Carissa is an international bestselling indie author with more than 10 titles published. She has also been published in multiple Brainerd Lakes Area magazines, including Her Voice, Lake Country Journal, Minnesota Homes, Golf Guide, and more. When not writing her own books, she is a freelance writer and graphic designer who creates content consistently for clients all over the globe. However, her passion lies in helping her fellow authors demystify the publishing process. She has taught independent publishing for small groups, at the AEC, and the Brainerd Public Library. She owns and operates Author Revolution, LLC, an indie publishing online school with multiple courses available for students to learn how to independently publish their works. She is also the host of the Author Revolution Podcast.

To learn more about Carissa, her books, and creative endeavors, visit her website:


Cara Lanz is a freelance writer who is passionate about food, fitness, and financial freedom. She thrives on helping others live a healthy lifestyle, independent from debt. When she isn’t blogging her recipes on, she can be found hiking the trails of East Gull Lake, MN rain, snow, or shine with her husband, Scott, and their golden retriever, Penny.

To learn more about Cara, and what she does visit her website:


Beverly Abear is a prolific writer who has been featured in numerous anthologies, such as Talking Stick, Dust & Fire, Love Is a Verb (Bethany House), and Extraordinary Answers to Prayer (Guidepost). Her writing has also been published in Her Voice, Lake Country Journal, Minnesota Writers Alliance, and WeAre181. She is currently working on her first middle-grade trilogy and is a talented artist.

To learn more about Bev, visit her Author Facebook Page.

Education Director

Kimberly is an author of both fiction and creative nonfiction writing and goes by her pen name Kacie Clement. She is a small business consultant, a philanthropist, and unspeakable optimist dedicated to inspiring women. She is often found in her office working, sewing and listening to Smokey Robinson.

To learn more about Kim, visit her website:

Membership Director

Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and blogger from Minnesota who writes about parenthood topics and being a mompreneur. Her two non-fiction books on working from home, FREElance FREEdom: Creating the Work-From-Home Life You Crave and Mom Bossing: The Freedom to Create the Business You Love, are available in both physical and e-book form. Her children’s book that she co-authored with B.A. Norrgard, Sissy Goes Tiny, will be released in late July of 2019.  Becky is mom to two humans and critter mom to way too many pets.

Readers can also find her at or on Instagram. 

Board Member

Christina Fennell is a prolific short story writer, teacher, and aspiring novelist. You can learn more about her by visiting her website and blog, Write For Life or her Author Facebook Page.

For the early part of 2020, Christina is also our acting Membership Director as Rebecca Flansburg takes a personal leave of absence.

For membership questions, email Christina at membership [at]

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