Authors & Illustrators

I am so thankful for the authors and illustrators I’ve had the opportunity to work with so far through OWL of Hope. I’m always looking for new writers and artists whose work will compliment the OWL of Hope mission. Contact me for more information at

JS HartmanJ.S. Hartman, Patterns of Light

J.S. Hartman is the founding pastor of New Life Sanctuary in Bloomingdale, Georgia, and a full-time hospice chaplain at Hospice of Savannah, in Savannah, Georgia. He is a retired U.S. Army Chaplain (LTC), artist, writer, and poet. His book Patterns of Light will feature poems he has written over the years. Published October 15, 2014.

Andy and Melinda Smith
Andy Smith, The Eleventh Commandment
Andy Smith holds a master’s degree in Family Science from the University of Maryland College Park with a bachelor’s degree from the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Andy and Melinda have pastored across the Eastern United States for over twenty years. Andy and Melinda Smith offer seminars, coaching, mentoring,and on-site training for personal and relational wellness.
J. Mark Jordan
J. Mark Jordan, Morgan County Morning

Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Relations from the University of Toledo, and has spent his career as a pastor, organizational official and author. He stays busy writing books and articles, speaking at various engagements, and serving as the Ohio District Superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International. Mark has over ten published books including Living and Leading and The View from the Back of the Pulpit. You can read more of his work online at

CathyRodgersCathy Rodgers, A Life Course of Miracles and Prayer

Cathy Rodgers lives on a tidal creek in Savannah, Georgia where she experiences the daily ebb and flow of life on the saltwater marsh. She enjoys writing, photography, gardening and creating websites and blogs in her company called Seven Waves Marketing. You can find Cathy at

Shirley GreenShirley Green, My Time in Atlanta

Shirley Green spent 21 years as a contemplative cloistered nun, living a life of prayer at the Monastery of the Visitation in Atlanta, Georgia. She shares poetry she wrote, often about the people she met, in her book My Time in Atlanta. Published October 2, 2014. Available now through booksellers everywhere.

9d161a_11354065dfb767aece28e009a25f00ee.jpg_srz_158_243_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzAngelena Cortello, Angel: The True Story of an Undeserved Chance

Angel is a public speaker, mentor and addiction recovery sponsor. She currently works part-time as a tech in an addiction rehab center in Central Louisiana. She is available for presentations and ministry opportunities. For information, email Angel directly at Visit her website at

Howard Pastorella

 Howard Pastorella, Loveable Lappy: The Fish with the Golden Coin! 

Howard Pastorella is the Director of the Spirit of Freedom Ministries in Metairie, LA. He has enjoyed nearly four decades of experience working with children of all ages. He has experiences as a Sunday School teacher, bus minister, Christian clown, puppeteer, ventriloquist and has participated in children’sVacation Bible School, Christian dramas and as a children’s VBS special speaker. He was also a supervisor of high school for an A.C.E. Christian school.

Cindy-book photoCynthia Croce Smith, Illustrator of Loveable Lappy: The Fish with the Golden Coin!

Cynthia Croce Smith is an artist who loves all forms ofthe creative process. She studied Fine Arts at The OhioState University which led her to a career, ultimately, in graphic design. She has worked in graphic design for 36 years. Lovable Lappy is her first published children’s book.

Sandra HerreraSandra Herrera, Author and Illustrator of Pot Belly Pies

Sandra Herrera is a native of Pennsylvania. She has been a nurse for over 24 years. For fun, she spends her time outside gardening and enjoying nature. She also loves serving in various church ministries, and in volunteering with organizations that support homeless and disabled Veterans.

Ann Reade

 Ann Banco Reade, Illustrator of The Tiniest Tree – El Arbolito

Ann Banco Reade has a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Sociology. She has worked in mental and behavioral health orgnizations for several years. She considers herself an advocate for the homeless and mentally ill. The Tiniest Treeis her first book. She hopes to publish more books in the future. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.

Sandra Burnett

Sandra Burnett, Illustrator of The Tiniest Tree – El Arbolito

Sandra Burnett is a self-taught artist that specializes in portraits and life-like horses. She works in all media types and is available on commission for portraits and as an illustrator. Check back for a link to her website which will feature her talented artwork. She currently lives near Tampa, Florida.


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