About Us

Our Contributors...

Jodie Bailey

Jodie Bailey is Tarheel born and bred. After fifteen years as a military spouse, she's proud to be a retired military spouse settled in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. She is the author of the military suspense novels Freefall and Crossfire. While not working on her next novel, she teaches middle schoolers to love writing as much as she does (if she's lucky that day and they're actually listening...). Jodie loves to bake, ride the Harley with her husband, and fish the Outer Banks with their daughter. You can find her on the web at www.jodiebailey.com.


Crystal L Barnes

Crystal L Barnes is a born-n-raised Texan and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) since 2011. She has a degree in Computing Science because she loves putting things into their proper place, and she enjoys writing because she gets to share her love of old-fashioned things and the Lord. Her first novel made semi-finalist standing in the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest historical romance division. When she's not writing or reading, Crystal enjoys knitting, sewing, or crocheting while watching old movies/sitcoms. I Love Lucy is one of her favorites. You can also find her at her personal blog or on her Facebook author page.


Amanda Barratt

Amanda Barratt is a historical romance author who is currently at work on her ninth novel. She has won several awards for her writing and enjoys writing about eras such as Regency and Victorian England and the Gilded Age. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is represented by Rachel Kent, of Books and Such Literary Agency. She lives in northern Michigan with her family, where she reads way too many old books, watches period dramas to come up with new plotlines, and dreams of taking a trip to England.


Patricia Bradley

Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum and workbook. But her heart is tuned to murder and suspense. Patricia’s mini-mysteries have been published in Woman’s World, and her debut novel, Shadows of the Past, will release February 1, 2014. Until then check out her last short story in WW, “Blood Kin”. When she’s not writing or speaking, she likes to knit and also make jewelry or throw mud on a wheel and create odd and unique pottery.

Carole Brown

Author Carole Brown’s debut novel (The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman-an ACFW Genesis semi-finalist) releases September, 2013, and has four children’s books published. She’s an experienced blogger, conducts interviews, reviews books, and posts articles on: Sunnybank Secrets, The Barn Door Book Loft, Geezers Guys and Gals blog, Facebook, and Twitter. With a Bachelors Degree in Religious Education, an Associate in Computer Software, and courses in fiction writing, she has co-counseled and labored with her husband nationally and internationally. Carole is a member of the ACFW, RWA, Central Ohio Fiction Writers, Sisters of Crime, and foundered Circle of Pens to mentor new writers.


Catherine Castle

Catherine Castle, freelance writer and author of the inspirational suspense romance The Nun and the Narc (from Soul Mate Publishing), loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, watching movies, and the theatre. In the winter she quilts and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place is in her garden. She’s a passionate gardener who won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. Contact Catherine though her website at http://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com, Amazon author page , Facebook , Twitter @AuthorCCastle, or Goodreads


Susan Craft

A South Carolinian, Susan F. Craft, is the author of The Chamomile, a Revolutionary War romantic suspense and a SIBA Okra Pick. Susan researches for her novels with the same excitement as Alan Quartermain hunting for King Solomon’s Mines and with the persistence of Lewis and Clark. She enjoys the chase when a clue leads her from one “treasure” to the next, to the next. Her 40-year career includes working for SC Educational Television, SC Department of Mental Health, SC College of Pharmacy, and currently for the SC Senate. In 2006, Susan self-published A Perfect Tempest set in Columbia, SC, during the Civil War. Susan is a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, The Historical Novel Society, SC Writers Workshop, SC Historical Society, the Robert Burns Society, the Colonial American Christian Writers, and the Inkplots, a writers’ critique group. Her short stories have been published in four of the group’s collections. She is represented by the Hartline Literary Agency.


Josette Downey

Josette Downey is the author of A Time to Say Goodbye, the first entry in the four-part Abolitionist Chronicles. She has a master’s degree in English From East Carolina University, and currently works for a premier test scoring company. She is the mother of a precocious six-year-old girl, who enjoys bugs, snakes and superman. She enjoys southern cooking, reading and exploring emerging technology, but is best defined by her devotion to her faith and the empowerment of women in the modern world.


Jennifer Fromke

Though raised in the Midwest, Jennifer Fromke writes from North Carolina where she lives with her three teenagers and husband of over 20 years. In addition to her debut novel, A Familiar Shore, Jennifer co-authored two Christmas novellas (Ruby’s Christmas releases Christmas 2014) and published two short stories. Her novel also won the Genesis award in 2010. Her favorite sport is laughing with her family and her favorite daily chore is to ensure the candy dish never runs dry.


Norma Gail

Norma’s passion is sharing biblical wisdom for daily living. Her devotionals and poems appear at ChristianDevotions.us, and “The Secret Place,” as well as her website www.normagail.com . She has led weekly women’s Bible studies for 18 years. The most recent out-growth of her passion is fiction to refresh your spirit. Her contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams will be released in March 2014. She lives in the mountains outside Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband of 37 years. They have two adult children.


Laura Jackson

Laura Jackson loves books--both reading and writing them. As a school librarian, she gets to share her love of literature with kids each day. Just in case she didn't get her fill of books during the day, she spends most evenings writing her own stories. Her first YA novel, Worth the Wait, will be released February 4, 2014.
She's also passionate about Jesus, trees, and cupcakes. She loves to hear from readers, and you can find her at authorlaurajackson.blogspot.com/.

Heidi Main

After writing for a number of years, Heidi finally found her home in the contemporary Christian romance genre. Her cozy novels reflect the quaint and slower time from her childhood in a small town. Following a career in the computer field, she operated a Jazzercise franchise before she began writing. Currently, she is a part-time freelance copywriter for a local design firm, a member of ACFW and RWA, and is the lead moderator for The Writers View 2. Central North Carolina is home for her family, including their Jack Russell Terrier Sophie, and their backyard of well-fed birds and squirrels.Learn more about Heidi on her website and her blog. Connect with Heidi on Facebook and Twitter.

Elaine Manders

Elaine Manders is a small town, southern woman. Her college counselor said she should be an historian, but she received a BBA instead and is a retired civilian accountant for the Air Force. Her love of history remains strong, and she’s written and currently editing five historical novels set in America and Europe. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. One of her novels reached the final round in the 2013 Olympia contest sponsored by COTT. When not writing, she enjoys reading, crafts, and hanging out with her family. She can be reached on twitter @ehmanders, facebook or https://elainemanders.wordpress.com

Linda Matchett

A native of Baltimore, MD, Linda Matchett has had a wide and varied career including stints as a crisis counselor, human resources professional, innkeeper, and now the executive director of a youth center. She loves to read, hike, kayak, snowshoe and explore the great outdoors. Dabbling with pen and paper since she was a child, Linda has published numerous articles and is currently looking for a publisher of her World War II mystery series featuring war correspondent Ruth Brown.

Joy Avery Melville

Joy Avery Melville, writes Contemporary Women’s Fiction and Historical Romance and enjoys immersing herself reading those genres along with Romance.A member of ACFW,and active board member of Michigan’s ACFW Great Lakes Chapter, she also teaches Character Development, One-Sheet Preparation, and How-To Critique Workshops. A Hall-of-Fame member of Novel Track Writing and Editing, Joy’s earned several badges. She is also a member of My Book Therapy and The Christian Pen. She won a literary short story contest with a Contemporary Women’s Fiction and has co-authored a Civil War Era musical play. Joy operates CRITQUES BY JOY as a freelance critter. Info is at http://www.journeystojoy.net I can also be friended on FB – Joy Avery Melville

Michele Morris

Michele Morris was born and raised in Mid-Michigan. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for twenty-eight years. Their family includes, six children, three in-loves, and five grandchildren. Not be excluded, four cats and a very large yellow lab. They now live in beautiful Central Florida. When Michele isn’t spending time with her family, baking, homeschooling her youngest two children, or writing, she co-coaches a F.I.RS.T. Robotics team and is involved in her local church. Michele writes Historical Romance and is polishing her first full length novel which takes place in the turbulent 1850’s.

Cindy O'Brien

Cindy O’Brien lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with her husband, Earl, and their two cats, Livvy and Buck. They are the parents of two children, Andy and Bailey. Cindy is active in her church’s missions and music ministries. She enjoys writing, reading, and gardening, and is currently working on a book about grief and forgiveness. Her passion is encouraging others in their walk with Jesus through her blog, “My Little Corner” at cindyobrien78.blogspot.com. You can reach her at cindybear4500@aol.com.

Laura Poole

Laura Hodges Poole is a freelance writer with three dozen articles, devotions, and short stories in publication. She writes Christian romance novels and is a 2012 RWA Emily finalist, placing second amongst a nationwide field of Christian and secular entries. Her short story "Mission of The Heart" is included in the recent OakTara anthology "I Choose You.” Laura is also an Associate Editor with Christian Devotions ministry. Her passion is encouraging others in their Christian walk. Visit her blog, “A Word of Encouragement,” at laurahodgespoole.blogspot.com. She may be contacted at laurapoole565@gmail.com.

Amber Schamel

Amber Schamel was born in Littleton, CO and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and the Holy Land. She was raised in a family of 11 children, home-schooled through her education and currently works with their 10 family businesses as bookkeeper and marketing director. She volunteers by helping and ministering to young girls and Christian families and also has a musical ministry. During her spare time she enjoys crafting Christ-honoring stories that will inspire and encourage her readers. Amber is a multi-published author and currently lives with her family outside of Colorado Springs, CO


Jodie Wolfe

Jodie began the love of writing when penning her first novel at thirteen. The power of story to influence lives and changes hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of her Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. She is an active member of ACFW, has a regular column in Home School Enrichment magazine, and is represented by Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency. Jodie achieved semi-finalist in the 2013 ACFW Genesis contest in the historical romance division. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, and an occasional knitting project. You’ll often find her praying for snow. :) You can also find her at http://diggingforpearls.blogspot.com/ and http://shininggodslightthroughhistory.blogspot.com/ as well as facebook and twitter.