Jessie Andersen grew up in Sinclairville, NY. All through middle and high school she wrote stories and won writing contests, but in college her writing was essentially limited to term papers and homework assignments. While teaching middle school, she began to read young adult literature. She fell in love with the genre, and became serious about her writing. Now working as a full-time writer and freelance editor, Jessie is a wife and mother, making pies and entering baking contests. She volunteers at the local library leading a teen writers group and serving on the board of directors. You’ll rarely see Jessie without a book in her hands, and that’s the way she’d like to keep it.
Jessie's Young Adult novel, At What Cost, has been released by Astraea Press.
Dr. A. Keith "Arch" Barnes is a former executive of a Fortune 500 corporation and a lifelong writer with extensive experience as a researcher and editor. His biography has appeared in Who’s Who in America, and he has lived in four countries, held citizenship in three.
Keith's book Effective Management has been contracted by ASTD Press.
Kim Beckham has served as a pastor for over 35 years, most recently as senior pastor of Central Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. He has held several offices within his denomination, and is a sought- after conference speaker. He holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from the Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary in Shreveport. Having a passion for hurting youth led him to become involved in the work of Azleway, Inc., where he works in the development department of this ministry to children in crisis. Beckham has been married to Barbara for 38 years and they have two lovely daughters, Jessica and Amanda. Dave Beckwith is a longtime pastor and conference speaker. Recently he began a new phase of ministry speaking, writing, and training church leaders. Currently he is a Retool Trainer for Converge Worldwide, and counsels churches through difficult transitions. He is also an American Red Cross Chaplain trained in emergency response and crisis counseling. His wife Joanne is a Registered Nurse with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. She served at Dave's side as the Director of Women’s Ministries at Woodbridge Community Church from 1987 to 2007. Dave and Joanne are working on a three-volume devotional, Ordinary Weakness.
Julie Zine Coleman brings hope and encouragement to her audience through rich biblical teaching. She uses humor and personal stories to illustrate her lessons, making them entertaining and meaningful. During her 20 year teaching career, Julie received professional recognition as Anne Arundel County Teacher of the Year. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Capital Bible Seminary. Julie and her husband, Steve, have four grown children and make their home in the Annapolis, Maryland area.
Julie's book, Unexpected Love, will be released in 2013 by Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Amanda Cunningham is a freelance writer and photographer, as well as an aspiring artist. When she is not painting away the hours in her in-home studio or out snapping photos, she can be found in the great outdoors, pen and paper in hand, attempting to capture her thoughts in ink. She currently lives in Port Saint Lucie, Florida with her husband. Bonnie Doran's heart is in science fiction, but she sold sixty-seven devotional writings before she turned to novels. She is a member of the Denver Area Science Fiction Association, the American Christian Fiction Writers, an ACFW chapter, and a local critique group. Her husband of twenty-nine years is a Mad Scientist who plays with lasers for a living and owns a 2,300-pound electromagnet.
J.C. Egan can’t seem to decide if he wants to write books or movies or plays. He is one of the founding members of the Thousand Oaks Repertory Company, and as an actor has performed in many professional stage productions ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary musicals. He recently appeared in a short film, “Thirty Minutes of Perception,” and is cast in the upcoming feature, “Tarantula”. He lives in the San Fernando Valley with his family. J.C.’s current projects include two children’s books, Jet Powers and his Space Badger and Peter Harrison and the Chamber of Commerce.
Fran Fernandez is a pastor, speaker/teacher and author. She has written many articles in magazines, newspapers and anthologies. Her book The Best is Yet to Come was released by Zondervan in 2010. Fran speaks at luncheons, retreats and conferences. Her years of ministry and working with women have been fodder for her writing.
David Grogan served twenty-five years as a Navy JAG, accepting many assignments around the world. He has published feature-length articles in the Virginia Law Review, the Virginia Journal of International Law, and Naval Law Review. He's graduate of the College of William & Mary (BBA 1981), the University of Virginia School of Law (JD 1987), and The George Washington University Law School.
Evan Guilford-Blake is the award-winning author of 35 produced plays which have received more than 120 productions across the U.S., Canada, Australia, UK, and Israel. He also has many magazine articles to his credit. He’s a coffeeholic, abjures sugar and overdoses on pasta. He is Resident Playwright emeritus for Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild. He and his wife (and inspiration), freelance writer and jewelry designer Roxanna Guilford-Blake, live in the Atlanta area. His current novel Noir(ish), has been released by Dutton. He also has a two compilations of short stories in the works.
Robyn Horton has a degree in Social Work and Psychology and has counseled numerous women in Christian dating and living a faithful Christian life. Her ability to take deep spiritual issues and present them in a metaphorical and humorous manner, make her wisdom and life lessons entertaining as well as practical. Now married 18 years and a mother, her message to single Christian women is clearly a reminder of the great God we serve.