ACFW-IN Member Roster

If you are a member of the ACFW-Indiana Chapter, and would like your info listed, you can email your bio and photo to Jenny Filka


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHAPTER PRESIDENT

Linda Samaritoni recently retired from a career in education to pursue her growing passion for writing fiction. So far she has won an elevator fiction contest, was a First Impressions finalist and a Genesis semi-finalist.  She maintains her love for teaching by conducting creative writing workshops during the school year.


Married for over forty years and the mother of three sons, Linda enjoys her seven grandchildren and allows them to be the first to hear tales from her childhood—stories that often end up in her books.  You can find excerpts of her middle grade book, Sparkles from Silence, on her website at Linda Sammaritan.
CHAPTER VICE PRESIDENT
Jennifer Filka has a passion for helping people discover God’s principles through the stories of contemporary fiction.  Jennifer lives in Indiana with her husband.  Jennifer and her husband love to walk in God’s creation and bike around their town.  She loves to read fiction that inspires her to love God and love people.

CHAPTER SECRETARY
Rebecca Reed

CHAPTER TREASURER
Michele Israel Harper is a wife and mother by day and an author, editor, and publisher by night. Sleep? Sometimes... She adores leading the Heartland Christian Writers' group and being the treasurer for the Indiana chapter of ACFW. Author of Wisdom & Folly: SistersZombie Takeover, and the soon-to-be-released Kill the Beast, Michele prays her involvement with writing, editing, and publishing will touch many lives in the years to come. Visit www.MicheleIsraelHarper.com or www.L2L2Publishing.com to learn more about her!






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MEMBERS

Karla Akins first novel, The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots was published in August, 2013.  A Pair of Miracles: A Story of Autism, Faith and Determined Parenting is due out in summer/fall of 2017 from Kregel.  She writes interactive, biographical narratives and content for iPad applications and has an on-going contract for her World Explorers Every Child Should Know series. Jacques Cartier hit #1 on Amazon in its category. Her hobbies are book-hoarding, swimming, and riding her motorcycle. She is represented by Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency. She has a BA in Special Education and a Doctorate in Christian Education.
Joe Allison is an ordained minister who lives in Fishers, IN, with his wife, Judy. Joe has worked in Christian book publishing for more than three decades, having served on the editorial staffs of Warner Press, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Zondervan Publishing House, and Evangel Publishing House. He has been coordinator of publishing and creative services at Church of God Ministries in Anderson, IN, since 2004. 

Joe’s first nonfiction book, The Bible Study Resource Guide, was published by Thomas Nelson in 1982. His other books include the Devotional Resource Guide (Nelson: 1984), Setting Goals that Count (Chosen: 1986), and Concerned Parents, co-authored with Linden Boggs (Standard: 1986). He is also the ghostwriter for six nonfiction books, some of which have remained in print for more than twenty years. The Wrong Side of the Mountain is Joe’s first historical novel, set in Depression-Era Appalachia, and the first in a trilogy tentatively called “Stories of the Highlands.”


Formerly an executive managing editor with Zondervan, Jean Kavich Bloom is a freelance writer and editor living once again in Anderson, Indiana. Her favorite editing assignments are novels, and she enjoys helping authors make their books the best they can be for their readers. Jean is the author of two published devotional books for children and is working on finding her own voice in writing fiction. She also writes about writing on her blog.

 
Kelly Bridgewater holds a B.S. in English and a M.A. in Writing from Indiana State University on the completion of a creative thesis titled Fleeting Impressions, which consisted of six original short stories. She has been published in the Indiana State University Literary Journal, Allusions, with her stories titled Moving On and Life Changing Second

In 2011, she presented her essay, Northanger Abbey: Structurally a Gothic Novel, at the Midwestern American Society of 18th Century Studies Conference. Kelly’s writing explores the ideas of good prevailing over evil in suspense. Kelly and her husband reside with their three boys and two dogs.

Ramona K. Cecil's creative writing credits began first, with the publication of her poetry. Between the mid 1980s and 1990s over eighty of her inspirational verses were published by Dickson, Inc., a leading publisher of inspirational and Christian gift items.

Larkspur, her debut novel, was the 2005 winner of Vintage Romance Publishing’s Vintage Inspirations Contest. Part of first-place prize was a publishing contract with Vintage Romance Publishers, and the book was released November 2006. Since then, Cecil has had many more novels published by Heartsong Presents and Barbour Publishing. Her work has won first place in three writing contests and placed highly in two others.



USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com and connect at Facebook at www.facebook.com/colleencoblebooks.




Denise Hunter is the best-selling author of The Convenient Groom and Surrender Bay and has written 14+ novels. Her books have earned awards such as the Holt Medallion and the Reader's Choice Award.

Denise lives with her husband and three sons in Northern Indiana. When she's not writing or reading, Denise enjoys playing drums, eating dark chocolate, and traveling.



Candice Sue Patterson is the author of Bright Copper Kettles (December 2014) and Silver White Winters (winter 2014), both Christmas contemporary romances from Pelican Book Group. 

Candice studied at the Institute of Children's Literature and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in southern Indiana with her husband and three sons in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. When she's not tending to her chickens, splitting wood, or decorating cakes, she's writing. Candice is a Sunday school teacher who's addicted to coffee and loves to travel.


Cara Putman is an author living a dream. Between October 2007 and September 2008, her first four books will release. Three are a historical romance series set in Nebraska during World War II, which Heartsong Presents will release. One is a suspense, also set in Nebraska, that will release from Love Inspired Suspense. She's working on a proposal for a legal thriller as she writes like a woman under deadline.

Cara is also an attorney, wife, mom, women's ministry leader, ACFW national board member, and going slightly crazy. But even in the craziness, she strives to stay right in the middle of God's will for her life. And she can't wait to see what He has next.

Marissa Shrock is language arts teacher who enjoys working with her seventh grade students. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a degree in elementary education and a middle school endorsement in English. She has completed the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Apprentice, Journeyman, and Craftsman courses and is a member of ACFW.

Marissa’s debut young adult novel The First Principle was released in January 2015 from Kregel Publications. She loves shopping for cute clothes, baking for family and friends, traveling to new places, and playing golf.



Ronda Wells has volunteered as a hostess for workshops and late night chats at the ACFW national conference, and thinks that joining ACFW in 2003 was one of the best things she ever did. She writes medical suspense--and by day, is a physician, by night, a daring doctor saving the world from the newest medical threat. She is married, with two children and a brand-new daughter-in-law, and enjoyed the opportunity to serve Indiana ACFW as treasurer. She served as Treasurer in 2010, 2011, and 2012.


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JoAnn Durgin is the author of six novels (and counting) in the bestselling Lewis Legacy Series, as well as Prelude, the prequel to the series. Her other novels include Catching SerenityHeart’s DesignLove So Amazing (Book #1 in The Wondrous Love Series), Perchance to DreamEchoes of Edinburgh, and the popular Starlight Christmas SeriesJoAnn lives with her husband and three children, as well as new grandbaby, Amelia Grace, in southern Indiana. She loves to hear from her readers at her author site, www.joanndurgin.com,  or on her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/authorjoanndurgin.