OUR STAFF

Timothy Jacobs

Timothy Jacobs was born and raised in the New Haven area of Connecticut and now spends his time in New York, New Hampshire, and Florida living and working out of his Class A Motorhome with his fiancé. He has written and published ten books and numerous articles for various newspapers and magazines, including Gulf & Main magazine; Lighthouse Digest; Florida Weekly newspaper; and Connecticut Nutmegger. He is currently working on five fiction novels, three of which are slated for publication in 2019. 

He is the past president and Corporate Board member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association. He is the founder and former editor for Patriots of the American Revolution magazine; former newsletter editor for the Sons of the American Revolution Caloosa Chapter; former news reporter for Shore Publishing, LLC; and has taught classes on conducting research, writing, and publishing.

 

JWC has been a long time goal of his and he's excited to share his experience and help you get published. 

CEO / Owner

Kathleen "Kat" Rice

Kathleen grew up in Boston and moved to Southwest Florida fifteen years ago where she found employment at a swamp (literally). Although she loved working for the National Audubon Society and having alligators as co-workers, she recently took a leap of faith and left the swamp to work for JWC Publishing.

 

Because Kathleen decided not to be the knitting kind of grandmother, she followed her passion and writes children’s stories in which her grandchildren are the main characters. With six granddaughters this keeps her fairly busy. Along with children stories she enjoys writing horror but as a general rule tries not to mix up the two.

 

Kathleen feels a writer should never stop learning and continues to explore new genres. Despite her full schedule, she is always thrilled to help emerging writers.

Co-Owner, Social Media, Ghostwriter

Karen Auriti

Karen Auriti - Raised in a New England college town, Karen comes from a family of readers. Her father, a university professor, was a perfectionist and multi-published author, and Karen inherited his perfectionism in terms of the written word.

 

Karen holds a B.A. from Allegheny College. She composed and edited business correspondence in the course of her employment, and for five years wrote a monthly newsletter for parents at the school her children attended. Her first novel, an historical romance titled Learning to Waltz, was published in 2013 (written as Kerryn Reid). She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Gulf Coast Writers Association in Fort Myers, Florida, where she's lived for 30 years – long enough to feel like a native.

Editor/Proofreader

Jennifer Christiansen

Jennifer Christiansen is an instructor of psychology and English, holding an MS degree in Psychology and an Ed.S. degree in Higher Education and Adult Learning. Her academic research focused on senior citizens and pet therapy. In addition to helping those with stories bring their adventures into print by serving as proofreader, editor, and ghostwriter, Jennifer also enjoys writing for children and adults. She is the author of a picture book entitled Saucy's Taste of Paris and a young adult novel called Lyla's Song. An active volunteer at facilities of Lee Memorial Health System, she and Heidi, one of her two miniature schnauzers, serve with Therapy Dogs, Inc. In addition to writing, teaching, and volunteering, she owns a Cruise Planners travel agency. In her free time, Jennifer reads, travels through America and Europe, enjoys film, theatre, photography, fine dining, running, agility training with her dog, and paranormal investigation. And yet, living by the beaches of Fort Myers, Florida, she finds time for breathing the sea air and taking sandy walks with her husband and pets at sunset.

Editor/Proofreader

Daron Christopher

Daron Christopher is an experienced speechwriter, copywriter and communications consultant based in Washington, DC. He brings a wealth of experience in ghost writing and editing for a wide range of clients, including entrepreneurs and senior government officials. He specializes in helping authors ensure that their authentic voice is communicated on the page and has an eagle-eye for making any text shine. 

Editor/Proofreader/Ghostwriter

Samantha Esterly

Samantha Esterly - was born and raised in Maryland, where she currently resides with her husband, son, and two crazy dogs. She has always had a love of language and literature which led her to be an avid reader and write poetry at a young age. She also enjoys photography and baking.

 

Samantha attended the University Of Maryland Baltimore County, graduating with a degree in English Literature and a teaching certificate for Secondary Education. She returned to her former high school and taught English for four years and was yearbook editor. Since leaving teaching, she divides her time between her family, freelance editing, and photography.

Editor/Proofreader

Natasha Gaiski

Born and raised in Michigan, Natasha earned her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from Michigan State University with a focus on Editing and Technical Writing. While still in Michigan, she edited an author's technical publications for both the consumer and professional side of the automotive industry.

 

For Natasha, editing involves the ability to notice and correct the smallest details for a polished and professional document. As a self-proclaimed practical writer, she is excited to be a part of the JWC team. If you are looking to have a book or technical manual edited, she'd love to help you out!

 

Natasha currently resides in Fort Myers, Florida. In her free time, she browses Pinterest, reads new books, and enjoys the luxury of living in a tropical paradise.

Editor/Proofreader

Denise Holbrook

Denise Holbrook - began her writing career as a writer/photographer/editor for a weekly newspaper chain in the Lake Okeechobee region of Southwest Florida, covering everything from anniversary celebrations to investigative pieces on trust fraud and illegal activity in the fishing tournament industry. She quickly learned how to research and write compelling stories, whether covering a rodeo or a drug plane crash. Her editorial columns for the Lehigh Acres Citizen and in Gulf Coast Woman ran the gamut from political commentary to the ups and downs of raising a family. She was privileged to publish character profiles of some of Lee County's most interesting citizens. She is the author of Doors, a children's book.

 

She believes there's a great story in everything, if you tell it right. Denise was honored to receive the first place award for fiction in the Gulf Coast Writers Association 2012 writing contest.

 

Whatever your story or writing project, she'd love to help you bring it to life.

Editor/Proofreader

Courtney Johnston

Courtney was born and raised in New Jersey and now resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has an MA in English and Professional Writing from the University of Indianapolis, where she also serves as a faculty graduate tutor, helping hundreds of graduate and post-graduate students edit, enhance, and refine their writing. Courtney's writing has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, and she has also written extensively for The Culture Trip, Best Reviews, and Only In Your State. 

 

When she's not chasing down another story, you'll find her catching up on the pile of books beside her bed, playing with her two cats, enjoying live music, or exploring downtown Indy.

Editor/Ghostwriter

Carissa Lourcey

Carissa Lourcey - was born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Journalism and a Master of Arts in Teaching from University of Maryland University College. She volunteered as the editor and news director of her community newspaper for two years. She has tutored children in reading and writing. Not only is she adept at editing, but she also enjoys writing poetry and has published her own book, "When Willows Weep." 

Editor/Proofreader

Joanne Machin

Joanne Machin lives in the greater Seattle area with her beloved husband and their dog, Oliver, a spunky, two-year old Welsh terrier. Joanne studied literature and creative writing at the University of Washington during her undergrad, and then went on to complete her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy at Portland State University. She enjoys a cup of good espresso, taking Oliver to the dog park, and practicing yoga. People have described her as “fierce,” “an Energizer bunny,” “multi-passionate,” and “a firecracker.” In her free time, she thinks a lot about social justice issues and how she can make the world a better place through building deep, authentic relationships with other people.

Editor/Proofreader

Don Manley

Don Manley was born and raised in suburban Pittsburgh and now resides on Marco Island, Fl. He is a graduate of Point Park University in the Steel City where he received a degree in Journalism & Communications.

Don has written for a variety of newspapers over the years, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Wilmington News-Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer and in Florida, the News-Press, Florida Weekly and the Marco Island Sun Times. He has also had stories published in a variety of magazines.

Along the way, Don has been fortunate to garner a number of awards for his work, including:

  • First place in the Keystone Press Awards for news coverage in the weekly category

  • First place for best reporting of local government affairs in the West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest

  • Second place in the Florida Better Weekly Newspaper Contest for arts, entertainment and review reporting

  • Second place from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Award for public service reporting.

  • Second place United Press International Ohio Newspaper Award for best news series.

Today, Don is a freelance writer for an assortment of publications, in addition to his assignments with Jacobs Writing Consultants, LLC. And of course, he has his eyes set on publishing a novel, which will be his first.

Proofreader/Ghostwriter

Gary McLouth, D. A.

Gary McLouth has published short stories in The Red Rock Review, The Cimarron Review, ELM, Studio One, Limestone,Minnetonka Review, The Baltimore Review and others. Poetry has appeared in Adirondack Life, Blueline, Emerson of Harvard,The International Poetry Review, Buckle &, and others.

 

Natural Causes and other stories published by West Main Productions, and Gary’s second collection of short fiction, Do No Harm are available on Amazon.com in standard print or eBook format. Gary has co-authored Men and Abortion with Arthur B. Shostak, edited A Man Named Nebraska, Guilty Without Trial, and a number of other book-length manuscripts. TV scripts supporting shows on Culture TV, “Media Matters” on the Ion TV network. Gary co-founded Todays Authors, a studio talk show recorded for broadcast on its own You Tube channel as well as TV aired as a public affairs offering in Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo, NY.

 

Gary is the President of the Gulf Coast Writers Association, a member of the Sanibel Writers Group #3, a participant in the Poetry Alliance, a featured poet in the Art Poems Project and a reader in programs sponsored by Big Arts on Sanibel Island. Other associations have included: The New York State Writers Institute; The Foundation for Mental Health; Poets & Writers; the Association of (college) Writing Programs.

 

Gary earned a Doctor of Arts in English at SUNY Albany where he won the President’s Distinguished Dissertation Award forDeath and Other Frustrations. A Professor Emeritus at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. He has been an adjunct English professor at Florida South Western State College (formerly Edison State College) in Fort Myers since January, 2011.

 

Professional experience as an arts administrator, college administrator, speech writer, MC for non-profits, writing consultant and independent video producer contribute to Gary’s ability to serve the various needs of potential clients.

Editor/Proofreader/Ghostwriter

Kristina Mullenix

Kristina grew up in the red clay soil of Alabama, writing stories and poems beneath the shade of giant oak trees. A 2004 graduate of Mount Mary University (Milwaukee, WI), she holds a B.A. in History. After some time teaching, she rediscovered her love of words and began work as a freelance editor. She has worked with a variety of self-publishing authors, small publishers, and writing groups. Her favorite genre is historical fiction, but also loves stories that have a positive message and that warm the heart. 

Editor/Proofreader/Ghostwriter

Joanne Tailele

Joanne Simon Tailele, a mid-west girl from Youngstown Ohio, wrote her first short story at the age of ten in blue colored pencil. For most of her life, writing was private, for her own enjoyment and therapy as piles of short stories and poems accumulated in a fire-proof metal box.

 

Joanne practiced real estate in Ohio, Virginia and Florida. She was awarded the “Rookie of the Year Award” her first year in the business and continued a successful 25 year career until her retirement at the end of 2014.

 

Joanne originated and wrote the book review column, “Book Remarks” for the Coastal Breeze Newspaper for 13 months. She published her first novel, ACCIDENT, in 2012 and her second novel, TOWN WITHOUT MERCY, in 2013. She writes contemporary women’s fiction which pose moral questions to her readers.

 

She is the past president and current secretary and webmaster of Marco Island Writers Inc. and ghostwrites for Jacobs Writing Consultants, LLC. When not writing, she enjoys life from her beachfront condo, golf, and traveling to four states to visit her nine grandchildren.

Editor/Proofreader/Ghostwriter

Emily Yorgey

Emily Yorgey has loved reading all her life, so it is no surprise she now has a passion for editing. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in Spring 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing.

In addition to working with Jacobs Writing Consultants, Emily is a regional writer and reviewer for the website BroadwayWorld for the Fort Myers and Naples area. Emily also works for The Eventful Company, where she is responsible for Eventful’s blog and social media pages, in addition to working at many events. In her free time, she thoroughly enjoys baking, photography, and attending local theatre productions.

Editor, Proofreader, Ghostwriter

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