Catherine Ryan Howard is a writer and blogger from Ireland and is an extremely successful self-published author. Her first self-published book was a travel memoir titled Mousetrapped: A Year and a Bit in Orlando, Florida published in March 2010 when she failed to find a publisher. She has continued her success with four other self-published titles and has gone on to give advice and share her wisdom with thousands of others through her blog Catherine Caffeinated. Catherine’s blog is not only inspiring but it is also packed with useful and necessary information for all writers of many different genres. You can read more about Catherine, her books, and all of her writing endeavors on her blog.
Jimmetta Carpenter was born and raised in the Prince George’s County Maryland and has had a very big imagination since a very early age. She has been writing poetry since she was in elementary school around the age of ten. Her love of words has allowed her to express herself in ways in which verbally she can not. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and the author of a collection of poetry, The Art of Love under the Pseudonym Gemini, and a novel titled The Diary: Succession of Lies under the Pseudonym Jaycee Durant. She is looking forward to producing two new online magazines, Write 2 Be, and Write 2 Be*Kids, in 2013 under Write 2 Be Media Co.
She is currently working on her third and fourth novels and is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing in your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big.