Amy Ferris is a writer, editor, author, screenwriter and playwright. As a memoirist, her passion comes down to three words: Write Your Truth. Amy has written for both television and film. Both of her screenplays were produced: Funny Valentines (Director, Julie Dash – Daughters of the Dust), and Mr. Wonderful (Anthony Minghella – The English Patient, Cold Mountain, Truly Madly, Deeply). Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions From A Midlife Crisis (Seal Press) was adapted into an Off-Broadway play (2012) and ran for one month at CAP21 Theater. Amy contributes to numerous anthologies, and her essays have appeared in many publications. Her deepest passion is that all women awaken to their greatness.
Julie Cantrell is a multiple award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, editor, story coach, TEDx speaker, and ghostwriter. She served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and has received the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Rivendell Writer’s Colony Mary Elizabeth Nelson Fellowship, and the Pat Conroy Writer’s Residency Fellowship.
Her novels have earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal and have been featured in Top Reads lists by LitHub, Redbook, Southern Living Magazine, REAL SIMPLE, BookBub, HuffPost, USA Today, and more. As a novelist, she’s received two Christy Awards, two Carol Awards, and the Mississippi Library Association Fiction Award. She was named a short-list finalist twice for the Mississippi Arts & Letters Fiction Award as well as a two-time short-list finalist for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize.
In addition to her work with survivors of abuse and her service as a literacy advocate, she’s a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, a non-profit organization that promotes the power of story and elevates female voices.
With published works across a diverse range of genres and languages, Julie currently works fulltime from her home in Houston, Texas where she finds great pleasure in shepherding other people’s stories to shelves.