Scott Minor – Executive Director

Scott Minor Headshot

Scott Minor’s role in Realm Makers has grown over the years as the organization has expanded to provide services across many facets of the writing and publishing life. 

Scott’s vision for the Realm Makers Bookstore began with running that aspect of the annual conference, but now involves taking books by our award-winning authors to live events across the country to help those books find new readers. He also oversees our pool of volunteers, providing direction and vision for the Realm Makers livestream, the membership program, and dedicated online community, The RealmSphere, while also handling the logistical aspects of the annual conference. He is truly a jack-of-all-trades whois always looking for new ways to solve the challenges Christian authors of speculative fiction face.

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Minor –  Conference Director – becky@realmmakers.com

Becky Minor lives by the continual mantra, “If you’re going to be a geek, go all out.” From serving as Drum Major of the junior high and high school marching bands, to founding the University of the Arts Gaming Society, to founding the Realm Makers annual conference,  her pattern of bringing geeks together has a long history.

Besides directing the Realm Makers Conference with her husband Scott and amazing committee of volunteers, Becky occasionally writes fantasy novels of the sword and sorcery variety.  She is the author of The Risen Age Archive and The Windrider Saga, along with several spinoff short stories set in the same story universe.

The Minor family makes their home about an hour outside Philadelphia, PA, where foam sword fights on a trampoline are just part of a normal Saturday afternoon. You can connect with Becky on FacebookTwitter, and RebeccaPMinor.com

Lisa Godfrees – Director of Operations

LISA GODFREES worked over a decade in a crime lab as both a DNA analyst and manager. Tired of technical writing, she hung up her lab coat to pen speculative fiction. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies and online. Lisa currently lives in Houston with one dog, two cats, a school of fish, two girls, and a husband. Since organization is her superpower, she dons her cape as Operation Manager/Editor at Havok Publishing as well as Operations Manager for Realm Makers, because with great power comes great responsibility.


Conference Planning Committee:

Kristen Stieffel – Registrar – registrar@realmmakers.com

Kristen Stieffel is a writer and freelance editor specializing in science fiction and fantasy. She provides a full range of editorial services and has worked on projects for both the general market and the Christian submarket. She is the author of Alara’s Call, a fantasy novel, and Tales of the Phoenix, a science fiction novella collection about a Martian airship crew. Website: kristenstieffel.com


Bethany Kaczmarek – Faculty Coordinator – faculty@realmmakers.com

Bethany Kaczmarek loves to get lost in a good story. She’s been known to wear out books and highlight her favorite lines to go back to again and again. Even better? A fantastic story world and a voice that carries her along. These are a few of the many reasons she’s loved being involved with Realm Makers. But for most of the year, Bethany is an author and a professional editor. An ACFW Editor of the Year finalist, Bethany has worked with writers all along the spectrum—from multi-published, award-winning authors to beginners. Though her debut novel, Strains of Silence (summer 2017) is merely a contemporary romance, she loves world-building and logs many wee-hours crafting a vastly different series—a medieval mythology and fairytale mashup. She and her sister share an editing umbrella—A Little Red Ink—and they love editing fiction (especially spec-fic). Using her love for story and story worlds, she makes sure every thread is woven consistently throughout a manuscript—whatever the genre. Her goal is to help hard-working writers sound like gifted writers. Strangely enough, she believes a healthy dose of humor can make the revision process fun.

You can find out more about her at www.bethanykaczmarek.com


Gretchen Engel – Volunteer Coordinator

In high school, Gretchen E K Engel competed to write her English teacher’s favorite essays and earn highest marks in physics. Science won over the arts, and Gretchen became a chemical engineer. An environmental consultant by day and speculative fiction writer by night, she has authored hundreds of technical documents and finished her first manuscript, a speculative fiction story set in the quasi-dystopian world of high school.


 


Lindsay Franklin – Appointment Coordinator – appointments@realmmakers.com

Lindsay A. Franklin is the Carol Award–winning author of The Weaver Trilogy, a freelance editor, and a part-time homeschooling mom. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. Her debut novel, The Story Peddler, won the Realm Award Book of the Year in 2019. Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband, their precious geeklings, and three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats). She can be reached at appointments@realmmakers.com.
www.lindsayafranklin.com


Andrew Hamlet – A/V Coordinator

Andrew Hamlet is a gifted story teller and teacher who uses his skills to further the truth of the gospel through his stories. He is a freelance Media designer, creating everything from logos to book trailers. He also serves at writing conferences, recording and editing, and facilitating sound and media needs.

Andrew completed a 4-year degree at Cornerstone University with a Communication Arts major. He completed film school at Compass Arts Film Academy, where he focused on creating compelling stories and characters. Now, Andrew resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and five children.


Lauren H. Brandenburg – Conference Emcee

Lauren H. Brandenburg is an author and storyteller who happily blurs the lines between traditional genres in both middle grade and cozy fiction. She was longlisted for the People’s Book Prize in the United Kingdom and recipient of the ACFW Carol Award in contemporary fiction for The Death of Mungo Blackwell, as well as a two time Selah Award finalist. Lauren is a former junior high and high school English teacher who stepped away from her profession to raise and homeschool her two children. She currently lives with her husband  and their two children in a lovely little town just south of Nashville, Tennessee where they cook, play games, and laugh a lot.