Meet the Savvy Crew
Liz Pelletier, Co-Founder, Webmaster, Community & SavvyU Coordinator
When not wrangling her twelve year old twins, Liz is busy wrangling new features, events and opportunities for Savvy's members. She also serves in various other writing organizations including as the former Webmistress & Board member of the FF&P chapter of RWA® and the current President of the Colorado Romance Writers chapter of RWA®. Liz has spent the last four years as a freelance editor and author as well as teaching workshops, both online and in-person, and writing articles on Self-editing, Deep POV, GMC, and a variety of other craft subjects.
Sharon Pickrel, Co-Founder & Workshop Coordinator
A Clinical Research Associate at University of Cincinnati by day, Sharon spends her evenings and weekends setting up workshops for Savvy Authors as well as several RWA® Chapters such as Passionate Ink, FF&P and several others.
Dawn McClure, Administrative Assistant and Newsletter Editor
A multi-published author of paranormal romance, Dawn McClure can often be found at her desk plugging away at a WIP or performing her duties as SavvyAuthors Administrative Assistant and Newsletter Editor. Either way, she can rock both jobs in her PJs. Her weekly article, Sh!t My Muse Says, can be found every Monday here at Savvy. She lives in BFE South Dakota with her husband and two PRE-TEEN daughters (had to caps that for emphasis).
Melinda B. Pierce, Membership Director & Moderator Co-Coordinator
Melinda B. Pierce didn’t want to be an author when she grew up. In fact, she wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer, and once the show was taken off the air, she decided being the female counterpart to James Bond would do. Reality set in, as it often does when a child grows up, and after a stint as a Military Police Officer for the United States Army, she transitioned to an Intake Coordinator for a social services office, and finally after obtaining her paralegal degree, settled into being a real estate paralegal at a law firm. While each of these careers were rewarding in their own way, she still felt she was meant to do something more. So, she opened up her laptop and began writing. Now she can’t stop. Melinda is a member of the International Association of Aspiring Authors, St. Petersburg Association of Aspiring Authors, and a volunteer editor for Mezzo Magazine, a short story e-zine. She currently resides in sunny Florida with her family.
Qolette Jackson, Newsletter Associate Editor
Katy Upperman, Administrative Assistant
Katy is a writer of both paranormal YA and contemporary YA fiction. She lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier, in the very green Pacific Northwest, with her soldier husband, adorable three-year-old daughter and two delightfully eccentric dogs. A former elementary school teacher, she now devotes her days to her daughter, the craft of writing, and reading great YA literature. She is a member of YALitChat and the SCBWI, as well as the wonderful Savvy community.
Anastasia V. Pergakis, Moderator Co-Coordinator
Anastasia is a high fantasy author, mostly. She also writes Sci-Fi, Urban fantasy, and mystery novels. Her main novel, The Faery’s Tale is a three part series, a high fantasy mixed with action/adventure and romance. She also writes dark poetry and the occasional twisted or humorous short story. Besides writing, Harley also loves reading, reviewing, and web design. Her biggest passion is “The Writer’s Academy”. Open now for a year, it is a great place for writers to learn more and grown in their skills. She is currently working on moving it to its own web page so that more authors and writers can participate.
Jus Accardo, Pitch Wrangler & Workshop Moderator
A writer of YA urban fantasy and YA paranormal, she shares a house in the boonies of upstate NY with her husband, an opinionated German Sheppard, strange narcoleptic Akita, and a baby Duck! She's represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Merlyssa Cormack, Blog Tour Wizard Director & Workshop Moderator
Merlyssa writes erotic paranormal and contemporary as well as some epic fantasy.
LD Madison, Workshop Moderator
Amy Catlin, Workshop Moderator
An aspiring romance author and avid reader, Amy is happiest when she's “into” a good book. Her love for sharing books led her to find satisfaction and success helping publishers and authors grow their brand. Raised in Nebraska, Amy now resides in Northeastern, Ohio. A newly-wed, she shares her life with her soul-mate, their four children, and a Great Pyrenees puppy named Huck Finn; who, like his namesake, is intent on making every day a great adventure.
Jeanie Ryan, Workshop Moderator
Sharon King, Workshop Moderator
Jenn, Workshop Moderator
An introvert since childhood, Jenn’s first friend was books. After opening her first “Fear Street” by R.L. Stine, she was hooked on the spooky, paranormal world and decided to try her hand at writing darkly and weird stories, which often featured her friends and enemies as the main characters.
After combining her passion for writing and her love for sports, she spent five years at the local newspaper as a Sports Reporter – where she met her eventual husband during a routine interview. When the newspaper disbanded, she took a different career route and trained to be a dental hygienist, taking a few years off from writing. She was bitten by the writing bug again three years ago and has been busy pounding on the keyboards in the late evenings (after hockey practice) creating the dark world of her paranormal/urban fantasy romances, which she hopes one day will make it to publication. Her brain boosts of creativity most present themselves while she sits in front of the television listening to a NHL or NFL game in the background. Jenn lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, crazy boxer dog and fat cat.
Donna Shields, Workshop Moderator
Donna's a full time motorcycle repair shop owner by day. She spends her evenings writing romantic suspense. Between her husband and her, they have seven children.
Ally Carter, Workshop Moderator
Allyson resides in the beautiful mountains of southern West Virginia with her loving husband and four wonderful children. As a stay at home mom and family taxi driver, she still finds time to write about the alpha heroes and strong-willed heroines who keep her imagination running wild.
Greta G, Workshop Moderator
Greta is a lover of all things romance. She is an aspiring romantic suspense author. She is a member of Savvy Authors and She Writes communities. Greta participated in Kiwi Writer's Southern Cross Novel Writing Contest 2009, and Muse Writers Online Conference 2009 and 2010 and Savvy Authors Summer Symposium 2010.