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Keynote Speakers

Callaway, Phil

Phil Callaway

Phil Callaway is an award-winning author and speaker, known worldwide for his humorous yet perceptive look at life. He’s the best-selling author of 25 books, including Laughing Matters, I Used to Have Answers…Now I Have Kids, Making Life Rich Without Any Money, and Family Squeeze. He hosts the daily radio program Laugh Again, which is broadcast across North America, the UK, and English-speaking Africa. Phil’s writings have been translated into Polish, Chinese, Spanish, German, Dutch, Indonesian, and English (one of which he speaks fluently!)

Phil’s humorous stories on family life have been featured in hundreds of magazines worldwide. But he insists that his greatest achievement was convincing his wife to marry him.

Collins, Brandilyn

Brandilyn Collins

Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling and award-winning author of more than 30 books. She is best known for her Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense novels with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. Her nonfiction title, Getting into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors, is a popular and effective teaching book on the craft of fiction. www.brandilyncollins.com

Brandilyn has long been a favorite of the Mount Hermon writers conference. In 2002 she won the Mount Hermon Writer of the Year award. She was last on faculty in 2013.

Myers, Bill

Bill Myers

Writer/director Bill Myers's work has won more than 70 national and international awards, including the C. S. Lewis Honor Award. He’s sold more than 8 million books and videos, including McGee and Me, Imager Chronicles series, Eli, and his latest nonfiction, The Jesus Experience: Journey Deeper into the Heart of God. His film company, Amaris Media, is in development with multiple projects. Find out more at billmyers.com.

Bill first taught at Mount Hermon in the late 1980s, when he and Robin Jones Gunn were rambunctious newbies having food fights in the cafeteria. (He says biscuits fly the best.)

Marshall Strom, Kay

Kay Marshall Strom

Kay Marshall Strom is the author of forty-two books. Her writing credits also include numerous magazine articles, newspaper op eds, and devotionals. She wrote for two TV series (Murder She Wrote and The Equalizer). She contributed to various devotional Bibles as well as The Bible for Today’s Christian Woman. She has written curriculum for children’s Sunday school, children’s church, and VBS. Much of her most recent writing concerns social issues, both at home and globally. She has ghostwritten twelve books, including for Beverly La Haye and the Minirth/Meier Clinic, and one cowritten with Joni Eareckson Tada.

Kay has been on faculty with Mount Hermon for as long as anyone can remember! She is our Critique Team Coordinator. We are delighted to have her keynoting for us.

Literary Agents

Goetz, Adria

Adria Goetz

Martin Literary Management

Adria Goetz, agent with Martin Literary Management, represents books for both the Christian and general market, and focuses on books for younger readers. Adria is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, a six-week intensive course on all aspects of book, magazine, and digital media publishing. She is also a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a BA in English with a creative writing emphasis. To learn more about Adria and what she is looking for, check out her wish list at adriagoetz.com. She tweets at @AdriaMGoetz.

Harrison, Nick

Nick Harrison

WordServe Literary

Nick Harrison, literary agent with WordServe Literary, is the author of twelve books, including Magnificent Prayer, Power in the Promises, and four books in the One-Minute® Prayer series. For fifteen years Nick served as a senior editor at Harvest House Publishers, acquiring both fiction and nonfiction. Nick has a long history of championing new and unpublished writers. Nick and his wife, Beverly, are the parents of three grown daughters and grandparents to two boys and two girls. nickharrisonbooks.com

Hart, Jim

Jim Hart

Hartline Literary Agency

Jim Hart, agent with Hartline Literary Agency, works with both veteran and debut authors and represents a mix of nonfiction and fiction clients. He serves both the Christian and general markets. Jim is also a singer/songwriter/worship leader and has been involved in youth and music ministry for several decades. He is a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God. http://hartlineagency.com/

Johnson, Tawny

Tawny Johnson

D.C. Jacobson and Associates

Tawny Johnson, senior literary agent for D. C. Jacobson and Associates, began her association with the Christian retail and publishing industry back in 1979. Her diverse experience in the industry includes advertising and marketing, international book rights, bookstore management, and publicity. Tawny also serves as a proposal consultant for AuthorTalk™ and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association while speaking around the country and encouraging and informing writers about the intricacies of the Christian publishing industry.

Laube, Steve

Steve Laube

The Steve Laube Agency

Steve Laube, literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry nearly four decades, first as a bookstore manager, where he was awarded the National Store of the Year by CBA. He then spent many years with Bethany House Publishers, where he was named Editor of the Year by AWSA. In 2003 he became an agent. He and his agency have represented more than 1,500 new books and Steve was named Agent of the Year by ACFW. He was also inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall of Fame by their College of Theology. In addition, he oversees acquisitions for Enclave Publishing and serves as president and owner of The Christian Writers Institute and author of The Christian Writers Market Guide and Book Proposal Tips and Tricks. His office is in Phoenix, Arizona.

Neumair, Karen

Karen Neumair

Credo Communications

Karen Neumair, senior literary agent with Credo Communications, assists authors with their book proposals and connects them with potential publishers. For the past nine years, she has worked alongside nonfiction authors who write about Christian living and spiritual growth, as well as topics geared toward women. www.credocommunications.net

Ruchti, Cynthia

Cynthia Ruchti

Books & Such Literary Mangement

Cynthia Ruchti, agent with Books & Such Literary, tells “stories hemmed in hope” through novels, nonfiction, devotionals, and speaking events for women and writers. Her more than 25 books in print have garnered many industry awards. In 2018, Cynthia was honored to be named Mount Hermon Writer of the Year. In addition to her role as the ACFW Professional Relations Liaison—connecting with retailers, reviewers, libraries, and book clubs—she serves as a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She and her grade-school-sweetheart husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

Traditional Book Publishers

Anderson, Dawn

Dawn Anderson

Discovery House

Dawn Anderson, senior editor at Discovery House, edits and acquires nonfiction, primarily Christian living titles. Discovery House is the trade publishing arm of Our Daily Bread Ministries, whose mission is to feed the soul with the Word of God. Previously she was an editor with Kregel Publications as well as a proofreader, typesetter, high school English teacher, play director, homeschooling mom, and lay youth leader—not all at the same time. She enjoys time spent with friends and family along with a wide variety of books, movies, food, and games.

Barela, Denise

Denise Barela

Celebrate Lit Publishing

Denise Barela, commissioning editor at Celebrate Lit Publishing, enjoys combining her love of fiction with making authors’ dreams come true. When not lost in imaginary worlds of others’ creation, Denise enjoys her own creative writing and artistic pursuits.

Barela, Sandra

Sandra Barela

Celebrate Lit Publishing

Sandra Barela, owner of Celebrate Lit Publishing & Publicity, received her master’s degree in education at the National University and was awarded her master’s in English from Southern New Hampshire University. During her program, she took a publishing class and fell in love with the industry. That infatuation sparked Celebrate Lit Publicity Group, where she helps authors publicize their books through Facebook parties and blog tours. In the summer of 2016, she opened Celebrate Lit Publishing to help Christian authors bring their books to the reading world. An avid Christian fiction reader and author, Sandra enjoys helping other great Christian authors succeed, one book at a time.

Beery, Karin

Karin Beery

Guiding Light Women's Fiction

Karin Beery, managing editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, is looking for stories that entertain, encourage, inspire, and enlighten. She also serves as the Christian Editor Connection coordinator and teaches several classes through The PEN Institute as well as at local and national conferences. In her free time, she runs Write Now Editing (specializing in substantive fiction editing) and writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. She works from her home in northern Michigan, where she lives with two cats, two dogs, and an amazing husband.

Beller, Misty M.

Misty M. Beller

Wild Heart Books

Misty M. Beller, managing editor of Wild Heart Books, a traditional publisher, is also a successful author with 15 published novels as well as a nonfiction book for authors, How to Market a Book Release. After over ten years working in professional project management and marketing, Misty uses her experience in the corporate world to develop best practices in her writing and book marketing efforts. She teaches courses and workshops at writers conferences around the US, educating authors on effective book marketing approaches and helping them apply that knowledge to their own books. Wild Heart Books offers Christian historical romance novels set prior to 1900 and woven with the truth of God’s love. As a Christian publisher, Wild Heart Books strives to provide the kind of exciting historical stories readers love, complete with heroes who make them swoon, strong heroines, and inspirational messages to encourage your faith. 

Bowen, Kelsey

Kelsey Bowen


Kelsey Bowen, acquisitions editor at Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has worked there for six years. She has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, and when she’s not editing, she loves to write fiction with a good cup of Starbucks coffee close by. She is also active in her church as a worship leader. She currently lives with her husband, their two-year-old daughter, Peyton, and their adorable Hava-doodle dog, Izzo, in Allendale, Michigan. If you are interested in pitching to Revell, Kelsey would like to see a fully prepared book proposal along with the first three chapters of your work. If you are a debut novelist, your manuscript must be complete and available for request in order to be considered. Revell occasionally, though rarely, considers self-published books. If you would like to pitch a self-published book, come prepared with up-to-date sales information, including the price point, areas of distribution, and other relevant data. Kelsey will be available to meet with conferees on Friday and Saturday ONLY.

Carlton, Kimberly

Kimberly Carlton

HarperCollins Christian Publishing

Kimberly Carlton, Associate Acquisitions Editor for HCCP fiction, grew up in sub-Saharan Africa and moved to the States when she began her undergraduate degree at Ouachita Baptist University. From there, she moved to Chicago to pursue an MA degree in biblical exegesis at Wheaton College. Upon completion of her degree, she was invited to return to teach at OBU. She thoroughly enjoyed her two years of teaching but loves working collaboratively with the stellar team at HCCP and helping stories become the best that they can be. She has a lifelong love of reading, grammar, and languages of all kinds. Despite being bitten by a cheetah at age eleven, she retained her love of animals and now shares her home with her three-year-old German Shepherd puppy, Percy.

DeVries, Catherine

Catherine DeVries

Kregel Publications

Catherine DeVries, publisher for Kregel Publications, has 25 years of experience in the Christian publishing industry, including Zondervan, United Methodist Publishing House, and David C Cook. She is responsible for leading acquisitions through identifying subject areas and possible authors for new titles. Oversees the cultivation and maintenance of Kregel’s relationships with established authors and agents and pursues and develops relationships with new authors and agents. Oversees and participates in evaluation of book proposals for review by the Acquisitions Committee and lead Acquisitions Committee meetings. Negotiates contracts with authors and other rights-holders. Author of 25 books.

Everson, Eva Marie

Eva Marie Everson

Firefly Southern Fiction, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Eva Marie Everson is a best-selling, multiple award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction, including such titles as The Ornament Keeper (2018), The One True Love of Alice-Ann (2017), and Five Brides (2016). Her Reflections of God’s Holy Land (2008) earned her a Silver Medallion. She is the president of Word Weavers International, the director of both the Florida Christian Writers Conference and North Georgia Christian Writers Conference. Eva Marie is also the managing editor of Firefly Southern Fiction. She is both a graduate and a sometimes-student at Andersonville Theological Seminary. Eva Marie enjoys working with new writers through her company, Pen In Hand. When she’s not jet-setting about, she makes her home in central Florida, where she and her husband are owned by a small but feisty dog. They are the parents of three amazing children and nine beyond-amazing grandchildren. www.EvaMarieEversonAUTHOR.com

Freeland, Lori

Lori Freeland

Armonia Publishing

Lori Freeland, acquisitions editor for Armonia Publishing, is also an author, editor, and writing coach, is an encourager at heart and believes everyone has a story worth telling. She’s a one-one-one coach for beginning to advanced writers and has experience with developmental and copy edits in nonfiction and fiction for children and adults. A former editor for The Christian Pulse, and regular contributor to Crosswalk.com, she writes everything from articles to short stories to novels. When she’s not curled up next to her husband drinking too much coffee and worrying about her kids, she loves to mess with the lives of the imaginary people living in her head lafreeland.com

Brumbaugh Green, Renae

Renae Brumbaugh Green

Armonia Publishing

Renae Brumbaugh Green, owner of Armonia Publishing, has authored and coauthored dozens of books across many genres, including fiction (romance, historical, mystery, sci-fi) and nonfiction (humor, Bible study, devotional, memoir), as well as hundreds of articles. Her passion for creating with her Creator complements her love for teaching. With nearly 30 years of experience in public, private, and home education, as well as many years of experience teaching at writers conferences around the country, Renae knows how to make learning fun and accessible for students of all ability levels. She loves (almost) everything about the creative process, and she’s excited to share that passion with other writers.

Haggerty, Deb

Deb Haggerty

Elk Lake Publishing Inc.

Deb Haggerty, publisher and editor-in-chief for Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., has been involved in Christian speaking and writing since 1995. Since she purchased Elk Lake Publishing in 2016 and incorporated, the company has gained a reputation for publishing positive books, encouraging new and experienced authors, and participating in the education of upcoming writers. They are a traditional, royalty-paying publisher that acquires a variety of books in all genres of fiction and nonfiction from children’s to adult. Deb’s mission is to come alongside the authors God brings to her to ensure their work is produced in a positive and professional fashion.

Howard, Linda

Linda Howard

Tyndale House Publishers

Linda Howard, associate publisher for children and youth at Tyndale House Publishers, brings an extensive background working with children and children’s products to her role, including eight years of working with Focus on the Family’s beloved and best-selling Adventures in Odyssey brand, overseeing the successful rebranding and relaunch of the Faith That Sticks product line, fourteen years of teaching preschool, and eight years at Wheaton College, serving as assistant director for the Community School of the Arts. Linda’s enthusiasm and passion for bringing children to a deeper understanding of Christ is what drives her acquisitions choices.

Perkins, Edwina

Edwina Perkins

Harambee Press

Edwina Perkins, acquisitions and managing editor for Harambee Press, LPC’s ethnic voices imprint, which seeks to publish ethnic writers, is also an award-winning writer, experienced teacher, speaker, and freelance editor. She served on the Word Weavers Orlando leadership team for over ten years—two of those as president—and now is a part of the Word Weavers International Advisory Committee. She worked as a content editor with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She is a wife, mother of four adult children, grandmother to one (with another on the way!), and owner of a 16-year-old bichon poodle mix who believes the world revolves around him.

Simpson, Amy

Amy Simpson

Moody Publishing

Amy Simpson, acquisitions editor for Moody Publishing, is also a former publishing executive, an award-winning author, a speaker, and a leadership coach. She has more than 20 years of experience in Christian publishing. Amy holds an English degree from Trinity International University, an MBA from the University of Colorado, and CPCC certification from Coaches Training Institute. She loves to travel with her husband, Trevor, their two teenage girls, and their lovable dogs, Rosie and Sam. She lives with these wonderful folks in the suburbs of Chicago.

Stewart, Susan K.

Susan K. Stewart

Elk Lake Publishing

Susan K. Stewart, senior nonfiction editor with Elk Lake Publishing, teaches, writes, and edits nonfiction. She is known for practical solutions to real-world situations. Susan is the blog content manager for the Mount Hermon Writers Conference blog. She has published three books, including the award-winning Formatting e-Books for Writers: Convert Your Word File to Kindle. Susan lives in central Texas with her husband, Bob, three dogs, three cats, nine chickens, and a donkey. The Stewarts have three children and five grandchildren. www.practicalinspirations.com

Subsidy Publisher

Dean Holtz, Athena

Athena Dean Holtz

Redemption Press

Athena Dean Holtz, cofounder of Redemption Press, has served as a book coach, speaker, mentor, and presenter on self-publishing and marketing at Christian writers conferences across the country. Athena is a former radio host and pastor’s wife. She recently retired as the host and interviewer of “Always Faithful Radio” in Seattle. Redemption Press offers a full range of publishing services and guidance on everything from branding, editing, coaching, and publicity.

Magazine Publishers

Florea, Jesse

Jesse Florea

Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine

Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for more than 25 years. For the past 21, he’s been the editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine (for boys and girls ages 8 to 12) and is currently the editorial director for youth publications, where he oversees Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines. He cohosts the biweekly “Official Adventures in Odyssey podcast” that often exceeds 1 million listeners. He has written or cowritten more than 35 books (including the Defend Your Faith children’s apologetics Bible, The Case for Grace for Kids, The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions, The One Year Devotions for Active Boys, and The One Year Devos for Sports Fans). He earned bachelor and master’s degrees in communications from Wheaton College, Illinois. He and his wife, Stephanie, enjoy hanging out with their two adult children, their spouses, and grandchildren. Jesse will only be at the conference from Saturday lunch to Monday lunch.

Taylor, B.J.

B.J. Taylor

Guideposts Magazine, Angels on Earth, Mysterious Ways, All Creatures

B.J. Taylor represents four magazines: Guideposts, Angels on Earth, Mysterious Ways, and All Creatures. She has sold more than forty stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul and two dozen to the Guideposts family of magazines. She has compiled her teaching at conferences across the United States into a book titled Writing True Stories: Using the Winning Formula P MS to a T. She won a spot at the Guideposts Writers Workshop in 2004, is an award-winning author, and has published numerous articles in Writer’s Digest, Romantic Homes, Victorian Homes, John Gray’s Mars and Venus in Love, and many other publications. www.bjtaylor.com

Script Publisher

Gutteridge, Rene

Rene Gutteridge

Skit Guys Studios and ScriptMore

Rene Gutteridge, acquiring editor for Skit Guys Studios and ScriptMore, has been writing professionally for twenty years, with diversified expertise in fiction, comedy sketches, novelizations, and screenwriting. She is the multi-genre author of 24 novels, including Possession, Misery Loves Company, Old Fashioned, and Never the Bride. Her indie film SKID won three film festivals, including deadCenter’s Best Oklahoma Feature in 2015, and her novel My Life as a Doormat was adapted into the Hallmark movie Love’s Complicated.  She is co-director of Write Well Sell Well in Oklahoma City and is the head writer at Skit Guys Studios.


Bentz, Joseph

Joseph Bentz

Joseph Bentz is published in both fiction and nonfiction, with four novels and five nonfiction books. His sixth nonfiction book, on the influence of the most famous passages of the New Testament, will be published in 2019 by The Foundry Publishing (formerly Beacon Hill Press). He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, where he teaches courses in writing and American literature. His blog, Life of the Mind and Soul, can be found at www.josephbentz.com.

Callaway, Phil

Phil Callaway

Phil Callaway is the best-selling author of 25 books, including Laughing Matters, I Used to Have Answers…Now I Have Kids, Making Life Rich Without Any Money, and Family Squeeze. He hosts the daily radio program Laugh Again, which airs across North America, the UK, and English-speaking Africa. He speaks for corporations, conferences, camps, and cruise ships, and has published more than a thousand articles. Phil began Servant magazine in 1989. It is read in more than 100 countries. One of his greatest passions is telling stories that help people laugh and learn about the things that matter most.

Christianson, Laura

Laura Christianson

Laura Christianson helps everyone from pre-published writers to best-selling authors establish a vibrant online presence. She owns Blogging Bistro, LLC (www.bloggingbistro.com), a business that builds custom websites and provides brand coaching and marketing education. The author of several books and thousands of articles, Laura serves as marketing director for West Coast Christian Writers. When you can drag her away from her computer, you’ll most likely find Laura swimming laps, rollerblading, or bicycling. Laura and her husband live in the Seattle area and are the parents of two young-adult sons.

Clare, Linda S.

Linda S. Clare

Linda S. Clare is the author or coauthor of six books, including Lost Boys and the Moms Who Love Them (2002) with Melody Carlson and Heather Kopp, The Fence My Father Built (2009), and Five Editors Tackle the Twelve Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing with four other writers. She is a frequent contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts. In 2008 her short story, “Gargoyles,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Linda coaches writers, teaches writing at Lane Community College, and serves as writing adviser for doctoral students at George Fox University. An Arizona native, she now lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Coli, Andrea

Andrea Coli

Andrea Coli is pleased to be your Conference Host! With a background in improv comedy and a degree in theology, she leads an audience from uproarious laughter to heartfelt truth. She is a national speaker, frequently invited to churches and conference centers as a keynote or emcee. She spent four years as a cast member of The Second City in an all-improvised show performing in Las Vegas, and independently published a book about how improv influenced her faith. She is a teaching pastor at CrossWinds Church and holds an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She lives in Livermore, California, with her husband, Chris, a senior pastor, and their two daughters, ages 15 and 10.

Collins, Brandilyn

Brandilyn Collins

Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and best-selling novelist of more than 30 books. She is known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®—fast paced, character driven, with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She is also recognized for her book on how to write fiction—Getting into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors. Brandilyn is a teacher of fiction and keynote speaker at writers conferences across the country. She and her husband live in the resort town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and share their lake and forest property with deer, moose, fox, turkeys, elk, osprey, eagles, and other of God’s wonderful creatures. www.brandilyncollins.com

Dixon, Xochitl

Xochitl Dixon

Xochitl (So-Cheel) E. Dixon, an Our Daily Bread contracted writer, is releasing her devotional Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace in fall 2019 (Discovery House). Her article “The Restoring Community: The Church’s Healing Role in a Hurting Body” (Church Health Reader) and her flash fiction “The Biggest Step” (2017 WCCW Award Winner, LIVE) and “Emma’s Dancing Socks” (LIVE) were published in 2019. This native-Californian followed God and her husband to Wisconsin in 2018. She shares her God-sized adventures, prayers, and encouragement on her blog (www.xedixon.com) and inspires writers on her Facebook ministry page, Write to Worship.

Flory, Susy

Susy Flory

Susy Flory is the New York Times best-selling author or coauthor of fourteen books, and she directs the West Coast Christian Writers Conference in the San Francisco Bay Area. A graduate of UCLA, she has a background in journalism, education, and communications, and she specializes in memoir. She is a breast cancer survivor, has a spunky ex-racehorse named Stetson, and loves hiking in the High Sierras and skiing black diamond runs whenever she can. She recently began a master’s program in New Testament studies at Northern Seminary with a Scot McKnight cohort.

Franklin, Lindsay

Lindsay Franklin

Lindsay A. Franklin is the best-selling author of Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women, Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women, and The Story Peddler. She is also an award-winning editor and a homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. She lives in her native San Diego with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband, their precious geeklings, three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats), and a stuffed wombat with his own Instagram following. lindsayafranklin.com

Gruelle, Deb

Deb Gruelle

Deb Gruelle is a best-selling author of children’s fiction and women’s nonfiction. She’s been featured on radio broadcasts, including Family Life Today. A recovering Silicon Valley technical writer, Deb has had more than 100 articles and devotions published. Deb serves as chaplain for Inspire Christian Writers, a Stephen Minister in her church, and a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to help children in foster care navigate the court system. A former homeschooling mom, she thanks God that her three multicultural children made it to adulthood. Debgruelle.com

Hanscome, Jeanette

Jeanette Hanscome

Jeanette Hanscome is the author of five books, including Suddenly Single Mom: 52 Message of Hope, Grace, and Promise (Worthy Inspired), as well as a speaker, freelance editor, and workshop leader. Most of her writing flows from her life as a single mom who has had low vision since birth, and how God reveals His love through everyday experiences. She pours her leftover creative energy into singing, knitting, crocheting, and making homemade gifts. Jeanette and her younger son, Nathan, enjoy living in the same East Bay Area city where she grew up. (Her oldest, Christian, is an adult, successfully launched into the world.) Visit her website and blog at jeanettehanscome.com

Harrel, Kelly

Kelly Harrel

Kelly Harrel writes inspirational fiction and Christian romance novels that deal with real-life struggles in the light of God’s love and grace. She speaks at women’s events and writers conferences, to audiences of both genders and all ages about topics such as overcoming depression and anxiety. She is passionate about inspiring others into a deeper faith. After several decades in education, publishing six novels, and leading a multigenerational women’s ministry, Kelly still claims her biggest accomplishment is homeschooling her children. She resides in Southern California with her husband, two teens, and a desert tortoise named George.

Hodgson, Mona

Mona Hodgson

Mona Hodgson, an award-winning author, has published 42 books, historical novels and novellas for adults and children’s books for ages birth to twelve. Her writing credits also include several hundred nonfiction articles, poems, and short stories, which have appeared in 50 publications. Mona speaks for churches, schools, and conferences, including YWAM, Mount Hermon Christian Camps and Conference Center, and MOPS groups.

Ingermanson, Randy

Randy Ingermanson

Randy Ingermanson is the best-selling author of three books on how to write fiction and the award-winning author of six novels. He is the creator of the wildly popular Snowflake Method for writing a novel and publishes the Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine. Randy holds a PhD in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and served on the executive board of American Christian Fiction Writers for more than eleven years. He writes novels at the intersection of Faith Avenue and Science Boulevard, a poorly lit section of town with no traffic lights and occasional gunfire. Randy is the loyal servant to two surly and demanding cats. You can learn more dreadful facts about Randy at AdvancedFictionWriting.com.

Kern, Jan

Jan Kern

Jan Kern, author, speaker, and credentialed life coach, is passionate about story—not only how we live it with courage and intentionality but also how we write it with craft and finesse. Her Live Free series for teens launched with Scars that Wound, Scars that Heal: A Journey Out of Self-Injury, an ECPA Gold Medallion finalist. In the series, she intertwined a narrative style with fiction techniques to tell the true stories of teens who struggled with pain and brokenness. She knows about writers in transition as her focus has turned to writing for and serving women through Voice of Courage, a multi-generational organization she founded with her daughter.

Mackenzie, Leigh

Leigh Mackenzie

Leigh Mackenzie is a Christ-follower, wife, mom, and keeper of an apricot poodle and backyard hen sorority. Blogging as “The Church Girl Writes,” she offers fresh content weekly about everyday life with chickens, children, couture, church, and Christ. She creates her own videos, visuals, and social media marketing. She also does biblical research, sermon prep, and styling for pastors at a multi-site Midwestern megachurch of 12,000.

McGuire, Christi

Christi McGuire

Christi McGuire is a freelance editor, author, and consultant and has been in the Christian publishing industry for 18 years. She has partnered with many notable authors to help them polish their manuscripts and navigate the path to publishing and has also worked with several traditional publishers. Christi is a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC, which equips and empowers Christian editors. She is the director of the Christian Editor Connection, which connects authors with professional, established freelance editors, and The PEN Institute, an online educational insChrititute for Christian editors. www.ChristiMcGuire.com

McHenry, Janet

Janet McHenry

Janet McHenry is an award-winning author of 24 books, including a variety of nonfiction works. With a degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, she formerly worked as a daily newspaper reporter and editor. However, she says she learned to write books and magazine articles at Mount Hermon, where she was Writer of the Year in 1993. Featured in Health magazine for her prayer-walking, Janet has written six books on prayer, including the best-selling PrayerWalk. Among her works are devotional and meditations books, Bible studies, and gift books—one of which was a best-selling compilation last year. Her other works are board books, first-chapter books, and mysteries. A former educator, Janet loves to see light bulbs turn on as she teaches writing form and mentors new writers.

Morris, Chris

Chris Morris

Chris Morris, CPA, has the unique combination of skills that can only come from having a degree in biblical studies and working as a CPA in the business world for the last twenty years. He brings a fresh understanding of the business aspects of the writing world and can speak to spiritual components of the writing life as well.

Gordon Morrow, Judy

Judy Gordon Morrow

Judy Gordon Morrow is a lifelong lover of words and has published poetry, articles, song lyrics, and nonfiction books. Her first book dealt with pregnancy loss, followed by nine gift books and three devotional books, including The Listening Heart: Hearing God in Prayer. Her magazine credits range from Guideposts to Clubhouse Jr. In prior “word-lover jobs,” Judy served as an elementary school library specialist, newspaper copy editor, and nonfiction editor at Multnomah Publishers. Judy lives in the charming mountain community of Quincy, California, and savors small-town living. An avid fan of compelling stories told in books, movies, and rich conversations, she also enjoys cozying up her home with vintage treasures, trying new recipes, and singing hymns.

Myers, Bill

Bill Myers

Writer/director Bill Myers's work has won more than 70 national and international awards, including the C. S. Lewis Honor Award. He’s sold more than 8 million books and videos, including McGee and Me, Imager Chronicles series, Eli, and his latest nonfiction, The Jesus Experience: Journey Deeper into the Heart of God. His film company, Amaris Media, is in development with multiple projects. Find out more at billmyers.com.

Bill first taught at Mount Hermon in the late 1980s, when he and Robin Jones Gunn were rambunctious newbies having food fights in the cafeteria. (He says biscuits fly the best.)

Osborne, Jill

Jill Osborne

Jill Osborne loves writing great stories that reach the hearts of today’s kids. Her three-book series, The Good News Shoes, was published by Zonderkidz in 2014. She has written collaboratively with Missy and Mia Robertson on their four-book Princess in Camo series, and with former NFL running back Rashad Jennings on a soon-to-be-released series, The Coin Slot Chronicles. Jill loves reading, running, hiking in the Sierra Mountains with her husband, and traveling to new places. One of the highlights of her year was being able to share her books with girls at the Mercy Home in India!

Raney, Deborah

Deborah Raney

Deborah Raney’s thirty-plus books have garnered multiple industry awards, including the RITA, the Carol, the HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, and three times 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 2,600-member American Christian Fiction Writers organization. She and husband, Ken Raney, enjoy life in the Midwest.

Raney, Ken

Ken Raney

Ken Raney is president of Clash Creative, a producer of illustration and graphic design and Raney Day Press. He also runs clashentertainment.com, an entertainment portal website for Christian teens featuring media news, reviews, and interviews for books, comics, music, movies, careers, and gaming. Raney is the author/illustrator of two children’s picture books and has over 40 years of experience in graphic design, illustration, advertising, and marketing. He and his wife, novelist Deborah Raney, make their home in Kansas.

Riter, Tim

Tim Riter

Tim Riter pushes his limits and encourages others to do the same in their faith and their writing and their lives. He yearns to help fellow followers plunge deeper in their faith, to sweat blood over their openness, and to continually hone their craft. He has a couple of master’s degrees—in communication and ministry, has spent 20 years as a pastor and 17 years as a college professor, and is the author of 10 nonfiction books. His most recent release is God, a Motorcycle, and the Open Road: a Biker Devotion, published with Harvest House. He cares deeply about helping writers intentionally and deliberately make a greater impact on our culture. His blog, Unconventional, has a new post each week and explores the God touches found in everyday life at timriter.com.

Rubart, James L.

James L. Rubart

James L. Rubart is 28 years old but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He thinks he’s still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons. He’s the best-selling Christy Book of the Year, Carol, Inspy, and RT Book Reviews award-winning author of ten novels. He loves to send readers on journeys they’ll remember months after they finish his stories. He’s also a branding expert, co-host of the Novel Marketing podcast, and co-founder with his son, Taylor, of the Rubart Writing Academy. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in Washington state.

Saake, Jennifer

Jennifer Saake

Jennifer Saake, “InfertilityMom.” has survived abuse, dyslexia, chronic illness, fertility challenges, and near-fatal strokes resulting in lifelong handicaps. Jennifer highlights hope by walking with her readers as they seek to entrust their broken hearts to God. Jennifer is the founder of the Life Writer critique group of Reno, Nevada, and of Hannah’s Prayer, blessing tens of thousands of grieving families worldwide since 1994. In 2005, Hannah’s Hope: Seeking God’s Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, & Adoption Loss was published. Seven years after brain injury, Jennifer is writing again and taking on our ropes course in defiance of stroke-induced acrophobia.

Saenz, Bob

Bob Saenz

Bob Saenz is a screenwriter and actor. His produced works include Help for the Holidays, the number-one-rated Hallmark film for 2012, Rescuing Madison, Sweet Surrender, On the 12th Day of Christmas, Perfect on Paper, Sound of Christmas, The Right Girl, Extracurricular Activities, and Youth Group, a faith-based comedy. He does rewrites and polishes on film and TV projects for Production Companies, including nine optioned original scripts. His acting roles include a six-year run on Nash Bridges, Hallmark’s Valley of Light, Francis Ford Coppola’s Jack, David Fincher’s Zodiac, Finn Taylor’s Unleashed and The Village Barbershop, and dozens of others.

Shoemaker, Tim

Tim Shoemaker

Tim Shoemaker is the author of 14 books and is a popular speaker at conferences and schools around the country. Over 25 years working with kids has helped him relate to his reading and listening audience in a unique way. He is a regular contributor to Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines. His contemporary suspense, Code of Silence, was named in the “Top Ten Crime Novels for Youth” by Booklist. Happily married for over thirty-eight years, Tim has three grown sons and three daughters-in-law, and he lives in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

Marshall Strom, Kay

Kay Marshall Strom

Kay Marshall Strom, who credits the Mount Hermon Writers Conference for her writing career, has authored everything from magazine articles to children’s materials to 43 books (both fiction and nonfiction) to scripts for TV and films. Kay has a heart for social justice, and many of her books reflect that passion. Her research has taken her to more than 40 countries, where she explores and exposes injustice and works with local Christ-followers to provide solutions. One of her books is being used in Japan as an English language text.

Sundin, Sarah

Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin is the best-selling author of eleven historical novels, including The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us (February 2019). Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and Through Waters Deep was a finalist for the 2016 Carol Award and won the INSPY Award. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. She also enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups. sarahsundin.com

Tangvald, Christine

Christine Tangvald

Christine Tangvald is the best-selling author of 90-plus picture books in 147 editions in 12 languages, with more than 3.5 million books in print. She’s been on the best-sellers list many times and has two #1 best sellers. She’s also written greeting cards, curriculum, devotions, and articles for many publications. Christine has been a speaker and teacher at more than 100 writers conferences. With her daughter, Rondi DeBoer, she’s a columnist for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. magazine. Many of her best friends are under six years old!

DeEtte Williams, Julie

Julie DeEtte Williams

Julie DeEtte Williams is a freelance typographer contracted with Inspire Press to do book layouts and cover designs for its members—which she does for select independent author clients as well. Yes, as strange as it sounds, she enjoys formatting documents and making forms in Word. She loves writing whimsical stories, dancing to ancient songs she can’t pronounce, running Disney Princess Half Marathons, and exploring God’s creation with her husband, kids, and grandson.

Williamson, Jill

Jill Williamson

Jill Williamson is a creator of kingdoms and the author of more than twenty books, including her debut novel, By Darkness Hid, which won several awards and was named a Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novel of 2009 by VOYA magazine. She writes epic fantasy and has also written several books on the craft of writing fiction. She teaches writing online at www.StoryworldFirst.com and at www.GoTeenWriters.com, the latter of which has been named one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers. www.jillwilliamson.com

Taylor Young, Erin

Erin Taylor Young

Erin Taylor Young is an author, speaker, and podcaster whose deepest passion is the Word of God and bringing encouragement from His truth to readers and writers. She teaches workshops about writing and publishing, produces and cohosts the Write from the Deep podcast, and is the cocreator of From the Deep, LLC, an organization that provides spiritual and craft-focused courses, coaching, and resources to train, encourage, and disciple writers. She cofounded a successful independent publishing company and was the comanaging editor before selling the company to another publisher. She’s also an award-winning humor writer whose books, Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe and Still Surviving Henry: The Untold Stories, have been repeatedly accused of making readers laugh until they cry. Learn more about Erin at erintayloryoung.com

Yttrup, Ginny L.

Ginny L. Yttrup

Ginny L. Yttrup is the award-winning author of six novels, including Convergence, which releases February 2019. She writes suspense and contemporary women’s fiction. Publishers Weekly dubbed Ginny’s work “as inspiring as it is entertaining.” When not writing, Ginny coaches writers, critiques manuscripts, and makes vintage-style jewelry for her Esty shop, Storied Jewelry. She loves dining with friends, hanging out with her adult children, or curling up with a great novel. Ginny lives in Northern California with her rescue pup, Henry. www.ginnyyttrup.com