Toni’s childhood was one every kid dreams of—her mother worked at Disneyland. Privy to employee/family premiers, like 101 Dalmatians, and viewing backstage filming for Zorro, Toni began learning the art of storytelling from the master illusionist—Walt Disney. It was here she discovered her passion for visual storytelling. When her family moved to Florida, Toni took her first job in Adventureland at Walt Disney World, continuing her apprenticeship in learning how imagination and illusion can extend experience and suspend disbelief.
Publishing – Co-Founder & Hybrid Publisher – Trade Books
After graduating from Rollins College, she wrote until she found her voice. That self-taught process earned her an intuitive knowing in how to help other writers discover voice. Working for over a decade with two international publishing houses (Viacom) and (Pearson Education) gave Toni the grist she needed as an editor. After Pearson closed her editorial office, due to budget cuts and downsizing, Toni sensed a transition away from traditional publishing. In 2003, Toni formally incorporated Word Keepers, Inc.
Higher Heart Entertainment – novels/teleplays/screenplays
Script Analysis with Jeff Mackler, Ridings/Mackler Entertainment; Craig Kellem Hollywood Script Consultant, development executive at both Universal and 20th Century Fox, served as a SNL staff member, and Executive producer (both Network and Syndication); Melanie Mayron, Actor & Director; Katherine Fugate, Creator & Scriptwriter, Executive Producer (Army Wives); Laura Brenan, Senior Level Screenwriter and Script Analyst; and Pilar Alessandra, Director/Owner of On The Page; John Truby, Truby Writers Studios and author of The Anatomy of Story; and Carole Kirschner, Creator CBS Diversity Writers Program, Director WGA Showrunner Training Program, and Entertainment Coach. These first relationships are foundational in developing her craft as a screenwriter. She has several projects in various stages of progress: Vagabonds & Rogues (drama/fantasy - TV pilot-series/novel), The Cosmic Order Bride (romantic comedy – film/novel), Beenya Soul (literary fiction), and The Saga of Parker Ranch - A Hawaiian Dynasty (historical drama – TV pilot-series).