Christian Fiction

Hayden, Laura

Pseudonym
Elle Vaughn
Birth City
Birmingham
Birth State
AL
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author and bookseller
Biography

Brought to the Springs twice thanks to the Air Force, Laura and her family returned for a third time for keeps. Originally from Alabama, she's the author of fourteen novels, and eight short stories/novellas. She also writes as "Elle Vaughn" in collaboration with Yvonne Jocks/Evelyn Vaughn.

Awards/Honors
Golden Heart winner
Education/Training
BS in Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama
Organizations
Past Present and Founder of Pike Peak Writers, eight-time director of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, member Romance Writers of America, member Mystery Writers of America, member Novelists Inc.
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Creativity: Thinking Outside of the Box - The Subliminal Writer: Using music to influence your writing - Reverse Engineering your Mystery Novel.

McKamie, Rebekah

McKamie, Rebekah
Birth City
Colorado Springs
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Calhan, CO
Occupation(s)
Christian Author
Biography

Rebekah Tyne McKamie is a Christian Author residing in Calhan, Colorado. She has lived in Colorado her entire life, only leaving the Colorado Springs area for three years to attend Adams State College (University) in Alamosa. Rebekah has been gathering up truth and adapting it into books for over a decade. In February 2020, she launched Settings Christian Publishing, LLC, with the hope of making books more beautiful and inserting more Biblical truth into Christian literature. She believes: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 Mrs. McKamie is a Youth Pastor’s wife and homeschool mother of three. She sings on the worship team and ministers to the youth of her community through her church, Rocky Mountain Calvary – Ellicott Campus. Above all, she is thankful to serve a loving, gracious God.

Education/Training
Bachelor of Arts in Music, Adams State University (2007)
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
No

Artzberger, Jodi

Artzberger, Jodi
Birth City
Camp Hill
Birth State
PA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

Jodi writes inspirational romantic suspense stories that are Gospel centered and intertwined with God's love and plan of redemption. Her passion for the Word has led her to teach women how to study their Bibles for themselves. She loves living in beautiful Colorado with her wonderful husband, two awesome boys, and rescue dogs. In her spare time, you can find her playing with her latest kitchen gadget and exploring where God has graciously place her in Colorado.

Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
American Christian Fiction Writers - American Christian Fiction Writers Colorado Springs
Speaker Availability
No

Thomas, L. Marie

Thomas, L. Marie
Birth City
Littleton
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Elizabeth, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer
Biography

Lisa Marie Thomas grew up as the child of an undercover narcotics agent and a secretary at the DA's office. Listening to stories about lives far different than her own, she developed a love of storytelling and suspense that grew into her first novel, Good Heart. She loves God, loves her husband and children, and loves to write as a native of the beautiful state of Colorado. She is also an advocate for foster care and mentoring, connecting to the world around her at www.LMarieThomas.com.

Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Member of American Christian Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Book club talks/signings - Writing

Harrelson, Lael

Harrelson, Lael
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1968
Birth City
Los Angeles
Birth State
CA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

Raised by a fun loving, atheist single mom who struggled with depression and mental illness, I spent my childhood backpacking around Europe, visiting yoga communes, eating vegan, living on a houseboat, then an old pony express outpost in the backwoods of Montana. My teen years took a drastic turn when my mom got saved, got married, and joined an ultra-conservative Mennonite church. Faith, step parents and unquestioning obedience is a dangerous combination when mixed with mental illness, legalism, and heavy handed physical correction. I became a confused believer with a heart for Jesus but drowning under a sea of rules, regulations, and legalism. I became a missionary teacher and then a nurse and escaped to the mission field, the one avenue open to single women. I taught VBS on Indian reservations, led school for missionary children in Haiti and Africa. All around me was heartache and disease and glaring need. I longed to make a difference but was limited to working on the mission compound – teaching, cooking, cleaning. Work outside the walls of the compound was reserved for the men. On a furlough, I met my future husband – a new believer who wasn’t looking for a door mat in a wife but a partner. As he grew in his faith, I reexamined mine and what Biblical womanhood looked like. Timidly at first, but then eagerly as I discovered a new relationship with Jesus Christ based on grace and not performance. I left the Mennonite church and married the love of my life twenty years ago. We have made our home in Colorado Springs at the base of the Rocky Mountains for the last eleven years. We have five beautiful teenagers, two by birth and three through adoption from Haiti. My husband is adopted and God used the time in Haiti to prepare me to understand my children’s culture and language and ease their transitions home. Two people in my family have mild Asperger’s and one has Reactive Attachment disorder, PTSD, and ODD. Our house is not a quiet, well greased machine but a chaotic, happy, crazy, nerve racking, love filled oasis where we all try to help each other grow and thrive. I am so thankful for my life – the good and the bad. I feel blessed to have experienced so many unique situations and to love and be loved by so many wonderful and eccentric people. It is from these experiences I draw the fiction stories I write. I like to think of them as fiction with grit – fast paced and entertaining stories that make you want to read till the very last page while at the same time tackling real life issues – Legalism, abuse, divorce, adoption, Asperger syndrome, mental illness, etc. I hope you’ll pull up a chair and stay a while. Drop me a line and share your own story. I’d love to hear it.

Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
American Christian Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Adoption - Transitioning from a Mennonite lifestyle to a contemporary one - Aspergers

Graham, Ronnie Lee

Graham, Ronnie Lee
Birth City
Benton
Birth State
MO
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer, runner, hiker, traveler, adventurer and volunteer
Biography

Growing up in a farming community alongside the Missippi river filled me with a sense of adventure. I would look at maps to see where that ever-moving brown water may carry me. I traced the route downstream and pictured the people I might meet. In my mind, I took that trip a hundred times. In the library, when I discovered Mark Twain, I took that trip along with Huck and Tom. Today, viewing Pikes Peak through the window near my writing desk, I consider how wonderful God's creation is and renew that feeling.

Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
American Christian Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Grief - Motivational Topics - Experiences as a Writer

Harris, Paulette

Current Location
Monument, CO
Occupation(s)
Author and speaker
Biography

Paulette is a published author/speaker who loves to encourage others to work toward their purposes and dreams. She is happily married to her husband of 43 years. She loves all animals, horseback riding, golf, walking, gardening, and attempts to raise orchids. Paulette belongs to several writers groups, a member of ACFW, CWG, lostgenre, TWV, among others.

Education/Training
Associate Degree in Social Sciences
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
ACFW - CWG - Springs Writers - Lost Genre Group
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
I speak on a variety of subjects, including spiritual warfare, disability, animals, and the communication between humans and animals. I often speak to writers to help encourage, uplift, and support them.

Davis, Mary

Davis, Mary
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

Mary returned to Colorado Springs in 1998, before that she lived here for 3 1/2 years from fall of 1988 to spring of 1992. She also lived in Aurora for 6 months in 1985. All this coming and going was due to her husband being in the Air Force.

Awards/Honors
2008 - 1st place in the 2008 ACFW Carol Awards for Historical Romance
1st place in the Heartsong Reader's Choice Awards for Cinda's Surprise
Education/Training
B.A. Degree in Elementary Education - Institute of Children's Literature - Multiple Writers Conferences
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
American Christian Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Topics related to the craft of writing Christian fiction - Topics related to porcelain dolls and porcelain doll making

Vallance, Brandy

Vallance, Brandy
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1977
Birth City
Warren
Birth State
OH
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, loving the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of love. Since time travel is theoretically impossible, she lives in the nineteenth century vicariously through her novels.

Unaccountable amounts of black tea have fueled this ambition. Brandy's love of tea can only be paralleled by her love of Masterpiece Theater Classics, deep conversations, and a good book. Brandy is the 2013 Operation First Novel winner and the 2012 winner of the ACFW Genesis Contest for historical romance. You can connect with Brandy via her website www.brandyvallance.com, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, YouTube, or Twitter @BrandyVallance. Brandy lives in Colorado Springs, CO.

Awards/Honors
2012 ACFW Genesis Award (historical romance)
2013 Operation First Novel Winner
Education/Training
Christian Writers Guild
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Pikes Peak Writers - Christian Writers Guild - American Christian Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
For writers: Unlocking Personification & Metaphor to Deepen Emotion - Query Letter 101 For readers: Tea/Victorian time period related topics

Cullipher, Erin

Birth Year (-Died Year)
1991
Birth City
Norfolk
Birth State
VA
Current Location
Colorado Springs
Biography

I was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1991. I lived in Germany for 8 years, be the daughter of a missionary. Moved to Colorado Springs in 2005.

Awards/Honors
Outstanding Scholar Award in Drama - Colorado Springs Christian High School, 2009
Education/Training
BA in English with emphasis on creative writing - Colorado Christian University 2013
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Developing characters; writing as a Christian for a secular market; faith-based writing