Brady Helkenn, The Edge of Annihilation
I've known and loved Joanne for years but was never sure I'd be able to work with her on my own book. Turns out I already had one, but I didn't consider it "valid" since I wrote it as a child. Joanne could have been a reporter! Before I knew it, I was sharing details about it, and she looked at me and asked, "So why don't you just publish it?" With that gentle prod, I realized there wasn't anything really stopping me, and Joanne was the first—and remains the only—person I trust to help me through the proofing, design, and publishing processes. She is transparent and communicative and clearly loves bringing stories to life and into reality. I owe her so much for asking me that one deceptively simple question.