Araceli Casas

is one of Inklings' illustrators and was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Araceli is the illustrator of the award-winning The Smiley Face Blatoon from Inklings Children Division. Araceli received her Liberal Arts degree (with concentrations in Theology and Studio Arts) and a Creative Writing minor from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.  

Through the University of St. Thomas, Araceli took art classes at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas.  She has completed a Post-Baccalaureate degree in Art History at the University of Houston and is currently working towards a Masters in Education for Art Education.  Araceli works mostly with DUO oils on canvas. You can visit her website at:

Johnnie Bernhard

is Inklings Publishing's copy editor and proofreader. A former English teacher and journalist, Johnnie Bernhard's life work has been reading and writing. A published author, her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, both nationally and internationally. She is a graduate of the University of Houston (B.A. Journalism) and Nicholls State University Graduate School (English).

She has written articles and columns for: the Suburban Reporter, Houston, World Oil Magazine, Houston, The MS Press, Ocean Springs Record, Gulfport Memorial Hospital Patient Publications and Word Among Us. She was also published in two anthologies for the Gulf Coast Writer’s Association and the Houston Writer’s Guild.

Mike Brady

is Inklings Publishing's President and Technology Specialist. He works full-time for Alief ISD as one of their Technology Specialist as well.  He has always loved teaching and is an avid reader. 


Karina Sokulski

is Inklings Publishing's Vice President and acquisition editor. An aspiring novelist, who recently graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, she is as avid about writing as she is about promoting the importance of a writing community. Currently, she is working on her first novel series and has published several short stories in online literary magazines. Follow her at:

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Our Mission

Inklings Publishing is a small press organized under a traditional publisher model.  Our goal is to create opportunities for authors to publish work, attend writing workshops and retreats at minimal expense to them, and build dynamic writing careers. We publish the books we would love to read!

Dorothy Tinker 

is Inklings Publishing's primary copy editor and proofreader. She also serves as our formatter for the interiors of our books. She started D Tinker Editing with a love of language and a keen eye for details. As a self-published author herself, she understands the personal nature of any writer’s work and strives to help each client’s words and style shine. Dorothy offers services such as copyediting, proofreading, formatting, and some developmental editing. For more information or a price quote, please contact Dorothy at

Citlalin Ossio

is a Media Production graduate from the University of Houston. She is a 23-year-old Mexican American who loves eating, playing video games, and the Korean culture. Her dream is to write screenplays and have the universe fall in love with pandas.

Inklings Publishing's 2017 Projects:

follows a traditional publisher model.  The books we publish are fully funded by the company.  We provide the full service to ensure the highest quality product for our readers.  

This year we will be publishing:

* Assassin by Ramon del Villar, the long awaited follow up to Payback;

* Meg Hafdahl's first full-length novel, Willoughby

* Our first YA novel, Infirm by Christina Morales;

* Our first comic book written and illustrated by Rosemarie Garza; 

* Lady Nefari's new picture book, Picture Day, Ella!;

* Our first fantasy novel, Tarbin's True Heir by Kelly Lynn Colby. 

We will also release new installments for our two anthology series. For the Eclectic Writings Series, volume 5, Eclectically Heroic will be opening for submissions in March.  For our children's series, Perceptions, we will be opening a call for Bullies this year.

Rosa Maria Garza

is one of Inklings Publishing's illustrators. Currently, Rosa is producing a comic book series authored and illustrated by her to be published in 2017 as the launching point for Inklinger Comics, a division of Inklings Publishing.

Kelly Lynn Colby

is Inklings Publishing's primary acquisitions editor as well as developmental editor for her assigned authors. A huge proponent of community in everything she does, Kelly is a member of the Houston Writers Guild, the Cerulean Project, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, volunteer for SCC Farm equestrian show team, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and volunteer for Klein Oak Marching Band. She loves to work with new writers and watch them grow. Follow her at:

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Verstandt R. A. Shelton

is Inklings Publishing's cover artist. Growing up as a childhood misfit, Verstandt R. A. Shelton wiled away the hours daydreaming of floating in space and sitting at the bottom of the ocean floor. A disquieting obsession for the less beaten paths of philosophical ponderings and environmental extremes led him to stumble into the murky depths of the writerly craft.

You can find him today chained in the back of his closet, with the lights out, a bottle of whiskey in hand, and the ghosts of his inspirations (Stephen King, Clive Barker, Milton, Lovecraft, and Dante) breathing down his neck, writing stories to terrify the world. His lovely wife, Jennifer, and his cat Siouxsie Q worry for his safety.

The Inklings Team

Fern Brady 

is the founder and CEO of Inklings Publishing.  She is also currently serving as CEO of the Houston Writers Guild, a local nonprofit organization. She began her career as a foreign correspondent, taught for 15 years in Alief ISD, and is a full-time Realtor in Houston. Her children's book, The Smiley Face Blatoon, won 1st place in the Texas Author's Association's Contest for Best Picture Book For All Ages. A bilingual version was released last year.  Follow Fern's writing at:

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