Meet The Authors
Chris Tarpley once moonlighted in the IT industry, but his heart has always been devoted to storytelling. He lives in rural Oklahoma with his wife and children, two dogs, a cat, and the occasional field mouse that evades the traps. Chris is a contributing author of The Legacy Letters, Cracked Ice, By This Sign, Secrets, Spies and Allies, and The Many Lives of Veronica Carner. He is currently working on City of Ruins, book one of the Virid Flame series of fantasy novels. Follow him at www.christarpleybooks.com
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Kristy Werner is an award-winning author of Contemporary Christian Romance who lives in the Dream Zone and vacations in reality. She's a wife, a mom, a child of God. She was born to create and is never without her laptop, Nikon, or a good Micron pen. She was born in Tulsa, OK, the setting of her Tulsa Town Romance series where she spent most of her time tucked away in her room writing, drawing, and reading. She holds a BS in Zoology from OSU and works at her local bank. You can find out more about her and her books at kristywernerauthor.com
Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Thirty-five years ago, she cut her writer's teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. When she isn’t writing, she loves to read, cook, and travel. She’s still working on a way to do all three at the same time.
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Shannon D. Pearson is a former band nerd and holds degrees in American Sign Language and accounting. She loves her role as a wife and homeschooling mother of a growing family. Pen and paper are her tools. After all, stories can be handwritten while cradling a baby.
She and her family live only a few miles from where she grew up in Oklahoma. She’s attended the same church since in her mother’s womb, a legacy her children are continuing.
Her alter ego, “paperclip girl,” fights chaos with organization, and you shouldn’t be surprised to see Shannon wearing paperclips.
Shannon can be found on Facebook.
Christina Rost is a mother to three amazing children and is married to her high school sweetheart. After spending twenty-four years as an Air Force wife, her husband retired, and they settled in Oklahoma. Now she's pursuing her dream of writing Inspirational Contemporary Romance. She signed with Scrivenings Press in 2022 and her debut novel The Decision will be available June 2023!
Born in Muncie, IN, Craig is as typical middle-America as they come. He was young when his parents divorced and his grandmother came to live with him, his mother, and two sisters. Seeing his grandmother’s faith in God on a regular basis led him to accept and know everything is okay, God’s in charge.
Craig served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and followed this as a DoD contractor where he had multiple tours overseas and around the U.S. While there were events in his life that tested his faith in God, nothing compared to when his first son was born with major medical issues. As a twenty-one-year-old father with a young devastated wife, his faith had never been tested more. After enduring several surgeries, some considered experimental, his son passed away at six months and two weeks. But even in his brief life, he had a tremendous impact on Craig and others.
Since then, God has blessed Craig with two more sons and has been a constant guidance in his life. Craig’s time in the military and as a contractor afterward included over 20 years overseas, where he was part of local mission churches. On their last return to the states, God led him and his wife to Oklahoma, where he teaches Bible studies and serves in a local church.
The memory of what God did to help him through his parent’s divorce, his son’s illness and death, and many other events in his life, has led him to want to share what impact God had and has with him.
Nowhere are we promised a life without tragedies, setbacks, problems, or devastating events we have no control over, but God’s word does promise, ‘It’s okay, God’s in charge.’
Jessica Ferguson writes nonfiction and fiction, and is a staff writer for Southern Writers Magazine. Her novel, A Bad Guy Forever, will release in 2018.
Linda Goodnight, New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, has authored fifty sweet and Christian romance novels. Among her numerous awards are the RITA and the CAROL. Like the characters in her books, Linda is a small town girl with a penchant for home cooking, family, local festivals, and lovable mutts. She enjoys playing matchmaker between her honorable (if badly broken) heroes and the strong, smart women who help them heal.
You can contact Linda at www.lindagoodnight.com and Facebook. Her latest releases are available at http://amzn.to/2ES8l1p.
Shel Harrington is a Family Law Attorney and adjunct law professor in Oklahoma City. In addition to her published law-related book and articles, she blogs about improving relationships at www.shelharrington.com. In her alternative writing world, Shel’s humor blog about aging, Fat-Bottom-Fifties Get Fierce, has an accompanying Facebook page with over 300,000 followers. You can also find her on Facebook at her inspirational page,Oh, For the Love of God! and her new relationship page, Shel Harrington, The Relationship Advocate.
When she's not reading, writing, lawyering, or scrounging for quirky yard art, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, Steve, and their two cool cats, Moxie and Homer, at their home in the heart of Oklahoma.
Lee E Pollock was born and raised in Montana. For the first 5 years of his life his family lived in Red Lodge, Montana. They then moved to Billings, where Lee grew up.
He attended school in Billings, where math and science were his favorite subjects. He never cared for reading or writing, so it is entirely out of his nature to be writing books.
God has a way of drawing us out of our comfort zone into doing things that are not natural for us and He called Lee to be an author, which is completely foreign to him. In 2012 he self-publish God Is Not Fair, He Is More Than Fair. He now writes Christain fiction, in the genre of speculative suspense.
Alanna Radle Rodriguez posts monthly blogs on Heroes, Heroines & History, is a member of ACFW and OCFW, and has written articles for The Oklahoma Pet Gazette. She is the great, great, granddaughter of one of the first pioneers to help settle the area around what is now Seminole, Oklahoma. The fourth generation in a line of women in her family to be born in Indian Territory/Oklahoma and with her knowledge of the surrounding area history, her heart relishes in volunteering at Edmond’s 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse. She lives with her husband and serves as caregiver for her elderly parents. She is currently working on a historical romance set in pre-statehood Waterloo, Oklahoma, hoping to encourage readers.
Kathryn Spurgeon, an award-winning author, has published over a hundred stories, articles, and poems. She has published two Christian Historical Novels, A Promise to Break and A Promise Child and a forty-day Devotional titled, Jesus, One on One. Kathryn grew up on an Oklahoma farm before moving to Korea, where she adopted two children. She and her husband, Bill, hold weekly studies in their home for international college students. They have 6 children and 12 grandchildren.
Erin Taylor Young
Erin Taylor Young is an award-winning humor writer whose books, Surviving Henry and Still Surviving Henry, have been repeatedly accused of making readers laugh until they cry. She also teaches workshops about writing and publishing, cohosts the Write from the Deep podcast and works as the co-managing editor of Serenade Books. She loves football (Da Bears), photography, and hiking in pretty places. Learn more about Erin at erintayloryoung.com where she blogs about writing, God, and her aversion to spiders.
Terri Weldon is a lead analyst by day and an award winning author by night. Her novella The Christmas Bride Wore Boots won the best novella category in the 2016 Lyra Awards. She enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, spending time with her family, and shopping for shoes. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. Terri has two adorable Westies – Crosby and Nolly Grace. Readers can connect with Terri at www.terriweldon.com
Hannah Joy Wilkinson lives in McAlester, OK with her husband Stan and their two ornery cats. There she writes Christian Historical fiction in hopes of inspiring readers to a closer walk with the Lord. She enjoys spending time with God in His word with a good cup of coffee, discovering the joys of growing things out in the garden, and reading too many books at one time. The Moor and the Maiden is her first novel.