Rick writes novels during his commute to and from his “real job” as a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice. His unit prosecutes corporate fraud lawsuits of the type described in the #1 bestseller, WHEN THE DEVIL WHISTLES, which award-winning author Colleen Coble describes as “a legal thriller you won’t want to miss!”
Karen is the author of six books including her current series, the Vintage National Parks novels. A former park ranger, she’s worked at Mount Rainier National Park and Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park. Karen enjoys photography, hiking, and public speaking. She lives in Oregon with her family.
Sarah is a freelance editor and published writer—most recently in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has been involved with Inspire Christian Writers since 2011 and is a member of the Christian PEN. Sarah enjoys ranch life in Northern California with her graphic designer husband and Appaloosa horse, Ransom.
Lisa has written six books, including Drawn from the Heart, A Coloring Book Devotional. She is a writer who likes to encourage so devotions are her genre of choice. Knit Purl Pray, 52 Devotions for the Creative Soul allowed her write about her love of knitting without writing patterns.
Cheri, a college health instructor and health educator, has a passion for helping people create healthy, thriving lives. As a writer and author of RESOLVE: Strategies, Thoughts, & Beliefs for Healthy Living, Cheri knows the challenges writers face and has strategies to help.
Laura is a marketing communications specialist who ghost writes compelling online content for her clients – blog posts, websites, sales pages, email campaigns, product descriptions, bios, and social media. She partners with a graphic designer and programmer to create custom, mobile-friendly websites for writers and other entrepreneurs.
Back by popular demand, WCCW Conference emcee, Andrea Coli, has the ability to transform a room into a fun atmosphere while enriching it with the Truth of God’s word. She uses her background in improv comedy to inspire others to discover God’s unique call for their lives. Andrea ministers at CrossWinds Church as a Teaching Pastor and part of the Creative Arts Team. She partners with her husband Chris, who is the Senior Pastor.
A believer in the healing power of authentic connection, Michele writes and speaks on perseverance, leadership, and faith in the hard places. She has published two books (Undone and I Am), and her third is slated to release November 12, 2019. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their six children.
Jane is an award-winning author of two books, From Grief to Hope, and The Caregiving Season. She has written numerous magazine articles and has been a guest on Focus on the Family’s radio program. She is an active blogger and also teaches at writing conferences. Jane makes her home in the Sacramento area.
Blythe is a literary agent and marketer who helps writers build the right book proposal, secures contracts, promotes books, and has placed authors in the national media. She has worked in publishing for more than 20 years and represents bestselling non-fiction authors and new voices. As an agent, she has represented authors associated with Focus on the Family, Cru, Proverbs 31 Ministries, Women of Faith, North Point Community Church, International House of Prayer, Dollar General, JPMorgan Chase, Houston Chronicle, The Huffington Post, Today Show Parenting, American Management Association, and others.
Jon has been writing for about 25 years, and got his start at Mount Hermon. He has published over 400 pieces, 200 of them devotionals, and over 200 articles, many of them devotional articles. He is the former director of the Christian Writers Seminar, now West Coast Christian Writers.
Cathy’s cozy mysteries reflect personal interests from quilting and antique collecting to playing her fiddle with friends. Her cozies include A Vase of Mistaken Identity, Medals in the Attic, and A Stitch in Crime. Cathy also contributed to Guideposts’ Every Day with Jesus and the upcoming All God’s Creatures.
“Live significantly!” That’s the inspiring message of Dr. Sharon Norris Elliott, award-winning author, popular international conference speaker, licensed minister, and astute Bible teacher. Author of 11 books and counting, Sharon is also a professional editor and editing coach with Writing for Your Life writers’ services, Harambee Press, The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network Publishing, and her own service, AuthorizeMe. Sharon is honored to assist men and women in furthering their ministry goals and visions.
Tim is a California native who changed his major three times, colleges four times, and took six years to get a Bachelor’s degree in a subject he’s never been called on to use professionally. Married for over 30 years with two adult kids, his family is constant evidence of God’s abundant blessings in his life. He and his wife live in Northern California. Tim’s been blogging for six and a half years.
Kathy is a children’s author and agented novelist. Her debut novel ~ The Language of the Lake, the first book in a trilogy, released in 2018. Fellure hosted, wrote, and produced the TSPN TV Show, “Author, Writers, Books & Beyond,” for three years. She is the founder/director of Amador Fiction Writers.
Susy is a New York Times bestselling author or co-author of 12 memoirs, and she’s written with celebrities, heroes of the faith, athletes, explorers, and the girl (and boy) next door.
Bill serves as the senior pastor of Neighborhood Church amid the rugged mountains and pristine forests of Redding, CA (3,000 strong). He has authored ten books, including a trilogy on God’s amazing grace. Dr. Bill also serves as a professor of theology at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. Bill informs the head in ways that touch the heart. He finds his joy in proclaiming a God who is infinitely more committed to us than we will ever be to him. He sleeps with his lawyer, Margi, and enjoys his two teenage kids, Josie and J.D.
Janet founded Books & Such Literary Management in 1996. The agency now consists of five agents who represent more than 275 clients. Janet’s clients include numerous best-selling authors and winners of the Gold Medallion, Christy Award, Holt Medallion and RITA. Among her clients are Robin Jones Gunn, Tricia Goyer, Laura Frantz, and Joanna Weaver.
Jennifer is the author of six books for adults, including Love You More: The Divine Surprise of My Daughter’s Adoption. As an award-winning children’s author, Grant’s passion is to engage children’s spiritual curiosity. The mother of four grown and almost grown children, she lives outside of Chicago with her husband of 30 years and two rescue dogs.
Cheri is co-author of two books with Kathi Lipp and curriculum director for The LEVERAGE Speaker Conference; co-host with Amy Carroll of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast and co-author of Exhale (June 2019); founder of Write Beside You coaching services.
Best-selling author of Ten Little Night Stars and Aching for a Child, Deb is a recovering Silicon Valley technical writer. She serves as Chaplain for Inspire Christian Writers and has had over 100 articles and devotions published. Deb’s been featured on several radio broadcasts, including Family Life Today.
Robin is the much-loved author of the popular Christy Miller series for teens and Sisterchicks novels, as well as nonfiction favorites such as Victim of Grace and Spoken For. Her 90 books have sold nearly 5 million copies worldwide. Robin is a frequent speaker for local and international events. She and her husband live in Hawaii, where she continues to write her little heart out.
Marilyn is the author of the award-winning novels Full Cicada Moon and Found Things, and the nonfiction The Christian Girl’s Guide to Your Mom. Her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in various journals. Marilyn holds a MA in English/creative writing and works as a technical editor and writer.
Jeanette is the author of five books, including Suddenly Single Mom. She is a speaker, writing teacher, freelance editor, and contributor to several devotionals. When not at of the computer, she sings with a local chorus and at her church and dabbles in as many creative activities as possible.
Bob is an award-winning author, literary agent, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His fifty books include Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional. Bob is also the executive director of the Christian Writers Institute (christianwritersinstitute.com).
Educated in screenwriting at UCLA, David facilitates a screenwriting critique group for Inspire Christian Writers. His faith-based comedy Winging It staring Jaci Velazquez and Robert Amaya is in development with Manifesto Picturehouse, and he has an indie drama and a 13th century Scotland period piece in the works.
Wendy joined Books & Such Literary Management in 2005 and was named vice-president of the firm in 2011. She feels equally comfortable on a computer, at a writer’s conference or with a cool lump of clay in her hand. She’s been an artist, a writer and a literary agent. No stranger to the literary market, she has served on the faculty of several major writers conferences and has written eight books in her young adult Daughters of the Faith series. These books were followed by a series of four teen books and a nonfiction adult book.
Kathi is a national speaker and the best-selling author of 17 books, including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, and The Husband Project. Kathi co-hosts (with Michele Cushatt) the Communicator Academy podcast and is the founder of the Leverage Speakers Conference, held each November in San Jose, California. Through teaching and coaching over the past 10 years, Kathi has helped hundreds of writers and speakers find their audience and increase their platform.
Mike’s first book, Dublin, came out in 2007, followed by eight novels, including After the Cross and Mind Writer. He’s also published a number of novellas, short stories and writing articles. Recently, Mike has optioned three feature-length movie scripts and has pitched several shows to television production companies.
Robynne holds a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Creative Nonfiction and Fiction. She’s authored eight books and numerous articles and essays, and speaks nationally on topics ranging from writing to making bacon from scratch.
Marci’s writing career begin after her humor article was published in a small-town newspaper. Since then she has authored two books and written hundreds of articles as well as contributing to Guideposts, and Focus On The Family. Her other interests include food photography and anything with real butter.
Kay has authored 42 books and numerous shorter works including TV and movie scripts. Among her awards are two books that topped the Library Association Booklist. Kay’s work as a 21st century abolitionist takes her around the globe where she does research and speaks out against social injustice.
Sarah is a bestselling author of historical novels, including The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us. Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” A mother of three, Sarah lives in California.
Kelley was born and raised in Walnut Creek, California. She graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in English, followed by a Juris Doctorate. Kelley is a member of the California Bar, and an aspiring writer of young adult fantasy novels. She practices copyright, trademark and estate planning law at The Law Office of Kelley A. Way.
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