Meet the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference’s First Keynote Speaker: Karen Ball

At the upcoming Southern California Christian Writers’ Conference that I’ll be directing, we have three wonderful keynoters lined up for the three days of the conference. I’d like to introduce one of them to you.

Karen Ball will be giving our Thursday keynote session, “Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life!”

A publishing professional for over 35 years, Karen Ball has overseen fiction for Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and B&H Publishing Group. Karen is currently owner of Karen Ball PublishingServices, LLC; a literary agent with the prestigious Steve Laube Agency; an award-winning, best-selling author; the co-creator of Write from the Deep and Live from the Deep with Erin Taylor Young; and a popular speaker and podcaster. She’s worked with such notable authors as Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Brandilyn Collins, Robin Jones Gunn, Terri Blackstock, and many others. Karen lives in Oregon with her husband, and their four-legged, furry “kids.”

We had Karen fill out a fun questionnaire to get to know her a little better. Enjoy!

Fun fact about you:

I’ve played the flute and piccolo since the 5th grade.

Favorite pastime:
Playing with my dogs or gardening

Something most people would be surprised to find out about you:

I’m a really good shot with both rifles and handguns

Besides the Bible, what’s one of your favorite books and why?

Streams in the Desert. It’s a powerful collection of writings from people with deep faith, who understand what it means to follow a suffering Savior

One person you would love to meet and why:

John Wayne. His movies have brought my family great enjoyment and I respect who he was as a person.

One reason you are excited for the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference:

It’s a new conference for me and I love meeting new people

One of our taglines is “Come for the conference, stay for the fun!” Is there any particular attraction/activity you are looking forward to while in Southern California for the conference?

I’d love to see the zoo!

Register for the conference here:

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