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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
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. 



SallyT
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Female
About Me

Writer of Children's Fiction



Sarah Macfarlane
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Female
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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.



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.



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.

 



Steve Townsend
Member
Male
52 years old
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Suzy McAllen
Member
Female
32 years old
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Trevor Stubbs
Member
Male
69 years old
About Me

Currently working on young adult fiction with the White Gates Adventures.

Born in Northampton in 1948, I have lived, studied and worked in London, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Yorkshire, Dorset and South Sudan. I was ordained in the C of E in 1975. Now retired in Keynsham (between Bristol and Bath), I spend my time writing, promoting the books, working with young people, acting as an International Consultant for Bishop Gwynne College in Juba (not a light task) and generally filling in with leading worship, weddings, baptisms and funerals when clergy are on holiday.

www.trevorstubbs.co.uk



Anne Elphick
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Female

Annette
Member
Female
51 years old
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Barbara Huntley
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Female
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Bobbie Ann Cole
Member
Female
About Me

I am author of my faith memoir She Does Not Fear the Snow. See the reviews at Amazon  http://amzn.to/19NpdR4 and  Goodreads http://bit.ly/18o73oa. It all began in a Jerusalem Church where, as a practicing Jew, I thought I wasn't supposed to be. Jesus laid a trail of miracles that led me to a new husband of faith in New Brunswick, Canada.

I divide my time between Canterbury in the UK and Canada.

I have devised and teach a Write Your Testimony Course. I am now launching a Teach the Testimony Teachers Course. I am training group leaders to facilitate this course for their church groups. This is also a particularly strong course for outreach to groups of the elderly, in prisons and in rehabs, etc. 

 

I have a vision for this course to go out and strengthen evangelizing throughout the world. This is just the beginning.

 




Brian ward
Member
Male
75 years old
About Me

I am Brian Ward. I have had various articles published over the years and, now, having retired from work, would like to expand my writing interest. I hope to have some more of my work published in due course.


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