Meet our ghostwriting staff.
Here are our star writers. They were asked to supply a photo and a brief “bio” so that prospective clients could learn about them. They are presented in alphabetical order, except for the last one. He’s admin and doesn’t count.
Brian is a prolific writer, screenwriter and playwright with several of his manuscripts produced either as feature films or full-length plays. Primarily a narrative film storyteller, Brian moves through various genres and visually artistic forms to explore characters, situations and themes both close to home and foreign. He crafts stories for himself, and he develops and edits stories for others. As a commissioned writer, Brian has worked within an assortment genres, including sci/fi, horror, thriller, comedy, romance, family, musical, and drama.
Smaller projects have utilized Brian’s storytelling skillset, namely music videos, commercials, and fundraising campaigns. Brian has over a decade of experience working with kids in an after school setting offering instruction and guidance on creative writing and video production. He’s volunteered his time and skills for non-profit organizations, as well.
Non-fiction has its place on Brian’s desktop, too. A longtime fan of The New Yorker’s Shouts & Murmurs section, Brian loves writing humor pieces as satire on worldly subjects (religion, politics, etc.) or as alternative perspectives into the absurd. He also likes to write — more seriously — on topics he knows well: filmmaking, screenwriting, improv, kid activities, etc.. Brian has written articles for online film publications, and parenting blogs with a focus on education. Brian’s written award-winning grant proposals for the Webster Groves School District Foundation in Missouri.
Brian works very intimately with clients to assure that their message comes across regardless of form. The message; the story is always the key component to the communication.
Mike Branom writes what you need written, and if you’ve already written it, he’ll make it better.
That’s a simple run-down of what Mike can do for you when you hire him through Ghostwriters Central. But effective writing is not simple, and erring on any one of countless complexities can silence your message. If you put out a news release rife with typos and grammatical errors, your audience will wonder what else you get wrong. Or perhaps the copy in your bio is clean as a whistle yet impenetrable to readers due to industry jargon and acronyms.
In one recent instance, a doctor was to address grad students at his alma mater — but with 25 minutes to fill, he needed help focusing his thoughts for a coherent, compelling speech. Mike “interviewed” the doctor to sketch out the themes and lessons he wanted these students to take with them, and through their discussion the doctor revealed an enthralling story, from his own youth, about failure and triumph. The resulting speech had the students on the edges of their seats.
Mike’s other clients include The Washington Post, the City of West Hollywood, and a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy firm. He also edits for the University of Southern California, whose researchers swear by Mike’s keen editing eye, insisting he give their work a once-over before distribution to their audiences.
Mike’s career has been dedicated to clear, effective communication. Tell Ghostwriters Central you want Mike on your side, and you’ll never be at a loss for words.
Deborah Jane Burke
Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that’s where Deborah Jane found her funk.
Deborah Jane, aka Retro Raptress, is the daughter of Guyanese immigrants. She grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn’t make her first black friend until attending Stanford University).
Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now Deborah Jane is an emcee, lyricist and writer who both spits raps and writes songs for other artists, editorials, TV and films – especially hip-hop musicals. She was the hip-hop columnist for Music is My Oxygen Magazine. As an artist, her signature style mixes hip-hop and pin-up girl swag. She is her Retro-Lutionary Mixtape.
At Stanford University, Deborah Jane wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-hopera – now in development as a feature film through her production company, House of Deborah Jane. She also obtained her Masters in Screenwriting from USC Film School.
With over 20 years experience as a writer, Deborah Jane can help other artists find their voice and unique style through superb lyricism and innovative songwriting.
An experienced writer and ghostwriter, Mr. Carlen excels in a wide variety of nonfiction writing projects. In 2008, Carlen co-authored From Lifeguard to Sun King, the autobiography of Banana Boat® inventor and founder Robert Bell. Bell’s memoir became a Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
In 2012, Carlen’s own The Einstein of Money was published. The book is a biography of the late Benjamin Graham, a brilliant intellectual who revolutionized the investment world while leading a wildly unorthodox romantic life. Graham was also the mentor of Warren Buffett, who Carlen interviewed for the book. It’s the most comprehensive biography of Graham ever published.
However, Carlen considers his 2016 book, A Brief History of Entrepreneurship, to be his best work to date. Published by Columbia University Press, the book traces the evolution of entrepreneurship from ancient Mesopotamia to the present in a highly readable manner. In late 2017, it was translated to Mandarin and published by a prominent Beijing publishing house.
Carlen has ghostwritten several books that are neither memoirs/biographies nor business-related. These include fitness, medicine, entertainment (he’s a musician and a lifelong film buff), and non-business history. Carlen can bring any nonfiction topic to life with his engaging writing style, exceptional research and editing skills. He is known for writing excellent nonfiction book proposals and professional business plans.
Joe has a bachelor’s in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master’s in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.
Joe lives and breathes stories, and film.
His screenplays have mined science fiction, fantasy and horror, psychological thrillers, comedy, historical and contemporary dramas. Joe’s inclination toward genre is character-based, laced with human grist and humor, with an emphasis on visual flair and imagination. Joe’s screenwriting has been optioned and his screenplays have been placed in screenwriting competitions (Nicholl, WriteMovies, Imagine Impact). His collaborations have included concepts developed from scratch, adaptations and page-one rewrites.
Joe was born in the U.K. with roots in medieval France and Anglo Saxon England. He attended the same Jesuit grammar school as Alfred Hitchcock, which resulted in a strong work ethic and Roman Catholic guilt. Early in his career, Joe plied his trade in the film industry, where he worked in post-production, animation and visual effects. He studied advanced screenwriting with Sy Gomberg at UCLA. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his marriage therapist partner, Patricia, and their canines. As result of the above, Joe is a patient listener, with an appreciation for the roots of language, and he sometimes understands swear words in French New Wave films.
Joe’s own filmmaking has included award-winning shorts that played on BBC TV, Channel 4 TV and BAFTA/LA. Joe’s writing has appeared in genre magazines, Hollywood trade papers and Cinefex, where he conducted around 2,000 interviews for more than a million and a half published words.
The wealth of experience imbues Joe’s writing with a unique perspective and a passionate engagement to the craft of movie storytelling.
A 2012 Shark Tank appearance by a renowned ghostwriter was a light bulb kind of moment for Beth Herman. Transitioning soon after from 25 years as a credentialed journalist, with features in the Washington Post, Portland Press Herald, Cape Cod Times, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, American Builders Quarterly, Farmers’ Almanac, and Harvard Divinity School Annual Report to helping people give voice to their own stories was a natural, if not necessary, progression.
The daughter of a prolific, widely-acclaimed storyteller, humorist, and motivational speaker (and assistant district attorney), storytelling is in Beth’s marrow. With 20 ghostwritten or co-authored books in her playbook, including an Amazon #1 bestseller, the D.C. escapee’s passion for prose runs deep. Her areas of focus include personal and business memoir, architecture and design, finance, military, lifestyle and healthy living, alternative medicine, dentistry, religion and spirituality, and animal welfare. Her collaboration with a brain-injured master breacher Special Forces Green Beret, Tales From the Blast Factory, became a November 2020 DVD and SVOD-released documentary film, Quiet Explosions, by Emmy Award-winning director Jerri Sher.
A seasoned interviewer who subscribes to the Bob Woodward tenet that the real story is what comes out in the moments after the interview, the Brandeis University graduate has successfully brought out the best in all manner of thought leaders. With that, she considers her most inspired work collaborating with hundreds of California wildfire victims, helping them give literary voice to their heart-wrenching stories of evacuation and loss.
Dark fantasy and thriller author Kate Jonez has twice been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and once for the Shirley Jackson. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 8, Black Static, Pseudopod, Gamut and Haunted Nights edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton.
She is also the chief editor at the Bram Stoker Award winning small press Omnium Gatherum. In the six years Kate and her talented team of editors have been in business they have produced more than 65 works of dazzling fiction. Many of these talented authors and their books have been nominated for literary awards.
As a freelance editor/script doctor, Kate has helped many creative people get their work into shape to submit to publishers or producers. She excels at dialog, description and pacing. She can also helped self publishers create a a full book package including cover and marketing materials.
Charlene Keel has written over a dozen novels and how-to books and ghostwritten a dozen more. Shadow Train, the final installment of her YA supernatural trilogy, won a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award in 2013, and The Congressman’s Wife (2015) got rave reviews. Her blended-genre novel, Lost Treasures of the Heart, (2016), won two Reviewer’s Choice Awards.
Grinders Corner (2017), Keel’s new romantic comedy about the good old days of taxi dancing, has critics saying it is “Laugh out loud-able,” and “surprising, entertaining and very smoothly written.”
Keel has also worked as editor for international magazines, including Playgirl, For the Bride and Black Elegance. She says the most fun she’s had as an editor (so far) was at Spice, a fanzine featuring rap, R&B, soul and gospel music. During her time there, she enjoyed going to parties for such notables as Puff Daddy, having lunch with Gloria Gaynor and attending a pasta dinner where Mariah Carey did the cooking. She says it was also a blast when she appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1974 to talk about her former career as an airline flight attendant.
Keel’s editorial assignments include The Health of Nations, a book on political philosophy, and That Nation Might Live, a moving tribute to Sarah Bush Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s stepmother. Her television credits include Fantasy Island and Days of Our Lives, and her book, Rituals, was the basis for the first made-for-syndication soap opera. She also produced (for Romantic Times magazine) the first annual Mr. Romance Cover Model Pageant.
My writing experience is broad. As a kiddo, I wrote profoundly earnest poetry about clowns, rainbows, cats and my stupid brothers. Later, when boys happened, I wrote to purge the angst from my tweenage heart. If a crush on a cute boy was not reciprocated, reams of song lyrics poured forth. Mom and Dad were understandably thrilled that my therapy was as cheap as a few composition notebooks and No. 2 pencils.
In my 20s, I discovered a knack for writing short stories for children, and had several published in various periodicals. I would probably still be writing for children today had I not discovered acting in my 30s, which led to writing screenplays. Shorts at first and later, features. Meanwhile, my paying gig was in advertising and design, where I spent many years writing and editing ad and marketing copy. Heroically, I survived that career without stabbing a single client or becoming an alcoholic. I am still awaiting my trophy for this rare accomplishment.
As an Army veteran, I was fortunate to participate in the year-long Veterans Writing Program put on by the Writers Guild Foundation, where I was mentored by some incredibly successful television and feature film writers. Character development and writing dialog emerged as particular strengths of mine, as well as giving meaningful, nuanced notes and doing rewrites of existing work. I think the best writers find humor everywhere and are not afraid to use it.
Thomas Cleveland Lane
Thomas Cleveland Lane is a semi-retired writer of sense and nonsense. In the former category, he works part-time writing business letters for an accounting firm. In the latter category, he is a poet, playwright, novelist, lyricist, commentator and snarkologist.
Mr. Lane has written two poetry collections, three plays and two serious novels, most of which are available dirt cheap. He has also put together an anthology (that he wrote himself under a variety of pen-names, because that’s the kind of bogus character that he is) called Shaggy Dogs: A Collection of Not-So-Short Stories. No, these are not wonderful tales of man’s best friend, but rather, a collection of shaggy-dog stories. If you don’t know what a shaggy-dog story is, ask your grandpa. Better yet, buy the book. Anything he has published is somewhere on Amazon.
Mr. Lane’s chief hobby is amateur and non-union theater. Unlike his writing, he performs just for the love of the theater, although he does get a small stipend from the Washington Area Decency League, after having played Hinezie in The Pajama Game, to never, ever appear on stage in his underpants again. When he has not managed to cajole some poor misbegotten director into casting him, he likes to enter piano bars and annoy the patrons with his singing. You may well wish to note that all he can offer you is the written word, without a peep to be heard.
Count your blessings.
With over 20 years’ professional story development and screenwriting experience, and as a teacher of screenwriting, Chuck Loch has had the opportunity to develop and collaborate on dozens of screenplays and films.
He’s a member of the Writers Guild of America, and earned an MFA in Screenwriting from the number one screenwriting school in the nation, UCLA. He’s won over 35 awards in U. S. screenwriting competitions and he’s coached screenwriters at an international film company to win two “Angel” awards — the European equivalent to the Oscars.
His personal work includes over two dozen screenplays and teleplays in the genres of drama, crime, comedy, historical biopic, alternative history, military/war, Christian, young adult, sci-fi, horror, and love.
His specialty is “heart.” It’s what the story is really about — not the plot. It’s the universal experience that all people relate to that moves them emotionally.
Chuck believes people watch movies to feel something. Heart is what makes screenplays and films powerful. Whether it’s to laugh, or cry, or be afraid, audiences want the experience of emotion.
All of his screenplays contain copious amounts of heart. Because they do, he won the United Talent Agency Fellowship in Screenwriting during his last year in school.
After UCLA, he was a staff writer on a one-hour drama for two years, had several scripts optioned, and wrote others on assignment or as a ghostwriter for production companies. In addition to complete screenplays and teleplays, he’s written treatments, done rewriting, doctoring, coaching, and editing.
I love life, laughter, friendship, and family and enjoy math, crosswords, bulldogs, and gymnastics. Fine food is wasted on me, yet I like craft beers. One bite of dessert is enough. I’m Team Cap all day long. Meeting new people feeds my soul. Mentoring others feeds my brain. Helping a friend feeds my heart. Retelling a story for the tenth time can still choke me up and many YouTube videos can make me cry in Starbucks. Animals like me, kids find me funny, and beautiful women feel comfortable with me. My greatest strength is being an eternal optimist, which is also my greatest flaw.
My writing experience includes the year-long Veterans Writing Project at the Writers Guild of America under the tutelage of accomplished screenwriters. One of my screenplays was a quarterfinalist in the prestigious PAGE Awards and was also one of ten projects selected in the Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Workshop. My articles have been published in The Hollywood Report, Small Wars Journal, and Notre Dame Business. I’ve been the editor of two professional newsletters, both of which included an editor’s column. I’ve taught film producing and screenwriting at the University of Notre Dame, was a guest speaker on storytelling at Appalachian State University, and teach an annual screenwriting course in the Burbank Comedy Festival.
I am a film producer, former paratrooper commander, and media production advisor to General Petraeus in Afghanistan. I spent a couple decades in international business. I have degrees from Notre Dame and Boston University. My son is already a grown-ass man.
Annette Parks is a passionate and prolific fiction writer. She’s written over 30 books spanning the genres of science fiction, contemporary and historical romance, mystery and crime.
Her latest submission to Arbor Books, Nine Seconds, is a high-octane suspense thriller set to hit bookshelves this fall. Freedom: An American Lie traces the haunting journey of one African-American man discovering the truth of his past, and Headshot follows one veteran’s journey of betrayal and bloodshed in the deserts of Iraq. Annette’s personal work, Newport, is currently being published by Austin Macauley Publishers in New York and London.
For over 15 years, Annette has also been a freelance editor and copywriter, completing countless articles, blogs, and eBooks on various subjects including fashion, health, business, science, art, culture, and travel. Her career began as a proofreader/scopist of legal transcripts in Huntington Beach, California.
Born in Southern California, Annette devoted herself to the arts and literature from an early age. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in theater and dramatic literature. Her first writing job was a memoir entitled Chinese Food. Since then, memoir holds a special place in her heart.
All of Annette’s novels fall under the umbrella of ghostwriting, including several years of writing under Amazon top-selling historical romance pen names, Agnes Forest and Abigail Haversham.
In recent years, Annette has written mostly dark, intricate, politically-minded fiction. The ghostwriting process is highly enjoyable for her, taking snapshots of a story from someone else’s imagination and turning them into a novel.
J. Thomas Peterson
I am a Pacific Northwest-based writer where I manage the Digital Filmmaking program at Olympic College. I’ve been screenwriting for nearly 30 years, have completed several features and dozens of shorts, and hold a BA in United States Business and Political Relations in the Middle East and a Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting from the University of Washington.
I was an Army Military Intelligence officer. Yes, military intelligence is an oxymoron; but I was a counterintelligence officer, and I did my best to stamp out intelligence wherever I found it in Central America, the Middle East, and during arms control inspections. I also wrote a counterespionage short film produced by the Defense Nuclear Agency. As a Department of Energy Intelligence Analyst, I coordinated Nuclear Emergency Search Team intelligence activities. In Seattle, I made sure the shoe sales of a certain online “bookstore” were secure from Singapore to Stuttgart to Schenectady.
As a stockbroker in Las Vegas I wrote my first feature script about two coworkers who actually did embezzle $30 million. At McCarran International Airport, I wrote technical reports and forecasts. I wrote a screenplay about the Women Airforce Service Pilots. However, my heart remained anchored to the Puget Sound region and I returned at my first opportunity.
In my free time when not writing, I’m an avid backpacker and kayaker and teach outdoor skills to youth and adults.
I have the direct experience necessary to write informed screenplays dealing with all of the above subjects. Take advantage of my knowledge.
Dr. Diana Rangaves
Meet Dr. Diana Rangaves: Writer, blogger, website content creator and editor.
She is an animal whisperer, pharmacist, and ethics professor turned writer, and philanthropist. An award-winning teacher and business professional, she uses her powers for good.
Her work has appeared in numerous venues, including children’s picture books, medical, pharmaceutical books, academic books, articles, blogs, and scholarly articles.
Diana is the author of the children’s picture book, The Adventures of Rosy Posy Papillion ~ Friendship Children’s Values Series (2018), a Five-Star Winner of Readers’ Favorites.
“We need a tool to teach each half-generation of children values in a compelling, fun, and bright way.”
Her series Escape into Excellence ~ Building a Foundation for Honest Decision Making (2015) and Embrace Your Excellence ~ A Psychopharmacology Primer and Mirror to the Soul (2016) benefits Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation. Currently, she is working on the Ethical Hacker ~ Acidemia, a political suspense thriller novel.
As a Google Scholar with a doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco, she has over 30 years’ writing experience, leadership, content creation, storytelling, and 15 years as an academic professor.
Diana spends her time caring for her critter family in the beautiful backdrop of Sonoma County, California. She gets her inspiration from her love of teaching and being part of something bigger than ourselves.
As a foster mom for PapHavenRescue.org, she lives with her dogs and pasture pets, discussing storylines for all the upcoming books in her series, with the real Rosy Posy, in their forever home.
You can call him Cisco, Zulu, or the man who lyric whispers. He can find the lyrics for you all he’ll need, a recent picture. Can’t be outdated unless its the style of the music for a ’50s school reunion, and a theme of hula hooping.
He does magic with a notebook, a pencil, and one impression. He can make a song from nothing, wouldn’t even charge you extra. Want it deep? You’re going down, so don’t forget to bring your snorkels. Want comtemp/pop/bounce, then he’s the man to write it for you.
He was raised in Houst-Houston, He’s been known to chop and screw some. Had a very open mind and got down low for the outcome. He started back from zero just to work up from the bottom. So that he could see from another perspective, the grass isn’t greener the colors are different.
Francisco Santarose was born and raised in greater Houston, Texas, and has lived in four countries on two continents. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and music and receives nothing less than joy when working with a client on a project to enhance or invent a new tune from scratch.
All projects created with Francisco’s oversight are treated delicately and with precision. His attention to detail in written content is beyond reproach; all pictures are painted so that the final view is what the client imagined from the very beginning. A true lyric-detective, call Francisco to help you expand your idea and design the lyrics of a masterpiece from that imagery!
Justin Sloan is a full-time author, game writer, and screenwriter. With a focus on character motivation, he is passionate about point of view and diving deep into issues that resonate with the audience. It all started when his grandma had asked for a journal of his travels around the world, both with the Marines and via his graduate degree in international relations at Johns Hopkins.
Instead, Justin captured the sense of adventure and nostalgia in his books. Ultimately, he left government service behind and decided to make the leap to creative.
What followed was a career of writing video games, authoring and editing articles at Military.com, and publishing over 100 novels. He started on high-profile IP-based games with credits on such titles as Tales from the Borderlands, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Minecraft: Story Mode.
Justin has worked on Marvel and mobile games, and a TV hybrid AI game. His books are in such genres as military science fiction, epic fantasy, and thriller. On the screenwriting side, Justin has adapted novels, won contests, and optioned features and a television pilot to both indie and major studios.
Along with his time as a signals intelligence Marine, Justin has worked for the federal government, Federal Reserve Bank, taught martial arts, and can play three songs on the bagpipes. He studied creative writing at the Johns Hopkins MA program, and screenwriting at UCLA.
Justin is happy to help you develop your story in whatever media you like, including games, manuscripts, or screenplays.
Michael McKown studied journalism in college then began his writing and editing career in the US Navy. That started in 1966 where he served as a shore station and shipboard journalist. And then his career path turned to working dogs.
In 1976, he co-founded the United Schutzhund Clubs of America and created its bimonthly magazine, Schutzhund USA. In 1978, he founded a monthly magazine, Dog Sports, at which he served as editor and publisher for over 20 years. He branched off into digital publishing in 1998 where he served as an interviewer, writer and editor for 12 years. For eight of those years, he also wrote, produced and directed many feature-length videos.
While still involved with that business, he teamed up with a young book editor in 2002 to form Ghostwriters Central. This company has fulfilled the writing needs of an endless assortment of clients, from high-profile figures to new authors. That young book editor was instrumental in bringing Ghostwriters Central to the forefront of professional writing services and was part of the company for 15 long years. He has since moved on but other extremely-talented writers have recently joined the firm.
Every project undertaken by Ghostwriters Central, from a one-page document to a published 300-page manuscript to wedding vows to filmed screenplays, is handled with the utmost care. We always deliver clients’ projects with excitement, secure in the knowledge that we have devoted great effort to the cause.
Ghostwriters Central sets itself apart from its competitors in two major ways:
1) We’re the most down-to-earth ghostwriting service we know of. Whereas many of our competitors approach their work with an air of entitlement, we pride ourselves on keeping things simple, open, good-humored, and fun. Indeed, we attribute a good part of our success to our attitude. People hire Ghostwriters Central again and again because we operate with 0% nonsense and 100% accessibility and professionalism.
2) Our pricing has been designed with full awareness of the client’s needs. Our affordable rates reflect the fact that whether you’re hiring us to write a book, a screenplay, a speech, web text for your site, marriage vows or what have you, we fully acknowledge that you’re often at the beginning of a long and involved process (i.e., getting published, getting a movie produced, delivering a speech), and we have no intention of using that to our advantage. In fact, we recommend that you beware of ghostwriting companies that attempt to inflate the value of their work via grossly inflated prices.