The Advisory Board created the INSPYs 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.
Amy Riley blogs at My Friend Amy, a space devoted to talking about books, pop culture arts and their influence on our lives. She is also the founder of Book Blogger Appreciation Week. She believes that the power of the written word can change lives and that literacy is a right for all. Amy makes her home in Southern California and wishes the world would discover the glory of Danish Television shows. She is a devotee of Diet Mountain Dew and celebrating imagination.
Some of her favorite books are Silence by Shusaku Endo and the Harry Potter series.
Hannah Nielsen has been blogging at Word Lily since early 2007. She was also an active co-host of Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon for several years. She reads from a variety of genres, but she seems to focus somewhat on literary fiction and mysteries. She’s particularly interested in well-written stories at the intersection of life and faith. Besides all things bookish, she also spends time on fibery pursuits (knitting, spinning) and keeping up with her son.
Two of her favorite books are The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin.
Rel Mollet 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, the Romance and Historical correspondent for FamilyFiction’s digital magazine and a contributing writer for 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 high school teacher by day and a blogger by night. She has been a lifestyle blogger since 2007 when she launched her personal blog Reveries and Soliloquies and beauty blog Perfectly Imperfect Beauty. 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.
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.