Writing Team

In addition to publishing submissions from subscribers and our staff, we also have an awesome writing team. Learn more about them below!

Writing Team Captain

Hope Ann

Hope AnnHope Ann is a speculative fiction writer who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She is the author of the Legends of Light series and enjoys blogging and vlogging. Reading since the age of five, and introducing herself to writing at age eight, she never doubted that the author’s life was for her. Her goal is to write thrilling Christian fantasy and futuristic fiction—stories she longed for while growing up. After graduating from homeschool, Hope now teaches writing to several of her eight younger siblings. She loves climbing trees, archery, photography, Lord of the Rings, chocolate, and collecting shiny things she claims are useful for story inspiration. You can claim a free prequel to her Legends of Light series here: https://authorhopeann.com/rose-of-the-night/

Writing Team Members

Brandon Miller

“Well, I’m back.” The emotion those words spark in Lord of the Rings fans across the world perfectly describes how Brandon feels on a daily basis when he finishes writing and starts working on homework. (Yes, writing comes first.) His fictional worlds, where the suns never set and Rutel is Servant-Lord of the Sky, leave him wanting more … but unfortunately life is still a thing. When Brandon can’t hang out in Faërie, he fills his time with normal mortal things like homework, work, friends, (oxford commas) and family. He enjoys backyard football (or any sport), board games, English country dancing, and reading. He doesn’t particularly enjoy (but still spends time) driving, doing math, and waiting for Youtube ads to end. Brandon enjoys writing-related-but-still-not-actually-writing activities including critiquing, outlining, and updating his blog: The Woodland Quill. Some of his favorite books (there are too many to list) are The 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson, The Lamb Among the Stars by Chris Walley, and Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. (Due to his Lord of the Rings reference at the beginning of this blurb, he’s not going to bring that pinnacle of literary genius up again, although he probably should and sort of just did.)

Brandon lives on the Nebraska plains, where the people don’t actually live in teepees but do plant as much corn as the stereotypes suggest. His wonderful family keeps him somewhat grounded in reality, his friends keep his extroverted personality from imploding while he’s writing, and his ice cream keeps him … happy.

Poor ice cream.

Sierra Ret

Sierra Ret is a homeschool student who spent nearly her entire childhood with her nose buried in a book, and she consequently decided she wanted to write one of her own (preferably filled with dwarves and elves). Getting her thoughts down on paper regularly has proven to be a far greater challenge than she first thought, but Kingdom Pen was kind enough to step in and give her some much-needed deadlines by honoring her with a spot on their writing team. Past writing accomplishments include having two of her short stories published in national collections, winning the 2015 Polly Prize for Creative Writing, and earning actual income as a freelancer. She also has an avid fan club amongst her circle of friends for her yet-to-be-published dwarf and elf story, no doubt due to the fact that she wrote them all in as characters.

When not hermiting behind a laptop screen, Sierra enjoys gallivanting across Canada and makes her home in rural Ontario with her family. Currently her chief fantasies include making a living as a travel blogger and someday moving to New Zealand. But, above all, her chief aim is to live a passionate and meaningful life for the glory of God.

Poetry Contributor

Graham Jackson

Graham JacksonGraham Jackson, with all his enthusiasm for the joint power of the language and stories, is nevertheless a man of few words. An introverted Yankee through and through, Graham was born and raised on the North Shore of Massachusetts in a small town dating back to the 1600s. Homeschooled from an early age, Graham cultivated a love of history and reading from the start, and he has been hooked ever since. He discovered his love of literature and creative writing when he picked up Brian Jacques’s Redwall, as well as in high school, and he went on to get his bachelor’s degree in Literature from Patrick Henry College. His favorite color is “Red, the Blood of Angry Men” (although he likes many other colors), and his favorite season is autumn. He also likes dogs and long walks on the beach.

As for writing, Graham is an aspiring novelist and amateur poet. He has had a lot of experience writing poetry over the years, trying his hand at different forms, writing a short collection of sonnets, and playing with words. He finds a lot of meaning in poetry that has a real and lasting impact on daily life—scrutinizing the ordinary to find marvels in the mundane. Yet, poetry and prose are equally important and overlap in many ways.

Having recently graduated college, Graham is now at home with his family, getting ready to embark on some online teaching. Graham is thankful and excited for this opportunity to share his enthusiasm with the Kingdom Pen community and to see what’s down the road.

Writing Interns

Gabrielle Pollack

Gabrielle PollackGabrielle Pollack currently resides with her family and many cats amidst a small wood she wishes was Narnia. Her interests are varied, and when she isn’t writing or studying, she enjoys karate, archery, introverting, and hanging out on the Kingdom Pen forum. She relishes the cool wind that rushes in before a thunderstorm, the scent of fresh rain, black clouds, and in summary, all things storm. As a lighthearted INFP, she loves horses, spring, strawberries, and sitting on the roof of her house.

She fell in love with stories many years ago and immersed herself in epic books like The Kingdom Series and The Peleg Chronicles, living the adventures and loving the characters. It took her a while to realize she could write epic stories herself, but once she did, she was a lost cause. She never quite recovered her sanity and often rants about good storytelling to innocent bystanders. Gabrielle has written two books since and has a plethora of other ideas swirling inside her brain, waiting to turn into people and worlds. She desires to glorify God through her books, short stories, and blog, and she looks forward to learning more about her trade.

She dreams of traveling the world and wishes to return to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the heights of the Rocky Mountains, and the sandy shores of the Outer Banks. Gabrielle also wishes to travel to New Zealand and stand upon a rocky perch overlooking a flatland, where she will then quote Lord of the Rings lines in dramatic fashion. Her more realistic goals include becoming a full-time writer and surviving adulthood.

Cindy Green

CindyCindy Green is a Canadian homeschool student who wants to live in a world where rain is colorful and mint chocolate chip ice cream is acceptable for daily consumption. But she is contented to live in one where dogs exist, fireworks are a regular occurrence, and trees are climbable objects (though the winter season is consistently extended in the land of igloos and hockey, she has climbed trees in her snowsuit before, and she will do it again). She began scribbling out fiction and keeping a journal at around age seven, and last she checked, hasn’t stopped. Thinking of writing always goes hand in hand with thinking of a quote that she feels captures part of her existence: “I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.” She deems becoming an intern for Kingdom Pen the biggest of deals in regard to her writing accomplishments, surpassing even her excitement upon placing second in a library contest, having a short story accepted in a nationwide collection, and being frequently published on a blog for young authors. Aside from obsessing over the arrangement of words and fantasizing about maple-syrup-coated beavertails, Cindy enjoys spending time playing piano, looking at pictures of outer space, loudly singing along to music, exploring the dictionary, attempting Highland dancing, and reading. She hopes to someday publish a book of her own, learn to skateboard without getting scraped, and witness the aurora borealis in the Yukon. Most of all, she wants to live her life colorfully and passionately for the glory of a good God and to point to her Creator as the source of all joy.

Emily Kopf

EmilyEmily Kopf has loved books since her mom taught her how, and she reads everything she can get her hands on. After she read Dragons in Our Midst by Bryan Davis at the age of eleven, Emily became obsessed with dragons and fantasy. Now, ten years later, she has invented a few fantasy stories of her own and is determined to make a career for herself in the bookish world. She is studying English Literature in her final year in college, writing scores of book reviews, blogging at Zerina Blossom’s Books, writing epic stories, editing, and helping other authors make a name for themselves.

Emily comes from a creative family, with two self-published authors for uncles. She grew up in the beautiful mountains of the Inland Northwest as the oldest of three kids in a Christian family. She was homeschooled until fifth grade, when she joined a tiny Christian school. Emily loves everything artistic, from singing to macramé to sketching. Most of all, Emily loves Jesus and her family and friends.

Her favorite genres to read and write are fantasy, fairy tales, historical fiction, and sweet romance … or anything clean with a happy ending. A few of Emily’s favorite authors include: Nadine Brandes, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Bryan Davis, Jane Austen, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Currently she is a book reviewer for Kingdom Pen, so if you want her to review a specific book, send in a suggestion to KP for consideration.