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Ruth Johnson
Member
Female
About Me

I've been a member of ACW for about 15 years, and used to be more involved when we met in central London.  As a child I enjoyed writing, and at different intervals of life written a variety of novels.  However, when the desire to combine my faith with fiction came together and 'Jane' was born I saw this could be a brilliant evangelist tool and believe God's promise that 'His Word never returns void".  I have only been published since 2007 after taking the step of 'going it alone' after Kingsway Publishing and a literary agent sent my books to 3 US publishers and they were rejected.  And so the 'Hearts Desire Series' was birthed based on Ps.37:3-4  with the strap line "Novels to romance your soul and spirit."  There are six projected books, the first three, 'Jane', 'Jill' and 'David' are all available from our website www.heartsdesireseries.com and in Kindle format from Amazon. You can read a sample chapter, but suggest if you want to read 'Jane' don't spoil the adventure because although each book stands alone, they do follow on, each in a two year interval starting in London in 1966.



Ruth Russell
Member
Female
About Me

Member of ACW fo ovr 30 years. Minister's wife for 51 years, still serving part-time in a small re-launched church, where I provide / organise the music, plan and publicise special events and design our posters, handbills, also a quarterly bulletin. Retired French / German / Music teacher. Run a U3A recorder Ensemble and a French Conversation group, attend German Conversation and Keep Fit classes.

Writing summary: Much material for church and school events; letters and short articles to various papers and magazines; a series of Advent booklets (tongue-in-cheek verse with a serious message); a series of A5 Advent Calendars and two perpetual themed year calendars, the second of these being the most recent item for sale; dabbling in short stories, but none submitted for consideration so far. 



SC Skillman
Member
Female
About Me

I was born and brought up in south east London. As a child I was inspired by Enid Blyton. I started writing adventure stories at the age of seven; the love of writing that her stories first instilled into me has strengthened over the years.

I studied English Literature at Lancaster University, and my first permanent job was as a production secretary with the BBC. Later I lived for nearly five years in Australia. Upon my return to England, I met my future husband David.Subsequently we married and then moved to Warwickshire, where we now live with our two teenage children.

I completed two comic novels before turning to romantic suspense with "Mystical Circles". I’ve always been fascinated by the interaction of different personalities, and by human relationships. I am now nearing completion on another romantic suspense novel "A Passionate Spirit".

And my advice to anyone who wants to be a writer? Read a lot, listen to people’s conversations, closely observe every aspect of their personalities, be fascinated by human behaviour and interaction in groups, and be persistent,stubborn, single-minded to the point of obsession…never give up, always believe in yourself despite all evidence to the contrary, and hold out for what you first dreamed of.

 



SallyT
Member
Female
About Me

Writer of Children's Fiction



Sarah
Member
Female
48 years old
About Me

I'm delighted to have been appointed the Groups' Coordinator for ACW. My role is to link you lovely people together; to encourage the groups that already exist, to stimulate interest for new groups and to offer support and advice.

Although a member of ACW you may not yet be part of a local group; enjoying all the benefits that come from meeting with other writers on a regular basis. My passion for the network of local groups stems from my own experience. Writing can be an isolating pursuit by its very nature. Being plugged into your local group can bring encouragement, friendship, valuable contacts, support and advice - whether you simply meet for coffee in town or for a whole day of writing together.

Do contact me if I can help in any way.



Sarah Macfarlane
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Female
About Me




Sharman Jeffries
Member
Female
65 years old
About Me

 I am now retired as a psychologist but still maintain a consultancy and support role.  I desire to write a blog sending out encouragement and insight to bring others up into a lighter life. My own writing came out of a need to pour out the deep emotions that had been festering inside me for years.  I see the benefit of journalling and keeping close to the Lord by writing to Him. He is gracious enough to write back - loving, kind, encourageing and always steadfast no matter how fickle I may be!  

I have written for Woman Alive in the past and contributed to other writing and counselling outlets.   We opened our house as a retreat facility for three years but now only welcome family and friends.

Previously my psychology work was as follows:

Many of the clients I support/train/mentor are people who sense that they are 'square pegs' trying to fit into our society andculture's 'round holes'. They are often highly gifted in an area that is not highly valued by those around them. Because of areas in life they struggle with, they may suspect they are dyslexic, dyspraxic, have attentional controlissues (ADD/ADHD), or be an 'Aspie' (Aspergers syndrome). They may have been assessed and given one such label or even a combination or all of them! To me an individual has their own unique profile, background, abilities andchallenges: being neurodiverse is about being different rather than dysfunctional.

 I first aim to assist the person accept themselves as they are - background,cognitive make up, particular strengths, weaknesses, differences to others,cross cultural issues - ... find out what their dreams, visions and goals are then design ways of heading towards their goals.  We can work together on self management and emotional control using cognitive behavioural coaching/therapy, compassion focussed therapy and mindfulness and attend to supporting their abilities and neurodiversity.  I can assist them to understand their type of personality and communication and relational styles (e.g. NEO-PI-R). I can be there during times of transition and challenge (by email, phone, Skype) as well as regular face to face meetings.

 




Sharon
Member
Female
56 years old

Sheila Johnson
Member
Female
60 years old
About Me

I have been writing since a teenager, initially poetry but then in 2000, after selling a front page article to the Gloucestershire Echo, I decided to train as a journalist. I qualified in 2002 and then worked as a freelancer with Gloucestershire Media for a couple of years. I continued to write the occasional article for them after this as well as becoming a regular contributor to the Christian Herald. On the demise of the latter, I became a regular contributor to the replacement magazine, CPO's Inspire. I have also written for Woman Alive, Classic Ford, the New Writer and various other local and national publications.

In 2012 I won second prize in a writing competition run by Christian publisher, Rose and Crown. I hope to have my novella 'the Alpha Male' published this summer and am currently working on a larger historical novel. I also still write articles, poems and short stories.



Sheila Melot
Member
Female
About Me

Lay Minister in a buzzing Anglican church. Mother to 2 adult daughters, grandmother to a dear little boy. Worked for 15 years with Tearfund, organising translators and working the quarterly magazine 'Footsteps'. Author of 'The Chocolate Choir' - a book for 7-12 year olds. Writer of many sermons and a one-to-one course for older people: 'The Rich pattern of life: you, me and God - what's it all about?'



Sheila Melot
Member
Female
About Me


Sheila Spencer-Smith
Member
Female

Shirley Moore
Member
Female
82 years old
About Me

I am an unpublished writer, but I have been writing stories and poems all my life - ever since I discovered that the stories my mother read to me were written by PEOPLE! and didn't just appear on the page.

I belongto a local Writers' Group but don't know any other Christian writers, apart from the people I have met at Scargill House on two of Adrian and Bridget Plass's weekends so I decided it was time I joined A.C.W. and maybe ventured into social media, which has always scared me.

No photograph I'm afraid - I hate seeing myself and avoid anything other than group photographs.



Shubnum
Member
Female

Si Page
Member
Male
47 years old
About Me
Simon Charles Page was born in Romford, Essex in 1970 and grew up with a love of football, film, frolicking and females (the priority of the four 'F's reversed during his teenage years). After attending three different senior schools, Simon decided that it wasn't a good idea to turn up for his GCE's and bunked off to head for the workplace as a carpet fitter, only to find the YTS scheme waiting with twenty something quid a week and a clip 'round the ear for cutting carpet 'very wonky'. Simon describes the next ten years of his working life in grim fashion: 'I've worked as a telesales 'thingy' (eww), vending machine salesman (spit), insurance clerk (snore), debt collector (ouch), recruitment consultant (I liked that one) and a mortgage broker (I worked for sharks and didn't last long).' Things were to change drastically in 1996, when Simon decided to become a 'real' student and take a B.A. Hons. Theology degree somewhere outside of Essex, called 'The North'. Simon began to ask questions about this strange new land called 'The North' and was told there was something called the North-South divide. Apparently, things were so bad 'oop North', that folk were likely to be poorer, live off a diet of mushy peas and statistically, die younger. Whether that was down to the mushy peas, Simon wasn't quite sure - that was until he started to do his research. After reading about an imaginary line called the equator, Simon mistook the North-South divide (which isn't an exact line either) for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Things seemed to match at first. After all, the Northern Hemisphere had more pollution due to population density (which Simon believed must contribute to the poor health in 'The North' and not just the mushy peas). Concerned that he might be sharing a million acres of land with a handful of infected people and the odd tiger or elephant, Simon was relieved to discover that his move to new pastures wouldn't involve a Trans-Atlantic flight, but a car journey up the M6 motorway to a grassy dwelling called Cheshire. Simon finished his degree in 1999 and until 2007, worked as a Church Minister in Merseyside and Blackpool. In more sophisticated company, Simon explained that he resided in Southport, near Royal Birkdale and when in Lancashire, he lived a few cosy miles from Royal Lytham. Simon has since been involved in a number of creative projects, patented a new invention with a good friend; launched a number of businesses and of course, written a comedy novel called 'Missing Gretyl', along with the satirical parody of David Cameron called: 'The Inside Scoop: The Secret Journal of a Prime Minister'. He has two lovely boys called Ruben and Freddie and has been married for nearly fifteen years to a beautiful lady called Solana. You can find out more about Si Page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/comedynovel and Twitter http://twitter.com/missinggretyl

Solveig Warren
Member
Female

Stanley Birch
Member
Male
87 years old

Steph Cottam
Member
Female
41 years old
About Me

My first book was published by Glory to Glory publications in August 2012!!! Such an exciting moment!! YAY!!!

So - as a member of ACW, I obviously love to write... I also love to organise. So that's what I do, in a nutshell.

Until my debut book, I have been writing a Christian Teenage Girl's Magazine called SHINE which is published and distributed free of charge to girls accorss the world. It's such an honour to be able to use my hands to encourage others.

I also work for a Christian organisation - CMJ - and have the pleasure of writing for the website - as the website manager, and organising the annual Conference. My two favourite activities combined into the perfect job role!!! :-)

I am blessed with a wonderful husband and a gorgeous stepson (part time, as he lives with his mum). We love to take advantage of being so close to Sherwood Forest and the Derbyshire Peaks!



Steve Bishop
Member
Male
About Me

Writing, other than for work-purposes within a civil service department, hadn't been on my agenda ... until recently.  But through a series of God-driven circumstances it's now a significant feature of my time/energies.  

Having to use the self-publishing route  for spiritual-growth material to emerge in book form has also been a steep learning-curve.   However the result, in physical terms so far, has been three books:   Dialogue with a Donkey (looking at the incident involving Balaam),  Fleeces Fears and Flames (exploring the life of Gideon), and  Focusing beyond the Horizon (learning from Samuel about God's perspective).   All are listed on Amazon.

In all of this experience being sensitive to God has, and continues, to be a vital element.  Hope that this presents a 'flavour' of where things are 'at' with me at the moment ... a work in progress!  




Steve Holloway
Member
Male
About Me

I grew up in a sleepy little beach town on the coast of Los Angeles, as a third-generation Californian. A deep fascination with the sea led to a degree in Aquatic Biology at UC Santa Barbara, where I also met my wife. Together we have travelled widely to many, rarely visited, corners of the world in our work with an international Christian mission. The last twenty years have been increasingly rooted in the UK, and so we added a British passport and citizenship (they just let anyone in nowadays…) to the litany of our life.

It is a sabbatical year, and among other things, I am exploring writing about the colonization of the open seas. Like the opening American West, this new frontier allows for a wide cast of characters there for many reasons – from the noble and opportunistic to the foolish and downright dastardly.

A similar love of science allows me to follow trajectories of today’s technology into the near future. Like Isaac Asimov, I believe stories like this are not so much science fiction, but social fiction.

Finally, I am also fascinated by faith in the world today – not religion, but faith. Though not often discussed in polite society, faith nonetheless dominates the headlines of our news and its influence is pervasive in world events. In my writing I want to explore missional communities, spiritual formation, why Muslims might decide to follow Jesus and what happens next. 

Though I have many ideas, I am a neophyte in the craft of writing fiction, and am eager to engage with others further along the path. Looking forward to getting to know you.