January 11 – Writing as a Ministry: Keeping God Involved in the Writing Process
Bio: Leilah Wright dabbles in quite a few things, but her passion is books. She loves to read as often as possible and is working on a novel. She works as an editor at Written Word Communications and freelance as well. The part she most enjoys about editing is getting to help authors achieve their goals of being published. In her “spare” time, Leilah leads worship and enjoys massive amounts of coffee. She also wishes she could have a pet hippo.
February 8 – Self-editing without Self-destructing
Bio: Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning, best-selling, multi-published author of Christian fiction and non-fiction. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Kim is a pastor’s wife and is passionate about music and Bible study. She lives and writes in Colorado with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two amazing kids.
Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning, best-selling, multi-published author of fiction and non-fiction with Moody, Tyndale House, Focus on the Family, B & H Publishing Group, Barbour Publishing, and Bethany House Publishers. A popular speaker/teacher, she’s shared her theme of Joy through Trials live with over 500,000 people at over 1,000 venues across the country and over fifty million viewers from her appearances on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, Discovery Channel’s Mystery ER, The Hour of Power, The Harvest Show, and many more. She lives, writes, and homeschools in beautiful Colorado with her husband of more than two decades and their two awesome teens. Connect with Kim – http://kimberleywoodhouse.com and http://facebook.com/KimberlyWoodhouseAuthor and http://twitter.com/kimwoodhouse.
March 14 – Refreshing Your Creative Spirit
Speaker: Danica Favorite, Author and Speaker
Bio: A self-professed crazy chicken lady, Danica Favorite loves the adventure of living a creative life. She and her family recently moved in to their dream home in the mountains above Denver, Colorado. Danica loves to explore the depths of human nature and follow people on the journey to happily ever after. Though the journey is often bumpy, those bumps are what refine imperfect characters as they live the life God created them for. Oops, that just spoiled the ending of all of Danica’s stories. Then again, getting there is all the fun.
You can connect with Danica at the following places:
April 11 – The Key to Writing Great Suspense
Bio: Kristen Heitzmann is the award-winning author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher and keynote speaker for women’s and writers’ conferences. An artist and mountain hiker, Kristen lives in Colorado with her husband, pets, wildlife, and extended family.
May 9 – Organize Your Writing Life
Bio: Susan is vice president of Christian Authors Network (CAN), a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is a versatile writer, creating both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults.
Before Susan jumped into the fiction world, her first two books were non-fiction, co-authored with her husband, Dale. Countdown for Couples: Preparing for the Adventure of Marriage and The ReMarriage Adventure: Preparing for a Life of Love and Happiness has helped tens of thousands of couples get ready to marry. Susan is also contributing author and editor of several other books.
Susan is the Founding Editor of Thriving Family magazine and the former Editor/Editorial Director of 12 Focus on the Family publications. She loves the world of writing and letting her imagination run wild in creating inspiring stories and leave a legacy of life and love. In her spare time, Susan enjoys speaking, coaching aspiring authors, working on her own book projects, and traveling the world.
June 13 – Self-publishing
Bio: Vicki and her husband, David, live in Erie, Colorado. She received her bachelors degree from Bellview Bible College, Westminster, Colorado. Her masters thesis, History of the Relationship between the United States and Israel, merited Magna Cum Laude honors. She earned her doctorate in practical theology in biblical counseling from Masters Graduate School of Divinity, Evansville, Indiana.
Vicki wrote about her experiences in Jerusalem in her first book, On Our Own in Jersalem’s Old City-Two Born-Again Christians Explore Their Hebraic Roots. For the next three years, she wrote a fictional account of a wealthy Jewish family in The Lane Trilogy-Lyza’s Story, The Legacy, and Leesa’s Story.
Her first devotional, The Miracle of You, is a forty-day devotional designed to make you aware of how valuable you are in Jesus Christ. Each devotion examines some miraculous aspect of His creation in you and how He has gifted you.
I Hate Walt is the inspirational fiction story of Mary Lou Stots, a young woman who works for Walt Pederson. Walt is a modern-day Scrooge who has no respect for women in general and none for her. He mocks and humiliates her any way he can. When Walt dies in a tragic accident, it seems an answer to her prayers.
Vicki continues to write Christian inspirational books, both fiction and non-fiction. She speaks at all types of events to educate, motivate, and elevate Christian women and writers everywhere. Her messages have been distributed through radio, television, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
Vicki Andree invites you to feel free to contact her at www.vickiandreebooks.com with comments and discussion regarding her books.
July 11 – Humor and Holiness
Bio: Author, speaker, and mom of four, Paula Moldenhauer has published over 300 times in non-fiction markets. Her first novella, “You’re a Charmer Mr. Grinch,” included in the inspirational romance collection, Postmark Christmas, was a Carol Award finalist, and her first historical novel, Titanic: Legacy of Betrayal, continues to earn five star reviews. Once a public school teacher, Paula loves helping others learn to write. For information on her books or speaking topics, visit: www.PaulaMoldenhauer.com.
Bio: Kathleen E. Kovach, Rocky Mountain Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers, is an award-winning author of seven Christian romances. Employing her love of cinematic theater, she has created www.craftcinema.blogspot.com, a blog where she discusses movies through the craft of fiction writing. Kathy lives in northeast Colorado were she leads a critique group and enjoys camping and fishing with her husband of nearly four decades. Kathleen presents spiritual truths with a giggle, proving herself one of God’s peculiar people. Please visit her at www.kathleenekovach.com.
August 8 – Steps to Preparing a Fast Draft
Bio: 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.” A 2014 & 2015 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. Connect with Beth at bethvogt.com.
September 12 – Blogging
Speaker: Blythe Daniels, President of The Blythe Daniels Agency
Bio: Blythe spent seven years working at Thomas Nelson, Inc. as Publicity Director and then Marketing Director in the Bible and Book divisions where she directed hundreds of publicity campaigns and marketing campaigns and reviewed book proposals for the editorial board. She left Nashville in 2004 to move to Colorado and opened The Blythe Daniel Agency in 2005.
Blythe has worked with publicity clients like Brother Andrew and Open Doors International, Biblica (formerly International Bible Society), NavPress, Thomas Nelson, Penguin Group, B & H Publishing, Baker Books, Howard Books, WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, Standard Publishing, Moody Publishers, Beacon Hill Press, New Growth Press, Cityteam, InScribed Studies, 1Source, and others. During her time at Thomas Nelson and since she opened her agency, she has worked on publicity campaigns for John Maxwell, Kim Alexis, Reggie White, John Hagee, John Eldredge, Charles Stanley, Andy Stanley, Steve Arterburn, Dennis Rainey, Dave Ramsey, Sheila Walsh, Dr. Jim Dixon, Ginny Brant (daughter of Nixon advisor during Watergate), Jeff Iorg (President of Golden Gate Seminary), Katie Brazelton (Life Purpose Coaching Centers) and others. She has been the Product Development Manager for Ransomed Heart Ministries founded by New York Times bestselling author John and Stasi Eldredge.
She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, daughter and boy/girl twins. She enjoys Hallmark movies, Starbucks, Auburn football, and laughter with good friends and family.
October 10 – Word Play
We’ll learn about the importance of playtime as writers and how it can transform and enrich our writing.
Speaker: Juliet Kennedy
Bio: Juliet K. Kennedy’s love for words and writing began during her childhood. She studied journalism in college and has worked in a variety of jobs, including as a criminal investigator for a federal law enforcement agency, a performance auditor for a state legislative office, and a freelance writer. She has written articles and devotions for Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family, David C. Cook’s Family Currents newsletter, and Christian Devotions. She was awarded the Reader’s Choice award for ACFW North Denver’s 2012 Flash Fiction Contest and the First Place Winner for the 2013 contest. She served on the ACFW North Denver Chapter’s Board as treasurer for three years and as secretary for one year.
She lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and son. In her free time, she loves cooking, hiking, camping, gardening, and reading all sorts of books. She wholeheartedly agrees with C. S. Lewis who said, “You can never get a cup of tea (or in her case, a cup of coffee) large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
November 14 – Publishing
Bio: A publishing industry veteran, Dave recently entered into a partnership with Jerry B. Jenkins, affiliating the Guild with Believers Press and its variety of independent publishing and marketing resources. Dave worked with Tyndale House Publishers, Multnomah Publishers, STL Distribution, Harvest House Publishers before moving into the independent publishing world.
Visit BelieversPress website at http://www.believerspresss.com.
December 12 – ACFW North Denver Member Christmas Party