Karen Gowen, Managing Editor
“I love to read and I believe in the power of books to change lives; for they have changed mine.”
Born and raised in central Illinois, Karen attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She transferred to Brigham Young University, where she met her husband Bruce, and there graduated with a degree in English and American Literature.
Karen became Managing Editor for WiDo Publishing in 2010. She has been involved in the submissions, content and copy editing, along with marketing of 75 WiDo books. Her special interests are women’s fiction, memoirs, thrillers and quirky literary fiction.
Liesel Jones, Content Editor
Liesel Jones works as a freelance editor and copywriter, and has been with WiDo Publishing since its humble beginnings in 2007. Passionately taking on projects she loves, Liesel has edited over fifteen published titles with more on the way.
Liesel’s editing specialty is for content, which means maximizing the impact of the story to keep it focused, interesting, and compelling. She also focuses on editing for clarity of prose to make sure the author’s message is really coming across.
Liesel has a Bachelor of Science degree in apparel and textiles from Utah State University’s School of Business. Her novel, Roxanne in La La Land, was published by WiDo Publishing in 2010 under the name L.A. DeVaul. She currently enjoys writing screenplays in her spare time. She lives in Salt Lake with her husband and dwindling aquarium population. They are working on solving the mystery of the dying fish (There might be a serial killer in there somewhere).
Tamara Heiner, Content & Copy Editor
Tamara Heiner graduated from Brigham Young University with an English degree and an editing emphasis. She started her editing career at BYU-Broadcasting and transitioned into freelancing in 2012. She has worked for WiDo as both a copy editor and content editor.
A writer herself, Heiner has edited over 30 books in all genres and enjoys the opportunity to help authors refine their creative masterpieces.
Summer Ross, Content Editor
Summer Ross has seven years of experience as a developmental editor/line editor hybrid. Hailing from Casper, she has her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Wyoming.
Her main focus is fiction, reading primarily romance. She’s always willing to learn and grow as an editor and stays involved in the indie community of authors. She has edited more than 100 stories in the course of her career working with WiDo Publishing and indie authors like Carmen Falcone, Christine Glover, & Angela Jackson-Brown.
She’s a mother of two girls, two ferrets, one cat, & three dogs. Summer enjoys being an author and a crafter on the side, but editing is her passion.
Vrai Kaiser, Content Editor
Vrai Kaiser is a writer, editor, podcaster, blogger, and whatever else it takes to rub two pennies together as a freelancer. A graduate with a BA in English and years of on-the-job experience, Vrai has worked with WiDo since 2014, and has edited more than half a dozen books for the publishing house. Vrai’s own work includes contributions to the anthologies Cthulhusattva and Torquere’s I Do.
Shantell Booth, Content Editor
Shantell Booth has always loved to read. As a little girl, she loved books so much that in the summers her mother would find extra chores for her to do so she would do something besides read– while offering her siblings money to get them to read at all. Shantell has always found this unfair, but it gets more amusing with time.
Shantell graduated from Utah State University in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. After graduation, she began as an intern at WiDo Publishing, working her way up to content editor. Since then, she has done a copy edit for one manuscript, a content editor for three, and is currently content editor for three more. Shantell loves getting paid to read!
Scott Wieczorek, Content Editor
Scott Wieczorek wears many hats. He is an archaeologist by trade and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in History. Over the course of his career he has authored close to one hundred technical reports and served as a content editor/mentor for others in his field. He has written historical vignettes and articles on local history and archaeology for various local and/or trade-related publications. He is also a published fiction author and helps fledgling writers find their voice through mentorships. He has published novels through Breathless Press, Three Worlds Press, and independently.
Scott enjoys reading strong, compelling stories in a wide assortment of genres. His favorites are bone-chilling horrors, suspense, science fiction, and contemporary fantasy. He looks for realistic character arcs, solid plots, and well-developed characters and dialogue.
MaryAnne Hafen, Content Editor
MaryAnne Hafen graduated from Oglethorpe University with a degree in Philosophy. Some of her favorite undergraduate experiences were studying in Ecuador and England, playing on the tennis team, and philosophizing on rooftops. She has spent time as a writing tutor, student advisor, and freelance writer.
An avid outdoorswoman, MaryAnne thrives on the arid desert heat of the southwestern United States. While she hopes to one day settle in a place away from civilization, community gardening and easy mountain access content her for now. An ideal day for her requires recollecting dreams, hearty discussion, excessive sunshine, and plenty of tea.
Forrest Gowen, Copy Editor
Forrest Gowen recently graduated from the University of Utah with a major in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and a minor in Health Promotion and Education. He loves books of many genres, with a current interest in memoir and essay collections. His favorite books of all time are Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card, Les Miserables, and The Great Gatsby.
Besides reading and writing, Forrest also enjoys hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and basically anything involving the outdoors. He resides in Oregon, a place he appreciates for its mild climate, friendly people, vast forests and proximity to the ocean.
Alison Strobel, Proofreader
Alison Strobel, freelance proofreader from Vancouver, BC. Alison received her BA (Hons.) from the University of British Columbia in 2014 specializing in Holocaust Literature. She also studied at Simon Fraser University for her Master of Publishing (2016). Alison is an avid reader, and as such has proofread anything and everything from the history of the Chinese military to homemade cheese recipes.