Workshop Presenters

Workshops on: Honing your craft, marketing, finances, branding, marketing, plotting, and much more!


We will be adding Workshops and presenters over the next few weeks. 


Hallee Bridgeman 

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With more than half a million book sales, Hallee Bridgeman is a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on realistic characters who face real world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping exciting and edgy.


Jennifer Theriot 

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USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Theriot (pronounced Terrio) hails from the Great State of Texas. She is a career woman, working as CFO of an award winning, female owned real estate investment firm. Once her kids flew the nest, she felt something was missing and discovered her passion for writing on a dare from two of her girlfriends.


Suzan Tisdale 

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Author. Storyteller. Cheeky Wench. Leader of the SockPuppet Brigade and Indie Resistance. 

USA Today Bestselling Author, storyteller and cheeky wench, SUZAN TISDALE lives in the Midwest with her verra handsome carpenter husband. All but one of her children have left the nest. Her pets consist of dust bunnies and a dozen poodle-sized, backyard-dwelling groundhogs – all of which run as free and unrestrained as the voices in her head. And she doesn’t own a single pair of yoga pants, much to the shock and horror of her fellow authors. She prefers to write in her pajamas.


Gregg Bridgeman

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Gregg Bridgeman began operating Olivia Kimbrell Press in 2011 acting as Editor-In-Chief. Then as now, he operates the press as a ministry. The primary objective remains that of lifting up and helping ministry-minded Biblical authors fulfill the Great Commission -- to bring the Gospel message to the entire world -- for every tribe and nation. Gregg currently serves in the National Guard, is a decorated combat veteran, and is best known for his technical savvy and attention to the smallest detail.

Julie L. York

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Author and Educator

Julie L. York is a delusional person, attempting to take on the education of authors, businesses, adults who didn't finish high school, juvenile criminals, and editing for InD'Tale Magazine, while simultaneously exorcising the voices in her head by writing their stories with the hope of one day cracking the top ten of the Rotten Tomatoes listing with said stories. Or was that the Razzies? 

She lives a clean, religious life in Sin City (Las Vegas) with two of her five children, along with two dogs, three ferrets, and lots and lots of dirt. 

Shannon Nemecheck

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Shannon started her writing career while still serving in the US Army. As an NCO in the Army she lead and trained soldiers.


Shannon grew up in Macomb, IL where she graduated from High School in 1987 and soon after joined the US Army. Shannon served from 1987 to 2015 during Operation Desert Storm and during Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.


In April 2015 Shannon retired from the US Army with 23 years of service as a Unit Supply Sergeant in several Army units overseas and the United States. She served as a US Army Recruiter for 4 years and She holds a degree in clinical psychology and has been awarded multiple awards during her Army service.  She is a mother of 4 children and a grandma to 2 beautiful Grand-daughters. She has been married 25 years to her husband, Ken. They reside in Staunton, IL a small town along Old Route 66.

Heather C. Leigh


Heather writes contemporary and dark romance, and also M/M romance under the name Leigh Carman. After growing up in New England, and living outside of Atlanta, GA for 15 years, she currently lives in Houston, TX with her husband and two children.


Heather has a degree in pharmacy, and worked a registered pharmacist for 19 years before “retiring” to write full time.

When she's not spinning tales of the various characters who never seem to stop talking to her, she is a full time procrastinator. She loves chocolate, dogs with squished in faces, and the Boston Red Sox

Lynn Crandall


Lynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her cat. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift.  She writes romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and paranormal romance, and has published with a small press, Simon and Schuster, and indie. As a two-term, past-president of a local chapter of RWA, Lynn has presented on many topics as a romance author, and as the executive editor of a small communications company, before artists, business men and women, and community groups. Her writing has been acknowledged as a Must-Read selection by USA Today Happy Ever After column, as a nominee for the InDtale RONE Award, and as a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Broadcast Journalism as a member of a reporting team.


Allie Pleiter

​Award-winning bestselling author Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four books at a time.She teaches creative people how to be consistently, dependably productive while teaching high-performing professionals how to create the vital content today’s marketing requires. The author of over 40 published titles, Allie has spent a decade in the publishing profession with over 1.4 million books sold worldwide.In addition to her own writing career, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on faith, the creative process, women’s issues, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management. Visit her website at to learn more.

Kate Bateman

Kate Bateman (writing as K. C. Bateman) wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly claimed she'd 'never finish the thing.' She gleefully proved him wrong. Her Regency and Renaissance-era romances all feature her trademark feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to both strangle and kiss.

When not traveling to exotic locations 'for research,' Kate leads a double life as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several TV shows in the UK, each of which has up to 2.5 million viewers. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England and writes despite three inexhaustible children and a number-loving husband who still owes her that dollar.

Debra Parmley

Debra is a hybrid romance author with her own publishing company, Belo Dia Publishing Inc. She writes in many genres of fiction and also writes poetry. In her nonfiction freelance work she has interviewed many cover models for Cover Model Corner and the interviews are often featured by Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She was traditionally published in 2008 and has since published historical romance, contemporary romance, Military romantic suspense, futuristic dystopian romance, and fairytale romance. In 2018 her books hit Amazon bestsellers lists. 


Debra was first interviewed on WKNO radio and on Fox – 13 TV in 1999, after her first published short story, Vampire From Memphis, was a finalist in the Darrell Awards. The interviews terrified her. She started speaking on author panels and mentoring writers in 2009 after her first novel came out in print and in 2015 earned her CC with Toastmasters. She went on to host her own radio show from 2016 to 2017 and loved every minute of it. Book Lights Radio, part of Readers Entertainment and Circle of Seven was live on blog talk radio every Tuesday night and the tapes are still available online. She enjoys helping authors learn not to be terrified of interviews. For more about Debra visit

Lisa Wells 

Lisa Wells write romantic comedy with enough steam to fog your eyeglasses, your brain, and sometimes your Kindle screen. On the other hands, her eighty-year-old mother-in-law has read Lisa’s steamiest book and lived to offer her commentary. Which went something like this:  You used words I’ve never heard of…


Lisa’s the author of the Off The Wall Proposals series from Entangled and is represented by Ann Rose of the Prospect Agency. She teaches on-line classes for Lawson Writer’s Academy. 


She lives in Missouri with her husband and slightly-chunky rescue dog. Lisa loves dark chocolate, red wine, and those rare mornings when her skinny jeans fit. Which isn’t often, considering the first two entries on her love-it list.

Samantha A Cole 

USA Today Bestselling Author, Amazon Bestselling Author, and Award-Winning Author Samantha A. Cole is a retired police officer and paramedic, with over twenty-five published fiction novels and novellas. Taking her life experiences and training, she strives to find the perfect mix of suspense and romance for her readers to enjoy. Her standalone novel, The Friar (retitled The Road to Solace), won the silver medal in the 2017 Readers' Favorite Awards in the Contemporary Romance genre.

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