Write2Ignite! Leadership Team

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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

 

 
  
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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 D. 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. 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. Janice is enjoying a new hobby with bantam chickens and quail and exploring ways to cook those little eggs.  You can connect with Janice at her Website (www.janicedgreen.com) and on Face Book at Janice Ducker Green.

 
 
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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.

 

 
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Sally Matheny

Encouraging others is Sally Matheny’s mission in life. She enjoys “reflecting on ordinary life under God’s extraordinary Light.”

A member of SCBWI and ACW, her articles have appeared in children’s magazines such as Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr., Cobblestone’s Appleseeds, and in the international devotional Keys for Kids.  Also writing articles for parents, Sally’s writing is in publications such as Practical Homeschooling, The Greenhouse Report, and Homeschooling Today, as well as in several on-line publications.

One of Sally’s most difficult, yet most rewarding projects was writing an evangelism VBS curriculum, Who is Jesus?, which missionaries use to introduce Christ to children.

Although she once said she’d never marry a preacher, she has found great delight in assisting her bi-vocational pastor-husband in his ministry. Married for twenty-five years, they make their home in western North Carolina.  Their greatest blessings are their two daughters and one son. Life is crazy but fun with a flock of chickens, three beagles, two horses, and a not-so-miniature pig.

Sally also said she’d never homeschool. A former public school teacher, with a M. Ed., she is has homeschooled for over fifteen years and loves it.  Sally is learning not to say what she’ll never do.

 However, she does enjoy her coffee strong, her chocolate dark, and her blueberries fresh-picked.

 

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Jan Prahl

I am the smiling face in charge of book sales at the Conference.

I am married to Craig, and we have six children and 3 granddaughters (and 2 grandsons due January 2015).
I’ve always been active in our local church, usually working with children. Over the last 31 years, I’ve held about every children’s ministry position possible from working in the Nursery to  Children’s Director  and all positions in between. Passing our faith  to the next generation is a large part of why I homeschool my children and why I am involved with Write2Ignite!.  To date, writing has been for personal therapy and encouragement of others.  When I blog, my thoughts can be found at writingunderthemapleleaves.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

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/

 

TEEN TEAM

BEN STEWARD

Hey, guys! I’m Benjamin Steward! I am sixteen, I’m in the tenth grade, and I’m homeschooled.
Writing has always been a hobby of mine, English class, creative writing, and working on my own to create a story.
I run the technical side of the teen leadership. I run the website, and with the help of my cohorts, Kaiti, Alec, Lillie and John, I set up most of our teen social media. I can’t wait for our 2015 conference!

 

ALEC STEWARD

Hey guys! Im Alec steward, first things first, I’m totally awesome. I am also a Christian, a writer, an artist, a unicorn, and any other thing I want to be. (I’m not actually a unicorn, don’t tell.) I also happen to be homeschooled. I have graced this world with sixteen wonderful years of my existence with my twin brother Benjamin. I was on the “teen team” for write2ignite last year, some of you might know me, if not, that’s to bad for you because I’m totally awesome.
(And humble) I have been writing for years now, everything from poetry to narrative, short stories to an actual book. (Sort of a book) I loved write2ignite last year and I hope I can help make it even better this year.
Can wait to see you there
-The cooler, more attractive Twin, Alec M. Steward

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