Instructor Bios

Christy Award-winner Angela Hunt has written more than 130 works, ranging from picture books to adult novels. Nearly five million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Now that her two children are grown up, she and her husband, a youth pastor, live in Florida with mastiffs, one of which held the distinction of being the second largest canine in America as judged by Regis and Kelly! Angela has loved books all her life. When she's not writing, Angela teaches at writers' conferences across the country. For more information about Angela, visit her website at www.angelahuntbooks.com.

Inspired by Nancy Drew mysteries as a child, Nancy Rue knew by age 10 she would someday be a writer. While teaching high school English after college, she felt God calling her back to her dream of writing. For 14 years, Nancy was a teacher and a writer—often waking up at 4 AM to write before work! Today, she is a full-time writer who still loves to teach at workshops. Her 123 books include the Lily series, the FaithGirlz Bible and the Mean Girl Makeover Trilogy for kids, as well as twelve adult novels including the award winning Reluctant Prophet and Healing Waters. She now offers a writing mentorship program called From Shadow To Shelf  www.fromshadowtoshelf.com) She and her husband, Jim, live in Tennessee. Visit Nancy's website at www.nancyrue.com.

Kathy Mackel is the acclaimed author of Can of Worms and other novels for middle readers from Putnam, HarperCollins, and Dial. Her latest, Boost, tackles the thorny issue of steroids and girls’ sports. She was the credited screenwriter for Disney’s Can of Worms and for Hangman’s Curse, and has worked for Disney, Fox, and Showtime. Writing as Kathryn Mackel, she is the author of the YA fantasy series, The Birthright Books, and of supernatural thrillers including the Christy-finalist The Hidden. Her latest foray into Christian publishing include To Know You and Veil of Secrets, written with non-fiction bestseller Shannon Etheridge.