing articles on the blog, as well as teaching several of our OWS U courses. Behind the scenes, she manages all the finances and advertising for OWS Ink, LLC as well as throwing in her Jill of Many Trades skills in when needed. She is honored to serve on the board of directors for OWS LLC and help authors dreams come true!
Rebecca Keeler is a full-time author with over a dozen books published under her pen name Rebekah Jonesy. As a former union steward with management and conflict training, she works well as our Chief Operations Officer, and she’s COO with that. A fast reader and a lover of all genres she is also in charge of submissions and publishing schedules for OWS Ink, LLC.
Isa McLaren is our resident Woman of Many Hats and helps with marketing, editing, and really anything we ask of her because she’s awesome sauce like that! As part of her social media initiative, she has created an #OWS777 challenge, which we host monthly, where authors share the seventh line of the seventh page of what they’re working on that month. She enjoys casing museums and luxury condos in her free time. She resides in hot, humid North Carolina with her two burglar cats, John Dortmunder, and Bernie Rhodenbarr. When not trying to ditch a tail, she can be found crafting the perfect cocktail. She is currently working on her first full-length novel for her charming con artist, a character featured in two published short stories.
Julia aka JK Allen is the Chief Education Development Officer, Head Editor, and Head Poetry Editor for Our Write Side. She received her BA in Creative Writing and English from Michigan State University. This means she gets to develop courses to help writers meet their goals and she gets her dirty little paws on all sorts of stories to satiate her reading needs. When not working for OWS Ink, LLC, she does her own writing and also enjoys reading, painting, and drawing. And watching crime shows on TV.
The Amazing Team of OWS Ink, LLC
Katheryn J. Avila Runs the OWS Ink website, managing our book review team from collecting the books to distribution, coordinating monthly emails and assignments, and providing general support to Our Write Side when needed.
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, Eric, and her puppy, Ada.
Stacy Overby is the Facebook Team Leader for OWS Ink, LLC. She admins all our Facebook groups with her fantastic writing prompts and daily activities. She is a regular columnist at ourwriteside.com and her short stories and poems have been featured in multiple anthologies. Her first solo project, Scath Oran: Poetry from the Otherworld, is due out in late 2018. She is the program director for an adolescent dual diagnosis program by day and an author by night. Her day job provides inspiration for many of her stories. When not at work or writing, she and her husband are playing with their son, hiking, camping, or involved in other outdoor activities – if it is not too cold. She, along with her social media contacts, can be found at www.thisisnothitchhikersguide.com.
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 book review team on Our Write Side, leading the sci-fi/fantasy, Christian lit genres, as well as being a monthly content contributor. He blogs daily, writes book reviews, and is a father of two.
Phoebe Darqueling is the pen name of a globe-trotting vagabond who currently hangs her hat in Freiburg, Germany. In her “real life” she writes curriculum for a creativity competition for kids in MN and edits academic texts for non-native English speakers. She loves all things Steampunk and writes about her obsession on SteampunkJournal.org, and gives several lectures annually at conventions. During 2017, she coordinated a Steampunk novel through the Collaborative Writing Challenge called Army of Brass. You can find her short stories in the Chasing Magic and The Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales anthologies so far. Check out her debut novels, Riftmaker (Our Write Side, Ink) and No Rest for the Wicked (Black Rose Writing) coming Spring 2019. Phoebe is an equal opportunity Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly fan, but her favorite pastime is riffing on terrible old movies Mystery Science Theater 3000 style.
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.
Barbara Tyree was born and raised in Lexington, Virginia. She always thought Lexington was boring with nothing to do until she got married and moved to Leesville, Louisiana. After living there for three years she and her husband moved back to Lexington.
She attended Dabney S. Lancaster. She has always had a passion for reading and writing. She loves animals but is allergic to cats. An avid Elvis Presley fan since she could remember as well as Rod Stewart but loves all types of music. Since writing Dangerous Liaisons (releasing in 2018), she has three other novels in the works as well as the sequel.
Thomas Atwood Jr is our Resident Fixer and was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His love of writing was kindled early when his father gave him a copy of The Legends of King Arthur as an Easter present. These presents continued every year and he would devour them all. Soon he was developing further adventures for the characters to go on. When his high school teachers encouraged him to pursue writing, he embarked on a journey that would result in Dauntless, his debut novel.