Association of Christian Writers

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Phil Groom
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Male
About Me

Demented blogger, book, cheese & chocolate lover, dreamer, poet, short story writer, equal marriage supporter, mental health activist, Green Party member and vicarage lawn mower — is that enough to be going on with?

I run several blogs & websites, my personal blog at philgroom.wordpress.com, the UK Christian Bookshops Directory and its associated blog — predictably named the Christian Bookshops Blog — and, most recently (March 2015), I've set up the Christian Writers Directory, which aims to help bridge the gap between readers, writers, booksellers and publishers by providing an A-Z guide to the people who make the Christian book trade possible: the writers.

As an ACW member, you can register and be listed for half the normal subscription rate: £5 rather than £10 per year; and if you're quick off the mark and register before March 31st 2015, whilst the Directory is still under construction, your first year's listing is free.

Finally, you'll find me tweeting @notbovvered @UKCBD and @ChristianWriDi - I usually follow back, and that's a certainty if you let me know that you're a fellow ACWer :)



Philip Davies
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Male

Primavera Quantrill
Member
Female
43 years old
About Me

I am a freelance PR, communications and events consultant. I am also editor of the Methodist Prayer Handbook.

See www.quantrillmedia.com for more details. 

I also love writing as a hobby and have completed a children's novel about life in Nelson's Navy which I am about to send off to an agent who has expressed an interest and, just for fun, I've been dabbling Chick Lit. 



Rachael Newham
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Female
27 years old

Rebecca58
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Female
59 years old

Richie Brown
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Male
71 years old

Robert Atkin
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Male
About Me
I am a writer, website designer, theology student, father and husband. At present I run a website design business and am researching for a couple of books in between writing essays for a theology degree. I am particularly interested in speculative fiction - science fiction, fantasy, dystopian and alternate history.

Rosalind Davies
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Female
About Me
I'm a writer and editor, so I work right across the editorial spectrum, from proofreading and copy-editing through to developmental editing and original writing. My aim is to help individuals and organisations produce top quality, creative communications that are right for their audience. I love working with Christian-led organisations and the voluntary sector and hope to make this a specialism. I'm currently writing a book about the Street Pastors movement for Hodder Faith. I tweet about my work and my creative challenges at [email protected]

Rose Macgregor
Member
Female
59 years old
About Me

My name is Rose and my husband is Malcolm  we both enjoy reading and writing .

Malcolm was in a bad accident in 2009 so we are just getting back to do the things we enjoy but slower now.



Ruth Johnson
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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
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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. 



SallyT
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Female
About Me

Writer of Children's Fiction



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
57 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.



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.



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
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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.

 



Steve Townsend
Member
Male
52 years old
About Me

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