Who is in the Circle?
Blythe is a literary agent, marketer, and the president of The Blythe Daniel Agency. She secures books with publishers, conducts publicity campaigns and online marketing and helps writers build the right book proposal, secures contracts, promotes books, and places authors in the national media. She has worked in publishing for more than 20 years and represents bestselling non-fiction authors and new voices.
Blythe’s first book is Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters, co-authored with her mother (Harvest House Publishers, 2019).
Stephanie Alton is a literary agent with The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc. and is the director of the agency’s blog network, BlogAbout. She specializes in creating custom launch teams, blog campaigns, and webinars with industry pros through the BlogAbout Blogger Network. Several books she has collaborated on have been in the top 10 on the New York Times Best Seller List and rated #1 on Amazon. She consistently engages with publishers, authors, podcasters, ministries, and creative businesses to be able to offer compelling and trendy material to the hundreds of bloggers whom she works with to review and give away new books, movies, and merchandise.
Becky Kopitzke is a writing coach and the author of Generous Love: Discover the Joy of Living “Others First”, The SuperMom Myth: Conquering the Dirty Villains of Motherhood, and The Cranky Mom Fix: How to Get a Happier, More Peaceful Home by Slaying the “Momster” in All of Us. A writer, speaker, dreamer, believer, lunch packer and recovering perfectionist, Becky lives with her husband and their two lovely daughters in northeast Wisconsin, where she shares a home office with stacks of tween craft supplies.
Kristin Funston is an author, web designer, Bible teacher, women’s and marriage ministry leader as well as a girl mom and not-so-domestic wife. Kristin is passionate about helping and encouraging women to embrace their current season and experience God in the everyday. Her first book, More for Mom: Living Your Whole & Holy Life, releases April 2, 2019.
Amy Wicks is a reader and dreamer who lives in Kansas City with her tree climbing arborist-husband and three kids who can often be found on the limbs of a tree, themselves. She is the voice of the weekly Simply Wholehearted Podcast and has authored The Unseen Way, a book study created for Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to be Noticed (Sara Hagerty, Zondervan, 2017). Currently she leads the Women’s Ministry at Radiant Church in Kansas City.
Kathleen Kerr is an acquisitions editor at Harvest House Publishers and a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. She has worked with debut and bestselling authors and has a passion for finding new voices. She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Pacific Northwest, where she can often be found hiking, writing, and creating chaos in the kitchen.
Allen Arnold is the author of the The Story of With and The Defeat of Chaos (available November 2019). His mission is to awaken the hearts of people to pursue their life and art actively and intimately with God. He regularly mentors and speaks to the larger creative community – including one of the most successful Shark Tank companies and Dave Ramsey’s core marketing team. From the mountains of Colorado, he leads Content for Ransomed Heart – a ministry founded by the New York Times Bestselling Author of Wild at Heart, John Eldredge. Before that, Allen spent 20 years in Christian Publishing. As the founding Publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction, he oversaw the launch of more than 500 novels and received the American Christian Fiction Writers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He loves blue oceans, black coffee, hot salsa, and big ideas. Visit WithAllen.com to discover ways to awaken your art and your heart.
Katie M. Reid
Katie M. Reid is an author, speaker, and show host. Her first book, Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done, released July 10, 2018, with WaterBrook. Katie is also the Inspiration Doula—an idea-gal who encourages others to live out their God-given purpose, with tenacity and grace. She lives in the middle of Michigan with her husband and five loud children. Katie is a fan of cut-to-the-chase conversations over hot or iced tea. Connect with Katie and receive free resources at her website.
Vanessa Hunt is the co-author of the book Life in Season: Celebrate the Moments That Fill Your Heart and Home. She founded the website At the Picket Fence where simple ideas for your home meet encouraging inspiration for your heart. Vanessa writes and creates from her home in Oregon which she shares with her husband and two children and as a true Pacific Northwesterner she takes her coffee very seriously. Her favorite days are ones spent with her family hiking, biking or just snuggled on the couch for family movie night. She is a regular guest on local television as well as a speaker at women’s gatherings around the country.
Abby McDonald is a wife, mom of three, and writer whose hope is show women their identity is found in Christ alone, not the noise of the world. When she’s not chasing her two boys or cuddling her newest sweet girl, you can find her drinking copious amounts of coffee while writing about her adventures on her blog and other places where she regularly contributes. Abby’s work has been featured in numerous publications including A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions to Meet You in Your Everyday Mess, and 101 Secrets to a Happy Marriage. Her first book releases in February, 2020.
Micah Maddox is a women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, blogger, and author of Anchored In: Experience a Power-Full Life in a Problem-Filled World. She is passionate about helping women find purpose, peace, and calm in our chaotic world. As a pastor’s wife, mother of three, and foster mom, she contributes her time to her family and local church serving as a women’s ministry leader.
Sarah Philpott, PHD lives on a cattle farm in the south. She is a former elementary teacher and went on to earn her PHD at the University of Tennessee. Sarah, a Today Show Parenting Blogger, has also written for outlets such as: Huffington Post, Her View from Home, BonBon Break, Bethany Christian Services, and Pregnant Chicken. She is an award-winning writer who has contributed to numerous academic books such as Contemporary Social Studies: An Essential Reader and has been published in scholarly journals such as Social Studies and the Young Learner. Her book, Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve and Cherish Your Child after Pregnancy Loss, was published in 2017.
Karen Clarkston Friday
Karen Friday is a pastor’s wife, women’s ministry leader, writer, and avid speaker who loves words and God’s Word. For over a decade, Karen has balanced the busy life of church ministry with working from her home office in marketing and business development roles. Karen earned a communications degree and has experience in a broad spectrum of business services where she is frequently referred to as Girl Friday. A blogger, Karen “Girl” Friday engages a community every week, Hope is Among Us. She is passionate about mentoring and discipleship that helps followers of Christ live with authentic faith in real life. Karen, along with her husband, children, and grandchildren are all fond of the expression, “TGIF: Thank God it’s Friday.” They owe Monday an apology.
Haley Isbell is a writer, storyteller, professional marketer and ambassador for finding joy even in the darkest moments of life. In December of 2016, Haley was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer which has colored her life with a beautiful appreciation that most people don’t get to experience and has served as the genesis for her blog, podcast, and upcoming book, Cupcakes and Chemo.
Haley is the proud wife to her chicken farming husband, Bobby. They have a daughter, Presley, with freakish comedic timing and a son, Knox, who is the life of any party.
Although it has been an incredible platform for her testimony, don’t count cancer as a hobby. Haley is into sports talk radio, always playing hostess for friends and family and capturing life’s precious moments with pictures and words as often as possible.
Amy Elaine Martinez
An award-winning author and international speaker, Tez Brooks writes on family issues, with his work appearing in Guideposts, The Upper Room, CBN.com, Clubhouse, Focus on the Family, and Cru.org. His editorials are featured regularly on Jesusfilm.org and seen by over 20k readers each month.
He’s been called strategic, thoughtful, approachable and fun. Whether he’s coaching new authors, serving as faculty at conferences, or working on his next book, Tez’s passion and generosity for helping writers is evident.
Tez is on the leadership team of Word Weavers International. He and his wife serve as full-time missionaries with Cru. They have four children and live in Colorado Springs. You can learn more at TezBrooks.com
Leann Barna is an award-winning screenwriter, story analyst for Disney, film festival programmer, and instructor at Transformation Film Institute. She holds an M.A. in Cinema/Screenwriting and in Biblical Studies.
Leann owns Mining Company Media, which helps screenwriters tell their best stories and takes on select production projects.
Jess Ronne is the author of Sunlight Burning at Midnight, her memoir of beauty from ashes. She also teaches English at Columbia State University and serves as founder and director of The Lucas Project, a non profit which provides respite for special needs families.
She lives with her husband Ryan and 8 children in Tennessee and takes very long walks in order to recharge her introverted soul. You’ll often find her on social media or her blog chatting about faith, grief, food, simplicity, blended families, gardening, special needs, and everything else in between.