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Meet The Team

Writing a book is the easy part, assembling and marketing is the hard part. Grand Distance was made possible with the continued help and support of these talented professionals.



Jenny Jensen, editor

I work with authors of every genre but it is a particular pleasure to be involved with a work like Grand Distance. This is a book from the facts of real life, with a real life problem and real life passions.  It is Susan’s intent to make the issue more widely understood and to present a sympathetic, reasoned path to solutions that leave me honored to have contributed my skills.





Gwen Gades

Her contribution: Book interior design, cover alignment-Grand Distance.
After attending the Banff Center Publishing program, and more than 20 years in the publishing industry, I've done most industry jobs, from managing bookstores to book buying for booksellers,  small press publishing and book printing. I fell into design and found that I loved it. I've put together books as diverse as the Qu'aran to children's book, poetry to business books, all sorts of fiction and non-fiction titles. I enjoy the challenge of making each book unique, while fitting into the "rules" of making a book look exactly like all other books. 
I live in central Alberta with my husband, two teenagers and a menagerie of pets (including fosters). I spend way too much time on my computer, and I love reading fiction on my kindle, but cookbooks must be "real" (aka physical) books.




Mandi Blanton is a Web and Application Developer

Her contribution: Book Cover Design-Grand Distance and author photograph.  She lives in Irvine, California and enjoys shooting Nature, Astro Landscape photos.

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Marie Case is the Marketing Director and principal of Case Communications. Her contribution to Grand Distance & AFGGC: Press Release and Consulting. Marie lives in Newport Beach California, where she is an active member of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce- Commodores Club and is the 2020 Skipper or Chair; she also serves on the Chamber board, is past Chair and is past president of the American Advertising Federation Orange County. 

Marie Case

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Carlos Joaquin-Profession: Designer & Technology Consulting


Assisted With: Website Design & Facebook Troubleshooting.

Carlos grew up in Southern California but lives in Montana with his wonderful wife. He loves books, illustrating, technology, and exploring Western Montana. His goal is to visit every state in the USA.



Summer Canova, Orange County, California

A FIDM Alumni, Summer is creative, resourceful, and organized visual designer with a business mindset and very passionate about creating aesthetically pleasing environments, Her Contribution: Search Engine Optimization, Google ads for Grand Distance & Advocates For Grandparent Grandchild Connection. 

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