2021 FEATURED AUTHORS
Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Line Between, The House of Bathory Duology (The Progeny, Firstborn), Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker.
A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, playing video games with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband. You can find Tosca hanging around the snack table or wherever bacon is served.
Featured Book: The Line Between
Joy K. Massenburge
Author and Speaker Joy K. Massenburge, is the voice to be heard. Her latest release, A Heart Surrendered, was a top seller in African American Christian Fiction. When she isn’t writing, Joy is inspiring, equipping, and providing a supportive community for authors who declare they have been called to publish a book.
A graduate of Sam Houston State University, Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice after leaving her theater scholarship at The University of Texas in Austin, to marry her husband. After twenty-plus years of overcoming trials and second chances, she takes the stage at conferences, retreats, and during counseling sessions to challenge married couples to work through their problems and reignite lasting romance.
Featured Book: A Heart Surrendered
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events/retreats and writers’ conferences/workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, “The Heartbeat of the Home.” Her books have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice Book of the Year, PW Starred Reviews, Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, Golden Scroll Awards and Novel of the Year, The Carol Award, two Christy finalists, and more. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a founding board member of the Deliver Hope ministry, and is part of the worship team at her church. She’s also a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and six grandchildren.
Featured Book: Facing the Dawn
2021 GUEST AUTHORS
Professor Emeritus, English Department Northern Arizona University, Suzanne J. Bratcher lives in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains of central Arkansas. A passionate reader since her first encounter with Dick and Jane, she delights in spinning adventure tales set in the majestic, mysterious Southwest. She is the author of the Jerome mysteries and the Four Corners Folklore Fantasy series. Find out more about her and sign up for her newsletter at https://www.suzannebratcher.com.
Featured Book: Kokopelli's Song
Sharon Norris Elliott
From obscurity in Compton, CA to commanding main stages teaching others how to write their books and understand the Bible, Dr. Sharon Norris Elliott encourages us to “Live significantly!” This inspiring message has driven Sharon to become an award-winning author, editor, agent, engaging speaker, and licensed minister. Author of 12 books, and associated with several prestigious organizations such as AWSA, ACE, SCBWI, and HSBN.tv, Sharon is also co-director of the WCCW conference. She is founder/CEO of the successful AuthorizeMe® Consulting, Coaching, & Editing Firm, and Literary Agency. www.AuthorizeMe.net
Featured Book: A Woman God Can Bless
Award-winning author, Ellen Fannon, is a veterinarian, former missionary, and church pianist/organist. She and her husband have been foster parents to more than forty children, and the adoptive parents of two sons. Her first novel, Other People’s Children, the humorous account of the life of a foster parent, was released in November 2017. She has written several articles for One Christian Voice, and has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Divine Moments—Remembering Christmas, Open Windows Fall 2020, The Secret Place, and Guideposts All God’s Creatures Daily Devotions 2022, as well as You and Me and Sasee magazine.
Featured Book: Don't Bite the Doctor
Carrie B. Farley is currently an employee of Trotwood-Madison City Schools, located in Trotwood, Ohio. She received her master’s degree in Human Services with a School Counseling specialization, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a Social Work Concentration. Carrie’s goal in life is geared towards helping strengthen and empower our young Black youth and introduce to some, while rejuvenating in others, a spirit and standard of excellence.
Featured Book: Love Changes
A Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author, Tracey sold her first book on 9/9/99! Tracey’s books have been translated into several languages. She holds membership in American Christian Fiction Writers and Novelists Inc. A true upstate New Yorker, Tracey writes small town, sweet and inspirational historical romances. She is a National Excellence in Romance Fiction, The Greater Detroit Booksellers best, and OKRWA’s Reader’s choice awards finalist. Learn more about Tracey and her books by visiting her website at www.traceylyons.com.
Featured Book: The Amish Teacher's Wish
Sarah Hanks has spent the last decade delightfully merging her two main passions—writing and equipping children—by writing a variety of Sunday school curricula. She wrote her first novel when she was seventeen and continued to write fiction “on the side” until deciding to pursue writing professionally. She and her husband have eight children, a couple of whom have inherited their mother’s love for playing with words and crafting stories. Though Sarah dreams of a cabin by the beach, the family of ten lives jammed together in beautiful chaos in St. Charles, Missouri. She buys ear plugs in bulk.
Featured Book: Mercy Will Follow Me
Award-winning author Cindy Ervin Huff infuses her stories with hope. She has published five novels since 2017. She lives in Aurora, Illinois with her husband Charley. They have 5 married children and 11 grandchildren. She loves helping new writers whenever she can.
Featured Book: Rescuing Her Heart
Miko Marsh is an author, speaker, and instructor. She writes in multiple genres including business and children’s stories but is best known for her book, Living with Jezebel. Miko is a member of several writing organizations, participates in critique groups, and leads writing workshops throughout the year. She enjoys supporting others, helping them to find areas in which they can shine, and seeing people of all ages and abilities reach their individual goals.
Joy L. Melville
Award-winning author, Joy Avery Melville’s heart’s desire is to be the author God has called her to be by sharing Him with readers in such a way they long to have a deeply committed personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord. Fully intending to write Historical Romance, she had no plans to deviate from that. God had something else in mind and asked her to write Christian Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Surrendering to the genre God placed on her heart has given Joy new insight into the hearts and lives of those who too often hurt in silence.
Featured Book: Sown in Peace
Having witnessed the power of prayer in her own life, Yvonne M Morgan shares stories of trusting the Lord and watching Christ in action. She loves to travel and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Apart from writing Christian nonfiction, Morgan writes for several magazines and blogs. Her books provide great help to those who are struggling in their journey with Christ.
Featured Book: The Sad Little Wildflower
Terry Overton is a retired university professor of educational and school psychology. She has an Ed.D. in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Psychology. Her professional experience includes teaching public school, teaching at the university level, and being a college dean. She has two children and six grandchildren. Her writing and publication experiences include textbook and journal articles in the fields of special education and school psychology. She seeks to answer God's call to share the good news and grow the church by writing Christian books and devotionals.
Featured Book: Both Sides of the Border
Olivia Rae is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary inspirational romance. She spent her school days dreaming of knights, princesses, and far away kingdoms; it made those long days in the classroom go by much faster. Nobody was more shocked than her when she decided to become a teacher. Besides teaching, marrying her own prince, and raising a couple of kids, Olivia decided to breathe a little more life into her childhood stories. Olivia is the winner of the Angel Awards, Book Buyer’s Best Award, Southern Magic Award, New England Readers’ Choice Award, the Golden Quill Award.
Featured Book: A Life Redeemed
Lisa Karon Richardson
Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, Lisa Karon Richardson's early books were heavy on boarding schools and forbidding housekeepers. 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's served as a missionary in Africa and now handles litigation for faith based hospitals. She is the author of several novels and novellas and you can find more about her at www.lisakaronrichardson.com.
Featured Book: The Vicious Victim
Reverend Shannel Taylor is a passionate preacher and teacher of God's Word for over 25 years. She earned a professional pastoral degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 2015 and is enrolled at Liberty University's Doctorate of Ministry program. She has helped to establish children's Sunday school, youth ministries, and programs at several churches. She is experienced in outreach ministry and embarked on an evangelistic mission to South India in June 2014, where she became more acquainted with God's miracle-working power. With her husband, Pastor Shannel co-founded JOPA Deliverance Ministries and organizes prayer conferences and retreats. This woman of God is an intercessor, mentor, and prophetess who loves people. Rev Shannel says, "It is in the tension of a situation that we find the Triune God as our resolve."
Featured Book: Simplistic Theology: Getting to Know God
An unapologetic Californian, Carole Towriss now lives just north of Washington, DC. She loves her husband, her four children, the beach, and tacos, though not always in that order. In addition to writing, she binge-watches British crime dramas and does the dishes for the fourth time in one day.
Featured Book: Sold into Freedom
Cynthia Austin Tucker
Cynthia Austin Tucker is a writer, editor, and teacher with a passion for God and his Word. She has been a Bible teacher for more than 20 years and is the founder of Route 66 Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people read and understand the Bible chronologically. She is also the author of The Word Truth Life Chronological Bible series. Cynthia holds a master’s degree in Biblical Studies. When not studying the Bible, she’s likely indulging in old-school music and sitcoms or watching superhero and time travel movies.
Phyllis Wheeler set a goal at age 13 to write a children’s book, a journey with lots of detours. She’s written for daily newspapers, worked on airplanes as a mechanical engineer, and raised four children—doing some homeschooling along the way. Recently, she and a friend started a book review vlog for homeschoolers at BringingUpBooklovers.com. Finally, in 2021, she achieved her long-term goal. Elk Lake Publishing Inc. published The Long Shadow for ages 10-14, her time travel tale focused on racial reconciliation. Phyllis's favorite saying is, "Let's reach out beyond our comfort zones!" Get to know her at PhyllisWheeler.com.
Featured Book: The Long Shadow
Heather Wood grew up in the Chicago suburbs, where she always loved history, classic literature, writing stories, and Civil War reenacting. After obtaining her bachelor's degree in Bible/Theology from Appalachian Bible College, she settled in Virginia with her husband David. Her early passions fuel her writing today, although she spends most of her days now working to infuse her love for God and good literature into the hearts of her four small children.
Featured Book: Until We All Run Free