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PO Box 1729
Orlando, FL, 32802

Understory Creatives is a collection of creative individuals (writers, editors, designers) with the unique talents to bring each client’s voice or message into the world. We specialize in providing creative writing, editing and design services to nonprofits and the Christian market. Whether you are an individual with a book idea, a nonprofit looking for funding, or a Christian publisher seeking talented writers and editors, Understory Creatives exists to make sure your unique work is developed and released into the world.

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Janay Garrick | Owner + Lead Creative 

Janay loves helping clients erase these labels from their identities:

Unclear Technologist.
Unpublished Author.
Poor Nonprofit.

In first grade, Janay received her first award: “Best First Grade Storyteller” for a fairytale she wrote and later published with a wallpaper cover. Later, in spite of her father’s promptings to study engineering at Pepperdine University, Janay studied Creative Writing. There, she began her first novel and the formal pursuit of what has now become a writing career. 

Today, Janay has worked on a wide range of creative projects from writing about cyber security, big data, and AI to blogging for high tech thought leaders to creating faith-based devotionals. As a former professor, she taught a broad spectrum of communications courses from Media Strategy and Nonprofit Communications to Fundamentals of Creative Writing. She is an experienced communications professional capable of tackling any project.


Master of Fine Arts: Seattle Pacific University, March 2019
Creative Nonfiction

Master of Arts: Fuller Theological Seminary, 2011
Cross-cultural Studies, Children At Risk focus

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential: California State University Northridge, 2001 Cross-Cultural Language and Development (CLAD) certified

Bachelor of Arts: Pepperdine University, 1998
Creative Writing, Speech Communications, Cum Laude 


Pam Evans | Writer + Editor 

Born and raised in Orlando, Pam graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Marketing. Pam is an adventurous soul with a voracious appetite for knowledge and a penchant for detail. Her writing endeavors include online articles, poems, marketing materials, editing and nonprofit experience. Weary of life in the city, Pam dreams of planting her nomadic roots and growing into a farmer.


Eliel Rosario | Brand + Design 

Growing up, Eliel’s grandfather worked with an offset printer (read: old school printer) at home. Thus, Eliel says design and print work have been ingrained in him from the beginning, leading him to pursue a BFA in graphic design. These early childhood foundations later produced creativity and attention to detail in web and print design in both the private and nonprofit worlds. In addition to digital design, Eliel currently pursues industrial and product design and leatherwork.



Jessica Wood | Artist

Jessica experienced a childhood drenched in the rich foliage and startling sunlight of Papua New Guinea, a remote island in the Pacific. As a result, she feels most at home when surrounded by living things in their wildest states. She has a deep desire for contemplating and connecting with nature, while expressing its many facets of beauty through the visceral mediums of paint and pen. 


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