Meet the Muses

Meet Your Muses

Who are these muses you ask?

We’re Kristen and Jolene. Learn a little more about what makes our literary worlds.

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 Kristen and Jolene first bonded over literary crushes. Move over Mr. Darcy, we’ve got the Hardy Boys.

We soon discovered we have a weird affinity about…well everything. Except black licorice jellybeans.

If life were a YA novel, we’d be twins living in a dystopian world, separated at birth.

We’d title it Pen and Muse, of course.

(*currently on maternity leave)Kristen Jett, Kristen Jett author, Kristen Jett writer Kristen writes eclectically, but tends to lean towards YA dystopia and NA contemporary with an edge. For the day job, she works in marketing – often teaching indie businesses and indie writers how to market and brand themselves. She strongly believes that writers need to treat their passion as a business, learning what to do – and what not to do. Whether you’re traditionally or self published, marketing is still an important part of the process.

If you want the writing accolades, she’s won a few Virginian awards for short stories and poetry, had poetry published in some no-longer-with-us national magazines, and written copy for popular bridal companies. (Hint: No matter where you live in the US, you’ve heard of the top one). She also worked in an award-winning advertising firm, which became an indie publishing shop – before self publishing was cool.

You can follow her on Twitter and she’ll bake you cookie butter brownies or Guinness cupcakes.

Learn how to market your books and promote your business at Jolene Haley, Jolene Haley writer, Jolene Haley author

Jolene Haley is the author of the Woodsview Murders series, Harrowed (out 9/22/15) and Haunted, coming fall 2016. She’s also the curator of the best-selling horror anthology The Dark Carnival through Pen & Muse Press.

She runs a YA horror blog The Midnight Society, the author resource site Pen & Muse, and Hocus Pocus & Co., a small horror press. She writes every genre under the sun, but prefers horror.

Her background is in English Literature and Composition, with accolades from California State University of Fullerton.

Follow her on social media:

Twitter | Facebook | Blog  | The Midnight Society | Pinterest | Google +

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Self Published Muses

J. Meyers

j meyers, j meyers author, j meyers YA, j meyers writerJ. Meyers started in publishing about 19 years ago when she lucked into a job at an educational texts publisher. She spent the next decade and change freelancing as a writer, copy editor, and proofreader, and then co-authored two parenting books before taking the plunge into fiction—a move that she can’t quite see ever abandoning because she’s totally in love with making things up for a living. (Who needs facts when you can make it up yourself?) She chose to self-publish her work (as her first choice, not as her fallback) for many, many reasons—all of which she’s happy to tell you if you ask. She is the author of Intangible, Indomitable (an Intangible novella), and the up-coming second book in the series, Imaginable (April 2013). Originally from Vermont, she lives in central New York with her very favorite people on Earth—her husband and four kids.

Leigh Ann Kopans

Leigh Ann Kopans, Leigh Ann Kopans ONE, Leigh Ann Kopans writer, Leigh Ann Kopans author As a rabbi at The Ohio State University surrounded by college students, Leigh Ann found her niche writing young adult science fiction and romance. Her debut novel, ONE, about a girl with half a superpower and the boy who makes her fly, will be published on June 11, 2013.

Faith McKay

Faith McKay Faith McKay writes stories about characters with real world struggles in otherworldly settings. She is the author of PROPHECY GIRL, a story where characters struggle with the idea of having a destiny. In comparison, she feels really lucky that her destiny was to struggle with comma placement and be that awkward lady who points out puns at parties. She is hard at work on several stories, including the second novel in the Lacuna Valley series, due to be released in mid 2013. writing blogs, blogs for writers, blogs for authors

Indie Published Muses

Cara Elizabeth

Cara Elizabeth, C. Elizabeth Vescio, Elegantly Wasted Jack of all trades and stereotypical black sheep, Cara has been writing somewhat dark and morbid since that teen angst hit somewhere in the early 90’s- probably because her dad was a mortician. After pursuing a degree in English, she changed gears to photography and design in 2006… although she kept penning stories for fun while reading the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway (whom she adores even though he was a huge douche canoe). In 2009, her life shifted considerably and she found herself writing Elegantly Wasted- helping her sort out a bunch of stupid feelings and other lame stuff. She enjoys cynical debates, cupcakes, making her mother-in-law sew her aprons that she never wears, zombies, the Fifth Element and Tomb Raider. She gathers her life inspirations from Neil Gaiman, Julia Child and Paul Simon. When she isn’t out photographing her next project, she’s studying color, concept and design or writing stuff down in hopes it makes sense one day… or she’s on Pinterest. Cara lives in Las Vegas with her husband, John and their three genetically altered dogs all of which have personal vendettas for the guy who cleans the pool.

Rebekah Crane

Rebekah Crane, Rebekah Crane author, Rebekah Crane YA author, Rebekah Crane playing Nice Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University, but it wasn’t until ten years and two daughters later that she started to write it. Inspired by her past students, growing up in Cleveland with its fabulous musical theater community, and music of all kinds (particularly the Avett Brothers), she created PLAYING NICE. It is her first published novel, but having an unbridled imagination, it’s not the only fantasy world she’s lived in (just ask her husband). ASPEN, her second YA creation, is set to release in January 2014. She now lives in Colorado, where the altitude only enhances the experience.   TheTeam

Jessi Shakarian

Publishing Coordinator for Pen and Muse Press Jessi is a lit junkie – you can either find her reading fantasy books, writing about reading. or reading about writing. When she’s not doing that, she’s the Publishing Coordinator at Pen and Muse Press, an editorial intern at Month9Books, and writing a novel about the ’50s. You can find her on her blog posting cat pictures ( and twitter (link:

Kristen Strassel

Publicity Muse

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Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross.  She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are.  She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author.  She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.  Because The Night is the first book from The Night Songs Collection.


Jamie Adams

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Jamie Adams

Jamie is a book writing eater of pizza and lover of all things magical. When she’s not spinning stories, she’s finishing grad school, buying new shoes, taking awesome naps, and interning for Month9Books. If you send her Parks and Rec gifs, she’ll be your best friend. You can find her around the Internet at her blog ( or follow her on Twitter (@jamie_adams22).


Miss Riki

Book Muse

Riki Cleveland

Riki has a long-standing love affair with all things books and writing. She indulged her love for all things literary with a degree in English Literature from Arizona State University and is currently studying at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Riki is an intern with Entangled Publishing and a member of SCBWI. She authors the blog Refreshingly Riki where the discussion is lively and no book goes unloved. She is the first-place recipient of the Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest and has been published on the virtual pages of and the actual print pages of the State Press. You can visit her at and follow her on Twitter (@missriki).

Meghan Schuler

Book MuseMeghan Schuler Meghan grew up in a small, awkwardly-named town in Georgia. She attended Brenau University, where she earned her BA in English and a minor in Graphic Design; she also attended the University of Cambridge, England, where she didn’t quite master the perfect Oxbridge accent. She writes freelance for

A fan of Edgar Allen Poe, she allows the beauty of the dark , and the romance of long ago year to enter her literary worlds. She’s an avid reader, sometimes sketcher, antique enthusiast and rock concert goer. She also spins fire and contact juggles. You can find her at: or Twitter, @ExquisitelyOdd.

 Jaimina from Kidnapped By  Fiction

Book Blogging Grasshopper

Jaimina - Kidnap Me Fiction Jaimina is a pint-sized book fiend from London, England, who dabbles in literary criticism (the term is used loosely) on her book blog, “Kidnapped by Fiction”. What she lacks in height, she makes up for with her ever-growing To Be Read pile, which is dangerously close to toppling over at this very moment. When she’s not playing Jenga with her TBR list, she can be found glued to her computer at work, subtitling the latest film releases. She credits R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps  series for encouraging her first foray into writing, in addition to her unhealthy obsession for Point Horror novels as a teen and finally, Stephen King, who opened her eyes to new and exciting realms of terror.

Whilst attaining her degree in English with Creative Writing, Jaimina discovered her love of YA fiction, which later resulted in two of her short stories being published. Follow her on Twitter, where it’s socially acceptable for her to talk to herself – To hear her ranting and raving about books, visit her blog –