Meet our speakers
Panel: Starting and Planning Your Book
C.J. Ellisson is a NYT & USA Today bestselling author who writes urban fantasy, mystery, romance, and has ventured into non-fiction with Plot Your Work, the Writer’s Project Planner and Plot Your Health, a Journey to Wellness Planner. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two teenagers, three dogs and two cats—reporting to love the energetic zoo that’s become their home. C.J. turned to writing in 2009 when she could no longer work outside the home due to chronic illness, and claims the escape of writing fiction helped save her sanity. A self-proclaimed Lupus and Lyme Warrior, she is now working toward getting stronger, putting her Lupus back into remission, and staying healthy. Instead of dozens of pills, IVs, exhaustion, and pain, C.J.’s days are now filled with writing, walking dogs, exercising, eating healthy, and leading a novel-writing club in her daughter’s school. It all leads to a fun-filled, busy day, and she’s incredibly grateful to be so involved in life again.
Dr. Jennifer Jones
Writer and Coach
Jennifer Jones is a writing coach and editor. She trained as a writing teacher while she earned her PhD in English literature at the University of California at Davis. Since then, she has taught a wide variety of people (from first-year undergraduates to successful business owners) to become happier and more productive writers. She regularly blogs about the challenges writers face in the Entrepreneurs’ Writing Club and provides free resources for writers in The Library on her MemberVault page. She also supports writers in the welcoming community of her Facebook group.