About Us

Welcome! Kentstead Media was founded to offer “truth speakers”–writers who weave life-changing truth, morals, and themes into their writing (fiction or nonfiction)–a safe home to publish.

The name Kentstead is a play on words. It’s our founder’s family name merged with the word “stead” which has its root in the word “stedding,” which signifies a safe place. In Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series a stedding was a place where magic didn’t work, thus within that place one could be safe from the use of such powers for good, or ill.

To have a home with Kentstead Media, writers don’t need to know famous people, they only need to know and desire to build deep communities with families, friends, and fellow authors. They don’t need to write the perfect query letter, they simply need to know the truths they stand for and how to weave them masterfully into their writing (fiction or nonfiction).

One of our heroes, C.S. Lewis, claimed there is a deeper and unchanging law underlying all human life that animates and rules us. At Kentstead Media, our primary goal is to bring that type of truth to readers through the catalyst of media. This includes books, art, and other media as well. We see media as an avenue to dispense truth and build a relationship with God and our fellow men. All our fictional and non-fiction publishing projects, regardless of the medium/framework, are located within this quest for clear, accessible truth. When people are through interacting with the media we publish, we want them to leave that experience changed by what they’ve encountered, and able to face life strengthened and armed by new awareness of what really is. This quest for genuine spiritual threads that unite us to the universe are meant to be firmly integral to the excitement, entertainment value and fun of our media. Discovering truth is life changing, and the best art is not just artistically successful, it is also true to life and leads us towards our better selves. Finding, developing and publishing such art is our mission.

Meet the Kentstead Media Team!

Owner & Editor in Chief: Bethany Tolley

I’m a woman with many talents, all of which I use to get truth out into the world. I consider myself a writer, through and through, with a natural urge to speak truth. I love to build others and consider myself a talent, writing, and business coach. I’m here to find truth speakers and help them get their voice heard by those who are hungry for it.

Co-Editor in Chief: Sonja Cassella

Sonja Cassella is a freelance writer and editor based in Fort Collins, Colorado. In addition to working for Kentstead, she edits the classical education website http://www.classicaleducationtoday.com. You can learn more about her at http://www.sonjacassella.com.

Illustrator: Chiara Noemi Monaco

Find Chiara on Fiverr: Chiara_n_monaco

Instagram: @lenneluce

Illustrator: Kennedy Smith

Kennedy is a budding illustrator. Find her on IG @WondrousFox and check out her etsy shop

Video Editor: Kalley Richardson

Kalley has been editing videos for her family and church friends for years. She has a gift for combining music and effects to create a “video experience.” Check out her first video for us by clicking here!