Mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of three, A. K. Arenz has a two year degree in office information systems from
Since reading Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series as a child, A. K. has been creating her own stories. Her earliest publication was in the small, family-owned newspaper where her articles, essays, and poems were frequently included. From this early beginning, she honed her skills through university courses, studying Writer's Digest, how-to books on the craft, and through frequent submissions. In the mid-nineties, her writing earned her a stint with a well-known
A. K. has had poetry accepted for inclusion in various anthologies, as well as in the Maryville Daily Forum newspaper. She won an honorable mention and publication in the chapbook Look Who's Writing in
As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, A. K. has found the fellowship of both published and non-published members an inspiration. She has been a judge in the ACFW Book of the Year contest since 2005 and participated in judging ACFW’s 2007 Genesis contest for unpublished authors.
She lives in
Joan M. Shoup, writing as J. M. Hochstetler, is the author of One Holy Night as well as of Daughter of Liberty and Native Son, books 1 and 2 of her American Patriot Series set during the American Revolution. When she isn’t writing historical novels, she’s tending to all the minutia of running an independent small press or happily spending time with her husband, daughters, and grandchildren.
Born and reared in central Indiana, the daughter of Mennonite farmers, Joan graduated from Indiana Universitywith a degree in Germanic languages. After moving to
Joan’s interest in the American colonial and Revolutionary War eras grew out of the experiences of her Anabaptist ancestors who immigrated to
Joan is married to a truck-driving, motorcycle-riding, retired pastor, and they live in the
Kathi Macias is an award-winning author of more than twenty fiction and nonfiction books including My Son, John, the bestselling devotional A Moment A Day from Regal Books, and the popular Matthews mystery novels from B&H. Kathi has written commentary for Thomas Nelson’s Spirit-Filled Life Bible (Student Edition) and was part of the devotional writing team for Zondervan’s New Women’s Devotional Bible.
Kathi has also ghostwritten and collaborated on books for several prominent individuals including Jack Hayford, Kevin Leman, Josh McDowell, Rosey Grier, and Richard Halverson as well as for the Minirth-Meier Clinic. She has published numerous articles, short stories, and poems in various periodicals. She is a staff member for The Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service and a member of The Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network, Christian Authors Network, American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers Fellowship International, Advanced Writers/Speakers Association, for whom she serves as membership chair, and Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship.
A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi is a credentialed minister and for six years served as associate pastor at a large church in
Michelle Sutton is a mother of two teenage boys and a wife of seventeen years. She resides in
An avid blogger and book reviewer, Michelle is an active member a variety of blogger communities. Her contact and friends list is extensive and her two main sites get fifty or more hits per day. She has endorsed four novels and has had book reviews published on Novel Reviews, Christian Book Previews, Writer…Interrupted, Historical PASTimes blog, as well as other sites. Michelle’s novel Healer of My Soul finaled in the Great Beginning contest through RWA in 2005. She has a number of completed novels available for publication. To find out more about Michelle just visit her website www.michellesutton.net