Meet the Team


DorisDoris Orman: Volunteer Coordinator

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Doris is a blogger, mother, wife, and as any respecting Nashville resident would be-a singer. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, she holds a degree in operatic music and religious studies. Doris has been blogging since 2013 and is known to the blogging community as Dowie. You will always see her with a book or score in hand! Never having met a stranger, she is known for always being willing to lend a hand, and is happiest knowing a difference has been made.

mariapeaseMaria Pease: Event Coordinator

Maria Pease loves old things, cats, ice cream, and books. A native Rhode Islander, by day she works at a cultural resource management firm, but on nights and weekends, she is the face behind the Paisley Reader and the Paisley Editor. At 50K words into her New Adult SciFi debut novel and 15K words into her SciFi novella, Maria hopes to be a published author by May 2017. With a degree in Museum Studies, Maria hopes that one day something at a museum will come to life like in the books and movies she loves.

Maria is responsible for coordinating giveaways and promotions with out special guests., as well as registration, on-site assignments, scheduling.

20111027 - Version 2Jamie Anderson: convention and awards production

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Author. UTOPiA ambassador. On-site coordinator.







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Janet Wallace: founder, executive producer

Serial entrepreneur, Janet Wallace, is the founder of Social Deviants, a social marketing company that helps creative entrepreneurs build online business platforms that profit; UTOPiA, an annual writing conference and awards ceremony that nurture and celebrate writers of young adult and new adult fiction; Next Chapter Writers Retreats, invitation-only retreats for best-selling authors looking to break through to the next level in their careers; Writing on the Wall Management, an author, event, and book launch management company.

Janet has a passion for people, books, and dark chocolate-covered almonds. She uses her expertise to help clients grow powerful communities and create top-of-mind brand recognition and authority.

She hosts events and speaks regularly to international groups about how to effectively attract raving fans, loyal clients and increase sales while building businesses of purpose, and how to use your powers for good. Previously a brand strategist for a London-based, award-winning ad agency, Janet has worked directly with clients such as ooVoo, Oxygen Women’s Television, Film4/Channel4 London, Elle magazine, Gina DeVee, and New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero, to name a few. She has also been an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University where she lectured on Social Media for Authors. She lives in Nashville with her husband, two children, two Shepherd-lab mixes, and one American Curl cat.