Acorn Publishing is owned and operated by two best-selling authors, Holly Kammier and Jessica Therrien. After being published by a small press out of Los Angeles and hitting the #3 best-selling book for Teens on Barnes & Noble, Jessica learned that the world of traditional publishing isn't for everyone. Jessica got her rights back, and teamed up with Holly, a fellow writer, as well as a content editor with a background in journalism and book publicity. Together, Holly & Jessica formed Acorn Publishing. Check out what makes Acorn Publishing different by clicking here!
Co-Founder & Best-Selling Author of Kingston Court
Holly is the bestselling author of Kingston Court, Choosing Hope, and Lost Girl, A Shelby Day Novel. She is also an accomplished content editor/writing coach whose authors have gone on to become USA Today and New York Times best-sellers. Holly frequently leads workshops at writers’ festivals and conferences. The former journalist and weather anchor has a professional resume which includes Channel 9 news in Los Angeles and CNN in Washington, D.C.
A UCLA honor grad and mother to teenage boys, Holly lives in her hometown of San Diego, close to family and friends. She is an avid reader with a passion for timeless books and gorgeous writing. Holly enjoys long walks on the beach, pink peonies, and spending time with her family.
Co-Founder & Best-selling author of Children of the Gods
Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Her trilogy has been translated and sold through major publishers around the world, such as Editions AdA (Canada), EditionsMilan (France), Dunwich Edizioni (Italy), and SharpPoint Press (China). Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica is also the author of Carry Me Home, a contemporary YA novel, and a kid’s picture book called, The Loneliest Whale. Her award-winning stories can also be found in a published anthology of flash fiction. After growing up in the tiny town of Chilcoot, CA, population 108, Jessica currently lives in Irvine, CA with her husband and three young children.
Veteran Consulting Editor and Author LAURA TAYLOR is a permanent faculty member of the Southern California Writers' Conference, a member of International Thriller Writers and the Authors Guild, and one of the original 25 Founding Members and served on the Board of Directors of Novelists, Inc. Her 20 years of editorial expertise extends across all fiction genres, non-fiction, academic texts, memoirs, and screenplays. The recipient of more than a dozen national writing awards and endorsements of her writing by creative luminaries Pat Conroy and WEB Griffin, she also holds a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University at Long Beach.
Molly is a PhD candidate in English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she studies 19th century British literature. Prior to her return to academia, she worked in communications for two non-profits in southern California and co-owned a start-up publishing firm. She received a Masters degree in English from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelors in English and writing at Wheaton College. When she's not editing, she's reading intelligent books and watching less-than-intelligent TV while trying to keep the plants on her patio alive.
DEBRA CRANFIELD KENNEDY
Copy Editor & Interior Book Designer
Debbie, with an extraordinary eye for detail and design, has been formatting book interiors for the last decade, and performing high-quality proofreading, typesetting, page layout, prepress, and merging for the past forty years. Her passion blossomed early. A lifelong voracious reader, Debbie became fascinated with the symbols and lines on all kinds of printed pieces even before she learned letters. She got in trouble several times as a child for “writing” spiral characters all over her bedroom wall and in her parents’ books. The almost-native Californian lives in San Diego with her author husband, David Kennedy and, when she’s not making books more beautiful, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and creating jewelry.
Illustrator & Illustration Mentor
Dorene Uhrich has been an artist her whole life. She began her career as a children's book illustrator with Acorn Publishing and has taken on several projects for Acorn authors including, The Loneliest Whale, Sammy's Flame, and Jen's Hens Make New Friends.
In addition to illustrating books for authors, Dorene mentors those who have the talent to illustrate their own work but need guidance with software, layout, and other technical aspects of the process.
Dorene lives in the woods with her husband and son where they chase their dogs and admire the view. She can often be found planting seeds, sewing, and cuddling in front of the fire.
Julian started working Cyber Security in 2008 but has been working in IT doing tech support since 2001. He has been a Security Operations Analyst for multiple financial institutions, a Fortune 500 medical supplier, and Sempra Energy, a North American energy infrastructure company. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional, Certified Novell Administrator, as well as Comptia A+ and Comptia N+ certified. He loves spending time with his family, fishing, hiking, biking, and technology. Julian is supporting all of Acorn's Information Technology needs as our IT Consultant.
Event Management & Author Outreach
Hank Whitson is a freelance writer & narrative designer as well as Acorn Publishing’s All-Purpose Intern. He has told stories in a variety of mediums including classical ballet, alternate reality games, viral film scripts, news articles, and traditional fiction formats. After working as a bookseller and earning his English degree from University of California at Irvine, Hank earned his Masters Degree in Digital Media at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and went on to work with 42 Entertainment. At Acorn, he assists with social media marketing, event management, community outreach, and other forms of interactive engagement. When he isn’t writing his third manuscript, Hank enjoys skiing, cosplay, mixology, and playing games or designing his own. He and his wife reside in Duarte, owned by three black cats.
Digital Media Coordinator & Project Manager
Lindsey is a 2018 graduate from the College of William & Mary with a degree in Government and Creative Writing. She's worked as a research intern at the Center for American Progress and with the Virginia Department of Transportation. She lived in Berlin, Germany for a year working as an Au Pair. She has had a lifelong love of reading and writing, and a desire to do what she can for representation of women and LGBTQ characters in literature. Lindsey would love to eventually publish her own novels, and add to a body of existing work by and for strong women. She loves spending time with her dogs, keeping up with the newest movies, and drinking coffee with friends.
Social Media Assistant & Project Manager
Leslie Ferguson has just finished her first book-length work, When I Was Her Daughter, a memoir about how grit, hope, and luck lead one lost girl to the place she was always meant to be. Leslie’s work has been published in San Diego Writers’ Ink’s A Year in Ink, Volume 9 and Coffin Bell, and she participated in Tupelo Press’s 30/30 Poetry Project in July 2019. She earned her MA in English Literature and MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University. Current projects include a novel and more poetry, always more poetry. After two decades of teaching, this Southern California native has settled in San Diego, California, where she loves a good whiskey and lives happily with one husband and two cats.
Before she graduated from the College of William and Mary, Evelyn worked as a communications intern in Washington, DC for a civic engagement and education non-profit, sparking her initial interest in writing and editing. She has since worked as a Contributor and Programming Advisor for Baltimore Cocktail Week where she was tasked with drafting and editing all published materials, and in 2019 received her first writing credit in a local magazine. She hopes to become a ghostwriter as well as a biographical author in her own right. A semi-pro baker, lover of non-fiction, and crossword puzzle enthusiast, Evelyn lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her dog Blanche, named for the eponymous Golden Girl.
With a background in theater and film, storytelling is always at the forefront of Jessica’s heart and mind. While living in Los Angeles, pursuing a career in screenwriting, Jessica became passionate about creating a healthy community for women living in the city. She wanted women to not only gain leadership skills and confidence to go after the life they want, but have a strong support system to help them get there. Thus was born “She is Heard”, a movement to help every woman in the world know her story matters.
Recently, Jessica completed her Master’s in Peace and Justice at The University of San Diego, where she focused on how narratives and creativity can impact resiliency for women peacebuilders. Highlights from her program included being selected as a representative at the 2018 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, creating an arts based component to the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice’s Women Peacemakers Program, and meeting with multiple social enterprises focused on peacebuilding in Bogota, Colombia.
Jessica is currently working on a couple of her own books, and co-editing a friend’s incredible memoir. When she’s not writing or dreaming up ways to pour into the community, she loves walking by the San Diego Bay in her neighborhood, playing tennis, and drinking wine with her incredible husband, Kris in their old, charming apartment.