Crystal Bowman's writing career began in 1990 when she was hired to write lyrics for children's piano music with FJH Music Company. The composers with whom she collaborated were Randy and Nancy Faber who are now under contract with Hal Leonard Corporation. She has written hundreds of lyrics and is still under contract as a lyricist.
Crystal self-published her first children's book in 1993, which was a collection of humorous poetry titled Cracks in the Sidewalk. She published this book to compliment her poetry workshops in the local schools. The book sold over 12,000 copies in the local market.
In 1995, she created a beginning reader series for Zondervan. The series included eight titles and sold over 120,000 copies. Since that time she has written over 75 books, including several best-selling books and award-winning books.
She currently writes children's books for Zondervan Publishing, Standard Publishing, Tyndale House Publishing, and Thomas Nelson. She has also written for Baker Publishing, David C. Cook, and W. B. Eerdman's Publishing.
Crystal is one of the authors in the best-selling Little Blessings Series (Tyndale), and has written two dozen books in the well-known I Can Read! series (Zondervan). Over one million copies of her books have sold nationally and internationally, and one of her books has been translated into seven different languages.
Besides writing children's books, she has written three nonfiction books for women and dozens of articles for writers' magazines, online magazines, and blog posts. She contributes twice a month to a Christian Children's Authors' blog: www.christianchildrensauthors.com. She also writes stories twice a month for Clubhouse Jr. Magazine that is published by Focus on the Family.
Crystal is a Mentor and speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and also speaks for church and school programs, as well as national conventions. She has taught general sessions, workshops, and/or continuing classes at the following writers' conferences: Write to Publish (Wheaton College); Southern Chrstian Writers Conference (Alabama); Obadiah Christian Writers Conference (Wisconsin); SCBWI Writers Conference (Michigan); Maranatha Christian Writers Conference (3 years); and the Florida Christian Writers Conference (5 years). She taught at Write2Ignite in March, 2014, at North Greenville University in North Carolina.
Crystal says, "I love working with other writers, teaching and sharing from my own experiences. I also love writing for children. Whether my stories are written in playful rhythem and rhyme, or short sentences for beginning readers, my desire is that children will learn that God loves them and cares about them very much."
Crystal has worked with her daughter, Teri McKinley, who will be teaming with her to conduct our workshops on writing for children.
As the daughter of a children's author, Teri grew up in the world of publishing, attending book signings and book conventions. She greatly enjoyed these experiences and began developing her writing skills as a curious elementary school student. She always enjoyed literature classes in high school and found herself swept away by writing assignments.
While attending college, Teri began working toward a journalism degree. She quickly realized that creative writing was her true passion, and she wanted to pursue writing out of joy and not obligation. In the course of her college studies, she changed her major and graduated with a degree in interior design, doing a few freelance writing pieces along the way.
Her graduate school training gave her the opportunity to pursue academic writing through the development of her master's thesis. She enjoyed that platform to discuss things that were important to her and found great satisfaction in the journey.
Teri says of herself, "After moving to East Texas, my new career at ETBU fed my hunger to continue using writing as a platform. This time, however, I desired to use the written word as a means of spreading the gospel to those younger than myself. It is through this yearning that my first published book was manifested. My writing came full circle as I was blessed to coauthor a children's devotional book with my mom."
Teri continues, "As I move forward in my writing career, I aim to encourage youth in seeking a strong, personal relationship with the Lord. I pray that the generations behind me would grow into men and women of God."
Teri and her mother Crystal Bowman will present a two hour workshop on Friday, October 24, introducing writing for children and then on Saturday will present a six hour, indepth class on writing for children.
has been with the Hartline agency for over twelve years, six years as an agent, and has a substantial list of clients, a growing list of credits, and a reputation for presenting to conferences all over the country. Terry comes from a writing background, has over 40 books of his own in print, most recently co-writing Writing in Obedience with editorial assistant Linda Yezak, a Young Adult book titled Beyond the Smoke which won the Will Rogers Medallion, and a book on the skills needed to get published titled A Writer's Survival Guide to Publication that was developed out of the month-long course he held for American Christian Fiction Writers. A bookstore of his available works, as well as a periodic blog, can be found at www.terryburns.net. As an agent Terry says, "I'm looking for a good book, well-written in a unique voice, aimed at a market that looks promising, and where I feel I have the contacts appropriate to be able to sell the book in that market. I'm pretty open as to genre but I don't do picture books, science fiction or fantasy. He's a member of the Association of Author's Representatives (AAR).
is managing editor of the Baptist Standard and CommonCall. Ken grew up in Greenville, Texas, and graduated from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) with an undergraduate degree in English and journalism and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a master's degree in communications. Before joining the Baptist Standard staff in 2004, he worked more than 19 years with the Baptist General Convention of Texas communications office, including seven years as news director and one year as interim communications director. He has won the Baptist Communicators Association's Frank Burkhalter Award for news writing twice and received the Religion Communicators Council's DeRose/Hinkhouse "best of class" writing award. He and his wife, Diane, have three sons: Daniel, Matthew and Nathan, and a daughter-in-law, Lindsey. The Camps are members of South Garland Baptist Church in Garland, Texas.
is a speaker, writer and personal coach specializing in confidence and gratitude who has been published in numerous venues, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. With over 25 years of practical experience in Sales, Marketing, Business Planning and Strategy and Communications with ten years' experience writing and speaking in public and professional forums, Kristen is also a master at helping others increase sales with effective targeted marketing. Whether you are about to finish writing your first book, or have dozens of books on the shelf all ready, she can equip you with the information you need to increase sales while saving you time, money, frustration and jumping ship before the big pay-off. Visit Kristen at www.KristenClark.org.
is an educator, author, speaker, and songwriter who frequently speaks and performs in schools, churches, and libraries; his fiction and poetry have been published in numerous print and online journals and anthologies. He is also a CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers) Certified Speaker and Personality Trainer (CPT), lectures frequently on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines, is co-founder of TheCommunicationLeader.com and TheWebinarLeader.com, and writers a regular column for NewBeginningsMarriage.org.
is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (then Oklahoma A&M College) graduating with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1956. He has a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma (1965).
He retired from Halliburton Company in 1994 after 38 years of service. His professional career included 15 years in international service living in England and Scotland with his family. During this time with Halliburton, he traveled extensively throughout the world. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma and a Charter Engineer in the United Kingdom.
He was ordained as a Deacon in 1964 by First Baptist Church in Duncan, Oklahoma and was recently licensed and ordained to the Gospel Ministry by First Baptist Church, Valley View, Texas, just two months short of his 80th birthday.
He currently lives with his wife, Dorothy, of 57 years, on acreage in North Texas where they raise cattle and enjoy their children and grandchildren. they are both active in their church in Valley View. Bill is an author of several books detailing stories, experiences and adventures growing out of his world travels.
lives in Marshall, Texas, with her three dogs and one cat. She is the mother of three grown sons and is a grandmother, "Boo-Boo," to her granddaughter Charley, her little "Missy Boo-Boo"! She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, with a double major in Guidance and Counseling and Sociology. Ms. Duncan was a Social Worker for 20 years before becoming a published author and columnist. She writes to enrich and inspire humankind. She believes the following speaks her heart and commitment to life, not only for children, but also for adults and even animals as well, "Every child deserves the right to hold their head up high with dignity and pride, and no one has the right to take that away from them."
Ms. Duncan has been a columnist for the Marshall News Messenger and other publications. She is working on her second children's book in The Grace Anne series. The series is projected to be 12 volumes. You may go to www.graceannebooks.blogspot.com or www.goodsoundpublishing.com to follow Cindy Anne and learn of her adventures with Grace Anne, one of her three dogs. Grace Anne and Ms. Duncan have so much fun going to schools and sharing the message that words count, they matter, and they can even hurt others. She and Grace Anne are passionate aout life, love our world and all that we are blessed to have in it. Ms. Duncan is a true Southern girl, as well, and as Grace Anne's "mother," she helps her learn the important lessons in and about life.
Author Cindy Anne is also working on a Romance novel which she never thought she could write. She listened to the whisper, the calling, and she is answering her call. She regularly writes for newspapers and other publications. She has submitted her first travel/destination article. She has also just recently completed a journal project, with a group, which she envisions as an inspirational play modified someday to describe her adventure in journaling.
is an Associate Professor of Religion at Wiley College, an historic Black Methodist college in Marshall, Texas. He taught at Oklahoma Baptist University in the religion department for many years. Dr. Faught has contributed significantly to studies in Baptist and Church History publications in the past, having served for many years as a member of the Baptist History and Heritage Society and working with the Baptist History and Heritage Journal. He brings to the 2013 Christian Writers Conference a wealth of experience and information as an experienced author, editor and leader in religious studies. His recent satirical novel "Rev. Dr. Megalo Maniac's Supernatural Salvation Spectacle and Marvelous Mega-Church Meeting" is the story of a self-promoting mega-church pastor, the Rev. Dr. Megalo Maniac, who decides to put on a show detailing all of the great accomplishments of his life as it nears an end. "He's an amalgamation of a number of characters," Faught said of his protagonist, "What I did was I took a lot of actual people and events and embellished them to make them funny, but I didn't always have to embellish them too much. It's meant to be tongue and cheek but also there's some seriousness here too." As a minister and professor of religion Faught has often seen the disconnect between how people behave in church or chapel and in the classroom or church house. That certainly motivated him to write this work of satire.
If there were a survey to determine the best-known woman in East Texas, Joan Hallmark would rank near the top. She is the host of the popular Proud of East Texas television series on KLTV in Longview-Tyler and KTRE in Lufkin-Nacogdoches. She began her TV career some 40 years ago in Dallas and the rest is history. She was a pioneer in the role of women in television. Her goundbreaking work in television helped tear down the barrier of male-dominated news anchors. The Emmy-award-winning journalist has interviewed dozens of headliners including both Presidents Bush, Nancy Reagan, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, George Foreman, Carol Burnett, Sammy Davis, Jr. and many others. Her features have appeared on Good Morning America and ABC stations across America.
Although her Proud of East Texas franchise has long been an audience favorite in East Texas, she also is the producer of Freedom Fighters, which profiles military heroes--men and women past and present--most from East Texas.
Those who faithfully watch her weekly series may not know that Joan also appeared in several Hollywood movies including State Fair, See No Evil and Indian Paint.
She is also the author of a new book entitled Sound Bites with the subtitle Behind the Scenes With Presidents, Movie Stars, Great Athletes and War Heroes. This popular TV personality and experienced broadcast journalist will provide practical and inspirational guidance in preparing to serve in broadcast and public news media.
is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, PENS: Crosswords Christian Writers Group-Marshall, North East Texas Writers Organization, East Texas Writers Association, Texas Association of Authors, GWFC-Texas Federation of Women's Clubs-Marshall Chapter. She is a past treasurer (2011-2012) of East Texas Writers Association and a lifetime member of World Wide Who's Who.
Lynn's book, Sin Secrets, and Salvation, won 1st place in Religious Fiction for 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors. World Wide Who's Who awarded her Professional of the Year 2012-2013, in Authorship. The AuthorShow.com named Mrs. Hobbs as a finalist in their nationwide contest, "Fifty Great Authors You Should Be Reading" in 2012.
Lynn is author of the Running Forward Series, a powerful faith and family saga, consisting of three books, and published by Desert Coyote Productions. This series includes Sin, Secrets, and Salvation, River Town, and a third volume to be released by the end of this year, Hidden Creek.
Retired from the Texas public school system, Lynn is a native of Houston, having moved to East Texas in 1962. Available for speaking engagements, Lynn has enjoyed speaking at Christian Ladies Retreats, Lions Clubs, and other events. She is also a published songwriter and poet. She has won awards for her poems and short stories. Author Hobbs is working on her fourth novel.
Married, she has two sons, three grandchildren, and one dog rounds out her family. Active in church, Lynn loves to read, enjoys houseplants, scrapbooking, canning, and quilting.
You can follow her uplifting Christian Blog and be sure to check out her website at: http://www.LynnHobbsAuthor.com . Please like, and leave a review on her author pages at Amazon.com, Goodreads.com, and Facebook. Lynn enjoys hearing from her readers, and can be contacted viw email at LynnHobbs.Author@gmail.com.
has won numerous local, state and national awards for her short stories, essays and poems. Among her awards are: Reflections, Texas Poetry Society, Scholastic Art and Writing, Top Teens of America, Inc., and other recognitions. She is a charter member of Marshall's PENS-Crosswords Writing Club and Financial Chairperson for Top Teens of America, Inc. Recently, she published her first book, Essence: A Collection of Poems, which is a series of poems she has written over the past several years. The collection represents the experiences that come from being a teenager. With her collection, she hopes to connect with and inspire other young people. Her collection may be found at www.amazon.com, and Rey of Love of Marshall, Texas.
Growing up in Marshall, Kelsey got her motivation from her many struggles with school life and conversations with her grandmother. However, what he values most is to admire stars on a clear night with her dad. She is currently working on the second edition of her poetry collection and her first fiction novel, that she plans to complete in 2014.
is an experienced and widely-traveled journalist. A graduate of Wheaton College with a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and a degree from the Tokyo School of the Japanese Language, Keith has authored a number of biographies, medical and inspirational books and numerous magazine articles. Before retiring he was the editor in chief of the Lone Star Eagle. He has served as a journalist for thirty years, traveling in twenty-five foreign countries, having worked as a war correspondent in Vietnam and on freelance assignments in West Berlin, Tokyo and the Philippines. He has been an investigative reporter for The Shreveport Times, city editor for the Shreveport Journal, Director of Public Relations for the Baptist General Convention of Texas and Bureau Chief of Baptist Press. For ten years he was Senior Editor for Huntington House Publishing in Lafayette, Louisiana, editing more than fifty books. He and his wife Vivian Marie are the President and Vice President of the Stonegate Publishing Co., Inc., an inspirational book publishing company of Longview where they live.
is an experienced author. He wrote several lesson series for senior adults for LifeWay Christian Resources in 1995 to 2007 in the Life and Work series "Ventures" and "Pathways." While a missionary in Lebanon (1960-1989) he served as a teacher in the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. In that work he co-translated (with a native speaker of Arabic) a grammar of the Greek New Testament, one third of a Greek-Arabic lexicon, a New Testament survey textbook and other materials for New Testament studies in the Arabic language. While in Labanon he served as the first director of the Baptist Recording studio in Beirut (1967-1969). Dr. King has also authored a number of daily devotionals for publication with LifeWay Christian Resources' publication The Open Room.
In his career he has also worked for a chemical and manufacturing company, served int he United States Air Force during World War II (1943-1946), and served as a pastor and interim pastor on numerous occasions. He was an adjunct professor of Bible in East Texas Baptist University's Department of Religion from 1991 to 1996.
Dr. King earned a B.A. from Howard Payne College (now University), Brownwood, Texas, in 1952, a bachelor of divinity in 1953 and a doctor of theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1962. In 1988 Howard Payne University awarded him an honorary doctor of divinity degree.
Dr. King is married to Claudie Maxine Steele of Winkler, Texas, and they have three grown children, two sons and one daughter.
is a native Californian, living in Center, Texas with her husband, Bob. She has spent much of her Christian walk in children's ministries, youth ministries, and missions. They are active in the Gideon's ministries and sing in the choir at Center's First United Methodist Church. For the past few years, she has written a column for the Light and Champion newspaper in Center. She is also a member of the National Society of Column Writers and the local Attoyac Writers' Guild. In addition, she is a staff writer for the online publication, We the People of Shelby County, sharing East Texas history and life. As a freelance writer, Terri has had her inspirational stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, interspersing her writing with a touch of humor, as a reminder t never take herself too seriously.
From her early days, sitting on the floor of the small town library with her grandmother/librarian placing her first books in her hand, Terri knew she wanted to be a writer. Using her family's life experience, she sometimes chooses difficult topics and approaches them with a lighthearted attitude. 'Life is entirely too short to live without laughter."
When not writing or sharing time with her family, Terri can be found on the floor at the local library reading to preschoolers, just as her grandmother before her. She also spends time at the nursing home, reading and sharing with senior citizens. "I love doing both. The little ones and the older ones love unconditionally. I think that's what the Lord was trying to tell us when He said, 'We must as little children be.'"
is the creator and owner of Shari Parker Publishing and Printing, a Christian Publishing Company. She lives on a 20 acre farm in New Boston, Texas, and has her print shop on the property right next to her home. There she does everything for publishing and printing from editing, formatting, designing, printing, binding and cutting the novels. She began her career as an elementary teacher and in 8 years taught 2nd and 3rd grade, English as a Second Language to Vietnamese children K-6 grade. After obtaining her master's degree, she became Assistant Principal for an elementary school in Pt. Acres, Texas. In her career she has created and owned a Modeling and Talent Center, and Commander Corporation, which trained CEOs and staff in business skills, sales, commu8nication and published booklets to train the entire company. She was Vice President of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and Benefit Manager for Fiesta Foods in Houston.
She moved to the country in 2007 and created Shari Parker Publishing and Printing. She does printing for businesses, handles the commercial printing for The Tribune newspaper, and publishes novels for 32 authors, releasing 52 different titles in less than 2 years. Shari is a hands-on publisher, who creates a one-on-one relationship with her authors and holds their hands through the entire process from start to finish. her company is unique because there are no contracts and she assists authors in marketing their books for free. Her authors range from 8 years old to senior citizens. She travels 4 to 6 days every month to conduct sales and marketing workshops for author groups and conventions and to meet face-to-face with her authors. Her Hit Your Target and Sell More Books workshop is an interactive format that helps authors learn the seven essential hooks for their books, presents 50 markets for selling books and how to present their novels to public in order to sell more books.
Shari has published Garden of Eden Edibles cookbook and Write! Publish! & Sell Your Book! a workbook for beginning writers to teach them the easiest way to write a book and learn about the publishing industry. Now she is writing the book Hit Your Target and Sell More Books! Shari Parker Publishing was a finalist in the Better Business Bureau Integrity in Business Award for 2012 and also 2013. The BBB covers Shreveport and the Ark-la-tex area. She now serves on the BBB Board. Shari loves her life, her two labs, Mandy and Tandy, and her career. She loves to work with creative people, spread God's word through books, and welcomes authors to the Shari Parker Publishing House Family.
a native of Arkansas, spent most of his boyhood years in Tyler, Texas, until graduation from high school. He holds degrees from Baptist Bible College, Bob Jones University, California Graduate School of Theology, and Louisiana Baptist University. In addition, he has served on boards of several education institutions in the United States and Germany. He is a member of the Tyndale Society and The Evangelical Theological Society. He and his wife Sylvia have five children, all of whom are involved either in full time ministry or as active volunteers in local churches.
Rawlings' first pastorate was in St. Louis where he served for six years. In his first pastorate the church grew from 33 members to an average of almost 300. A new auditorium and educational facility were completed during this time. While in St. Louis, he studied at Covenant Seminary and Concordia Seminary. In 1963 he became Association Pastor of Landmark Baptist Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1984 he became Co-Pastor along with his father, Dr. John Rawlings, and later served as Senior Pastor from 1994 to 2001.
Situated on a beautiful 170-acre campus, the sprawling Landmark complex is one of the largest in the Midwest. Rawlings assisted in founding Landmark Christian Academy in 1973, a private Christian school that provided kindergarten through 12th grade, and serve as Administrator for a number of years. A November 1969 sermon, "The World's Most Amazing Book," delivered by Rawlings to about 350 guests in the East Room of the Nixon White House, was recorded in the Congressional Record and later published, along with other White House sermons, by Harper Row Publishers.
Now associated with The Rawlings Foundation, Rawlings preaches and lectures in churches, institutions, conferences, and seminars worldwide. He is especially in demand for his lecture, "Trial By Fire," a presentation that details the fascinating and little known history of how the English Bible came to be. Rawlings' book Trial By Fire: The Struggle to Get the Bible Into English grew out of this lecture. He has authored other books--Basic Baptist Beliefs: An Exposition of Key Biblical Doctrines; The Words of This Prophecy: Messages on the Book of Revelation. His spiritual formation booklet for new Christians, "Now That I'm Saved, What's Next?" is used in churches throughout the United States.
started blogging in 2005 because she needed a place to vent about a book. Inspired by an author blog and the blog of the CEO of a major Christian publisher, she launched her personal blog, LexicallLight.com. Over the years she has started or contributed to many blogs, including BloggingForWriters.com, Intellectuelle at Evangelical Outpost, and 64mascots.com. She currently blogs monthly for the Writers League of Texas. She has taught in children's ministry, public school and homeschool. Helping others learn about blogging is a perfect combination of teaching and technology for her. She enjoys living and learning with her husband Jack and their five children near Austin, Texas.
has been writing for 46 years--full-time for the last 29 years. She is the founder of the Christian Writers' Market Guide, and put out 26 editions of that valuable resource, the only market guide that specifically targets the Christian market. In addition she has published a dozen other books, and countless articles and columns. As Q & A columnist for The Christian Writer, Oregon Christian Writer, and the Ozark Christian Writer, she is considered a leading authority on marketing and the business side of Christian publishing. Her latest project is a perpetual calendar for writers. She is in demand as a conference speaker nationwide. Sally is the mother of three and grandmother of eight.
is a poet and novelist who holds a PhD in Renaissance literature and has more than 20 years’ experience teaching poetry. His poetry has appeared in Christianity and Literature, The Lamp-Post (Journal of the California C. S. Lewis Society), and other journals, as well as general audience publications such as the Presbyterian Record (Canada). His poetry collection Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond was published in 2008. His fiction includes a suspense novel, The Lazarus File, and a light-hearted mystery, Rhapsody in Red. He has also published essays on writing, literary criticism, ethical issues, and U. S. foreign policy. He is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences and study groups, and he welcomes one-on-one sessions with prospective poets. In a prior incarnation, he served in two wars with the U. S. Army. His website is http://www.donntaylor.com.
Lois Jane was born to parents in Pine Knot, Kentucky and began singing at the age of 3. When she was 11 years old she became a Christian. At the age of 16 she signed a singing contract in Nashville, Tennessee and began performing with many of the country music greats, sharing the stage with artists such as Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton, the Oak Ridge Boys and many others through the years.
In 1972 Lois Jane married Ron Huddleston. In 1980 she entered full-time evangelistic music, singing in churches, conventions, crusades and conferences all across the country. She has performed in over 1,000 Bible conferences, women's conferences, revivals and crusades. She has sung at twenty-five Southern Baptist Conventions, appeared on the 700 Club, performed with Gloria Gaither, and was a special guest singer at a National Prayer Breakfast with President Ronald Reagan. She has conducted singing tours in England and Wales.
At the age of 38, Lois Jane became a widow when Ron died due to cancer. For many years she continued her ministry and witness as a music evangelist as a single person. Lois Jane was nominated two consecutive years for a Country Music Dove Award.
After several years as a widow in 2000 she met and married Ron Wallace. She has continued her ministry and witness as a music evangelist after moving from Tennessee to Florida upon marrying Ron.
Ron Wallace earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, a Master of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and did additional graduate studies at Oxford University in England. He was a pastor for several years and has worked as an independent consultant for industries and businesses. He has delivered management training from entry level to senior management in a wide variety of corporate settings.
Ron is currently President and Senior Trainer for GAP Associates, working with a number of large corporate clients--AT&T, Homeland Security (TSA), Georgia School Systems, Eastman Kodak, The Southern Company, BellSouth Corporation, International Business Machines, FBI in Metro Washington, D. C., Rank Xerox in England and Wales. He is also a widely-recognized and successful author of several books. His devotional book, Encouraging Words in a Discouraging World, is one of the widely-used books inspiring and blessing multitudes of people.