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 over a decade, a correspondent for FamilyFiction’s digital magazine and contributing writer for Novel Crossing and TitleTrakk.com, 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. She has been a lifestyle and beauty blogger since 2007 and 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 is also a book reviewer for 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.
Stacy Millican is from the North Georgia Mountains living in the quaintest small town you could ever hope to find and where a festival is held every month for everything from Wildflowers to Literary to the Gold Rush of 1833! Stacy launched her blog, The Novel Life in 2009 as a way of connecting with other readers. Since that time, she has discovered what a gold mine the internet can be for introverted book lovers. Stacy has three children between the ages of 17 and 20. Although the youngest has not caught the reading bug as of yet, Stacy can often be found discussing, debating and trading books with her two oldest. She’s still holding out for the 17-year old to “get bit!”
A few books Stacy cannot part with include The Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien, Glimpses of Grace by Madeleine L’Engle and The Shadow of the Wind quintuplet by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
Rissi has blogged at Dreaming Under the Same Moon 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. She lives in the Midwest and for the past four years has been able to be a part of the coolest online webzine around covering literature and film as well as just recently became a new review contributor to Fiction Addict. When she’s not reading, she enjoys various other creative pursuits, watching movies (and feeding her addiction of crime dramas!), recently became a Whovian, and most of all spending quality time with her wonderful family.
Some of her favorite books are C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann, and Kiera Cass’ The Selection.
Jamie Lapeyrolerie currently resides in the fabulous town of Austin, TX. Although she’s a California girl at heart, she loves Austin. 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 related reads 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. You might also find travel adventures, a weekly recap of her favorite show and a bit of this and that on the blog.
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.