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 Linda at



Linda Samaritoni recently retired from a career in education to pursue her growing passion for writing fiction. Five of her short stories have been published. She has won an elevator fiction contest, was a First Impressions finalist and a Genesis semi-finalist. 

Married for over forty-five years and the mother of three sons, Linda enjoys her eight grandchildren and allows them to be the first to hear tales from her childhood—stories that often end up in her books. Check out her website at Linda Sammaritan.


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.


Rebecca Reed 

Rebecca Reed is a lover of Jesus, wife, mother, teacher, and track coach. She is an active member of ACFW and Novel.Academy. She lives in rural Indiana and writes Chain Breaking Fiction: fantasy stories with characters who journey to find themselves and where they fit. She enjoys traveling, listening to audiobooks, and sampling the world’s varieties of ice cream. 2020 ACFW First Impressions Winner.

Connect with Rebecca on her website: Sign up for her newsletter and follow her blog.

Or on social media: Twitter: @rebeccareed22, Facebook: rebeccareedwrites, Instagram: rebeccareedwrites


Beth Steury connects with the YA crowd via substitute teaching and through her “back booth” office at the local fast food joint, and by reading YA fiction. 

She's a "cheerleader" for saving sex for marriage and for "renewed waiting" because it's never too late to make wiser choices. She writes and speaks about her experiences as a "foundling" who located her birth parents and is making up for lost time with her biological family. Connect with her on her website and on Facebook.


Mary Allen

Joe Allison served as a writer and editor for various Christian publishers for nearly five decades. The author of eight nonfiction books, Joe became a member of ACFW in 2010 to develop his fiction writing skills. He and his wife, Maribeth, live in Anderson, IN.

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.”
Richard Blakeley
Jean Kavich Bloom

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.


Terri Butler

Lynne Chapman

Julie Costakis writes historical romance fiction, having earned a B.A. in Public Relations and Communication from Purdue University. A career in marketing transitioned into launching a home business, allowing more time to raise her three sons, care for her mother, and volunteer. In addition to serving small businesses and not-for-profit organizations, her work has been published by Midwest Parenting Publications for whom she was an award-winning blogger.

Sharon Cowen  Facebook: http://Sharoncowen, author

Mary Beth Dolmanet

Gloria Doty

 Abbey Downey
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.

Darren Kehrer
Jerry Land 
Melissa LaShure   Facebook: http://Melissa LaShure  
Brian Shotton   Twitter: http://@ShottonBrian

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.

Kathy Thompson Facebook: http://kathyboydthompsonastorybegins


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.