Fred Waitzkin

Fred Waitzkin was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is the author of the internationally acclaimed story Searching for Bobby Fischer, which was later adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film by the same name. He is also the author of articles that have appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Forbes, and Sports Illustrated, among others. When he’s not writing, he enjoys fishing off his boat Ebb Tide.

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John Gilstrap

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John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author the popular Jonathan Grave thriller series. Some of his bestselling titles include Scorpion Strike, Final Target, and Friendly Fire. In addition, John has written six screenplays for Hollywood and is contracted to write and co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to Freedom. His latest novel, Total Mayhem, released in June. 

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Steve Laube

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Steve Laube is a literary agent with nearly 40 years of experience in a variety of fields. He has worked as a bookstore manger, an award-winning editor with Bethany House Publishers, and is the president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, which has represented nearly 2,000 new books in genres ranging from romance to fantasy to theology. Steve is also the owner and President of Enclave Publishing, one of the premier publishers of Christian fantasy and science fiction.

AJ Hartley

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AJ Hartley is the New York Times and international bestselling author of young adult and adult fantasy, mystery/thriller, and historical fiction novels. He was born and raised in England, is a professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and has had a number of death-defying encounters with local wildlife while traveling around the globe. AJ is also a great practitioner of the arts including the performing arts, painting, and metalworking. 

Michelle Medlock Adams

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Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author who specializes in children’s books. Her latest book, I Love You the Mostest, recently won the prestigious Maxwell medal. When not working on her own assignments, she ghostwrites books for celebrities, politicians, and ministers, and teaches at writers’ conferences and universities across the nation.

Tony Marr

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Tony Marr is an award-winning speaker and storyteller who has spent years captivating audiences with his larger-than-life tales. From unbelievable adventures that will leave you wondering how he’s still alive to the untold stories of American past and scripture, Tony immerses his audiences in an imaginative world you will never want to leave.

Steve Berry

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Steve Berry is the New York Times and international bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and our first returning guest on The Story Blender. He weaves history, mystery, an intrigue together to create compelling stories. Listen in to hear his take on storytelling and to hear him discuss his latest novel, The Malta Exchange!

Frank Peretti

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Frank Peretti is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction that have sold over 15 million copies and been adapted for film. A “natural storyteller,” Frank takes readers on imaginative journeys that weave together suspense and unseen worlds. Listen in as Frank shares his insights on the art of story!