Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers

                                                ~~    Writing to exalt Jesus Christ and introduce Him to others

Some of Our Authors

On this page, we introduce you to writers from our group — published, self-published, and pre-published — whose work reflects the principles of God's Word as revealed in the Bible.  If you discover anything that fails to line up with Biblical principles, please contact us.

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SUSAN BLOUNT (back row, in red sweater and glasses) is mom to four grown daughters and Nana to fifteen grandchildren. She was an English major in college and began getting intentional about her writing in 1989 when her good friend, Vicki Schad, gave her a journal and asked her to record a missions trip in it. Susan has been writing ever since. She maintains two blogs, on Homeschooling and Missions Trips, and is currently working on a children’s book with her granddaughters about their unique Christmases at Nana’s house. Susan  is doing research for a book about the effects of divorce on adult children. She has faithfully written a popular family Christmas letter for 40 years and still believes in the importance of “snail mail.” She uses personal letter writing to lobby from her kitchen table, to counsel or console others, and to say “Thank You” often. You may follow Susan on Facebook. She also graciously hosts our monthly meetings. (See the Home page or Scheduled Events page for the 2014 schedule and directions to her beautiful farm in Vassalboro.)


VICKI CORRINGTON is a Professional Certified Coach, Certified Professional Christian Coach and Certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner. She is experienced in Myers-Briggs assessments for individuals, organizational leadership teams, and clients of professional coaches she partners with for this purpose. Vicki serves on the faculty of Professional Christian Coaching Institute, a distinctly Christian coach training school, and is a member of the International Coach Federation, International Christian Coaching Association, and Christian Coaches Network. She lives in Camden, Maine, is a member of Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers, and believes that coaching plus prayer is a powerful combination. Vicki ‘s purpose is to live so that her actions line up with who she is and what’s important to her… and to facilitate this process for others. In cooperating with God’s design, you get to experience being fully you, fully alive, and He is glorified!

Check out Vicki’s latest blog post
here. Your comments are welcome and your sharing encourages others! Visit Vicki's website to learn more. Her workshop for MFCW 2012 “Writing on Purpose” Conference is “What Your Kitchen Nesting Bowls Can Teach You About Life Purpose.”


EDIE CUNNINGHAM worked in Child Evangelism Fellowship for nineteen years in Georgia and Connecticut (where God used her to restart CEF of Connecticut) in the 1980s, and in Maine. She also served under Karen Weitzel for 15-years as Bible Visuals International’s Associate Director.

She loves filling empty pieces of paper with creative Christian Education materials, playwriting new releases and also dramatically interpreting roles for stage performances. She and Karen perform Bible-based family dramas for churches, women’s groups, and organizations. 
  



 

SUSAN PAGE DAVIS is a multi-award winning novelist and a popular writer of Christian books. After years as a free-lance correspondent for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel while she homeschooled six children, she burst into print in 2004. Since then, she has published more than forty novels in the romance, romantic suspense, mystery, children's and historical genres. In 2012 she won the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction. Her winning book, Captive Trail, is also a finalist in the WILLA Literary Awards and the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Awards.

Susan was born and raised in Maine, and although she and her husband, Jim, now live Kentucky with their two youngest children, the MFCW is still proud to claim her as ours. She was our keynote speaker at the 2011 conference, and we hope to have her back again soon. You'll find a comprehensive list of her books at her
website, and may order them from Amazon, where they are available in both print and Kindle formats. Her books are also available in bookstores, at Christianbook.com, Barnes and Noble, and other booksellers’ outlets.

We know you'll enjoy her rich characters and their stories.
 

CARLA OLSON GADE has been imagining stories most of her life. She lives and writes inspirational historical novels in central Maine. Her debut novel, The Shadow Catcher's Daughter, was released in February 2012 (Harlequin/Heartsong Presents), with a novella, Carving a Future, in Colonial Courtships in October 2012 (Barbour). Pattern for Romance, #9 in Abingdon Fiction's Quilts of Love series, releases in August 2013. Seasons of Love, a novella in Mistletoe Memories, will be available in September 2013.

Carla also maintains a blog
devoted to writing, and her books are available at
Amazon. You can connect with her at carlagade.com.



ELIN LEE believes people can be approached with the power of God's love when they consider current moral and ethical issues placed in fiction settings. She has presented several fiction workshops at annual conferences of the Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers. Her three novels, Breaking Dreams, its sequel Rising from Broken Dreams, and The Child, are forthcoming on her blog, Against the Tide, where she writes about her adventures in the Christian faith and changes in our American culture. She is also rewriting her first novel, Quartet, four love stories set in a college church choir.

For sheer joy and a life-long love of music, Elin sings alto in the Bolton Festival Chorus, a small but select group of serious amateurs who perform several times a year in the next town. A native New Englander, she lives in beautiful central Massachusetts with Ken, her husband of twenty-five years. Together, they labor constantly in support of two very pampered but superlative cats, Molly and PeeWee.




MEADOW RUE MERRILL is an award-winning Maine journalist and emerging author of books for youth and adults. In two decades of publishing she has worked as a small-town reporter, spent eight years corresponding for The Boston Globe, and currently contributes to Down East magazine and other regional publications. Her most recent work includes a middle-grade novel based on a year living in Australia and a memoir about her daughter, Ruth, who had cerebral palsy and was adopted from Uganda. The memoir, “Redeeming Ruth,” was a finalist in the 2013 Women of Faith Writing Contest.

In her “spare” time Meadow enjoys reading, gardening, directing her church’s annual Christmas pageant, speaking to local youth, and keeping up with her husband and five children. Find Meadow on
Facebook and Twitter, which she is still trying to figure out!


When YVONNE ORTEGA was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, she was already an award-winning teacher. She loved her vocation but knew God wanted her to go into full-time counseling. Over the next few years, her obedience to the Lord led her through a series of counseling jobs and the writing of two books, plus numerous articles and devotionals.

Today, Yvonne is a full-time speaker and author. As a cancer survivor, she knows that life is a gift from God and that He is “close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18, NIV). Her articles and devotionals have been published in many magazines.

Yvonne guest blogs frequently on overcoming addiction (click
here for a list of her articles), and on CBN.com (these articles are found here). She has many interviews on recovering from breast cancer at blogtalkradio, and writes articles and devotions online for Christians in Recovery. On October 1st and 2nd, Yvonne's  interview with Dr. James Dobson will be broadcast on his radio program "Family Talk." (A list of local stations carrying "Family Talk" is here, and you may stream or download the programs at Dr. Dobson's website and broadcast archive.) The two-part interview is called "Finding Joy Amidst Cancer and Loss."

Yvonne's books are available at
Amazon.



GLORIA POWELL was born and raised in Massachusetts and moved to Maine in 1987. She received her Masters Degree in Speech Communication Disorders in 1996 from the University of Maine in Orono. She has been a speech language pathologist for over twenty years, working primarily with students pre-K through high school age in homes, schools, and offices in the central Maine area.

Gloria enjoys reading, walking in the woods with her dogs, biking, yoga, writing and playing Scrabble.

She and her husband Maurice have four talented children and five beloved grandchildren, all adopted from China, and they sponsor a young lady from Ethiopia, who is dear to their hearts as well.

Gloria has written in many venues but primarily for publication in newspapers throughout Maine. Her informative and inspirational articles have appeared in the Bangor Daily News, The Waterville Sentinel, the Maine Eagle Magazine, The Town Line, and others. She has presented workshops at the MFCW conferences and monthly meetings over the years. She is also a member of the Writers Web of Dexter, Maine. She and Maurice live in Palmyra, Maine with two dogs, and three cats.
A Closer Walk is Gloria's first book.



VICKI REYNOLDS SCHAD
As a girl growing up in Lubec, Maine, Vicki didn’t even know that her childhood was magical. It was much later and hundreds of miles distant that she realized how unique it had been—living with four generations of her family there in town, looking out school bus windows at the morning-fresh face of Johnson’s Bay, playing within earshot of centuries-old lighthouses, and worshiping with the other Swamp Angels at the Baptist Church on the Ridge. It was later still that she thought the town might be worth learning and writing about. Her books comprise an insider’s view of her heritage that’s touching and entertaining a widening circle of her readers.

A freelance writer and historian, Vicki is an award-winning author with several nonfiction books to her credit. She has taught many writers’ workshops and has been published in devotional books, magazines, and newspapers. Her Young Christian Writers’ Courses have produced prizewinners in college level competitions. She has completed two major book and research projects on commission, and researches Maine genealogical sources.

Vicki lives and writes in Vassalboro, Maine, with Jim, her husband of forty-some years. They have two wonderful grown sons, two dear daughters-in-law, and three exceptional grandchildren.

A list of Vicki's books is found
here. To order any of them, please contact the author directly.



MARYELLEN ("MEL") SMITH TAVARES 
Mel's primary purpose in life is to be used as a change agent in the lives of others. Her passion is to bring hope the hurting, and views the written and spoken word as powerful platforms to use to reach people. It is with great joy that she serves the amazing and talented Kingdom Writers, and aids them in releasing the gifts of writing within them. Kingdom Writers is the Christian Writers Chapter in CT, which she started after relocating from her homeland (Maine) to Connecticut in 2008 to marry her amazing husband, Joe.
 
Mel has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper journalist, editor, and book author. She has been written over 1,000 articles for print newspapers, has functioned as a freelance copywriter/editor for more than 5,000 articles published on the internet and has just completed an 18 month contract working as an editor/journalist for the Patch.com news sites in Middlesex County, CT. She is currently working at a law firm by day, and doing pro bono editor/publishing work by night.

She gives all credit of success in the launching of her career as a writer, to the Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers, the group that gave her confidence to step out and follow her dreams.

Her first book, Return to Eden: Exposing the Lies that are Destroying the Family was released internationally in 2007 by VMI Publishing and released as an
Amazon Kindle e-book in the winter of 2012. She has promised herself and her readers to be more diligent in completing other books in the series, which are in varying stages of completion. In her free time, she is rebuilding her author platform-which she allowed to go by the wayside, while launching the CT Kingdom Writers.


 
KAREN E. WEITZEL worked for Bible Visuals International for thirty-three years (1974-2007) as artist, writer, editor, and the last nineteen of those years as BVI’s Executive Director. Together with Edie Cunningham, she formed Propel Ministries after both joined ABWE in Feb 2007 and moved from Pennsylvania to Maine that May. Karen loves Christian Education –– development of lessons, stories, teaching kids and training teachers through multiple creative methods.
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