Presenters

Josiah Dyck

Josiah Dyck is a writer and blogger who’s juggling way too many projects at the same time. On top of writing, he also dabbles in photography and traditional art. When he’s not doing any of those, he’s watching anime, playing video games, or hanging out with friends and family. You can find him in Canada, where he’ll happily engage you in all sorts of nerdy conversations.

Tracey Dyck

Tracey Dyck writes YA speculative fiction with a healthy dose of dragons. When she’s not working at her marketing job or editing her Sleeping Beauty retelling within an inch of its life, you’ll probably find her feeding the dragon in her basement. She has published several flash fiction stories and lives in Canada with her family. You can find her where life and story intersect at traceydyck.com.

DJ Edwardson

DJ Edwardson is the Grace Award nominated author of four novels and several shorter works. He traveled a lot when he was younger, but now he’s busy crafting exotic destinations of his own. Although he has written both Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, he likes to say he writes in the “genre of imagination”. He lives in Tennessee with his wife and three children and an ever growing collection of wonderful books.

Jem Jones

Jem Jones writes stories because they refuse to appear fully-formed before her, shame on them. She works at a library, and consequently has a pile of books beside her bed which is large enough to one day murder her in her sleep. As an Australian, she believes in the supremacy of salties over alligators and is qualified to speak on drop bears.

Mackenzie Keene

Kenzie is a writer, blogger, full-time day-dreamer, fanatic of all things whimsical, and daughter of the King. Frequently found with books in her hands and gnomes in her pockets, her mission in life is to sprinkle the universe with pixie dust, whimsy, and all the cookies she can possibly fling. When not tapping away at her latest work-in-progress, Kenzie can most often be found re-reading her favorite books; recreating Disney covers on her trusty ukuleles, appropriately named Watson and Sherlock; making a mess with watercolors; or snuggling with her baby cockatiel, Durachi.

Sarah Pennington

Sarah Pennington has been writing stories since before she actually knew how to write, and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She is perpetually in the middle of writing at least one or two novels, most of which are in the fantasy and fairy tale retelling genres. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys knitting, photography, and trying to conquer her massive to-be-read list.

E.E. Rawls

Rawls is the product of a traveling family, who even lived in Italy for 6 years. She loves exploring the unknown, whether it be in a forest, a forgotten castle, or within the pages of a book. She runs on coffee, cuddly cats and the beauty of nature to keep the wheels of her imagination turning as she writes stories that will both entertain and inspire others, giving them worlds they can explore and become lost within.

Madeline J. Rose

Madeline is a girl with a passion for books. She is a writer of epic stuff and listener of good music. She works as an aide at her local library and loves cats, Pinterest, tea, and blogging. Her goal in life is to become a published author so she can share her spirited words with the world.

Jenelle Leanne Schmidt

Jenelle Leanne Schmidt first fell in love with stories through her father’s voice reading aloud to her before bed each night. A dreamer and relentless opener of doors in hopes of someday finding a passage to Narnia, it was only natural that she soon began making up fantastical realms of her own. The award-winning author has published four books in The Minstrel’s Song series as well as a couple of short stories. She resides in the wintry tundra of Wisconsin with her husband and their four adorable children who are all named after characters in The Lord of the Rings.

Christine Smith

Christine Smith lives in the deep south where days playing in the thick woods first sparked her love for writing about enchanted forests and magical lands. When she’s not writing or blogging, she’s working at a quaint bookshop—the perfect setting to fuel her creativity. Her passion for reading, J.R.R. Tolkien, and all things fairy tales led her to the world of writing YA speculative fiction, and she’s never looked back.

Grace Taber

By day, Grace Taber works as a customer service representative for a local nonprofit organization, writing many, many emails. By night, she works as an MFA student on her young-adult fantasy thesis containing two of her favorite things: sweater vests and selkies. Her favorite methods of WIP-procrastination include writing fanfiction, gaming with online friends, indulging in comfort shows like Leverage or Jeopardy!, and reading all the books she can get her hands on, fantasy or otherwise. Whatever genre she writes in, she wants her words to bring honor to God and hope to her readers.