Bios & Contact Info

Writers Helping Writers was begun by two writers traveling the same road. First as critique partners, then as blog buddies, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi realized early on that life and work are way easier—and a lot more fun—when shared. And that has become their goal: to help writers and educators succeed via descriptive tools, knowledge sharing, and support. They are proud to contribute to the global writing community through their roles as instructors at WANA International, by speaking at various conferences throughout Canada and the US, and by authoring nonfiction descriptive resources for writers. Always grateful, they live by the pay-it-forward philosophy and try to share knowledge, experience, and resources whenever possible.

Angela Ackerman

Angela is a thirty-something writer living in Calgary, Alberta, which is nestled close enough to the Rockies to go on a day jaunt, but not so close as to be pummeled by snow and excruciating cold temperatures in the winter months. Despite being Canadian, she lives in a house, not an igloo, she refuses to wear toques and she generally travels by truck, rather than moose or ATVs or beavers or whatever other things the outside world suspects.

Angela's husband and two kids are beyond awesome. The former rarely complains about the hoarder-like piles of books and paper surrounding her desk, regardless of being a self-professed neat freak. Her kids, both teen boys, have inherited Angela's interest in All Things Strange, and are great to bounce off apocalypse theories and freaky 'what-if' scenarios that are common in Angela's books.

Angela often writes about mythology in the real world, but twists everything so that it's much darker and interesting. Bad things happen, but her teen and pre-teen characters always rise to the challenge in impossible situations. This is no surprise, because kids have internal strength that represents the best qualities in all of us. They struggle, adapt and survive. This is why she writes for this amazing YA & MG audience.

Another passion of Angela's is helping writers succeed.  She enjoys working with writers on strengthening their craft and helping them find the tools and resources they need to take their writing to the next level. She teaches workshops on writing and social media, belong to SCBWI and is a strong believer in paying it forward. Along with Becca Puglisi, she is the author of popular brainstorming tool, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writers Guide To Character Expression

Angela's agent is the ever-tenacious Jill Corcoran of The Herman Agency. Angela's mentor & comrade-in-arms is the incredibly talented Becca Puglisi, whose bio follows.

Contact Angela through:

Twitter @AngelaAckerman
Twitter @WriterThesaurus (a LINK ONLY feed of unique Writing Resources!)
Google +
Critique Circle (Username: Momzilla)

Becca Puglisi

In her former life, Becca Puglisi was a teacher—elementary, because six-year-olds are easy to push around and the math isn’t too hard. She read roughly a gajillion picture books to her students, and it was her love for these books that originally motivated her to become an author, though she’s since moved on to young adult novels, since they’re far easier to write than picture books.

Now, Becca is a YA fantasy/historical fiction writer and co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus, The Negative Trait Thesaurus, and The Positive Trait Thesaurus. A proud member of the SCBWI, Becca enjoys speaking at workshops and teaching on various writerly topics.

When not writing, Becca's life revolves around her husband and two adorable little blessings. Al is wonderfully supportive of his wife's writing career; he's a comfortable kind of husband who doesn't complain when the kids get nutritious leftovers while he has to scrounge some kind of meal out of stale Cheerios, yogurt, and Velveeta. Becca's little ones, a girl and a boy, keep her intimately acquainted with the children's section of the library, the park, and any Chick-fil-A with a playground. She has given up wearing lipstick because she can't stop kissing her kids.

When not writing and indulging in sweets, Becca enjoys playing video games, watching movies, teaching Bible studies, baking, and adding to her stash of emergency supplies. She has always enjoyed contemplating the What if? scenario, which serves her well in south Florida. As a result, during hurricane season you can find her stalking the local weather forecasters and muttering unkind words toward the Atlantic Ocean.

Contact Becca through:

Twitter @beccapuglisi
Critique Circle (Username: Becca)

Because they live a million miles apart, Angela and Becca have only met face-to-face twice. The first time was a miracle of fate and timing that could only have happened at The Most Magical Place On Earth. Click here to read the whole humorous story.


Sharon Jones said...

Awesome story! :)

Bluestocking Mum said...

I'm a huge believer in fate - everything happens for a reason!

Here's to a happy and productive relationship for you both.

Good to make your acquaintance and look forward to following your posts and writing in the future

warm wishes

Rebecca Camarena said...

Very cute story.

Morgan Barnhart said...

Now this is SUCH a cute story!! Love to hear about instances like these. :)

Alli Sinclair said...

Well, the universe was making sure you two were going to meet, huh? Fabulous!

Angela Ackerman said...

It really was the perfect way for us to meet. I often think Becca and I were twins separated at birth,so this was so fitting! :)


Kristen Tipman said...

This is such a great story! I love the picture of the two of you at the end.

Sharon Jones said...

Hey guys!!!

I just wanted to let you know that I think your blog is so awesome, that I put a direct link to you on my blog!
(I even put a picture!)
Come check it out!
Sharon :)

Lindsey said...

Great story. In the past when I had some close online friends, I wondered about meeting up with them. Never did happen.
Angela, I loved your Canadian Jokes. I'm from BC. And I say eh? on a regular basis. No poutines or bacon though as I'm a vegetarian. I hate toques. You're right, they mess up your hair.

Look forward to Becca's bio.

Just been reading your blog posts. I'll have to bookmark your site :)

Becca Puglisi said...

Ugh. I will get to this...someday.

Jami Gold said...

Great bios - both of you! :)

I'd seen your MK story before, but hadn't seen the bios before. Well done. :) *hugs* to you both!

Angela Ackerman said...

Lindsey, that's awesome! :)

Jami, thanks!

Nicole Basaraba said...

Hello from a fellow Canadian!!

I'm from Edmonton, Alberta. Only 3 hours drive from Calgary (in any other season than winter). Living abroad has taught me that Canadians tend to be the only ones who measure distance by "hours of time spent in the car" rather than by klicks (or km for those non-canadian people reading this comment).

I agree with Jami, great bios!!

Angela Ackerman said...

Thanks Kristen, Lindsay Sharon & Jami!

Great to see you here Nicole! Us Canadians need to stick together. :)


J. H. Bográn said...

Thank you both for your writing craft insights.
I just discovered you today, and already my favorite bookmark.
Heck, I even placed it on my facebook wall!
Keep up the good work.


Becca Puglisi said...

Thanks so much, Jose!

EC Sheedy said...

Brilliant site! I want to just dig in and noodle around for hours--and hours. No law says I can't procrastinate under the guise of productivity, is there? Ey?

Anonymous said...

Becca and Angela,
I love the story of how you guys met. So adorable. The Bookshelf Muse is a wonderful resource that I plan to use daily. Thanks,
Nancy Weeks

Angela Ackerman said...

EC, you are music to my ears. :) Stay and noodle around as much as you like! :)

Nancy, thanks so much! It's great to hear how TBM is helping you. And what happened with Becca was so typical of how well we fit together, that I had to share it.

Have a great weekend!


Karen Lange said...

Somehow I'd never read this story. I'm a fan of your blog so I should be ashamed...Anyway, glad it had a ferry happy ending!

Kim Green said...

You sound like delightful people!

Becca Puglisi said...

Ahhh. The brainwashing was successful. Excellent. ;)

M.R.Polish said...

You guys are awesome! Had to tell you :)

Jen Klein said...

I love this.

Gwynn White said...

Some things are just meant to be. You can never underestimate the power of the universe to order things as they need to be. I, for one, don't believe in coincidences!

Nahiyan Asadullah said...

Hey just stopping by to say hi!:)

It seems like an interesting blog, & really loved the way how you guys met each other. It was so exciting Lol

Would like to check out the other posts.

By the way, I'm from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

lvharris said...

Congratulations on creating an informative and fascinating blog and the Emotion Thesaurus. I'm a nonfiction author always on alert for new ways to express my subject's emotions---I ordered your book today!

Christina M. McKnight said...

Amazing, heart warming story!

Becca Puglisi said...

Thank you Christina and Ivharris. Angela and I try to appear more fascinating than we really are. It's not hard to do...

Nobu Tshering said...

I have been following your blog for some time now and I must tell you guys that your posts are very helpful to all who aspire to become writers. You have shown great selflessness by sharing many things you know about writing.

Stephanie said...

I read Angela's profile and it was like reading my own! Rock on with the love to Army of Darkness! You two have given first time writers so much inspiration and help. Your site is in the top 3 of my all time faves!
Thanks so much

Angela Ackerman said...

Thank you so much, Nobu--we are happy to help!

Stephanie, I love Bruce Campbell! I even named a fish after his character Ash, haha!

Charlotte Harrison said...

Great story and great blog! Will definitely be bookmarking this, some really useful tips :)

Feel free to check out my blog:

Charlotte x


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