Growing up in Houston, Texas in the 1970’s, historical romance author Annette O'Hare loved the stories about ghosts haunting the old Spaghetti Warehouse and the mysterious “blue light” cemetery. But it was "Devil's Island," the magical woods across from her childhood home where her imagination blossomed. She created fantastic scenarios to act out with her brother and the neighborhood kids where worlds were conquered and dragons were slain. Annette is still making up stories. She is the author of Northern Light and her new release, Redeeming Light. Her love for the history and heritage of her home state of Texas shines through in her writing and she's made it the backdrop for her book series. Annette is a longtime member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a beloved member of our chapter. Today we'll be talking about her writing journey and navigating down the rabbit hole of research for writing historical novels.
Linda W. Yezak lives with her husband and their funky feline, PB, in Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. She has a deep and abiding love for her Lord, her family, and salted caramel. And coffee--with a caramel creamer. Author of award-winning books and short stories, she didn't begin writing professionally until she turned fifty. Taking on a new career every half century is a good thing.
Parker J Cole is an author, radio show host, speaker, and executive of PJC Media Network. She writes Christian romance novels. For speculative fiction, she writes under the name Parker Payne. As a radio show host, Parker showcases Christian authors worldwide on Tuesdays at 7 pm Eastern time. As a speaker, Parker has taught workshops to encourage aspiring authors to pick up the pen and write. Various workshops have included, “How to Write A Novel in Thirty Days”, “The Business Side of Writing”, “Self-Editing for Authors”, and more.
Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
Medical Suspense Author, Dr. Richard Mabry, is a retired physician who, in addition to writing, is a husband and grandfather, plays (and enjoys) golf, and does the hundred-and-one other things that retired people do. He got into non-medical writing after the death of his first wife with his book, THE TENDER SCAR: LIFE AFTER THE DEATH OF A SPOUSE. Now he writes, "medical suspense with heart." His novels have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Award, Romantic Times' Best Inspirational Novel, and their Reviewer's Choice Award, have won the Selah award, and been named by Christian Retailing as the best in the mystery/suspense/thriller category.
Carla is a Writer's Digest author. Her book, Fight Write: How to Write Believable Fight Scenes, 2019. She is a professional fight scene editor, consultant, videographer, and FightWriting teacher.
Award-winning author Janice Thompson also writes under the pseudonym Janice Hanna. She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over 100 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. She particularly enjoys writing light-hearted, comedic tales because she enjoys making readers laugh. Her tagline, “Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever Afters!” sums up her take on life.
Interview with author Allison Mackey about her new book, "The Edge of Everywhen."
A.S. Mackey is proud to be represented by agent Elizabeth Bennett at the Transatlantic Literary Agency. She is a member of the Shoals Writers Guild and the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is happily married to Chad, and she is the mother of three adult children and a son-in-law. She currently resides in Florence, Alabama.
Author Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Miller’s novels have won a number of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers contests. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Australasian Christian Writers. Learn more at carolynmillerauthor.com.