Spring Keynoter Karen Ball

We Are Streams in the Desert

Karen Ball has always loved the power of story. She considers it a gift that she’s been able to use this passion during nearly 30 years in publishing as an executive and acquisitions editor. Karen built and led fiction lines for Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and B&H Publishing Group.

The owner/operator of Karen Ball Publishing Services, LLC, and a literary agent with the Steve Laube Agency, Karen loves to partner with authors and help them refine their craft to bring forth the power in their work. She’s had the honor of acquiring and working with some of the best novelists in the market, including Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Brandilyn Collins, Ginny Yttrup, and Robin Jones Gunn.

Inspired by an amazing “synergy” as she edits and represents authors in her new role as an agent, Karen helps writers craft to a higher level and discover appropriate venues for their work. Her desire is to serve authors.

Karen, a published author of fiction, nonfiction, and youth books says she “loves writing stories that resonate with authenticity,” whether it be a family saga, adventure, romance, or suspense. She highlights insights about friendships, family, the Christian walk, and ways to uplift the truth and bring glory to God, the Great I Am. Readers tell her over and over they have discovered her novels to be “powerful, uplifting, and fun.” Karen strives to encourage and delight readers and authors alike.

Several of Karen’s novels have received awards, among them the Readers’ Choice award and the ACFW award for the Best Inspirational Novel of the Year.

Karen lives in Oregon with her husband, father, and a collection of four-legged furry kids, including an incorrigible Corgi named Kirby and Dakota, an Aussie-Terrier mix rescue dog she affectionately refers to as “The Black Hole of Emotional Need.”

Join Karen as she presents two keynote addresses, “Did God Just Blink?” and “Shelters, Streams, and Shadows.” Allow God to create powerful, vibrant changes in your life and writing career and make you become, as Isaiah stated, a “shelter from the wind and a refuge in the storm” for a hurting world.

Books by Karen Ball 



Three Weddings and a Giggle

Fools for Love

Heart’s Delight


Kaleidoscope Eyes

What Lies Within

Love’s Surprise

Shattered Justice

A Test of Faith

The Breaking Point

Writers on Writing

What the Wind Picked Up

Family Traditions that Last a Lifetime

The Hazardous Homestead

The Overnight Ordeal

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