Leadership Team

EDIE MELSON

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Director

Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, no matter if she’s writing for fiction readers, parents, military families, fiction readers or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.

In addition, as a respected expert in social media, Edie has the proven expertise to teach others how to plug in and reach their target audience without the restraint of physical boundaries. In her role as social media coach she’s worked with clients that range from authors and speakers to business and ministry leaders. Her bestselling eBook on this subject, has been updated, expanded and re-released as Connections: Social Media & Networking Techniques for Writers.

As a leading professional within the publishing industry, she travels to numerous conferences as a popular keynote, writing instructor and mentor. Her blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month and is consistently one of the Writer’s Digest Best 101 Websites for Writers. She’s the Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Vice President of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine. She’s also a regular columnist for Guideposts.org, Just18Summers.com and PuttingOnTheNew.com. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Married 36+ years to husband, Kirk, they have raised three sons.

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DIANN MILLS

Director

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian Fiction books of 2014.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Mountainside Marketing Conference with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook: www.facebook.com/diannmills, Twitter: https://twitter.com/diannmills or any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.

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EVA MARIE EVERSON

Eva Marie Everson

Contest Director

Eva Marie Everson is the bestselling and multi-award winning author of both fiction and nonfiction work. She is the president of Word Weavers International (word-weavers.com) and the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference. Eva Marie is a popular speaker at writers conferences across the United States and the Contest Director for Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Eva Marie is a seminary graduate and student and has taught a Bible study for over 20 years. Either she’s really good and the folks just can’t get enough … or she’s really bad and they’re still trying to learn something (the jury is out). Eva Marieand her husband enjoy their three grown children and children-in-love and are especially proud of their grandchildren. They are owned by their dog, Poods.

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ALYCIA MORALES

 

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Conference Assistant

Alycia Morales has been writing since her grandmother taught her how to write her ABCs. Since then, she’s been published in a variety of places including ChristianDevotions.us, Thriving Family magazine, Splickety Love magazine, and various devotionals, books, and anthologies. She is represented by Jonathan Clements of Wheelhouse Literary Group.

Alycia coauthors The Write Editing, a blog where she and Andrea Merrell provide writers with professional answers to their writing and editing questions. She also blogs at Life.Inspired, a blog about looking up and planning to live a productive portfolio life.

She is also a freelance editor. Several of her clients have gone on to win awards for their writing or their books, including Best New Writer at Write to Publish, Selah Awards, and the prestigious Director’s Choice Award at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.

Alycia is a member of ACFW and SCBWI. She also serves as an assistant to the Director of BRMCWCEdie Melson.

When Alycia isn’t busy writing or editing, she enjoys spending time with her husband Victor and their four children. Her hobbies include hiking, reading, watching television and movies, taking photographs, making jewelry, Bible journaling, planning, and crocheting. She is quite fond of coffee and chocolate, but the coffee must be decaffeinated or she’ll suffer a headache for three days.

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Vincent B. Davis II

Conference Assistant, Senior Editor, Blue Ridge Writers Blog

Vincent B. Davis II is an Amazon International Bestselling author, entrepreneur, speaker, and soldier.

He joined the United States Army in 2014 and had the privilege to train at the John F. Kennedy School of Special Warfare at Fort Bragg. Still enlisted in the Reserves, Vincent uses the military discipline instilled in him to manage the writer’s life.

With a background in financial planning and a degree in business management, he is focused on the marketing aspect of book publishing. His first book, “The Man with Two Names” launched in July 2017, and has sold over 1,500 copies in its first six months. Using the same strategies he used to generate his own success, Vincent works with publishing companies and individual clients to help them sell more books in the modern publishing environment. He is passionate about helping authors improve their brand and platform.

When Vincent isn’t writing and marketing books, he enjoys spending time with his dogs, reading about history or philosophy, watching Carolina Panthers football, hunting, and volunteering in his hometown.

Contact Vincent at vincent@thirteenthpress.com if you’re interested in working with him or contributing to the Blue Ridge Conference site.