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Nicole Baart, Tosca Lee, and Kimberly Stuart are all authors, speakers, mothers, and Midwesterners. They’re also dear friends. After over a decade of navigating the publishing industry more or less on their own, these powerhouse women decided to combine forces—and the Traveling Pens were born. What began as a collaborative for live events, book signings, and speaking engagements became something much more as the trio shared experiences and a growing passion for encouraging and uplifting fellow writers. They believe that we are and always will be better together. And they are eager to share their wealth of wisdom and publishing experience with up-and-coming writers.

Nicole Baart

New York Times Bestselling Author
Nicole Baart wants to live in a world filled with handwritten letters, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and great conversation. A critically acclaimed novelist, Nicole’s work has been featured as a Midwest Connections book pick, nominated for a Christy Award, and earned a starred and featured review from Publishers Weekly. In 2011 she co-authored a book that debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Tosca Lee

New York Times Bestselling Author
Tosca Lee is the multi-award winning, New York Times, IndieBound, and Amazon bestselling author of ten novels including The Line Between, The Progeny, Firstborn, The Legend of Sheba, Iscariot, and the Books of Mortals trilogy with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages and optioned for TV and film. A notorious night-owl, she loves movies, playing video games with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband. She’s also a big fan of her amazing readers.

Kimberly Stuart

Bestselling Author and International Speaker
Kimberly Stuart, in an effort to condone the time and money spent, would like you to know she holds degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Iowa. She learned lots of interesting things at these fine institutions, none of which prepared her for the lethal cocktail of parenthood and writing. Stuart is the author of eight published novels, including the Heidi Elliott series, Act Two, Stretch Marks, Operation Bonnet, Sugar, and Heart Land. She is a frequent public speaker and is passionate about helping others live great stories.