Annie McDonnell – (McHorsky) Founder
I have always loved to read and to inspire others to read by telling other constantly about the books I had read and loved. My first Book Review was published in 3rd grade for my elementary school newspaper. I always knew this was in my bones!! Now, I need to locate it again and find out which book I reviewed.
I read about a contest in Elle in November, 2006 where the 15 Contest Winners would become the “Readers’ Prize Panel” and review 3 Top Best Seller each month for the print magazine. We were asked to list our 5 favorite books and write a review of our favorite. So, I wrote a review for Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice”. About a month later I found out I was one of the Winners and I began receiving manuscripts to review. Right after that I started a blog, with all sorts of names (Readingaholics Book Reviews, & We Keep Turning Pages) but nothing stuck until The Write Review which officially began in 2010.
In 2012 I enjoyed working as an Associate Reviewer with Samantha March of Chick Lit Plus, and that was a lot of fun. She taught me things about Blogging that I did not know.
Sadly, Nearing the end of 2015 I had to take a medical hiatus, until early 2019. I had feared I would never get back to reading. I was very excited that medical treatments were able to help me and I am hopeful that things will stay this way.
Then in March, 2019 I started The Write Reviewer’s Book Club on Facebook with the help of Serena Soape. I host Live interviews with authors as well as two monthly Live Book Discussions with the author. I have to tell you that it is truly heaven to me.
I have 3 Amazing Dogs and 5 Wonderfu Cats. I volunteer for a local dog rescue, One Love Dog Rescue, Inc. when I have time. They are an amazing organization and always in need of donations.
My favorite Genres are Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction, Psychological Thriller and Historical Fiction. I do bend to other genres occasionally when I meet the right book.
Serena Soape – Associate Book Reviewer & Book Club Co-Founder/Assistant
I have loved to read for as long as I can remember. I enjoy many different types of books; mostly thriller, romance, mystery even venture into historical fiction and horror from time to time. When I am not reading or working, I enjoy spending time with my 2 dogs and 6 birds – they keep life exciting. I have worked in the valve industry for 25 years and am sales manager at my company currently.
In March of 2019, Annie and I started The Write Reviewer’s Book Club. I have been her Assistant with the Book Club ever since. As the Book Club started to grow, I became more aware of the importance of Book Reviews. Annie and I were working very closely together on a daily basis with the Book Club and she saw that I was writing reviews for every book I read and that I was receiving ARC’s from authors. Shortly after, Annie asked me to become an Associate Reviewer on The Write Review Blog, and I have been enjoying myself ever since. We make a great team.
Phyllis Jones Pisanelli – Associate Book Reviewer & Social Media Assistant
I am retired, married and have two furbabies. The boys demand attention but, I still have plenty of time to devote to reading. I have been an avid reader since the sixth grade. I enjoy general fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, psychological thrillers, mysteries and a little romance. I don’t usually read fantasy or sci-fi but I am up for most any thing else.
When I retired, I learned how important it is to write reviews for authors. I started to enter giveaways because I love the idea of reading ARC’s. There is nothing like reading a book before it hits full publication and being able to review it. I joined The Write Review Book Club where I was able to get to know Annie and was thrilled at the invitation to review for The Write Review. I became an Associate Reviewer for The Write Review in August, 2019. I am enjoying this next chapter in my life.
Christine Davis – Associate Book Reviewer and Social Media Assistant
I grew up on the northern farmlands of Illinois. My small family lived in a 200 year old farmhouse. Though if you drove by that same house today you’d be in a bustling part of the megalopolis that stretches from top of Illinois to Chicago.
I was married in Illinois also. But soon after my 23rd birthday my husband, small daughter and I started traveling around the USA. We made a prolonged stop in Iowa for the birth of my son and then traveled on to Wyoming and eventually Oklahoma where I have lived for the last 12 years.
I do art, read books and enjoy time with my family. I was asked to become an Associate Reviewer for The Write Review and Social Media Assistant for both The Write Reviewer’s Book Club and The Write Review Facebook Page in August, 2019.
Jennifer Bryan-Vawser – Associate Book Reviewer & Social Media Assistant
I am from San Diego but live in Nebraska. I have been with my high school sweetheart for 20 years. We have 2 amazing sons. #boymom
I have been reading for as long as I can remember. Reading has really transformed my life, I think that is what makes me appreciate author’s so much. I love the feeling of leaving reality and living in the world the author created. I think that is where my love of writing reviews came from. I feel like it’s the only way to pay it back to the author that just took me on amazing journey.
I love reading thrillers, Mystery, Suspense, Horror, Romance, Young Adult, Chick-Lit, Non-Fiction, Biographies, Memoirs, and a little bit of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Paranormal. So basically everything!
My goal is to help others find the perfect book for themselves and if a simple review can do that, then I feel like I’ve done my job.
In September, 2019 Annie asked me to join the Write Review Team. She had noticed that I was always helping Members in the Book Club already, so she thought I’d enjoy being a Social Media Assistant. And, she has always thoroughly enjoyed my reviews and I’d make a great fit as an Associate Reviewer. So…..I said Yes!
I’m very excited to be a part of The Write Review team and it is a new journey that I’m ready to begin!