Saturday, June 28, 2008

Jean Wise is a freelance writer and Christian speaker at retreats, gatherings and seminars. She has published articles in the Lutheran, Christian Communicator, The RevWriter, public health journals and in God Answers Prayers – Military Edition. She also is a reporter at a daily local newspaper writing feature articles. She lives in Edon, Ohio with her husband enjoying their empty nest as their three adult children have flown the coop. Jean loves books so much her hubby thinks she has too many. Jean believes if you cannot be well read, at least be well bought! Bring on more bookshelves! You may contact Jean at:

A word-lover from way back, Laura Groves enjoys a world surrounded by words. She teaches Sophomore English World Lit and is nearing completion of her Master's in British and American Literature. She is the proud mother of four redheaded boys who are responsible for much of her material, and happily married for almost 30 years to a wonderful man. Laura has written for Moody magazine and Coral Ridge Ministries; in addition, she has authored and directed nine madrigal dinner plays and an historical drama. Laura has two books, a devotional and a book about mothering multiple sons, under consideration. Laura is an admitted subscriber to Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day and her entire family of six has red hair!

Clella Camp, author of “Just Walking”, is a retired secondary English teacher, married 56 years (to the same man), Christian for 57 years, two married children (both in specialized service for our Lord) 4 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, lives in Illinois in summer, Florida in winter, loves people (particularly teenagers; who knows why at her age), does some speaking (her friends say she is a natural for this ) walks and plays golf…she admits that she likes pretty clothes. She really doesn't have one quirky characteristic-she is quirky (according to the other Kindred Hearts.) You may contact Clella at: and read her blog at
Johnnie Alexander Donley's debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, will be published as an ebook by Tyndale Digital First in January 2013. Her manuscript won the historical fiction category in the 2012 American Christian Fiction Writers' Genesis contest.

The story is about a Dutch-American artist, her father's greatest masterpiece, and the Nazi officer obsessed with having them both.

Named Florida Christian Writers Conference Writer of the Year (2009) and Best Novel (2010, 2009), Johnnie has also been named as a My Book Therapy Frasier Bronze Medalist (2012). 

An active member of ACFW, Johnnie is a judge for both the Genesis and First Impression contests, and she will be coordinating the historical fiction category for Genesis in 2013. She is also a founding member and vice-president of the ACFW Central Florida Chapter.

She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray with The Steve Laube Agency.

Johnnie and her husband have two daughters, two sons-in-law, five grandchildren, and a papillon named Rugby. Their youngest child and only son disobyed the family rule, "Thou shalt not go west of the Mississippi," and is a college student in Oklahoma, more than a thousand miles from home.

When she's not writing or spending time with family, Johnnie facilitates a weekly women’s Bible Study and volunteers with her county's guardian ad litem program. She encourages women to reJoice, Aspire, and Dream at and can be contacted at johnnie.donley at

Karen Evans is an aspiring writer who hopes her book of military boot camp devotions will be published - especially now that she has an agent The book is based on her son’s experiences. It won Best Devotional at the 2007 Florida Christian Writers Conference. Her children are both married, and she has one grandchild, one on the way, and three grand-dogs. Karen is the novice of the Kindred Hearts. She has a heart for the military and is presently training her dog for hospital visitation and also wishes to visit the two local VA hospitals in Florida. Karen always opens the kitchen blinds when she gets up, even at 3:30am, just to make her feel like it’s not so early.