BREE BARTON / Chief Creative Officer
Before becoming Chief Creative Officer of BusinessGhost, Bree Barton collaborated on more than thirty fiction and nonfiction books. Her ghostwriting projects include numerous bestselling memoirs and business books, as well as a novel whose TV rights were recently optioned by ABC. Under her own byline, she’s published work in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Cape Cod Today, and Providence Journal. Her articles and short fiction have appeared in McSweeney’s, Flashquake, Skirt!, Chronogram, and The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging. Bree writes with a natural rhythm and flair, adeptly capturing the subtle nuances of your unique voice. According to John Siniff, executive forum editor of USA Today, “Bree has a gift that can’t be taught. She’s the real deal.”
SARA STRATTON / Chief Operating Officer
An Orange County native, Sara Stratton attended University of California, Irvine and earned her degree in Literary Journalism and Broadcast Media with a minor in Women’s Studies. Sara Stratton has been featured in the New U University Times, on the radio, and is continuing to follow her dreams of managing a team in the publishing field. She was the host of her own original radio show, “Your Key to the OC…Discovering Orange County,” which aired once a week for an hour on 88.9 KUCI. Before coming to BusinessGhost, Sara worked full-time at National Geographic in Washington, D.C., where she held a position in the International Business Affairs and Kids Magazine Production department. Now back in Orange County, Sara’s role varies from overseeing everything internal, including sales, which frees up the CEO to focus on external matters (PR and partnerships), to supporting the writing and production team, to performing strategic and operational responsibilities in order to aid business growth.
TERESA SPENCER / Senior Writer
Teresa Spencer has collaborated on over twenty nonfiction, fiction, and memoir books as a ghostwriter, editor, and personal writing coach. Her ghostwritten projects have included Amazon.com and New York Times bestselling memoirs for celebrity sports and television personalities, as well as numerous business and financial guides. Teresa has worked as a researcher and writer for the Hudson Institute and contributed to The Indianapolis Star‘s book review section. She studied fiction writing with the acclaimed writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, and she holds a BA (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Amherst College and an MFA from The George Washington University.
JENN SALCIDO / Senior Writer
Jenn Salcido is a Rhode Island-based writer and editor. Her editing clients have included Mirrorball Entertainment, Vibram USA, and Wolters-Kluwer Health among others. Her journalism work has appeared in The Kent County Daily Times, Southern Rhode Island’s Timeout, Providence Business News, Options Newsmagazine, and The Sun Chronicle. She holds a B.A. cum laude in English from Amherst College, and prior to joining the BusinessGhost Team served as the Assistant Director of Marketing and PR at Trinity Repertory Company, a Tony Award-winning regional theater. She was awarded the Peter Burnett Howe Prize for excellence in prose fiction for her novella, Sonora, as a senior at Amherst. She is currently working on her first novel.
NICOLE M. TAYLOR / Senior Writer
Nicole M. Taylor is a recent transplant from the vast, frozen wastes of mid-Michigan. She relishes the sunshine and vibrant creative community that Los Angeles has to offer. Nicole got her BA in English and Creative Writing from Michigan State University in 2010 and has been publishing creative work steadily since then. Her short stories have appeared in more than a dozen of literary and speculative markets and she’s currently hard at work on a novel. In the meantime, she is enjoying the challenges and delights of collaborative work at BusinessGhost.
JENNY SOMMERFELD / Senior Writer
Wielding both fiction and nonfiction literary prowess, Jenny has been published in LA Stage Magazine, Palaver, and Angelingo Literary Journal. Raised in the Midwest, she moved to the coast to receive training from the University of Southern California’s renowned writing department, headed by best-selling author T.C. Boyle and Pulitzer Prize finalist Mariann Wiggins. She graduated cum laude with a degree in English and minor in Theatre. In addition to her writing, she has produced critically acclaimed works for the stage such as “Killer Joe,” by Tracy Letts, and other original pieces by up-and-coming artists.
HANNAH TODD / Senior Writer
Hannah received her BA in Literature and Theatre from Hampshire College and is currently an MFA Candidate in Directing at Northwestern University. Prior to starting at Northwestern, Hannah worked as a freelance theater director in Washington, DC. She has assistant directed at Shakespeare Theatre, Folger Theatre, and Studio Theatre, and directed many productions around the city, including adapting and directing radio productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and As You Like It for Lean & Hungry Theatre/WAMU 88.5. Hannah also adapted and directed critically acclaimed productions of Hamlet, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet for her company, We Happy Few Productions. Hannah has ghostwritten numerous books and mini-books for BusinessGhost, along with many editing and revision projects. Hannah’s writing has a natural creativity and flow born of a deep, life-long love of language and literature. She is excited to continue putting that love to good use for the BusinessGhost team.
RYAN DOOLITTLE / Senior Writer
From the Emmy Nominated “Penn & Teller: Bullshit!” to Tony Shalhoub’s “Monk” to TV pilots for Dakota Pictures, New Wave Entertainment, and NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Ryan has contributed to a wide array of Hollywood projects. He performed behind and in front of the camera on VH1′s hit sketch comedy show “Stevie TV” and currently has a half hour scripted comedy pilot in development.
Aboard the BusinessGhost ship he has written and contributed to books and proposals focusing on topics ranging from financial retirement to business automation to plastic surgery to fighter pilots.
A standup comedian and host of his own podcast, Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount’s School of Film and Television and a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California.
LYDIA CONKLIN / Senior Writer
Lydia Conklin received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her MFA in fiction writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For her writing, she has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the James Merrill House, the Vermont Studio Center, Millay, Jentel, the Astraea Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Caldera, the Sitka Center and Harvard University, among others. Her fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, New Letters, The New Orleans Review, and elsewhere, and is forthcoming from The Southern Review. She has also drawn graphic fiction for Gulf Coast, Salt Hill and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. She has taught writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Oakhill Correctional Institution.
CHRISTINE FADDEN / Senior Writer
Prior to joining the Business Ghost team, Christine taught English as a Second Language for fifteen years in universities and businesses from Seoul to Paris to Maastrict to Portland, Oregon. While abroad, she wrote and edited materials for clients such as NCR, DuPont, GE, Clifford Chance, Altadis, and the Korean Broadcasting System. Having recently settled down in the mountains of Wyoming, where she volunteers at a therapeutic horse facility and writes fiction, she says, “I work with words all day, and sometimes all night. The wide open landscape here counteracts the intensity of working alone with pages—and awes me daily.” She holds degrees from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, the University of Texas at Austin, and Portland State University.
MEGHAN O’GIEBLYN / Senior Writer
Meghan O’Gieblyn earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served as the fiction editor of Devil’s Lake literary journal. Her writing has appeared in Indiana Review and Guernica, and was anthologized in Longform’s Best Personal Essays of 2011. She has taught writing at the University of Wisconsin, Upper Iowa University, and Creative Nonfiction.
JILL AMADIO / Senior Writer
Jill Amadio is an author, biographer, journalist, and ghostwriter. She is the author of the best-selling Gunther Rall: Luftwaffe Ace and NATO General, and co-authored and collaborated on several books including A Moment in Crime; My Vagabond Lover: An Intimate Portrait of Rudy Vallee, and Help! I’ve Hired a Lawyer! She has ghostwritten fifteen memoirs and autobiographies, and a true crime. Her humorous essay on her experience ghostwriting a traditional mystery ran in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine. A Cornishwoman and educated in England, Jill has been a reporter as a resident in four countries, and worked for the News of the World and Daily Mail in London; the Bangkok Post; the Spanish-American Courier; Gannett Newspapers, and Asian Symphony magazine. She wrote an auto column for Entrepreneur magazine for 12 years and was an investigative reporter for the Connecticut Sunday Herald. She has been a panelist at writers conferences including Bouchercon, Left Coast Crime, Surrey International Writers Conference in Canada, and others. She lives in Dana Point, CA.
ANDREW MORTZAVI / Senior Writer
Andrew Mortazavi is a writer with an eclectic background in fiction, journalism, and editing. He was a Beverly Rogers Fellow in fiction at the University of Arizona MFA program and the Carol Houck Smith Fellow in fiction at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His short fiction was awarded the Iowa Review Award, among other distinctions and honors, and has appeared in various literary journals. In a recent past life, he taught creative writing at a number of universities, but he now works full time as a freelance writer and editor in Chicago. When not ghosting for Business Ghost, he works on his own nonfiction pieces and a first novel that will be released sometime later this century.
AMY CLAIRE SPAHN / Typist
As an independent typist and editor, Amy has had the privilege of working with clients on all forms of writing, from full-length manuscripts to marketing proposals. She studied at the University of California, Irvine and graduated magna cum laude with honors in dramatic literature. Her hobbies include cooking and practicing martial arts, but not at the same time. For more information, visit www.PhraseFixer.com.