“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse
From a young age, Abigail could be found coloring. As she grew, she replaced her crayons with paints. Writing and illustrating sappy poetry became her main form of creativity in high school. She quickly fell in love with illustration and design and decided to see where it would lead. She attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she studied Graphic Design. She has now been a graphic designer for over 20 years. She has experience working with various types of clients in the government, corporate, and non-profit sectors. This wide range of experience proves she is comfortable creating designs for large exhibits to small business cards while nurturing a productive client-designer relationship. Her passion is working closely with new authors as they explore the look they envision for their novels. Her philosophy is not to just design, but to educate clients on what makes a good design work. Abby is also a writer and is currently enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts program for Creative Writing and Online Teaching. In her spare time, she is active in children’s theater, her local homeschooling community, and cheering for her sons on the sidelines of the soccer field. Wherever she is, she is sure to have a sketch pad and spiral notebook within close reach, making sure to make notes and drawings as inspiration hits her.
Josh published his first book in 1972. At four pages, it was a riveting story of a magical hamster. The cover was evocative having been drawn with marker on construction paper. His mom photocopied it six times for grandparents and family. Boom – published at five years old. Cute, right? Creating has always been a part of his DNA. His production life started with music and theater in high school. It grew into working in recording studios with small ensembles ranging from progressive rock to choral music. He returned to school to get a graduate degree in business after his stint in music. He found students needing papers and dissertations edited and he realized he had the skills to provide that service; an editing career began. Through his editing clients, he found a market for ghostwriting; in other words, bringing to life the stories other people wanted to tell but lacked the writing chops to complete. Surviving a complicated medical scare in 2010, he transitioned into the world of literary fiction and editing fulltime. “In some capacity or another, the creative writing world has been in my life, helping me become who I am.” Josh says as he thinks back to his creative life. He goes on to say, “The power of writing your story is life-changing, whether it’s a memoir or a story laden with fictitious characters and places.” As Managing Editor for Introvert Press he experiences profound joy publishing emerging writers who have put in the work and have an amazing manuscript. Writers of shorter works, flash fiction, and poetry also have a place in his life. Helping writers is the reason Introvert Press has begun organizing and editing the Anthology of Human Thought, a collection of theme-based short works for writers seeking publication. It’s his goal to help every writer find their voice in whatever direction they choose to take.