Arlyn Lawrence - Founder, President, and Senior Editor
Arlyn Lawrence is a developmental editor, writer, speaker, and founder and president of Inspira Literary Solutions. She has been the editor and co-author of numerous books and curricular resources published and distributed around the world in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Also a former freelance writer and magazine columnist and editor, Arlyn confesses to having been a book nerd and grammar nut her whole life. She is grateful to be in a career where she can exercise her passion, meet inspiring people, and help authors get some pretty amazing books out into the world! She lives on Fox Island, WA with her husband and two dogs, now that her five children are all grown and flown.
Heather Sipes - Managing Editor
Heather Sipes is Inspira’s managing editor and has nearly 10 years of experience in writing, developmental editing, copy editing, and proofing. She studied journalism at Pacific Lutheran University and Azusa Pacific University, and is passionate about communicating with the written word creatively and concisely. In her free time, Heather likes to write creative non-fiction and laugh about the messes of motherhood on her blog. She is a mother of three and resides in University Place, WA.
Brianna Showalter - Graphic Designer
Brianna has been working in the world of art and design her entire career, and says the fact she gets paid for it is just icing on the cake! She integrates multiple roles as an artist, including graphic design, painting, and teaching. Besides art, she loves being with her family, gardening, reading and adventuring outdoors. She lives in a remodeled, classic 1925 Craftsman in the PNW with her husband and two children.
Kerry Wade – Fiction Editor & Administration
Kerry has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and a masters in Library Science, which means she loves both imagination and organization—the perfect combination for a novel editor and project administrator! Kerry has worked as a high school English teacher, a librarian, and as a novel editor and administrative editor for Inspira. She loves seeing stories come to life, and helping people cross the bridge from wanting to write a book to becoming a writer. Other things Kerry loves include big cups of tea, cozy bookstores, and sushi.
Samantha Jones - Graphic Designer
Samantha Jones is an artist and graphic designer. She studied painting at Southern Methodist University and graduated with with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in art history. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she currently lives in the Pacific Northwest where she is always looking for projects through which she can she explore her love for color and creativity.
Kristin Goble, PerfecType – Typesetting
Marc Whitaker, mtwdesign - Cover Design
Connie Willems – Consulting Editor
Armando Stevens - Student Intern