Carol Baldwin’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 educational 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. Her current WIP is Half-Truths, an historical novel which takes place in Charlotte, NC in 1952. When she isn’t writing or blogging, you’ll find her golfing, walking with friends, biking, or playing with one of her six wonderful grandchildren.
Cathy John Biggerstaff
Cathy John Biggerstaff is passionate about children and the God who creates them. He has called her to write both literature and church curriculum for children. Cathy’s devotions, poems, and articles have been published in print and online. Cathy 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 her husband, the love of her life for fifty years. She has three grown children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Gail Wofford Cartee
Gail Wofford Cartee is a pre-K teacher in the Upstate of South Carolina. She holds a degree in Early Childhood from USC Upstate and an MEd from Southern Wesleyan University. She enjoys teaching a teen Sunday school class and writing. Her passions—creation, family, and teaching—often appear in her writing.
Gail comes from a family of storytellers—a background that sparked her interest in writing. She has contributed to Guardian Angel Kids and Country. In 2016, she self-published Tsali: Legendary Hero of the Eastern Band Cherokee, a historical-fiction picture book for ages eight and up. Gail is currently working on picture books about her beloved Appalachia, and she writes a weekly blog of family devotions at GailCartee.blogspot.com.
Freelance 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 four hundred short children’s stories for Union Gospel Press’s Sunday school curriculum. Her stories, most of which are written for the nine-to-eleven age group, entertain as well as offer a lesson on living for our Savior. She also published numerous scripts for use in schools, the two most popular being K.C.’s Dream and The Constitutional Convention. Additionally, she has written poetry for the Adult Bible Study published by Union Gospel Press.
Brenda has been editing since 2002, first in the educational field and then in the Christian/family-friendly market. Her editing experience goes from picture books to chapter books—including Johanna’s Journey: Call to Freedom (a finalist for the 20 adult fiction and nonfiction, including inspirational books and Bible studies.
You can find Brenda online at BrendaCovert.blogspo
Deborah S. DeCiantis, PhD
Debbie DeCiantis first connected with Write2Ignite Conference when she was called on to act as liaison between North Greenville University and Write2Ignite in 2009. She accepted the role of acting director in 2016 and the role of director in 2017.
While most of her writing has focused on nonfiction articles and poetry, both volunteer and paid work with children and young adults has sparked her interest in writing for those age groups. Attending the Write2Ignite conference each year has inspired her to write stories for younger audiences, including her six grandchildren.
She has loved books since she was old enough to hold one. Her many years in education include teaching English and French on both middle-high and college levels, homeschooling her own children, and serving as K–12 school librarian at two Christian schools. Most recently, she taught English at North Greenville University and advised the staff of the student literary-art journal from 2006 to her retirement in 2017.
Debbie currently does freelance editing and critique writing. She enjoys living in the country and spending time with her husband, four adult children, six grandchildren, and too many dogs.
Grace Geide is a freelance writer and editor. She holds a master’s degree in English from Bob Jones University, and she served as an editor at BJU Press for over five years, specializing in secondary history materials.
As the oldest of six children and the mama of a little boy, Grace knows the value of providing good literature to children. She loves writing—and reading—children’s stories. (In fact, her trips to the bookstore often include long visits to the children’s section!)
Robyn Grage began a career in graphics at age fourteen, when her father offered her a summer job setting type. She has worked for several print shops over the years, and has been with the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities for more than two decades. She currently operates the school’s in-house graphics and printing facility.
Robyn recently self-published her first book: A BIG Little Bear, which is a children’s picture book for ages two to six about a little bear who wants to grow up too fast.
Robyn assists with both writing and providing graphics for a Sunday school curriculum project that her church and is also part of the church’s music team.
She and her husband live in Simpsonville, South Carolina. They enjoy bicycling, hiking, and (most of all) spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Jean Matthew Hall
Jean Matthew Hall lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Her first picture book God’s Blessings of Fall was released by Little Lamb Books in September 2019. It will be followed by three more books in this Bountiful Blessings series.
When not enjoying time with family and church Jean is immersed in children’s picture books—reading them, reviewing them, writing them!
Jean is a member of the SCBWI, Word Weavers International, Write2Ignite and the Kentucky Christian Writers. You can visit Jean at www.jeanmatthewhall.com, on Face Book at Jean Matthew Hall Author, on Twitter at Jean_Hall. Or, see her Pinterest Board for Writers at JeanMatthew_Hall.
Darcy Hendrick, a native of Dover, New Jersey, spent most of her adult life in the High Desert of California, often wishing that she could return to the East Coast. Her wish came true in 2007, when she moved to South Carolina.
Darcy is the mother of four grown sons. During the hectic years of raising them, she began to find stories running through her brain: stories of children and adventures and of squabbling siblings (go figure) and their canine companions. She also dreamed up silly poems and mysteries involving spunky kids with quirky friends. She signed up for the Institute of Children’s Literature (ICL) correspondence course, eventually completing it after the cross-country move from California to South Carolina and her first experiences attending the Write2Ignite conference.
Darcy writes nonfiction articles, short stories, and middle-grade chapter books. She also writes much-admired Facebook and blog posts, which often feature her wonder at the beauty of God’s world and lessons learned through interactions with dogs. She delights in introducing books to her first grandchild, and watching his reactions.
For more than 20 years Tony has carried out this calling professionally for newspapers, TV and now Christian radio, helping each traditional industry tell their stories using digital and social media platforms.
Tony’s path is starting to come full circle, as his experience in Marketing and Media are now being applied to ministry, coaching and the creative arts.
One of Tony’s cherished moments as an artist that happens to write, was publishing his book “God’s 7 Keys for Creative People”, an illustrated guide for individual and group study.
When it comes to Write2Ignite, Tony hopes to bring a new look at the proven business practices he’s seen corporate content creators use everyday. He believes Christian creatives can use the same practices to support and sustain their projects. He also foresees Write2Ignite being used as a springboard for young Christian storytellers, pointing them toward possible careers in Journalism and New Media.