I am happy to share with you two ladies that I adore and look up too. Both are wildly talented and great fun!
Executive Editor, Dawn Binkley and author.
Dawn Binkley, a writer since her late teens is driven by the written word. She believes, without writers the world, as we know it would cease to exist. Books, scripts, advertisements, history, the daily news reports, none of it would be possible without smart, articulate people to write it.
Mrs. Binkley is also a writer and is better known under her pen name Keira Kroft.
Dawn, co-owner of Hellfire Publishing and Hellfire Comics, also carries a vet assistance degree. Her love for animals is as great as her love of people. She gives a percentage of her personal book sale profits to the animal welfare league.
She was born and raised in Chicago and now resides in a quiet suburbs in the outskirts of the city with her husband and her daughter. Dawn spends her spare time working with her cats Scamper and Sawyer, to achieve total world domination, one shared Twinkie at a time. Her passions include reading, writing, football and shopping.
Dawn will read anything you put in front of her. Whether she will like it, is another story. Her preferences are vampires. If an author were to submit something with what she calls “real” vampires, she will rip the hair out the head of any one that will try to take it from her. Also amongst her preferences are ghost stories, werewolves and other paranormal beings. She looks for creativity and wild imagination.
Direct quote from Dawn “without great imagination, writing would simply be nothing more than meaningless paper.”
She strives to bring the best fiction possible to the plate and has carefully staffed HP with like-minded, smart, driven people in the editor positions. The entire foundation of Hellfire Publishing is built upon community, love and trust.
Senior copy editor, editor, personal assistant and author
Jen was born the oldest child in her family and was raised in the big city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Reading has been part of her life as far back as she can remember. Jen always has books around and will read anything she can get her hands on.
In 1986, she left the city life behind and moved to the Northern woods of Wisconsin. Jen believes it was the best move she ever made! She raised her two children in a small rural community where everyone knew everyone—literally.
Jen has been in the child-care profession for 28 years and still does in-home day care today, watching a 4 year old and a 2 year old. She also works for an incredible publishing company as the occasional editor and is the senior copy editor. Jen also helps out by being the assistant to the executive editor.
A year ago, she was prompted to try her hand at writing a book. What a wonderful blessing that was! Now she has two published eBooks, with a third coming out soon. Jen has discovered just how much she loves writing and hopes to be able to keep doing it for a very long time. Jen feels she is very blessed in being able to throw her hat in the ring with all the other very talented authors.
When time allows, you’ll find her reading—whether it’s for work or personal enjoyment, she is always happiest when reading. At times you will find her doing one of her hobbies such as scrapbooking. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family… especially her grandson!
This Wednesday, you are getting a “Two for One” special!
This is the story of Dawn Binkley & Jeanette Ratajczyk. Dawn finds that their friendship is amazing and that of Legend. They met by chance and became true friends the same way. They have since grown in life and have achieved dreams together. But surprisingly they have never met in person.
Dawn & Jen first met on Myspace about 5 1/2 years ago.
They found that they had a lot in common. From both doing day care in their homes, to their love of reading.
Dawn & Jen have never physically met…ever. But they hope to change that soon! However, they talk on the phone A LOT!
Jen helped Dawn by reading through Glow in the Dark, which was then accepted by Decadent Publishing!
Their editing skills at that time were very crude, LOL “If people saw how we painstakingly did it, they would laugh their butts off! We’ve come a long way since then, but I do miss those cute little slappy faces,” Jen said.
It was after that, that Dawn encouraged Jen to try doing some writing of her own, saying she thought she had a natural talent for it.
Jeanette Ratajczyk is also Jen Hart & Savannah Rayne. Most everyone calls her Jen though.
Dawn is insane! LOL There is not a person that is more dedicated to making her business a success. No one really knows when she finds time to eat or sleep.
Although Dawn & Jen have much in common the one area that they are vastly different in, is their taste in music. Dawn loves Heavy metal, bands like Metallica, and worships Rob Zombie, (Jen is cringing right now, lol) where Jen is country, soft rock and oldies. (Dawn is puking right now. But does love oldies, lol.)
Dawn & Jen may be best friends, but they are always 100% honest with each other and that means that they don’t agree on everything. They wear their friend hats and professional hats one at a time and know not to mix the two.
They both believe strongly in the power of positive thinking and the Law of Attraction.
Dawn collects cows now & Jen collected cows about 17 years ago. “So that either means Dawn is way behind in the times or that Jen is really old, lol.” *Dawn snickers*