An agency like this does not run on the power of any individual. We have an accomplished team of writing experts and business pros who are at the ready to work with members and clients to make their words exceptional.
Gina Edwards – Managing Editor
After years of writing pizza-stained short stories, maxing out her library card limits, and finding painstaking amounts of typos in her yearbook, Gina transported her love of all things wordy to Ohio University, where she studied journalism and Spanish. Since then, she’s traveled the U.S. and abroad, teaching her native language to people who want to learn it (and some who have to), and writing in her snarky blog when she remembers she has it. On her long, sweaty bike rides to work, Gina wonders about the number of cookies she can now reasonably eat, where in the world is Carmen Sandiego, and how she will one day start a company that changes the world.
Current Location: Santiago, Chile
Most Read Book: The Crossroads of Should and Must
Favorite Story to Tell: The Best Prank I Ever Pulled: Or, Saran Wrap on the Toilet Seat Really Does Work! – An Ode to my Older Sister’s Temper
Erika Rasso – Content Producer and Social Media Manager
Erika Rasso graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in English and marketing. She has worked as a writing consultant, an editor for a literary journal, and an editor for an academic journal. She’s currently located in sunny Los Angeles pursuing her dream of working in entertainment, if only she would get off her butt and close Netflix! She is a cat and dog person, because why should we have to chose? And she spends most of her time pouring over television scripts trying to improve her writing.
Current Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Most Read Book: The Harry Potter series
Favorite Story to Tell: When I was in Paris with my parents we were taking a bike tour and I was lagging behind. We were crossing a busy street and a bus turned the corner and hit me! I was completely okay, the bus was going really slow, but I was very mad that the bus didn’t wait for me!
Melody Boggs – Content Editor
Melody Boggs graduated from the University of North Georgia with a B.A. in English, holding a concentration in Writing and Publication. She has worked as a writing center tutor and a content writer and editor for a startup company in Atlanta, along with writing and editing for herself and her friends on the side. She strives to work in the entertainment industry or become a published fiction author (but don’t we all want that in some capacity???). Please don’t talk to her about Batman, Star Wars, or Harry Potter, or your whole day will be shot. Personal weaknesses include any dish with a noodle in it, sincere compliments, really good back tattoos, and morally ambiguous characters (#VillainsAppreciationLife).
Current Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Most Read Book: The Harry Potter series (duh), A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Favorite Story to Tell: I played softball for a good portion of my childhood, and during a game when I was twelve, I went up to bat. We really needed to get a run in, so I was focused on hitting that ball. So focused that I missed the yellow jacket that flew up my pants. Well, wouldn’t you know it, when I went to swing, that jumped-up hurricane of piss and fury stung me right on my ass, and I was gone. Somehow, I actually hit the ball and made it to first, which is where I should have stayed, but you know, my behind was a crash site of hell, so I kept running, thinking I could outrun the pain. The other team didn’t expect me to keep going so — in a panic — they overthrew the ball trying to get me out. I turned a base hit into a home run. Yeah, team. You are welcome.
Ben Barber – Content Editor
Ben Barber holds an M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. He has worked as an instructor in composition at the University of Ottawa, where he is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate. He currently lives on Vancouver Island, where he is enjoying the relaxed pace of west coast living, while slowly (too slowly) finishing his thesis. Ben maintains a childish obsession with his Lego collection, and he currently splits his downtime between crabbing and appreciating the absurdist short stories of Nikolai Gogol.
Current Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Most Read Book: James Joyce’s The Dubliners
Favorite Story to Tell: As a seven-year-old, I was obsessed with living off the land like a backwoods survivalist. On one of my family’s cross country road trips, we took a break at a rural rest stop in Vermont. Among the distractions of getting my younger siblings to and from the bathroom, my parents thought I was in the car and drove off without me. Elated, I took this as my opportunity to start living off the land. I walked back in the woods and began building a lean-to and setting up camp. When my parents came back, my dad knew exactly where to look for me. He was relieved he’d found me. I was a little bit disappointed.
Rosalind Atkinson – Copy Editor
When Rosalind Atkinson was a little kid, her parents had a rule for weekly trips to the library: no more books than you can carry! This was useful advice while completing a BA in Visual Communication Design and a Masters in English. She has worked as a freelance editor and blogwriter, an academic research assistant, a costume illustrator for film, and a (kinda seasick) sailor around the Pacific and Subantarctic. Gloriously unambitious, her home is now a tiny house in the lush far north of New Zealand, where she is saving for an old-school printing press, marvelling at how clever and awesome Nature is, and dreaming of another visit to Japan (for Zen temples AND eating).
Current Location: Northland, New Zealand
Most Read Book: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite Story to Tell: I love telling my sisters the story of how I used to have plasticine voodoo dolls of them (which I actually stabbed with pins!), just to remind them if they’re mad at me that things could be worse. In my defence, I made them some pretty stylish purple glitter plasticine outfits.
Ashley Kruszyna – Writer
Ashley was born and raised in the heart of Detroit, Michigan. With economic and political blight a part of daily life, she learned incredibly valuable lessons of perseverance, tolerance, and street smarts. Always seeking the next adventure, she’s addicted to the feeling of being a “fish out of water” and exploring new, foreign parts of the world. Her passion for writing comes from the ability to share the magic of those experiences with her readers who may never get the opportunity to swim to the other side of the fish bowl.
Current Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, soon to be Southeast Asia
Most Read Book: The Giver by Lois Lowry and the sequel, Gathering Blue
Favorite Story to Tell: On our last day in Phuket, Thailand, my husband (then boyfriend) desperately wanted to take our tiny moped to the top of this incredibly steep mountain road to see a buddhist temple, conveniently called Big Buddha. I did not want to go. I was very scared of the climb and both exhausted and daunted by the 24-hour travel home. I lost the fight and the journey ensued. Not only was it one of the most emotional, mind blowing experiences of my life, my partner of 8 years dropped to one knee and asked me to be his travel buddy for life. I will never forget that Big Buddha as long as I live.
Chris Gordon – Podcast Editor & Audio Engineer
Chris earned his B.A. in Communication Studies from Alfred University. Later working in the Portland, Maine radio market, the best business connection Chris made was Holly the Morning Show Intern, who later went full-time as Mrs. Gordon in 2012. He’s now a professional DJ in the New England area, and was more excited about randomly seeing Stephen Tobolowsky (Google him) at a party he DJ’d than seeing Howard Stern and Chris Rock sitting together 50 feet away from him. He’s also a proud papa to his beautiful daughter, Penelope, and you can frequently catch him alternating between blowing the dust off the rafters in venues and wondering if it’s possible to take a client call while changing a diaper. How Danny Tanner did this with 3 kids without once losing his cool is unknowable.
Current Location: Saco, Maine
Most Read Book: Either The Count of Monte Cristo or Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (which would only be weird if I was still a childless bachelor)
Favorite Story to Tell: On our engagement trip to San Francisco, Holly and I and our mutual friend Brian were walking thru The Castro section of town. Without any warning, a middle-aged, balding, paunchy gentlemen wearing only his glasses, messenger bag, and shoes – and I do mean only that – exited a building and breezed past us on his way to…does it matter where? Anyhoo, a very long 10 seconds passes before Brian whips around and says deadpan, “I don’t know if you noticed or not, but a naked dude just walked past us.”
Elisa Doucette – Founder and Executive Editor
Elisa has worked for over a decade creating compelling content and writing for various businesses and publications. A frequent contributing writer, podcast guest, and event speaker, her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes, Yahoo! Small Business, The Shine Network, The Huffington Post, and Brazen Careerist among others. She spends most of her time consuming unnatural amounts of coffee, tea, red wine, microbrews, bourbon…pretty much anything liquid and delicious. With no home base, she travels the planet looking for great stories to live, interesting tales to share, and new ways to make words sexy. When she’s not drinking her way around the world, she is likely curled up with her Kindle, devouring a new book.
Current Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Most Read Book: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Favorite story to tell: Up to the age of 30, I had never lived outside the state of Maine or traveled further than Canada. Then, I landed a gig that put me on a one-way flight, with a shiny new passport, to live for six months in Bali, Indonesia. In my first three weeks living abroad, I got into a fight at a club, held hostage in a taxi, was robbed, and finally thrown off the back of a motorbike when we were hit head-on – ending in three surgeries on my knee. I managed to power through and have some badass scars to prove it. Been traveling ever since. This is either extreme confidence or complete idiocy. The jury is still out.
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