Ghostwriting Staff

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.

Meet Brian Ackley, speechwriter, screenwriter, TV commercials and non-fiction ghostwriting.
Brian Ackley, speechwriting, screenwriting, TV commercials and non-fiction ghostwriting.

Brian Ackley

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, crisis communications, technical writing, reports, manuals and press releases.

Mike Branom

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.

Stephen David Brooks, screenwriter: Comedy, drama, sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, adaptations from books, and more.

Stephen David Brooks

Upon graduating from UCLA film school, Stephen began his career as a Visual Effects Supervisor under the tutelage of two-time Academy Award winner John Dykstra (Spider-Man 1 and 2, Hancock). Although VFX paid the bills, his real passion was screenwriting and was actively pursuing his spec projects at night and on weekends.

Stephen became a professional screenwriter when he adapted Stephen King’s short story The Mangler for director Tobe Hooper and New Line Cinema, under the supervision of Stephen King himself. Stephen is now a Stephen King-approved screenwriter. Stephen also wrote the early drafts of Stephen King’s The Mist.

This led to a fantastic pitch session with Bob Weinstein and writing contract with Miramax. The film never got made but what an experience that was! This in turn lead to countless work-for-hire screenplays, treatments, outlines and rewrites. Stephen is a fantastic collaborator and enjoys bouncing ideas back and forth.

Stephen’s next projects were for Avi Lerner’s Millennium where he wrote the screenplays for Spiders 1 and 2.

Tired of being only a “horror writer,” Stephen branched out and wrote the severely acerbic crime comedy Heads N Tailz which won best picture honors at numerous film festivals including LA’s Dances With Films. Continuing along those lines, Stephen’s next screenplay was the oddly comedic science fiction film Flytrap which is now in wide distribution.

Stephen’s original screenplay The Director is in active development with powerhouse producer Elizabeth Avellan (Spy Kids). This screenplay also landed Stephen on the Universal Studios approved writers list.

Deborah Jane Burke, song lyric writing, including rap, hip-hop. All genres.

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.

Joe Carlen, business writing, blogs and website content.

Joe Carlen

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.

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Genie Davis, novels, non-fiction, autobiographies, memoirs, speeches, journalist. Seen here at a book signing.

Genie Davis

I write everything and anything – and love doing it. Non-fiction or fiction, I think getting the voice right is the most important element of any story. So, I listen until I hear it clearly.

I’m a journalist and biographer. I have lots of experience asking the right questions to get the best answers that makes any story you want to tell really sing. I write book-length non-fiction from personal memoirs to historical works, from self-help to business advice to medical research and travel. And I write articles, blogs, content, and speeches, too.

Then there’s fiction: I am a novelist myself, both conventionally and self-published. I write thrillers and mysteries and romance and literary fiction. I ghostwrite in an even wider variety of genres. I’ve received the Romance Writers of America award for best erotic novella; and as a produced screen and TV writer, I’m a member the Writers Guild of America West. Novels, short stories, scripts, and yes, poetry, too, I’m — pun intended — “well versed” in each.

When I’m not writing, I’m with my friends, family, cats — or all three. I love to travel and am particularly drawn to the desert and the ocean. You can find me watching baby bats and moon rise in Death Valley; enjoying a slice of chocolate haupia pie on Oahu’s North Shore; watching a horror movie — definite weakness for zombies; enjoying art installations; or failing terribly at charades.

I have a degree in film and communications from Boston University.

Joe De Quattro, biographies, memoirs, literature, fiction, short stories and editor.

Joe De Quattro

Joe De Quattro grew up in an Italian-American household that placed a premium on work and what one could see with one’s eyes: Paycheck, job, a painting, a movie or food, and while one can certainly see a book, its contents must be read to be appreciated.

Reading, literature, to Joe’s parents these were things that were only appreciated by the idle or the wealthy, and so while Joe secretly developed a love for writing and reading as a boy, he maintained as he grew a parallel respect toward work handed down from his father. As he wrote and read and educated himself in Manhattan, he worked hard to be the best dishwasher, busboy or lobsterman he could be, often drawing comparisons to Jack London’s character Martin Eden. As a result, he is able to bring to his fiction a certain work ethic, and he will bring that same intensity to your story.
 
His fiction has been published in literary magazines like The Carolina Quarterly and Beloit Fiction Journal which in their storied half-century histories have published the work of National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists like Don DeLillo, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen Dixon, and Raymond Carver.
 
Joe’s dad might not have understood or fully appreciated writing, but Joe understands and knows that writing well is one of the most difficult jobs anyone can undertake. He is a Lecturer in Writing at the University of California, Berkeley, and has an MFA in fiction from Bennington College.

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Brian Golden, autobiographies, memoirs, TV scripts, screenplays, copywriting and playwright.

Brian Golden

Brian Golden is a writer, journalist, playwright, political writer and nice person who loves hearing — and telling — a good story. He’d love to help you tell yours.

He now lives in Los Angeles, but has deep midwestern roots — including twelve years in Chicago at the helm of Theatre Seven, where he developed dozens of new plays and his own work was produced around the country and nominated for the Jefferson Award for Best New Work. As a television writer, Brian has assisted on both network and streaming projects — and his drama pilots have been named Grand Prize Winner of the Shore Scripts Pilot Competition, Winner of the WeScreenplay TV Pilot Contest, and the Page Awards. His TV pilot The Bang earned him a spot on The Black List’s Top Unstaffed TV Writers of the Year. As a journalist, Brian’s work has appeared in Chicago Magazine and he has ghostwritten pieces that ran in outlets like the Sacramento Bee, LA Times and HuffPost, among others.

Brian loves this job because he loves stories. Your story, in particular. He sees himself as a story midwife — helping you birth your story into the world: your screenplay, op-ed, wedding toast. Your story! You came here because you have something to say — Brian wants to help you say it, he wants to make it fun, and he wants to finish with time to spare. No stress. He can help you put someone on blast, or bring the house down. It’s your story. Let’s tell it together.

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Hon. Jacob Gross, political op-ed opinion writer, press releases, fund-raising emails and political social media operations.

Hon. Jacob Gross

Hon. Jacob M. Gross, MPA is a seasoned writer and political operative. His specialty is ghostwriting opinion pieces on Democratic politics, as well as press releases and other campaign communications. In his own name, Jacob has written three opinion pieces for the New York Daily News.

He has ghostwritten opinion pieces for numerous community news outlets, and a column for Huffington Post Black Voices. During the 2021 New York City primary election cycle, he ghostwrote one to two opinion pieces and five to seven press releases each week.

Previously, Jacob worked in the political consulting and lobbying firm Bill Lynch Associates, founded by former New York Deputy Mayor Bill Lynch. Jacob wrote opinion pieces, fundraising emails, and press releases. He handled social media for multiple members of Congress, which was quoted in most of New York’s major daily newspapers.

Jacob is also a Senior Advisor to a member of the New York State Assembly, and a local elected official on the New York County Democratic Committee (earning him the title “Honorable”.)

He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University. Jacob has also studied comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, among other comedy schools, and is a trained puppeteer.

Beth Herman, biographer, ghostwriter, journalist, story teller and best-selling author.

Beth Herman

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.

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Kate Jonez, accomplished ghostwriter, novelist, speechwriter, editor and script doctor.

Kate Jonez

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, acclaimed fiction writer, a specialist in novels and short stories.

Charlene Keel

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.

Penelope Korff, screenwriter, stage play writer, book manuscript writer, copywriter, military.
Penelope Korff, screenwriter, stage play writer, book manuscript writer and copywriter. She’s an Army veteran and knows the military.

Penelope Korff

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, book manuscripts, poetry, theatrical scripts and novel writing.

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.

Chuck Loch, award-winning, highly-skilled screenwriter.

Chuck Loch

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.

Brian McLaughlin, military topics ghostwriter (Army, Navy, Air Force, US Marine Corps, Coast Guard).

Brian McLaughlin

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.

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Lisa Montalto, screenwriter, script doctor, novelist, writer of memoirs and biographies and editor.

Lisa Montalto

Lisa is a Boston transplant living in West Hollywood. Having crafted numerous novels, biographies, memoirs, feature screenplays and TV pilots for top producers, high-profile clients, and the girl/boy next door, she believes everyone has a story to tell. 

Lisa works closely with her clients to find the tidbits that can turn a simple tale into a masterpiece. Having written for the producer of the blockbuster movie, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, she believes no project is too big or too small to make an impact on the world and she approaches each project with the same enthusiasm.

Having read her first book at age four — Dr. Suess’ Green Eggs & Ham — Lisa was bitten by the story bug and began weaving her own bedtime tales to tell her little brother. By age 10, she had her first book published in her school library and it’s been a rocket ride ever since. After graduating Northeastern University, she landed her first job at the number one radio station in Boston, KISS 108FM, writing ad copy and promos. That led to television writing and a trek across the country to write a brand integration script for CSI Vegas. From there word got out about Lisa’s talent, creativity, and unique take on the ordinary. 

With her strengths being story structure and character development, Lisa loves to mix two or more genres together for a more interesting plot. After all, no matter the story, it’s all in the way you tell it.

Annette Parks, novelist, copywriter, memoir writer, ghostwriter, blogger.

Annette Parks

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.

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J. Thomas Peterson, screenwriter.

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, expertise in Christianity and Judaism, also is a skilled blogger and website content creator, proofreader and editor.

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.

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Adam Rocke, screenwriter, script doctor, novelist, non-fiction writer and journalist.

Adam Rocke

A “literary mercenary” with an unusual skill set, and a Rolodex filled with fascinating, oftentimes dangerous people amassed over decades of high-octane journalism, Adam has authored hundreds of articles for major domestic and international publications (many have been optioned for TV/feature film development), and more than 50 books (fiction and nonfiction, credited and ghosted).

Adam lives by the simple creed: “Life is too short to write boring stories.”

On the Hollywood side of the equation, Adam has been a hired scribe on numerous projects, the majority in the action, action/adventure or action/thriller genre courtesy of his firearms/weaponry expertise and years of tactical training.

He’s penned feature screenplays for some top action stars in the industry, including a wild script for Steven Seagal, based on Steven’s (supposed) involvement with a CIA/DARPA mind-control program.

Adam’s screenplay, Cage Girls, inspired by his time writing for Fight! Magazine, caught the attention of a former pro fighter, and is in the process of being packaged, potentially with UFC involvement.

Adam’s novel and script, The Death Dealer, based on his Maxim cover feature of the same name, about hunting poachers in Africa, is in development with Aaron Magnani Productions.

Adam’s original series, Knuckles and Asphalt, inspired by an interview Adam did with Sonny Barger, former president of the Hells Angels, is out to showrunners courtesy of A-listers Ilan Breil and Darren Statt.

When it comes to YOUR project, Adam has only goal: To flesh out every morsel of its potential on its way to maximum commercial viability.

Francisco Santarose, lyricist, songwriter, rap writer, can provide custom song lyrics to existing music.

Francisco Santarose

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!

David Santo, award-winning screenwriter, producer and director.

David Santo

I’m a 47-time award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director. I’ve sold 6 screenplays and have 4 produced movies. My book on how to write screenplays went to #1 on Amazon Kindle.

I do screenwriting and ghostwriting for people from all walks of life. And I have been successful in writing all mainstream genres. Whether I’m writing a script for myself or a client I hold it to the same high standards — the source material must be exciting, inspirational, and capable of creating a cinematic experience.

What separates me from the competition? I have legit produced credits. I’m also a producer and director. This gives me a unique understanding of what it takes to write a successful screenplay.

Screenwriting is a unique form of writing that is not based on grammar or paragraphs like we are accustomed to. Proper screenwriting is improper, quick to the point, a bit jarring on the page. Knowing this —

You can be sure the script I write will meet all of Hollywood’s standards.

I’m highly organized and motivated. I approach every project with passion, ethics, and overall mastery of the relevant information.

Success (for me) is fulfilling your vision. That’s why I listen carefully to what you want. Your life and your story are designed to do great things. I want to help you do that!

I’m super excited to see what your ideas are.

Let’s do great things!

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Brad Schreiber, screenwriter, script doctor, non-fiction writer.

Brad Schreiber

Brad Schreiber has worked as a writer as well as an editor, ghostwriter, screenwriter, script doctor and consultant.

His latest book, Music Is Power is a history of socially-conscious music in all genres. His book Revolution’s End was honored by the International Book Awards and Independent Publisher Book Awards. Becoming Jimi Hendrix, an early-years biography, was selected for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library. He created the TV series North Mission Road, which ran for six seasons, based on his history of the LA coroner, Death in Paradise.

He has sold numerous screenplays and the animated feature Jungle Shuffle. Schreiber was a finalist at the KASA Screenwriting Awards for his action-adventure screenplay, The Couch.

Other books include the humor writing how-to What Are You Laughing At?, praised by comedians Larry Gelbart, Tom Robbins and Mort Sahl. His compendium of live theatrical disasters, Stop the Show! was praised by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler. Schreiber was also a writer-producer and development executive at LA PBS affiliate KCET-TV, as well as head of development for director Jonathan Kaplan at Warner Hollywood Studios.

Other awards: National Press Foundation, Edward Albee Foundation and L.A. Press Club. His adaptations of stories by Philip K. Dick and Ray Bradbury have aired over National Public Radio. He was vice president of Storytech Literary Consulting, consulting on books and scripts, taught at the American Film Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison; UCLA, the Gotham Writers Workshop, and conferences and universities in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Cody Smart

Cody is an L.A.-based Latina writer, script consultant and script doctor with degrees in English Literature & Linguistics, Screenwriting, Development, and Producing, who prides herself of helping writers take their work to the next level, in both English and Spanish. She moved to L.A. to pursue her masters, fell in love, and now enjoys family hikes chasing her toddler around in the perfect L.A. weather.

She worked as a script analyst at Sony for three years, reading hundreds of scripts, and honing her craft and learning to appreciate the development of scripts and how to best guide writers to deliver the best script possible.

She also works as a judge for seven film and screenplay competitions, where she’s learned what makes scripts engage readers and attract the attention of managers, agents and producers. As a writer herself, Cody has placed in multiple competitions, and won some awards.

Cody is also the head of coverage of Story Data, a script-hosting site, where she does a bi-monthly vlog with tips for screenwriters.

She teaches script doctoring, and another course titled Get Your Script Contest Ready as a UCLA Extension instructor.

Cody has worked with a wide variety of clients, helping to provide in-depth script analysis, and also rewriting/doctoring hundreds of scripts in order to get them ready for production. She loves working directly with her clients, understanding their needs, and staying true to the essence of the story the client is trying to tell, in order to elevate the story and characters.

David White, novelist, screenwriter, film-book adaptations.

David White

I’m the author of six novels, a dozen screenplays, and more than twice that many short scripts. My specialties include science fiction, mysteries, political thrillers, conspiracies, film noir, adventure-comedies, and historical subjects.

I’ve also created scenes for other production companies’ scripts, including recreating an actual dogfight that happened early in World War II between a Tiger Moth Biplane and two Japanese Zeros for the Indonesian film, “Flying Tiger,” and a detailed treatment for a French proof-of-concept film about the Star Wars fan favorite, Boba Fett. I’ve also written the opening scenes for an African-based adventure film, and pivotal scenes for a bigfoot mystery-thriller set in Georgia.

I have more than twenty years of experience as a creator of commercial content for many corporate clients, from niche marketers (Paul Prudhomme, Town and Country Homes, Wolverine Boots) on up to major corporations (Citibank, BMW, the TBS Network), among others. My professional skills include work as a professional editor, handling everything from novels and story collections, up to the massive 90,000-word California Real Estate Bar exam (CalREB) training and preparation books.

I’m experienced at writing lyrics and poetry, including an award-winning poem about the Scottish Battle of Bannockburn, and a 5,000-word Homeric epic about the Fall of Troy. I’ve written doctoral-level white papers on foreign policy, film and TV criticism, and on the current state of the UFO/UAP situation here and abroad. I’m also highly effective at uncovering hoaxes, such as the rumors that surrounded the tragic Beirut explosion in August, 2020.

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Michael, described by his co-founder as “…good-humored, and fun.” Yeah, right.

Michael McKown

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.

Member: The Authors Guild.

 

The Company

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.

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