On this page you can get a brief introduction to each of the incredibly gifted and skilled authors who take us to realms of wonder and discovery.
Joseph Bentz is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University. He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in American literature from Purdue University and a B.A. in English from Olivet Nazarene University. His books span a variety of genres, including a fantasy novel (Dreams of Caladria, releasing Spring 2015), three contemporary novels, three non-fiction books on Christian living, and one book/DVD package. He lives with his wife and two children in Southern California.
Booklist: Dreams of Caladria
Gillian Bronte Adams spent her childhood devouring books and roaming the Texas countryside slaying orcs, captaining pirate ships, and dreaming of medieval kingdoms. So it was no surprise when she became an author.
Her love of epic stories as well as a desire to present truth in a new and unique way drew her to realm of fantasy.
Booklist: Orphan’s Song
Mitchell Bonds is a man with theatrical inclinations, a wry sense of humor, and storytelling ability well beyond his years. When Mitchell was ten he and his friends created an adventure game called “Quest.” He played all the supporting characters, quest givers, and (his favorite) the villians, while his friends played the brave heroes who thwarted them. That game became the basis for Hero, Second Class.
Nadine Brandes learned to write her alphabet with a fountain pen. In Kindergarten. Cool, huh? Maybe that’s what started her love for writing. She started journaling at age nine and thus began her habit of communicating via pen and paper more than spoken words. She never decided to become a writer. Her brain simply classified it as a necessity to life. Now she is a stay-at-home author, currently working on her dystopian series.
Booklist: A Time to Die
J. Wesley Bush currently lives and works in Kiev, Ukraine, where he reports on economics. He has previously served as an airborne infantryman, military intelligence cryptolinguist, NGO worker, and historian. He also spent two years as a unicyclist in a circus. He is the husband of a lovely wife and the proud father of five boys.
Booklist: Knox’s Irregulars
From the moment she first read The Hobbit, she fell in love with the fantasy genre. Both J.R.R. Tolkien and Terry Brooks are the inspirations behind her writing. Her debut novel Daughter of Light was both a Christy Award and a Carol Award finalist.
Morgan lives on the west coast with her family.
Jeff Gerke is the founder of Marcher Lord Press which is now called Enclave Publishing. A long time editor having worked at Multnomah, NavPress, and Realms he is currently freelancing. He also has skills in typesetting, cover design, and all sorts of geeky publishing stuff.
He wrote some near-future technothrillers (under the pen name Jefferson Scott). And is currently working on a new novel.
In addition, Jeff is a well loved teacher of writing with a number of titles under his belt published by Writers Digest.
Booklist: Ether Ore
Sharon Hinck writes stories for the hero in all of us. She has enjoyed many adventures on her road with God, though unlike her characters none have involved an alternate universe (thus far). She earned at M.A. in Communication from Regent University and spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group. In addition to the Sword of Lyric series, she is the author of several contemporary novels, including The Secret Life of Becky Miller and Stepping Into Sunlight, as well as numerous devotions and essays. Her work has been recognized with three Carol awards and a Christy finalist medal. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to drop by the contact page at her website anytime.
Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels and two non-fiction books. He has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and is known around the world as “the Snowflake Guy” in honor of his wildly popular “Snowflake method” of designing a novel. Randy writes geek suspense and publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, the world’s most popular e-zine on how to write fiction. His bestselling book Writing Fiction for Dummies is widely agreed to be misnamed–the smarter you are, the more you get out of this book.
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky-hero husband have a full life with four children, a Maltese Menace, and a retired military working dog in beautiful Northern Virginia.
Since launching onto the publishing scene, Ronie’s Rapid-Fire Fiction has hit the CBA Bestseller list, won the prestigious Christy Award, the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion Award, the Selah Award, and finaled in numerous other contests like Christian Retailing’s Reader’s Choice Award, the INSPY Awards, and more.
Booklist: Embers (forthcoming in 2015)
Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits, first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates’s minions at Microsoft. He is a husband, a father, a technophile and a movie buff. He has one non-fiction book, a memoir entitled FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Software. His award-winning first novel, A Star Curiously Singing, was published in October of 2009. It was followed by two sequels—The Superlative Stream in 2010, and Freeheads in 2011.
Sarah E. Morin has three great passions in life: God, books, and working with young people. She has written articles and poetry for local publications and international periodicals in the museum field. Her dramatic works range from a musical about Susan B. Anthony to fairy tale poetry. She enjoys performing her work, especially pieces that allow her to dress up in her queen costume.
Sarah E. serves as Youth Experience Manager (kid wrangler) at an interactive history park. Her 100 youth volunteers are her best consultants in the fields of humor, teenage angst, and spinning wheels (which, they assure her, are not hazardous to anyone but Sleeping Beauty).
Booklist: Waking Beauty (forthcoming 2015)
John B. Olson is a novelist who lives with his wife Amy and family in the San Francisco Bay Area. John earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and did postdoctoral research at the University of California at San Francisco. His books have won several awards, including a Christy Award, a Christy finalist, a Silver Angel award, and placement on the New York Public Librarys Books for the Teen Age.
John Otte leads a double life. By day, he’s a Lutheran minister, husband, and father of two. He graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a theatre major, and then from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. By night, he writes unusual stories of geeky grace. He lives in South St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and two boys.
He has been a Christy Award finalist two years in a row!
Kirk Outerbridge is an author of Christian Cyberfiction. He lives with his wife, Ria, and son Miles in beautiful Bermuda. He is a member of the Church of Christ and a professional engineer by training.
Steve Rzasa was born and raised in South Jersey, and fell in love with books—especially science fiction novels and historical volumes—at an early age. He and his wife, Carrie, have two boys and live in Buffalo, Wyoming. He has worked as a waiter, a reporter, an editor and a librarian in that order. His first novel, The Word Reclaimed, was published in 2009 and followed shortly by its sequel, The Word Unleashed, in 2010. His third novel, Broken Sight, was published in 2011. The Word Reclaimed was a finalist for the 2010 ACFW Carol Award (Speculative) and Steve’s short story, Rescued, a precursor to Broken Sight, won the 2009 G.K. Chesterton Award in the Athanatos Christian Ministries Writing Contest.
Marc Schooley lives near Houston with his wife Dorann (AKA Dode, long o, long e), a philosopher dog too smart to figure out how to jump onto the bed, a re-animated twenty-two-year-old, 2 lb. Pet Sematary cat, a massive Great Dane affectionately known as Becky the Bed Walrus or Rebecca of Schooleybrook Farm, and adult children who consistently and lovingly save him from the dread and loathsome horrors of the empty nest syndrome.
Sketched in equal shades of grit and inspiration, Marc’s signature raw blend of literary and pulp fiction engages readers in a forceful swashbuckle of surprising depth, through a supernatural continuum whose hub is the Lone Star State as you’ve never seen it.
Marc works on contract to the NASA Johnson Space Center, preaches every Sunday, and is NOT—I repeat NOT—MS Quixote. König’s Fire is a Carol Award (ACFW Book of the Year) winner and Christy Award nominee, and The Dark Man features ultimately awesome attack helicopters, which propels the tender love story at its heart.
Stuart Vaughn Stockton is an award-winning science fiction author. His first novel, Starfire released in 2009. His exploration into world creation began in Jr. High, when he drew a dinosaur riding a pogo-stick. From there characters, creatures and languages blossomed into the worlds of Galactic Lore, the mythos in which Starfire is set.
Stuart currently lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Tiffany Amber Stockton, who is also an author, and their two beautiful children.
Kathy Tyers’s first science fiction novel was published in 1987, and she has been at it ever since. She has been accused on two counts of writing Star Wars novels (and pleads guilty on both counts), but she also likes being known for her original “Firebird” series. Volumes 1-3–Firebird, Fusion Fire, and Crown of Fire–are also published as The Annotated Firebird. Volume 4 is Wind and Shadow, and the award-winning, messianic Daystar rounds out the series.
Kathy lives in southwestern Montana with her husband.
Jill Williamson is a dreamer, believer, and author of all things weird. She grew up in Alaska with no electricity, an outhouse, and a lot of mosquitoes. Her first two novels, By Darkness Hid and To Darkness Fled both won a Christy Award. She loves working with teenagers and encouraging them to respect their dreams and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, churches, and anywhere else she might meet at least one teen writer. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer.