With a vision for helping others, Amy Atwell has been building communities for goal-oriented authors since she founded WritingGIAM in 2004. In 2011, she received the RWA® Service Award for the scope of her volunteer activities. She honed her organizational skills as a theater production and stage manager, then went on to 15 years of retail management where she specialized in organization and problem-solving. A 2008 Golden Heart® finalist, Amy’s 2010 debut release LYING EYES is a contemporary caper that blends mystery and suspense with love and laughter. She self-published AMBERSLEY in 2011, which hit the Top 100 Books and #1 in Historical Romance on both Kindle and Nook and has since sold 50,000+ copies. If you Google her, please note she’s not the doctor, photographer or West Coast actress. Read more about her on her website.
Kelli is a writer and classically-trained vocalist who earned a Masters of Social Work from Wayne State University and is now studying grant writing. A strong advocate for people with disabilities and minorities, she’s worked the last six years as a Braille proofreader, reading textbooks in every subject and grade level alongside a sighted person, checking for errors, and matching the Braille text with the print. Kelli has been writing for publication for ten years, and is published as Abbey MacInnis by digital presses. She also indie publishes and knows firsthand the tough obstacles and difficult decisions writers face everyday. “My family’s a strong support system. Along with a close circle of friends, composed of both writers and nonwriters, and my now retired guide dog black Labrador Tess. Each gives me their own unique brand of love and support, allowing me to walk my life’s path with confidence. I don’t know where I’d be without them all.”
One of the original founders of Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Kirby holds an MFA in Arts Administration from Virginia Tech. He now divides his computer time between composing music and formatting digital books for Author E.M.S. clients.