The 2019 faculty will feature an all-star lineup of authors and literary professionals you won’t want to miss.
Please note that this list is subject to revision as we finalize plans with our presenters.
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Wayne is an established bestselling author with sixteen books in print. His works have garnered critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and VOYA Magazine. Because of the popularity of Wayne’s books, he has appeared on national television, including the Fox Morning Show and Reuters America. A feature article on Wayne’s pirate novel, Isle of Swords, appeared on the front page of The Washington Post. And Wayne’s novels have garnered nominations and awards including: Mom’s Choice Award, The Moonlighter Award, The Cybill, The Clive Staples Awards, and the ACFW Book of the Year.
Wayne is a veteran middle school English teacher of 26 years and writes because all young people dream of visiting new worlds and achieving something that matters.
Julie Hall is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of young adult fantasy fiction.
Before writing her first novel Julie worked as a film publicist and rubbed elbows with the rich and famous . . . as in she would gently nudge them to let them know their meal had arrived during press interviews.
She now spends most of her “office hours” with her two furry writing buddies, Coco and Moose. Her daughter thinks that mommy’s superpower is “sleeping all day,” but that’s because she’s often awake until the wee hours of the morning weaving tales of adventure in worlds of her own creation. When asked in an interview what she wanted to be when she grew up, she’s quoted to have answered, “to never have to grow up.” See her website here.
Ted Baehr is the Founder and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE® (movieguide.org), a family guide to entertainment.
An award-winning media authority often on web, television, radio and print, his purpose is to be used by God to redeem the mass media and to encourage families to use wisdom in selecting their entertainment.
His many books include How To Succeed In Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul), The Media-Wise Family, Narnia Beckons, Faith In God & Generals, The Amazing Grace Of Freedom, and The Culture-Wise Family, among many others. For more information, please visit movieguide.org.
Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series, the award-winning Soul Chronicles, and the Ravenwood Saga, a new fantasy series from Bethany House coming 2018. 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. Find out more on her website.
Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last eight years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist, and he wrestles with the complexity of improvisation on a daily basis. While Patrick enjoys reading about himself, he thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird. Find out more on his website.
An Army brat, Ronie Kendig grew up in the classic military family, with her father often TDY and her mother holding down the proverbial fort. Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade. Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.
It was no surprise when she married a military veteran—her real-life hero—in June 1990. Married more than twenty-five years, Ronie and her husband have homeschooled for the last eighteen years. Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family, and retired military working dog in Northern Virginia.
Ronie has a deep love and passion for people, especially hurting people, which is why she pursued and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Ronie speaks and teaches across the country and mentors other writers.
Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and her books have hit bestseller lists and garnered awards and critical acclaim. Find out more on her website.
Steve Laube, president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, a veteran of the bookselling industry with nearly 40 years of experience. In the 80s he was a bookstore manager and was awarded the National Store of the Year by the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA). He then spent over a decade with Bethany House Publishers and was named the Editor of the Year by AWSA. Fifteen years ago he became an agent where he and his agency have represented over 1,500 new books and Steve was named Agent of the Year by ACFW. He was also inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology. He is married with three grown children and one grandchild.
Steve has very eclectic interests. He has represented everything from the sweet romance to the systematic theology. His clients are equally divided between fiction and non-fiction writers. (For a complete resume of his past work and editorial experience click here.)
In addition, he is the owner and Publisher for Enclave Publishing.
Alyssa Roat, Jr. Agent, C.Y.L.E.
Alyssa Roat is a junior literary agent with Cyle Young Literary Elite, as well as a freelance editor with Sherpa Editing Services, the online editor and a staff writer for The Echo News, and a research assistant at Zondervan Library. She has also previously worked for Illuminate YA Publishing and Little Lamb Books. She is a YA novelist and an award-winning writer with dozens of works featured in newspapers, magazines, and books.
C.J. Redwine is the New York Times bestselling author of YA fantasy novels, including the Ravenspire series of fairytale retellings and the Defiance trilogy. She’s still waiting for her letter from Hogwart’s. Currently, she lives in Nashville with her husband, five children, three pets, and a wardrobe that stubbornly refuses to lead to Narnia, no matter how many times she tries.
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Bryan Davis is the author of the Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, Children of the Bard, Reapers, Dragons of Starlight,Tales of Starlight, and Time Echoes series, contemporary/fantasy books for young adults and adults. The first book, Raising Dragons, was released in July of 2004, and several books in the series have hit various bestseller lists, including Eye of the Oracle, which hit number one on the CBA Young Adult best-seller list in January of 2007.