Meet The Write Life’s New Managing Editor

Meet The Write Life’s New Managing Editor

Hello there, writers!

My name is Jessica Lawlor and I am the new managing editor of The Write Life.

Wow, that feels pretty awesome to write.

You may recognize my name (or perhaps, my words). I’ve been a contributing writer around these parts for quite some time. I’m an avid supporter, reader, and let’s face it, superfan, of The Write Life and TWL founder, Alexis Grant.

Let’s get acquainted

A little bit about me:

  • At heart, I’m a writer. It’s what I’ve always done. It’s what I do now. I blog about stepping outside your comfort zone and dabble with creative fiction, too.
  • I’m a voracious reader. When I was three years old, my parents gave me a basket of books for Christmas, and I refused to open my other presents until I was finished reading each and every book. #NerdAlert
  • I quit a safe career in public relations in December to take my communications consulting, blog/brand, speaking and teaching full time. I’m documenting this journey in a series called Becoming CEO (juicy income breakdowns included, if you’re into that sort of thing). I wear *many* hats: communications professional, consultant, blogger, writer, editor, yoga teacher, adjunct professor…the list goes on. I’ve cobbled all of my passions into a career.

Now, I want to learn about you!

As a contributing writer for the site, I already know The Write Life’s community is passionate and engaged.

As managing editor, I want to work even harder to make sure our team is delivering you high-quality and valuable information that makes you a stronger writer, helps you earn money writing and moves you closer to your writing dreams.

Here’s how you can get involved:

For those who have been part of The Write Life community for the last year, you’ve been reading the meticulously edited words of the wonderful Lisa Rowan, editor and writer extraordinaire. Please join me in a big round of internet applause for Lisa for the dedication, creativity and love she’s poured into this site. I have very large shoes to fill. We’ll miss Lisa, but she’s onto new adventures in Florida at The Penny Hoarder. We wish her very well!

A new chapter unfolds…

Until next time,

Jessica Lawlor

Managing Editor, The Write Life

Filed Under: Blogging


  • Adrianna Cote says:

    I’m a new novelist and came across this site. I will soak up as much as I can to always be improving. I looked forward to all the posts and finding some private communities that fit my style.

  • Hi Jessica. I’m fairly new to blogging and have dabbled in writing in the past – now am doing it full time with a vengeance and a glass of wine or two! I just found this group and look forward to participating and learning. By now, you’re an old hat at this managing editor thing. Looks like you’re acing it!

  • Jade says:

    Hi Jessica,
    I’m another new member to The Write Life, and it seems like a positive and encouraging group.

    I’m based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. I have been writing on and off for the past five years and have had a book professionally published.

    When I’m not writing, I professionally freelance in film and television production, and have directed two low budget feature films as well as working in production on major Hollywood films shot in Australia. I am also working at a ‘day job’ in education, but plan to make make the leap to full time freelance writer this year.

    I have a keen interest in writing about health, education and of course screenplays. I am currently in the early stages of writing a modern gothic novel aimed at teenagers.

    I’m looking forward to learning more about making a living writing and meeting other writers.

  • Allen Howard says:

    Hello, Jessica, I am a new member to “The Write Life.” I found your introduction in itself inspiring.

    Being sixty-two with an eighth-grade education, I never considered that I would or could- tell a story. There are so many rules regarding the English language. However, one day I had a story in mind and I went to my computer and began the task of writing a complete novel that while a great story (in my mind,) needed some serious editing.

    Enter my wife, Pam Howard! Her English skills are excellent and she decided to tweak my work. We discovered that we had an uncanny ability to write together. AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS! We have two short stories available on digital media and are near the completion of editing the mentioned novel. Editing I find is where true work lies. Telling the story is enjoyable. We have also started our own page, encouraging writing and discussion. Welcome me, welcome you. ~ Allen Howard

  • Hi Jessica,
    This feels like a comfy place to hang out and meet other writers, and maybe exchange our knowledge and experience. I started my writing career in the last century, and sometimes it feels longer ago than that. For 15 years I wrote about jazz and film for publications ranging from The Village Voice to Playboy and Melody Maker (England), and served as Music Editor of the Soho Weekly News in Downtown Manhattan for 8 years before shifting into authoring nonfiction books in the late 1980s.

    Since then, I’ve written or coauthored more than 20 books, many on spirituality, world religion, health self-help. I also work now as a writing coach, coauthor, ghostwriter, and developmental editor. And in my spare time I work as an Archetypal Consultant giving readings based on my 15 years of collaboration with Caroline Myss, New York Times bestselling author of “Anatomy of the Spirit” and “Sacred Contracts,” which I helped her write. If you’d like to know more about me, please visit or my Amazon author page.

    I look forward to learning more about you and some of the other wonderful writers on this site.

    Peter Occhiogrosso

  • Ashri Mishra says:

    WoW, What a great Post it is.

  • Hi Jessica,
    Congratulations on your new position with Yes, I’ve seen your name “around” and was not surprised to see that you’re the new editor of this excellent website. Good for you!

    Here’s a bit (well, more than a bit) about my freelance writing background.
    I’m a professional freelance travel writer and photographer based in Seattle, Washington. I currently reside in Chiang Mai, Thailand. With more than 1,000 articles published in 200+ regional, national, and international magazines, specialty publications, newspapers, trade journals, in-flights, on-boards, and online travel magazines and blogs, I’m considered one of the most prolific freelance travel writers in North America.

    My work has appeared in the U.S.A, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. I write on travel and culture, history and historic places, food, wine and beer, hotel and spa reviews, military history and museums, military vehicles, writing, art, communications, gardening, classic cars, health, fitness, running, triathlons, sports and film festival reviews. To view more of my freelance articles please go to and

    I’ve written six books about breaking into travel writing, operate a mentoring and coaching program for aspiring travel writers, and host two Travel Writing and Marketing Master Classes each year; one in Seattle, and one somewhere in S.E. Asia.

    And, yes, I market myself at every opportunity. I consider marketing and sales skills as important as good writing skills in today’s rapidly changing freelance writing market.

    I wish you all the best with your new venture Jessica!

    Best Regards,
    -Roy Stevenson

  • Michael says:

    Welcome, Jessica! Pleased to make your acquaintance and I look forward to your writerly wisdom in the days to come.

    All the best!


  • Maj Shiva Kiran says:

    HI Jessica..this is Maj Shiva Kiran from India, love to write. Trying to use various fora available to write out. At TWL for the right life !!!

  • Congratulations! I enjoy this site and have learned a lot from it.


  • Carmen van Vuuren says:

    What a wonderful idea Carolyn Peterson!

    Carmen here from South Africa, welcoming and congratulating Jessica as the new captain of this ship of words.

    I have always enjoyed writing poetry and short stories and I am at that stage of my life that my writing (unpublished) is what helps keep me sane as I find writing very therapeutic.

    I post my works on a few Facebook sites and participate in the various challenges on these groups, but I am now looking to steer my work into a more serious direction. This is where stumbling upon The Write Life has been a fortuitous ‘trip” for me.

    So many writing ideas, publishing contacts etc… all in one place! Luv it!!

    Thank you

    • Carolynn Peterson says:

      Thank you,Carmen. I would be interested in reading some of your work. Where is it posted? I have not written before except in a writing class in college. My creative ambition has always leaned toward painting and sketching until recently. My husband is a published author so I guess I got the writing bug from him and in return, he is sketching and wanting to dabble with watercolor. I do have a blog if you would be interested in reading checking it our Let me know where I can find your writings.


    • Hi Carmen! Thanks for the kind words and introduction! 🙂 Glad to have you here as part of the community!

  • Congratulations Jessica, on your new challenge. My name is Carolyn Peterson and I am a retired Administrative Services Officer II from the AZ Department of Corrections. I am just beginning my writing career. I have started a blog about current events, politics, natural disasters and my thoughts on many sundry topics.

    I have started to write the story of my life as a little girl growing up in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania My goal is to have the story published but only for the purpose of giving each of my daughters and grandchildren a copy.

  • Kia DeCou says:

    Congratulations Jessica!! I love stepping out of my comfort zone too! I am currently teaching reading and writing in Japan and as a voracious reader I feel like I help my students in that half of the course very well. I am currently in the process of becoming a voracious writer as well so I can better encourage them to take up the pen. I look forward to reading many more great articles here.

  • Theresa says:

    I love this email/facebook/writing help. Welcome on as our fearless leader! I am a freelance travel writer and photographer in Saratoga, New York and would love to have my life explode with business/success/stability.

  • Liz says:

    Congrats! I’m a teacher who is looking to break into freelance writing. As a single mom I want to be home more for my daughter. Plus as much as I love living overseas, it may be nice to return to the U.S. eventually! I look forward to hearing more, learning more and hopefully contributing more!

  • BIll McCoy says:

    Hi Jessica, and hope you enjoy your new job!

  • Hi Jessica, I loved your story about you being three and your absolutely smart and knowledgeable parents giving you a basket of books for Christmas, and you having to see/read/lookatpictures them all before going on.
    What a great writing story!

  • Tom Bentley says:

    Jessica, I’ve enjoyed your Write Life writings for a while—congratulations! I’m both a book editor and a writer, of business materials, fiction and travel pieces (and one Write Life piece), so my writing life is often well served by the broad spectrum of Write Life posts. Looking forward to your work!

  • Hi Jessica! My name is Rebecca Vance. Congratulations on the new job here. I look forward to learning more each day from this site. I am a newbie, working on my first novel. Actually, I thought on it, researched, started, stopped and totally went in another direction, and started over. I’ve written poetry, short stories, articles and a blog, but writing a work the length of a novel, is a whole different ball game, to coin a cliche. I am having a great time however. No one promised it would be easy, just totally worth it! Thanks for all of your input and help. I look forward to new beginnings.

  • Urkyle says:

    Congratulations Jessica, I wish you every success and look forward to the newnessses (sic)
    Have a good one!!

  • Cindy Graham says:

    Congratulations Jessica!

    I am a travel blogger and love The Write Life! I was a small niche magazine owner and now trying my hand at travel writing. I just sold my first piece that will be featured in Lost Treasure’s December issue.

    I love to coordinate, as a former magazine “do everything” owner if you ever need any help or want to bounce off ideas please let me know.

    Look forward to the great things you will bring to your new position.

    Good luck!


    PS I will be in Europe from Dec 2016 to Sept 2017 visiting several countries!

  • Marla says:

    Congratulations, Jessica!

    As a blogger and fiction writer, TWL is a constant inspiration. Good luck in your new role.

  • Gina Horkey says:

    Whoop! Way to go Jessica – looks like a match made in heaven!

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