Redbud Writers Guild is a registered 501(c)3 with tax exempt status and is run completely by volunteers. 

Terri Kraus

Terri Kraus, President

Terri has authored/co-authored thirteen novels—historical and contemporary—adding her award-winning interior designer’s eye to her world of fiction. She makes her home in Wheaton, Illinois, with her husband, Jim son, Elliot, miniature schnauzer, Rufus, and Siberian cat, Petey. Terri has traveled extensively internationally, and relishes visiting countless historical building sites and churches everywhere she goes. She taught Interior Design at the college level for eight years, and directed women’s ministries at her church for six years. Fueled by her heart to abolish modern day slavery, Terri co-founded the West Chicagoland Anti-Trafficking Coalition. Terri leads a neighborhood Bible study, and enjoys all things Italian and British. Her book club is in its eighteenth year of meeting monthly.  See Terri’s novels at



Shelly Wildman, Vice President

Shelly is a wife, mom, writer, speaker, and retired college writing professor. She’s passionate about encouraging women to seek God in the everyday adventures of life and writes about this on her blog. She speaks to women’s groups about trusting God, even when it’s hard, and about how God has used deep loss and motherhood to draw her closer to Him.  She holds an M.A. in English Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When Shelly was a little girl she dreamed of being a travel agent, and while that is not the career path God had for her, she still enjoys planning trips. Travel is one of her great passions. If she’s not on the road, Shelly is probably using her gift of hospitality, cooking up something delicious for family and friends, because she believes that there’s nothing better than having people she loves around her table. Shelly is a regular contributor to the Mothers of Daughters blog. Learn more about her at


Lara Krupicka

Lara Krupicka, Treasurer

Lara Krupicka is an internationally published parenting journalist and speaker who encourages parents to create lives full of family adventures. A family bucket list advocate, Lara is best known for her Bucket List Life Manifesto and her books Family Bucket Lists and Bucket List Living For Moms. Lara’s work has been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers including The LA Times, San Diego Family, Family Australia Magazine, Today’s Christian Woman, and Proverbs 31 Woman. Lara speaks regularly to mom’s groups, women’s retreats, and Bible studies, reaching hundreds of people over the past six years. Lara and her husband, Mike, are raising their three daughters in the suburbs of Chicago. Lara blogs at


Sharon Hoover, Secretary

Sharon R Hoover writes devotional and inspirational works for all who are exploring and growing in the journey of faith. Her passions for education and global issues led her from being a high school teacher to a Middle East analyst and then to serving in the church. Through writing and speaking, she encourages women as they seek God in life, in play, in family, and in work. Sharon’s first book, Soul Motive to Pray, is a personal retreat workbook to encourage deeper conversations with the Lord. She enjoys connecting with local and global outreach partners in her position as Director of Missions at Centreville Presbyterian Church. She lives with her husband, occasionally-visiting college son, and soon-to-be-college-student daughter in the suburbs of northern Virginia. Connect with Sharon through her blog at or at her discipleship site,


Marlena Graves

Marlena Graves is the author of A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness (Brazos Press 2014). Hearts and Minds Books awarded it the Best Book on Spiritual Formation by a First Time Writer (2014).  Marlena is also a bylined writer for Christianity Today and Our Daily Journey (Our Daily Bread Ministries). Her pieces have also appeared in the NIV Devotional Bible For Women (Zondervan, 2015), The Mudroom Blog, READY! Magazine, A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions that Meet You in Your Everyday Mess forthcoming by (in)courage and also some pieces in the forthcoming (in) courage Devotional Bible and in many other venues. She is the Director of Discipleship at Maumee United Methodist Church and an adjunct professor at Winebrenner Seminary where she teaches Discipleship Ministries. She lives in Toledo, Ohio with her philosophy professor husband, Shawn, and three beautiful and precocious daughters. You can find Marlena on Twitter at @MarlenaGraves or at her website



Aleah Marsden

Aleah ‘s writing can be found in publications like The Banner and Books & Culture, as well as a handful of devotionals in the new NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World (Zondervan, 2015). She is a popular speaker at women’s events, moms’ groups, and retreats. Aleah is grateful for the opportunities the Lord has provided for her to share the gifts He’s given her. She blogs about life, faith, and her global travels with Living Bread Ministries at




Nilwona Nowlin

Nilwona is a redemptive artist, someone who believes in the power of the arts to bring about positive transformation and God’s shalom in individuals and communities. Her passion is helping others discover their God-ordained purpose in life and move toward becoming all that He created them to be. She believes that we all have something to share with the world, and she strive to create written works that encourage others to be all they were created to be. Learn more about Nilwona at