Author Candy Abbott

Hello, my friends!

I'm so glad you are digging deep enough into GavinGoodfellow.com to find me! In case you're curious about how a grandmother of four came to write youth fiction, here's the scoop (and maybe more about me than you really want to know):

Candy Abbott, author of Gavin Goodfellow: The Lure of Burnt Swamp, began researching this book in 2000 when she felt the call of God to write youth fiction.

"Our grandson was reading the first Harry Potter book. and I borrowed it to see what all the fuss was about. About a third of the way through, I had a fleeting thought: Somebody needs to write a Christian book that's just this much fun to read. Immediately, the Lord impressed three words in my spirit: You do it."

Candy's initial reaction, "But, Lord . . .," met with a gentle reminder that she was already doing many things she didn't know how to do because she had allowed God to stretch her beyond her comfort zone. She has been walking in obedience to the Holy Spirit's promptings since 1983.

Youth fiction is only part of Candy's literary calling. The third edition of her non-fiction book, Fruitbearer: What Can I Do for You, Lord?, has been completely updated and was re-released in 2006. As a contributing author, her short stories have been published in a wide variety of anthologies.

Candy and her husband Drew independently published Gavin and Fruitbearer through their company, Fruitbearer Publishing. Find out more at www.fruitbearer.com.

Candy enjoys her role as public speaker and workshop presenter. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature (Writing for Children and Teenagers) and CLASS Services. She founded and directs Delmarva Christian Writers' Fellowship and is a member of: the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Writers View, American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Women's Speakers, Southern Delaware Toastmasters, and Word Warrior Ministries' Traveling Light speakers' network.

Honors and recognition include: 2006 Honorary Chairperson for "I Love to Write Day"; the "Excellence in Christian Service" award in 2004 by Friendship UMC; 2003 Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference "Writer of the Year;" and spiritual leadership recognition in 2001 by the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club.

She and her husband Drew are ordained elders in the Georgetown Presbyterian Church and own and operate Fruitbearer Publishing. They have three children and four grandchildren, all in close proximity to their home in Georgetown, Delaware, where they have lived for more than 30 years. Her favorite pastime is reading. For more information, visit Candy online at www.fruitbearer.com.

SHORT BIO:

Candy Abbott provides a resource to equip kids to face spiritual challenges in Gavin Goodfellow, through great storytelling, sound Bible-based theology, and an obvious passion for the spiritual health of her audience. Candy is a wife, mother, grandmother, author, speaker, and publisher. She discovered the power of the Holy Spirit in 1983 and has been encouraging others to draw closer to Christ ever since. Her stories appear in numerous anthologies. An ordained elder and deacon in the Presbyterian Church, Candy also co-founded Sisters in Christ, an inter-denominational women's ministry. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature, directs Delmarva Christian Writers' Fellowship, is president of Fruitbearer Publishing, and teaches Sunday school. Candy would welcome the opportunity to bring an inspirational message to your community.