Meet the HeartWings Blog Co-hearts
Dianne Barker (2018) is a speaker, radio host, and author of eleven books including the 1986 bestseller Twice Pardoned (life of Harold Morris, first book for Focus on the Family Publishing). A graduate of East Tennessee State University, she’s a former news writer and columnist for the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. She hosts a weekly program “At the Library” on the Christian radio station WHCB, Bristol, Tennessee. She’s a member of Christian Authors Network, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and Christian Women in Media Association. She and her husband James have two married children and two grandchildren. Dianne’s passion is investing her life in women, encouraging whole-hearted surrender to the Lord, who is worthy of our devotion and praise. Visit https://diannebarker.com.
Helen Brown (2016, 2017, 2018), born in Mount Isa the eldest of five children of Salvation Army Officers, lived an almost nomadic life until fifteen. As a preteen, she discovered books and read a lot, well into the night and occasionally all night. Two stories that captured her imagination were: “Anne of Green Gables” and “Little Women”. Just like those heroines, Helen wanted to write. A learning disability–not corrected until her thirties–made schooling a real struggle and her dream into a distant mirage. The struggle of raising five children and being a wife to a shearer/farmer in a small town taught her a lot about life and the grace of God. During that time, though, she completed her teaching degree and worked many casual jobs in order to ensure that the farm remained viable. Today, she still lives on the farm in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales
Jennifer Bunderle (2016, 2017, 2018) filled the most recent five years with living/serving in coastal and northern sierra regions of Ecuador. Looongtime wife of Brad, fondly referred to as “mominator” by our two awesome now-adult-kidlets, Heather, Evan and daughter-in-love, Ann. Companion and therapy dog assistant to our beloved Bichon Frise, Coquette. AKA teacher, writer, and fitful blogger. Passion project = Carpe Diem (make the most of your day. . .every day!). Life verse = Phil. 4:13 – I KNOW I can do all things through Christ (undoubtedly He empowers my Carpe Diem) because HE is my strength/my all-in-all.
Debra L. Butterfield
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Debra L. Butterfield (2019) is the editorial director for CrossRiver Media Group as well as a freelance writer, editor, and book designer. She began her writing career as a junior copywriter for Focus on the Family. She is the author of 7 Cheat Sheets to Cut Editing Costs, Unshakable Faith (releasing early 2019), Abba’s Promise, Carried by Grace and Mystery on Maple Hill. She has contributed stories to numerous anthologies and has been blogging about writing since 2012 at DebraLButterfield.com. Oddly enough, Debra likes the smell of skunks, enjoys the outdoors, and reading. Now living in Missouri, Debra has three adult children and two grandchildren.
HeartWings Founder, Co-Administrator, and Blog Co-heart
Joyce Graves (2016, 2017, 2018 is the founder of Hear”wings” – a women’s fellowship, now over one thousand members around the world. She was born in Houston, TX on a bright summer morning in 1941 and grew up in a Christian home as a “sunny-side up, glass half-full” little girl. She and her husband are enjoying life in Arizona – the desert of Lake Havasu City, AZ in the winter and Lakeside, AZ and in the majestic White Mountains in the summer. At both places, she spends a lot of time on her Facebook ministry communicating with her Heart”wings” sisters. God led her to start the Facebook ministry on March 2, 2015. Her obedient service to our Lord is simple but fulfilling.
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Marguerite Martin Gray (-2019) is the author of Hold Me Close: Revolutionary Faith Book One (2015), Surround Me: Revolutionary Faith Book Two (2016), and Bring Me Near: Revolutionary Faith Book Three (summer 2017). She enjoys studying history and writing fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French and has degrees in French, Spanish, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Marguerite is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Abilene Writers Guild, and Daughters of the American Revolution. Originally from Louisiana, she currently lives in Abilene, Texas with her husband and cat.
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Gail Johnson (2018) is the author of Treasures of Hope, Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past, a memoir. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she writes fiction, non-fiction, and songs. She enjoys sharing her passion for life and Christ through the power of the written word. Whether it’s through stories, articles, or songs, she invites her reader and listener to “taste and see” the hope she has found in a faithful God and loving Savior. Born and raised in Georgia, she is a wife and mother of two adult children. She enjoys lots of family time, music, maple pecan ice cream, coffee, and southern living.
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Karen Jurgens (2016, guest 2017, 2018) Cincinnati native, has been a Texan transplant for thirty years and counting. She earned a Masters’ degree in secondary education with a French major and an English minor and loved teaching in high school. Since retiring in 2014, she has begun a new career as an author, blogger, and speaker within the context of Christian ministry. Her first contemporary romance novella, Karen is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters—Meghan, a dietician, and Caitlin, a journalist. As an avid gourmet cook, she loves to go all out for holidays and family birthdays. She enjoys spin classes, reading the Classics, and playing online word games. She blogs about scriptural answers to life’s trials at Touched by Him Ministries and also as one of the crew members at Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas, Oh My!
Margaret Kazmierczak nee Doust (2016, 2017, 2018) was born in 1958 in Redhill, Surrey, England. Had her father gotten his way, she would have been called Margaret Angela Doust with initials M.A.D., however, to avoid endless teasing, her parents dropped the middle name. She loved writing in her head, but found putting pen to paper difficult due to dyslexia and an inability to read. Her belief that she could write came when she submitted a sermon to a retreat master as a novice in a Contemplative Order. His advice: if you decide that this life is not for you, you must become a writer. After three years, she did leave, then life became busy and got complicated when she married her husband Peter and had three children. Finally after thirty years, the Retreat Master’s words became true and a writer was born.
Anita Klumpers (2016, 2017, 2018) is a wife, mom and grandma. Her life is remarkable by its very ordinariness. She’s been blessed with a husband who is good and hardworking, a church that is small but gospel-driven, children who for every step back took two forward. Convinced that a bit of humor and a dose of prudishness could be her contributions toward a better world she started to blog, first at ‘The Prude Disapproves’ (http://theprudedisapproves.blogspot.com) and now as‘The Tuesday Prude.’ (http://thetuesdayprude.com) She goes for coffee with friends frequently, writes skits and teaches drama classes seasonally, cleans the top of her fridge occasionally and marvels at God’s grace daily. Anita has two romantic-suspense novels published through Prism Book Group: ’Winter Watch’ and ‘Hounded.’ Currently at work on a third novel, she would accomplish more if she spent less time admiring her small but oh-so-briliant grandsons.
HeartWings Co-Administrator, HeartWings Blog founder, and Blog Co-heart
Caryl McAdoo (2016, 2017, 2018), co-administrator with Joyce Graves at Heart”wings” – a women’s fellowship and founder of HeartWings Blog, is all about loving God! She writes historical and contemporary Christian romance family sagas, Biblical fiction, and young adults and mid-grade novels—all with a Christian sway. A singing pray-er, the hybrid author of thirty-seven published titles loves praising with new songs the Lord gives her and prays her story gives God glory! In 2008, she and high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and eighteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings. She believes all good things come from God! Besides glorifying Him, she hopes each title will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.
Heart"wings" Website designer and Blog Co-heart
Janis McAdoo(2016, 2017, 2018)is the founder and CEO of Rocksteady Resolutions, a company that assists people with getting results…and her passion is helping others succeed. The task-oriented lady loves to build things (and maintain them): Systems. Processes. Websites. Social media. Many years in management at a corporate office and then at a small construction business taught her business skills to use in creating her own small business.
Naturally responsible and dependable—rock solid—founding Rocksteady Resolutions was a no-brainer and fulfilled her desire to come alongside small business owners who yearn for success and help them bring their vision to reality.
They say your niche finds you. Janis found that is true. The majority of her clients are indie authors. She spends her days creating and maintaining WordPress websites as well as managing social media accounts.
Away from the computer, she enjoys reading a good book, hanging out with a few furry friends, working outside in her garden, or bringing a piece of discarded furniture back to life—a DIY enthusiast! Janis was born and raised in Texas, and currently lives in a suburb just west of Dallas.
Wendy L. Macdonald
Wendy L. Macdonald (2017, 2018) is an inspirational writer, blogger, and podcaster who also loves to photograph nature on Vancouver Island. When she’s not writing, drawing, gardening, or sewing, Wendy enjoys hiking with her husband. She homeschooled their three children and believes years of reading classics aloud developed her love of storytelling. Wendy hopes you’ll visit her “Daily Bread” style Facebook or Instagram. Her byline is: My faith is not shallow because I’ve been rescued from the deep. Samples of her photography and prose have been selected for publication in two 2017 Canadian anthologies. Meanwhile she’s editing her memoir and mystery-romance manuscripts.
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Mitzi Neely (2018) is an inspiring motivational speaker and author who encourages women of all ages through her experiences and shortcomings. She has been blessed with a passion and love for people that stretches across the generations. It is her faith that has motivated her to pursue excellence in all her endeavors. Her heart is to lighten your load, while conveying the message that nobody’s perfect. This wife, mother, and grandmother loves sweet tea and hails from the Lone Star State. Aside from her position as a central office administrator in an East Texas school district, she enjoys spending time with her family, writing, speaking, cooking, and sewing. Follow Mitzi at www.peacefullyimperfect.net where she ‘Brings Joy to Every Day Life.’
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Diana Rockwell (2018) is from Ramona, California, a daughter of the King of Kings, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a retired nurse. She serves on a Freedom in Christ ministry team where she’s a trained encourager and prays for people who are struggling with lies that keep them in bondage. Diana has taught women’s Bible studies and shared her testimony in Nazareth on a mission trip to Israel where several people came to know Christ as a result. Her personal weight loss journey has been published in Tracie Mile’s book “Your Life Still Counts.”. She loves to share the message of freedom in Christ and of His redemption. Visit Diana’s personal blog at http://www.diana2rockwell.com.
Danyelle Scroggins (2018) is the founder of DSM and the Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North. The author of several Christian Fiction and Non-Fiction books, she almost loves to read as much as to write. Danyelle founded Divinely Sown Publishing that publishes books with spiritual growth in mind. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins and the mother of three wonderful children by birth and two by marriage. Danyelle has a Masters of Religious Education from Liberty University and resides in Louisiana. http://www.danyellescroggins.com
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an Air Force veteran, and a member of the body of Christ.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She likes to volunteer at her children’s school. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. An avid reader of Christian fiction, she writes reviews on her blog and enjoys helping other authors find readers.
She self-published a Christian contemporary romance novella, A Life to Live, and is at work writing her next novel.
Nyla Kay Wilkerson
Nyla Kay Wilkerson (2017, 2018) is a child of the King, woman of Faith, and fighter for Christ who owned and operated a Christian Bookstore until she retired. Currently, she’s a Team Leader for Pampered Chef. She’s written a cookbook and is currently stretching out and writing a devotional and a novel. Besides blogging, she loves to write, read, quilt, and garden. With her husband Dennis, she has two children and four grandchildren, twin girls and two boys, one special needs. They live in New Albany, Indiana with two fur babies, Samson, the dog, and Jesse, the cat. and two boys, one special needs. They live in Albany, Indiana with two fur babies, Samson, the dog, and Jesse, the cat.