August 15, 2008

Steve & Janet Bly

Stephen Bly

P. O. Box 157

Winchester, ID, 83555


About Stephen ~

~ authored and co-authored 100 fiction and nonfiction books, including historical and contemporary westers

~ Christy Award winner, Westerns, 2002, The Long Trail Home

~ Christy Award finalist, Westerns, 2003

mayor of Winchester, Idaho, pop. 308

pastor of Winchester Community Church

~ speaker for men’s and writers’ groups, USA and Canada

~ roving editor, Big Show Journal

~ mentor, Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild

~ represented by agent Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary

~ Interviews and Media Kit available,

~ Fresno State University, CA, Philosophy, summa cum laude

~ M. Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, CA, 1974

Married to writer, Janet Chester Bly, 43 years; they’ve co-authored 18 books.

Resides in northern Idaho at 4,000 ft. elev., on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.

Father of 3 sons: Russell, Michael, & Aaron. The family includes daughters-in-law, Lois, Michelle & Rina Joye, plus teen grandkids, Zachary & Miranda.

Third generation westerner, Steve spent his first 30 years working family ranches and farms in central California.

Hobbies: Collects and restores antique Winchesters; studies histories of Old West; and does construction on Broken Arrow Crossing, a false front western village next to his home.

Seldom seen without cowboy boots, hat, and jeans, even in the pulpit.

Recent books: One Step Over The Border, Center Street/Hachette Book Group; The Horse Dreams Series—Memories of a Dirt Road Town, The Mustang Breaker, and Wish I’d Known You Tears Ago (B&H); Paperback Writer (B&H); and Fortunes of the Black Hills Series (B&H Publishers).

Janet Chester Bly

P. O. Box 157, Winchester, ID, 83555



About Janet ~

-- B.S., Literature and Fine & Performing Arts Interdisciplinary, Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho

-- speaker at women’s retreats on women’s issues, relational challenges, and devotional themes (topic list available upon request)

-- teacher at writers conferences/web communities; panelist, The Writers View e-group; mentor, Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild; Writer of Year Award, Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference; Judge, International Self-Published Book Awards, Writer’s Digest Magazine

-- member, Winchester Community Church, Winchester, Idaho music director, teacher of challenged adults; president of local Library Board

-- mother of three married sons: Russell, Michael, and Aaron, grandmother of teens, Zachary and Miranda

-- wife of Stephen Bly—pastor, mayor, author, speaker, antique Winchester collector

-- author of 11 books, including Words To Live By For Women (2004, Bethany), Hope Lives Here (2001, Discovery), God Is Good All The Time (1999, Discovery), Awakening Your Sense of Wonder (1997, Discovery), and The Heart of a Runaway (1995, Discovery, and in-print for 10 years)

-- co-author (with husband Stephen) of 18 nonfiction and fiction books, including The Power of a Godly Grandparent (2003, Beacon Hill), The Carson City Chronicles (2000, Servant), The Hidden West Series (1998, Servant).

-- contributor to 7 books, including What The Wind Picked Up (2005, iUniverse, short story), The Storyteller’s Collection (2001, Multnomah, short story)

-- represented by agent Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, 2373 NW 185th Avenue, Suite 165, Hillsboro, Oregon, 97124

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