Presenters 2021 Share Your Story Writing Summit
Wendy H Jones
International Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, where her police procedural series featuring DI Shona McKenzie is set. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training, after which she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years.
Wendy is also a highly successful marketer and has just rereleased her completely updated marketing book Marketing Matters, part of the Writing Matters Series.
She is proud to be the President of the Scottish Association of Writers and is the host of The Writing and Marketing Show podcast. Wendy is a writing and marketing coach and CEO of Writing Matters online writing school, Authorpreneur Accelerator Academy.
Victoria is a thought leadership consultant and strategic ghostwriter, living near London, UK.
She works with entrepreneurs, business owners, c-level executives, start-ups, SMEs and, corporates to plan, create and implement high-profile thought leadership campaigns. Victoria works with her clients to produce business books (through Rethink Press), white papers, case studies, keynotes, and articles.
She is also a founding partner at the Global Institute of Thought Leadership, an experienced public speaker, and an ex-philosophy lecturer.
Trish Springsteen is a Creative Business Consultant, Australia’s Leading Expert in Empowering Introverts, a multi international award winning mentor, speaker coach, visibility mentor and an award winning international bestselling author. Clients work with Trish because want to showcase their business to be more visible, making it easy for their clients to find them. They know she can help them have the confidence and self-belief to make speaking easy.
Known for her love of Purple Trish can be found mentoring and empowering introverts, authors and advocates helping them to stand out. And no you don’t have to love Purple to work with Trish though it does help …. She understands that there are other colours in the spectrum.
Trish has brought improved speaking and communication skills to published authors, advocates, bloggers and introverts. As well as communication, speaking and presentation skills to accountants, executives; scientists, engineers and property retail experts. In her spare time Trish has authored, co-authored and been a contributing author to 17 books.
Tanzila Zaman is a multi award winning Coach, Author, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur and Radio TV Host.
She runs successful Women & Parent Empowerment Programmes for her London community as well as internationally.
She is a finalist for Women Empowerment Leader 2020. She is an aspiring Global Mother Language Ambassador and founder of Bank of Ideas CIC, UK & cofounder of SKILLXCELLENCE.
Tanzila promotes Mother tongue Globally for multicultural Parents, and authored the Inspirational book for Global Diverse Parents named MIND YOUR MOTHER TONGUE.
Her biggest mission is to inspire & empower 250 million immigrant parents to save their mother tongue, future generations & legacy!
Tanzila also empowers women to be confident and financially resilient.
Samantha Houghton is an award-winning author, multi-published and bestselling intuitive ghostwriter and inspirational memoir book mentor. She has supported dozens of authors globally to authentically write and publish their transformational stories to impact the world and to provide compassion and motivation to those who need to hear compelling stories.
From being a creative short story writer and poet at school and a childhood ambition to become an author/journalist, Sam was never far from a book or pen and paper. Sam’s life journey took a challenging path as she came face to face with the trauma that threw her life into turmoil. Sam only began to truly flourish when she set up her own business, at aged 40. Rekindling her early passion for self-expression the day arrived when she could no longer ignore her calling. She was going to write a book about her life experiences and the chaos she had emerged from. Within a few months her book reaped an Author award, and she was in demand to write for a whole host of clients, and her new business was born.
Ruth Leigh is a freelance writer with a large portfolio of clients, including several Christian charities, a luxury estate agent, a period homes specialist and a trainer specialising in transactional analysis. She has just published her first novel, the diary of Isabella M Smugge and speaks regularly at groups and meetings. She lives with her family in beautiful East Suffolk, UK.
Rosalyn Palmer is an award-winning Transformational Therapist and Coach in private practice offering Advanced Rapid Transformational Therapy/Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP coaching. She helps high performing businesswomen and men to recover from burnout and develop lives of balance and joy again.
An active emotional wellbeing spokesperson she is the expert commentator for radio show Girls Around Town, has a monthly newspaper column, podcast series and an award-winning self-help book: ‘Reset! A Blueprint for a Better Life’.
As co-author of three Amazon No.1 self-help books - Ignite Your Female Leadership/Ignite Your Life for Women/Ignite for Female Change-makers her emotional wellbeing advice is both heartfelt, practical, expert and relatable.
Author coach Nasreen Variyawa is a three times Amazon best selling author and currently spends their time coaching aspiring authors into realising their first published books. An editor and ghostwriter too, their newly established consultancy Nasreeniology Pro Authoring is responsible for at least 17 books in 7 years. Their span of work includes memoir , self development, creative non fiction, poetry and short story fiction.
Nasreen is also a popular choice for online talk shows and has made appearances on various online and radio talk shows. Nasreen has also made various written contributions to online magazines and articles, the most popular of them being BBN Times. They are a finalist for the Golden Door Awards 2020 and the Story to Screen Awards 2020 as well.
Their newest release is a book called Exceptional Authors are Authentic, written for aspiring authors who must have the correct lifestyle and mindset oriented approach to their writing careers. It has released in South Africa and is set for release internationally soon.
Mary Bergida DeLuca
Entering into stories has always been a quintessential aspect of Mary’s personality -- being highly sensitive to the emotional resonance of human interaction. Many years and stories later, these habits culminated in earning a Masters of Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University in 2015.
Since then, in addition to her own regular intuitive writing practice, you will find her intermittently teaching writing + literature at the university level and continually supporting her clients in the process of nurturing + birthing their stories into fully formed creations. With each of her clients, she fosters a practice that relies more on intuition and receiving than logic and "conquering" their next creative move or block.
For Mary intuitive writing is a form of meditation, listening, transcribing. She incorporates personality theory into all her coaching and specializes in supporting INFJs, INFPs, and HSP.
Maressa Mortimer lives in the beautiful Cotswolds, England with her husband and four (adopted) children. Her debut novel, Sapphire Beach, was published December 2019, and her first self published novel, Walled City came out on December 5th 2020, as her own St Nicholas present to the world!
She is a homeschool mum, so her writing has to be done in the evening, when peace and quiet descends on the house once more. She loves writing Christian fiction, as it’s a great way to explore faith in daily life.
Lois Wagner: Your friend for forgiveness. Helping you move from victim to survivor to thriver and beyond to freedom, after facing a life or business challenge or adversity. Lois lost a business and went bankrupt, she was attacked, raped, and left for dead, she was forced into retirement, and experienced many other challenges. Her work is based on these personal major adversities and life experiences. Lois learned to forgive (she forgave the rapist and the business partner who betrayed her) and to move on to a more rewarding and fulfilling life)
Lois’s book – Walking Without Skin: A Journey of Healing – From Fear to Forgiveness to Freedom is part memoir and part self-help guide.
Lois is a South African businesswoman with extensive local and international speaking, human resource, training, business management, project management, marketing, consulting, and leadership coaching experience.
Lisa McGrath is an International Bestselling Author and Speaker, National Board Certified Teacher, and Achievement Coach. She helps entrepreneurs, coaches, and aspiring authors capture their personal stories for professional purposes; her clients get published to leverage their personal stories for compelling messaging and marketing.
Lisa has been featured in Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, Medium, and Elephant Journal. She has followed the philosophy of the Indian Proverb A House With Four Rooms that advocates doing something daily for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
As an Achievement Coach, she offers inspirational, practical, and spiritual guidance. She teaches busy men and women to find clarity, purpose, and direction with the intentional acts that help them achieve their goals and live their Intentional Life with her online coaching programs, including the exclusive Achieve with UNLIMITED Laser Coaching program.
Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ Writer, Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers, and The INFJ Revolution, as well as The West Coast Trilogy, an autobiographical fiction series. She is also a writing coach for writers of the INFJ and INFP personality type and blogs about writing, creativity and personality theory.
Larissa is an Entrepreneur, International Best Selling Author, Speaker, Artist, Coach and Healer. She is the Founder of Creative U, an online coaching and learning platform that helps women step into their authenticity with the help of creativity.
Larissa has authored books such as ‘Gratitude: How to Live with Joy and Gratefulness’, ‘A Happier You: In 5 Minutes a Day’, as well as 2 creativity journals ‘Have an Amazingly Creative Day!’ and ‘How Do I Have an Amazingly Creative Day?’, and she co-authored the International best seller ‘The Power of Why’.
Larissa is blessed to work with women who are ready to make change in their lives. As a master of change, through her life adventures, Larissa has a unique perspective that helps women learn and feel comfortable with their boundaries, as well as what they really want from their lives.
Kelly Falardeau is a burn survivor since the age of 2 on 75% of her body. She found a way to go from near-death to success; from the ugly scar-faced girl to the TEDx stage twice, Fierce Woman of the Year, a 7x International Best-Selling Author, recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal & YWCA Woman of Distinction. A documentary about her life story called "Still Beautiful" launched on TV plus Goalcast launched a video that has almost 10 million views. Now she's a full-time Amazon Best-Selling Strategist, coaching people to become best-selling authors. Global TV named Kelly one of the "Most Inspirational People of 2020" on Christmas day 2020.
Karen Williams is The Book Mentor. Having started out in business in 2006, and writing her first book in 2009, she knows the difference that writing a book can make to your business when done well. She has worked with hundreds of coaches, consultants and other business experts who have a story to tell or a message to share, taking them from idea to final manuscript. Many of which have become Amazon bestsellers, book award finalists, and successful business building tools. She regularly features on podcasts and interviews and has been a speaker for Athena, Women’s Business Clubs, the Alliance of Independent Authors, and is a TEDx speaker.
Joy Margetts is a fifty something wife and mother of two grown children, and lives on the gloriously wild and beautiful North Wales coast. She was a nurse and midwife for many years before pursuing other things, including active involvement in her local church.
Joy has had a lifelong interest in history, particularly medieval history, and loves visiting ancient monuments and ruins, and reading and studying history.She is privileged to live in an area of Wales that is absolutely steeped in history; especially spiritual history, with its old churches, pilgrim routes and holy islands.
Joy has always liked expressing herself creatively with words; writing stories, poetry and songs, and journaling extensively. The desire has always been there to write a book, and she has had many ideas over the years, but was never brave enough to write for publication. Until last year when she finally took the plunge and wrote an historic fiction novel, set in medieval Wales.
Helen Edwards is an International Author, Mentor, Coach, Yoga Retreat Leader, Podcaster, Speaker - Cheerleader of freedom, self love, personal growth, and #ProtecttheThrone
Fran Hill is a writer and English teacher living in Warwickshire, England. She has been a freelance writer for 25 years, having published fiction, non-fiction and poetry. In 2014, she self-published her first book about life as an English teacher called 'Being Miss'. In 2020, SPCK Publishing released her second book - a funny but poignant teacher-memoir about a typical year in her life as a teacher. Fran tutors teenagers for exams and also teaches creative writing to adults. She is currently writing a novel.
Goal-setting expert Debra Eckerling is the author of "Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning & Achieving Your Goals" and founder of The D*E*B Method. DEB is her system for helping people figure out what they want and how to get it, and stands for Determine Your Mission, Explore Your Options, Brainstorm Your Path.
Debra helps individuals and businesses figure out what they want and how to get it through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and online support. She is also the founder of Write On Online, a website and community for writers, creatives, and entrepreneurs, as well as host of the #GoalChat Twitter chat and #GoalChatLive on Facebook.
A survivor of gun violence and one of BBC’s 2018 Outlook Inspirations nominees, Caron Asgarali is an author and speaker from Marabella , Trinidad. Her mission is to transform hurt into hope by using the power of storytelling to inspire and motivate others. Her books include From Lion to Lamb, A Spiritual Journey, Bounce Back Better, 10 (+1) Key Steps for Building Resilience and Hot Cocoa on a Rainy Day, 10 (+1) Stories to Warm Your Heart.
Allison is a multi-published flash fiction/short story writer and blogger. She has two flash fiction collections out with Chapeltown Books - From Light To Dark And Back Again and Tripping The Flash Fantastic.
Allison has been a multiple winner of the Waterloo Arts Festival Writing Competition.
Her work has also been published on CafeLit and Bridge House Publishing amongst others.
She is a regular contributor to the online magazine, Chandler’s Ford Today, an online magazine where she blogs weekly, usually on topics of interest to writers. She has recently written a series called Launches in Lockdown where she shared her experiences of this and interviewed others authors.