2010 Judges

General & Literary Fiction

Marie Baker

Marie Baker is a Southern bibliophile, PhD student, and proud military wife. Originally hailing from Gadsden, Alabama, she currently resides in Hattiesburg, Mississippi with her husband and her cat, Guinness, who holds the title of World’s Most Worthless Predator.


CL Dyck

C.L. Dyck is a Canadian literary essayist and the lead author of Scita > Scienda web journal, found at ScitaScienda.com. She heads Scienda Editorial.


Heather A Goodman

Heather A. Goodman secretly wishes to be a Broadway star. To that end, she randomly breaks out into song and dance in grocery store aisles, national parks, and her office. Besides singing, dancing, and, of course, writing, she’s developed a habit for knitting that her husband can’t break. Her fiction can be found in Ruminate Journal, Relief Journal, Generate Magazine, Infuze Magazine, and Mused Literary Review, and her nonfiction has been published in various online an print magazines. She blogs at HeatherAGoodman.com and aratus.typepad.com/tma.


Stacy Millican

Stacy Millican has had an eventful career starting out as a paralegal in a criminal defense firm then changing roles completely to move to nonprofit work. In the nonprofit field, Stacy worked as both a volunteer coordinator and executive director for a group that represents children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. After working with CASA for 15 years, she came home to concentrate on her own three children who were growing up too rapidly. Now she hangs out with teenagers, reads books, and writes on her blog A Novel Source.


Julie Peterson

Julie Peterson is a stay-at-home mother of two whose passion (besides her family) is books. She is an avid reader who enjoys all types of books, although she mainly reads fiction; and she is a member of multiple book clubs including one that meets online as well as a mother/daughter one. In addition to reading, she also loves crocheting, knitting, cooking, and watching Penn State football.



Creative Nonfiction

Ronnica is passionate about books and her faith, having degrees in history and ministry. She currently lives in North Carolina and blogs at the Ignorant Historian.


Kim Allen-Niesen
Los Angeles, CA
I’m co-founder and writer of Bookstore People, a blog that reviews independent bookstores and discusses various literary topics. I write personal essays that someday I’ll get around to sending out for publication. I’m currently finishing my training as a Spiritual Director through Christian Formation and Direction Ministries. I’m in elder in PCUSA although I am not actively serving at the moment. I am an attorney. I practiced for 18 years, but retired three years ago and currently only volunteer monthly with Christian Legal Aid.


Kristin Russell lives in Nashville with her husband and son. She is a hairstylist and writer, and you can find more of her at Hair in my Coffee.


Thomas Bingaman

I am a bum who needs God’s love and forgiveness. Most of my reading is non fiction, but I do enjoy the occasional fictional book. It is not uncommon for me to reread a book to catch anything that I might of missed the first time I read it.

Favorite books read this year:
Annie Dillard: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Pete Peterson: Fiddler’s Gun
Walt Wangerin Jr: Book of Sorrows
C.S. Lewis: The Great Divorce
Jared Diamond: Gun Germs and Steel the Fate of Human Societies

Currently Reading
Rommel Papers edited by B.H. Liddel-Hart
Jean Bethke Elshtain: The Jane Addams Reader


Amy Bennett is a 32 yo Christian WAHM to 7 and 5 year old girls and wife to a Highway Patrolman in South Carolina. She blogs at Permission to Peruse.



Historical Fiction

Jen Karsbaek

I read constantly, even with my young son. I’m all about finding any and every opportunity to pick up my book. My husband has (mostly) accepted the steady influx of books into the house and is (mostly) supportive of the time I spend reading and blogging. If I’m not reading or blogging, I’m probably at work or playing with my toddler.

www.devourerofbooks.com



JODI SALINE

Following a lifelong passion for reading and writing, I studied to become a credentialed high school English teacher, wanting to ignite that same passion within students. After teaching in the classroom for many years, I then focused my work on juniors and seniors, working with them on their college application process, more precisely the application essay. I have now taken an early retirement to help my husband with his small medical practice, and spend more time with my family and grandchildren, but still seek venues through which to satisfy my passion. Therefore, I am so excited about this opportunity to become an INSPY literary judge.


Rachel McMillan has been blogging in some way, shape or form since 2004—often about coffee, tall ships and Sherlock Holmes. Currently, she blogs at Thinking Girl’s Guide to Christian Fiction and at A Fair Substitute for Heaven. Rachel lives in Toronto where she works for Canada’s Leading Educational Publisher. Rachel studied Victorian Literature at the University of Toronto and is especially passionate about Dickens and L.M. Montgomery’s life-writing. Rachel has read hundreds upon hundreds of Christian fiction novels —beginning at a young age. She recently embarked on a life-long dream trip to Austria: inspired by Bodie and Brock Thoene’s Vienna Prelude (the first Christian novel she ever read). Her favourite books include Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, the Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Fire by Night by Lynn Austin.


Margaret Chind, aka CherryBlossomMJ and now also known as the Creative Madness Mama is a Christian Stay at Home Mama of one almost 14 month old handful (for internet purposes referred to as) AppleBlossom. Blogging since 2007 (http://www.CreativeMadnessMama.com) in an effort to share quilt projects and book reviews, she is not as active as she once was, but still loves it and loves to read! Her main genre of interest is Christian Historical Fiction and she recently has attempted to start a community where readers and authors alike can get together and discuss the latest and greatest of CHF (http://chf.creativemadnessmama.com). Margaret, AppleBlossom and her Enginerd husband live just outside of Memphis, Tennessee toward Nashville.


Ruth Anderson started blogging in 2005 as a way to share the books she’s passionate about with others. This is the only form of journaling she’s ever managed to stick with! Currently she blogs at Booktalk & more (http://booktalkandmore.blogspot.com), where in addition to her latest book reviews you’ll find reviews of her favorite movies, music, and TV shows (especially Masterpiece Theater!). While she primarily reviews Christian fiction, with an emphasis on historicals and romantic suspense, she’s also a fan of mysteries, chick lit, fantasy, and young adult fiction. She credits three books with getting her hooked on faith-based fiction – A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers, The Honorable Imposter by Gilbert Morris, and The Crown and the Crucible by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella. Since reading those books she’s never looked back, and loves nothing more than discovering novels crafted with excellence that challenge, encourage, and grow her faith. Some current favorite authors include Susan May Warren, Deanna Raybourn, and Irene Hannon. Whether you love talking books or the latest in British costume dramas, you’re welcome to drop by Booktalk & more to say hi!



Thriller/Suspense/Crime Fiction

Mark Buzard

I am a single guy that lives in northeastern Ohio. I have no kids, but have 3 nieces and 3 nephews who I am crazy about, and love being an uncle. As far back as I can remember, I have loved to read. About a year ago, a couple of friends urged me to check into reviewing books on my blog, which I am thankful for. I really enjoy that.

My favorite genre to read is Christian suspense/mystery and I enjoy pretty much any Christian author who writes that kind of book.

I was raised in the church and feel like I am still struggling to find where and what God wants me to be.

I believe Christian fiction can be more than entertainment. God can use it to speak to people, and has used it to speak to me. I hope and pray the authors strive to write fiction that will not just be enjoyed by we mortals, but that will please God.

www.thoughtsofasojourner.blogspot.com


Nike Chillemi

Like so many other writers, I started writing at a very young age. I still have a Crayola, fully illustrated book I penned (penciled might be more accurate) as a little girl about my then off-the-chart love of horses.

Today, you might call me a crime fictionista. My passion is crime fiction. I like my bad guys really bad and my good guys smarter and better.

I write book and movie reviews for The Christian Pulse on-line magazine. Mostly I review serious crime fiction novels or other types of edgy Christian titles. In movies, I generally prefer to review thrillers and action-adventure films. I also write topical articles and reviews for Ezine Articles. I’ve penned several Christian themed detective novels which I’m shopping around to agents and publishers.

I’m a wife and mother, animal lover, also an urban dweller, living in coastal metro New York City, a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean. I’m crazy about the ocean. I can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

My blog is Nike Chillemi~Crime Fictionista http://crimefictionandfaith.blogspot.com/


Kim Ford

Kim Ford has been a resident of Alabama for more than ten years. Originally from Georgia, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Brenau Women’s College. She has spent the past 9 years in sales and marketing and has been an avid reader of Christian Fiction for more than 20 years. A mother of two teen sons and married to a technical writer and Army veteran, Kim’s life is full and blessed. She and her husband also volunteer as teachers for a resident rehab program for women with life-controlling issues. She uses her fiction to encourage the ladies she teaches.

Kim blogs at: Window To My World


Tim George

Tim George has spent the last few years highlighting the best of faith-based suspense, mystery, and Sci-Fi at his blog, Unveiled. Along with book reviews, and interviews, Unveiled has also sponsored joint contests with authors such as Mike Dellosso and Athol Dickson. He is also a featured reviewer at FictionAddict.com where he has done a number of audio interviews with well known CBA authors. Tim is a full-time freelance writer and now represented by Les Stobbe for his own fiction.


Dee Stewart

A literary journalist and publicist since 2003, Dee Stewart’s writings have appeared in Precious Times, RT Book Reviews, Spirit Led Woman Magazines and on The Master’s Artist Blog. She is also the owner of DeeGospel PR (www.deegospelpr.com,) Christian entertainment PR boutique located in Atlanta, GA.

Visit her Christian Fiction Blog, which turned 6 years old in July at http://christianfiction.blogspot.com. Her debut novel “A Good Excuse to Be Bad” (Kensington) releases July 2011. Talk to her in real-time on Twitter at @deegospel.



Speculative Fiction

Jonathan AndersonJon Anderson is currently in transition. He recently moved from Muncie, Indiana to the Kansas City area with his wife, Sarah. Jon reads science and speculative fiction whenever he can. Reading the INSPYs shortlist will be a diversion from his current long-term goal of reading the top 100 science fiction novels of all time. He sees speculative fiction as a genre that teaches us things about ourselves through imagining how life could be, allowing us to discover our humanity by exploring the alien.


Chris JagerChris Jager has always been an avid reader. She started her dream job of working in a bookstore over 13 years ago at Baker Book House. She became the fiction buyer over 8 years ago, which feeds her reading addiction. She lives with her husband, Mike, and their dog Foster in Zeeland, Michigan. She also has 3 grown children and 3 perfect granddaughters.


Lydia PresleyLydia Presley calls herself a book addict. She squeals every day she gets a book-shaped package in the mail and struggles with book-depression on days that the mailman doesn’t bring her love. Her purse always has her Kindle along with a physical book (or two … or three). Not only do she love to read, but she loves to read just about everything. She’s been fortunate in that she’s been able to chat and share her love with books on her blog, and she strives to provide quality, interesting information there.


Michelle ShannonMichelle Shannon (@whatsheread) blogs about her love of books, Twilight, music, and family. She remains a huge proponent of the blogging community, involving herself in uniting and building the community and providing guidance to new bloggers. She also has a ridiculously large personal library, not enough bookshelves, and an even larger pile of unread books clamoring for her attention and publishers requesting her reviews. When she is not reading or writing or enjoying other forms of social media, she is a full-time business analyst/pricing manager for a food ingredient company in Cincinnati. She recently obtained her MBA and her certification in management accounting, all while working, blogging, and raising her children. She loves reading, writing, motherhood, sports, her dogs, cooking, and over sharing, and she is still trying to find a way to incorporate all of that into each day while eking out time to exercise and sleep.


Carlson TrieboldCarlson Triebold is a certifiable book addict, college student, founder of hornspoon.com, and an aspiring novelist certain of his literary genius. Despite the fact that referring to oneself in the third person is a strong indicator of insanity, Carlson does it anyway.



Amish Fiction

Christy Janes is an insurance agent by day and a Christian fiction addict by night. Her favorite genre leans toward the historical, but actually, any form of Christian fiction will do. There are currently 2,000+ books in her house, with more arriving almost daily (much to her husband’s chagrin). When she’s not reading, she’s either making beaded jewelry, watching sports on TV, or singing in her family’s Southern Gospel group.


Melissa Meeks

I’m a voracious reader who enjoys sharing good books with other readers, which I do by posting reviews on my blog, Bibliophile’s Retreat. I revel in using my imagination and reading lets my mind roam free in a fantasy world for hours on end even sometimes (if I’m lucky) after I’ve finished a book. My favorite genres include romance, fantasy, and historicals although a bit of adventure and suspense always spices up the show. Books can transport me anywhere, to any period in time and even to fictional worlds and cultures if I so choose. It’s only a matter of picking up the right books. The best writers are those who make me forget there’s a real world outside the story I’m reading.

In addition to Bibliophile’s Retreat, I very occasionally write poetry as well as introspective reflection pieces which you can find on Journey of Trust. I do proofreading and copyediting as well as offering Virtual Assistant services for a variety of needs.


Bobbie Seacrist is a Copyright Manager for one of the largest online Licensing companies, CILM. She also works for several Independent Artists, Authors and Songwriters. When she is not enforcing copyrights online she loves to read, cook , make pixel art, and craft jewelry. She is the mother of two tween girls and lives with her blended family in Maryland.


My name is Brittanie Terrell and I blog at A Book Lover Forever. I have been blogging for years but about books for four years. I love to read for as long as I can remember. My Mom read to my sister and me growing up and it made a difference. I am a very strong believer in reading to your kids from the time they are born. Some of my favorite authors are Dee Henderson, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Susan May Warren, Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and many more. 🙂


I am a middle grades teacher who enjoys sharing my love of books with students and adults alike.

Sandra K. Stiles



Romance/Romantic Suspense

Patricia Woodside has been an avid reader since she was first introduced to the Dick and Jane early reader series. When she stumbled across her first inspirational romance, she broke out in goosebumps! Since then, Patricia has devoured inspirational fiction, especially romance, suspense and women’s fiction. Patricia is the wife of a former pastor and mother of three lively sons. She works as an information systems/business analyst, and is a freelance writer and editor who is working on her first novel.


Kay Spivey Walsh reviews books for the Amazon Vine program, Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and BookSneeze. She leads the Shenandoah Christian Writers in Virginia. She loves to work with college students by serving as an instructor at a university and as a facilitator in her church. Her family includes her husband, a daughter, son and a new daughter-in-law.


Jennifer Arrington holds a masters degree in nutrition and immunology from Texas A&M University. First an educator and then a research assistant, until recently she spent her time homeschooling her children, teaching piano, and writing…always writing. The advent of the new school year saw her return to her first occupation – teaching high school Chemistry and Physics. A self-professed lover of the written word, though, writing has always been her passion. This love, coupled with years of unexplained health problems lead to her first novel, Trusting for Tomorrow. Having lived in South Africa, England, Venezuela, and throughout the United States, she now calls Jupiter, Florida home.

Jennifer blogs at www.jenniferinjupiter.wordpress.com and writes reviews for Amazon.com.



Joy Tamsin David is a wife, mother, and Jesus lover. She’s also a pre-published writer and a slightly obsessed book blogger. When she’s not hanging out with her husband and sons, she reads and writes romance. It gives her a daily dose of girl in a house full of men. You can get girlie with her at her blog, Edgy Inspirational Romance.



Deanna Germany

When recently asked to describe my view of paradise my oldest son quickly jumped in and said, “Outside of heaven, her view of paradise is the biggest library you have ever seen!” Books are everywhere in my life and have been since I was a small child when the bookmobile which would visit our community. My husband and I have been married for 21 years and the greatest gifts we have received in that time are our two boys. I get the amazing privilege of homeschooling them each day. In my “spare” time I volunteer with my church’s middle school ministry, adult choir, homeless ministries, and teaching co-op classes. The greatest joy in my life is my relationship with Jesus Christ.



Young Adult Fiction

Sherry Early is the author and instigator of Semicolon, a blog about kids and books and homeschooling and communities and sometimes movies and politics and fun links and whatever else I want to write about on any particular day. I am an evangelical Christian and completely unapologetic about it. I am also a 52 year old homeschooling mom of eight children. I like to read. I read whatever comes my way, including, but not limited to, adult fiction, mysteries, historical fiction, nonfiction history and biography, Christian inspirational fiction, young adult fiction, fantasy and science fiction, children’s fiction and nonfiction, memoirs, cereal boxes, other people’s blogs, magazines, brochures, and picture books.


Hello everyone, I’m Heather O’Rourk and I blog over at Book Addiction. I live in Orlando, Florida with my husband and our three spoiled cats, and by day I work for a financial institution. I read and review a large variety of fiction and nonfiction, from young adult to literary to historical to feminist literature and just about everything in between. I am a Christian woman but I don’t read a ton of Christian fiction so I’m very excited for this unique opportunity to discover wonderful Christian books!


Linda Attaway has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. A blog reviewer for CFBA, FIRST Wild Card, and a variety of publishers, her blog, Mocha with Linda, also contains her miscellaneous reflections on life, faith, music, and family. A self-described word enthusiast and grammar geek, she also enjoys proof-reading and editing. Linda lives in central Texas with her husband and two teenagers and finds joy in serving as her church’s Care Minister.


Hi. My name is Julie Jones and a mom to 5 kids from ages 10-4. I love to read books and will be hiding in the bathroom to finish my book at times.. I’m also a contributor with Blog with Bite . I’m happy with shoes & chocolate. I go to MOPS in my spare time and like to read mostly young adult books because I like to know whats out there for kids to read.


Liza Brown has been blogging at “Blogging with Liza” since 2007. The blog started out as a way to keep up with all the books I read each year. While books of all genres are still the main focus of the blog, in the last year I have included more stories about my personal life, including my love for the TN Titans and my new love for running.

I reside in Tennessee and have lived in either west or middle Tennessee my entire life. My mom taught me to read when I was 4 years old when she just couldn’t read Green Eggs and Ham one more time. My love for reading has never decreased, which is why I have books in every room in my home.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is my favorite book ever, and I try to reread it at least once a year.



Romance/Romantic Suspense

Patricia Woodside has been an avid reader since she was first introduced to the Dick and Jane early reader series. When she stumbled across her first inspirational romance, she broke out in goosebumps! Since then, Patricia has devoured inspirational fiction, especially romance, suspense and women’s fiction. Patricia is the wife of a former pastor and mother of three lively sons. She works as an information systems/business analyst, and is a freelance writer and editor who is working on her first novel.


Kay Spivey Walsh reviews books for the Amazon Vine program, Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and BookSneeze. She leads the Shenandoah Christian Writers in Virginia. She loves to work with college students by serving as an instructor at a university and as a facilitator in her church. Her family includes her husband, a daughter, son and a new daughter-in-law.


Jennifer Arrington holds a masters degree in nutrition and immunology from Texas A&M University. First an educator and then a research assistant, until recently she spent her time homeschooling her children, teaching piano, and writing…always writing. The advent of the new school year saw her return to her first occupation – teaching high school Chemistry and Physics. A self-professed lover of the written word, though, writing has always been her passion. This love, coupled with years of unexplained health problems lead to her first novel, Trusting for Tomorrow. Having lived in South Africa, England, Venezuela, and throughout the United States, she now calls Jupiter, Florida home.

Jennifer blogs at www.jenniferinjupiter.wordpress.com and writes reviews for Amazon.com.



Joy Tamsin David is a wife, mother, and Jesus lover. She’s also a pre-published writer and a slightly obsessed book blogger. When she’s not hanging out with her husband and sons, she reads and writes romance. It gives her a daily dose of girl in a house full of men. You can get girlie with her at her blog, Edgy Inspirational Romance.



Deanna Germany

When recently asked to describe my view of paradise my oldest son quickly jumped in and said, “Outside of heaven, her view of paradise is the biggest library you have ever seen!” Books are everywhere in my life and have been since I was a small child when the bookmobile which would visit our community. My husband and I have been married for 21 years and the greatest gifts we have received in that time are our two boys. I get the amazing privilege of homeschooling them each day. In my “spare” time I volunteer with my church’s middle school ministry, adult choir, homeless ministries, and teaching co-op classes. The greatest joy in my life is my relationship with Jesus Christ.