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  • <p>Liz Johnson</p>

    Liz Johnson

    By day Liz Johnson is a marketing manager. She makes time to write late at night, which, according to her, is when she thinks best anyway. Liz is the author of seven novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She’s also a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist.

    She makes her home in Nashville, where she enjoys exploring local music, theater, and making frequent trips to Arizona to dote on her nieces and nephews. She writes stories of true love filled with heart, humor, and happily ever afters.

  • <p>H.L. Wegley</p>

    H.L. Wegley

    H.L. Wegley served as an Air Force Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life, he worked as a research scientist, publishing in the scientific literature, then developed Boeing computing systems for 20 years before retiring near Seattle where he and his wife of almost 50 years reside. He is a multi-published author with a four-book inspirational thriller series, two nonfiction books, and four more novels on the way, including a three-book political thriller series.

  • <p>Dana R. Lynn</p>

    Dana R. Lynn

    Dana R. Lynn grew up in Illinois. She met her husband at a wedding and told her parents she had met her future husband. Nineteen months later, they were married. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. In addition to writing, Dana works as an educational interpreter for the deaf and is active in several ministries at her church.

  • <p>Maggie Brendan</p>

    Maggie Brendan

    Maggie Brendan is a CBA bestselling author of both the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award (OCC/RWA) for inspirational fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a finalist for the 2013 Published Maggie Award of Excellence and the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award.

    She is married, lives in Georgia, and loves all things Western. She has two grown children and four grandchildren. When she’s not writing, Maggie enjoys reading, researching her next novel, and being with her family. Maggie invites you to connect with her at her website  and on her blog, as well as on social media at Facebook, Twitter: @MaggieBrendan, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Instagram.


  • <p>Terri Reed</p>

    Terri Reed

    Award-winning multi-published author Terri Reed discovered the wonderful world of fiction at an early age and declared she would one day write a book. Now she is fulfilling that dream and writing full-time. Her romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publisher’s Weekly’s top 25, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100, and been featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine, and Romantic Times Magazine.

    Her books have finaled in Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, the National Reader’s Choice Awards, and American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Awards.

    Terri lives in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband, two wonderful children, and an array of critters. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and playing tennis. You can visit Terri

  • <p>Terrie Todd</p>

    Terrie Todd

    Terrie Todd has been trying God’s patience since 1959. She is an award-winning author who has published eight stories with Chicken Soup for the Soul, two stage plays with Eldridge Plays and Musicals, and writes a weekly Faith and Humor column for the Central Plains Herald Leader. Terrie’s first novel, The Silver Suitcase, a finalist in the 2011 and 2012 Christian Writers Guild’s Operation First Novel contest, was published by Waterfall Press in January, 2016.

    After 20 years leading a church drama team, Terrie now works part-time as an Administrative Assistant at City Hall. She lives with her husband, Jon, on the Canadian prairies where they raised three children and enjoy the shenanigans of four grandsons. Catch up with her latest escapades at and find her on Facebook.

  • <p>Paula Rose</p>

    Paula Rose

    Author Paula Rose brings an “average” family into extraordinary situations, brushes with life-size strokes of reality, adding just a touch of humor, and coats with suspense inside Christian fiction. Paula’s research gives readers a panoramic view from law enforcement and lends to character authenticity.

    She enjoys writing in the romantic suspense, suspense, and mystery genres, but when she’s not writing, Paula Rose is reading or playing amateur photographer. Member of ACFW. 2015 Genesis Contest judge. NetGalley member. Book Reviewer. 2014 Grace Awards judge.

  • <p>Jan Drexler</p>

    Jan Drexler

    Jan Drexler grew up surrounded by books and storytellers. With pastors and teachers populating both sides of her extended family, we aren’t surprised that she wanted to be a first-class storyteller herself.

    Born and raised in Michigan, Jan is the descendant of Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants who settled in Berks, Somerset, and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania in mid-1700.

    Her first love was homeschooling, but when her youngest son graduated she asked God to give her something useful to do for the next season of her life. The answer was a computer and the deep well of family stories handed down from her parents and grandparents.

  • <p>Sandra Ardoin</p>

    Sandra Ardoin

    Sandra Ardoin writes inspirational historical romance. She’s the author of The Yuletide Angel and A Reluctant Melody. A wife and mom, Sandra is also a reader, football fan, NASCAR watcher, garden planter, country music listener, and antique store prowler.

    Visit her at and on the Seriously Write blog. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Pinterest. Join her email community to receive occasional updates and a free short story.

  • <p>Johnnie Alexander</p>

    Johnnie Alexander

    Johnnie Alexander writes inspiring stories that linger in the heart. Where Treasure Hides, her debut novel, won the ACFW Genesis Contest (2011). Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Series #1) is her first contemporary romance. Upcoming 2016 releases include The Healing Promise (Courageous Bride Collection) and When Love Arrives (Misty Willow Series #2).

    She also has won the Golden Leaf Award (Autumn in the Mountains Novelist Retreat), Best Novel and Writer of the Year Awards (Florida Christian Writers Conferences), and Bronze Medalist (My Book Therapy Frasier Contest). Johnnie serves as marketing director for the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference and is president of the ACFW Memphis chapter.

    A graduate of Rollins College (Orlando) with a Master of Liberal Studies degree, Johnnie treasures family memories, classic movies, road trips, and stacks of books. She lives near Memphis with a herd of alpacas and Rugby, the princely papillon who trees raccoons.

  • <p>Terri Wangard</p>

    Terri Wangard

    Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi glory years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she writes historical fiction and won the American Christian Fiction Writers Woodland’s Chapter 2013 Writers on the Storm contest, the ACFW 2013 First Impressions, and was an ACFW 2012 Genesis finalist.

    Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, Terri’s research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

  • <p>Noelle Marchand</p>

    Noelle Marchand

    Noelle Marchand’s love of literature began as a child when she would spend hours reading beneath the covers long after she was supposed to be asleep. At fifteen, she completed her first novel and hasn’t stopped writing since. In her free time,  she enjoys spending time with her family, learning about history, watching classic cinema, dancing and deep conversations.

    She is a Houston-native with insatiable curiosity and love of learning. Noelle received her bachelor’s degree from Houston Baptist University. Since then, she’s continued to pursue her writing career and has received the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for her book A Texas-made Match. Noelle can’t wait to see what God has in store for her next!

  • <p>Patricia “PacJac” Carroll</p>

    Patricia “PacJac” Carroll

    I am a writer, Christian first, and blessed beyond my imagination. I live in the Dallas-Ft Worth area of Texas with my wonderful treasure of a husband, my spoiled dog, Jacs, and my awesome son, Josh. Did I say I was blessed?

    The PacJac is from my initials and my husband’s. I wouldn’t be able to write if it weren’t for him. I love adventure and the open road.

    The stories of the western era have always been a favorite of mine. I also write contemporary romance with happy-ever-after endings. No sad stories for me. I enjoy writing. My goal is to write stories readers will enjoy and finish with a smile in their hearts.

  • <p>June Foster</p>

    June Foster

    An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a B.A. in education and an M.A. in counseling. Her characters find themselves in tough situations but overcome through God’s power and the Word. She writes edgy topics wrapped in a good story. To date, she’s had 10 contemporary romance novels published. Find June online at


  • <p>Clarice G. James</p>

    Clarice G. James

    First I change your name.

    Then I put you in my book.

    What happens to you next depends on whether I’ve had my coffee.

    Clarice and her husband David live in Southern New Hampshire. Together, they have five married children and ten grandchildren. Clarice is one of three 2015 winners in Jerry B. Jenkins’ Operation First Novel contest with Double Header, published by Mountainview Books.

  • <p>Elaine Stock</p>

    Elaine Stock

    A former Brooklyn gal, Elaine Stock lives in the Northeast with her husband where she enjoys spring, summer, and autumn, but puts up with the winter. A member of ACFW and WFWA (Women’s Fiction Writers Association), she is also a contributing author to the international, Happy Sis Magazine.

    In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, Elaine hangs out on her active blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story and hope.

  • <p>Cindy Thomson</p>

    Cindy Thomson

    Cindy Thomson is the author of seven books, including her newest novel, Sofia’s Tune, the third book in her Ellis Island series. She also writes genealogy articles for Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today magazines, and short stories for Clubhouse Magazine. Visit her at, on Facebook at and on Twitter: @cindyswriting.

  • <p>Lacy Williams</p>

    Lacy Williams

    USA Today bestselling author Lacy Williams works in a hostile environment (read: 3.5 kids age 6 and under). In spite of this she has managed to be a hybrid author since 2011, publishing 25 books and novellas. She is also the Managing Editor for Redbud Press, an inspirational romance publisher.

    Lacy’s books have finaled in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards (2012, 2013, and 2014), the Golden Quill, and the Booksellers Best Award.

  • <p>Candee Fick</p>

    Candee Fick

    Candee Fick is the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy with her day job or writing, she can be found cheering on the home team at football, basketball, baseball, and Special Olympics games. In what little free time remains, she enjoys exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.

  • <p>Rachelle Rea</p>

    Rachelle Rea

    Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea close, so she reads and writes about years long ago—her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. In the space of a summer between sophomore and junior year of college, Rachelle wrote a novel set in 1566. Two years later she had finished two more novels and signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher. Her debut novel, The Sound of Diamonds, released in June 2015, and the sequel, The Sound of Silver, swiftly followed in October 2015. The finale of the Steadfast Love Series will release in early 2016. Find out more about Rachelle, such as the fact that she’s a homeschool grad and Oreo addict, at her website.

  • <p>Ronie Kendig</p>

    Ronie Kendig

    Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat.  Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of raw, broken characters. Since launching onto the publishing scene, Ronie’s Rapid-Fire Fiction has hit the CBA Bestseller List, won the prestigious Christy Award, finaled in numerous contests and reader awards, including ACFW Carol Awards, RWA’s Faith, Hope, & Love’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Awards, Christian Retailing’s Readers’ Choice Awards, INSPY Award, The Christian Manifesto Lime Awards, and FamilyFiction’s Readers’ Choice Choice Awards. Ronie loves people and helping other writers through speaking, workshops, and/or mentoring. After twenty-five years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life in beautiful Northern Virginia with their children, a Maltese Menace, and a retired military working dog named VVolt N629. Ronie can be found online at: her website, Facebook, Twitter (@roniekendig), Goodreads, Instagram (@kendigronie), and Pinterest.

  • <p>Amy Clipston</p>

    Amy Clipston

    Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Kauffman Amish Bakery series and the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in Communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats.

  • <p>Tricia Goyer</p>

    Tricia Goyer

    Tricia Goyer is a homeschooling mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. A bestselling author, Tricia has published more than 50 books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. Tricia is also on the blogging team at and other homeschooling and Christian sites.  Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR.

  • <p>Jennifer Slattery</p>

    Jennifer Slattery

    Jennifer Slattery writes contemporary fiction for New Hope Publishers, Christian living articles for, and devotions for Internet Café Devotions, her personal blog, and the group blog she manages called Faith, Friends, and Chocolate. She also does content editing for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas’ Firefly imprint. Passionate about seeing others to draw closer to Christ and listen for and embrace His unique call on their lives, she’s traveled the nation to speak at conferences, women’s events, and to various special interest groups.

  • <p>Patricia Bradley</p>

    Patricia Bradley

    Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and loves to write romance and suspense with a twist of romance. Patricia’s books include the Logan Point series—Shadows of the Past, A Promise to Protect, and Gone Without a Trace. She has also written two sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, Matthew’s Choice, available on Amazon and The Christmas Campaign, available in November. Her workshops on writing include two online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.

  • <p>Davalynn Spencer</p>

    Davalynn Spencer

    Davalynn Spencer writes inspirational Western romance complete with rugged cowboys, their challenges, and their loves. She won the 2015 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award for Western Inspirational Fiction and makes her home on Colorado’s Front Range with her handsome cowboy and their dog, Blue.

  • <p>Pam Hillman</p>

    Pam Hillman

    CBA best-selling author Pam Hillman was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor, raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove an Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of.

  • <p>Lisa Harris</p>

    Lisa Harris

    Lisa Harris is a Christy Award winner (Dangerous Passage), a Christy Award finalist (Blood Ransom), and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times (Blood Covenant). She has over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent twelve years living as missionaries in southern Africa where she homeschools, leads a women’s group, and runs a non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari.

  • <p>Jody Hedlund</p>

    Jody Hedlund

    Jody Hedlund is a CBA best-selling author of ten books. Her first novel, The Preacher’s Bride, won the Reader’s Choice Award as part of the RWA Faith, Hope, and Love contest. Hedlund revels in bringing forgotten historic women to life and can usually be found with a book, a cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate. She lives in Midland, Michigan with her husband and five children.

  • <p>Susie Finkbeiner</p>

    Susie Finkbeiner

    Susie Finkbeiner is a novelist from West Michigan. She is the author of Paint Chips (WhiteFire Publishing, 2013) and My Mother’s Chamomile (WhiteFire Publishing 2014). Susie’s third novel,A Cup of Dust, releases October 27, 2015 with Kregel Publications. She is currently working on her fourth novel.

    Susie is a wife, mother of three, and avid reader. She enjoys time with her family, coffee dates with her good friends, and quiet moments to read and write.

  • <p>Ann Gabhart</p>

    Ann Gabhart

    Ann H. Gabhart has over twenty-five novels to her credit, including The Outsider, Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and her new release, Murder at the Courthouse. Ann lives in Kentucky where she enjoys walking with her dog on her farm, connecting with readers, and spinning story webs

  • <p>Rick Barry</p>

    Rick Barry

    Rick Barry has freelanced over two hundred articles and short fiction stories for a variety of publications. A longtime WW II buff, in 2007 Rick painted wartime Europe as the stage for his YA novel Gunner’s Run (JourneyForth). In 2008 JourneyForth published his YA fantasy Kiriath’s Quest. Rick speaks Russian and is Director of Church Planting Support at BIEM, a Christian mission active in the former Soviet Union. He also serves as President of the Indiana chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers.

  • <p>Janice Cantore</p>

    Janice Cantore

    Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police officer who now writes suspense novels to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Her twenty-two years of experience on the force lend authenticity to her stories. She has penned six novels, which include the Pacific Coast Justice series, Visible Threat, and Critical Pursuit. Drawing Fire is the first book in the Cold Case Justice series.

  • <p>Sandra D. Bricker</p>

    Sandra D. Bricker

    Sandra D. Bricker was an entertainment publicist for fifteen-plus years in Los Angeles, where she attended school to learn screenwriting and eventually taught the craft for several semesters. When she put Hollywood in the rearview mirror and headed across the country to take care of her mom until she passed away, she traded her scripts for books, and a best-selling, award-winning author of Live-Out-Loud Fiction for the inspirational market was born. Sandie is best known for her Another Emma Rae Creation and Jessie Stanton series for Abingdon Press, and she is the managing editor of Bling!, an edgy romance imprint for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. “I believe in the power of the parable,” she says. “And I just love words in almost any form. From the assembling on the page to the polishing and perfecting, there’s almost nothing more compelling.” As an ovarian cancer survivor, Sandie also gears time and effort toward raising awareness and funds for research, diagnostics and a cure.

  • <p>Susan Mason</p>

    Susan Mason

    Susan Anne Mason describes her writing style as “romance sprinkled with faith.” She particularly enjoys exploring the themes of forgiveness and redemption in her stories. Irish Meadows is her first historical novel and won the Fiction from the Heartland contest sponsored by the Mid-American Romance Author chapter of RWA.  Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, two children, and two cats. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA).

  • <p>Lynette Eason</p>

    Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason is the award-winning, bestselling author of over thirty books. Lynette writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have finaled or won awards in contests such as The Maggies, Inspirational Readers Choice Award, The Carol, ECPA Book of the Year, The Selah, and others. Her book No One To Trust won the 2015 Golden Scroll Award and the 2015 Selah Award and is currently a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award.

    She began her teaching career in the public school classroom and has since moved to teaching at conferences all over the country. Lynette often speaks at women’s conference and retreats, but finds her first love is teaching writing.

    In her spare time she can be found hanging out with her family, loving on her nieces and nephews, traveling, and…um…writing. Lynette and her husband Jack live in South Carolina with their two teenagers. Life is never boring, that’s for sure! Lynette can often be found online on Facebook and her website.

  • <p>Amanda G Stevens</p>

    Amanda G Stevens

    As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now, she writes speculative fiction. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in English, she has taught literature and composition to home-school students. She lives in Michigan and loves books, film, music, and white cheddar popcorn.

  • <p>Renee Blare</p>

    Renee Blare

    Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, Renee started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and she’s been counting pills ever since. While writing is her first love—well, after the Lord and her husband—she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar. Nestled against the Black Hills with her husband, crazy dogs and ornery cat, she serves the community of northeastern Wyoming as a pharmacist and pens her Christian stories, keeping them interesting with action and intrigue, of course. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.

  • <p>Deborah Raney</p>

    Deborah Raney

    Deborah Raney’s thirty books have garnered multiple industry awards, including the RITA, the Carol, the HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, and Silver Angel from Excellence in Media, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, which shed light on the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and inspired the highly acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title, continues to be a tool for Alzheimer’s families and caregivers. Deborah is on faculty for several national writers’ conferences, and serves on the executive board of the 2,700-member American Christian Fiction Writers organization. She and her husband, Ken Raney, recently traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deb’s novels—for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita. They have four children and five precious grandchildren (plus two on the way!) who all live much too far away.

  • <p>Kate Breslin</p>

    Kate Breslin

    A Florida girl and former bookseller, Kate Breslin now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her guitarist husband, John, and a cat named Coco. Author of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate has received Christian Retailing’s 2015 Best Award for First Time Author, and her debut novel, For Such A Time, is a Christy Award finalist, RITA double-award finalist and CAROL double-award finalist. Her second novel, Not By Sight, releases in August. When she’s not writing inspirational fiction, Kate enjoys reading or taking long walks in Washington’s beautiful woodlands. She also likes to visit new places, both within the U.S. with John, and accompanying her traveling mom to places like Greece, Rome, and much of Western Europe. New destinations make for fresh story ideas.

  • <p>Darlene Franklin</p>

    Darlene Franklin

    Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over thirty books and has written more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. Darlene invites readers to visit her on Facebook.

  • <p>Laurie Alice Eakes</p>

    Laurie Alice Eakes

    “Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic Times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University contributing to her career path. Now she has nearly two dozen books in print, all historical romance thus far, with her first contemporary women’s fiction coming out in December.

  • <p>Carre Gardner</p>

    Carre Gardner

    Carre Gardner writes from the big small town of Portland, Maine, where she’s the mom of 3 teenagers and 2 dogs she would rather not own. (Only the dogs, not the teenagers.) From 2007 to 2010, she and her family lived in Russia, studying the language and doing humanitarian work.

    Like most writers, Carre grew up with her a book always in her hand. The heroines she admired most were smart, creative, independent thinkers like Anne Shirley, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, and Cherry Ames. Nancy proved that being a girl detective might just be the coolest career ever, but Cherry taught her that nursing was more practical. Carre compromised by becoming a nurse and marrying a sleuth.

    Nearly every flat surface in Carre’s home has books on it. The stories she loves most are those about the ordinary lives of ordinary people; she thinks of every life as a fascinating drama. Isn’t each one of us the hero of our own story? She’d love for you to drop her a line and tell her yours!

  • <p>Zachary Bartels</p>

    Zachary Bartels

    Called “the suspense author everyone is talking about” by Family Fiction Edge magazine, Zachary Bartels is the author of critically acclaimed supernatural thrillers. An award-winning preacher and Bible teacher, Zachary has been serving as pastor of Judson Baptist Church in Lansing, Michigan, for ten years. He enjoys film, fine cigars, stimulating conversation, gourmet coffee, reading, writing, and cycling.

    His debut novel, Playing Saint, has been called an “intrigue-filled thriller” (Library Journal) and “a page-turner from the very beginning . . . gripping and realistic” (RT Book Reviews) and is a finalist for the 2015 Inspys and Carol Awards. His follow-up, The Last Con (HarperCollins Christian Fiction) “ will leave readers stunned” (RT Book Reviews).

    Zachary is represented by Credo Communications (  You can find more information about Zachary (as well as follow his blog, twitter, and facebook) at his website.

  • <p>Margaret Brownley</p>

    Margaret Brownley

    Best-selling author Margaret Brownley has penned more than thirty-five novels. Her books have won numerous awards, and she’s a former Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist. She’s also written for a TV soap. She’s currently working on the third book in her Undercover Ladies series. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

  • <p>Misty Beller</p>

    Misty Beller

    Misty M. Beller was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and two daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

    God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

    You can find her on her website, reader blog, marketing blog for authors, Goodreads, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. Or check out her books The Lady and the Mountain Man or The Lady and the Mountain Doctor. Her latest book, The Rancher Takes a Cook, released June 26, 2015 from Prism Book Group.

  • <p>Sandra Orchard</p>

    Sandra Orchard

    Sandra Orchard is an award-winning author of inspirational romantic suspense and mysteries with Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense imprint, and Revell Publishing. Her titles have garnered three Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Sandra has also received a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to her busy writing schedule, Sandra enjoys speaking at events and teaching writing workshops. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more about Sandra’s books and check out the special bonus features, such as deleted scenes and location pics, at her website.

  • <p>Elizabeth Maddrey</p>

    Elizabeth Maddrey

    Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.
    Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website or on Facebook.

  • <p>Christine Johnson</p>

    Christine Johnson

    Christine Johnson is the author of several books for Steeple Hill and Love Inspired and has been twice named a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award. When not writing, she loves to hike and explore God’s majestic creation. She and her husband, a Great Lakes ship pilot, split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys.

  • <p>Richard Mabry MD</p>

    Richard Mabry MD

    Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now the author of “medical suspense with heart.” He is a former Vice-President of ACFW, as well as a member of International Thriller Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Romance Writers of America. His debut novel, Code Blue, was a 2010 Semi-finalist for the International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; subsequent novels have been finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award. Lethal Remedy was a 2012 Selah Award winner. Fatal Trauma is his eighth romantic medical suspense novel.

  • <p>Cynthia Ruchti</p>

    Cynthia Ruchti

    Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels and novellas, speaking for women’s events and retreats, writers’ events and retreats, nonfiction books and devotionals, drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry. Her books have been recognized by RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, Selah Awards, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, and Carol Award nominations, among other honors, including a Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award. As of 2015, she will have a total of fifteen books on the shelves, with more contracted. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

  • <p>Cheryl Williford</p>

    Cheryl Williford

    Cheryl Williford is a multi-published author born in San Antonio, Texas. She is married to Henry, her childhood sweetheart, has three children and eight grandchildren. Cheryl helped raise several grandchildren before she began to write devotionals, short stories, anthologies and Christian books. She is a member of ACFW, the CWG and moderator of ACFW’s critique group, Golden Girls. Genealogy, water coloring and quilting are her hobbies

  • <p>Morgan Busse</p>

    Morgan Busse

    Morgan L. Busse writes fantasy for the adult market. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series, including Daughter of Light, a Christy and Carol Award finalist, and Son of Truth. Morgan lives on the west coast with her husband and four children.

  • <p>Hallee Bridgeman</p>

    Hallee Bridgeman

    Hallee Bridgeman is a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on realistic characters who face real world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping exciting and edgy. An Army brat turned Floridian, Hallee finally settled in central Kentucky with her family so that she could enjoy the beautiful changing of the seasons. She enjoys the roller-coaster ride thrills that life with a National Guard husband, a teenaged daughter, and two elementary aged sons delivers.

    A prolific writer, when she’s not penning novels, you will find her in the kitchen, which she considers the ‘heart of the home’. Her passion for cooking spurred her to launch a whole food, real food “Parody” cookbook series. In addition to nutritious, Biblically grounded recipes, readers will find that each cookbook also confronts some controversial aspect of secular pop culture.

    Hallee loves coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. Above all else, she loves God with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength; has been redeemed by the blood of Christ; and relies on the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide her. She prays her work here on earth is a blessing to you.

  • <p>Hillary Manton Lodge</p>

    Hillary Manton Lodge

    Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of Reservations for Two, A Table by the Window, Plain Jayne (a Carol Award Finalist), and Simply Sara (an ECPA bestselling book). A graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism, Hillary discovered the world of cuisine during her internship at Northwest Palate magazine. A storyteller at heart, in her free time she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, watching foreign films, and exploring new walking trails. She and her husband live in Portland, Oregon

  • <p>Allison Pittman</p>

    Allison Pittman

    Allison Pittman is the award-winning author of 12 novels, including the Christy finalist Sister Wife Series, and Carol Award winner Stealing Home. She serves as the president of her local ACFW chapter, and leads another multi-genre writing group. She and her husband Mike live in San Antonio, Texas, with a nest that is quickly emptying.

  • <p>Dana Mentink</p>

    Dana Mentink

    Dana is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner and the author of more than 20 Christian fiction books. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

  • <p>Courtney Walsh</p>

    Courtney Walsh

    Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theater director, and playwright. Paper Hearts is her fourth novel. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer,, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two additional books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois where she and her husband own a performing and visual arts studio. They have three children.

  • <p>Marian Merritt</p>

    Marian Merritt

    Marian grew up in south Louisiana in a small community south of New Orleans, Louisiana. Her love for the written word began while sitting on her grandparent’s front porch swing reading books. The stories allowed her to meet interesting people, took her to far away places and challenged her to think beyond her own world. Her desire to write about the South keeps her grounded in her roots and the hope that one day she can do for someone what many of the authors of her childhood did for her.

    She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She hones her writing skills by attending writer’s conferences/retreats and reading many books on the craft of writing.

    Marian writes from her home in Colorado, which she shares with her husband and a labradoodle named Chili.

    While this bayou girl loves the mountains and, most of the time, the snow, her Southern roots won’t let her wear white after Labor Day. She still says y’all and can make a killer roux. She misses her family, fresh seafood, Cajun cooking, and King cakes. Proof that you can take the girl out of the South, but not the southern out of the girl!

  • <p>Julie B. Cosgrove</p>

    Julie B. Cosgrove

    Freelance writer, author, and professional speaker Julie B. Cosgrove leads retreats, workshops, and Bible studies. She writes regularly for several Christian websites and publications and has been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul, Faith Filled Family Magazine, Upper Room’s Devozine and Alive Now, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Power to Change, The Journey, and Good News Daily.

    Besides ghostwriting and content editing for clients, Julie has personally published three Bible studies, an inspirational, a devotional and several novels - Focused (2012), Hush in the Storm (2014) and Legitimate Lies (2015) - and is under contract for Freed to Forgive (2015), Greener Grasses (2015) and Navy Blues (2016).

    She is a member of North Texas Christian Writers, Advanced Writers and Speakers, American Christian Fiction Writers, ACFW DFW Chapter where she is the webmaster, Toastmasters International, Daughters of the King. Julie has one grown son and lives in Fort Worth, TX with two cats.

  • <p>DiAnn Mills</p>

    DiAnn Mills

    DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

    Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

    DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

    DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at her website

  • <p>Laura Jackson</p>

    Laura Jackson

    Laura Jackson loves books—reading and writing them. A life-long reader, Laura studied English in college and taught seventh-grade language arts before earning her Master’s degree and becoming a school librarian. Now, she spends her days sharing great books with kids and her evenings writing books about teenage girls discovering God and His plan for their lives.

  • <p>Dianna T. Benson</p>

    Dianna T. Benson

    Dianna T. Benson is the award-winning and international best-selling author of The Hidden Son and Final Trimester. Persephone’s Fugitive is her third release. An EMT and a HazMat and FEMA Operative since 2005, Dianna authentically implements her medical and rescue experience and knowledge into all her suspense novels. She’s the 2014 Selah Award Winner for Best Debut Novel, a 2011 Genesis Winner, a 2011 Genesis double Semi-Finalist, a 2010 Daphne de Maurier Finalist, and a 2007 Golden Palm Finalist. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three children.

  • <p>Tamera Alexander</p>

    Tamera Alexander

    Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, including the Christy Award, the RITA Award, the Carol Award, and Library Journal’s top distinction, among others. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband have returned to their native South and live in Nashville, Tennessee, where they enjoy spending time with their two grown children, and a twelve pound Silky Terrier named Jack.

  • <p>Mary Ellis</p>

    Mary Ellis

    Mary Ellis has written twelve bestselling novels set in the Amish community. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate. Her debut Amish fiction was nominated for a 2010 Carol Award. Living in Harmony, book one of her last series,  won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction. Love Comes to Paradise won the 2013 Lime Award. She is currently working on a three-book series of historical romances set during the Civil War for Harvest House Publishers. The Last Heiress released in February 2015.

  • <p>Kariss Lynch</p>

    Kariss Lynch

    Kariss Lynch writes contemporary fiction about characters with big dreams, hearts for adventure, and enduring hope. Shaken, her first book in the Heart of a Warrior series, released in 2014. The second book, Shadowed, releases March 3, 2015. A former freelance writer, she now works as the writer for a communications ministry in Dallas.

  • <p>Jill Eileen Smith</p>

    Jill Eileen Smith

    Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and The Desert Princess, first in the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

  • <p>Carol Heilman</p>

    Carol Heilman

    Carol Heilman, a coal miner’s daughter, married her high school sweetheart, a farmer’s son. She began writing family stories, especially about her dad’s Appalachian humor, for newspapers and magazines. One day her mother said, “We don’t have any secrets anymore!”

    Carol’s book, Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar, was inspired by her mother’s spunky spirit and her dad’s humor. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband of fifty-plus years. They love to play cards, go antiquing, hike, and visit grandsons on the east and west coasts.

  • <p>Michelle Griep</p>

    Michelle Griep

    Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager.

    She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle.

    Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild).

  • <p>Zoe M. McCarthy</p>

    Zoe M. McCarthy

    Zoe M. McCarthy believes the little known fact that opposites distract. Thus, she spins Christian contemporary romances entangling extreme opposites. Her tagline is Distraction to Attraction, Magnetic Romances Between Opposites. A retired actuary, Zoe evaluated the financial risks for insurance companies.  Christian Fiction Online Magazine published two of her short stories. Zoe has self-published two books of contemporary Christian short stories. She enjoys leading workshops on the craft of writing at JoyWriters, speaking about her faith, planning fun events for her 5 grandchildren, and exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she lives with her husband, John.

  • <p>Mary Moore</p>

    Mary Moore

    Mary Moore has been writing historical fiction for more than 15 years. After battling and beating breast cancer, Mary is even more excited about her career, as she incorporates some of her struggles throughout her books, dedicated to encouraging others in the Lord and using her writing for God’s glory.

    Her debut novel, The Aristocrat’s Lady, won several acclaimed awards, including the 2011 Reviewers Choice Award by RT Magazine for Best Love Inspired Historical, and the 2011 Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers for Best Book by a Virginia Author. She also received an Award of Merit for Best First Book and Best Long Inspirational by the VRW.

    Mary is a native of the Washington, DC area, but she and her husband, Craig, now live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia. When not writing, she loves to read, minister in her church, and spend time with her husband.

  • <p>Shelley Shepard Gray</p>

    Shelley Shepard Gray

    Shelley Shepard Gray writes Amish romances for Harper Collins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire and historical romances for Zondervan. Her novels have been Holt Medallion winners and Inspirational Readers Choice and Carol finalists. Shelley’s novels have appeared on both the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists. To date, Shelley’s novels have been highlighted in the Philadelphia EnquirerWashington Post, Time Magazine, and USA Today. She’s also been interviewed on NPR as well as numerous regional radio stations.

    Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s degree in English literature and elementary education and later obtained her master’s degrees in educational administration. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two young adults, and is an active member of her church. Shelley is active on Facebook, Twitter, and her website.

  • <p>Janet Sketchley</p>

    Janet Sketchley

    Janet Sketchley is a Canadian author with a passion for fiction. Like Carol in Secrets & Lies, she loves music and tea. Unlike Carol, Janet isn’t related to a dangerous offender, has a happy home life, and has never been threatened by a drug lord. May those tidbits continue to hold true! You can find Janet online at Christian suspense fans are invited to join her writing journey through her monthly newsletter:

  • <p>Valerie Comer</p>

    Valerie Comer

    Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

    Valerie writes Farm Lit where food meets faith, injecting experience laced with humor into her award-winning Farm Fresh Romance stories.

  • <p>Susan Sleeman</p>

    Susan Sleeman

    Susan Sleeman is a best-selling author of inspirational and clean-read romantic suspense books. Her first book, High-Stakes Inheritance, was an ECPA bestseller. Award nominations include The Christmas Witness and No Way Out for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence.  Additionally, Thread of Suspicion was given the 2013 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Best Book Award. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website She currently lives in Oregon but has lived in nine states. Her husband is a realtor and they have two daughters, a son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.

  • <p>Deborah Malone</p>

    Deborah Malone

    Deborah Malone’s first novel, Death in Dahlonega, finaled in ACFW’s Category Five writing contest. Deborah was nominated for 2012 and 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Novel category. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine Georgia Backroads. She has had many articles and photographs published, and her writing is featured in Tales of the Rails, edited by Olin Jackson. She is a current member of the Georgia Writer’s Association, Advanced Writers & Speakers Association, and the Georgia Authors Guild. A current member of ACFW, she has established a blog where she reviews Christian Fiction

  • <p>Robert Tate Miller</p>

    Robert Tate Miller

    Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Robert Tate Miller was raised in the North Carolina mountain town of Hendersonville and began writing at an early age. He began his writing career with homespun essays of small town life that were published in such publications as Reader’s Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s and wrote successful family-oriented telefilms for NBC, ABC Family and the Hallmark Channel. Robert lives in Northridge, CA with his wife, Gina, and stepdaughter, Chloe June. 

  • <p>Cindy Loven</p>

    Cindy Loven

    Cindy Loven, an avid reader all her life, is seeing her dreams fulfilled with the publication of her first novel, Swept Away, part of Abingdon’s Quilts of Love series.  She co-authored this book with Laura V. Hilton.  Born and raised in Arkansas, she loves her home state and is happy to live there with her husband of nearly twenty-nine years and her adult son. She and her family are very active in their local church, serving in many volunteer positions. She and her husband are very serious about informing parents about the dangers of the choking game, after loosing their youngest son to this dreadful ‘game’ in 2009.  When not busy with church or her job as a “PR gal” for another author, you can find Cindy in her craft room,sewing, crocheting or making cards.

  • <p>Roseanna M. White</p>

    Roseanna M. White

    Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two small children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of 9 historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her upcoming British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels…to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring. You can learn more about her and her stories at

  • <p>Kristy Cambron</p>

    Kristy Cambron

    Kristy Cambron writes vintage-inspired, historical Christian fiction titles, which placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations & 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and finaled in the 2013 Lauries. She is the author of The Butterfly and the Violin, Book One in the Hidden Masterpiece series on the prisoner camp art of the Holocaust. A Sparrow in Terezin (Hidden Masterpiece #2) will release in April, 2015.

    She’s a proud Hoosier, living in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good Christian fiction read.

  • <p>Patricia Bradley</p>

    Patricia Bradley

    Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum. But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series—Shadows of the Past and A Promise to Protect—and Matthew’s Choice, a Heartwarming romance. Her workshops on writing include an online course with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Midsouth Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN. When she’s not writing, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.

  • <p>Jodie Bailey</p>

    Jodie Bailey

    Jodie Bailey writes novels about freedom and the heroes who fight for it.  Her novels include Freefall and Crossfire, from Love Inspired Suspense, as well as Quilted by Christmas, from Abingdon Press.  Her devotions have appeared in Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home and Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler. She is convinced a camping trip to the beach with her family, a good cup of coffee, and a great book can cure all ills. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs.

  • <p>Carrie Stuart Parks</p>

    Carrie Stuart Parks

    Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist and internationally known forensic artist. She has spent the past two decades teaching law enforcement personnel across the USA and Canada how to catch killers, sexual predators and other unsavory characters on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list through forensic art. She also teaches cops “Content Statement Analysis,” which combines spotting verbal signs of deception and body language clues to find out when bad guys are lying. Mentored by New York Times best-selling author Frank Peretti, Carrie began writing fiction while battling stage II breast cancer. Now in remission, she continues to encourage other women struggling through the effects of cancer.

  • <p>Marissa Shrock</p>

    Marissa Shrock

    Marissa Shrock is a writer and language arts teacher who enjoys working with her fun seventh grade students. She is a graduate of Taylor University and has completed the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Apprentice, Journeyman, and Craftsman courses. She is a member of ACFW.  Marissa has written articles for teens and adults in Evangel and Encounter. The First Principle is her debut novel.

    In her spare time Marissa loves spending time with family and friends, shopping for cute clothes, traveling, baking, and playing golf.

  • <p>Kimberly Johnson</p>

    Kimberly Johnson

    Kimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two teenage sons, and their yellow lab. She writes sweet Christian romance for Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends.

  • <p>Ane Mulligan</p>

    Ane Mulligan

    While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that’s a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two dogs of Biblical proportion. You can find Ane on her Southern-fried Fiction website, Google+, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Pinterest.

  • <p>Jennifer AlLee</p>

    Jennifer AlLee

    Jennifer AlLee was born in Hollywood, California, and spent her first ten years living above a mortuary one block away from the famous intersection of Hollywood & Vine. Now she lives in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, which just goes to prove she’s been blessed with a unique life. When she’s not busy spinning tales, she enjoys playing games with friends, attending live theater and movies, and singing at the top of her lungs to whatever happens to be playing on the car radio. Although she’s thrilled to be living out her lifelong dream of being a novelist, she considers raising her son to be her greatest creative accomplishment. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Christian Authors Network, and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. Her novels include The Pastor’s Wife, The Mother Road, A Wild Goose Chase Christmas, Last Family Standing, and the upcoming Vinnie’s Diner from Abingdon Press; Diamond in the Rough, Vanishing Act, and Curtain Call from Whitaker House and co-written with Lisa Karon Richardson; and the novella Comfort and Joy in the Christmas anthology Mistletoe Memories from Barbour. Visit her at and



  • <p>D’Ann Mateer</p>

    D’Ann Mateer

    Anne Mateer has a passion for bringing history to life through fiction. She is the author of 4 historical novels as well as a contemporary short story in this fall’s Cup of Christmas Cheer II. Her novel Playing by Heart releases September 15. Anne and her husband of 27 years live in Texas and have three young adult children.

  • <p>Jayme Mansfield</p>

    Jayme Mansfield

    Jayme H. Mansfield—author, artist, and teacher—provides vivid imagery and a passionate voice as she melds her inspiring writing and artistic talents.

    Her debut novel, Chasing the Butterfly, releases October 14, 2014, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Wings and Succession follow to complete the compelling, literary journey. Her passion for weaving stories about God-loving women who find their strength in the Lord, continues in Rush, a historically compelling tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush in the late 1800’s.

    Jayme has owned, operated, and shared the joy of creating visual art in the Piggy Toes Art Studio in Lakewood, Colorado for the past eighteen years. She provides art instruction to children and adults—growing a wide-reaching group of aspiring artists by word of mouth and the studio website. Jayme’s interest in her artists expands past the paint and paper. Instead, she invites her students, especially women, to discover talents, rejoice in blessings, and find a peace that is often compromised in the hectic pace of life.

    After a career in both the business and creative sides of advertising, Jayme received her teaching and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Creative Arts. She has taught elementary school for seventeen years and shares a deep passion for literacy and the writing process. Her advanced writing experience has developed under the expertise and mentorship program in the Christian Writer’s Guild. She completed the Craftsman program, the highest level of instruction, in a four-year period and received the honor of placing in the Top Ten Semi-Finalists in the 2011 Operation First Novelist Contest with Chasing the Butterfly.

    Blessed with a beautiful family—a husband, three boys, and a menagerie of pets, Jayme has continued to chase her dreams, find adventure, and grow a passionate heart for writing with an ever-present artistic flair.

  • <p>Tiffany Amber Stockton</p>

    Tiffany Amber Stockton

    Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning author, speaker, and partner with Nerium International in the anti-aging skin care industry. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. She is a work-at-home mom with two children, and a vivacious Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. She has released/contracted fourteen books so far , the latest being A Grand Design, and she is represented by agent Sandra Bishop. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter

  • <p>Dani Pettrey</p>

    Dani Pettrey

    Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the author of the bestselling romantic suspense novels Silenced; Stranded, winner of the 2014 Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense; Shattered, multi-award winner including Christian Retailing’s Best Award 2014 Winner; and Submerged, winner of the 2013 Holt Medallion for First Novel and the Colorado Romance Writers 2013 Award of Excellence. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super adorable grandson.

  • <p>Mary Hamilton</p>

    Mary Hamilton

    Mary L. Hamilton grew up at a Christian camp much like the setting for her Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series for tweens. Hear No Evil, Book 1 in the series, was a 2012 Genesis Semi-finalist. When she’s not writing, Mary enjoys the outdoors and nature. She also opens her home to weekly teen Bible studies, pancake suppers, and breakfasts with her special recipe waffles. Mary and her husband live in the Houston, TX area within range of their three grown children.

  • <p>Sarah Sundin</p>

    Sarah Sundin

    Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, and In Perfect Time in the Wings of the Nightingale series from Revell. On Distant Shores received second place in the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards from both CAN and AWSA, and Sarah received the 2011 Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to soccer and tennis, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies.

  • <p>Jerusha Agen</p>

    Jerusha Agen

    Jerusha Agen is a lifelong lover of story—a passion that has led her to a B.A. in English and a highly varied career. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Jerusha is the author of the Sisters Redeemed Series, which includes the titles This Dance, This Shadow, and This Redeemer. Jerusha co-authored the e-books A Ruby Christmas and A Dozen Apologies from Write Integrity Press.

    Jerusha is also a screenwriter, and several of her original scripts have been produced as films. In addition, Jerusha is a film critic, with reviews featured at the website

    Jerusha relishes snowy Midwest winters spent with her large, furry dogs and two small, furry cats.

    Visit Jerusha’s website at Follow Jerusha on Twitter @SDGwords and Facebook (Jerusha Agen-SDG Words).

  • <p>Laura Hilton</p>

    Laura Hilton

    Award winning author Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and homeschools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

    Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. A non-Amish book, Swept Away, will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. She is contracted for another three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, begins in November 2014 with The Snow Globe, The Postcard in June 2015, and The Bird House in September 2015, and A White Christmas in Webster County (Amish) releasing in September 2014. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

  • <p>Cindy Thomson</p>

    Cindy Thomson

    Cindy Thomson is a writer and an avid genealogy enthusiast. Her love of history and her Scots-Irish heritage have inspired much of her writing, including her new Ellis Island series. Cindy is also the author of Brigid of Ireland and Celtic Wisdom: Treasures from Ireland. She combined her love of history and baseball to co-author the biography Three Finger: The Mordecai Brown Story, which was a finalist for the Society for American Baseball Research’s Larry Ritter Book Award. In addition to books, Cindy has written on a regular basis for numerous online and print publications and is a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. She is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Historical Novel Society. Cindy and her husband have three grown sons and live in central Ohio.

  • <p>Vickie McDonough</p>

    Vickie McDonough

    Best selling author Vickie McDonough has been an ACFW member since April, 2001. She served as the past ACFW Critique Group Coordinator and as ACFW’s treasurer for three years. Vickie helped co-found WIN, ACFW’s first local
    chapter in 2005 and served as the group’s first treasurer. Vickie is a moderator and resident blogger of the Christian Fiction Historical Society, a member of CAN (Christian Authors Network) and CROWN Marketing Group, NINC, Sisters in Crime, and the founder of 19th Century Writers, a research-based loop for historical writers.

    An award-winning author of over 30 historical fiction and contemporary romance novels and novellas, Vickie makes her home in Oklahoma with her husband of 38 years. They have four grown sons and one daughter-in-law, and they enjoy having a feisty eight-year-old granddaughter.

  • <p>Rebecca DeMarino</p>

    Rebecca DeMarino

    Rebecca DeMarino lives in the Pacific Northwest, and inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother, a love of horses, reading and writing from her dad, and a wanderlust gene from both parents. No one knows where she got her passion for jogging and hiking! A Place in His Heart is a historical romance inspired by her ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton, and is book one of The Southold Chronicles.

  • <p>Lisa Jordan</p>

    Lisa Jordan

    Married 25 years to her own real-life hero, Lisa Jordan knows a thing or two about romance. She and her husband have two young adult sons. By day, Lisa is an early childhood educator. By night, she is an award-winning novelist for Love Inspired, writing stories that promise hope and happily ever after. In her free time, she enjoys good books, romantic comedies, crafting with friends, and feeding her NCIS addiction.

  • <p>Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers</p>

    Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers

    Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers write to reveal God through story. They were born into a writing family, and began at an early age critiquing manuscripts for their mother, Newbery winner Betsy Byars. They went on to become authors of more than thirty-five children’s novels. Their first book for adults, The Shepherd’s Song, was released by Howard Books in March 2014. They live in Georgia.