Sonja Anderson, Author
Sonja Anderson is a former teacher and a certificated librarian who is a Librarian Assistant at a public elementary school by day and a writer of children’s books by night. She is represented by the wonderful Adria Goetz and their first picture book deal will be officially announced soon. A three-book series of novels for children (ADVENTURES OF SOPHIE TOPFEATHER), is under contract by Brimstone Fiction; two of the novels were originally published in the UK. She and her husband co-wrote MOUNT RAINIER’S HISTORIC INNS AND LODGES (Arcadia Publishing) in 2017. She enjoys teaching about writing and especially loves to hear when students at her school are inspired to write their own stories after attending one of her presentations!
Debbie Austin, Author
Debbie Austin has been writing for as long as she can remember. She grew up in the country in Montana where a dog, some cats, chickens, horses, her imagination, and loads of books filled her days. She graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Computer Science (safer than Creative Writing!) and spent the first years after college writing software. When her kids were little, reading so many picture books fired up the desire to write one of her own, and a two-year move to the UK planted a seed for a middle grade novel. But it wasn’t until she joined NCWA, found a critique group, and began attending conferences that she really got serious about writing and had the confidence to pursue publication. Since then, she’s had two stories published in Highlights magazine and recently her middle grade novel The Trinity Knot won first place at both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest and Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Contest. She is actively seeking an agent for this novel (but hasn’t given up on picture books). After many starts and stops following this dream, she is eager to share some of the things she and other writer friends have discovered (sometimes the hard way). She can’t wait to hear your stories and dreams!
Melanie Dobson, Author & Speaker
Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson’s excuse to immerse herself in the past by reading old books, interviewing new friends, and exploring fascinating places around the world. She is the award-winning author of almost thirty historical, time-slip, and romantic suspense novels including The Wings of Poppy Pendleton, Catching the Wind, and Memories of Glass. Melanie and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, and when she's not writing, she enjoys teaching at conferences and as an adjunct professor. More information about her journey is available at melaniedobson.com.
Dr. Sharon Norris Elliott, Agent for AuthorizeMe, Author & Speaker
Life That Matters Ministries and AuthorizeMe® Literary Firm. She encourages everyone who will listen to live a life that matters. Dr. Sharon is amazed at how God’s goodness has brought her from being “Straight Outta Compton” to standing before great people and teaching audiences domestically and internationally. Dedicated to teaching and learning, she is a cum laude college graduate (Biola University, Bachelor of Arts/Liberal Studies), holder of a Doctor of Theology degree (ThD) from HSBN International School of Ministry (an affiliate of Gateway International Bible Institute), and member of several prestigious organizations (ACE, AWSA, SCBWI). Sharon is also a religious broadcaster hosting her own show, Life That Matters with Sharon Norris Elliott, on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (HSBN.tv), (CWWN.tv), Roku, and other networks. The show is also available on YouTube, Facebook Live, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and several other platforms.. Through her AuthorizeMe® Literary Firm LLC, Sharon is literary agent and also edits others’ work, mentors up-and-coming writers and speakers, coaches writers as they draft their manuscripts, and conducts hands-on masterclasses (via the AuthorizeMe Academy) personally assisting attendees toward their publishing goals. To date, the agency works with over 60 clients and has contracted over 40 books in just the past 3 years.
Miralee Ferrell, Editor for Mountain Brook Ink
Miralee Ferrell is an award-winning, best-selling author of 27 books. Her novel, Runaway Romance, released in January 2018 on UP TV, and subsequently on Hallmark on Demand, and four other books have also aired as movies.
She’s the owner and founder of Mountain Brook Ink, a traditional publisher with over 120 titles, a large number being award-winners. She lives in the Pacific N.W. with her husband, two cats, and two very spoiled little dogs. Miralee loves horseback riding and hiking with her married daughter.
While Miralee has spoken in a number of venues, she doesn’t see herself as a speaker as much as an encourager. She loves helping writers find ways to succeed, improve, and learn to believe in themselves.
Deb Gorman, Author
Deb Gorman, owner of Debo Publishing, lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest
with her husband, Alan, and their very smart German Shepherd, Hoka.
She is a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, cleverly disguised as a wife, mom,
grandmom, and author. Her purpose is to regift the Word of God to believers
and seekers everywhere, using the literary talent and imagination God gave
Believing that one of the most foundational bedrocks of humanity—family
relationships—is under attack, she writes redemptive stories of families in
crisis. Her prayer is that His Name would be praised and His glory would fill the
Athena Dean Holtz, Founder and Publisher, Redemption Press
Athena Dean Holtz serves as founder and publisher at Redemption Press in Enumclaw, WA where her Romans 8:28 Books & Gifts is one of the few remaining independent Christian bookstores in Western Washington. Having pioneered the indie publishing movement in the Christian space over 3 decades ago she is past president of NCWA, was named Publisher of the Year 2022 by the Soul Café Awards and Best Female Podcast Host 2021 by the national Spark Media for her All Things Podcast. She is the author of Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God, and most recently co-authored Together for a Purpose: Love and Mission in Marriage and Ministry with her pastor-husband. She also founded the She Writes for Him movement, launched during the pandemic. Their virtual events continue to equip, inspire and create connection through its extensive global community.