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 at 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 new editor. Our contributors are Tammy TrailKaren JurgensHarriet MichaelCarlton Hughes, Gail Johnson, Bonita McCoy, Fay Lamb, Cammi Woodall, and Kristy Horine. 

Please read on to learn more:

Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and fantasy, an interesting combination that keeps the creative juices flowing. She’s published 200+ internet articles and interviews, short stories in several magazines, and has co-authored three book compilations. Her debut novel, tentatively titled Jessie’s Hope, will release in June of 2019.

When she isn’t babysitting or gardening, 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.

Visit Jennifer at her blog, Facebook, FB author page, Twitter, and her Amazon page.

 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 vice-president/secretary 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

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 the author of Treasures of Hope, Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past, a memoir. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she writes fiction, non-fiction, and songs. Her Southern Gospel song “Less of Me and More of You” came in the top 5 runners-up in the 2010 Singing News/Solid Gospel Songwriters Search. Born and raised in Georgia, she is a wife and mother of two adult children. She enjoys lots of family time, good music, maple pecan ice cream, and southern living. In the past, she has published articles and interviews on the web, in the local newspaper, and in church magazines.

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.

Karen Jurgens Author Photo

Karen Jurgens  is a retired French and English teacher who has devoted her career to helping students learn to write.  Over the years, she has published stories and articles in national magazines. She is the author of one novella, which has just been updated and re-released as A PERFECT FIT, with a new novel due out September 2018.
Her ministry blog, Touched by Him, helps apply God’s truths to life’s trials, especially relating to Christian marriage. Karen is a member of ACFW and AWSA, editor for Write Integrity Press, and contributor to Heart”wings”blog, Inspired Prompts, and other Christian ministry blogs. Connect with Karen through FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, and TOUCHED BY HIM MINISTRIES where she posts bi-monthly.