21. Sarah Price
Sarah Price comes from a long line of devout Mennonites, including numerous church leaders and ministers throughout the years. Her involvement with the Amish dates back to 1978 when she wrote her first novel while studying anthropology and writing at Drew University. She was drawn to the amazing culture of the Amish of Lancaster County, where she’s involved with numerous Amish communities. Her latest romance title is The Amish Cookie Club (Zebra).
22. Mary Connealy
Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. Her latest historical romance is The Unexpected Champion (Bethany House).
23. Kristi Ann Hunter
Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is a RITA Award winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Her latest book is the historical romance A Return of Devotion (Bethany House).
24. Roseanna M. White
Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, designing book covers, editing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books—to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. Her latest historical romance is An Hour Unspent (Bethany House).
25. Rachel Hauck
Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author. Her novel The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Her next book is the contemporary romance The Memory House (Thomas Nelson).
26. Melissa Tagg
Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl. Her books have been lauded by Publishers Weekly and Romantic Times. When she’s not writing she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Her latest title is the contemporary romance novella A Place to Belong (Independent).
27. Jen Turano
Jen Turano, the USA Today bestselling author of eleven books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Her latest book is the historical romance Flights of Fancy (Bethany House).
28. Pepper Basham
Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with a southern Appalachian flair. Her books have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inpsys, and the ACFW Carol Awards, with The Thorn Healer selected as a 2018 finalist in the RT awards. Both her contemporary and historical romance novels consistently receive high ratings from Romantic Times. Her latest book is the historical romance My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream (Barbour Books).
29. Janette Oke
Janette Oke (pronounced ‘oak’) pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, her first novel, has sold over one million copies. Janette is now the bestselling author of more than 70 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Her books have sold over 22 million copies. Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally. She received the 1992 President’s Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction.
30. Melanie Dickerson
Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and a Christy Award winner. Melanie spends her time daydreaming, researching the most fascinating historical time periods, and writing stories at her home near Huntsville, Ala., where she gathers dandelion greens for her two adorable guinea pigs between writing and editing her happily ever afters. Her latest historical romance is The Warrior Maiden (Thomas Nelson).
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