Maya Stokley

Maya Stokley is a 3rd year student, majoring in Journalism and minoring in Women & Gender Studies and Creative Writing at Rutgers University. She has written for the Daily Targum and the Garnette Report. You can check out Maya’s work on LinkedIn.

Kyle David

Kyle DavidKyle David is a 3rd year student, majoring in English and minoring in Education, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. You can find Kyle on Linked In.

Kristin MeekhofKristin Meekhof

Kristin A. Meekhof is co-author of the best-selling book, A Widow’s Guide to Healing. Meekhof is also a licensed master’s level social worker, wellness coach, and advisor to some of the world’s most influential people in media and politics.


Charlotte Seaberry

How to Write a Book Contributor, Charlotte SeaberryCharlotte Seaberry is a graduate of Brown University and completed most of her interviews on “how to write a book” in her junior and senior years.  She majored in Literary Arts with Honors in Fiction Writing. She has an interest in both writing and the publication process, having experience in transcribing, proofreading and copy-editing manuscripts for publication. She is available for editing manuscripts. Email Charlotte Here.

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman headshot (1)Jane Friedman has worked in the publishing industry for 20 years. In addition to running her award-winning blog at, she publishes the essential industry newsletter for authors, The Hot Sheet.


Simon Golden

Simon Golden, Writer, Editor, Book CoachSimon Golden stumbled into the book writing industry after receiving his PhD in organizational psychology in 2018. Since then, Simon discovered his passion for helping authors write and publish non-fiction books, particularly in the areas of business and psychology. Simon found his knack for helping authors produce award-winning books with quality publishers and has won awards for his own publications. Simon is available for coaching, ghostwriting, and research support and can be reached through his website.

Janice Harper

Janice Harper Book Coach, EditorJanice Harper is a writing coach and ghostwriter who has worked with a range of nonfiction writers in the healthcare and mental health fields to turn their stories, ideas and expertise into books. She has been a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Psychology Today and is the author or ghostwriter of over 15 nonfiction books and memoirs. She can be reached through her website,

Colleen Moriarty, MS

Colleen Moriarty, MS, is an author, freelance magazine writer and public relations professional living in Connecticut.

Kendall Rankin

How to Write a Book Contributor Kendall Rankin, author interviewerKendall Rankin is an accounting major at the University of Rhode Island and does the bookkeeping for our business. Kendall has a passion for reading and storytelling. Through her high school career, she wrote for her high school newspaper and in her spare time. She believes that storytelling is an important skill in any line of work. The ability to properly explain a situation, a project or experience is a powerful tool to engage an audience. Kendall is also a sister of Alpha Xi Delta and numerous honor societies. Now, she writes a blog about Walt Disney World to share her amusements, advice and adventures.

Betty J. Cotter

BettyBetty J. Cotter is the author of the novels Roberta’s Woods (Five Star, 2008) and The Winters (Swamp Yankee Publishing, 2012), as well as four books of local history published by Arcadia. Named the 2006 fiction fellow by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, she holds an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College and a B.A. in public affairs/journalism from Keene State College. After 30 years in journalism, including 14 years as editor of the South County Independent, she left newspapers in 2012 to teach college writing full time. She is an adjunct instructor in the Journalism and Writing & Rhetoric Departments at the University of Rhode Island and in the English Department at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Conn. Besides helping to organize the Authors on Main series at Contemporary Theater, she teaches writing to adults through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at URI. Her work has appeared in The Providence Journal, The Day newspaper of New London, Conn., Grace magazine, and the Ocean State Review. She maintains a blog at

Stuart Horwitz

How to Write a Book Contributor Stuart Horwitz, editor, writerAs founder and principal of Book Architecture, Stuart has spent over fifteen years helping writers become authors, signing with top literary agencies, sealing deals with coveted publishing houses, or forging a successful path through indie publishing. Book Architecture’s clients have reached the New York Times best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields.

Olivia Edwards

Olivia Edwards InterviewerOlivia Edwards grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Swarthmore College. After serving in Americorps at an educational nonprofit, Olivia earned a master’s degree in Education at University College London.

Will Black

I’m Will Black. Pleased to meet you. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot happening on this 8,000-mile-wide sphere we’re all stuck on together. There’s plenty going on in each 22.5 inch wide sphere that rests upon a human being’s shoulders, too. I’ve heard every broken record that plays in my own personal 22.5’’ sphere. Writing, for me, is an opportunity to smooth over the ticks and pops on those records, and an effort to understand and lend expression to the myriad phenomena going on in everybody else’s little sphere. If I do that work properly, our ride through space on this big blue sphere should be a little more worthwhile, or at least a little more tolerable. Connect with me on LinkedIn.

Maila Erikson

Malia Erickson is a junior Writing and Rhetoric, and German major at the University of Rhode Island with a minor in Italian. Language fascinates Malia and she looks forward to a career centered around the language arts and cross-cultural understanding. Malia enjoys writing creative non-fiction and has experience conducting and transcribing interviews. In her free time, Malia practices yoga and Tai Chi, and enjoys baking cakes from scratch, a hobby she also blogs about. In her final year of college, Malia is looking forward to working with Lisa Tener on author interviews, as well as her position as a teaching assistant for a travel writing class at URI.

Howard Van Es

How to Write a Book Contributor Howard VanEsHoward VanEs is President of Let’s Write Books, Inc., a company specializing in providing self-publishing services to indie authors including editing, book designaudiobook creation, and book marketing services. Howard has written twenty-five books of his own, many of which have been number one in their respective categories on Amazon.

Chris Kennedy

A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris’ stories include the Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies and stories in the Four Horsemen military scifi series. Get his free book, Shattered Crucible, at his website.
Chris is also the author of the award-winning #1 bestseller, Self-Publishing for Profit: How to Get Your Book Out of Your Head and Into the Stores. Called “fantastic” and “a great speaker,” he has coached hundreds of beginning authors and budding novelists on how to self-publish their stories at a variety of conferences, conventions, and writing guild presentations, and he has published six authors under various imprints of his Chris Kennedy Publishing small press.
Follow Chris on Facebook and on Twitter.

Norelis Moscoso

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetNorelis Moscoso is a Public Relations and Communications double major at the University of Rhode Island. She has interned for The Autism Project as a Social Media Developmental Assistant and has grown some expertise on the non-profit hustle.  She is currently a junior and is excited to begin her journey helping Lisa Tener with any future projects. Norelis is an overachiever, travel enthusiast and seeks adventure of any kind. She enjoys working in a creative environment with people that help her grow along the way. With her passion for writing, Norelis is excited to see where the next two years at URI and working along side passionate contributors take her. You can find her on twitter: @Norelis_moscoso and email her directly:

Reilly O’Hearn

Reilly O'HearnReilly is a journalism major at the University of Rhode Island.  She spent the last three years attending school in Beijing, China.  While in China, Reilly completed a yearlong internship working as a teacher’s assistant in first grade.  Reilly loves to read, practice yoga, travel and enjoys cooking. A sister in Kappa Delta Sorority, Reilly is also a vegan and is dedicated to good health and sustainability.

Tara Callaghan

Tara Callaghan is a Sophomore at University of Pittsburgh, where she is studying Public and Professional Writing. She is working on several exciting projects for Book Coach, Lisa Tener, including author interviews, creating and editing videos, developing social media images and more.

Laura Fredericks

Laura FredericksLaura Fredericks is a 2nd time entrepreneur, an advocate for self published and indie published authors, and is passionate about getting great books in front of their perfect audiences. She is the founder of Describli, a new site that lets readers and writers connect directly through great writing. You can find her on twitter @describli and at

Ginger Moran

novelist Ginger MoranA teacher, published writer, and single mom of two boys,  my areas of expertise are in fiction and creative nonfiction writing, editing, and creative survival.  I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in Literature and Creative Writing and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from the University of Virginia. I have published in, Oxford American, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Feminist Studies among other journals and magazines. My first novel, The Algebra of Snow, was nominated for a Pushcart Editor’s Choice Award and was published in the spring of 2012. I am a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach and a KMCC Creativity Coach. I teach fiction and memoir writing at the university level and with private clients. Find me at

Dr. Serena Travis

serena travisDr. Serena Travis, host of the uplifting High Road podcast, has always had an interest in journalism and keeping people informed. She started a newspaper in grammar school and again at a junior college. Serena switched from print to podcasting and has produced hundreds of podcast episodes covering a variety of topics since 2011. Connect with Serena on Twitter: @serenatravis and @HighRoadTravis

Janine Squillante

janine squillante photoAs a public relations major at URI, Janine learned hands on how to communicate effectively in various business situations, blog, write press releases, create a marketing plan (which earned an A+) and more. She has interned with Lisa Tener at Write Your Book, and served as Assistant Event Coordinator at Whispering Pines Conference Center. She is seeking a position in Public Relations or Event Management.

Dylan Klempner

dylanDylan Klempner is the author of 31 Days to a More Creative You. He believes that creative play is an essential part of our wellbeing. His creativity advice and artist profiles have appeared in publications across the country. He has two MFA degrees, one in Interdisciplinary Art and one in nonfiction writing. He also has a BS in Entrepreneurial Studies. He is a writer-in-residence in the Arts In Medicine program at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital, and coedits the non-fiction literary e-zine, In addition to writing, he enjoys oil painting, drumming, and discovering new art forms as much as he enjoys working with others to maximize their creative potential.  He blogs about art and creativity for health and well-being at Sign up for Dylan’s free 31 day Creativity Course in the right sidebar.

Rosalind Michahelles, D.Soc., Certified Holistic Health Counselor

rosaliindAfter a long career in education — which included teaching expository writing, as well as administration, research, and student counseling – Rosalind started a private practice in Nutrition Counseling in 2007 in Cambridge, MA.  Clients come for help with losing weight, relief from chronic conditions through diet, and information about using nutrition to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and cancer.  She first met Dominick Jones in Boston in 1992.

Lynda Monk

author lynda monkLynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is a Registered Social Worker, Certified Life Coach and founder of Creative Wellness– where writing, well-being and transformation meet. She regularly speaks, coaches and teaches about the transformational and healing power of expressive writing for individual and collective well-being. Lynda is the author of Life Source Writing™: A Reflective Journaling Practice for Self-Discovery, Self-Care, Wellness and Creativity, as well as the co-author of Writing Alone Together: Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection She is currently working on her next book entitled Wild Abandon: An Adoptee’s Memoir.  Access your copy of Lynda’s free Writing for Wellness Getting Started Guide