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Executive Board Members

  • Colleen Coble

    Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at

  • Allen Arnold

    Allen Arnold, recipient of the 2012 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award, loves the story he is living. From the mountains of Colorado, he oversees Content & Resources for Ransomed Heart Ministries (led by John Eldredge). Before that, he spent 20 years in Christian Publishing. He's honored to have been the founding Publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction, overseeing more than 500 novels during his eight years as Publisher. But that doesn't really describe the man. Allen loves hanging out with his family, craves the beach, is more in awe of Jesus each day, drinks salsa from a glass, is hooked on the TV series "Once Upon a Time", savors deep conversations of the heart, and is passionate about helping others, especially storytellers, discover the story God is writing with their lives.

  • Brandilyn Collins

    Known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense ®, Brandilyn Collins is a bestselling novelist whose harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline “Don’t forget to b r e a t h e . . .” ® Her first book, A Question of Innocence, earned her interviews with some of the most coveted media of the ‘90s, as she made appearances on numerous radio and television programs such as Phil Donahue and Leeza. Brandilyn has written over 20 novels and is a three-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year Award. She and her family divide their time between homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and northern Idaho. For more information, please visit

  • Randall Ingermanson

    Randy Ingermanson is an award-winning novelist with a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley. He edits the Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, with more than 24,000 readers. Randy lives in southern Washington and wrote the fictitious story of Aberforth and Bathilda while sitting in the tire store getting his wheels renewed.

  • Gail Martin

    Award-winning novelist Gail Gaymer Martin never thought she would have three and a half million books in print when her first novel was published in 1998. Along with fiction, she is the author of numerous plays, skits, program books and Writing the Christian Romance a book from Writer’s Digest. Today, she frequents the speaking circuit as a keynote speaker for churches, libraries, civic organizations and writing workshops across the United States and abroad. A licensed counselor, Gail earned a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. Before beginning her career as a full-time writer, Gail worked as a high school English and public speaking teacher, a licensed guidance counselor, and adjunct instructor of English and public speaking at Davenport University. She and her husband currently live in Michigan. For more information, please visit

  • Cara Putman

    Cara Putman is the award-winning author of 20 novels and one non-fiction title with more books on the way. She is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, adjunct faculty at a community college, homeschooling mama, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids. She lives in Indiana with her family. You can learn more about Cara and her books at

  • Deborah Raney

    Deborah Raney is the author of over thirty novels and non-fiction. Her books have won the RITA Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, Silver Angel, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her newest books are part of the Chicory Inn Novels series from Abingdon Press. She and her husband, Ken Raney, have four children and enjoy life in their native Kansas.

  • Rachel Hauck

    Rachel Hauck is a bestselling, award winning author of contemporary fiction -- including co-authoring the acclaimed Songbird Novels with multi-platinum country songwriter, Sara Evans. With the help and encouragement of ACFW, Rachel's first book was published in 2004. Her book, Sweet Caroline, won the ACFW Book of the Year in 2009. That same year, Love Starts with Elle finaled in RWA's RITA Awards. Rachel has served as ACFW conference coordinator, vice president and president before joining the advisory board. When she is not writing her latest novel, Rachel works with writers through My Book Therapy, a boutique craft service. She is a graduate of Ohio State University and spent seventeen years in the corporate software world before leaving to write full time. She is a worship and prayer leader in her city and enjoys sports and reading, spending time with husband, family and friends. For more information, please visit


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