Past Contributors and Guest Authors

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We welcome writers who wish their share their stories. While we welcome regular writers, we also accept individual contributors. Here are some writers who have added their thoughts to Putting on the New.

Guest Authors

Cynthia RuchtiCynthia Ruchti

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels and novellas, speaking for women’s events and retreats, writers’ events, nonfiction books, and devotionals, drawing from 33 years writing and producing an on-air radio broadcast. Her latest book is Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul. For more info, please visit her website.

Heather Von St. JamesHeather Von St. James

Heather Von St. James is soon to be celebrating her 11th year of mesothelioma cancer survivorship. As an advocate for mesothelioma awareness, she strives to ban the dangerous use of asbestos and shares her story in hopes of providing light to others diagnosed with the rare cancer.

Learn more about Heather's story here.

Jennifer SlatteryJennifer Slattery

Author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery writes for, is the managing and acquiring editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, and the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, a ministry that exists to help women experience God’s love and discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. Visit her online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud and connect with her and her Wholly Loved team at


Past Contributors

Lisa BarteltLisa Bartelt

Lisa has been writing stories for more than a decade, first for newspapers and now as a freelancer, blogger and budding novelist. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids. Read more at her blog, Beauty on the Backroads.

Sagan HundleySagan Hundley

Sagan Hundley grew up a ‘PK’ (preacher’s kid) and has always had a deep love for the Lord and serving others. She currently lives in Kansas City with her husband, Riley and their two golden retrievers, KC and Ellie. They enjoy cheering on their beloved Royals, exploring Kansas City and, of course, eating amazing barbecue. Please visit her website for more info.

Lillian DuncanLillian Duncan

Lillian Duncan writes stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem. She writes the type of books she loves to read—action-filled suspense with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. Visit her website for more info.

Alyssa KristineAlyssa Kristine

Redeemed from childhood dysfunction and drug addicted and homeless teen years, Alyssa is winging adulthood with discernment of faith and striving for nothing less than the standard Christ created. She believes that the beauty of the cross is found in the broken pieces of life that are molded together into an astonishing sum of crimson stained grace and mercy.

Vickie ParkerVickie Parker

My name is Vickie Parker and I am an Online Christian Marriage and Family Therapist. To read more of my blogs visit me at or visit me on Twitter.

Audrey KoAudrey Ko

Audrey is first and foremost, a beloved daughter of God. She is also a wife to John since 2012, a worship leader, blogger, cat owner, DIY enthusiast, and gardener. During the day, she works at a local history museum, and at night she can be found curling up with her cat and husband reading a good book or catching up on TV shows. You can read more about Audrey on her blog, The Things Unseen.

Peg PhiferPeg Phifer

Multi-published author Peggy Blann Phifer writes a mixture of contemporary women’s fiction with three parts suspense, three parts mystery, and four parts romance, stirred up with a sprinkling of humor. Peg believes God has a sense of humor and that He intended to place laughter into our lives no matter our circumstances. Read more on her website.

Latoya SaddlerLatoya Saddler

I am passionate about inspiring others to explore their God given potential and use their gifts and talents to honor God. Blogging from the beautiful island of Jamaica. I can be found blogging at Powerful U Blog and on twitter.

Jodie WolfeJodie Wolfe

Jodie Wolfe loves to stroll through history with the characters she creates. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading and walking.

Penny Frost McGinnisPenny Frost McGinnis

Penny Frost McGinnis writes devotions, book reviews, and thoughtful posts on her blog, "Hope for Today's Heart." Blessed with five children and eleven grandchildren, she and her husband live in southwest Ohio with two sweet dogs. When she's not working at the local academic library or spending time with family, she enjoys reading, writing, nature, sewing, and praising God.

Renee BlareRenee Blare

A pharmacist by trade, Renee Blare serves the community of northeastern Wyoming by day and writes any chance she can get. Nestled against the Black Hills with her husband, crazy old dog and ornery cat, she pens her Christian suspense stories and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.

Gail KittlesonGail Kittleson

Gail writes from rural Iowa, where she and her husband enjoy the seasonal changes—mostly—and their grandchildren. Her debut women's fiction, IN THIS TOGETHER, released in 2015, and her World War II novel is contracted for February, 2017. Gail facilitates writing and creativity workshops, and spends the winter months in the Arizona mountains. Find out more about her at her website.

Michelle LimMichelle Lim

Michelle Lim is the author of Idea Sparking: How to Brainstorm Conflict in Your Novel and a Romantic Suspense writer. She is the Brainstorm/Huddle Coach at My Book Therapy and serves as the Midwest Zone Director for the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). For more, catch up with her at her blog.

Jude UrbanskiJude Urbanski

Jude Urbanski’s passions are ‘people and places.’ She writes women's fiction featuring strong inspirational romance elements. Her stories invite you to heroes and heroines who spin tragedy into triumph with help from God. First published in nonfiction, Jude continues to write in this field also. Editing services complete Jude’s repertoire.

Erica EvansErica Evans

Erica Evans is a wife, HR professional, and a Highly Sensitive Person. She believes God has given each woman a unique calling, but fear and discouragement can set in on the journey. On her blog, Confident, Competent & Fulfilled she writes honestly about emotions in order to propel women past them, and towards their destiny.

Joi CopelandJoi Copeland

Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She lives in Denver, Colorado, but within the year, hopes to be living in Galway, Ireland. Find her on her blog or her Facebook page.

Patti ShenePatti Shene

Patti Shene has enjoyed writing since childhood. Patti hosts Step Into the Light, an interview format Blog Talk Radio show. Since the show launched in September, she has hosted a variety of guests who share the ways they reach out to help others overcome the dark times in their lives. Visit her website for more.

Jean Ann WilliamsJean Ann Williams

Jean Ann Williams lives in Southern Oregon with her husband Jim. Although one of their children has passed on to the Great Beyond, their two remaining children have blessed them with thirteen grandchildren, their Baker’s Dozen. Jean Ann keeps up two blogs: the first is about the writing life Jean Ann Williams: Author, and Love Truth where she writes of how God continues to encourage and bless her after her son’s suicide in 2004.

Lisa LickelLisa Lickel

Lisa Lickel enjoys the Wisconsin good life, where she ponders and writes. The author of inspirational novels, she is also the editor of Creative Wisconsin Magazine for the Wisconsin Writers Association.

Laura HiltonLaura Hilton

Laura Hilton lives and writes in Arkansas, surrounded by her husband and five children. The author of inspirational novels about the Amish, she is also a book reviewer. Find Laura online at: her blog or Facebook page.

Janet K. BrownJanet K. Brown

Janet K. Brown scored a dream come true when God gave her writing as her ministry. Her women’s fiction, Worth Her Weight, released this year as a compliment to her devotion book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. She lives with her husband in Wichita Falls, TX and loves to visit family and share with writers and readers.

Ada BrownellAda Brownell

Ada Brownell, an award-winning Christian writer, finds truth nuggets from life and the Bible to encourage the steadfast Christian, as well as the person searching for faith. Most of her published articles and fiction stories point to hope. Visit her blog for more info.

Bettilu DaviesBettilu Davies

Bettilu Davies is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She has authored six published books, first writing fiction for children and teens and recently branching into adult Christian fiction. She has taught piano since 1968 and enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, paper art, and painting in oils, acrylics and water color.

Paula VincePaula Vince

Paula Vince is the author of Picking up the Pieces, The Risky Way Home, A Design of Gold and Best Forgotten. Her new novel, Imogen’s Chance, was released April, 2014.

Audrey FrankAudrey Frank

Audrey Frank is an author, speaker, and storyteller. The stories she shares are brave and true. They give voice to those whose words are silenced by shame, the hard things in life that don’t make sense, and the losses that leave us wondering if we will survive. Her upcoming book, From Shame to Honor, is an outpouring of Audrey’s heart to introduce others to the God of Instead. You can also find Audrey at her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Sophia ReedSophia Reed

Sophia Reed is a single mother of one. She has a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is currently pursuing her PhD in human behavior. She enjoys mixing her education and experiences with her Christian beliefs through her blog at Therapy Counseling.