Contributors

(Note:  The key to Acronyms used in Member info are found at the bottom of the page. Links to websites and blogs are active and will take you to the sites when clicked.)

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JennieAtkins-s-1Jennie Atkins is a manager of two teams of software engineers, one located stateside the other in Mumbai, India.  When not at her day job she writes about individuals who discover God’s healing grace while struggling to overcome the mistakes of their past. A native Ohioan, Jennie and her husband of forty years packed up their home and moved to a small valley east of Carson City, Nevada. Needless to say, her passion for gardening took on a different dimension. The couple have four children and three grandchildren.

WordServe Client since 2013
Member: ACFW, RWA
Website:  http://www.jennieatkins.com/
Blog:  http://jenniekatkins.blogspot.com/

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Carol Barnier is the author of four books, mother to three children and wife to one husband. She is a popular radio guest across the country and a regular humor contributor to Focus on the Family’s Weekend Radio.  She has written dozens of magazine articles and is a frequent coast-to-coast speaker. She strives for an Erma Bombeck/C.S.Lewis mix, but admits that she more often achieves a strong Lucy Ricardo/Bob the Tomato. While she can be quite serious, probably the best description of her is what you find on her business cards: Delightful Speaker, Entertaining Author, Adequate Wife, Pitiful Housekeeper

WordServe Client since 2010
Member: AWSA
Websites & Blogs: www.CarolBarnier.com

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Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar and her husband Daniel have 3 grown sons and 4 grandchildren. Since 1994, she’s had more than 26 Christian and inspirational novels published (romance & women’s fiction, both historical & contemporary) as well as numerous novellas and nonfiction pieces. Some were best-sellers! Andrea has worked as a literary agent but now does life coaching for writers in addition to her own writing. She served on the Advisory Board of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is one of its co-founders.

WordServe client since 2012
Member: ACFW, RWA (WhisRWA & FHL chapters)
Website: www.andreaboeshaar.com

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Rebecca Boschee is the author of two contemporary romances, Mulligan Girl and Last Resort, from Avalon Books. She has recently expanded her writing voice to include paranormal young adult and is working to build her niche there. Though born and raised in the Midwest, she’s lived in Arizona long enough for her blood to have thinned. When not reading, writing, or spending precious time with family, Rebecca enjoys traveling, browsing bookstores and libraries, and visiting the many wonderful spas the Valley has to offer.

WordServe client since 2011
Member: RWA, SCBWI
Website/Blog: www.rebeccaboschee.com

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Anita Agers-Brooks shares God’s message as a Certified Personality Trainer, Business Coach, Communications Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, national speaker, and writer. Anita is a multi-published author of articles, devotions, and blogs. Personally, Anita searches for her biological father, someone she didn’t know existed, until she was forty-six. She’s passionate about finding secrets to success in the Bible. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband, Ricky.

Wordserve client since 2011
Member: CWG
Website/Blog: www.brooksanita.com

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Marcus Brotherton is known internationally for his literary collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. Notable works include the New York Times bestseller We Who Are Alive and Remain, and A Company of Heroes, which ranked No. 1 in the country among World War II/ Western Front books. His newest book, Shifty’s War, has been released to widespread acclaim. Marcus’ books have been praised by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Entertainment Weekly, The Associated Press, Booklist, Publishers Weekly and more. Critics have called his books “… fascinating…” “…brilliantly arranged …” “…magical…” and “… refreshingly frank….”

WordServe client since 2006
Website/Blog: www.marcusbrotherton.com

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Julie Cantrell was the editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review. She has been a freelance writer for a decade and has contributed to more than a dozen books. Julie and her family now live in Oxford, Mississippi where they operate Valley House Farm. A speech-language pathologist and literacy advocate, Julie also was honored to receive the 2012 Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship and is working on a creative nonfiction book about her family’s adventures as first-generation farmers. Her second novel will be published by David C Cook and is set to follow her bestselling debut, Into the Free.

WordServe client since 2008
Member: ACFW, The Authors Guild
Website: www.juliecantrell.com

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Dianne Christner writes inspirational romance novels. Raised Mennonite, she brings authenticity to her newest series, The Plain City Bridesmaids which fallsin the Amish fiction subgenre. She’s also written several historical novels for Barbour Publishing. She resides with her husband in Phoenix, Arizona, where life is mostly sunny and feels blessed to be able to do what she loves, writing full time. She also keeps a blog on writing and the Mennonite lifestyle. She enjoys interacting with readers, writers and family.

WordServe client since 2006
Member: ACFW, CWOW, RWA
Website/Blog: www.diannechristner.net

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AliceAlice Crider got started in book publishing in 1998 at Cook Communications in Colorado Springs. In 2001, she went to work at Alive Communications Literary Agency for three years before joining the editorial team at WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House Publishing, Inc. She studied Communication at Regis University in Colorado and received life coach training through Christian Coaching Institute in 2008. Alice joined the agent team at WordServe Literary in September 2012. Her passion is to empower authors to realize their publishing dreams and live a life that thrills them.

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Cindy Sigler Dagnan is the wife of one remarkable man and the mother of four daughters. She is the author of seven books, most recently, Hot Chocolate for Couples (Harvest House). Cindy speaks  around 18 times a year at women’s conferences, teacher trainings and marriage retreats. Her venues have included Hearts at Home; North American & Missouri Christian Conventions; Ozark Christian College; Pepperdine University Lectureships; Taiwan Missionary Women Island Conference; various retreats & seminars. Cindy has also been a guest on the Focus on the Family & Phil Waldrep radio programs.

WordServe Literary Client since 2006
Member: ACFW, ORA
Website/Blog: www.cindydagnan.com

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RebeccaWhen Rebecca DeMarino traveled to Horton’s Point, Long Island, with her mother, Helen Jean Horton Worley, in 1999, passions collided: her love of travel, history, family and writing. Rebecca’s debut novel, A Place in His Heart, is a historical romance based on Mary and Barnabas Horton, Rebecca’s ninth great-grandparents. Set in 1600’s Southold, Long Island, book one of The Southold Chronicles will be released by Revell in June, 2014. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and when not writing, she enjoys genealogy, travel, reading, running, baking and gardening.Website: www.rebeccademarino.com
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Jan Drexler, a recent graduate from Homeschool Mom-hood, devotes her time to the voices in her head who have been clamoring for attention during the last few decades. Instead of declining Latin nouns and reviewing rhetorical devices, her days are now spent at the computer where she gives her characters free rein.
She lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband of thirty years, their four adult children, an extremely furry Husky and Maggie, the cat who thinks she’s a dog. If she isn’t sitting at her computer living the lives of her characters, she’s probably hiking in the Hills or out in the Badlands, enjoying the spectacular scenery.
WordServe client since 2012
Member: ACFW

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TheWritingSistersBetsy Duffey and Laurie Myers, The Writing Sisters, have been writing for over twenty years.  They have published over 35 children’s books individually and together with their mother Betsy Byars.  The sisters grew up reading manuscripts and watching their parents write.  Their children’s books have won numerous awards and are published internationally. The Shepherd’s Song, their first adult novel, will be released by Howard Books in the spring of 2014.

Members: ACFW
With WordServe since 2012
www.WritingSisters.com
www.writingsistersblog.wordpress.com

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Jan Dunlap is a writer, teacher, mother of five, theologian, retreat leader, and regular at the local dog park. She is the author of the humorous Birder Murder mystery series from North Star and is currently writing her first supernatural thriller series. Jan teaches English online for New Mexico State University, lives in Minnesota with her husband of 34 years, and speaks frequently at birding festivals to encourage others to enjoy God’s gift of nature.

WordServe client since 2009
Website/Blog: www.jandunlap.com

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Dena Dyer adores her life as a working wife and mom—but there are days when she wants her own mommy! Thankfully, she has God, her mother, and a counselor on speed dial. Dena is the proud wife of Carey and mom of Jordan and Jackson. When Dena’s not desperately trying to find her keys, she enjoys writing books such as Grace for the Race: Meditations for Busy Moms and Mothers of the Bible (both with Barbour) and speaking to women’s groups (the only girl time she gets).

Wordserve client since 2011
Member: Hill Country Women of Words
Website/Blog: www.denadyer.typepad.com

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Mindy Ferguson is a national retreat and conference speaker who passionately encourages women to live for Christ. She is President and founder of Fruitful Word Ministries and the author of three books, including Hugs Bible Reflections for Women, published by Simon & Schuster-Christian. Mindy is a frequent guest on radio programs and has contributed to national magazines such as Christianity Today’s Kyria.com and the P31 Woman magazine. Her writings have appeared in popular books such as Chicken Soup for the Mother of Preschooler’s Soul and the One Year Life Verse Devotional. Mindy enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty-five years and her two adult children.

Website/Blog: Fruitful Word Ministries

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Leslie Leyland Fields is a columnist and writer for Christianity Today magazine and is the author/editor of 8 books, including The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God, and Parenting is Your Highest Calling  and Eight Other Myths that Trap Us in Worry and Guilt. She lives on Kodiak Island where she also works in commercial fishing every summer with her family. She’s represented by Ambassador Speaker’s Bureau, and travels frequently around the country to speak and teach (and to escape Kodiak’s horrid weather).

WordServe client since 2008
Website/Blog: www.leslie-leyland-fields.com

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Jo Ann Fore is a popular blogger and certified Life Coach. She is the author of When A Woman Finds Her Voice: Overcoming Life’s Hurts & Using Your Story to Make a Difference.

Jo Ann is also the founder of the vibrant virtual community Write Where It Hurts, where she and her ministry team inspire women with daily doses of hope, encouragement, and practical support.

The “everyday” Jo Ann loves peppermint herbal tea and a great organic salad. She is a nerd with an insatiable appetite for words—an absolute book-freak and perpetual student. When her nose isn’t buried in a great book (or three), you can usually find her traveling across the country, or hanging out with her five-year-old granddaughter, Lacey Jane. Jo Ann and comedy-magician husband Matt live in the mountains of Tennessee.

WordServe Client Since 2010
Member:  ACFW. CWGI, TWV2
Website: Write Where It Hurts

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Sarah Joy Freese is the fiction coordinator/intern with WordServe Literary. She loves reading through queries and attending writing conferences to meet new excellent writers. Sarah especially enjoys working with authors to make their stories shine. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in English and communications from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also has an MA (emphasis in creative writing) and an MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Sarah is newly married and is enjoying life with her husband and two birds, Brewster and Simon. When she is not working, Sarah enjoys crocheting, watching NCIS and Grey’s Anatomy and playing Euchre.

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Michelle Griep’sbeen writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas—professionally, however, for the past 10 years. When not squirreled away with laptop in hand, she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op.

Website/Blog: http://www.mmgriep.com

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Dr. Rita Hancock is a board-certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation doctor with sub-specialty board certification in Pain Medicine. She serves as a state delegate in the Christian Medical and Dental Association, blogs for The Christian Post, and directs a free Christian weight loss blog and forum at   www.EdensFreedomSisters.NING.com. Dr. Rita has appeared on top Christian radio and television networks, including K-love, the Moody Radio Network, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and others. Her books include The Eden Diet (Zondervan, 2008) and a book soon to be released by Charisma House on the mind-body-Spirit connection. For more information about Dr.Rita, visit www.TheEdenDiet.com.

Wordserve client since 2009
Website/Blog: www.TheEdenDiet.com

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ShelleyHShelley Hendrix wears many hats–but more important than any role she fills, she is most grateful to be a child of God, learning to live out of who God says she is. She is a host of “Atlanta Live!” on WATC TV 57. Shelley has authored three books, On Purpose for a Purpose: A Study on Esther and Wisdom, A Girl’s Best Friend: 31 Days of Devotion as well as Why Can’t We Just Get Along? Six Effective Skills for Dealing with Difficult People which was featured in CALLED Magazine’s Summer 2013 edition as a “Must Read!”

WordServe Client since 2014
Website/Blog: http://www.church4chicks.com/, www.ShelleyHendrix.com

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Patty Kirk has been a WordServe client since 2005, during which time she sold her first book, Confessions of an Amateur Believer, and four more on topics ranging from food memoir to her lifelong struggle to sense God’s presence. Raised in California and Connecticut, she spent her early adult years abroad and now lives on a farm in Oklahoma and teaches writing at John Brown University, where she is Associate Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence. She and her husband, Kris, have two college-aged daughters, Charlotte and Lulu. Patty’s passions are cooking, gardening, watching birds, and running on the back roads.

Wordserve client since 2005
Website/Blog: http://www.amateurbeliever.com

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Heather James is the author of the upcoming Bonny Series, suspense novels that pack quick wit into the high heels of attorney turned vigilante, Evelyn Bonny. In addition, Heather is a practicing lawyer in California and a columnist with The Bakersfield Californian. Her columns focus on the humorous aspects of marriage and parenthood, as well as throwing in the occasional Conservative anthem here and there. Heather is married and works at home, raising two young sons.

WordServe Client since 2012
Website/Blog:  www.heatherjames.net

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Becky Johnson is the happy wife of Greg Johnson, mom/step-mom of six adult kids and “Nonny” to five adorable grandsons under age six. She’s also an author, co-author or collaborator of forty plus books ranging from inspirational humor to brain health. (Her latest project is with Dr. Daniel Amen: Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, Feb. 2012.)  She loves brainstorming with, cooking for and hosting WordServe clients and publishing folks in her home when they visit in the Denver area.  Becky and her daughter Rachel are having a blast working together on a humorous food memoir.

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Greg Johnson founded WordServe Literary in 2003. More importantly, I’m the husband of Becky, father to Troy and Drew, stepfather to four, and grandfather to five grandsons. In previous years, I’ve been a Campus Life leader (10 years), Breakaway magazine editor (5 years), author or coauthor of 21 books. But for the last 18 years, I’ve been a literary agent privileged to work with a great family of authors and staff trying to make a dent for the Kingdom.

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Rick Johnson is a writer, speaker, and the founder of Better Dads, a fathering skills program based on the urgent need to empower men to lead and serve in their families and communities. Rick’s passion for families has expanded his ministry to include influencing the whole family, with life-changing insights for men and women on parenting, marriage, and personal growth. He is the bestselling author of six books on parenting, marriage and family relations. He is also a popular keynote speaker at men’s and women’s conferences and retreats on parenting and marriage.

WordServe client since 2007
Website: www.betterdads.net

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Karen Jordan writes creative nonfiction about faith, family, and writing. As a women’s Bible study teacher, composition instructor, and CLASSeminars certified speaker, Karen recognizes the need for Christian women to communicate their faith and family stories. She encourages others to tell the stories that matter most in her writing workshops and in her blog, BLESSED Legacy Stories. She has contributed to various publications, including several book compilations. A native Texan, Karen now resides in Arkansas with her husband, near their two children and seven grandchildren.

WordServe client since 2012
Member: CWG, LRACW, NWP
Website: www.karenjordan.net
Blog
blog.karenjordan.net

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Kariss Lynch began her writing career in third grade when she created a story about a magical world for a class assignment. Chasing her dream into college, she received a degree in English at Texas Tech University and fell in love with writing faith-based fiction about characters with big dreams, adventurous spirits, and bold hearts. Her first novel, Shaken, book one in the Heart of a Warrior series, released in February 2014, with the second book, Shadowed, scheduled to release in Winter 2015. Kariss is a diehard Texan, born and bred in Dallas, where she now works as a writer for a local communications ministry.

WordServe client since 2012
Member: ACFW, CWG
Website: www.karisslynch.com
Blog: karisslynch.com/blog

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Gillian Marchenko is the 2012 winner of the Ethel Herr Most Promising New Writer Award from Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference and author of Krastata, a Memoir of Motherhood, Down Syndrome,and Surprising Beauty. Gillian writes and speaks about Down syndrome, faith, adoption, and lessons learned from imperfection. Her writing has appeared in MomSense Magazine, EFCA TODAY, Four Cornered Universe, CHICAGO PARENT, Story Bleed, and CHICAGO SPECIAL PARENT. Most Sundays, you’ll find Gillian in the back row of the church her husband Sergei pastors in Chicago, bouncing a toddler on her knee and giving her other three children the look.

WordServe client since: 2012
Website and Blog: www.gillianmarchenko.com

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Katy McKenna revels in fictionalizing her true-life stories and, conversely, infusing genuine truth into her made-up stories. She loves it when a reader reports having laughed and cried, all in the same paragraph. Katy and her hubby empty-nest in Kansas City, which is home-base for three grown kids, two in-law kids, and two grandkids. They operate a web design firm, for which Katy provides copywriting, editing, bookkeeping, and coffee-making services. Katy is not, repeat NOT, a hoarder! However, she embraces the thrill of the thrift-store hunt with untethered enthusiasm. A dual citizen of America and Britain, Katy adores haunting her ancestral ruins and relatives in Scotland and Ireland, excavating stories galore.

WordServe client since 2008
Member: ACFW
Website: www.fallible.com

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Melissa K. Norris writes inspirational historical romance novels. Her stories inspire people to draw closer to God and their pioneer roots. She found her own little house in the big woods, where she lives with her husband and two children in the Cascade Mountains. She writes a monthly column, Pioneering Today, for the local newspaper that bridges her love of the past with its usefulness in modern life. Her books and articles are inspired by her family’s small herd of beef cattle, her amateur barrel racing days, and her forays into quilting and canning—without always reading the directions first.

WordServe client since 2011
Member: ACFW, Northwest Christian Writers Assoc.
Website/Blog: www.melissaknorris.com

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James H. (Jim) Pence is a man of many talents. He’s a performance chalk artist, singer, speaker, published author, editor & collaborator, and in his spare time he teaches karate to home schooled children. Jim has been called a “Renaissance man,” but he prefers to be known simply as a follower of Jesus Christ and a storyteller. Jim has been published in both fiction and nonfiction. His most recent book, The Encounter, a collaboration with bestselling author Stephen Arterburn, will be released by Thomas Nelson in November, 2011.

WordServe client since 2008
Website: jamespence.com

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RachelPhiferRachel Phifer is the author of the contemporary novel, The Language of Sparrows. As the daughter of missionaries, Rachel grew up in four different countries (U.S., Malawi, South Africa and Kenya) and had attended eleven schools by the time she graduated from high school. She holds a BA in English and psychology and now makes her home in Houston with her family. Rachel’s background plays into her writing as she loves to help her characters travel their story lines to find home in the truest sense.

WordServe client since 2012
Member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
Website: www.rachelphifer.com
Blog: http://www.rachelphifer.com/blog.html

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ChristinaChristina M. H. Powell is the author of Questioning Your Doubts: A Harvard PhD Explores Challenges to Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2014). She trained as a biomedical research scientist at Harvard Medical School and Harvard University, conducting research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She has been a research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and a research associate at Boston University. She is also an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, speaking at university events, conferences, retreats, leadership training sessions, academic seminars, and Sunday morning church services.

WordServe client since 2012.
Member: American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)
Website and Blog: http://questioningyourdoubts.com/

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Rachel Randolph is co-author of the work-in-progress We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook with her mom Becky Johnson. She lives near Dallas with her husband Jared and their baby Jackson. Shocking their meat-lovin’ families, the couple decided to give up meat, dairy, and eggs in 2010. Rachel’s passion for cooking ignited as she set out to make vegan food taste delicious. She and Becky share a food blog, where vegans and omnivores are both welcome at the table, and laughter and love are the key ingredients to every dish. Previously, Rachel founded RedCouch PR where she helped authors promote their books.

WordServe client since 2012
Website: www.welaughwecrywecook.com

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Jordyn-35eJordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night. She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. Her first two novels, Proof and Poison, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal and have been endorsed by the likes of Julie Cantrell, Dr. Richard Mabry, and Lynette Eason, to name a few. Proof was shortlisted for the 2012 ForeWord Review’s BOTY Award, 2013 INSPY Award and the 2013 Carol Award. You can connect with Jordyn via her website at www.jordynredwood.com.

WordServe client since 2009
Member: ACFW
Blog: Redwood’s Medical Edge
Website: Jordyn Redwood

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Tara McClary Reeves will tell you the two greatest decisions in her life were declaring “I do” to Jesus Christ and, 23 years later, announcing “I do” to Lee Reeves at her South Carolina wedding. Tara is the author of Don’t Tell That to Beasley (WaterBrook Press 2005) and one of her joys and privileges as a parent is daily pointing her children to Jesus. She is thrilled to partner with Amanda Jenkins on The Knight and the Firefly and is prayerful their collaboration will equip parents and children to focus and depend upon the Lord. Tara, Lee, Caroline, and Daniel live on Lake Norman in North Carolina with their shih tzu puppy, Molly

WordServe Client since 2012
Blog: www.caringbridge.org/visit/danielcleburnereeves

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Cheryl Ricker is the author of the poetic gift book, A Friend in the Storm, from Zondervan.  She loves sharing her faith and helping hurting people find God’s healing hope. When not writing, reading, blogging, or making memories with her husband and sons, Cheryl enjoys watercolor painting, acting, speaking, and leading Bible Studies.  Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Cheryl now resides in Rochester, Minnesota.

Website/Blog: www.cherylricker.com

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Ingrid Schneider is WordServe’s resident Marketing Maven. With a specialty in social media, Ingrid loves helping authors find and manage an online tribe of readers. After spending the last 15 years managing and marketing restaurants, people, and businesses, Ingrid knew that helping people market themselves via social media and online platforms was a passion and something at which she excelled. Now doing social media marketing for some great-named authors, Ingrid also loves to imagine that she is a secret agent, because she can’t disclose with whom she is working. (Believe us when we tell you that Ingrid handles some big names, but for anonymity’s sake, we can’t disclose this TOP SECRET information.)  Imagination and creativity is something Ingrid is serious about and loves to incorporate into her work with her clients.

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Cheryl Scruggs is an author, speaker, counselor. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband Jeff. Their twin adult daughters, Lauren and Brittany and her husband, also reside there. She and her husband’s writings include the well-known book I Do Again. One of her blogs focuses on her daughter Lauren’s recent accident. The Scruggs founded Hope Matters Marriage Ministries in 2001. They are intimately familiar with a marriage focused on the principles of the world, the sting, heartbreak and pain from a divorce, and the deep rooted hope and joy of a fully restored marriage centered on God. It is this unique perspective and experience that they obediently share in counseling and with audiences nationwide.

Website/Blog: www.hopeformarriages.com http://www.hopeformarriages.com/blog/ http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/laurenscruggs/journal

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Amy K. Sorrells, a graduate of DePauw University, is a novelist, journalist and editor with a passion for social justice, southern beaches, coffee and countrysides. Her weekly op-ed column appears in the Zionsville Times Sentinel, and she is a regular editor for the World Next Door online magazine. Amy writes about broken places and the good that can come out of them. Her most recent novel—a 2011 ACFW Genesis semi-finalist—is a southern-based, coming-of-age story with a twist of mystery and a big shot of hope. Also a registered nurse, Amy lives with her uber-supportive husband, three adorable boys and three nutty golden retrievers in central Indiana.

WordServe client since 2010
Member: ACFW, SPJ
Website/Blog: Amy K. Sorrells

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JenniferStricklandJennifer Strickland is a grateful wife and mother of three, gifted speaker, and former international model.  She once appeared in Glamour and Vogue and walked the runways of Europe, but since leaving the modeling industry she has devoted her life to restoring the beauty and value of women.  With a Master’s degree in Writing, Jennifer uses her gifts in communication to inspire others they can too be set free from a broken past and find God’s purpose for their lives.  Her  books Girl Perfect and Beautiful Lies explore the real meaning of women’s beauty, identity, and value.

Wordserve client since 2008
Website:  www.jenniferstrickland.net.

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AngelaStrongAngela Ruth Strong sold her first story to a national magazine while still in high school then went on to study journalism at the University of Oregon. She’s written freelance for magazines such as Brio and Encounter and currently works for Idaho Family Journal. Her debut novel Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho released in 2010. She also founded IDAhope Writers to help out other aspiring authors. Currently Angela lives in Boise, Idaho with her three charming children and one hero of a husband.
WordServe client since 2012
Member: ACFW, OCW, IDAhope Writers

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Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving author, speaker, Bible teacher and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. She and her husband live and farm in Louisiana. Their two grown children are happily married and producing grandchildren Shellie is bent on spoiling. Shellie’s Penguin Group USA release, Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On, was voted Nonfiction Finalist of 2009 by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. The sequel, Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy hit stores May 2011 with an endorsement from legendary comedian Jeff Foxworthy, a blurb Shellie adamantly denies purchasing.

WordServe client since 2011
Website/Blog: http://www.allthingssouthern.com

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Kimberly Vargas has created instructional design content for over ten years for companies such as Capital One and GEICO. She won the gold medal in the 2011 Readers Favorite fiction contest for the genre of Chick lit. She has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts (English, Sociology, Theatre) and a Masters degree in Organizational Development. Kimberly is a new novelist. Her incredibly supportive bosses at Modern Postcard encouraged her to pursue her creative talents and design a platform for her writing. She enjoys her life in San Diego and loves all that the area has to offer. Her hobbies are writing, painting, cooking, watching movies, collaborating with friends on creative projects, stand up paddle boarding and other water activities, travel and reading.

Wordserve client since 2012
Website/Blog:  http://www.kimberlyvargasauthor.com/

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Lisa Velthouse is a speaker and author of Craving Grace (Tyndale House) and Saving My First Kiss (Regal.) She got her start in writing as Brio Magazine’s “2000 Brio Girl” and since then has enjoyed a variety of roles in publishing and ministry. Lisa speaks and writes about the Gospel’s impact on faith and relationships, often catering her message to women, teens, young adults, and military families. She is married to an officer in the United States Marine Corps; their current home base is the San Diego area.

WordServe client since 2009
Website and Blog: LisaVelthouse.com

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Janalyn Voigt creates worlds of beauty and danger in her fiction. Her epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, will release with Harbourlight Books. Janalyn also writes in the western romance genre. Her nonfiction publication credits include Focus on the Family, Scripture Press (now David C. Cook) and Pentecostal Evangel. She trained in writing through Christian Writers Guild. Janalyn serves as a literary judge for several national contests. She is a book reviewer and avid reader.

WordServe client since 2012
Member: ACFW, NCWA
Website: http://janalynvoigt.com

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VictorWattsVictor T. Watts brings a diverse business to the world of fiction writing. With degrees in History and Psychology and an MBA, Victor’s experience has ranged from writing ad copy to public speaking to serving in corporate leadership positions. As CEO for a personal safety and protection company, he interacted with the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense which has allowed him the opportunity to combine the lessons from history and business into military and law enforcement operations. His debut novel, Veins of the Sword draws on China’s history, current economic realities, military conflict and the ever-evolving global political landscape.

WordServe client since 2013
Website: victortwatts.com

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BobWelchBob Welch is the author of 15 books, including 2012 releases 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life, Resolve: The Epic Story of a Soldier, a Flag and Promise Kept and Cascade Sumer: My Adventure on Oregon’s Pacific Crest Trail. He is a general columnist at The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.), a speaker, an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon and founder of the Beachside Writers Workshop and Pebble in the Water Inspiration. In his spare time, he wishes he actually had some.
WordServe client since 2008.
Member: National Society of Newspaper Columnists

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Robert West has been many things—an actor, a theater director, a stage designer, a screenwriter, an architectural model maker, a computer programmer, a university professor, an Associate Producer and/or story editor for several motion pictures, including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and, along the way, a husband and father of three sons.

Robert is a versatile writer with credits ranging from historical fiction and liturgical drama to radio and television commercials as well as 6 published adventure novels for children, including his trilogy, The Star-Fighters of Murphy Street. Most recently he has authored Saint Francis, a biography for grownups.

Wordserve client since 2005
Website/Blog: http://wwwstar-fighterscom-beamer.blogspot.com/
http://wwwfrancis-assisicom-rob.blogspot.com/

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Tricia Lott Williford is a writer, teacher, single mother of two boys, and defined by more than the word widow. She could survive on coffee and diet Pepsi. She loves collecting words, books, and bracelets. Don’t be too surprised if she snorts when she laughs, talks in her sleep, or cries without warning.

WordServe client since 2012
Website: www.tricialottwilliford.com

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Lucille Zimmerman is a counselor and an affiliate faculty member at Colorado Christian University. She has a passion for helping hurting people and is currently working on a book about self-care. On a typical day you may find her walking her son’s dog Chipotle, reading, writing, grading, and seeing clients. She loves good coffee, fly-fishing, Honey Nut Cheerios, and belly laughter.

WordServe client since 2010 Website/Blog: LucilleZimmerman.com

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Key to Acronyms Used in Member Listings:

ACFW – American Christian Fiction Writers
CWF – Christian Writers Fellowship
CWG – Christian Writers Guild
CWGI – Christian Writers Group International
CWOW – Christian Writers of the West
FH&L – Faith, Hope & Love chapter of RWA®
ITW – International Thriller Writers
KoD – Kiss of Death
LRACW – Little Rock American Christian Writers
MBT – My Book Therapy
NCWA: Northwest Christian Fiction Writers
NTCW: North Texas Christian Writers
NWP: National Writing Project
OCW – Oregon Christian Writers
ORA: Ozark Romance Authors
RMFW – Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
RWA® – Romance Writers of America®
SCBWI – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
SPJ – Society of Professional Journalists
TWV2 – The Christian Writers View