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.
Continuing Session Instructors
Thomas Locke is the syfy and fantasy pen-name of internationally best-selling author Davis Bunn, with more than eight million books sold in twenty-two languages. Currently he serves as Writer In Residence at one of the Oxford University colleges. Over the past seven years, Thomas has become increasingly involved in screenwriting. His most recent contemporary fantasy script has been optioned by David Lipman, producer of Shrek and co-producer of Ironman. A recent neartime syfy script has been acquired by Ileen Maisel, producer of The Golden Compass.
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 is a storyteller across a wide variety of genres and media. He is the bestselling author of a dozen adventure/fantasy novels (now in more than twenty languages), award-winning Christian memoirs, and assorted picture books. He has directed and produced everything from feature film to nature documentary to animation, but fantasy is where his imagination is most at home. He has been a professional daydreamer since the sixth grade, and his work has been featured everywhere from The Atlantic Monthly and NPR to the TODAY Show and even National Geographic TV. He currently lives in Idaho with his wife and five children, where he writes, follows his teenagers to various sporting events, and directs the Camperdown Writer’s Kiln, a Christian low residency MFA offered through New St. Andrews College.
Teaching: Magic, Truth, and Imagination
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 is the author of the several speculative fiction series for youth and adults, including his best-selling Dragons in Our Midst series. Bryan lives in western Tennessee with his wife, Susie.
Teaching: The Phoenix Solution – Self Editing to Resurrect Your Manuscript From the Ashes
Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, an author and artist, 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. Her art can be found on the covers of several New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels. And her YA Urban Fantasy book, Darkness Brutal, debuted as an Amazon Bestseller.
You can read more about her books and her art on her website: www.RachelAnneMarks.com
Teaching: Inspiration in History; Where Do I Fit? Writing for the Secular Market; Character Creation Workshop
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 is the author of the Writer’s Digest book Fight Write: How to Write Believable Fight Scenes. Her blog, FightWrite.net, was #11 in Writer’s Digest Top Websites for Writers 2019, and, along with her FightWrite podcast was a 2019 Gold Crown Award winner with Christian Authors Network. Carla has training in almost a dozen martial arts and, when nobody is looking, she competes a little. She regularly teaches on the craft of writing fight scenes as well as the mechanics of fighting for writers. She lives and trains in The People’s Holy Republic of Texas.
Teaching: Dealing Damage; Writing Fight Scenes, Battles, and Brawls with POW
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 is a media professional from Nashville, Tennessee. He has worked in radio and television for 28 years. (That’s like 84 years in normal job years). He has spent the last 17 years as a co-host on the Mix Morning Show, the #1 rated morning show in Nashville, on Mix 92.9. (Even though he keeps telling his boss that he is not a morning person). He also works with News Channel 2 in Nashville as their film critic. (Because nobody else would ever want a job like that).
Clint is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (The Critics’ Choice Awards), and the president of the Music City Film Critics’ Association. (That sounds way more prestigious than it is). He has won numerous awards for his work in radio. (Don’t ask him to show you the awards. Either his kids broke them, or they were given away as really bad Christmas gifts).
Clint is married to the New York Times Bestselling Author, CJ Redwine. (Yes, that is how he refers to her when they are at home). Together they have five incredible children ranging in age from 22 – 8. (Yes, they know what causes that).
Teaching: Media Training 101: How to Effectively Promote Yourself and Your Book
Linda Howard is Associate Publisher for Children and Youth at Tyndale House Publishers. She brings an extensive background working with children and children’s products to her role including teaching, marketing, and product development for several brands. Linda currently leads the kids’ team, developing overall strategy for Tyndale Children and Youth, acquiring projects, and overseeing product development of all books. She has also worked in the marketing arena and built strong relationships with several of Tyndale’s publishing partners. She oversees the Compassion International Publishing partnership and has worked with best-selling authors Ann Voskamp, John Ortberg, and more.
Teaching: 10 Things Every Aspiring Author Should Know and Trends in Kids’ Books
Like all writers, Andrew Winch, PT has been telling stories his entire life, but he didn’t start selling them until 2010. Since then, he has published eight short stories and written five novels—two dystopian fantasies, a YA urban fantasy, a gothic suspense, and a retelling of The Pilgrim’s Progress… with, well… zombies. And when he isn’t writing fiction, he puts on his Editor-in-Chief hat at Havok Publishing. In the real world, Andrew has an inconceivably healthy wife, two angelic daughters, and the sweetest boxer (dog, not professional fighter) to ever walk the earth. Andrew is also a Christ-follower, a sports physical therapist, a Mizzou Tiger, a geek, a travelling man, and a sub-par gardener. As such, he rarely makes much sense at all.
Teaching: Harnessing the Storm: The Long and Short of Flash Fiction