Passionate word builders
Passionate followers of Christ
Anita Mae Draper is retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and lives on the prairie of southeast Saskatchewan, Canada with her hubby of 30 plus years and the youngest of their 4 kids. She writes cowboy stories set in the Old West, and Edwardian stories set in the East. Anita Mae semi-finaled in the ACFW's 2011 Genesis contest, and finaled in the Daphne du Maurier, Fool for Love, Duel on the Delta and the Linda Howard Award of Excellence contests. Anita Mae's short story, Riding on a Christmas Wish is published in A Christmas Cup of Cheer, Guideposts Books, October 2013. Anita Mae is represented by Mary Keeley of Books & Such Literary Agency. You can find Anita at http://www.anitamaedraper.com/
Barbara Early grew up buried in the snowy suburbs of Buffalo, NY, where she developed a love for all things sedentary: reading, writing, classic movies, and Scrabble. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, but her penchant for the creative caused her to run away screaming from the pocket-protector set. She taught for several years in a Christian school before home schooling her daughter successfully through high school. Barbara cooks up cozy mysteries with a healthy dose of comedy and sometimes a splash of romance, and was a double finalist in the 2010 ACFW Genesis competition. Her holiday novella, Gold Frankincense and Murder was released from White Rose Publishing in 2011. She also busy writing the Bridal Bouquet Mystery Shop Series for Berkley, under the name Beverly Allen. The first book, Bloom and Doom, releases in April, 2014. You can learn more about her writing at www.barbaraearly.com.
Golden Heart winning author C.J. Chase writes “Intrigue of the Past, Inspiration for the Present” for Love Inspired Historicals. It wasn't always so. Armed with a degree in statistics, C.J. began a promising career in information technology. But after coworkers discovered she was a member of that rare species—a computer programmer who could also craft a grammatically-correct sentence—she spent more time writing computer manuals than computer code. Leaving the corporate world to stay home with her children, C.J. quickly learned she did not possess the housekeeping gene, so she decided to take the advice of her ninth grade English teacher and write stories people actually wanted to read. C.J. lives in the swamps of Southeastern Virginia with her handsome husband, active sons, one kinetic sheltie, and an ever-increasing number of chickens. When she is not writing, you will find her gardening, watching old movies, playing classical piano (badly) or teaching a special needs Sunday School class. cjchasebooks.com
Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. Debra likes to write, weed and wander and is blessed to have the best family and friends in the world. She lives just close enough to her grandchildren. She’s thankful each day that God is in control, that He chooses to bless us despite ourselves and that He has a sense of humor. Her work has finaled in the TARA, Great Expectations, Heart of the Rockies, Maggie, Rattler, Fab Five and the Daphne DuMaurier. Not too bad considering she’s trying a mashup of gospel and . . . gothic. debraemarvin.com
Dina Sleiman writes stories of passion and grace. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts. Her debut novel, Dance of the Dandelion with Whitefire Publishing, won an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Selah Awards. Also look for her novels, Love in Three-Quarter Time, Dance from Deep Within, and her Valiant Hearts Series with Bethany House Publishers. Dauntless, book 1, is a Library Journal pick of the month and Chivalrous is now available as well. Dina serves as an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire Publishing as well, and she loves to teach at writers conferences throughout the US. For more info visit her at her primary website.
Jennifer AlLee lived the first ten years of her life above a mortuary in the heart of Hollywood, California, which may explain her unique outlook. Her publishing credits include novels The Love of His Brother (Five Star Publishing, November 2007) and The Pastor's Wife (Abingdon Press, February 2010), as well as skits, activity pages, and over one hundred contributions to Concordia Publishing House’s popular My Devotions series. Her latest novel, The Mother Road, releases April 2012 from Abingdon Press. She’s an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Romance Writers of America. Her agent is the fantastic Sandra Bishop of the MacGregor Literary Agency. Jennifer resides in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and teenage son. Visit her website at http://www.jenniferallee.com/ or her personal blog at http://jenniferallee.blogspot.com/.
Lisa Karon Richardson has been creating stories since she was little. Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess her early books were heavy on boarding schools and creepy schoolmistresses. It took her awhile to figure out why Grandma thought it was unrealistic for boys and girls to share a room at a boarding house! Now that she’s (mostly) grown-up, she still loves a healthy dash of adventure and excitement in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a brand new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city. Her most recent release, Diamond in the Rough, co-authored with Jennifer AlLee , came out May 1, 2013 from Whitaker House. http://lisakaronrichardson.blogspot.com/
Niki Turner's first finished manuscript took second place in the short contemporary category of the RWA-FHL Touched By Love contest in 2009. She dreams of crafting tales that inspire hope, build faith, and encourage love. A fourth generation Colorado native, she lives on a ranch with her husband of 20+ years, their daughter and her husband, two grandbabies, and three mostly-grown sons, along with Archie the Westie, and three big black Lab-mix mutts. She's also a reporter and proofreader at the local newspaper, and a regular blogger at Inkwell Inspirations and her own blog, In Truer Ink.
Susanne Dietze has written love stories set in the nineteenth century since she was in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she writes in the hope that her award-winning historical romances will encourage and entertain others to the glory of God. Married to a pastor and the mom of two school-age kids, Susanne loves fancy-schmancy tea parties and curling up on the couch with a plate of a nachos. Her novella, Love's Reward, is part of Barbour's Most Eligible Bachelor Collection, 2015. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. You can find her on twitter @SusanneDietze and visit her on her website, www.susannedietze.com,
Suzie Johnson is the author of two contemporary inspirational novels, True North, and No Substitute. Both books are written under the name Susan Diane Johnson and published by The Pelican Book Group. Sweet Mountain Music, her third novel and first historical, written as Suzie Johnson, will be released in May from WhiteFire Publishing. Suzie and her husband are the parents of a wonderful son, and they live on an island in the Pacific Northwest with their naughty little cat. Suzie believes her island is the perfect spot for writing romantic fiction. You can visit her website at www.susandianejohnson.com.