Becky Minor lives by the continual mantra, “If you’re going to be a geek, go all out.” From serving as Drum Major of the junior high and high school marching bands, to founding the University of the Arts Gaming Society, to establishing Realm Makers, her pattern of bringing geeks together has a long history.
Besides directing the Realm Makers Conference with her husband Scott and amazing committee of volunteers, Becky occasionally writes fantasy novels of the sword and sorcery variety. Her serial fiction, Divine Summons, is currently available on Amazon, as well as a couple of short works set in the same story world. Her remaining five completed novels are currently seeking publication homes, either with traditional publishing houses or as further self-published works.
Becky makes her day-to-day living as a freelance artist, currently focusing on sequential art (which is a fancy term for comics and graphic novels.) No matter what the vehicle, though, she has a passion for the storytelling arts.
The Minor family makes their home about an hour outside Philadelphia, PA, where foam sword fights on a trampoline are just part of a normal Saturday afternoon. You can connect with Becky on Facebook, Twitter, and RebeccaPMinor.com
Scott Minor is husband and minion to the illustrious Becky Minor, Director of Realm Makers. As Operations Manager and a member of the Advisory Board, he maintains the master spreadsheet throughout the year and helps in making the big decisions. At the conference, you can most often find him in the bookstore, trying not to lose his mind.
For a day job, he helps his children’s school put on their big musicals/plays. He also does freelance voice work for novels and other similar productions. He may even be putting together curriculum for schools to help kids learn Shakespeare through acting.
Ralene Burke – Marketing Director
Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE! She has worked for a variety of groups, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients. Her first novel, Bellanok, is available as a 4-part serial, and soon as a compiled paperback/ebook!
When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and 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 . . .
A wolf in disguise, Ben is the networking guru for Realm Makers. He makes connections with potential faculty and other Realm Makers supporters in his many travels. He’s also an author and the founder of Splickety Publishing Group. Splickety started out as 3 flash fiction magazines but has now branched into publishing books.
He and his new wife recently said “I do” on top of a volcano in Hawaii.
Kristen Stieffel is a freelance editor specializing in speculative fiction and is associate editor of Havok, a flash fiction magazine focused on the science fiction and fantasy genres. She provides a full range of editorial services and has worked on a variety of projects including business nonfiction and Bible studies, but she is a novelist at heart and has edited novels in many genres for both the general market and the Christian submarket. Kristen is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Christian Editor Connection and is a Word Weavers International mentor. Website: kristenstieffel.com.
Bethany Kaczmarek loves to get lost in a good story. Even better? A fantastic story world with a voice that carries her along. She’s been known to wear out books and highlight her favorite lines to go back to again and again. So she knows the chance to have a hand in recognizing and celebrating excellent writing is an honor—one of the many reasons she loves being the Realm Makers Awards Director. But, for much of the year, Bethany is a homeschooling mom, an author, and a professional editor. An ACFW Editor of the Year finalist, Bethany has worked with writers all along the spectrum—from multi-published, award-winning authors to beginners. Though her debut novel, Strains of Silence (summer 2017) is merely a contemporary romance, she loves world-building and logs many wee-hours crafting a vastly different series—a medieval mythology and fairytale mashup. She and her sister share an editing umbrella—A Little Red Ink—and they love editing fiction (especially spec-fic). Using her love for story and story worlds, Bethany makes sure every thread is woven consistently throughout a manuscript—whatever the genre. Her goal is to help hard-working writers sound like gifted writers. And strangely enough, she believes a healthy dose of humor can make the revision process fun.
You can connect with her at www.bethanykaczmarek.com
In high school, Gretchen E K Engel competed to write her English teacher’s favorite essays and earn highest marks in physics. Science won over the arts, and Gretchen became a chemical engineer. An environmental consultant by day and speculative fiction writer by night, she has authored hundreds of technical documents and finished her first manuscript, a speculative fiction story set in the quasi-dystopian world of high school.
Amy Williams left a lucrative career in marketing to write novels about space cowboys, clumsy church secretaries, American samurai, and alternate dimensions. Along the way, she also discovered a passion for teaching other creative professionals how to use technology to make life easier. Through video instruction or one-on-one coaching, she teaches software, blogging, basic graphic design, and many other useful skills that help creative entrepreneurs get stuff done minus the frustration.
Amy loves road trips and local cuisine, and you can follow her many adventures with her travel buddy Hermes the Frog on Instagram (@techiecreative). Connect with her on Twitter (@techiecreative), Facebook (@thecreativetechie), or at her website www.thecreativetechie.
Jason C. Joyner is a physician assistant living in the high desert country of Idaho. He has traveled the world—from the jungles of Thailand to the cities of Australia and the Bavarian Alps of Germany.
He writes about the heroic in each one of us, whether using superheroes, science fiction, or the real world as his template. He’s also published award-winning stories in the Splickety group of flash fiction magazines.
Jason also writes a regular column for a regional paper and blogged for several years. He is also a member of the ACFW.
He may have watched Star Wars one too many times.
Randy Streu – Membership Co-Director
Morgan Busse – Marketing Assistant
Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series and the award-winning steampunk series, The Soul Chronicles. Her debut novel, Daughter of Light, was a Christy and Carol Award finalist. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel. Visit her at www.morganlbusse.com
Pam Halter – Awards Banquet Coordinator