MEET THE AUTHORS
Dylan is the #1 Bestselling author of Inspired - 7 Steps to Your Most Inspired Life. She is a fitness coach and inspiration leader from Florida who aims to help all women live healthy, happy, inspired lives. A former teacher turned self-made entrepreneur and busy mother of Irish twins under two, Dylan wakes up at 4:30 every morning and lives her life in pursuit of helping women all over the country reach their true potential. She is an absolute inspiration with boundless energy and a healthy appetite for adventure. When she’s not running, reading and adventuring with her family, she is coaching & writing to inspire others.
MEGHAN JOY YANCY
Meghan is a vibrant and talented writer, artist, entrepreneur and blogger. A woman of many passions, she is mostly known for her carefree attitude and endless creative spirit. From raising and homeschooling her six children, navigating an evolving interracial marriage, maintaining a small farmhouse in Minnesota to growing multiple successful businesses from scratch, Meghan does it all! Her book aims to inspire readers to “live for TODAY” by finding joy in the particulars of life. Her book is set to release in 2020 following her family’s cross-country RV travels!
Katie is a passionate mom of three living in Atlanta. She’s been blogging and writing for over a decade as an outlet for authentic storytelling and has spent the last four years building a community of women through vulnerable conversation. Her emotional work on body image and redefining beauty has gone viral globally by way of Good Morning America, CNN, Inside Edition, and more. In 2019 she launched a podcast, “If I’m Being Honest, with Katie Crenshaw” as a way to elevate the voiceless and normalize the human experience by breaking down walls and teaching others that the most important thing in life is to be unapologetically YOU. She is also a mental health advocate and the 2020 Spokesperson for The Blue Dot Project. Katie and Ady Meschke co-authored Her Body Can—a book of self-love and body positivity for young girls is available now on Amazon!
Ady is an Atlanta-based entrepreneur and boy mom living out her dreams as a world-renowned travel blogger of 8 years. The founder of Verbal Gold Blog and Social Gold, she clouts a body positivity message and aims to let women everywhere know that “all ages and sizes should love themselves and feel worthy to live their best life.” She is also the owner of a body-inclusive active wear company that has been featured in Shape and The Today Show, aiming to help all women learn to love the shape of their bodies. More than anything she wants to inspire all women, young or not, to dream their biggest dreams possible and keep trying no matter what—because those dreams, with enough hard work, can absolutely come true. Ady and Katie Crenshaw co-authored Her Body Can—a book of self-love and body positivity for young girls, available now on Amazon!
Mackenzi is an eloquent midwestern blogger and Momma of two who focuses her life on her family, home, work, and holding God at the center of it all. Her role in communications for her local church and on her own blog and social media accounts have taught her a lot about how to maintain a healthy faith-based relationship with social media. Her book, set to release in 2020, aims at helping Mommas navigate the world of Instagram by understanding balance and abiding in God’s word. She believes there is a significant beauty in being able to share our lives and passions with the world through our individual lenses.
Christine is a refreshingly sunny blogger and Mama who aims at connecting a community of Mamas in all stages of life. Her blog and Instagram focus on fresh and fun lifestyle suggestions, sharing her motherhood journey, and gardening tips from her family farm & apple orchard in New York! Christine’s peonies are simply gorgeous….and her thoughtful sharing embodies motherhood at its finest.
Jen is a thirty-something executive assistant from Arkansas with an exquisite and exhilarating story to tell. After growing up in a strictly conservative family, she married very young and started on a path to a life she thought she was supposed to live. What she learned, instead, after surviving a traumatizing divorce, was that life’s beauty lies in the unexpected path God often puts us on. Jen’s mission to share her story with other women experiencing loss and divorce is to prove that the light on the other side…is totally worth it. Her book, Finding Jen, is set to release in 2020.
To learn more about Jen and follow her story, you can find her on Instagram @jen_rochelle
A husband and father of three, Kelly approaches every aspect of his life (whether business or pleasure) with joy and optimism, a thirst for knowledge, and a yearning for personal growth and achievement. An avid reader with a passion for creative writing, he is excited to launch his first early reader's book, Cool Jolly Greg and The Slim Fit Pants in the summer of 2020.
Cool Jolly Greg and The Slim Fit Pants is a fun and reflective look at how the pervasiveness of phones and social media come with many unintended consequences, especially for today's younger generations who have never known any different.
Jason is a director, actor, composer, designer, writer and leader with over 35 years of theatrical experience. He has produced independent theatre to great acclaim over the last 10 years in Jacksonville, FL. Dubbed a “creative conjurer,” three of his latest works include original adaptations from literature: St. George & the Dragon, Peter Pan, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Expedition! He is also known for his solo stage performance of A Christmas Carol in which he portrays twenty-five characters; it is his signature work and is requested and booked each year for special events, benefits, and exclusive performances. He is a professional actor, having portrayed the Grinch and other commissioned works as well as commercial credits for film and television.
Mr. Woods lives in Jacksonville with his wife Krystal and their King Charles Spaniel, Toby. His new book, Tinx Just Stinks & Charlie Doesn’t is a book about kindness with an anti-bullying theme.
Kristin is originally from Vancouver, Canada and now lives in a seaside village on the South Coast of England. Kristin has an established counselling practice, Inspired Soulutions, where she works as a spiritual counsellor and empowerment coach. She has a master’s degree in counselling psychology and spent the formative years of her career working in child psychiatry and mental health services. Kristin’s heart beats a little quicker when she is marvelling at everyday magic, belly laughing with friends, exploring new places, and helping other people enjoy being themselves. Kristin co-authored the forthcoming children’s book, NED: Who Am I, Really? with her long-time friend and fellow world-traveller Nicole Regan. Kristin and Nicole hope to inspire curiosity in children by exploring ideas of spirituality and self-discovery at a young age.
Nicole's most recent move has been from Vancouver, Canada to the jungles of Costa Rica. She is a nurse with an extensive background in palliative care and has supported patients and families in various hospitals and a children’s hospice. Nicole teaches yoga and meditation online and spends her free time creating art, attempting waves, and concocting fabulous new adventures with friends and family. Nicole co-authored the forthcoming children’s book, NED: Who Am I, Really? with her long-time friend and fellow world-traveller Kristin Gattens. Nicole and Kristin hope to inspire curiosity in children by exploring ideas of spirituality and self-discovery at a young age.
To learn more about Nicole and follow her story, you can find her on Instagram @nicolebubbsregan
Breakout children’s book author Cyana Riley was born and raised in Washington DC. She graduated from George Washington University and spent the first 6 years of her career as a preschool teacher. It was during that time when she fell in love with writing and sharing children’s stories.
Cyana is a mother of two biracial children - the inspirations for her book, Not So Different. She lives with her family in Maryland.
ANDREA LYNN PIAZZA
Andrea is the award-winning author of Peter Pan: An Unexpected Adventure. She is also the Artistic Director for Chance 2 Dance Florida, an inclusive and accommodating dance company, as well as a primary therapist for individuals with eating disorders and founder of Inclusive Impact Initiative, an organization dedicated to creating spaces for every-Body. A dancer-turned-social-justice-advocate and devoted daughter, Andrea dedicates each day to improving the lives of others through her creativity and empathy. She is an inspirational force in her community with limitless ideas and passion for her life and others. When she’s not writing, counseling, teaching, and advocating she is traveling and refueling in her Central Florida home.
Andrea co-authored her forthcoming children’s book, Peter Pan in EverLand: An Inclusive Retelling of the Classic Tale with Nicole Warren.
Nicole is co-founder of Chance 2 Dance, an arts effort to embrace a community of limitless dancers, with an inclusive and accommodating dance company studio in Casselberry, FL that specializes in dance classes for varying exceptionalities, special needs, and disabilities. She is also owner of a for-profit LLC dance company, Odyssey Dance Company, that promotes artistic discovery, creative exploration, and quality of technique in the local youth community. In 2018, Nicole created the State of Florida’s First Sensory-Friendly Dance Studio that allows individuals with exceptionalities to reach their unique goals and continued on to form the first competitive special needs performance dance team in the state. Nicole co-authored her forthcoming children’s book, Peter Pan in EverLand: An Inclusive Retelling of the Classic Tale with Andrea Piazza.
Stephanie is a wrangler of two toddlers who writes about her adventures in motherhood, home renovation, fashion, and lifestyle on her blog, Olive and Tate. She works hard to peel back the curtain of social media to provide a place where moms can speak their minds freely. A firm believer in telling it like it is, Stephanie can often be found in the carpool with a coffee in hand, wearing a trusty pair of leggings.
Articles from her blog have been featured on Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Real Simple, Food & Wine, and Southern Living, and her living room was named Pinterest’s Living Room of the Year in the Pinterest Home Awards.
Brooke Markevicius is the Founder and CEO of MOMentum Market, an virtual gig economy of freelance services powered by moms. After getting her Masters in Computer Information Systems from Boston University she went on to work for Postmates and helped to launch their southeast markets. After having her daughter, and experiencing a non-flexible and mom friendly work environment she decided to quit her job and freelance web develop. Three years later, she co-founded a co-working space for moms in Tacoma, WA, which sparked the idea for her current company, MOMentum Market. She is also the host of MOMentum Radio Podcast, mom to Lily (5) & Lukas (2), and married to her soulmate Edgar. Brooke lives in Durham, North Carolina and is currently writing her first book which will come out in 2021.
Sabrina is a mother of two boys who runs a lifestyle blog, Homegrown Houston, as a resource for millennial women and those living with chronic conditions. Her goal is to empower millennial moms and inspire confidence rather than guilt or shame. She is a volunteer mentor and coach for the National Psoriasis Foundation aiming to show those living with psoriatic disease that it is possible to lead a happy, healthy lifestyle. Her writing has been featured in publications including SELF Magazine, SheKnows, Everyday Health, and Heathline.
Sabrina is a recent breast cancer survivor and her forthcoming book is a practical, inspirational lifestyle book for other women living with cancer.
Stephanie Wolfe is a Texas lifestyle blogger and special needs mother. She focuses on sharing with others the possibilities that can be found when leading a life without limits, and strives to find a positive outlook in nearly every situation. Her forthcoming children’s book is based on her special needs daughter, Addie, and aims to normalize conversations and questions about disabilities.
Roger is the #1 bestselling author and illustrator of five books including The Painting Table and My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes. He serves as the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, TX and is a member of the National Association of Grieving Children and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Roger had the privilege of painting with children who witnessed the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, an experience which profoundly affected and inspired him to serve those grieving through his writing and art. In 2014, he received the Governor’s Order of the Silver Crescent Award, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor for exemplary performance, contribution, and achievement in the community. He lives with his wife and daughter just outside of Houston.
Caitlyn is a stay-at-home mom to two wild and rambunctious boys, and wife to her college sweetheart. Her motherhood journey has not only been her greatest joy, but it also reignited her love of writing. She is passionate about sharing the real, raw moments of motherhood, and uniting parents through camaraderie and laughter. Her first children's book is set to release in Fall of 2020. She aims to inspire and support her fellow mothers, while welcoming young readers into a world of magic and kindness. Caitlyn hopes that her journey to becoming a published author will encourage others to pursue their dreams, too. We each have a unique gift to share, and we don't need to silence it or play small because we are parents, or don't have a degree, etc. She wants others to listen to what's on their hearts, and to go for it. Because you never know who needs to hear your story.
Ramsey in a faith and lifestyle blogger based in Little Rock, Arkansas who juggles a full-time job, church involvement, and social media content creation along with her many other hobbies. She is a down-to-earth dog mom with a coffee addiction and a Dolly Parton obsession; her motto is to keep things fun and real, and she is always candid about the messy stuff in life.
Adding author to the many hats she wears, Ramsey’s forthcoming book aims to help young women navigate the growing rate of exposure to graphic content in media. It will touch on the prevalence of pornography in culture, its effect on relationships, and the lack of conversation surrounding it in the church.
LaQuetta is a proud mother and grandmother who believes life’s divine mission is to help uplift and encourage unforeseen potential in everyone. She is a strong-willed woman who has overcome many obstacles in her life with faith, hard work, and unconditional love. Striving to lead as an example of God’s love, LaQuetta hopes to show her children and grandchildren that nothing is impossible. Her forthcoming book, Activated Faith, is slated to release in the fall.
Larry is a proud father of five, a successful small business owner within the commercial and defense sectors, and Chief Technology Officer for a mid-tier defense firm. He currently works with Automotive OEMs and Tier 1 Suppliers to provide embedded electronic solutions for electric and hybrid vehicles, and he also serves as an adjunct professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Oakland University developing graduate courses. He holds multiple patents related to electronics design and connected vehicle technologies. Larry lives in Clarkston, MI and enjoys collecting antiques and folk art, woodworking, fishing, and coaching youth baseball.
To learn more about Larry and follow his story, you can find him on Instagram @larryosentoski
CAROLYN SOTO JACKSON
Carolyn graduated from the University of Houston in 2008 and recently began her Master of Arts in Christian Ministry at Baylor University. She was a photographer for one of the most prestigious studios in Houston for fifteen years and has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers, photographing some of the Who’s Who of Texas. In September 2019, Carolyn began her full-time ministerial work at Tallowood Baptist Church.
Carolyn lives with her husband Daniel and their witty dog, Moose. Carolyn is a high-energy adventurer who is passionate about Jesus. In her free time, you can find her photographing, gardening, or cycling. Writing is her favorite form of worship and she is honored to serve the Lord by sharing what God has put on her heart.
Chrissy is a special education teacher and an aspiring blogger who lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons. She enjoys writing, art, reading, coffee, running, and likes to lead by faith. Embarking on a journey of healing after the loss of her mother, Chrissy hopes to inspire other women and mothers to follow their passion through faith. She is a strong believer that neither age nor motherhood should deter women from chasing their dreams. Her forthcoming memoir is about experiencing life alongside a parent living with terminal cancer.
Lucas Chen, the author of A Boy and the Caterpillar Rescue, is a 9-year-old avid outdoorsman who loves animals, biking, ice skating and fishing. When he isn’t enjoying the outdoors, playing piano, trying new foods and cheering for his favorite Minnesota sports teams with his brothers, he continues to write with the hope of publishing more books in the future.
A Boy and the Caterpillar Rescue is a profound and charming true story of a young boy who rescues a caterpillar from near danger and builds a secret home for him on top of the refrigerator, with the hope of watching it turn into a butterfly without his mother knowing. As he learns to take responsibility and care for his caterpillar, Lucas also learns a significant lesson about life and death and the importance of accepting outcomes we cannot change.