The Alive Communications team consists of individuals with proven track records in the industry–people known for their knowledge of words, strategic thinking, negotiation skills, business acumen, relational abilities, and marketing savvy. They understand the creative process and know contracts inside and out. They are devoted to ideas and expanding opportunities. They’re big-picture thinkers who sweat the small stuff. They understand words because they’ve written and spoken widely themselves. Most of all, they’re people of integrity and character. They’re people you can count on; a team you can trust.
Rick Christian has had a life-long passion for words and great writing. He is the founder and president of Alive Communications, the premiere literary agency, with more than a dozen NY Times #1 bestsellers to his credit. He launched Alive Communications in Los Angeles in 1989 and moved operations to Colorado Springs in 1991. Books represented by Alive have sold more than 200 million copies, have also occupied the #1 slot on best-selling lists compiled by USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly, and been optioned by numerous independent producers and film studios including Columbia, Disney and Sony.
Christian’s efforts on behalf of top authors have been widely chronicled in leading newspapers and magazines, from the New York Times and USA Today to Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly and Publisher’s Weekly. His biography and record of achievement appear in Who’s Who in America.
Raised in San Diego and a 1977 graduate of Stanford University (communications and creative writing), he also studied at Capernwray Bible School in England and the University of Southern California where he pursued graduate work in professional writing. Christian launched his publishing career as a newspaper reporter and columnist, followed by a career switch to magazine publishing. He served as associate editor of Campus Life magazine, executive editor of The Saturday Evening Post, and then transitioned to executive leadership in book publishing. Along the way, he wrote several books himself, including Alive, The Woodland Hills Tragedy, A Gift of Life, and Silent Night, which was adapted for the television series “Sue Thomas F.B.Eye.”
It is as a literary agent that Christian became renowned, particularly for his entrepreneurial efforts behind such mega-sellers as the Left Behind series (66 million copies with millions more in 27 languages), Eugene Peterson’s The Message (15 million copies), Karen Kingsbury’s novels (20 million copies), Lisa Beamer’s post 9-11 Let’s Roll (1.5 million copies), and the Life Recovery Bible (2 million copies). He is also celebrated for his literary efforts on behalf of Billy Graham and his family, Brennan Manning, Emerson Eggerichs, and Rwanda President Paul Kagame, among others. Other Alive phenoms include Don Miller’s Blue Like Jazz (1 million copies), Ron Hall and Denver Moore’s Same Kind of Different as Me (1 million), and Heaven is for Real (6 million). Christian’s representation of high-profile properties, negotiation for major theatrical adaptations, and pioneering work to develop cross-over markets and leverage support across all formats and mediums, earned Christian and his Alive Communications team its second-to-none reputation as Agents of Change.
Christian also serves on the board of Tirzah International, a network of national movements encompassing over 150,000 women leaders worldwide, addressing issues of injustice affecting women and girls. He and his wife Debbie have a blended family of seven children and live on a ranch in Black Forest, outside of Colorado Springs. His interests include real estate development, winter sports, boating, mountain biking, fishing and hunting. He is an avid reader, travels broadly, and finds special challenge in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times crossword puzzles and hiking mountains over 14,000 feet.
Little Known Facts: Rick was a paper boy, yo-yo champion, Eagle Scout, and high school student body president. He has hunted cape buffalo in Africa, alligators in South America and bear in Colorado. An avid fly fisherman, he has also landed king salmon in Alaska and marlin in Cabo San Lucas.
Andrea brings a broad publishing background to every project she represents, having worked as an editor, marketer, and agent, with award-winning and best-selling authors of both fiction and nonfiction adult, youth, and children’s books. Her love for the written word began early in life, and took her to Seattle Pacific University where she majored in English, studied Literature in London, and wrote for the university’s newspaper. Andrea started her career as a literary agent, where she contracted over 30 books with major publishers. She went on to work at NavPress, first as a publicist, where she directed and implemented publicity plans for the publisher, including release events, author signings, media appearances, and trade shows, and later as an editor, where she helped develop a new line of books targeting college students. Andrea was recently an acquisitions editor at David C. Cook, where she acquired dozens of book titles, including a Christy award winner, and a book that Publisher’s Weekly, deemed one of the best books published in 2008. In her free time, Andrea enjoys driving her red Jeep Wrangler, traveling, reading, hiking, and skiing.
Little Known Facts: Andrea is an avid traveler and her adventures have taken her on planes, trains, and automobiles around the world. She’s been scuba diving in Israel, ridden an elephant in Thailand, and worked at an orphanage in the Ukraine.
Lisa Jackson has been reading, writing, and editing for the entire span of her career. She joined the Alive Communications team in 2014, bringing with her a passion for a great story and nearly twenty-five years of experience in the publishing industry.
Cutting her editorial teeth as a local newspaper reporter and editor in North Central Illinois, Lisa learned very early on the power of the written word. And the importance of hitting deadlines. After several years behind the newsdesk, Lisa joined the team at Christianity Today International as Associate Editor of Christian Parenting Today.
And then in 2000, Lisa rounded out her publishing journey with a move from magazines to books, joining Tyndale House Publishers in Carol Stream, Illinois. As Associate Publisher of Nonfiction, she led the team that has acquired numerous award-winning titles and New York Times bestsellers. With extensive experience in both the ABA and CBA markets, she understands the importance of helping authors find their voice and shape their message. While at Tyndale, Lisa was privileged to work directly with a long list of key authors, including Beth Moore, Tony Dungy, David Platt, Steve Saint, Tim Pawlenty, Ann Voskamp, David Jeremiah, and John Ortberg.
Lisa has been married to the love of her life since 1988. She and Rich are the very proud parents of two extremely mature kids and two extremely immature Labrador retrievers. They love anything to do with good food, good friends, and the great outdoors.
Little known fact: Thinking she would follow in her dad’s footsteps, Lisa was originally a chemistry major in college—until she found out how much math was involved.
Bryan Norman has an immense love for the written word and its power to change hearts and lives. He also cherishes authors, their unique way of seeing the world, and the power they have to express it.
Bryan came to Alive Communications in 2013 after nine years at Thomas Nelson Publishers in Nashville, Tennessee. He rose there through the editorial ranks to become Associate Publisher at one of the industry’s leading nonfiction trade groups. Prior to joining Thomas Nelson, he received his Master’s Degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Colorado (Boulder) where he graduated with honors.
During his tenure at Thomas Nelson, Bryan played a crucial role in the day-to-day operations of a major publishing division. He knows the ins and outs of the industry, the publishing process, how to shape exceptional content and products, and the crucial role marketing, publicity, and platform play in today’s ever-changing publishing landscape. He loves sharing his knowledge and partnering with authors to shape their careers and achieve their dreams.
Bryan knows what it takes to create a best-selling book that changes lives and has worked with numerous acclaimed authors with best-selling results including John Eldredge, Don Miller, Bob Goff, John MacArthur, John Maxwell, Marcus Buckingham, Sheila Walsh, Robin McGraw, Charles Stanley, Charles Swindoll, Brian McLaren, and Erwin McManus.
Bryan has the privilege of representing powerful voices and world-changers like Rich Stearns, Anne Graham Lotz, Elisa Morgan, Jim Rubart, and many others. His greatest aim is to serve with reckless generosity—to give his time, expertise, passion, and partnership to help make good things happen in lives all around him. Above all, he values the power of good relationships, a servant’s heart, and a commitment to excellence.
Bryan and his wife, Suzanne, are currently live in Colorado Springs with their golf phenom toddler, Miles, and their smiley baby, Daphne.
Little Known Facts: Bryan’s first camping trip ever was a one hundred mile hike on the Appalachian Trail.
Brian Thomasson is a passionate and creative publishing professional who brings nearly fifteen years of experience to the Alive team. He has worked on books with bestselling authors in both the general market and the Christian market across a broad range of genres at a variety of innovative publishing companies.
After four years as a high school English teacher, Brian began his career in the book industry at Prima Publishing in Roseville, California, known at the time for the perennial bestsellers, What to Expect when Expecting and one of the first books about the infamous Osama Bin Laden, The Man Who Declared War on America.
In 2001, driven by a desire to work on books most compelling to him personally, Brian and his family moved to Sisters, Oregon to join Multnomah Books. It was here he had the opportunity to work with an array of remarkable authors including, Albert Mohler, John Piper, Randy Alcorn, Ravi Zacharias, Joshua Harris, Dr. D. James Kennedy, Henry Blackaby, Andy Stanley, Joni Eareckson Tada, Bruce Wilkinson, Jim Daly, Mark Batterson, and Greg Laurie.
In 2007, Brian began seminary studies alongside publishing and teaching endeavors in the Colorado Springs area, fulfilling a lifelong goal of being equipped to “rightly divide” and teach the Bible. Teaching literature and writing courses at Colorado Christian University and working amidst the flourishing Colorado Springs publishing community, Brian has rarely failed to find the challenge he thrives on.
Brian and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for nearly twenty years and have five children. He enjoys fly fishing at undisclosed locations in nearby Cheesman canyon, crashing down trails on his mountain bike in Palmer Lake, Colorado, and “schooling” his oldest son Elliot at the foosball table.
Little Known Fact: Brian is a serial pedestrian. He walks two or three miles every day, and has for the last twenty years.