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'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 @WriterThesaurus (a LINK ONLY feed of unique Writing Resources!)
Critique Circle (Username: Momzilla)
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.
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