Meet the Alleycats

We're a group of eleven published and aspiring authors with one big audacious dream - to glorify God through our writing. We love to laugh. We have a borderline obsession with chocolate, and have been known to go missing in bookstores in broad daylight. 

We are the Alleycats, and we're here to encourage you on your writing journey.

Pepper D. Basham - Pepper is a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, music pastor’s wife, and speech-language pathologist. When she’s not sleeping, she’s creating fictional worlds where good defeats evil, laughter reigns, and adventure thrives. She's won several awards for her fiction and currently lives with the writing motto – “Write in the moment. You’re not promised the next ten minutes.”

Pepper writes a variety of genres, from Contemporary romance to fantasy or historical to supernatural, all with some of her Appalachian culture sprinkled in.
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Writing Credentials: 
2012 ACFW Genesis Semi-Finalist
2011 ACFW Genesis Double Finalist
2010 TARA Inspirational Category Winner
2009 Golden Rose Finalist
2009 Writers Digest Honorable Mention
2009 Blue Ridge Mt Award of Excellence

Ashley Clark writes romance with southern grace. She is represented by Karen Solem of Spencerhill Associates and holds a Master of Arts in English Creative Writing. Her publishing credits include short stories in Guideposts' A Cup of Christmas Cheer, articles in Susie Magazine as well as SciendaQ, and her editing experience includes two literary journals published by the University of West Florida. Ashley is a 2011 and 2014 Genesis Contest semifinalist, and she teaches writing and literature courses at her local university. When she's not writing, Ashley's probably rescuing stray dogs, traveling, or finding new small towns for story settings.

Twitter: WriterAshley 
Facebook: Ashley Clark 

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Writing Credentials: 
2014 ACFW Genesis Semi-Finalist
2011 ACFW Genesis Semi-Finalist

Angie Dicken- Angie Dicken credits her love of story to reading British literature during life as a military kid in England. Now living in the U.S. heartland, she's a member of ACFW, sharing about author life with her fellow Alley Cats on The Writer's Alley blog and Facebook page. Besides writing, she is a busy mom of four and works in Adult Ministry. Angie enjoys eclectic new restaurants, authentic conversation with friends, and date nights with her Texas Aggie husband. 

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Writing Credentials:
2010-present: ACFW member
2014 Writers On The Storm Short Story Finalist
2013 Touched By Love Finalist
2013 Mile High Scribes One Sheet Finalist
2011 Mile High Scribes One Sheet Winner
2011 ACFW Genesis Contest Semi-Finalist
2011 Touched By Love 3rd Place in Historical

Casey Herringshaw - Casey is a homeschool graduate and has been writing since high school. She is an Eastern Oregon native transplanted into a metropolis of Denver, employed as an administrative assistant at Wordserve Literary and the words and stories God has placed on her heart and putting them on paper is one of her highest passions in life. Casey is a member of ACFW and their Carol Awards Coordinator. You can connect with her through her personal blog, Writing for Christ.

Follow her on Twitter: @C_Herringshaw
And on Facebook:

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Writing Credentials:
2013 ACFW Genesis Semi-Finalist
2012 ACFW Genesis Semi-Finalist
2011 My Book Therapy Frasier Finalist

Krista Phillips - Krista writes romantic comedy for the Christian market.

Her published works include her novel, "Sandwich, with a Side of Romance" and "A Side of Faith", a Sandwich Novella.

She is an active member in the American Christian Fiction Writer's Association.

More important than all that, she is married to the man of her dreams and is the mother of four beautiful little girls.

Krista blogs about the writing journey, motherhood, and life in general as a woman serving God at She is also an advocate for congenital heart defect and organ donation awareness.

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Writing Credentials:
September 2012 Sandwich, with a Side of Romance (Abingdon Press) 
August 2014 A Side of Faith
2011 ACFW Genesis Semi-Finalist
2010 RWA Faith-Hope-Love's Touched By Love Contest 2nd Place 

Cara Putman -  Cara C. Putman, the award-winning author of 19 books, graduated high school at 16, college at 20, and completed her law degree at 27. FIRST for Women magazine called Shadowed by Grace “captivating” and a “novel with ‘the works.’” Cara is active at her church and a lecturer on business and employment law to graduate students at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Putman also practices law and is a second-generation homeschooling mom. Putman is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration at Krannert. She serves on the executive board of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization she has served in various roles since 2007. She lives with her husband and four children in Indiana. You can connect with her online at:


Writing Credentials:

Canteen Dreams Heartsong Presents
Sandhill Dreams Heartsong Presents
Captive Dreams Heartsong Presents
A Promise Kept Heartsong Presents
A Promise Born Heartsong Presents
A Promise Forged Heartsong Presents
Deadly Exposure Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense
Trial by Fire Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense
Complete Idiots Guide to Business Law Alpha/Penguin
Stars in the Night Summerside Press Swept Away
Timeless Treasures Guidepost
Squared Away Guidepost
Dying for Love (novella) in Cherry Blossom Capers Barbour
A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island Barbour
Love Around the Corner (novella) Barbour
Work In Progress Guidepost
Shadowed by Grace B&H White
Christmas in Where Treetops Glisten Waterbrook
Mixed Motives Guidepost

Julia Reffner - Julia is blessed to be a servant to the King, married to the love of her life, a busy home school mom of two young children, and owned by three beautiful ragdoll cats. 

She writes articles and reviews for Library Journal, a trade publication with a 100,000+ circulation. 

Julia also is a contributor to the growing website Wonderfully Woven where she writes devotional and home themed blog posts. 

An active member of ACFW, Julia is an assistant coordinator for the CAROL awards. 

Find Julia on:

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Karen Schravemade lives in Australia, where she attempts to keep up with her three small kids by day and transforms into a fearless blogger by night. Her popular creative home-making blog, A house full of sunshine, currently reaches over 50,000 readers per month. 

A writer of inspirational women’s fiction, she is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Agency. Karen was a 2011 Genesis finalist, and her short stories have appeared in Idiom 23 journal and Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

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Writing Credentials:
2011 ACFW Genesis Finalist

Amy Leigh Simpson is the completely exhausted stay-at-home mama to the two wild-child, tow-headed toddler boys, one pretty little princess baby, and the incredibly blessed wife of her hunky husband Rick—who makes it easy to write flat-out devastating, swoon-worthy heroes! 

She writes Romantic Suspense chalked full of grace that is equally inspiring, nail-biting, and hilarious. And a little saucy! Okay fine, a lot saucy. :) She is a member of ACFW. Amy has her degree in Sports Medicine and enjoys weaving medical aspects into her stories. Her greatest ambitions are to create stories that inspire hope, raise up her children to be mighty warriors for Christ, invent an all-dessert diet that works, and make up for years of sleep deprivation. 

She is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. 

Writing Credentials:
Debut novel coming October 2015 with WildBlue Press!

Laurie Tomlinson is a wife and mom who writes stories of grace in the beautiful mess. Her writing is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary. She also works as a freelance copywriter, editor, and PR consultant. 

When she's not doing something related to books, Laurie enjoys car singing, cooking, and going on adventures with her husband and little girl. 

You can connect with Laurie here: 

1624 Communications 

Writing Credentials: 

2013 ACFW Genesis Winner (Contemporary) 
2014 ACFW Genesis Winner (Romance) 

Mary Vee -  Rock climbing, white-water rafting, zip lining, and hiking top Mary's list of great ways to enjoy a day. These activities require lots of traveling, which is also tops on her list. For some crazy reason, the characters in Mary’s young adult mystery/suspense fiction stories don’t always appreciate the dangerous and often scary side of her favorite activities. Unbelievable.

Mary studies marketing and writing skills, and pens missionary and retellings of Bible stories on her ministry blog, God Loves Kids. She has been a finalist in several writing contests.

Visit Mary at her websiteblog, and her ministry blog to families: God Loves Kids. Or chat on Facebook or Twitter

All subscribers to Mary's newsletter will receive her novella, an intriguing suspense/mystery. Come, read a good story. To get your free gift, sign up for the newsletter at Mary's website  Never Give Up Stories. Join the adventure!

Follow her on:
Instagram:  @MaryVeeWriter
Twitter:       @MaryVeeWriter
Facebook:  Mary Vee Writer

Writing Credentials:

Christmas With The Enemy, A Blizzard Novel
Daring To Live, Patriotic Suspense Novel
Anders Redemption, A Christmas Novella
2013   Finalist in The Phoenix Rattler 
2012   Semi finalist in The Clash of the Titans (The Olympia) 
2012   Finalist in Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt Writing Contest (Write Integrity Press)
2004   Winner Excellence Program for ACSI: Grocery Store Ministry