Special Guest Speaker

Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck is a Christy and Carol award winner, and a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She received the career achievement award by Romantic Times Book Reviews who also named her novel, The Wedding Dress, as inspirational novel of the year. Rachel’s book, Once Upon A Prince, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie and aired in April 2018. An executive board member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Rachel teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She graduated from OSU with a degree in journalism and remains a devoted Buckeye football fan. Rachel lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

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Shellie Arnold

Shellie Arnold tells others she’s living proof God can redeem, heal, and restore anything. A homeschool mom of over twenty years, she knows the unique challenges stay-at-home moms face. As a sexual abuse survivor, she understands the long-term effects trauma can have, even for believers.

Shellie truly believes if a couple listens to God, any marriage can be healed and thrive. She longs to share truths she’s learned the hard way. Her novels depict the “perfect storms” in marriage—what happens when our weaknesses hit head-on, and we’re both left wondering if anything can be salvaged.


Visit Shellie at www.shelliearnold.com. 

Carole Brown

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?


Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaroleBrown.author

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Carole-Brown/e/B00EZV4RFY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1427898838&sr=8-1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/browncarole212

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/carole-brown

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/browncarole212/?hl=en

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/sunnywrtr/boards/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5237997-carole-brown

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carole-brown-79b6951a/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113068871986311965415/posts

Stitches in Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/

Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown has been active in ministry since 1978 as a pastor, an evangelist, and a counselor. Besides working with the Native Americans in western states, he's also labored in Haiti and visited in Canada and Mexico, and continues carpentry work from building houses and pole barns to king-sized chairs and a few unique carvings. Brown's hobbies include traveling, hunting, boating, collecting M&M candy items, reading, and spoiling his grandchildren. His dry humor shows up in the delightful children stories he creates.

Daniel is available for special ministry projects, evangelizing, and seminars. You can connect with him by email at bdan271@yahoo.com or browncarole212@yahoo.com

Burton W. Cole

Burton W. Cole says he grew up on a small farm outside of Conneaut, Ohio. “I love sharing the silliness and pure joy of the goofy stunts my siblings, cousins and I pulled growing up in the country, and how the discovery of God and His love was such a natural part of all those awesome adventures.” Cole is Features Editor at the Tribune Chronicle in Warren, Ohio, a Pulitzer-nominated journalist, and the award-winning humor columnist of “Burt’s Eye View.” He and his wife, Terry, live outside of Garrettsville, Ohio.


Contact Burt at burton.w.cole@gmail.com, the Burton W. Cole page on Facebook, @BurtonWCole on Twitter, or on the storytellersquad.com blog.

Jennifer A. Davids

Jennifer A. Davids is a self-professed book nerd. The shelves of her office are overflowing with books and there are stacks of them by her bedside. When she's not reading, she's dreaming up a new story to tell her readers. She lives in Central Ohio with her husband, two children, and two cats.

Bryan Guras

Bryan Guras Lives in Erie, Pa. He loves God, family, and his friends. One of his favorite things to do is to spend time with his kids; In fact, they were the inspiration for the characters in the stories of his first book Kids Following Jesus - One Step At A Time, which God inspired him to write. Bryan is very active in his local church, Erie Wesleyan Methodist Church, as a song leader, Sunday school superintendent, and class leader. Bryan hopes that people across the nation will read his book that encourages kids to love Jesus, and then share it with their family and friends. Readers can learn more about it on Bryan's Facebook page.

Award-winning and Amazon bestselling author Sandra Merville Hart loves to uncover fascinating facts from our American history to include in her stories. Her Civil War Romance, A Stranger On My Land, was IRCA Finalist 2015. A Rebel in My House, set during the turbulent Battle of Gettysburg, won 2018 Silver Illumination Award and second place in 2018 FHL Reader’s Choice Award. A Musket in My Hands, where two sisters join the Confederate army, releases in November. Surprised by Love in “From the Lake to the River” released this fall. Watch for Trail’s End in “Smitten Novella Collection: The Cowboys” next August. Find her on her blog, https://sandramervillehart.wordpress.com/

Terri J. Haynes

Terri J. Haynes, a native Baltimorean, is a homeschool mom, writer, prolific knitter, freelance graphic artist and former Army wife (left the Army, not the husband). She loves to read, so much that when she was in elementary school, she masterminded a plan to be locked in a public library armed with only a flashlight to read all the books and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Terri is a storyteller at heart. 


Terri is a 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest finalist, and a 2012 semi-finalist. She is also a 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist. Her publishing credits include Cup of Comfort for Military Families, Crosswalk.com, the Secret Place Devotional, Vista Devotional, Urbanfaith.com and Publisher’s Weekly. 


Terri and her husband pastor a church where she serves as executive pastor and worship leader. Terri lives in Maryland with her three wonderful children and her husband, who often beg her not to kill off their favorite characters. Learn more about Terri at terrijhaynes.com and follow her social media, FB Author Terri J. Haynes, and Twitter @Terrijhaynes

Sandee Hemphill is an author, publisher, and book marketer. She helps marketing-challenged indie authors in mastering the promotional side of writing. She is the founder of CBus Writers Network, a hub for authors to support other authors. She holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College, respectfully. Her most recent book, Night Writer: Writing Around the Challenges of a Full-Time Job, is enjoying success. It provides tactics for the working writer. Sandee's books and resources are available at most online bookstores. Related resources and services can be found on the website, www.workyourbook.com

Gina Holder

Gina Holder is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom. She lives in southern Kentucky with her husband and daughter. Gina has dreamed of being a writer since her preteens. She loves to read Christian fiction and enjoys reviewing books and promoting other authors on her blog and social media as a book blogger. Connect with Gina in any of the following manners: 


Twitter ID: @ginaholder83

Facebook Fan Page: http://facebook.com/storiesbygina

Website: http://storiesbygina.wordpress.com

Janell Jones

Janell Jones is on a mission. Born and raised in the projects of Columbus, Ohio, Janell lost her father and sister to inner-city violence as a child. A teenage mother at 16, she was nonetheless determined to live a different life than the one she saw played out around her. Today, Janell is a life-coach, published author, social work professional, and speaker with an urgent message for women: Your dreams matter. In her new release, “Maximize Your Greatest Asset…Yourself!” Janell shares the amazing story of how she took the leap that awakened her to her purpose and destiny. 

Tifani Kendrick

Tifani Kendrick is on a mission to share love, hope, and encouragement with people every day through writing, speaking, and facilitating meaningful experiences. Raising her two children with her husband, Derrick Kendrick, is her greatest joy. Tifani Kendrick graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelors of Specialized Studies in Youth Empowerment, and a discovery of the power of poetry. She serves as the Founder and Executive Director of D’Light House Family Center, Inc. passionately collaborating with others to build a more loving community. She enjoys teaching the youth at Family Fellowship Church of Christ, as well as mentoring young people in the community. Tifani Kendrick appreciates opportunities to serve as a speaker, spoken word artist, Thirty-One Independent Consultant, and Self-Care Coach to women visionaries. She believes in using all that is within her grasp to fulfill God’s purpose for her life.

Sharyn Kopf

Sharyn Kopf writes mostly about the heartaches and hopes of being an older single woman. She published her first novel, Spinstered, in 2014, and a companion nonfiction version titled Spinstered: Surviving Singleness After 40 in 2015. The sequel to the novel, Inconceived, released in September 2016 and, one year later, she finished the series with Altared. Now she’s writing a novel about a lonely girl with a knack for matchmaking.

Besides writing and speaking, Sharyn is a ghostwriter, editor and marketing professional. She gets most of her ideas from being a hopeful romantic, an aunt and even a substitute teacher.

On the road to publication, Michelle fell into fandom and wrote for various SF and fantasy universes. She has a BA in theater/English from Northwestern College and an MA in communication from Regent University. She has published 80+ books and novellas in SF, fantasy, YA, and romance. Winning the Writers of the Future contest in 1990 officially launched her career. Her training includes the Institute for Children’s Literature and working in advertising and at a community newspaper. She is a freelance editor and co-managing editor for Mt. Zion Ridge Press.

John Lidonnice

John Lidonnice is a manager for a Department of Defense agency where he has worked for over twenty years. John holds a B.S .in Management from Saint Francis University and an M.S. in Administration from Central Michigan University, graduating summa cum laude from both institutions. He has written numerous articles, including two that were published in The National Honors Report.  John is an accomplished champion public speaker, having earned the highest honor of Distinguished Toastmaster.  John is a resident of Columbus where he and his wife Melissa reside with their two children, Sarah and Andrew.

Rick McGee

Rick McGee is the author and illustrator of Eleven Chickens in a Boat, the Space-Rover book series, and the Ramone Cologne series. He has also collaborated with other authors as an illustrator for multiple books and projects. Rick enjoys teaching illustration and storytelling workshops to kids of all ages. He encourages them, as an elementary teacher once encouraged him, to "Get your story out there!" Rick is a minister and pastor, has served as a children's minister and entertainer, and he and his family are church planters of two churches in Kentucky.

Dustin Renz

Dustin Renz is the founder of Make Way Ministries. He writes with a passion to connect people with the truths of the Bible in a life-impacting way. He has written two books: Pile of Masks (Christian Non-fiction) and Something Better (Contemporary Christian fiction). He currently resides in Kettering, Ohio with his wife and two daughters.

Main website: www.makewayministries.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/makewayministries

Twitter: www.twitter.com/MakeWayMin

Lisa Richardson

Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, Lisa Karon RICHARDSON’S early stories were heavy on boarding schools and creepy houses. Now, even though she’s (mostly) grown-up, she still loves a healthy dash of adventure in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She is the award-winning author of ten published novels and novellas and a member of ACFW and Sisters in Crime and has been on the ECPA and USA Today Bestseller Lists. You can learn more at www.lisakaronrichardson.com.

Yolonda Tonette Sanders

Yolonda Tonette Sanders is an Ohio native whose writing debut came in 2005 with the release of her first book, Soul Matters. In 2008, Yolonda launched Yo Productions to create a stage adaptation of her debut novel. The company has since evolved into a multi-faceted organization that offers services for novice to experienced writers. Co-founder of the Faith and Fellowship Book Festival, Yolonda is crazy in love with her hubby David, adult children Tre and Tia, grandson Khari, and her paw child Paco. Learn more about Yolonda's works at  www.yoproductions.net and connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yoproductions) or Twitter (@ytsanders).

Cindy Thomson is the author of eight books, including her newest novel, Enya’s Son, third in the Daughters of Ireland series based on ancient legends. Being a genealogy enthusiast, she has also written articles for Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today magazines, and children’s short stories for Clubhouse Magazine. She has also co-authored a baseball biography. Most everything she writes reflects her belief that history has stories to teach. Cindy and her husband live in central Ohio near their three grown sons and their families, and can be found online at www.cindyswriting.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cindyswriting and on Twitter: @cindyswriting.

Dana Tyler

Dana Tyler is a licensed minister with the Shield of Faith Fellowship of Churches, International. When she is not serving in the Kingdom, she can be found on the shores of the nearest beach reading, kayaking or simply taking in the sun. A woman of prayer, Dana enjoys challenging those around her to look at the Word of God with a new perspective. Her teaching style is witty, humorous, energetic and very candid. A worshipper at her core, there is always a song in her heart and on her lips. Dana is currently pursuing her doctorate from Liberty University.

Rebecca Waters

Rebecca Waters works hard to create realistic characters facing contemporary issues and stories built around faith, hope, and love. Her first novel, Breathing on Her Own has garnered over 160 positive reviews. Rebecca’s second novel, Libby’s Cuppa Joe is scheduled for release in March 2019. Courtesy Turn, her first novella is based on her experiences as an avid square dancer. She has also published three books for new writers, Designing a Business Plan for Your Writing, Marketing You and Your Writing 101, and Writing with E’s.

Rikki L. Webber

A single mom with a passion for capturing what God sees through His eyes. An international photographer and the owner of L.I.P. by Rikki, LLC (Lasting Impressions Photography). An ordained minister of the Gospel and enjoys helping others see their life through the eyes of God, accept no limits, and soar above all circumstances!

Donna Wyland

Donna Wyland is an award-winning author, ghostwriter, and coach who has been writing since her first diary entry at the age of nine. Influenced most by Dr. Seuss, Donna enjoys combining rhythm and rhyme to produce children’s books that both entertain and inform. She is a certified speaker through CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors and Speakers Service) and enjoys meeting and talking with children on school visits.


Donna is the author of the bestselling picture book, Your Home in Heaven, and has had numerous children’s poems published in various magazines. She is also a contributing writer for several collections of poetry and personal essays.


Social Media links:

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/donna.wyland

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/donnawyland

LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/in/donna-wyland

Email – donna@donnawyland.com

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