DAY TWO - JUNE 11TH - ONLINE BOOK FAIR
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Breaking Into The Christian Market – Panel
(Advice on writing for the Christian Market)
MEET THE PANEL
When Lyn Cote became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Long years of rejection followed. Finally in 1997, Lyn got "the call." Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen by Steeple Hill. Lyn has had over twenty-five novels published since then. In 2006 Lyn's book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA. And in 2010, Lyn's Her Patchwork Family was a Carol finalist.
Lyn helped found two RWA chapters: Heart of Iowa Fiction Authors in 1994 and Faith, Hope & Love Inspirational Chapter in 1997. She served as president of both. She is an active member of Wisconsin Romance Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. Lyn has also written three articles for the RWR on the inspirational romance market and one on Classic Romantic Conflicts. Lyn has taught regional and national workshops for RWA. For the past 12 years, Lyn has also compiled a Christian fiction market update every year which she posts on her website www.LynCote.net. Lyn’s brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories,” always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. She maintains and active blog with that title www.StrongWomenBraveStories.com. Lyn also can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. Living in northern Wisconsin in a lake cottage with her husband and four cats, Lyn spends her days writing books that show the power of divine as well as human love.
E.N. Joy (9am & 8 pm; )
BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy is the writer behind the "New Day Divas" five book series, which has been coined the soap opera in print. Titles include She Who Finds A Husband, Been There Prayed That, Love Honor or Stray, Trying to Stay Saved and I Can Do Better All By Myself. Currently, E. N. Joy is working on the "Still Divas" three book series set to launch in 2012. The titles include And You Call Yourself a Christian, The Perfect Christian and The Sunday Only Christian. You can visit the author at www.enjoywrites.com.
Author Shelia E. Lipsey is a multi-award winning author. Her novels are available at most bookstores nationwide as well as online. Lipsey’s books have been called gripping, life-altering, memorable and realistic. Lipsey was recently awarded the 2009 Top Shelf Award for Beautiful Ugly by Black Pearls Magazine. She also won 2009 Shades of Romance Readers’ Choice Awards for My Son’s Wife in the following categories: Author of the Year, Christian fiction Book of the Year, Christian Romance of the Year, Best Book Cover of the Year, Best Fiction Book of the Year, among several other awards for her novels, Into Each Life and Sinsatiable.
Lipsey is the proud mother of two sons and the grandmother of three blessed young men. She is president of UCHisGloryBookClub.net, founder of Living Your Dreams Now a non-profit organization and MAAW (Memphis African American Writers). For more information, visit http://www.shelialipsey.com/.
Rhonda McKnight is the author of the Black Expressions Top 20 bestseller, An Inconvenient Friend and Secrets and Lies. Winner of the 2010 Emma Award for Favorite Debut Author and the 2009 Shades of Romance Award for Best Christian Fiction Novel, she resides in Atlanta with her family. Visit her at http://www.rhondamcknight.net/
Leslie J. Sherrod is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. Her debut novel, Like Sheep Gone Astray (Grand Central Publishing, 2006), earned a Starred Review from Booklist and was featured on AOL’s Black Voices. She is a contributor to the bestselling A Cup of Comfort series (Adams Media) and co-partner of Paintbrush Poetry Original Art & Gifts, a business that combines her creative writing with her husband's original artwork. She is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she completed her masters in clinical social work. A wife and mother to three, Secret Place (Urban Christian/Kensington Publishing Corp, 2011), a compelling novel addressing mental illness in families, is her second project.
Pat Simmons is the award-winning and bestselling author of five Christian fiction novels: Guilty of Love, Not Guilty of Love, Still Guilty, Talk to Me, and Crowning Glory. Her sixth novel, Guilty by Association will be released in January 2012. She is a genealogy sleuth and when she discovers ancestors, she casts them into starring roles in her novels.
Pat is a baptized in Jesus name Bible Believer and describes her Holy Ghost experience as an amazing journey in her salvation walk.
She has a B.S. in mass communication from Emerson College in Boston, MA and has worked in various media positions for more than twenty years, most recently as an assignment editor and news writer for TV. Presently, she is the publicist for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions.
She has been married for 28 years and has a son and daughter who recently graduated from college. Pat describes her husband, Kerry, as her GPS-guided chauffeur to book events as well as her amateur travel agent, booking those book events.
website is http://www.patsimmons.net/
Michelle Sutton (12 pm - 3pm az)
Michelle has been writing for over seven years and is a member of ACFW, as well as an avid book reviewer and blogger on a variety of sites. She founded Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers social networking site which is approaching 1000 members. Southeastern Arizona is where Michelle calls home. She loves that she is surrounded by mountains and clean air. She and her husband are approaching twenty-one years of marriage and their two sons will begin their second year of college this fall. She is the author of well over a dozen novels releasing through 2013, and presently has three publishers. They are... Sheaf House, Desert Breeze Publishing, and Sword of the Spirit.
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