In addition to publishing submissions from subscribers and our staff, we also have an awesome writing team. Learn more about them below!
Regular Writing Team Members
Hope Ann Schmidt
Hope Ann is a Christian wordsmith, avid reader, and dedicated authoress. Her time is taken up with writing, reading, archery, knife throwing, playing with inspirational photos, helping care for the house and eight younger siblings, and generally enjoying the adventures of life on a small farm at the crossroads of America. She has self-published fairy tale retellings on Amazon and is currently working on several projects including a fantasy novel and futuristic trilogy. You can find out more about Hope and her work on her website, writinginthelightpublishing.com, and download her first Legends of Light novella for free.
“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 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 temporary 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.