Authors, Editors, and Screenwriters

Carol Alwood

Author

Carol Alwood grew up in the green haven of Bellingham, Washington. She writes young adult Christian fiction, in which the setting is her hometown and characters struggle with pain-filled backstories. She has a Master of Education and spends many of her days writing with children and teens.

With my experience as a content editor and writing contest judge, I am able to review both fiction and nonfiction pages and proposals. I will provide feedback based upon industry standards.

Mesu Andrews

Author

Mesu Andrews’s deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive through her bestselling novels. Her recent novel, Isaiah’s Daughter, was 2018 Christy Award winner for Best Historical Fiction. She and her husband, Roy, live in a log cabin snuggled into the beautiful Appalachian Mountains with their dog, Zeke. The Andrews’ have two married daughters and a small tribe of grandkids. Mesu loves movies, football, waterfalls, and travel.

Historical/Biblical fiction

Leann Barna

Screenwriter

Leann Barna holds an M.A. in Cinema and Screenwriting and an M.A. in Biblical Studies. She is a professional freelance screenwriter and filmmaker. She is also a story analyst for multiple production companies, screenwriting competitions, and studios, including Disney. She teaches screenwriting and hands-on filmmaking at Transformation Film Institute.

Feature, pilot, and short screenplays for critique; short screenplays for possible production with Transformation Film Institute; treatments for documentaries for possible production with Mining Company Media

Joseph Bentz

Author

Joseph Bentz is published in both fiction and nonfiction, with four novels and five nonfiction books. His newest book, on the influence of the most famous passages of the New Testament, will be published in 2019. He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, where he teaches courses in writing and American literature.

I would be happy to review magazine articles and fiction or nonfiction book proposals.

Tez Brooks

Author

Tez Brooks is an award-winning author and writes on parenting issues with work appearing in The Upper Room, CBN.com, Focus on the Family, and Guideposts. His book, The Single Dad Detour (Kregel) was winner for the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards. A member of ACWA and Word Weavers International, he and his wife are full-time missionaries with Cru.

My specialties are writing on single parenting issues, devotionals, coaching writers, and editing.

Andrea Frazer

Author

Andrea Frazer is a television, blog, book, newspaper, and magazine writer. When not teaching middle school for the Los Angeles Unified School District, she’s writing a TV pilot for Storehouse Media Group, as well as creating a musical.

I am open to reviewing pitches for thirty-minute TV pilots, magazine articles, and books.

Aurora Gregory

Author

Aurora Gregory is a marketing and business coach and the coauthor of Get Picked: Tips, Tricks and Tools for Creating an Irresistible Speaker Proposal. She has years of experience in leading speaker’s bureau programs that have placed hundreds of speakers at local, national, and international conferences.

I can review book marketing plans as well as speaker proposals, topics, and plans to use public speaking as a tool for author/book marketing.

Kelly  Harrel

Author

Kelly Harrel writes inspirational fiction and Christian romance that deal with real-life struggles in the light of God’s love and grace. She enjoys speaking at women’s events and writer’s conferences, as well as mentoring new authors.

I am happy to read all types of fiction, especially scenes in which you want to improve dialogue or want feedback on character development. I personally write Christian romance and YA inspirational.

Chautona Havig

Author

Chautona Havig is a Christian fiction writer from California’s Mojave Desert. She has published more than seventy titles, all with the Jesus-centered commitment to present readers with Christian fiction without apology or pretense. Chautona is also a fiction editor, book cover designer, and fiction writing coach. Learn more about her books at www.chautona.com.

I’m most interested in helping with marketing and fiction, although I’d be willing to give my two cents on anything in the Christian arena.

Patti Lee

Author

Patti Lee is a writer, artist, and educator with a passion for encouraging life-long creativity in the arts for youth and adults and mentoring new writers. She speaks, coaches, and since 2011 has directed teen tracks for conferences and schools in the northwest, including SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference 2018.

Fiction, nonfiction, curricula, and playwriting for children and adult audiences.

Cindi McMenamin

Author

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning writer, national speaker, Bible teacher, mom, and author of seventeen nonfiction books (Harvest House Publishers). She has fifteen years experience coaching writers into published authors, specializing in helping them write books that resonate with their readers. Cindi lives in San Diego with her longtime husband.

Women’s nonfiction, memoir, devotional, issues-driven manuscripts; nonfiction book proposals

Bob Saenz

Screenwriter and actor

Bob Saenz is a screenwriter and actor, whose eleven produced films include Hallmark’s #1 rated Help for the HolidaysSound of Christmas, and Church People, a faith-based comedy, plus rewrites for producers. Acting roles: six seasons on Nash Bridges, Hallmark’s Valley of Light, Coppola’s JackZodiac, and Unleashed, among dozens of others.

The first ten pages of a faith-based or romantic comedy script.

Liz Tolsma

Author

Liz Tolsma is a Christian fiction editor, specializing in mentoring new authors. She is also the author of twelve novels, including and is a regular contributor to the Midwest Alamac blog. She resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their youngest daughter. Her son is a U.S. Marine, and her oldest daughter is a college student. Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping.  at www.liztolsma.com 

Fiction, including historical and contemporary romance, historical and contemporary women’s fiction, YA, romantic suspense, and Amish. No fantasy or speculative fiction. I specialize in mentoring new writers.

Thomas Umstattd Jr.

Podcaster

Thomas Umstattd teaches creative people all over the world how to grow famous and rich. As a podcaster, he hosts the Novel Marketing PodcastThe Creative Funding Show, and the Christian Publishing Show

Julie Williams

Author

Julie DeEtte Williams works as a freelance editor, typographer, and graphic artist for Inspire Press. She enjoys leading writers through their journeys from first draft to printed book. She has a passion for projects that allow her problem-solving skills and imagination to have equal reign.

Julie Williams is a freelance typographer. Whether you’re cleaning up your manuscript to send out with a proposal or preparing it for self-publication, I can help you format your document so it’s polished and professional-looking. I can also help you set up your Word program to do make you a more efficient writer and self-editor.

Jeff Willis

Entertainment Executive

Jeff Willis is an entertainment executive with fifteen years of experience handling diverse aspects of the content creation process for companies including Marvel Studios, Blumhouse, The Weinstein Company, Beacon Pictures, and others. He is also a produced screenwriter and advises others on business considerations for those in creative careers.

Screenplays, novels, short stories, nonfiction.

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