Realm Makers Faculty


The 2020 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.
Stay tuned for session topics and further details on our scheduled presenters.

Keynote Speaker

Thomas Locke

Thomas Locke is the pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with total world-wide sales of eight million copiesHis work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.

Thomas divides his time between Florida and England, where he serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College, the University of Oxford. He holds a lifelong passion for epic fantasy, science fiction and techno-thriller stories.

Six years ago, Thomas decided to begin seriously working on the lifelong dream of becoming involved in writing for film/television/streaming.  He completed work on screenwriting at the British Film Industry, and started writing a minimum of one new spec script each year – in addition to his book projects. Last year he signed with a film agent and he has many irons int he fire in Hollywood. Most notably, David Lipman, producer of the Shrek film series and co-producer of the Ironman films, has optioned one of Davis’s feature spec scripts entitled Island of Time.

This recent experience will allow Thomas to bring invaluable perspective to attendees hoping to learn about both the novel and screenwriting worlds.

Continuing Session Instructors

C.J. Redwine

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 Hogwarts. 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.

Teaching: Branding and Marketing Workshop

N.D. Wilson

N. D. Wilson is the best-selling author of the “100 Cupboards” trilogy (now in more than twenty languages) and the acclaimed “Ashtown Burials” series (both from Random House). His first work of nonfiction was the ground-breaking Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl (Thomas Nelson), which was adapted into the widely distributed “bookumentary” film of the same name.

He was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho, where he currently lives in a tall skinny house with the blue-eyed girl he stole from the ocean (along with their five young explorers, two tortoises, and one snake).

Teaching: Magic, Truth, and Imagination

Steven James

Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

His latest novel, SYNAPSE, a near-future thriller, recently released in October of 2019.

Teaching: Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules

Teen Track Instructor

Bryan Davis

Self-editing is both destructive and restorative, like the proverbial grain of wheat that must die to be reborn. In this class, we will learn how to improve our self-editing in a hands-on manner. Conferees will bring their own works-in-progress, and we will go over them line by line, discussing story structure, phrasing, and every detail we can think of as we critique the manuscripts together.

Since it might be scary for some people to subject their work to our critical eyes, you won’t be required to do so. You can participate by offering advice and learning through the critique of others. Yet, for those who do submit their work, they will have a much improved manuscript by the time we’re finished, and we’ll have a lot of fun getting there.

Elective Instructors

Rachel Marks

Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she’ll never have to test the theory. 

Teaching: Inspiration in History; Where Do I Fit? Writing for the Secular Market; Character Creation Workshop

Sara Ella

Sara Ella is the award-winning author of the Unblemished series and Coral, a reimagining of “The Little Mermaid” that focuses on mental health. She spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses, raising her little prince to be a king, and conquering realms of her own imaginings with her swoony husband by her side. She may or may not be obsessed with #Bookstagram, which feeds her current addiction to bookish tea and candles. A lover of fairy tales, she believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.”

Teaching: Making Magic: Storytelling, Disney-Style; 50 Shades of YA?

Carla Hoch

Carla is a professional fight scene editor, writer and blogger with training in almost a dozen martial arts. She is a curriculum writer for Martial Arts Nation and the “head coach” behind, a blog that teaches fighting to writers.

Teaching: Dealing Damage; Writing Fight Scenes, Battles, and Brawls with POW

Steve Laube

Steve Laube, a literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry nearly four decades, first as a bookstore manager where he was awarded the National Store of the Year by CBA. He then spent many years with Bethany House Publishers where he was named Editor of the Year by AWSA. Over seventeen years ago he became an agent where he and his agency have represented nearly 2,000 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. In addition, he is the president and owner of Enclave Publishing and serves as president and owner of The Christian Writers Institute. He is the author of the annual Christian Writers Market Guide and Book Proposal Tips and Tricks. His office is in Phoenix, Arizona.

Teaching: Developing a Thick Skin: The Key to an Author’s Long-Term Success; Working with Your Agent

Clint Redwine

Clint Redwine has been a member of the Mix Morning Show for the last 14 years. His goal is to survive each day. On most days he is successful. Prior to coming to Nashville, he was doing radio in Los Angeles. He has been happily married to his beautiful wife C.J. for 24 years. She is a New York Times Bestselling author. They have three boys and two beautiful girls who keep them busy and on their toes. Tyler is 19, Jordan is 18, Zachary is 16, Johanna is 7 and Isabella is 5. When not slowly dragging himself out of bed at 3:30 a.m. for the radio show or dragging himself to late-night movies, (he is a movie critic and member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association), Clint likes to play golf, hang out with his kids and wife, and make cakes. (Cakes like on “Ace of Cakes”… no, really).

Teaching: Media Training 101: How to Effectively Promote Yourself and Your Book

Linda Howard

Editor, Tyndale House