Write2Ignite! Leadership Team



Samantha Bell


Samantha Bell is an author, illustrator, both a writing and art teacher, and a homeschooling mom of four. She lives in upstate South Carolina. Samantha’s stories, poems, articles and illustrations have been published both in print and online in magazines such as Boy’s Quest, Clubhouse Jr., Hopscotch for Girls, Learning Through History and Kids’ Ark. She has written several non-fiction books for children and has illustrated eleven picture books.

Samantha is also the author/illustrator of It’s Birthday Time, Jake and her newest release, The Perfect Pet.

You can connect with Samantha at www.Samantha-Bell.com or www.SamanthaBellBooks.com.


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Cathy Biggerstaff


Cathy Biggerstaff is passionate about children and the God who creates them. He has called her to write for children, both literature and church curriculum. Cathy’s devotions, poems, and articles have been published in print and online. She also shares the Good News of Jesus through “Jewel, the Clown” in her Christian clown ministry, Silly over the Savior.

Cathy lives in Western North Carolina with the loves of her life – husband Larry of 45 years, three grown children, four grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Find Cathy hanging out at her blog,  Facebook or e-mail her at hiskid410@gmail.com



Deborah S. DeCiantis

Debbie DeCiantis is the Associate Professor of English at North Greenville University (2006 – present), teaches English composition and literature courses and advises the student journal of literature and art, The Mountain Laurel. She has previously taught English at Winthrop University and St. John Fisher College as well as French language courses at the University of Rochester.  She has also served as a librarian and yearbook adviser at two K-12 Christian schools in South Carolina and Pennsylvania.  Debbie enjoys literature on all levels and has a passion for children’s literature that exemplifies the highest standards of language and storytelling appropriate for the subject matter and the age level of the intended audience.

Connect with Debbie at NGU website 





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Mary Jane Downs is a speaker, teacher, and writer of poems, short stories, devotionals and children’s stories. She has been published in Awe Magazine, InspiredMoms.com, Writer’s Advance! Boot Camp blog, Schoolbox.com, The Muffin Blog and has judged the weekly writer’s contests for Faithwriters.com. Mary Jane was recently published in a book called Pearls of Promise. Mary Jane’s also writes a weekly inspirational blog, “Joy in the Morning”, which can be found at www.maryjanewrites.com.

Contact Mary Jane at maryjanewrites@gmail.com.







Janice Green

Janice Ducker Green retired as an elementary school librarian to write for children. She founded Honeycomb Adventures Press, LLC, and published her first two Bible storybooks, The Creation and The First Christmas. Her books reflect her passion for bringing Bible literacy to young families. She recently began a new blog for teens, Bible Bites 4 Teens through which she offers bite-sized servings of the Bible on a regular basis.

Janice enjoys blogging and networking. In addition to her own blogs, she manages the Christian Children’s Authors blog  which she started in January 2012, and oversees the Write2Ignite blog.

Connect with Janice at www.honeycombadventures.com


Jean Matthew Hall

Jean Hall has been scribbling for years; but she started pursuing publication in 2004. Her stories, poems and articles have been published in a variety of inspirational anthologies and magazines.

Jean also has several picture book manuscripts looking for publishing houses to call home.

Her goal is to create engaging and encouraging stories for children and the adults who love them. You can contact Jean at jean@jeanmatthewhall.com when she isn’t hanging out here at www.write2ignite.com.

Connect with Jean on Face Book at Jean Matthew Hall, and on Twitter at Jean_Hall.



Sally Matheny

Sally Matheny’s mission in life is to encourage others. She enjoys reflecting God’s Light into everyday life.

Sally’s writing appears in the print versions of Clubhouse Jr., Appleseeds, Keys for Kids, The Greenhouse Report and Practical Homeschooling. She also contributes to on-line publications such as Christian Devotions, DevoKids, Write2Ignite, and Alton Gansky’s website for Christian Writers’ Conference.

Sally is a member of SCBWI and ACW.

A former public school teacher, Sally is currently in her fourteenth year of home schooling. Sally, her pastor-husband and their family live in the foothills of North Carolina.

You can contact Sally at her Blog and on Face Book at Sally Matheny-Encourager-Writer-Speaker.

You can connect with Sally at www.sallymatheny.blogspot.com.



Jan Prahl

Jan Prahl is wife to Craig (twenty-nine years), mother to six children whose ages range from twenty-six to five years old, and Nana to two granddaughters.

Ministry to children is a large part of her life, starting with homeschooling (eighteen years and counting). The oldest four kids have all graduated from their homeschool. Jan also serves as the children’s director at Cherrydale Place Baptist Church. To date, writing has primarily been for personal therapy and family encouragement – two terrific reasons to write.




Rachel Welch

Rachel Welch




Rachel Welch

Rachel Welch is an artist, worship leader and musician (percussionist/pianist to be exact). Though she has had no formal training in the visual arts, she loves drawing, painting and just about anything to do with art. Rachel is currently taking the on-line course, “How to be a Children’s Book Illustrator” with Mark Mitchell, and hopes to one day collaborate on a children’s book with her sister, author Donna Earnhardt.

You can enjoy Rachel’s sketches at http://eatbreathedoodle.wordpress.com/



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