Janine Latus 
 
Janine is an award-winning journalist, author and advocate, best known for her memoir, "If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder and Liberation." at once a confession, a call to break the cycle of abuse, and a deeply felt love letter to her baby sister, Amy Lynne Latus, Janine is all too familiar with the sorrow of domestic violence. 
 
Her work has appeared in O , the Oprah magazine, More , Woman’s Day , Family Circle , Parents , All You , American Baby and the inflight magazines for US Air, American Airlines, Continental and TWA. Her commentaries have aired on Public Radio International’s Marketplace, and she routinely speaks at conferences, workshops and press events on things as far apart as domestic violence and the joy of selecting the perfect verb. She has taught at the Missouri School of Journalism and at East Carolina University, and at writing workshops in Missouri, North Carolina, Wisconsin and now in Virginia.