Post by Arielle Haughee
Tonya Spitler is the author of the Focus Journal The Caregiver's Journal for Avoiding Burnout. She is also a contributing author to the upcoming anthology Along the Shore: Strategies for Living with Grief edited by Cheryl Lynn West. When she isn't writing or reading, Tonya is homeschooling her three tween/teen children. Tonya is a recent transplant to the central Texas area and enjoys exploring her new home with her family. Currently, you can find Tonya at her website www.anovelchoicellc.com or on Instagram @anovelchoicellc or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/anovelchoice/.
Dawn Bourdeau Milstrey is the author and illustrator of The Stone Angel Society, an illustrated middle grade ghost novel (Orange Blossom Publishing, September 2022). First in a series, the book is a collection of spooky short stories with just the right amount of ghosts for young readers. Dawn has been illustrating picture books since 2008 and loves helping other authors bring their words to life with her art.
When she isn’t writing and illustrating, Dawn enjoys painting large scale landscapes and teaching art and illustration at the local college. Dawn lives in a small town in rural New Jersey where she and her husband raised their three amazing daughters. The family shares their home with two cocker spaniels, a pair of birds, several fish...and a few ghosts!
To see more of Dawn’s work, visit her website dawnmilstrey.com, follow her on Instagram @dawnmilstrey or connect with her on LinkedIn!
Jessica L. Beck is a Human Resources Professional who writes about human resources, working parents, lifestyle and health. She lives in FL with her son and husband. https://jessicalbeckwriting.my.canva.site/
Stephania Thompson is an award-winning author, poet, and freelance writer. She published her first full length novel, Woven (Orange Blossom Publishing) in 2022, and is hard at work on book number two. When not writing, working, or running after kids, she enjoys hiking with her doodle pup and a good audiobook. Learn more about Stephania and connect with her online www.stephaniathompson.com
Danielle Hines is the author of the upcoming Sweetwood series (2023) and Without Fear of Falling. She is a freelance writer and editor of both fiction and non-fiction. Danielle makes her home with her husband and their three children just outside of Toronto, Canada. To connect with Danielle online, join her on Twitter where she participates in daily writing challenges, and visit her website:
Lauren Barineau, MPH, CHES, is the founder of Talk More; focused on positive and proactive conversations about sexuality among families. A dynamic facilitator with 15 years of experience as a sexual health professional, Lauren has a depth of experience working with schools, youth, and communities in support of effective sexuality education on local, state, and national levels.
Lauren started Talk More to change the narrative around sexuality conversations in families and communities, making these talks more positive and frequent, less shaming, and integrated seamlessly as a part of every person’s childhood.
Lauren earned her Master’s in Public Health from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and lives and works in Atlanta, GA with two little ones who challenge her to think creatively about this work every day. She can be found at www.talk-more.org
Previously an elementary teacher, Arielle Haughee (Hoy) is a five-time RPLA-winning author and the owner of Orange Blossom Publishing. She is an editor, speaker, and coach. She is the author of The Complete Revision Workbook for Writers, the children’s books Grumbler, Joyride, Pling’s Party, and Sixth Sunday, the editor of the How I Met My Other anthology series, and the creator of the Focus Journal line of journals. She was also honored with the President’s Award from the Florida Writers Association in 2020.
She has a serious reading addiction, fantasy romance her absolute favorite, and loves nothing more than good conversation paired with a good wine. She is surrounded by males at home—a husband, two sons, and an energetic dog—and tries to integrate as much purple and flowers in the house as possible.
I consider myself a lifelong learner and I am pleased to be on this journey of discovery with diverse ideas. My motto is today and reader and tomorrow a leader.
I relish my years of teaching children, adults and parenting our two daughters. My leisure times allows me to help children with disabilities improve the quality of their lives by riding horses in addition to riding myself.
Remember: “Words are to the mind and soul as food is to the body.” Bay Collyns