Novel Rocket: Ground Control

Ground Control


Gina Holmes is the CEO and founder of Novel Rocket and the bestselling and award-winning author of Crossing Oceans, Dry as Rain, and Wings of Glass.  She holds degrees in science and nursing and resides with her husband and children in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their pasts and discover their God given purpose. To learn more about her, visit www.ginaholmes.com or follow her on facebook and twitter.

Ane Mulligan is President of Novel Rocket. While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two short-haired wooly mammoths (otherwise known as English mastiffs). You can find Ane on her Southern-fried Fiction website, Google+, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Edie MelsonSenior Editor of Novel Rocket, is the author of numerous books. As a respected freelance writer and editor with years of experience in the publishing industry, she’s connected with writers and readers throughout the country. Her bestselling ebook on social media has just been re-released as Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for WritersHer  popular writing blog, The Write Conversation, gives her the opportunity to share what she’s learned and mentor others. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others. She’s also the social media mentor for My Book Therapy and the social media director for Southern Writers Magazine. Be sure to connect with her through Twitter and Facebook

Yvonne Anderson has been the administrator of Novel Rocket’s Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile since its inception in 2010. When she’s not doing that, she writes fiction that takes you out of this world.

The Story in the Stars, the first in the Gateway to Gannah series as well as her debut novel, was a Carol Award finalist in 2012. The adventure continues with Words in the Wind and Ransom in the Rock and concludes with The Last Toqeph, scheduled for release in the fall of 2014.

She lives in Western Maryland with her husband of almost forty years and shares the occasional wise word on her personal site, YsWords. Oh, yeah: she also does freelance editing. Give her a holler here.

Ronie Kendig grew up an Army brat, married a veteran. Together, she and her husband have four children, a Golden Retriever, and a Maltese Menace. She has a BS in Psychology, speaks to various groups, volunteers with the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and mentors new writers. Rapid-Fire Fiction, her brand, is exemplified through her novels Dead Reckoning, a spy thriller, and the military thriller series, The Discarded Heroes, which includes Nightshade (Retailer’s Choice Award Finalist), Digitalis, Wolfsbane, and Firethorn (January 2012).Ronie can be found at www.roniekendig.com, Facebook, and Twitter!Contact Ronie HERE.

Marcia Lee Laycock's  first devotional book, The Spur of the Moment won an Award of Merit at Write Canada and her novel, One Smooth Stone, won the Best New Canadian Christian Author Award in 2007.

Abundant Rain - Inspirational Words for Writers of Faith is a collection of devotionals originally published on Novel Journey.com (now Novel Rocket).These short pieces will encourage you to draw from the Source of all wisdom, Jesus Christ. They will lead you to perspectives that help you focus on what it means to be a writer who follows Jesus as you balance writing with work, family and faith.

Michael Ehret plays with words as editor of the ACFW Journal and as a freelance editor/writer at WritingOnTheFineLine.com, where each week he takes a writer Into The Edit, pulling back the veil on the editing process. He has edited several nonfiction books, played with words as a corporate communicator, and reported for The Indianapolis Star. Contact him at editor@acfw.com


Mike Duran is a novelist, blogger, and freelance writer whose short stories, essays, and commentary have appeared in Relief Journal, Relevant Online, Novel Journey, Rue Morgue magazine, and other print and digital outlets. His latest novel, The Telling is available wherever books are sold. Mike is an ordained minister and lives with his wife and four grown children in Southern California.

You can learn more about him, his writing projects, creative interests, and confessions at his website (www.mikeduran.com). Contact Mike: HERE

Kelly Klepfer is an Editor at Novel Rocket and owns the sister blog, Novel Reviews. She’s a top reviewer at Amazon and blogs about random things at her own site, Scrambled Dregs. She's currently co-authoring a mystery novel.
Kelly lives in the heartland and has been married long enough she doesn’t want to give a year count because she’s approaching one of those milestone birthdays. Her kids are grown and she patiently waits for grandchildren. Her day job is in the medical field and her interests are varied. Daily quirk is as important to her as the vitamins and fish oil supplements she takes. Contact Kelly HERE. 

Michelle Griep writes historical romance, with 2 titles published to date. She teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op, and is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). At the end of the day, she comes home to 4 kids, 1 husband, and a slightly psychotic boxer named Tyson.Contact Michelle HERE

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking engagements with women's groups, retreats, and writers' conferences. Her books have been recognized by RT Reviewers' Choice, Christian Retailing Retailers' Choice, and Family Fiction Readers' Choice, About.com, and Lime Award honors as well as finalist honors in ACFW's Carol Awards and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She serves as ACFW's Professional Relations Liaison, linking ACFW and its authors with readers, retailers, libraries, and book clubs. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin.

James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of ROOMS, BOOK OF DAYS, THE CHAIR, SOUL’S GATE, and MEMORY’S DOOR. During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm. In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and teenage sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman. More at www.jameslrubart.com

Megan DiMaria is Novel Rocket’s industry news columnist. An author and speaker, she enjoys cheering on writers and loves to encourage others as they journey through life’s demands and delights.
Megan is the author of two women’s fiction novels, Searching for Spice and Out of Her Hands. She a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is an alumnus of Dynamic Communicators Workshop. She is also a contributing writer for Christian Fiction Online Magazine (CFOM). Megan has been a radio and television reporter, a Web content editor, a copywriter, and has written for newspapers and magazines. She and her husband live in suburban Denver.

Dan Walsh is the award-winning and bestselling author of 8 novels, including The Unfinished Gift, Remembering Christmas and The Dance. He has won 3 Carol Awards and 2 Selah Awards. Six of his books have been Top Picks on RT Reviews. Two were finalists for Inspirational Book of the Year. Dan is a member of ACFW and Word Weavers. He lives with his wife, Cindi, in the Daytona Beach area where they love to take long walks. To connect with Dan or check out his books.

Yvonne Lehman is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 3,000,000 books in print, who founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years, is now director of the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat. She mentors for the Christian Writers Guild. She earned a Master’s Degree in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level. Her latest releases include eight ebooks for Barbour’s Truly Yours line and a Harlequin/Heartsong series set in Savannah GA: The Caretaker’s Son, Lessons in Love, Seeking Mr. Perfect, (released in March, August, & November 2013). Her 50th novel is Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the TITANIC

Nicole Petrino-Salter spent over 30 years within the Thoroughbred horse racing industry. Now she writes love stories with a passion. Devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ, her family, friends, and pets, you can find her most days on her blog hopeofglory.typepad.com where she welcomes your visit. Author of the novels The Famous One, Breath of Life, Hope of Glory. Raw Romantic Redemptive


Pamela Meyers is the author of: Thyme for Love and its sequel: Love Will Find a Way. Her latest novel, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, released in April 2013. She is a multi-published magazine writer as well as  a contributor to a non-fiction compilation book, His Forever. She is a monthly columnist to the Christian Authors Network and The Barn Door blogs.

Pamela coordinates the ACFW Genesis writing contest for unpublished writers. You can find more information on Pam at:

DiAnn Mills is an award winning writer who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She currently has more than fifty-five books published. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Carol Awards and Inspirational Reader’s Choice awards. DiAnn won the Christy Award in 2010 and 2011. DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also a Craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

Peter Leavell, a 2007 graduate of Boise State University with a degree in history, was the 2011 winner of Christian Writers Guild's Operation First Novel contest, and 2013 Christian Retailing's Best award for First-Time Author. Peter and his family live in Boise, Idaho. For entertainment, he reads historical books, where he finds ideas for new novels. Whenever he has a chance, he takes his wife and two homeschooled children on crazy but fun research trips. Learn more about Peter's books, research, and family adventures at www.peterleavell.com.

Elizabeth Ludwig is the award-winning author of No Safe Harbor and Dark Road Home, Books One and Two in the popular Edge of Freedom series from Bethany House Publishers. Her literary blog, The Borrowed Book, enjoys a wide readership. Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, often attending conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas. To learn more, visit ElizabethLudwig.com.

Best-selling, award-winning author Rachel Hauck loves a great story. With a love for teaching and mentoring, Rachel loves to come alongside writers and help them craft their novel. She is on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship for their annual conference. Recently, she was named ACFW 2013 Mentor of the Year. She is also the Book Therapist for My Book Therapy. Otherwise, she lives in Florida, where she is also a worship leader, with her husband and  dog. Her novel, The Wedding Dress, was named Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year. Her latest release, Once Upon A Prince, earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher's Weekly.

Heather Day Gilbert is the author of novels that go beyond the vows, capturing the triumphs and heartaches unique to married couples. Seventeen years of marriage to her sweet Yankee husband have given her some perspective, as well as eleven years spent homeschooling. Heather is committed to sharing relevant tips with indie authors. You can find Heather at her website, Heather Day Gilbert--Author, and at her Facebook Author Page, as well as Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Goodreads. Her Viking novel, God's Daughter, is an Amazon bestseller. You can find it on Amazon and Audible.com. You can find Miranda Warning, her Appalachian mystery, here on Amazon. Contact Heather here.

Ron Estrada has multiple published magazine articles, including a regular column in the bi-monthly Women2Women Michigan. He also freelances as a technical writer, specializing in white papers for manufacturing and consumer products. He writes spec fiction, hovering somewhere between post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction (he prefers the term pre-Last Days), but has also dabbled in Mystery and Suspense. Turn-ons include long walks to Frosty Boy and dinner by Kindle light. His real-writer’s blog can be found at RonEstradaBooks.com.  You can e-mail him at rmestrada@ameritech.net or catch him (at pretty much any time) on Facebook. Twitter handle is @RonEstrada. CB handle is God’s Gift.

Thomas Smith is an award winning writer, newspaper reporter, TV news producer, playwright and essayist. His supernatural suspense novel, Something Stirs, is available at a bookstore near you. In addition to writing he enjoys teaching classes for beginning writers at conferences and local writers’ groups. He has been a joke writer for Joan Rivers and his comedy material has been performed on The Tonight Show. Currently in his fifth decade of service, he is considerably younger than most people his age. Find Thomas on Twitter and Facebook.

Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling author of nearly 30 books. She is best known for her Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She also writes insightful contemporary novels, often laced with humor. Brandilyn is also a frequent teacher and keynote speaker at writers conferences. You can read the first chapters of all her books on her website. She loves to interact with readers on Facebook. On Twitter she’s @Brandilyn.

Allen Arnold loves the epic adventure God has set before him. From the mountains of Colorado, he leads Content & Resources for Ransomed Heart Ministries (led by John Eldredge). Before that, he spent 20 years in Christian Publishing - overseeing  the development of more than 500 novels as founder and Publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction. He was awarded the ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. But that doesn't really describe the man. Allen savors time with his family, craves the beach, drinks salsa by the glass, is hooked on the TV series "Once Upon a Time" and is passionate about helping storytellers write from an awakened heart.


Bonnie S. Calhoun is Novel Rocket's web specialist, Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, and the ACFW 2011 Mentor of the Year. She enjoys teaching workshops in Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, and HTML at writers' conferences. In her everyday life she is a seamstress and clothing designer. Bonnie’s novels include Cooking the Books, and Pieces of the Heart both by Abingdon Press, and a new series called Stone Braide Chronicles by Revell starting Oct ’14. 

Alton Gansky, In addition to his own writing, he has consulted and provided editing/ writing services to several CBA publishers and written copy, video scripts, and other works for the general business market. Through Gansky.Communications he has consulted with publishers and agents, as well as provided editing services. He is “the go to guy” for co-writing having been selected by Penguin, Waterbrook, Broadman Holman, and other publishers to work with their top tier authors.

Gansky is in frequent demand at writer’s conferences having taught and keynoted in California, Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina, Delaware, Washington, and Canada. He has also been guest lecturer on suspense writing at Taylor University in Indiana.

He is the director of the premier writers conference: Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers.

SPECIAL GUEST BLOGGERS


Lisa Samson, three-time Christy award-winner and author of 34 books including Quaker Summer, is known for excellence in writing as well as her artistic bent, but more than anything, perhaps, the name Samson brings to mind authentic stories that makes you think. Once asked why she writes, she said, "So people will know they're not alone." Dealing with difficult issues has also given Samson a reputation for courage in her writing. 

Steve Laube, a literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry for over 31 years, first as a bookstore manager where he was awarded the National Store of the Year by CBA. He then spent over a decade with Bethany House Publishers and was named the Editor of the Year in 2002. He later became an agent and has represented over 700 new books and was named Agent of the Year by ACFW. His office is in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Tess Gerritsen left a successful practice as an internist to raise her children and concentrate on her writing. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest. She is also the author of the bestsellers Life Support, Bloodstream, Gravity, and The Surgeon. Tess lives with her family in Maine.


*(PHOTO CREDIT: Paul D'Innocenzo) --as appeared her blog.