STEVEN JAMES -Best selling author Steven James is one of the nation’s most innovative storytellers. He has penned 30+ books spanning the genres of psychological thrillers, prayer collections, dramas, monologues, a nine-book series on creative storytelling, YA fantasy, and inspirational nonfiction. He has received wide critical acclaim for his work including four Storytelling World Honor awards, two Publishers Weekly starred reviews, an ECPA award, and three Christy Awards for best suspense. He has an MA in Storytelling and is an active member of International Thriller Writers, the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and International Association of Crime Writers. He is a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, and has taught writing and storytelling principles around the world.
Steven lives with his family in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. When he’s not writing or speaking, he’s rock climbing, trail running, playing disc golf, or slipping away to a matinee. Visit Steven at www.stevenjames.net .
MIKE DELLOSSO - Mike started writing as a means of dealing with a family tragedy. He now writes psychological thrillers that not only tease the mind but touch the heart. To date, Mike has released seven books and his next thriller, Centralia, is due to hit shelves in March 2015. Mike is also a popular conference instructor and speaks regularly about his own battle with colon cancer. You can find out more about Mike and keep up with him at www.mikedellosso.com. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and four daughters.
YVONNE LEHMAN – Yvonne lives in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina where she and her husband raised four children, now grown.
She is an award-winning, best-selling author of 40 novels and director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. In each of her novels, Yvonne tries to present one significant ingredient—hope. She has a southern upbringing and many of her novel settings are in the mountains where she’s lived for the past 25 years. Many of her novels reflect her unique sense of humor. Visit Yvonne at www.yvonnelehman.com.
ANN TATLOCK – Ann humble in spirit, Ann speaks the truth in her writing and in her faith. As a two-time Christy winner, Ann has authored 12 books. She teaches at writers conferences across the nation and is highly respected for her classes on Writing to a Post-Modern World. Her book Promises to Keep is being turned into film.
Ann lives with her family in the mountains of North Carolina. Visit her at www.anntatlock.com.
LYNETTE EASON - Lynette Eason won the prestigious Inspirational Readers Choice Contest in 2011 with her novel Too Close to Home. The sequel, Don’t Look Back was a Carol Award finalist, also in 2011. A KILLER AMONG US finalled in the Inspirational Readers Choice contest for 2012. WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS was on the CBA bestseller list for the months of March and April 2013, taking the #8 spot in April.
Lynette is a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America), FHL (Faith, Hope, and Love) and ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). You can visit Lynette at www.lynetteeason.com
EDIE MELSON - Edie is a leading professional in the writing industry. She’s a sought after writing instructor; and her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers all over the country. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others.Se’s a prolific writer, publishing thousands of articles over the years, and has a popular writing blog, The Write Conversation. Edie is a regular contributor on the popular Novel Rocket and Inspire a Fire websites, as well as social media columnist for Southern Writers Magazine.
In keeping up with the leading edge of all things digital Edie has become known as one of the go-to experts on Twitter, Facebook, and social media for writers wanting to learn how to plug in. Her bestselling eBook on this subject, has recently been updated and expanded and re-released as Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers. Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, a devotional book for those with family members in the military, is Edie’s heart project. She’s a member of numerous civic and professional organizations, including Blue Star Mothers, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, The Christian Pen, and American Christian Fiction Writers. She’s also the Social Media Mentor for the My Book Therapy Core Team, and the Assistant Acquisitions Editor for www.ChristianDevotions.us.
Connect with her through Twitter or Facebook. Find Edie at www.ediemelson.com .
MIKE THALER believes that story writing and riddles are the most useful tools in stimulating children’s awareness of language and its creative use. An award-winning author and illustrator, Mike travels the world sharing his message with teachers and children. Mike has written over 250 books for children of all ages. He has also created word play games, software, and audiocassettes. He created and wrote “Letterman” for TV’s Electric Co. In addition, he launched the Jell-O Reading Rocket Program to motivate children to read.
After moving to New York City, he started his professional career drawing cartoons for adults. A children’s book editor saw one of these cartoons and encouraged Mike to write children’s books. The attempt was successful and Magic Boy was published. 250 books later, Mike has been called “one of the most creative people in children’s books today.”
CINDY SPROLES – Cindy is the Cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries, popular speaker and conference teacher, Cindy is the Executive Editor of ChristianDevotions.us and the Devotional Acquisitions Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She is a contributing writer to CBN.com, Tri-County News and Common Ground Hearld. Her devotions are published widely in Christian newspapers across the eastern seaboard. Cindy is the author of New Sheets: Thirty Days to Refine You into the Woman You Can Be and is the cowriter of He Said, She Said: A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion. She is a certified life coach and mentor. Her first fiction novel will release late 2014 or early 2015. Visit Cindy at www.cindysproles.com.
LORI HATCHER is a transplanted Yankee living happily in the south with her husband David, a youth minister, and faithful four-footed friend, Winston. A Christian Communicators graduate and member of Toastmasters International, Lori speaks nationally and internationally, empowering and equipping women to live the rich lives God intends for them. She’s a 17-year homeschooling veteran with two young adult daughters and the author of the devotional book Joy in the Journey — Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms and the blog, Hungry for God (www.lorihatcher.com). The editor of South Carolina’s Reach Out Columbiamagazine, Lori’s feature articles and devotions have been published in numerous online and print publications including P31, Crosswalk.com, Evangel, Columbia Metropolitan, The Mother’s Heart, and Inspired Women.
DENISE LOOCK is a speaker, freelance writer, and editor. Through speaking engagements, books, and her website, Digdeeperdevotions.com, she shares with others the joy of studying God’s Word. As an assistant editor, she uses her twenty-nine years of experience as an English teacher to help Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas produce high quality, engaging inspirational books. As a staff writer for Journey Christian News, she spotlights the community outreach of churches, ministries, businesses, and leaders in Western North Carolina. She also accepts freelance editing projects. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
ANDREA MERRELL is a freelance writer and editor, living in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina. She is a staff writer and Associate Editor for www.ChristianDevotions.us, and Associate Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies and online at CBN.com, PEN Points, The Write Life, and The Write Conversation. For more information, visit her website at www.andreamerrell.com.
SCOTT McCAUSEY is the Director of Radio Ministries at Christian Devotions Ministries. God presented this unique challenge in January of 2010 and has since brought exciting, well know Christian leaders to the show he hosts, Christian Devotions Speak UP! Guests have included Christian recording artists, famous authors, ministers and evangelists and famous sports celebrities, all whom share a common goal to spread the word of Jesus Christ. If you are interested in becoming a guest on our radio show, contact Scott. Contact Scott at email@example.com.
Lori Marett, along with her husband Rodney, directs the annual Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival (Orlando). Her screenwriting career began two decades ago when she won and/or was finalist for many regional and national screenplay contests. Her first adaptation of author Yvonne Lehman’s “In Shady Groves” (one of Lehman’s 50+ novels published) received awards and acclaim which opened the door for Lori to then adapt producer Ken Wales’ (Amazing Grace, Pink Panther series, Christy television series, etc.) novel, “Sea of Glory”, for the screen. Lori has also had articles published by Focus on the Family and is currently in negotiations regarding several of her original and adapted screenplays. Her first feature film, Meant To Be (co-written with producer/director Bradley Dorsey) was released in December of 2012. Lori adapted Author Jenny L. Cote’s novel “The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud” into a screenplay that is currently in pre-production for an animated feature film as well as an animated television series. Lori lives with her three daughters in Black Mountain, NC while her husband does contract medical/security work in Afghanistan.
JANET ROLLER – Since being named Miss South Carolina 1997, Janet has used her gift of communication to encourage and entertain groups of all sizes from Carolina to California. Janet is a published author, songwriter, musician, recording artist, worship leader, Bible teacher and inspirational speaker.A resident of Forest City, NC, Janet and her husband Matt enjoy each day with their two children, Sam and Darby.
Agents, Publishers and Acquisitions Editors
Diana Flegal - Agent Hartline Literary
Jonathan Clements - Agent Wheelhouse Literary
Susan M. Baganz - Acquisitions Prism Book Group
Ann Tatlock - Acquisitions Editor for Heritage Beacon Fiction
Scott McCausey - Radio host, Christian Devotions Speak UP!
Renee McCausey - Exec. Editor Devokids.com
Terri Kelly - Children’s Acquisitions, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Andrea Merrell - Devotional Acquisitions, ChristianDevotions.us
Eddie Jones – Publisher, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas