The Crew & Our Contributors

Hello! Thanks so much for stopping in to meet each member of our Crew. Please take a moment to visit with us on our websites and social media. We love a little company :)

Betty Thomason Owens and I are the blog administrators, with me being the idea guru and Betty, editor-in-chief. Shirley Crowder is our editor. Karen Richardson is our new blog intern. Our contributors are Tammy Trail, Harriet MichaelCarlton Hughes, Gail Johnson, Bonita McCoy, Fay Lamb, Cammi Woodall, and Kristy Horine. 

Please read on to learn more:

Betty Thomason Owens has been writing for thirty years. She’s a multi-published, award-winning author of historical fiction and fantasy-adventure. An active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she leads a critique group and serves as president of the Louisville area group. She’s a mentor, assisting other writers, and co-founder of the Inspired Prompt blog. She also serves on the planning committee of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference.

Betty would like to invite you to her Facebook author page, Twitter, GoodReads, Pinterest, Instagram, Amazon Author Page. And she posts weekly on her blog, Hello, Thursday Morning, found at

Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and her website, Alabama-Inspired Fiction, and the group blog, Inspired Prompt, she co-founded, focus on her books, love of the South, and helping writers. She’s published 200+ internet articles/interviews and short stories in several magazines.

Jessie’s Hope, her first novel published by Firefly Southern Fiction, is a Selah Award nominee for First Novel. She is represented by Cyle Young of the Hartline Literary Agency. Jennifer sends out a monthly newsletter, which you can subscribe to here. You can visit her on Facebook, Facebook author page, Twitter, and Pinterest.

When she isn’t babysitting, gardening, or exploring the beautiful state of Alabama, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on one of her two blogs. She also loves reading detective fiction from the Golden Age and viewing movies like LOTR or Star Wars. Sometimes you can even catch her watching American Ninja Warrior.

Gail Johnson enjoys sharing her passion for life and Christ through the power of the written word. Whether it’s through stories, articles, or songs, she invites her reader and listener to “taste and see” the hope she has found in a faithful God and loving Savior. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the author of Treasures of Hope, Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past, a memoir.

You can find Gail online—at Inspired Prompts, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Amazon Author Page, and Google+.

Tammy J. Trail’s writing career began with winning a contest in the 6th grade. As an adult, she attended her first writing conference in 2010 to learn the art of storytelling on paper. A lover of history, it only made sense that this is the genre in which she chose to write.

Since 2014, she has contributed to the Writing Prompts blog. Tammy resides in Kansas with her husband, Tim, who has become her faithful editor and enthusiastic supporter of her writing endeavors. She is currently working on her first novel set during the American Revolution. Find Tammy at Facebook and Twitter.

Harriet E. Michael is a multi-published author, freelance writer, and Christian speaker. She writes primarily nonfiction, though she does have one published novel. Her work has appeared in magazines, devotionals, anthologies, online news sites, etc. The magazines for whom she has written include publications by Lifeway, Judson Press, Focus on the Family, David C. Cook, Standard Publishing, The Upper Room, Smyth & Helwys, Salvation Army, and more. Born in Africa, the child of missionaries, she has been married over 38 years as 4 children and 2 grandchildren. You can follow her at and find her books at

Carlton Hughes

Carlton Hughes wears many hats. By day, he’s a professor of communication at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. On Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, he does object lessons and songs with motions as Children’s Pastor of Lynch Church of God.

In his “spare time,” he is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including Chicken Soup for the Soul and several devotional books from Worthy Publishing—Let the Earth Rejoice, Just Breathe, So God Made a Dog and Everyday Grace for Men. Carlton and his wife Kathy have two college-age sons, Noah and Ethan. He is on the planning committee for Kentucky Christian Writers Conference and is a year-round volunteer for Operation Christmas child. 

As long as she can remember, Karen Richardson has wanted to write stories. When she was 10 years old, she wrote a play and got friends to act it out. A high school English teacher inspired Karen to begin to put her thoughts on paper. After graduation, she attended Western Kentucky University where she earned a BA in Journalism and Creative Writing.  Her education started her down the road of storytelling as a professional. While in her full-time position, she is the director of communications for a national non-profit, she has also completed her first novel and is in the process of securing an agent. Karen lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and son.

She can be found online on Facebook and Twitter @KHRWriter, Instagram KHRichardson5,, or her blog KK’s Candor,