Faculty

Bob Hostetler

Bob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, literary agent, pastor and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His forty-five books, which include The Bone Box and American Idols (The Worship of the American Dream), have sold millions of copies. He has co-authored eleven books with Josh McDowell, including the best-selling Right from Wrong (What You Need to Know to Help Youth Make Right Choices)  and the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award, among others. Bob is also a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats.  Bob was ordained to the ministry in 1980 by The Salvation Army. He and his wife, the lovely Robin, served in The Salvation Army from 1980-1992. In addition to his training for ministry with The Salvation Army, he earned degrees in English Bible from Cincinnati Christian University and English Communications from Bloomfield College. In 2000, Bob (with his wife) helped to co-found Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He has served that church in leadership and teaching pastor roles. He has been a disc jockey, pastor, magazine editor, freelance book editor,and (with his wife Robin) a foster parent to ten boys (though not all at once). Bob and Robin have two adult children, Aubrey and Aaron, son-in-law Kevin and daughter-in-law Nina, and grandchildren Miles, Mia, Calleigh, Ryder, and Avery. They live in Hamilton, Ohio.


Eva Marie Everson

Eva Marie is a CBA best-selling and multiple award-winning author and speaker, including a Christy finalist, a Silver Medallion winner, a Carol, several Maggie and Golden Scroll awards, and an Inspirational Retailers Choice Award. She is one of the original five Word Weavers members, which began in 1997. She served first as the original president (2000-2007) and is now president of Word Weavers International, Inc., which serves writers primarily as a national and international group of critique and educational chapters.

 
Eva Marie served as a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild for several years and has taught at a number of writers conferences nationwide. During the 2010-2011 school year, Eva Marie served as an adjunct professor at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. She describes it as one of the best times she ever had while working. Eva Marie also serves as director of Florida Christian Writers Conference and Georgia Christian Writers Conference and as a private writing coach and editor.
 

Edie Melson

Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, no matter if she’s writing for fiction readers, parents, or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.

She’s a leading professional within the publishing industry and travels to numerous conferences as a popular keynote, writing instructor and mentor. Her blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month and is a Writer’s Digest Top 101 Websites for Writers. She’s the Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, the Mountainside Marketing Conferenceand Soul Care, as well as Vice President of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine. In addition, she's a regular columnist forJust18Summers.comPuttingOnTheNew.comand http://www.soulfulink.com. Connect with her on TwitterFacebookand Instagram.

Edie Melson — author, blogger and speaker—is a leading professional within the writing industry, as well as a popular instructor and mentor. Her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers across the country. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, and a prolific writer, with numerous books and thousands of articles. Her popular writing blog, The Write Conversation, is a well known resource. Edie is the senior editor for Novel Rocket, and the social media mentor for My Book Therapy websites, as well as social media director for Southern Writers Magazine. She’s also the military family blogger for Guideposts.org. In keeping up with the leading edge of all things digital Edie has become known as one of the go-to experts on Twitter, Facebook, and social media for writers wanting to learn how to plug in. Her bestselling eBook on this subject, has been updated and expanded and re-released as Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers. Her books for military families include her latest, While My Soldier Serves, Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military(Worthy Inspired) and Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas).You can also connect with Edie on Twitter andFacebook and at ediemelson.com.

 

 


Edwina Perkins

Edwina Perkins is the assistant director of Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. She is also the coordinator for Mentoring Moments and the manager for Sensitivity Between the Lines, both with BRMCWC. She is an acquisitions editor for Iron Stream Media and for the imprint Harambee Press. As a longtime member of Word Weavers International, she now serves as a member of the advisory board. Edwina is an award-winning writer, experienced teacher, speaker, freelance editor, and a sensitivity reader. She is also a freelance writer with Guideposts. One of her passions is to address the need for sensitivity and diversity in the publishing industry. 


Billy Wayne

Billy Wayne Arrington is the founder and president of Vision Productions, Inc., Billy Wayne Ministries. He is an ordained minister, contemporary Christian vocal artist, Speaker, Writer, and Director/Producer/ Actor. Located in Kingsport, TN, this non-profit ministry includes LampLight Theatre and The Emporium. For more than 25 years, Billy has traveled across the United States and Mexico to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through music and ministry. Completing more than 300 appearances per year, Billy Wayne continues to challenge and minister to all ages with his high-energy performances and gripping testimony.

Billy Wayne is an accomplished speaker as well as a Christian vocal artist. An accomplished singer/songwriter, he has produced over 20 music recording projects, various music videos, and live performances in concert. Known in the Christian music industry, Billy Wayne was also awarded regional finalist for the GMA (Gospel Music Association) Songwriter of the Year in 2000 and 2002. His book, “And God Was Watching”, received a 5-star Clarion review (The highest critic award) in 2011.

Prior to full-time ministry, Billy Wayne worked in professional theatre for several years as an actor and director. Throughout his career, he directed more than 200 productions, many of which were his original written works that have all been produced and performed. Between concert tours, Billy Wayne produces full-length theatrical productions and special events at LampLight Theatre.


Pepper Basham

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance “peppered” with grace and humor. Writing both historical and contemporary novels, she loves to incorporate her native Appalachian culture and/or her unabashed adoration of the UK into her stories. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the wife of a fantastic pastor, mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus. Her nineteenth novel, Authentically Izzy, debuts in November with Thomas Nelson. She loves connecting with readers and other authors through social media outlets like Facebook &
Instagram.

You can learn more about Pepper and her books on her website at www.pepperdbasham.com


Maggie Rowe

Maggie Wallem Rowe is a national speaker, dramatist, and writer from western North Carolina. Married over 45 years to her pastor-husband Mike, mother of three, and grandmother to six, Maggie's work includes decades in public relations, adult education, and ministry to women. She has served as an adjunct communications professor at Daniel Webster University (NH) and Wheaton College (IL). Maggie holds a master’s degree in biblical studies and is the author of two books: This Life We Share: 52 Reflections on Journeying Well with God and Others (NavPress, 2020), and Life is Sweet, Y’all: Wit and Wisdom with a Side of Sass (Tyndale House, 2022), both published after she turned 65.  www.MaggieRowe.com


Latan Murphy

LaTan Roland Murphy is a lover of people and strong coffee and sought-after speaker and award-winning writer who finds encouraging others her passion and purpose. Speaking with candid humility and raw honesty, LaTan draws from her own real-life mistakes and failures, inspiring audiences with hilarious personal stories. She and her husband, Joe, recently celebrated thirty-eight years of marriage. They will be the first to tell you they are still growing up together. She and Joe have three adult children: two sons and a daughter. They are blessed to have a loving son-in-law and daughter-in-law who feel more like biological children. In her spare time LaTan enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren—who totally captivate her heart. LaTan teaches branding workshops:  Leverage with LaTan—consulting with ministry leaders, writers, speakers, teachers, and small business owners in developing creative branding ideas to broaden the scope of influence for Christ. 


Larry J. Leech II

Writing coach of award-winning authors and a senior editor at Iron Stream Media, Larry J. Leech II has spent more than 40 years working with words. After a 23-year journalism career that began in 1981 and 2,300 published articles, Larry moved into freelance writing and editing in 2004. He has ghostwritten nearly 30 books, edited more than 300 manuscripts, and written back cover copy and press releases for numerous publishers. Larry teaches at numerous conferences nationwide and can be found online on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Find Larry at www.larryleech.com.


Nancy Lohr

Nancy Lohr, Acquisitions Editor at JourneyForth Books, acquires for both the youth and adult markets and has over twenty years of experience in book publishing. She was an educator and children’s librarian before moving to publishing, and she loves to teach about the art and craft of writing. On the editor’s side of her desk, her responsibilities range from acquiring manuscripts and illustrations to editing manuscripts and managing book production. As an author, her personal résumé includes two historical novels for children, curriculum stories and articles, and numerous book reviews and articles for parents and educators. She is an avid reader who reads widely in both the youth and adult markets, and she happily agrees with C.S. Lewis who said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”


Linda Gilden

LINDA GILDEN – is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, and writing coach. Author of the popular Love Notes series, she is also the author of Mommy Pick-Me-Ups, Mama Was the Queen of Christmas, Personality Perspectives, Called to Write, and many ghostwritten books. With over a thousand magazine articles to her credit, Linda Gilden is a prolific writer who loves to share a great story. As a freelance editor and writing coach working with publishers and individuals, she encourages others to write with excellence. As a speaker, she travels all over the country sharing the message of God’s hope. As a member of the CLASS Seminars training staff and Director of CLASS Christian Writers Conference and Carolina Christian Writers Conference, Linda enjoys helping others polish their speaking and writing skills on their journeys to clear, concise communication. Linda is a Certified Personality Trainer helping others discover the joy of understanding themselves and others. Contact Linda at [email protected]   and visit her website at www.lindagilden.com


Linda Glaz

LINDA GLAZ

2019 ACFW Agent of the Year


Linda S. Glaz is an experienced editor, reviewer and writer, has been a proofreader for two publishers, an editorial assistant to for Hartline becoming an agent four years ago. She has worked as a professional reviewer for a romance site, and just loves anything to do with books. She's extremely active in the judging community and speaks at conferences nationwide. She is also a member of AWSA, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association which takes her speaking from libraries to ladies teas, churches, and conferences. Linda understands writers, because she IS a writer.

[email protected] http://hartlineliteraryagency.blogspot.com


Les Stobbe

Les Stobbe has been mentoring writers at conferences for more than 50 years. His new book, God Moments in My Publishing Life, contains not only stories covering growing up during the Depression but also “on the job stories” from 65 years in Christian publishing. Finally, it contains condensations of five “how to write Christian non-fiction” chapters. Les has been denominational weekly editor, book editor, book club vice-president, journal editor, curriculum managing editor, and president of a book publishing house. He has written curriculum, journalism lessons, 14 books and hundreds of magazine articles.  He served writers as an active Literary Agent for 23 years. At the conference he is available as mentor or for book manuscript evaluations as Associate Acquisitions Editor for Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. His website is at www.stobbeliterary.com


Lori Marett

Lori Marett‘s screenwriting career began two decades ago when she won and/or was finalist for many regional and national screenplay contests. Her first adaptation of one of her mother’s early novels, author Yvonne Lehman’s In Shady Groves, received awards and acclaim which opened the door for Lori to adapt Hollywood producer Ken Wales’ novel, Sea of Glory, for the screen. Continuing to hone her craft as a screenwriter paid off and her first feature film, Meant To Be, was released in December of 2012 by Pure Flix. In 2019, Lori’s adaptation of Deborah Raney’s novel, Beneath a Southern Sky (co-written with Kay Mortimer) was optioned.

Lori has had writing success beyond her scripts, having articles and short stories appear in many publications. Working as a story consultant and script coach, she is highly sought out by best-selling novelists (Steven James, Ann Tatlock, Yvonne Lehman, Cindy Sproles, Jenny L. Cote, to name a few) for brainstorming, insights, and her expertise in story construction. Lori is currently working with author, editor and conference director, Eva Marie Everson, to revive Yvonne Lehman’s early works for a new audience that may not be familiar with her mother’s novels. Upon the passing of Yvonne in 2021, Lori joined forces with Cindy Sproles to continue Writing Right Author Mentoring Services (WRAMS), a service which Cindy and Yvonne started years ago to aid writers in their journey to publication. Lori also mentors beginning and advanced novelists and screenwriters at several writer’s conferences which includes one of her favorites, the Asheville Christian Writers Conference.

 

Lori is married to Rodney Marett who is currently contracting as a paramedic in Alaska while she resides, and writes, in Black Mountain, a tiny town just east of Asheville, NC.


Cindy Sproles

Cindy Sproles – Cindy K. Sproles  is the Cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries. She is an author, popular speaker, and conference teacher. Cindy is the Executive Editor of ChristianDevotions.us and a Lead Managing Editor for IronStream Media. Her devotions are published widely in Christian newspapers across the eastern seaboard. Cindy is the author of three Appalachian historical award-winning, best-selling novels. She is an IndieFab Book of the Year winner and a Golden Scroll Book of the Year winner. She is a certified life coach and mentor. Cindy is the director of the Asheville Christian Writers Conference. Cindy is married and is the mom to four adult sons and two gransons. She is proud of her Appalachian heritage and doesn’t mind when people tease her about her accent. Visit Cindy at www.cindysproles.com.


Publishers, Editors, and Agents in Attendance:


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Andrea Merrell – Editor
Bob Hostetler – Agent
Cindy Sproles – Editor / Mentor
Les Stobe – Acquisitions/Author/Mentor
Denise Loock – Editor
Edie Melson – Author / Writer / Mentor
Edwina Perkins – Editor
Larry J. Leech II – Author / Writer / Mentor
Linda Gilden – Editor / Mentor / Agent
Linda Glaz – Agent
Nancy Lohr – Editor
Sarah Loudin Thomas – Author / Writer / Mentor
 


The Staff That Keeps Things Moving

We could not manage things without our amazing staff and their wonderful gifts and talents.

Conference Director – Cindy Sproles
 
Asst. Director, schedules and appointments – Terri Kelly
Recording – Martin Wiles
Bookstore Manager – Bennie Jones
Bookstore Assistant  – Kevin Spencer
Bookstore Assistant & Conferee Care Representative  – Wendy Leech
Wizard Behind the Curtain – Eddie Jones
Contest Director – Sarah Loudin Thomas & Andrea Merrell