Charter Members

The Yukon Writers' Society is a nonprofit run by four charter members.

 
 
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Shayla Raquel, Organizer

An expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. A lifelong lover of books, she has edited over 400 books and has launched several Amazon bestsellers for her clients. Her award-winning blog teaches new and established authors how to write, publish, and market their books. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist, The Rotting (in Shivers in the Night), and The Suicide Tree. In her not-so-free time, she acts as organizer for the Yukon Writers’ Society, volunteers at the Oklahoma County Jail, and obsesses over squirrels. She lives in Oklahoma with her dogs, Chanel, Wednesday, and Baker. You can visit her website at shaylaraquel.com.

 
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gary medina, trustee

Gary Medina currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His goal is to make a career shift to full-time fiction writing. He has an interest in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and horror while mixing those genres in his work. Inspired by creative works in different mediums that value weirdness over wide appeal, he hopes to take what he’s learned to give the audience much more than a relaxing read. Gary is the author of A Pretty Façade. Keep up with Gary on YouTube or Facebook.

 
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JANEY MERRY, TRUSTEE

Janey Merry is a wife and a new mother. She lives in her hometown of Yukon, Oklahoma. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma, majoring in early childhood education. Her house is full of boys with Philip (her husband), Luke (their infant son), two mountain dogs, two black cats, and one turtle. She is passionate about animals, nature, food, books, and traveling. She loves to read and write fantasy, historical fiction, children’s, and young adult. She aspires to be an accomplished author one day. Janey is the author of In Stitches and is currently pitching a children’s picture book. Learn more about Janey at JaneyMerry.com.

 
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Melissa Eick is a Co-founder and the Director of Communications and Development for The Dragonfly Home—a nonprofit in Oklahoma City serving survivors of human trafficking—as well as an attorney, writer, and seasoned speaker. Melissa has a passion for sharing what she’s learned while pursuing her calling and is currently working on a memoir about her journey toward becoming an anti-human trafficking activist. During her tenure as a member of Yukon Writer Society, Melissa has also begun dabbling in writing fiction and is excited to grow in that area. You can learn more about Melissa a tmelissaeick.com.