Meet The Write Conversation Blogging Team


It was such an honor to have this great novelist sharing insight on The Write Conversation. He will be dearly missed by readers and writers.

December 16, 1927 - April 15, 2019

Warren Adler is best known for The War of the Roseshis masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce turned into the Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated dark comedy hit starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. In addition to the success of the stage adaption of his iconic novel on the perils of divorce, Adler has optioned and sold film rights to more than a dozen of his novels and short stories to Hollywood and major television networks. Warren Adler has just launched Writers of the World, an online community for writers to share their stories about why they began writing. Warren Adler's latest novel, Torture Manwhich explores Jihadist terrorism, is available now. His Film/TV projects currently in development include the Hollywood sequel to The War of the Roses - The Children of the Roses, along with other projects including Capitol Crimes, a television series based on Warren Adler’s Fiona Fitzgerald mystery novels, as well as a feature film based on Warren Adler and James Humes’ WWII thriller, Target Churchill, in association with Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson of The Solution Entertainment Group. Explore more at www.warrenadler.com and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter 
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She weaves memorable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn believes every breath of life is someone’s story, so why not capture those moments and create a thrilling adventure? 

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. 
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Retreat, and the Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. 
DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. 
DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on: FacebookTwitter, or any of the social media platforms listed at diannmills.com


Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Beth’s first women's fiction novel for Tyndale House Publishers, Things I Never Told You, released May 2018. Moments We Forget, book two in the Thatcher Sisters Series, releases May 2019.  
  
Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner, and a 2015RITA®finalist. Her 2014 novel,Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. A November Bride was part of the Year of Wedding Series by Zondervan. Having authored nine contemporary romance novels or novellas, Beth believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us.   

An established magazine writer and former editor of the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth blogs for Novel Rocket and The Write Conversation and also enjoys speaking to writers group and mentoring other writers. She lives in Colorado with her husband Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who loves to play volleyball and enjoys writing her own stories. Connect with Beth at bethvogt.com

Rhonda Rhea is a humor columnist for HomeLife magazine, Leading Hearts magazine, The Pathway, SBCLife and many more great publications. She’s written hundreds of magazine articles and is the author of 10 nonfiction books, including Espresso Your Faith, How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change a Person? and Join the Insanity—Crazy-Fun Life in the Pastors’ Wives Club. She also coauthors fiction with her daughter, Kaley Faith Rhea, with their first book, Turtles in the Road, releasing soon and two more books in the works. Rhonda and her two daughters cohost the TV show, That’s My Mom, for Christian Television Network’s KNLJ, airing in mid-Missouri, and Rhonda enjoys hosting KNLJ TV’s The Devo-Minute as well. She is a frequent guest on many radio and TV shows and enjoyed a recurring role on Focus on the Family’s Weekend Magazine radio program for many years.

Rhonda enjoys traveling the country speaking at all kinds of events but makes her home in the St. Louis area with her pastor/hubs, Richie Rhea. They have five grown children and both say they’re hoping for a ridiculous number of grandbabies.

Rhonda says she is absurdly social and would love to connect at:
https://www.facebook.com/RhondaRhea.Author/
https://www.facebook.com/RhondaRheaAndKaleyFaithRhea/
https://www.facebook.com/ThatsMyMom.TV/
https://twitter.com/RhondaRhea
https://www.instagram.com/rhondarhea/
RhondaRhea.com
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Rhonda-Rhea/e/B001H6Q8VG/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1468965803&sr=8-1

Eva Marie Everson is the bestselling and multi-award winning author of both fiction and nonfiction work. She is the president of Word Weavers International (word-weavers.com) and the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference. Eva Marie is a popular speaker at writers conferences across the United States and the Contest Director for Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Eva Marie is a seminary graduate and student and has taught a Bible study for over 20 years. Either she's really good and the folks just can't get enough ... or she's really bad and they're still trying to learn something (the jury is out). Eva Marieand her husband enjoy their three grown children and children-in-love and are especially proud of their grandchildren. They are owned by their dog, Poods.

Linda Gilden is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, and writing coach. Author of the popular Love Notes series, she is also the author of Mommy Pick-Me-Ups, Mama Was the Queen of Christmas, PERSONALity Perspectives, Called to Write, and several ghostwritten books. With over a thousand magazine articles to her credit, Linda Gilden is a prolific writer who loves to share a great story. As a freelance editor and writing coach working with publishers and individuals, she encourages others to make their writing the best it can be. As a member of the CLASS Seminar training staff, Linda enjoys helping others polish their speaking and writing skills on their journeys to clear, concise communication. As Director of both the CLASS Christian Writers Conference and the Carolina Christian Writers Conference, Linda helps many writers take the next step in reaching their writing goals.

Linda Gilden is a member of AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association), ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors), AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors), and CAN (Christian Authors Network).



Karen Whiting (www.karenwhiting.com) is an international speaker, former television host of Puppets on Parade, certified writing and marketing coach, and author of twenty-six books for women, children, and families. Her awards include the Christian Retailing Best Award, children’s nonfiction (The One Year My Princess Devotions) and the Military Writer’s Society of America Gold Medal (Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front). Her newest book, 52 Weekly Devotions for Families Called to Serve, uses stories, activities, and chat prompts to help families develop servant hearts book. Other books like The Gift of Bread: Recipes for the Heart and the Table reflects her passion for bread and growing up helping at her grandparent’s restaurant. 

She has a heart to grow tomorrow’s wholesome families today. She has written more than seven hundred articles for more than sixty publications and loves to let creativity splash over the pages of what she writes. She writes for Leading Hearts, The Kid’s Ark, and BCM International.

She enjoys adventure with her family and rode a camel in the Canary Islands; white water rafted in Australia; rode horseback in Jamaica’s ocean; and enjoyed scuba diving off the coast of Bermuda. She’s the mother of five (including two rocket scientists) and grandmother of twelve.


You’ll find Tammy seeing humor and causing laughter in every aspect of life. Her past, filled with bullying and criticism from family, is the driving force of her passion to always encourage others and give them The Reason to smile. She’s been married to her college sweetheart, Larry, for 37 years, a mom to their grown daughter, Kristen, and wrapped around the paw of a little dog named Hattie. Born and raised in Ohio, her family now resides in South Carolina. She is the President of Word Weavers Upstate SC, member of ACFW and My Book Therapy/Novel Academy. She’s the Blog Editor for Word Weavers International. A Conference Assistant for Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference. A monthly contributor for The Write Conversation. A contributor in the 2018 Divine Moments Compilation Book—Cool-inary Moments. Also a regular contributor to several other blogs. 

Connect with Tammy: Blog:http://www.tammykarasek.com  Email: tickledpinktammy@gmail.com


Yvonne Ortega walks with a small footprint but leaves a giant imprint in people’s lives. This power-packed package is a professional speaker and the author of the Moving from Broken to Beautiful® Series through cancer, divorce, forgiveness, and loss. Learn more at www.YvonneOrtega.com

Yvonne speaks with honesty and humor as she shares her life and struggles through presentations that empower women to find peace, power, and purpose through God’s Word. 

Yvonne’s background as a licensed professional counselor brings a unique perspective into the heart of women. She’s a speaking and writing coach and the owner of Moving from Broken to Beautiful®, LLC. She belongs to the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, the Christian Authors Network, the National Speakers Association, and Toastmasters International.


She celebrates life at the beach, where she walks, builds sand castles, blows bubbles, and dances. 


Joshua J. Mastersis a pastor, author, and speaker. He’s been featured on CBN Television, HIS Radio, and the Light Radio Network. Josh is the author of American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriotand is a contributing author for Feed Your Soul,  Refresh Bible Study Magazine, and One Christian Voice.

As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Josh has also worked as an actor and crew memberin the film industry. He continues to have a passion for film, but also enjoys Geek culture where he’s known as The Bat Pastor.

As a pastor and ministry leader at a large church, Josh has had the opportunity to evaluate the issues that most commonly affect people’s spiritual growth. Combined with his extensive background in the fields of theater, film, and communication, his ministry work has uniquely equipped him to address those spiritual stumbling blocks in an approachable, yet challenging way.

Josh lives with his wife, Gina, and Franklin the Pup outside Greenville, South Carolina where he serves as a speaking and care pastor. 

He’d love to connect with you on his website, www.joshuajmasters.comor engage with you on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or Goodreads.

Traci Tyne Hilton is the author of The Plain Jane Mysteries, The Mitzy Neuhaus Mysteries and the Tillgiven Romantic Mysteries. When not writing she has been known to knit socks, play the spoons, and teach Sunday School, though these days she is most often seen in her role as taxi-driver to busy children.

Traci is an active member of the ACFW, who was lucky enough to teach a continuing ed glass on indie publishing at the 2015 conference in Dallas. She also served as vice president of the local chapter for two years. She has been indie publishing since 2010.

Traci has a degree in history from Portland State University and still lives in the rainiest part of the Pacific Northwest with her husband the mandolin playing funeral director, the two busy kids, and their dogs, Dr. Watson and Archie Goodwin.

More of Traci’s work can be found at www.tracihilton.com

Tropical island votary and history buff, PeggySue Wells parasails, skydives, snorkels, scuba dives, and has taken (but not passed) pilot training. Writing from the 100-Acre wood in Indiana, Wells is the bestselling author of twenty-eight books including The Slave Across the Street, Slavery in the Land of the Free, Bonding With Your Child Through Boundaries, Homeless for the Holidays, and Chasing Sunrise. Optimistic dream-driver, PeggySue is named for the Buddy Holly song with the great drumbeat. At school author visits, she teaches students the secrets to writing, and speaks at events and conferences. Connect with her at www.PeggySueWells.com, on Facebook at PeggySue Wells, and Twitter @PeggySueWells. 


Lori Hatcher is the editor of South Carolina’s ReachOut, Columbia magazine, and the author of two devotional books.  Her second book, Hungry for God…Starving for Time,5-Minute Devotions for Busy Women released in December. A blogger, writing instructor, and women’s ministry speaker, her goal is to help women connect with God in the craziness of life. You’ll find her pondering the marvelous and the mundane on her blog, Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter


Ane Mulligan writes Southern-fried fiction served with a tall, sweet tea.She's an award-winningnovelist and playwright whobelieves chocolate and coffee are two of the four major food groups. She resides in Sugar Hill, GA, where she leads a Community Theatre troupe. You can find Ane at www.anemulligan.comor Amazon author page.
Sarah (Sally) Hamer is a lover of books, a teacher of writers, and a believer in a good story. Most of all, she is eternally fascinated by people and how they 'tick'. She’s passionate about helping people tell their own stories, whether through fiction or through memoir. Writing in many genres - mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, medieval history, non-fiction – she has won awards at both local and national levels, including two Golden Heart finals.

A teacher of memoir, beginning and advanced creative fiction writing, and screenwriting at Louisiana State University in Shreveport for over twelve years, she also teaches online for Margie Lawson at www.margielawson.com. Sally is a free-lance editor and book coach, with many of her students and clients becoming successful, award-winning authors.

You can find her at www.sallyhamer.blogspot.com or on Twitter @sallyhamer.

Lucinda Secrest McDowell, M.T.S., is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping you Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, McDowell is the author of 13 books and contributing author to 30+ books. Her books include the award-winning Dwelling Places (2017 Christian Retailing BEST Award for Devotional)Ordinary Graces  (2018 Selah Finalist), Live These Words, and Refresh! Lucinda, a member of the Redbud Writers Guild, received Mt. Hermon “Writer of the Year” award and guest blogs for The Write Conversation, Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Blog and (in)courage. Whether co-directing  “reNEW ~ retreat for New England Writing,”  pouring into young mamas, or leading a restorative day of prayer, she is energized by investing in people of all ages. Lucinda’s favorites include tea parties, good books, laughing friends, ancient prayers, country music, cozy quilts, musical theatre, and especially her family scattered around the world doing amazing things.  Known for her ability to convey deep truth in practical and winsome ways, she writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and blogs weekly at http://www.EncouragingWords.net/ Follow Lucinda on Twitter: @LucindaSMcDowel

Henry’s debut novel, Journey to Riverbend, won the 2009 Operation First Novel contest.

Henry edits novels, leads critique groups, and teaches at conferences and workshops. He enjoys mentoring and coaching individual writers.
 
Connect with Henry on his blogTwitter and Facebook.


Ralene Burke: Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a social media wand, or a freelance editor’s sword, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to help everyone #SHINEBeyond their circumstances! 

She has worked with a variety of clients, both organizations and individual authors. Currently, she is the Marketing Director for Realm Makers, an organization for speculative fiction writers and readers. She is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (10+ yrs.). Her fantasy novels, Bellanokand Armor of Aletheia,are available on Amazon.

When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is the wife to a disabled veteran and a homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all-around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . . (She might be teaching herself to knit.)

Although she is an introvert, you can find her on social media way too much. Be sure to follow her on FacebookInstagramTwitter, or at her website.

Lynn H. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in South Carolina with her true love, Brian, and their three children. Her first book, Covert Justice, won the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Her second book, Hidden Legacy, released in June 2017 and her new Dive Team Investigations series kicks off in March of 2018 with Beneath the Surface. The second book in the series, In Too Deep, releases in November of 2018. You can follow her real life happily ever after at www.LynnHBlackburn.com and on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Cindy Sproles is an author and popular speaker. She is the cofounder of Christian Devotions ministries and managing editor of Straight Street Books and SonRise Devotionals, imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Cindy is the executive editor of www.christiandevotions.us and www.inspireafire.com. She teaches at writers conferences nationwide and directs The Asheville Christian Writers Conference - Writers Boot Camp. 

She is the author of two devotionals, He Said, She Said - Learning to Live aLife of Passion and New Sheets - Thirty Days to Refine You into theWoman You Can Be. Cindy's debut fiction novel, Mercy's Rain, is available at major retailers. Visit Cindy at www.cindysproles.com and book her for your next conference or ladies retreat. Also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.



Katy Kauffman is an award-winning writer and a co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies, a ministry which seeks to connect people to God through His Word. She has taught the Bible to women and teens, and has traveled the world for short-term missions. She writes for her family’s ministry, and has two published Bible studies for women, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory and Faith, Courage, and Victory. Her heart’s desire is for women to know and love God, understand the richness of His Word, and fulfill His plan for their lives.
Katy handles books in every stage of the publishing process for Lighthouse Bible Studies. She writes, edits, designs the book covers and interiors, and markets. She always wanted to teach the Bible, and God expanded the dream to writing Bible studies after she attended her first writers conference in 2008. She finds joy in writing about the Word of God, seeing life as an adventure with God, networking with other writers, and encouraging them when possible.   

Katy is also the magazine designer for Broken but Priceless Ministries, which reaches out to people which chronic illnesses and also to their families and caregivers. Check out Katy’s blog, Life with God, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, or Goodreads.

Cyle Young is a children’s, family, and sports pastor who works with over 500 wonderful children and students weekly. He is also co-creator of All Out sports, Family Land, and Foreverland. Cyle has won sixteen literary awards for his writing, including his latest release, Belly Buttons and Broken Hearts. He is also the managing editor of a website that equips aspiring writers, www.almostanauthor.com.

A father of three, Cyle is a veteran of 15 years of youth and children’s ministry. He is a former college football player from the University of Michigan where he participated on a National Championship team. He also holds two master’s degrees from Liberty Theological Seminary.

When not sharing the gospel or playing with his kids, Cyle spends his time avoiding snakes, hiding from aliens, and doing his best to never again pass gas on a horse.

You can learn more about Cyle by visiting his website at www.cyleyoung.com. Or check him out on www.facebook.com/cyleyoung or www.twitter.com/cyleyoung.


A Southern Belle in Southern California, and known to her friends as the Bohemian Hurricane, Molly Jo is a writer, editor, social media ninja, and producer of Aaron Gansky’s Firsts in Fiction podcast. Her writings have been featured in children’s magazines, on national blogs and devotional websites, and have earned her awards and scholarships from nationally-acclaimed writing programs. She is the founder of New Inklings Press, author of The Unemployment Cookbook: Ideas for Feeding Families One Meal at a Time, and other books available through her website and on Amazon.

Her current work in progress, NOLA, is a location mystery set in New Orleans and is scheduled for publication in 2018.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and her blog, Frankly, My Dear . . . For more information on her social media, marketing services and books, contact her through her website MollyJoRealy.com.

Audrey Frank is an author, speaker, and storyteller. The stories she shares are brave and true. They give voice to those whose words are silenced by shame, the hard things in life that don’t make sense, and the losses that leave us wondering if we will survive. Audrey and her family have spent over twenty years living and working among different cultures and world views, and she has found that God’s story of redemption spans every geography and culture. He is the God of Instead, giving honor instead of shame, gladness instead of mourning, hope instead of despair. Although she has three different degrees in communication and intercultural studies, Audrey’s greatest credential is that she is known and loved by the One who made her.

Her upcoming book, Covered Glory: The Face of Honor and Shame in the Muslim World, is an outpouring of Audrey’s heart to introduce others to the God of Instead. Shame is not unique to the developing world, the plight of the women behind veils, young girls trafficked across borders; shame is lurking in hearts everywhere. Through powerful stories from women around the world, Covered Glory illuminates the power of the Gospel to remove shame, giving honor instead. Available for pre-order now at https://www.amazon.com/author/audreycfrank

You can also find Audrey at www.audreyfrank.com, as well as on Twitter and Facebook

Cathy Fyock is The Business Book Strategist, and works with professionals and thought leaders who want to write a book as a business growth strategy. This article is excerpted from her newest book available this Spring/Summer coauthored with Lois Creamer, titled The Speaker Author: Sell More Books and Book More Speeches. Contact Cathy at Cathy@CathyFyock.com.


Tim Suddeth has been published in Guideposts’ The Joy of Christmas and on www.christiandevotions.us. He’s working on his third manuscript and looks forward to seeing his name on a cover. He is a member of ACFW and Cross n Pens. Tim lives in Greenville, SC with his wife, Vickie, and his happy 19-year-old autistic son, Madison.  Visit Tim at www.TiminGreenville.com and on Facebook and Twitter. He can be also reached at timingreenville@gmail.com


Julie Lavender – whose favorite color as a child was any shade of purple  – reluctantly took off the homeschooling hat she’d worn over twenty-five years when her youngest of four started college a couple of years ago. That child is almost a senior, and the threat of the dreaded “empty nest” is imminent. Julie delights in filling her almost-empty nest, however, with new writing friends that she loves to connect with online or at writing conferences. 

 Julie won a Guideposts Writing Contest in 2014, joining eleven other winners in Rye, New York to study under top, New York-based Guideposts editors. One of those fellow winners just happened to be the amazing Edie Melson! Since winning that contest, Julie has been chosen for six GuidepostsRefresher Workshops and been published in all four of their major publications, as well as online. Additionally, Julie writes for her hometown newspaper, the Statesboro Herald, contributing over 800 faith-based and local feature articles, a monthly family column, and a monthly women’s feature. 

She is the author of 365 Days of Celebration and Praise and Creative Sleepovers for Kids and three teacher resource books for the religious division of Carson-Dellosa Publishers. She also contributes to compilations like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Heart Reno, Short and Sweet, and Guidepostscollections. Julie’s magazine credits include Clubhouse, Today’s Christian Woman, Refresh, Homeschooling Today, The Upper Room, Secret Place, Southern Writers, BookFun, Focus on the Family, Mature Living, Country Woman, ParentLife, and Taste of Home.

Julie and husband David have two sons, two daughters, one son-in-love, and one precious grandson. Julie has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and taught public school before becoming a stay-at-home mom and homeschooling mommy. Julie and her husband, a former entomologist for the United States Navy and a current wildlife biologist at an army base, traveled about the country with their four children as Uncle Sam directed for twenty years before returning to their hometown of Statesboro, Georgia. 

Connect with Julie on Facebook, Twitter at @JLavenderwrites, Instagram at JulieLavenderwrites, and follow her nature blog, On My Walk With God, at julielavender.blogspot.com . 

Kathleen Neely is the author of The Street Singer, Beauty for Ashes, and The Least of These.  She is a former elementary teacher. Following her years in the classroom, she moved into administration, serving as an elementary principal. Kathleen is an alumnus of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and Regent University in Virginia.  

Among her writing accomplishments, Kathleen won second place in a short story contest through ACFW-VA for her short story “The Missing Piece” and an honorable mention for her story “The Dance”. Both were published in a Christmas anthology. Her novel, The Least of These, was awarded first place in the 2015 Fresh Voices contest through Almost an Author. She has numerous devotions published through Christian Devotions. She continues to speak to students about writing. Kathleen is a member of Association of Christian Fiction Writers. 

She resides in Greenville, SC with her husband, two cats, and one dog. She enjoys time with family, visiting her two grandsons, traveling, and reading.
   
Emme Gannon is a wife, mother, and grandmother who loves to write stories that stir the heart. Her award-winning writing has appeared in Focus on the Family magazine, several anthologies, and numerous newsletters. She just completed her first novel.