Our Blogging Team
Carol Baldwin Blog Administrator
Carol’s most recent book is Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8 (Maupin House, 2008). Carol enjoys teaching writing and has presented at many educators and writing conferences. She has published widely in newspapers and magazines and along with Joyce Hostetter, co-publishes Talking Story, a newsletter for educators and media specialists. Find her thoughts on the writing process, book reviews, and giveaways on her blog. HALF-TRUTHS, her middle grade novel that takes place in Charlotte, NC in 1950 is in the tweaking stage. She recently discovered nonfiction picture books and is trying her hand at that. Carol also coordinates the SCBWI-Carolinas blog. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging about either one of those, you’ll find her walking with friends, golfing, or playing with one of her seven grandchildren.
Karley Conklin is a part-time librarian, part-time writer, and full-time bookworm. On her blog http://litwyrm.com/, she discusses all sorts of literature, from poetry to picture books. Her goal is to use the power of stories to remind others of hope and joy in a world that all too often forgets both.
JARM DEL BOCCI
Jarm (’J’ pronounced as a ‘Y’) Del Boccio finds her inspiration in everyday life, but in particular, when she travels the globe, observing the quirky things that happen along the way. Focusing on the lives of characters from the past, her passion is to breathe new life into the pages of history, offering her young readers hope, heart and a hero.
Her award-winning debut MG Historical fiction, “The Heart Changer” puts a fresh spin on an Old Testament story of a young captive who made an impact on the lives around her. You can connect on her website: Jarm Del Boccio, Author or social media platforms: Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.
A freelance writer, Sally Matheny’s writing is published in worldwide, national, regional, online and print publications including Appleseeds, Clubhouse Jr., Homeschooling Today, Practical Homeschooling, Keys for Kids, and The Old Schoolhouse. Sally also writes curriculum, inspirational articles, and she has a few children’s books marinating before serving them to publishers. Blogging at SallyMatheny.com, Sally encourages people to live victoriously and to courageously tell the next generation wondrous things.
A former public-school teacher, Sally plunged into homeschooling in 2000 and still relishes the adventure. She teaches history and writing classes to homeschool groups. In addition, she leads an N.C. Jr. Historian club in association with the N.C. Museum of History. She and her husband live in the North Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They enjoy savoring moments with their three children, two additional “sons,” and armfuls of grandbabies.
Kathy O’Neill is an art teacher who loves to show everyone they can draw. Visit her website http://www.kathy-oneill.com/ to discover more about her writing and workshops, and her blog for a Christian view of great art and related projects and devotions for children. Kathy’s goal is to engage children’s and adults’ hearts, hands and minds to discover God and their own creativity through art, history, and nature.
Ava Pennington is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher. She has published Daily Reflections on the Names of God (Revell) and co-authored two children’s picture books. Her articles have appeared in Christian magazines such as The Lookout, Today’s Christian Woman, Power for Living, and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse, as well as blogs such as Revive Our Hearts True Woman blog. She has also contributed to 25 Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
When she’s not writing, Ava teaches a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class and is also an inspirational speaker for church groups, community organizations, and writers conferences.
Nancy I. Sanders is the bestselling and award-winning KidLit author of more than 100 books. Her passion is to help other KidLit writers (like you!) experience the joy and success of writing for children like she has. She has self-published two how-to-write books, Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career is chock full of helpful career advice and practical applications you can use. Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Beginning Readers and Chapter Books is a must-have resource if you want to write for kids. For more information about Nancy and her books, please visit her website at: http://nancyisanders.com/
Nancy would love to connect with you on the web! Here’s where you’ll find her:
Facebook Author’s Page: https://www.facebook.com/NancyI.SandersAuthorPage/
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Kathryn Dover lives in South Carolina with her family including six cats (and counting!), a dog, two fish, and many house plants. She attends Presbyterian College and is currently planning to double major in Math and Creative Writing. Kathryn loves writing, especially plays, and she completed and performed her first play, The Sexton, at 14. She’s not sure what she wants to do as a career, only that she wants to write, but is trusting that God has a plan for her life to use her in a powerful way. College takes up most of her time, but in her free time, she likes to read, play with her pets, and grow plants.