Collar Cases Universe: The Team

Core Creatives

Author Lady

Amanda Trumpower

Amanda Trumpower writes for Jesus lovers who dig dragons, detectives, and droids. She’s a twin mom, second-generation homeschooler, D&D enthusiast, and board game fanatic.

Her personal heroes are Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie.

Amanda used to be a cat person . . . before she had twins. Now, she’s just thankful she doesn’t have to clean up more poo.

Illustrator Lady (Collar Cases)

Molly Farnsley

Molly Farnsley has been creating stories since she was little, wanting to share her ideas and art with the world. She graduated from college in 2013 with a degree in Professional Writing. She lives in the US with her husband and two cats, named Wheatley and Kiwi.

Her webcomic, Everpresent, tells the story of a kidnapped bride who fights to save her fiancé and the kingdom.

The Illustrator Lady mantle passed from Sarah to Molly in Summer 2022. Molly will be illustrating Collar Cases #4: Case of the Stolen Scarab and beyond.

Illustrator Guy (Power Pup)

Jerry Bennett

Jerry Bennett is a full time comic book artist, illustrator, and art director. He’s currently drawing Glamorella’s Daughter with co-creator Charles J. Martin for Literati Press Comics. He also writes and illustrates his own graphic novels.

Jerry has created licensed art for Lucasfilm, Marvel, Saban, and more. He has drawn storyboards for Mattel and Dreamworks. He’s also illustrated/produced animated book trailers for Scholastic and Lerner Children’s Books.

Other responsibilities include art residences at various institutions and serving as the Illustrator Coordinator for the Oklahoma/Arkansas region of SCBWI.

You can learn more on his website or follow him on Instagram.

Narrator Lady

Trista Shaye

Trista Shaye is a lively, vivid narrator who specializes in fully-voice recordings…meaning she brings each character to life with unique voices! The award-winning narrator has voiced over 100 audiobooks of various genres. She’s 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 are clean and enjoyable for the entire family. She has her own animal chapter book series (Big the Barn Cat) and directs her own epic fantasy podcast.

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

(Retired Illustrator Lady)

Sarah Johnson

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.

Sarah provided the illustrations for Collar Cases #1-3 and designed Mittens’ and Alex’s original looks. We are very thankful to her for her work and vision!

 

The Red-Ink Cabal of Grammar Ninjas

Chief Grammar Ninja

Alex Mellen

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.

Word Wrangler

Becca Wierwille

Wearing one of her many hats here at Team Collar Cases, Becca serves as an alternate editor, helping prepare manuscripts for readers.

Editing isn’t as simple as catching grammar mistakes and spelling blunders. Becca dives deep into the text to give excellent feedback on how to edit for clarity, impact, flow, pace, tone, and meaning.

Typo Buster

Robyn Mulder

Robyn Mulder is a freelance editor who lives in South Dakota with her husband Gary. As a kid, her family had a little black poodle named Midget.

She doesn’t have any pets now, but she loves to meet pet owners whenever she can and spend some time loving their dogs or cats.

Robyn does her best to correct every single typo in an editing job, but she’s not perfect . . . maybe if she had Power Pup’s eyes, she could catch them all!

Support Team

Chief Sanity Saver

Becca Wierwille

Becca Wierwille helps Author Lady maintain whatever shreds of sanity she has left by assisting with website maintenace, manuscript proof reading, event planning, blog processing, and many other random duties.

She’s also a talented children’s author in her own right!

Becca writes stories to show kids they are wonderfully created for the unique adventures in their lives.

Her short stories for children and devotions have been featured in numerous magazines and other publications, and she is a member of SCBWI, ACFW, and Word Weavers International.Editor by day and novelist by not-too-late-at-night, she wishes she could eat peach pie as often as most writers drink coffee. Despite her dreams of sandy beaches and mountain peaks, she loves living in Pennsylvania with her husband and their dog.

Sign up for her email newsletter to receive free resources and monthly encouragement.

Detective Training Director

Allie Ososkie

Science teacher turned homeschool mom, Allie designs the detective training activities that are exclusively available to members of the Bowwow Barkers email club.

You can find more of Allie’s educational resources over at Teachers Pay Teachers. You can also find her encouragement ministry to moms on Instagram at From Mama to Mama.

Book Cover Black Belt

Lyndsey Llewellen

In addition to being a fellow #twinmom (plus some singles!) and a Christian spec fic author for MG and YA audiences, Lyndsey is a book cover designer! She’s designed hundreds of covers with her business, Llewellen Designs.

Guest Bible Wizards

Katie J. Trent

Collar Cases #2: Case of the Missing Monet

Katie J. Trent is a popular author, speaker, and homeschool mama of two. Her mission is to inspire women to grow their faith, strengthen their families, and simplify their homeschool journeys.

Christie Thomas

Collar Cases #3: Case of the Angry Avians

Christie Thomas is a Canadian homeschool mom, former children’s ministry leader, and author of numerous fiction & non-fiction titles designed to support family discipleship.

Laurie Christine

Collar Cases #4: Case of the Stolen Scarab

Laurie Christine 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 RedeemingtheChaos.com.

Jason C. Joyner

Power Pup #1: Power Pup vs. Tommy Trigger Finger

Jason C. Joyner is a physician assistant, a writer, a Jesus-lover, and a Star Wars geek. He lives in Idaho with his lovely wife, three boys, and daughter managing the craziness in his home.

His first trilogy is the Rise of the Anointed, an award-winning YA superhero series.

Get updates at www.jasoncjoyner.com, or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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