Presenters 2018

Samantha Bell

Samantha-Bell2Samantha Bell is a homeschooling mom by day and an author and illustrator by night. She’s written or illustrated more than 100 books for children, including picture books and nonfiction for the school and library markets. Her articles, stories, and poems in magazines both online and in print, include Boys’ Quest, Hopscotch for Girls, and Kid’s Ark, and she is a regular contributor for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr.

You can find her online at



Daniel  Blackaby

Daniel BlackabyDaniel is a fifth generation author and the grandson of Henry Blackaby (author of the best-selling Experiencing God Bible study). After publishing his first book as a 23-year-old college student, Daniel has gone on to write several award-winning books in both fiction and non-fiction. His work includes the YA fantasy trilogy The Lost City Chronicles and non-fiction When Worlds Collide: Stepping Up and Standing Out in an Anti-God Culture and 7 Steps to Knowing, Doing, and Experiencing the Will of God for Teens.

Daniel has a passion for using the creative arts and the Christian imagination as tools to enrich and transform today’s culture. To this aim, he has traveled across the country and to four different continents to encourage creative Christians of all ages to leverage their amazing God-given gifts for a higher purpose.

Daniel has a BA in English, an M.Div. in Theology, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Christianity and the Arts.

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Brenda Covert
Author/Editor Ambassador International

W2I ProfileFreelance author and editor Brenda Covert was first published for pay in 1999 with an article in the May/June issue of Today’s Christian Woman and a Thanksgiving poem in Clubhouse Jr. Since 2002, Brenda has written more than 400 short children’s stories for Union Gospel Press’s Sunday school curriculum. Her stories, most of which are written for the 9-11 age group, entertain as well as offer a lesson on living for our Savior. Brenda has also written for ages 6-8 and 12-18. Additionally, she has written poetry for the Adult Bible Study published by Union Gospel Press. She also published numerous scripts for use in schools, the two most popular being K.C.’s Dream and The Constitutional Convention.

Brenda has been editing since 2002, first for an online company that publishes supplementary educational materials (some of which she also wrote), and then for Ambassador International. Her editing experience goes from short children’s stories to picture books, chapter books—including Johanna’s Journey: Call to Freedom (a finalist for the 2015 Selah Award)—and adult fiction and nonfiction, including inspirational books and Bible studies.

Brenda has two grown children, two blogs that she promises to devote more attention to, and a majestic cat who gets his fair share of attention most days.

You can find Brenda online at If you’re especially fond of Christmas, you’ll enjoy her blog at


Tessa Hall
Jr. Agent, Hartline Literary/YA Fiction Acquisitions Editor, Lighthouse Publishing

Tessa Emily Hall writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show teenagers they’re not alone in their struggles. The debut novel she penned at 16-years-old, PURPLE MOON (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) was a Selah 2014 Finalist. Her second YA novel, UNWRITTEN MELODY, released with Clean Reads fall 2016. She’s the YA Fiction Acquisitions Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, columnist for Broken But Priceless Magazine, and Founder of, a magazine that inspires teens to embrace their calling. She enjoys helping other writers achieve their dreams through her role as a Jr. Agent at Hartline Literary Agency and by coaching young writers.

 When Tessa’s fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found making healthy homemade lattes, speaking to teens, decorating her insulin pump, and acting in Christian films. She writes in a small town nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Southeastern coast. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website:


Kim Peterson
Author/Freelance Editor

kim-petersonKim Peterson is Writer-at-Large for Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. She has taught writing for twenty years, mentoring students who seek careers in writing, editing and publishing. She also leads a productive online writers group affiliated with the college.

Kim mentors writers through the Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, and she reviews books for CBA Retailers+Resources and Young Adult Books Central.

Working as a freelancer for thirty-seven years, Kim has written for several Indiana newspapers and various periodicals, including AppleSeeds, Encounter, Evangel, Vista and devotional markets. Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Rocking Chair Reader, and other anthologies. She loves writing for children.

Kim says of her own childhood, “My mom made reading a priority. She surrounded me with books. When my morning chores were finished, she let me disappear up our cherry trees with a good book and a thermos of juice. I don’t climb trees to read any more, but I can still disappear into a great story.”


Tony Snipes
Artist/Illustrator/Marketer for Art Lessons From God & Art Slam

tony-snipesTony started out as an entrepreneurial artist and has grown with the times to become a digital strategist, with a focus on marketing and small business. He spent most of his career in the news media industry, blending his internet marketing and sales experience with his passion for the arts and entrepreneurship.

Tony now devotes his time to illustrating, writing, consulting, and speaking, especially using his blog as his primary platform.

Tony has been happily married to his wife Monica and is the father of three beautiful and talented daughters: Azsa, Anisa and Moriah.


 Pam Zollman
Author/Freelance Editor

Pam ZollmanPam Zollman is the award-winning author of 40 children’s books and numerous short stories and articles. Pam has worked as a freelance editor for Harcourt, Steck-Vaughn and McGraw-Hill and was a staff editor for Highlights for Children Magazine. She has taught writing classes in Houston, TX, for Leisure Learning Center and for Tomball College, and in Scranton, PA, for the University of Marywood. She also speaks regularly at writers’ conferences across the country, critiques manuscripts, and judges in writing contests.  She has been an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (on both a local and national basis), and is a charter member of Romance Writers of America (where she served as chapter president).