Meet the writers behind the community
Stephanie Ayers is the executive editor of My Write Side, and consulting editor for Eat Sleep Write. 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.
A.L. Mabry is also the executive editor of My 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.
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.
Samantha Borthwick is an author and independent freelance writer. Before focusing on her writing career, Sam worked as a paralibrarian for nearly five years with a heavy focus on customer service and satisfaction.
Reading and writing are her true passions, though, so when presented with opportunities to pursue a freelance-oriented career, she began writing and editing full-time.
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.
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 My Write Side as our marketing and social media advocate.