We all need encouragement—and this is especially true when we’re engaged in isolating endeavors—like writing!
Although many of us who choose to obsess over sentence structure and finding the perfect word are typically more hermits than socialites, we still need support of various kinds.
In that light, I’ve created this page with links to the websites or online works of my writing friends who are seeking to serve God with their writing gifts.
My goal for doing so is to support increased visibility for them and to help my readers find other writers whose work they may enjoy.
Some may refer to themselves as Christians who are writers; others may call themselves writers who are Christians; others may say they’re Christian writers—or some other hybird title that captures all of that.
Some may write fiction; or nonfiction; or books; or articles; or devotionals; or any combination of any of those things.
Regardless, I seek to promote the work of those who want to glorify God through their writing gifts—and who are part of my first-person world.
The following list will be growing as I touch base with my writing friends.
Check out these great writers who seek to serve God with their gifts.
Doris Hoover. Doris resides in The Villages, Florida. She also spends time along the coast of Maine. Her passion is discovering God’s messages in nature and sharing them with others. The mother of three daughters and grandmother to five grandchildren, Doris spends her retirement years with her husband Tim traveling the east coast visiting places and people. Doris is an award-winning devotional writer. She’s been published in The Upper Room and The Secret Place, as well as in three devotional books: God Still Leads and Guides, Light for the Writer’s Soul and Short and Sweet. Quiet Moments in The Villages is her first book. Adaptations from her book appear in The Village Neighbors Magazine and on CBN.com. You can read more about Doris and contact her through her website: https://www.captivatedbythecreator.com/
Delores Kight. Delores is the author of Manny the Lamb, in collaboration with Rick Lancaster, as described on her Amazon author page: “Rick Lancaster wrote the first draft and concept for Manny the Lamb. When Rick passed away in 2017, his mom and dad, Dee and Gerald Lancaster, asked Delores Kight if she would continue the work on the story and get it published. Rick had consulted with Delores about the story, so she felt honored to be asked to complete his book, and gratefully accepted Dee and Gerald’s offer.” Manny the Lamb is available on Amazon, and you can read more about Delores’ story on her author page.
Abby Martin. “I’ve been bringing life to mere figments of my imagination ever since I could pick up a pencil. I began writing poetry at age fourteen, books at age fifteen and songs most recently. Growing up in a small Pentecostal church under the influence of intercessors, pastors, and evangelists, I have been drawn to the Presence of God and unity of the Body of Christ in prayer and Faith. My books show forth my roots, encapsulated into stories with sentimentality, tragedy, Christlike love, signs and wonders, and tiny dashes of humor. I pray that God speaks to my readers through these books of mine and that my mission statement is confirmed and brought to the surface in their lives. Write. Touch. Impact. React.” Although Abby doesn’t have a book published yet, she’s hoping that will change soon. You can follow Abby through her profile on Goodreads.
Tina Neeley. A self-proclaimed word nerd, Tina Neeley has long struggled with a divided heart, pushing for time to sit and linger at His feet and in His Word, while being pulled like a wish bone by work as a real estate closing specialist and her family responsibilities. She spends as much time as possible seeking to offer encouragement to stressed, striving women through devotions and inspirational writings and with handcrafted journals from repurposed linens, all of which can be found at www.tinaneeley.com.
Jennifer Odom. A multi-award-winning author, Jennifer was named the 2015 Writer of the Year at the Florida Christian Writers Conference. Jen loves to write human interest stories as a correspondent for The Ocala Star Banner and has been published in Splickety, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. Magazine, Maine Review’s Juxtaposition, and several blogs. Her debut novel Summer on the Black Suwannee, was the first in the Black Series, is published by WordCrafts Press and released July of 2019. Her second novel of the Black Series is named Stranger With a Black Case and was released in December of 2019, achieving a place on the Amazon’s Best Seller List and Hot New Releases that same week. You read more about Jennifer on her website: jenniferodom.com
Marian Rizzo. Pulitzer Prize nominee Marian Rizzo has written five contemporary novels and two biblical era novels in addition to her non-fiction and inspirational writing. She’s a retired journalist who was with the Ocala Star-Banner Newspaper—part of the Gatehouse Media Group—for 30 years. She’s won numerous awards in journalism, including the New York Times Chairman’s Award and first place in the annual Amy Foundation Writing Awards. You can read more about Marian on her Word Crafts Press author page. Her numerous books are available on Amazon.
Frank Stanfield. Frank is an author, journalist, and speaker. From his website: “I earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of North Florida in political science. Later, after working at the Augusta Chronicle for a time, I went back to school and got my master’s degree in journalism at the University of Georgia. …Besides the Augusta Chronicle, I have worked at the Daily Commercial (twice), Wilmington Star-News, Orlando Sentinel and Ocala Star-Banner. …Storytelling is in my blood. And it’s other people’s spilled blood that I write about.” Frank is the author of Unbroken: The Dorothy Lewis Story; Vampires, Gators and Wackos: A Newspaperman’s Life; and his most recent release, COLD BLOODED: A True Crime Story of a Murderous Teenage Vampire Cult. You can read more about Frank on his website, frankstanfield.com
Leah Taylor. From Leah’s website: “Leah writes in many forms: a former ghost blogger for an international leadership website, a past contributor to online magazines and copywriting blogs, and the author of a customer service guide for professionals. Leah uses the pen name L.A. Taylor for certain pieces. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was a non-profit Executive Director, Project Manager, and Health Care Compliance Administrator. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business at the University of Florida and a Masters in Fine Arts for Creative Writing from Sanford National University.” You can read more about Leah on her website: reallyleah.com
C. Kevin Thompson. From Kevin’s Amazon author page: Kevin is a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a kid at heart. Often referred to as “crazy” by his grandchildren, it’s only because he is. He’s a writer. Need he say more? He is an award-winning author, having his debut novel, THE SERPENT’S GRASP, win the prestigious Selah Award in 2013. His second novel, 30 DAYS HATH REVENGE, earned a Silver Medal in the Reader’s Favorite Awards in 2013. And more recently, his novel THE LETTERS earned a Second Place Finish in the prestigious 2020 AWSA Golden Scroll Awards for the Christian Market Book of the Year Award for Fiction. You can read more about Kevin on his website, ckevinthompson.com and purchase his many books on Amazon.
Katie Vorreiter. “I see my readers as the wireless and caffeinated—those who like fast-paced fiction with a bit of quirky wit. Does that describe you? I write suspense because I enjoy exploring the grappling, resistance, perseverance, and transformation that people undergo when faced with extreme circumstances, particularly within a spiritual context…” Katie’s second novel, Fifty Days, released in March of 2020. You can read more about Katie on her website, katievorreiter.com, sign up for her newsletter there, and get her free short story, Disclosure, when you do. Katie’s first novel, No Turning Back, is a fabulous page turner that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat! It’s also available on Amazon.
Are you a writer who would like to be included here? Do you know of a writer who should be included here?
Please contact me and let me know!
Feature photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash.