|Jenny Crusie has been writing since 1991 and publishing since 1993 in both fiction and non-fiction. She’s the author of twenty novels, plus various short stories, novellas, essays, and one book of literary criticism. She has thirty-seven years teaching experience (she began as an infant) at the pre-school, elementary, junior high, high school, college undergrad, and graduate levels. She has a BS in Education, an MA in Business and Technical Writing and Feminist Criticism, an MFA in Fiction, and is presently ABD in her PhD in literature. She keeps a website at www.jennycrusie.com and blogs at Argh Ink, Reinventing Fabulous (with Anne Stuart and Lani Diane Rich), and Popcorn Dialogues (with Lani Diane Rich). She lives on the Ohio River with four dogs and her best friend’s family up in the attic (she lets them out for special occasions) and works with her business partner, Mollie Smith, who is also the mother of her grandchildren. When she’s not gazing into a computer screen trying to find her story, she stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings which are many and varied.
||Lani Diane Rich is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels. From 2005 to 2008, she taught beginning storytelling to film students as an adjunct professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and has been giving free writing advice via podcasts since 2007, when she and award-winning author CJ Barry/Samantha Graves launched Will Write for Wine. Currently, she co-hosts two podcasts about storytelling: Popcorn Dialogues, with Jenny Crusie, and StoryWonk Sunday with her husband, Alastair Stephens. She has been teaching her popular online classes at Storywonk.com since 2009. In 2010, she started writing her blog, A Year and Change, which documented the last fifteen months before her fortieth birthday. On her blog, Lani worked through personal issues involving her divorce, her sense of self-worth, and her mother and occasionally opined on things like dieting, the writing process and vajazzling. Now, she is happily remarried and living with her husband, her two young daughters and her best friend on a river in southern Ohio, and life is pretty damn good.