Meet Our Pack Leaders

Our Story

Welcome to Winterwolf Press, where we’re all about the magic of storytelling! As a small but mighty publishing house, our mission is simple: to bring you stories that not only entertain but also leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.

At Winterwolf, we believe in the power of community. We’re not just publishers; we’re dream-makers. We understand the ups and downs of the publishing world, and we’re here to be your trusted guides through it all. Whether you’re an author with a manuscript ready to shine or a reader searching for your next favorite book, consider us your support system, ready to cheer you on every step of the way.

With a team of seasoned professionals boasting over three decades of combined experience, Winterwolf Press is committed to fostering a culture of creativity and collaboration. We’re not just looking for great stories; we’re seeking out fresh voices and untold narratives, eager to build a community where writers and readers alike can come together to celebrate the magic of storytelling.

But it’s not just about publishing books for us. We’re passionate about making a difference in our community, too. That’s why we love giving back by offering our services to children and underprivileged groups, spreading the joy of reading to those who need it most.

So whether you’re an author with a story to tell, a reader hungry for new adventures, or simply someone who believes in the power of stories to bring people together, we invite you to join us on this adventure. Let’s create, inspire, and uplift the world together!

Meet Our Pack Leaders


Laura Cantu

The Winter Wolf (a.k.a. Founder and Alpha)

Laura Cantu, our pack leader, founded Winterwolf Press in 2015 with a desire to uplift and entertain the world one book at a time. 

Laura is also a multitalented artist, visionary, and humanitarian. Throughout her life, she has felt an overwhelming desire to explore the mysteries of the unknown and to expand her awareness and experiences. By allowing her perspective to shift and change, Laura has learned to unleash her imagination and use it to guide her through creative processes.

Christine Contini

The Wolf Doctor  (a.k.a. Vice-Alpha & Senior Editor)

Christine Contini, our in-house manuscript doctor, is an expert in turning complex concepts into easy-to-read books. Many of our clients and authors love working side-by-side with Christine because she’s excellent at “hand-holding” and keeping projects on track.

Aside from being an amazing editor and project manager, Christine is also a leader in the field of self-development and spiritual awakening. She has appeared on podcasts and shows across the globe and has received renowned recognition for her work.


Jeffrey Naylor

Chief Howler of Editing (a.k.a Editor-in-Chief)

Jeffrey Naylor, our toughest beta wolf, ensures the work we accept and produce is of the highest quality. Nothing gets past him, and if you’re lucky enough to work with Jeffrey, you’ll see why he’s an integral member of our pack.

An editor, ghostwriter, writing coach, and teacher, Jeffrey has extensive experience and a long history of helping people express themselves through words and writing.



Michelle Freed

The Pixie Pup Promoter (a.k.a Publicist)

Michelle Freed brings a magical touch to promoting our authors’ works. With experience as a producer for Art Bell’s ‘Midnight in the Desert’ and co-founder of Midnight.FM, Michelle has a keen sense for captivating audiences. She excels in crafting captivating promotions that howl our authors’ voices far and wide. Michelle’s fairy-like guidance ensures every book’s unique tale is heard in her extensive media network and never lost in the shadows.

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Issabella Smith

The Howl-to Gal (a.k.a Brand Ambassador)

Issabella Smith serves as our Brand Ambassador, intertwining her life’s tales with writing wisdom to mentor emerging authors. Her approach, rich in the lore of the written word, inspires and guides those in the pack seeking to master their storytelling craft. Issabella’s dedication to fostering writing skills in others makes her an invaluable beacon in the Winterwolf community.

Claire Santos

The Bookwolf (a.k.a Director of Social Media and Blogs)

Claire Santos a proud Ravenclaw is known as the “Coffeeholic Bookwolf” in the blogging world. She is a skilled writer, poet and book reviewer who is renowned for her expertise and supporting authors and promoting their books and press through social media. Her innovative flair and aesthetic prowess have helped countless authors refine their social media content and curate a stunning online presence. Claire’s dedication and expertise has made her a beloved wolf among our pack.


Russ Thompson

The Beta Leader (a.k.a. Project Manager & Submissions Officer for Winterwolf Press)

Russ has a keen eye for craftsmanship. His attention to detail, organizational skills, ability to work well under pressure, and dedication to giving each manuscript the attention it deserves makes Russ an invaluable member of our team.

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Covert Canine Collaborators

Incognito Staff

In the shadowed realms of Winterwolf Press, there exists a pack of unsung heroes, our ‘Covert Canine Collaborators’. These individuals, ranging from ghostwriters who weave stories under the veil of secrecy to editors, artists, and social media mavens, choose the path less trodden – away from the limelight. Like the elusive wolves of the wilderness, they move silently yet powerfully, their contributions vital yet unseen. Their dedication to anonymity, especially for our ghostwriters, is a cornerstone of our commitment to maintaining the sanctity and mystery of ghostwritten works. Each member, whether an intern or a seasoned professional, plays a crucial role in our pack, ensuring the seamless creation and promotion of our literary endeavors, all while embracing the noble art of working from the shadows.