Our Amazing Presenters!
As of Aug 11, 2018
Sherry Antonetti: Sherry Antonetti is a Catholic freelance writer in the Washington, DC area. She works as an educator in the local public school system and lives with her husband and their ten children in a Maryland suburb.
Karen Kelly Boyce: Karen Kelly Boyce is an award-winning author of both novels and children's books. Her series "The Sisters of the Last Straw" is published by Tan Books. She lives on a farm in N.J. with her retired husband and is a mother and grandmother.
Michelle Buckman: Michelle is the author of seven novels, including the award-winning novel Rachel's Contrition and Christy Award Finalist Maggie Come Lately. She is an international conference speaker renowned for her dynamic discussions on writing and faith. She has been a featured author at the Catholic Marketing Network trade show, International Christian Retail Show, Southeastern Independent Booksellers Association, and the South Carolina Book Festival. Michelle is also a freelance editor of both fiction and nonfiction. She was born in New York and raised in Canada, but has lived in the Carolinas for many years. Walking on the beach is both her inspiration and her favorite pastime.
A.J. Cattapan: A.J. Cattapan is an author, speaker, and middle school English teacher. Her young adult novel Angelhood has been an Amazon bestseller in Christian teen fiction and won multiple awards, including the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, a Readers’ Favorite Book Award, and the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval. Her middle-grade mystery, Seven Riddles to Nowhere, tells the story of a seventh-grade boy trying to save his Catholic school from closing. It’s been a popular addition to the reading curriculum in Catholic schools and has won a Catholic Press Association Book Award and the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval. She’s also been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and in children’s magazines, including Highlights, Pockets, and Hopscotch for Girls.
Jeannie Ewing: Jeannie Ewing is a Catholic spirituality writer who focuses on the topics of grief, redemptive suffering, and waiting. Her four books include a meditation journal, a devotional, and two books on the topic of discovering joy in the midst of grief and waiting with expectation. She is a frequent guest on Catholic radio and contributes to several online and print Catholic periodicals.
Karina Fabian: Karina is one of the founders of the Catholic Writers Guild and of the online conferences. She's been writing science fiction and fantasy, secular and Catholic, for 20 years and has 16 books so far.
Cathy Gilmore: Cathy Gilmore is the Founder and Executive Director of Virtue Works Media. This endeavor offers tools to build habits of virtue in families through reading and entertainment. An award-winning children’s author, educator, and marketing professional, Cathy works hard to help Catholic authors be known and loved.
Dawn Grimes: Dawn is the co-owner and primary work monkey at DW Creations LLC.
Sherry Hayes-Peirce: Sherry Hayes-Peirce is an internationally known speaker on the topic of social media. Her "5 Things Every Parish Should Post on Their Social Media" strategy was published as an article in the Angelus News last year, sparking invitations to present workshops at Catholic conferences across the country. She has been a guest on EWTN Radio show "Call Me Catholic", Sirius Radio Catholic Channel Show "Just Love" and serves as a parish champion for Dynamic Catholic, a board member for "Catholics In Media Associates", a lector at LMU and is active at her parish American Martyrs Catholic Community in Manhattan Beach, CA.
Jane Lebak: Jane Lebak writes books and knits socks, and she'll probably show off her current pair during the conference. She started publishing in 1993, and she is currently the owner of Philangelus Press. She writes just about anything, but most of her books are about angels, smart women, or angels dealing with smart women.
Ann Margaret Lewis: Ann Margaret Lewis began her writing career writing tie-in children’s books and short stories for DC Comics. She also published two editions of Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species for Random House. Moving from licensed publishing, Ann began writing science fiction/fantasy, historical fiction, and Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Her first book, Murder in the Vatican: The Church Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes was the Independent Book Publisher’s Award Winner for 2010 for best religious fiction and a finalist for the Catholic Arts and Letters Award for 2010. Her Sherlock Holmes novels are published by Wessex Press. She has recently finished a space opera, Warrior of the Kizan, which Superversive Press will publish in 2019, and short stories in Superversive anthologies To Be Men and Luna.
Laura Lowder: Laura is a convert to Catholicism and a Benedictine oblate. Her work has previously been published in Quaker Life and Friends Journal, as well as Catholic Match online magazine. Laura has helped coordinate the Catholic Writers Conference Online for four years. Laura lives and works in North Carolina, where she also serves as Chairman of the NC Chapter of the Catholic Writers Guild.
Leslie Lynch: Out of Darkness, Into Hope: Novels of Suspense and Healing. Amazon Bestselling author Leslie Lynch gives voice to characters who create unconventional solutions to contemporary issues.
Leslie lives near Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and a rescued feral-turned-sweetheart cat. A light airplane pilot, she also loves quilting and pottery. She’s written three full-length novels: Hijacked, Unholy Bonds, and Opal’s Jubilee; and two novellas: Christmas Hope and Christmas Grace. A graduate of Spalding University’s MFA program in Louisville, she writes both fiction and creative nonfiction and is an occasional contributor to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis’s newspaper, The Criterion. Her work has been included in various anthologies. She is a longtime member of Catholic Writers Guild and other writing organizations.
Visit her at www.leslielynch.com, on Facebook at Leslie Lynch Writes, on Pinterest as Leslie Lynch, and on Twitter @Leslie_Lynch.
Carmela Martino: Carmela Martino is an author, speaker, and writing teacher who holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Her articles, poetry, and short stories have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. Both of Carmela’s novels have received Catholic Press Association Book Awards and the CWG Seal of Approval. Her historical novel, Playing by Heart, is also a finalist for the 2018 Catholic Arts and Letters Award (CALA), in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction category. All her published fiction has been inspired by real people and events. Carmela has taught writing workshops for children and adults since 1998, and blogs about teaching and writing at www.TeachingAuthors.com.
Dennis P McGeehan: Dennis is a freelance writer and editor. He is the author of The Diaries of Joseph and Mary and Selecting the Best Martial Arts Class for Your Child. He also wrote the Children’s Catechism for Biblezon, and did editing and rewriting for their Children's Parables and Bible Stories. He worked for the website Catholic Brain, wrote Homilies and Commentaries for Faith Catholic, and has been published in The Word Among Us, Seton Magazine, Devozine, and other magazines. Dennis is the Co-Chairman for the Catholic Writers Guild Blog and Chairman for the Guild Zenit Committee. In 2018 he is using his work and family experience to pen articles to help parents of special needs children.
Lisa Mladinich: Lisa is a Catholic wife and mom; a television host for Shalom World TV; a bestselling, award-winning author and speaker; and a life coach dedicated to helping her clients achieve their dreams. She is a regular contributor to Relevant Radio’s Morning Air and has appeared on EWTN television and radio, CatholicTV, Sirius XM radio, and many other Catholic networks. Lisa speaks across the country on authentic beauty and aging, conversion, Mary as a role model, holy friendships, teaching the Catholic faith, and praying with children. Her original webinars on authentic beauty for teenage girls can be found at http://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com.
Eleanor Bourg Nicholson: In addition to forays into fiction, Eleanor Bourg Nicholson, author of "A Bloody Habit" (Ignatius Press, 2018) and "The Letters of Magdalen Montague" (Kaufmann Publishing, 2011), edits and teaches in the blissful realm of Catholic literary scholarship.
Joseph Pearce: Joseph is Senior Editor at the Augustine Institute and the author of many books, mostly on Christian literature and Christian authors.
Virginia Pillars: Virginia, the author of Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child's Mental Illness, lives on an Iowa farm with her husband. She is the mother of four, one of whom suffered from mental illness, and has a passion for reaching out to families who are also affected. She volunteers both as an educator and support group leader for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She also speaks about faith and on the effects of mental illness on families. Broken Brain, Fortified Faith won a 2017 Selah Award and the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval. Virginia’s writing also appears on the websites: The Mighty, Joy Alive, CatholicMom, CURESZ, and in the books, Grief Diaries: Poetry & Prose and More and Whispers in the Pew.
Sarah Reinhard: When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up reading just one…more…chapter. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Triple Take from Our Sunday Visitor at http://bit.ly/TripleTakeOSV.
Emily Ricci: Emily Ricci is the owner and founder of Gloriam Marketing, LLC, a Catholic marketing and creative agency for churches, schools, and Catholic authors, businesses, and organizations. Additionally, she is a content developer, editor, and social media specialist in higher ed marketing. Emily holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in Theology and began Gloriam after 8 years in a variety of parish administrative and ministerial roles. She is passionate about the correlations between marketing and evangelization and loves working with Catholic authors and organizations to assist in their goal of bringing others to Christ.
Ryan Scheel: Ryan is the VP of Marketing at Fuzati, a Catholic marketing firm, and uCatholic, a website dedicated to providing traditional Catholic information in the modern world.
Karen Ullo: Karen Ullo is the author of two novels, Jennifer the Damned and Cinder Allia, the managing editor of Dappled Things literary journal, and a regular contributor to Catholicmom.com. She has spoken for venues across the country including the Trying to Say God: Re-Enchanting Catholic Literature at Notre Dame University, the Louisiana Book Festival, Radio Maria, and an upcoming appearance at Doxacon Prime. She holds an MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California, and she is currently working on a screenplay called One Hour Catholic for producer Brian Chambers. She is also a classically trained soprano who works as the music director at a Catholic church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she lives with her husband and two young sons.
A.R.K. Watson: A.R.K. Watson is a science fiction author who started a book marketing company dedicated to promoting Catholic literature by providing a one-stop shop for Catholic books regardless of publishing type or genre and connecting readers with quality orthodox books. If you want to see what she can do to promote your books visit our submission page at https://catholicreads.com/request-a-review/
If you want to see what A.R.K. is up to you can visit her website at https://arkwatson.com/about/
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