Member News – December


Birdie Etchison, of Ocean Park, Washington, a long-time OCW member, recently gave a talk to a full house at her local library on the craft of writing. She has been writing since 1960 and isn’t showing signs of slowing down. Here is the link to the full article:

Heidi Gaul, of Albany, had her devotional featured in The Upper Room (print and online) on December 4th.

Lydia Harris, of Lake Forest Park, Washington, has stories in two books that just released by Grace Publishing: Precious, Precious Moments: 62 Touching Stories about Children, Childhood, and Faith and More Christmas Moments: 55 Stories of the True Meaning of Christmas. You can find them both at Grace Publishing and “They would make great gifts,” she added.

Kristen Johnson, of Vancouver, Washington, has her flash fiction story, “Fruitcake Snow Fort,” in the current issue of Splickety Prime, published by Ben Wolf, a summer conference favorite.

Hillary Manton Lodge, of Vancouver, Washington, had a triple-header author day on November 20th. It began with a talkabout her books and a reading while everyone got to try the appetizers she had shown how to make during her talk. The day progressed to signing the contract for her book, Jane of Austin, which is scheduled to release in spring 2017. She went home, pulled out her computer and finished the end of Together at the Table, scheduled to release May 3, 2016. Technically she finished just after 2 a.m. on the 21st, but she’s still counting it as one day.

Donna Munsey, of Portland, is a finalist in the ACFW First Impressions Contest. Winners will be announced December 15.

Carol Shelton, of Silverton, launched her debut novel, Cosmic Chaos, from Ashberry Lane Publishing on November 1. It’s a fast-paced science fiction middle-grade novel that was a finalist in the children’s unpublished category in the 2013 Cascade Writing Contest.

Don White, of Klamath Falls, had several pieces accepted for inclusion in Ripples & Reflections from the Basin, a literary anthology published by Klamath Basin Writers that was just released. It has special meaning for Don: “I wrote a story about dad and me constructing our deck and my memories of watching him build our house years ago. I always wanted that story to be published in his lifetime, having no idea how long that would be. That story (“Dad’s Chief Nail-Holder”) was published in this anthology just one day before dad passed away.”

Julie McDonald Zander, of Toledo, Washington, recently published Chapters of Life at the Southwest Washington Fair through her Chapters of Life business. The book is a comprehensive piece exploring the many changes the fair has seen over its 100-plus years of existence.

As part of the project, Zander interviewed all of the former fair managers, and used online archives, as well as information from the Lewis County Historical Museum, and the fair itself, to give an accurate depiction of the evolution of the fair. See for the entire article from her local newspaper.

The following members have devotionals in the Winter 2015–2016 issue of The Secret Place: Dell Smith Klein, of Congress, Arizona, Karen Hessen, of Forest Grove, and Lynn Hare, of Portland.

Eleanor Cowles, of Independence, Petey Prater, of Dallas, Jan Sheerin, of Bend, Jon Drury, of Vancouver, Washington, and Maxine Marsolini, of Portland, have articles in the November and December issues of The Christian Journal.

Camille Eide, of Sandy, and Bonnie Leon, of Glide, two Ashberry Lane Publishing (owned by OCW members Christina Tarabochia and Sherrie Ashcraft) authors, have been nominated for theRT Reviewers’ Choice Award. Bonnie’s contemporary novel, To Dance with Dolphins, received 4.5 stars when the book released in August. This book follows a cross-country road trip by an unlikely group of adults with different types of disabilities, both physical and mental. On December 1st, Camille’s historical novel released with RT’s 5 Gold Stars, Top Pick for The Memoir of Johnny Devine. This inspirational read tells a story within a story of a bad boy reformed and a good girl in need of reform.

To view the Christmas specials from Ashberry Lane (most of them by OCW authors), go to this link:

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