The Creative Crew

Hi friends! Alex Digger here. Mittens and I are so excited to share our mystery adventures with you!

Although you could make the argument she and I do all the dangerous work–what with the actual detecting and all–the truth is Collar Cases is a team effort made possible only by our awesome office staff.

From editing to illustrations, narration, and devotional writing, we couldn’t do it without them. So take a look below and learn more about the creative minds that make Collar Cases possible.

See you at the next mystery!

Alex D. Digger

Author Lady

Amanda Trumpower writes for Jesus lovers who dig dragons, detectives, and droids. Although she’s been writing ever since she could hold a crayon, she really cranked up the words per minute after upgrading to a keyboard. She’s a twin mom, second-generation homeschooler, D&D enthusiast, and board game fanatic.

Illustrator Lady

Sarah Johnson’s story-based illustrations compose playful worlds for the young at heart. When she’s not scrutinizing colors, Sarah enjoys learning new board games, crocheting, and spoiling her cats, Wanda & Pietro.

Narrator Lady

Trista Shaye is a lively, vivid narrator who specializes in fully-voiced readings-meaning she brings each character to life with unique voices. The award-winning narrator has voiced over 100 audiobooks of various genres, is the voice of several characters in audio-drama podcasts, and has even recorded an advertisement for LEGO.

Along with being a voice actress, Trista is also an author who writes for Middle Grade and YA audiences. All of her books and series are clean and enjoyable for the entire family. Most recently, she has been working on releasing her Big the Barn Cat chapter book series and preparing to launch her own epic fantasy podcast.

You can find Trista on Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible.

Editor Lady

Alex Mellen is a copy editor for Christianity Today magazine in Illinois. She studied professional writing at Taylor University and previously worked the night shift at a small-town newspaper. (She did not have any cat or dog coworkers.) Star Wars is her favorite fandom.

Bible Lady #2

Katie J. Trent will be joining the Collar Cases team Spring 2022 as a guest devotional author for Collar Cases #2: Case of the Missing Monet! Devotionals apply the Bible verse theme of each Collar Cases episode and are an ebook-only exclusive.

Katie is a popular author, speaker, and homeschool mama of twoShe’s also a Pinterest drop-out with a messy house and happy kids—most of the time. Katie’s mission is to inspire women to grow their faith, strengthen their families, and simplify their homeschool journeys. In writing and speaking, Katie draws on a wealth of knowledge and experience from over a decade of counseling, ministry, and church planting. Her new book Dishing Up Devotions: 36 Faith-Building Activities for Homeschooling Families is now available.

Bible Lady #4

Laurie Christine will be joining the Collar Cases team Fall 2022 as a guest devotional author for Collar Cases #4: Case of the Stolen Scarab! Devotionals apply the Bible verse theme of each Collar Cases episode and are an ebook-only exclusive.

Laurie is a podcaster, author, Bible teacher and mom of 4 amazing boys. Her podcast, Redeeming the Chaos, invites moms of boys to join her on the wild, wonderful, chaotic adventure of raising courageous boys and connecting their hearts to Christ. Learn more at

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