The Advisory Board created the INSPY Awards and are responsible for the development of the criteria for the books, judges, the selection of the judges, narrowing down the nominations into shortlists, maintenance of the INSPYs site, resolution of issues and conflicts in regards to the awards, and the publicity of the awards.
Rel Mollet, a founding member of the INSPY Awards, has been blogging since late 2006 at Relz Reviewz, her site dedicated to showcasing Christian Fiction and its writers, by way of reviews, author interviews, character spotlights, and more. Her passion for the written word was established from the moment she could read, now evidenced by overflowing bookcases and a towering TBR pile. A Book Club Coordinator for almost 15 years, and a correspondent for FamilyFiction’s digital magazine, Rel resides in Melbourne, Australia with her movie-loving husband and three book loving daughters.
Ursula Moray Williams’ Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse and Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat sparked her love for creative stories.
Lydia Mazzei is a Canadian high school teacher by day and a blogger by night. A lifestyle blogger since 2007, Lydia began her book blog The Overweight Bookshelf in 2009 to share her favourite past-time with fellow book addicts. Lydia’s obsessive reading habits began as a young child when she discovered that flashlights were perfect for covert reading operations after bedtime; she has since graduated to a clip-on book lamp. Lydia enjoys inspirational fiction because its purpose is not solely to entertain, but to interact with readers through insightful writing and an inherent message of hope. Lydia’s reviews have also been featured in Family Fiction Magazine.
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird remains Lydia’s favourite book and holds a place of honour on her bookshelf with its worn pages and marked margins.
Rissi C is a lifetime midwesterner, and has blogged at Finding Wonderland since August 2011 where she writes about random tidbits, book and film reviews as well as social issues she is passionate about. She began blogging as a way to cultivate her love of all things written but discovered so much more – the joy of new friendships and the wonderful experience of reviewing fiction, something that was an easy transition since she started in film reviewing. When she’s not reading, she’s is a contributor to Silver Petticoat Review, and enjoys various other creative pursuits like reviewing movies (in addition to being a Hallmark movie junkie), being an amateur graphic designer, and most of all spending quality time with her wonderful family.
Some of her favorite books are C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, Katherine Reay’s Dear Mr. Knightley, The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann, and (guilty pleasure reads) Kiera Cass’ The Selection.
Jamie Lapeyrolerie currently resides in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO. After several years of photographing weddings, she decided to focus on travel photography and another favorite: books. She started blogging at Books and Beverages in March 2012 and has loved everything about it. A book nerd since birth, she enjoys historical fiction, memoirs, books on faith, sports and everything in between. She uses her blog to share her passion of reading, interview incredible authors, change the world, connect with fellow readers and actually use her Journalism degree. She has a minor obsession with all things J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, so she hosts the monthly Inklings Series and loves it. She also writes over at She Laughs With Dignity, a blog on faith, beauty, life and other such mischief.
She wishes she could go to Hogwarts, live in Narnia and hopes one day Gandalf will show up at her door and invite her on an adventure. She also could never part with Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Giver by Lois Lowry or Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers.
Kara Boone is an avid reader whose love of books is well known among her circle of friends. Many expeditions to bookstores permeated her childhood (her mother was a book-hoarder as well), which means her personal library is now quite large. (And growing by the year!) A friend encouraged her to try blogging in 2012, and Flowers of Quiet Happiness was born, where connecting with like-minded readers and discussing all things book-related brings much happiness. Through this little venture, she has discovered her love of writing, which has now become a way of relaxation and connection for her. When real life stops intruding, one can also find her with a mug of hot tea, watching period dramas (particularly North and South, as well as any Jane Austen adaptation), and occasionally blogging over at And Yet as a way to help make sense of her thoughts.
As a Jane Austen enthusiast, Persuasion remains one of her most favorite stories ever, yet in more recent years she has become a bit of a Tolkien fangirl as well. But if you ask her to name a book she’d recommend to anyone, My Hands Came Away Red and Daddy Long Legs come first to mind.