The

Inklings

Team

"Birthing a Legacy in Words."

Fern Brady

CEO

     is the founder and CEO of Inklings Publishing. She began her professional life as a foreign correspondent, taught for 15 years in Alief ISD, and is a full-time Realtor in Houston. She has published numerous short stories, two children's picture books, a couple of poems, and is excited about the upcoming release of her debut novel, United Vidden, which will be book one in her Alliance in Peril Series. She is an active member of the Houston Writers Guild, with whom she served as CEO for four years, and of Texas Authors Association as well as of Blood Over Texas and Romance Writers of America. 

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Mike Brady

President and Technology Specialist

     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. 

Vice President

JoAnna Jordan

     JoAnna Jordan is a novelist and owner of Degotoga Writing while also serving as the Vice-President of Inklings Publishing and President of Authorology, a Houston non-profit dedicated to serving authors in the development of their craft. She has a Bachelors of Science in History from Methodist University, is a U.S. Army Veteran, and has an extensive background in military and immigration law.

     JoAnna currently serves as an educator in the Houston area while continuing to write books in her free time. Her debut novel, Flowers In Winter, is the first in a seven-book series of contemporary fiction with a focus on healing from trauma. JoAnna will also see her novel, Huldah: Daughter of a King, the first in her young adult fantasy series in print later this year. Follow JoAnna's writing at www.jmjordan.net

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Marketing and Public Relations

Sandy Lawrence

     is an energetic "people person" and works passionately to take her clients’ message to the world. She loves a good story and considers it her responsibility to help people share their story with the world.

     Sandy is a publicist, speaker, author and founder of Perceptive Public Relations. She is number 17 in Houston’s Social Influencers and Perceptive PR is number 9 in Houston’s Public Relations Firms. Sandy is the author of several books, including the Do It Yourself PR Guide and Soar 2 Success in Marketing: 58 Tips to Getting the Word out and Growing your Business

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Formatter

Manon Lavoie

     Born and raised in the French-speaking province of Quebec, Canada, Manon spent her childhood looking forward to her summer vacations at the farm, were a nice escape from the suburbs where she lived. Her first written endeavor was a 200-page handwritten Duran Duran band fiction which she wrote when she was eleven years old. All throughout high school, Martine wrote more band fiction some original work, then she went to write fanfictions in the Star Wars, Buffy and Harry Potter universe. Most of her fanfiction can be found on fanfiction.net.

     Following her viewing of Roswell on Netflix in 2012, Manon wrote book two and three of the Gray Eyes Series, then went on to create the Gray Eyes Series universe in which she has been playing ever since. She writes Young Adult/New Adult contemporary coming-of-age romance with a twist under the pen name of Martine Lewis. Manon is an avid reader and rollerskater. She loves sushi, hot chocolate on a cold day, and the beach. But what she loves above all else is to curl on her chair with her computer and two cats and write more stories for her readers. 

Copyediting

Ashley Conner Editing (ACE)

     Ashley Conner Editing (ACE) partners with book publishers to transform manuscripts into publish-ready masterpieces. Whether enhancing fiction or nonfiction, we strive to have a positive impact on the reading experience for all who encounter books which have gone through our editing process. So with each project, ACE is driven to provide clients with premium quality service and professionalism. We are passionate about the craft of editing and love polishing content to reveal radiant gems, while maintaining each storyteller’s unique voice and creative style.

Copyediting

Ann Kellett

     has more than three decades of experience as a professional editor and writer, in the business world with several agencies and a university in Texas, and in the freelance world (much more fun!) at annkellettediting.com. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Hendrix College and graduate degrees from Texas A&M University. When she’s not working, she’s doting on her cats or traveling, preferably on the back of her husband’s motorcycle in the Hill Country or Big Bend regions of Texas, or the mountains of Arkansas.

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Developmental Editor

Andrea R.D. Parrish

     was born in Rhode Island and grew up on the East Coast.  She enlisted in the U.S. Navy right out of high school, where she worked as a Construction Mechanic for 14 years.  After her medical discharge, she went to Purdue University and majored in Elementary Education with a minor in Computer Education.  After 19 years as a teacher, Andrea is now retired and ready to start her third career as a Developmental Editor and Author for Inklings Publishing.  She lives on a ranch in East Texas with her husband, son and their animals.  

Developmental Editor

Steph Matthiesen

     is an energetic "people person" and works passionately to take her clients’ message to the world. She loves a good story and considers it her responsibility to help people share their story with the world.

     Sandy is a publicist, speaker, author and founder of Perceptive Public Relations. She is number 17 in Houston’s Social Influencers and Perceptive PR is number 9 in Houston’s Public Relations Firms. Sandy is the author of several books, including the Do It Yourself PR Guide and Soar 2 Success in Marketing: 58 Tips to Getting the Word out and Growing your Business

Cover Artist

Arthur Doweyko

     As a PhD scientist, Arthur invented novel drug design software and shares the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for the discovery of Sprycel, an anti-cancer drug. He writes science fiction and fantasy, and designs book covers. Novels: Algorithm (2010 RPLA) and As Wings Unfurl (Best Pre-Pub Sci-Fi 2014 RPLA); Anthology: My Shorts (13 short stories, pub 2017). Many of his short stories (more than 25) have garnered awards, including Honorable Mentions in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Competition. HIs artwork has also netted Honorable Mentions in the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future contests. He has published a variety of book covers and internal illustrations.

Cover Artist

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 dog, Joan Jet, worry for his safety.

Illustrator

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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.

Illustrator

Rosa Maria Garza

Rosa Maria Garza is a freelance illustrator. Since the minute she could pick up a pencil, she has drawn nonstop. Her current projects include Landen’s Library with Inklings Publishing and the Peanut Butter and Jam series with Swipe Publishing as well as her own comic series Aztec Rising. When she’s not drawing and writing, she enjoys sewing and crocheting. She lives in Houston TX with her son and husband. You can follow her on Instagram @artistrmgarza or Facebook Facebook.com/artistrmgarza  .

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Webmaster and Graphic Designer

Karina Sokulski

     Karina graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. She is as avid about her writing as she is about promoting the importance of a writing community. Karina loves to spend her days writing along to lo-fi beats and sipping a nice hot cup of tea. When not writing, she uses her talents through her business, Bookish Promotions, to help her clients realize their own artistic designs.

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Trailer Director & Editor

Mike Sims

     Since his teenage years, Mike Sims has been the ultimate story-teller, creating written works of art of all types. He has built a following on social media entertaining people with his never-ending and unique brand of humor. Working tirelessly behind the scenes writing jokes for morning radio personalities to professional comedians.

     Mike's work has caught the attention of Hollywood producers and marketing professionals across various industries from commercials to infomercials and everything in between. His passion for storytelling has led him to publish his work and bringing what he hopes is helpful and entertaining literature to the world. 

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