One of our highlights every year is when we gather together to celebrate the Christmas Holiday and to reflect on the year that has passed. Also every year we receive a special plaque commemorating another year that we have been together as a group. This year twenty-seven individuals gathered together for the celebration. It was a wonderful time of exchanging our white elephant gifts, and eating wonderful food. Here are the pictures from that gathering, at “The Village Corner Restaurant “ on Tuesday December 20, 2022.
Claire Hertzler talks “The High Sheriff of Greene,” with Harbor Club Book Clubs, combined meeting, March 5, 2020, Lake Oconee, Greensboro, GA. These folks were eager to read and learn about the history that happened all around them. Hertzler found it fun to interact with such an enthusiastic group.
Chad Hale (b. 1945) grew up in the South and has pastored in urban Atlanta, GA most of his adult life. He is an early pioneer of food cooperatives for low-income families and the founder and former Exec. Director of Urban Recipe (urbanrecipe.org). Much of his work has centered around how the church might be faithful working in situations of poverty; his efforts have focused on creating oases of food security and supportive community for people under stress. He is the pastor of Georgia Avenue Church in Grant Park, Atlanta. "Forgive Us This Day Our Daily Bread" is his first book. One of the pictures here shows him with Ella Duffy Haynes, friend and colleague in the formation of food co-ops for low-income families.
The picture of the author with hat is by Johnathon Kelso.
Scribblers Christian Writers Group Christmas 2019
December 20, 2019
The Crossings Restaurant, Main Street Norcross Georgia
The Scribblers Christian Writers Group held its third Annual Christmas celebration at the Crossings Restaurant in Norcross Georgia on Friday December 20, 2019. Present were fourteen Scribbler members with another twelve family members and friends attending. Mike and Leda Owens, two Scribbler members, served as our visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus and helped in our celebration. Each Scribbler received an embroidered plaque as a reminder of the Christmas 2019 event. Great food, friendship, and fellowship occurred, as we remembered all the blessing of the year, and looked forward to 2020.
Charles de Andrade is the founding member of Scribblers, a Christian writers club based in Norcross Georgia. As an author he has six books published with one more planned to be released in late 2020. His works are Christian Historical Fiction where he draws on his many life experiences to share his stories of faith and life. Charles has served in the business world in many senior positions, including being president of a software company based in Atlanta, GA, owning and operating a restaurant, and serving as a business consultant focusing on sales, operations and finance.
He currently serves as the finance manager for a software company in Atlanta, GA, serves on two boards as a director, and owns and operates Bee Natural Products, distributing bee keeper products, and CdA Consultants, a business consulting group specializing in HR, Finance, and Operations.
He supports his wife, Gloria, in her Glorious Designs Embroidery Business. Married for forty-six years, he is the proud father of three daughters, and grandfather to eight grandchildren and one step-grandson. He currently lives in Summerfield Florida where he is active in his church and his businesses. In his free time, he can be found writing his next novel, playing his guitar, and cooking for his friends and family.
For more information check our his website:
www.charlesadeandrade.com or www.stewardseries.com.
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Eyewitness, The Tears of the Saints
Book 1 of the Miracles of Christ Series
The Steward Series by Charles de Andrade
About the Steward Series
The background on the Series
Book Signing - Woodstock, Georgia 30188 - The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta: Saturday June 29th, 2019
Chuck Holmes is a Southerner by birth and by preference. (his words) He spent most of his life as a freelance writer and creative director, writing ads, public television scripts, speeches, training programs, and -as a ghost-autobiographies. As a child of the south he brings a real southern small-town flavor to his storytelling, making the North Carolina town of River Falls a compelling character in The Sing. His short stories have been published in The Southern Reader, Faithlines and other noted media.
After a lifetime as a contract writer, Chuck Holmes has turned to his own writings. His novel, The Sing, was published in 2018 and More Than Just Cellular: Musings on Life Past, Present and Eternal was published in 2019. He lives in Tucker, GA with his wife and near his children and grandchildren.
His books are available for purchase on Amazon.
Gisela Tomlinson is a retired Fitness Professional who is passionate about health and wellness. Upon completing high school she married and started a family. After moving from the big city to the country and when both children started school Gisela took many courses and trained to become a Fitness Instructor on land and in the water; Nutrition and Wellness Specialist as well as a Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher.
In 2003 she received the "Volunteer of the Year" award for her district. Gisela enjoys swimming, bicycling, reading and travelling with her family.
At the age of 39 Rheumatoid Arthritis changed her life dramatically. She is an inspiration to many. Her passion to share her knowledge is the reason for writing her first book, "Moving On" How Arthritis Gave Me a New Life.
She is writing another book about health and wellness.
Mike Owens was interviewed on the on the Doug Dahlgren Show on
Friday October 25, 2019
14 Authors represented Scribblers at the Decatur Book Festival held on Saturday August 31st, and Sunday September 1st.
The weather was beautiful, and as a group we sold 108 books. Three authors made money with Portia Wayne being our big seller with her "Dinosaurs in Decatur" being the top seller. This was followed closely by Mike Owens with his " I Hate Vegetables" poetry book taking second place.. Of the 14 authors, only one had no sales, everyone else had sales. We will be reviewing the show at each of the upcoming meetings. We will be reviewing improvements that can/should be made for next years show. All four of our chapters were represented at the show.
Donna Faulkner Barron is the oldest daughter of Roy Faulkner, Chief Carver of the Confederate Memorial Carving at Stone Mountain Park. Donna was born to Roy and Juanita in Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta and was raised in Covington, Georgia with her three other siblings, Richard, the oldest and the only son along with sisters Judy and Patti. Donna is married to Ronald Peter Barron and they have two children, Jessica 29 and Peter 24.
Donna completed her elementary and high school years in Newton County and furthered her education by attending Dekalb Area Tech in Clarkston, Ga where she completed her degree in Secretarial Science. Donna was now ready for the work force. She interviewed and was hired as a Stenographer for the Georgia State Labor Department where she worked for 5 years. Realizing that this career was ending, she moved back home and began her new adventure in life...being her dad's assistant. She helped compile records using her secretarial skills and in the mid 80's she found herself as the secretary to her dad who was the Curator of the Stone Mountain Carving Museum which was opened for a couple years on Memorial Drive. After the museum closed she and her dad parted their ways and she began her only family as her parents moved to McDonough, Ga.
Later on ..30 years later.. using those same secretarial skills she would have never envisioned herself as the co-author of the book, "The Man Who Carved Stone Mountain", that her and her dad along with Kay Stowe Jones wrote. What an honor and priviledge to work side by side with her dad to tell his story and share his legacy forever. I am sure Roy is up in heaven looking down and thinking "I am so glad I invested the money in Donna's education so that one day I could be proud of her accomplishments"..Job Well Done..
Donna on The Doug Dahlgren show.
Click the button below to listen to the May 31, 2019 interview.
Nina Stacy Thomas is retired from Georgia State University, where her final move up the ladder was in the College of Law Career Services Office. There she advised law students on their career paths and was the editor of the Career Services newsletter.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University, and has recently shown paintings in juried shows at the Art Station Gallery in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
She lives in Decatur, Georgia where her favorite activity is spending time with her son and grandson in between their work and school schedules. Since retiring she spends time with friends at dinners and lunches and attends workshops of interest. She attends church at Decatur First United Methodist Church.
In her recently published book, Appalachian Roots Revisited (...and Maneuvering Life's Briar Patch Beyond), she writes about her love of family, friends and hometown, Pennington Gap, Virginia and Appalachia in general. She includes some of life's challenges encountered and how she overcame them. Plus there is an additional chapter devoted to recipes of her beloved Grandmother, Mama King.
I just got back to Florida from the book signing in Tucker GA at the local library there. There were about 35 authors present including 9 members from Scribblers: Myself, Mary Renshaw, Luanne Scrogan, Mike & Leda Owens, Pat and Anthony Smith, Marlene Ratledge Buchanan, and David Newton (Pen Name: Samuel Wardwell). We each had the opportunity to speak about our books.
I have added the video that was taken of my presentation, as well as pictures of each of the members during their presentations.
I believe that Scribblers will be growing, as a number of the authors present were interested in the writing club. I also got to announce the new book in the next series that I am working on. "Eyewitness - The Tears of the Saints" is the first book in the Miracles of Christ series, and will be out in time for the Decatur Book Festival in August. I picked up the artwork that will be the basis for the cover from Dennis Assayac on Friday, and I am pleased with that as well.
These book signings are a necessary part of what authors need to do, and this one introduced us to the incredible diversity in the writing community, and the amazing presence of so many Christian authors. That alone made the book signing a success, and there were even some books sold.
Please do look at the pictures, and share the video to get the word out on what we are doing at Scribblers, and what I am doing as an author.
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Thanks to everyone who came to the book signing.
Grace and Peace,
Charles A de Andrade
Though this is her first book, Claire is uniquely qualified to write The High Sheriff of Greene as she grew up in the Wyatt culture of Greene County, GA. “There goes Wyatt and Taylor,” she remembers hearing as the sheriff whizzed by in a cloud of dust with his deputy. Claire has written the story of this legendary sheriff from over 30 oral interviews and numerous newspaper accounts. She has brought Wyatt alive again to those who knew him and for those who wished they had. In this little gem of a book, Claire Hertzler has preserved a story sure to captivate and inspire.
A blogger, Claire’s blog site: www.justclairefying.com deals with current issues, observations about living, and profiles of folks inspiring others.
Her other writings include the following published articles:
In addition to writing, Claire enjoys cooking, gardening, fashions, and travel. She holds degrees from Mercer University, Southwestern Seminary, and GA State University. She has professional experience in the fields of public education, Christian education, volunteer services administration, and non-profits. She was one of the first activists fighting human trafficking in Atlanta, an interest she maintains. She is active in the North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.
Claire enjoys living in Decatur, GA with her husband, Eugene. She especially enjoys the mornings they go for cappuccino at one of their favorite coffee shops in Decatur. And the Decatur Book Festival.
Claire delights in the people she has met on her author’s journey.
She is available to book clubs, book-signings, author panels, media interviews.
Claire Underwood Hertzler,
129 Mimosa Drive,
Decatur, GA 30030
Dr. P. K. Wayne is an adult educator and freelance writer. She graduated from Spelman College and continued on to earn a Doctorate in Education. Wayne is the founder of The Write Aide, a non-profit organization advocating literacy. Wayne currently resides in Decatur, Georgia with her husband and three children. When she's not swimming with mermaids or dueling with dinosaurs, Dr. P. K. Wayne is brainstorming her next goofy kid adventure. Her daily life with her three kids serves as the source of inspiration for her children's books. Wayne awes audiences with funny stories sure to tickle the hearts of little ones everywhere. Dr. Wayne has released her debut novel, Strings Attached. And for younger readers, she has penned three children's books titled, A Bad Hair Day and Booger Bites: A Nose Picker's Battle with an Icky, Sticky Habit and A Dinosaur in Decatur.
Dr. Wayne loves to hear from readers.
Visit her website or feel free to review the books on Amazon or GoodReads.
With two degrees from Georgia Tech, April rose to the executive suite, left the corporate world, earned an MDiv and DMin, and was ordained. Today she is writing a series called Disorderly Parable Bible Studies, including James in the Suburbs on James (2014), Dismantling Injustice on the Song of Solomon (2016), and St. Francis and the Christian Life on Galatians (2018). April lives with her husband and Great Dane in Atlanta, GA.
Although a native Virginian, Pat has branded herself as a Georgia Peach for over 35 years. She acknowledges having no financial credentials, but is uniquely qualified to pen her first book, "Snowball Investing," on financial matters as a result of a family crisis and the knee-jerk urgency to transform her own finances. Using the principles of stewardship, she recounts in detail the steps taken to erase all debts and to create a comprehensive financial portfolio to outweigh unforeseen future expenses.
Pat’s first published work appeared in the book, "In Search of a Match Black & White," by Dan Moore, Sr. She relives her journey with a perfect stranger, a leukemia patient in desperate need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. Their recollection of the donor/recipient process is highlighted from both vantage points. Over the last three decades, Pat has also penned an assortment of unpublished poems for personal encouragement and as gifts to friends.
Pat’s college degrees in occupational therapy and counseling, as well as her past and present association with “helps” industries including real estate and the world-renown Reliv International, Inc., have given her a lifetime of opportunities to meet people in desperate and hurting places, and guide them towards a state of hope and purpose.
Pat can be contacted via her website, www.snowball-investing.com, and followed on her Facebook page, Snowball Investing. She shares practical money-saving tips and articles of inspiration to encourage readers to rid themselves of the debt blob in order to protect ones’ greatest asset producer, their income. Pat enjoys reading, sewing, and travelling with her husband Sumner Anthony Smith. She is personally inspired each time she ministers at Gilgal, Inc., a faith-based drug and alcohol women’s transitional facility in Atlanta. She is also active in her home church, Berean Bible Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Book Signing - Woodstock, Georgia 30188 - The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta: Saturday June 29th, 2019
Atlanta born and raised, Frannie earned her BS from Georgia State University and a Certificate in Bible from seminary. She served with a missions group in France. She worked in education, corporate, manufacturing, co-authored self-help book and an author of a novel.
Frannie began writing professionally in 2008. Since then she has written and published three books: Two Christian Suspense Fictions and One Self-Help: Co-dependency and Addictions. She should publish her third Christian Suspense Fiction in 2019.
She learned about emotional health as an associate - Worldwide Discipleship Association. She lives in metro Atlanta with husband Doug and dog Sally.
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Both Civil War re-enactors, Julie and Rick were extras in a short film on historical rural churches in Georgia which aired on Georgia Public TV in 2017. They have been researching Rick's family for over 20 years. Rick's ancestor, Dr. Noel D'Alvigny, was the role model for Dr. Meade in "Gone with the wind." This book is about the Doctor's daughter, Pauline (Rick's 3rd great grandmother), who grew up in Charleston before the family moved to Atlanta in the early 1850's. This includes Pauline's personal account, in her own words, of the War in Atlanta in 1864 when she was forced to leave her home near Peachtree creek. A farmer's wife, she became the matron of one of the hospitals in Atlanta. Julie, with the help of her husband Rick, weaves in and out of the past, and includes some of Clarke's re-enactments and modern day events in addition to the Civil War. Rick Clarke, this books historical advisor, is currently working on a book in Pauline's father who was from France, Dr. Peter Noel D'Alvigny.
Bill and Noy Peeler are Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel serving the Khmer population of Cambodia in partnership with the Cambodia Baptist Union.
Noy Peeler first heard the gospel in a refugee camp, and she has been telling others about Jesus ever since. Noy is a native Cambodian and former Buddhist, and understands both the culture and religion of many Cambodians. Bill is a U.S. Army veteran, fluent in the Khmer language and has experience in refugee relief work, public and adult English as a Second Language Education and as pastor of a Cambodian congregation.
Bill and Noy seek to help pastors and church leaders achieve their ministry goals by participating in community projects of evangelism and training, working alongside the Cambodia Baptist Union to proclaim the Gospel in remote parts of the country and providing leadership and pastoral training.
William and Noy Peeler are in the mission field In Columbia... their newsletters are some of the most touching real stories you could ever read. They are currently working with with a fellow Scribbler, Charles De Andrade, to turn these into a book.
You can learn more and donate to their cause here.
Mike has been writing since Middle School – short stories about friends and their adventures in strange and exotic places. Stories that would wind up, sooner or later, buried in some trash can by a mother who believed a neat and tidy room was next to godliness. It was no big deal at the time- a career in writing wasn’t in his thinking. It was just a fun thing to do while entertaining himself.
As a senior in high school in Metairie, Louisiana, Mike won the Journalism Gold Medal Award; a prize he cherished - especially since he was competing against some of the smartest students in the class. Even at this point, he still never considered writing as more than a pleasurable pastime. He continued to write in college and was recognized for his attributes in writing, especially by his history professor, Dr. Thomas Howell.
In his first job at Pinecrest State School in 1974 as a Speech Therapist,, he collaborated with Nathan Canella, the music therapist, to produce Eggs! Eggs! Eggs! an Easter musical that was performed at the school for many years afterwards. He also wrote his first instructional manual for teaching sign language to non-verbal students at the school. Later, as an Educational Consultant for the Department of Education in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he wrote numerous training manuals for special education teachers and administrators covering a variety of special needs students.
In 1995, Mike traveled to Costa Rica and taught there for three years. He continued writing about the wonderful people he encountered while traveling around the country. The bug to write was still there, but the thought of becoming a published author, was not part of his life’s equation.
It wasn’t until about five years later, after returning to the states, did the urge to publish take hold. It took almost ten years to finish writing two young adult books. It was after retiring, and a move to Georgia before he realized the opportunity to become published. Only after becoming a part of the Scribblers’ Christian writers group in Norcross did publishing his works become a reality. Mike gives much credit to Charles de Andrede, the leader of Scribblers, for his direction and encouragement to him personally in the completion of his first two published novels. A year and a half after arriving in Georgia, Mike married Leda Still, a budding artist with whom he collaborated to produce a third book jointly called “The I Hate Vegetables Book of Poetry for Kids” due out for Christmas 2017. Additional books, as well as Leda’s artwork displayed at Leda’s Loft, are in the works. As they become available, announcements will be made on this website and blog.
For more on Mike, visit his website!
Luanne was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Where she completed high school in 1971 and married her husband, Ken in 1972 at Faith Bible Chapel at 9th and Acoma Street in Denver. Her first job, at the age of 14, was at a carnation greenhouse, where she spent her summer hours that year “disbudding” the flowers and carefully packing the ready ones for the florists. She says she still dearly loves carnations and their fragrance! Throughout the years, she has enjoyed various types of work, including, stocking and receiving, Nurse’s Aide, factory work at Jolly Rancher Candies, and much more. After giving birth to their daughter in 1977 she worked as a Fire Department Dispatcher which she said was one of the most enjoyable things she has done!
Later, after completing the series of cake decorating courses at Mrs. Mayo’s Cake Decorating School, she spent much time making & decorating cakes for weddings and other occasions. She went on to teach classes at Mrs. Mayo’s and fill in for decorators at various other bakeries as needed, while still doing cakes out of her home. It was a fun and rewarding career for many years!
In 1987, Luanne and her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia area and soon found herself increasingly more focused on her interests in whole-grains and nutrition. She began to sell her whole-grain breads for extra money and she experimented more with other whole-grains. Luanne has always been interested in culinary arts and nutrition. She has written numerous recipes, which she hopes to compile into a collection of recipe books in the near future! “I have always loved Wowing people with food. No matter where I am or where we go to church, the Lord always puts me to work in the kitchen!” she chuckles! She has been a valued resource of culinary and nutritional information by her peers and also offered instructional classes at church for over 35 years on subjects from basic cooking and reading labels, to nutritional balances and incorporating whole grains into your diet; and more recently gluten-free facts. Wherever they have been planted she has found herself in the position of coordinating kitchen activities at church for over 30 years and says that “since I have never had the ability to start my own restaurant, the church kitchen is my restaurant!” With joy she has planned and orchestrated scratch-made meals for various groups of 25 to as many as 400 and says, “I have loved every exhausting minute of it”!
Currently, although her desire is to continue with the compilation of her cookbooks, she feels led to focus her strongest efforts on the promotion of her first published book, “Faith Standing”. As well as the continuance of writing the sequel, “Faith Walking”.
Faith Standing is testimony and study of biblical truths to encourage one to stand sturdy and strong in faith, like the tree of old that does not up-root in the midst of winds and storms of life; but it just roots in deeper and continue to stand and trust! The purpose in Faith Standing, is that through the washing of the word and the testimonial examples therein; the reader might be encouraged to follow James 1:6 in: ASKING IN FAITH… WITH NOTHING WAVERING!
Since the age of sixteen, when she solidly gave her heart to Jesus, it has been her heart to serve God to the best of her ability. However, as she says, “I am definitely a work in progress! God has seen me through so many experiences and He has helped me, increasingly, to mature and grow in His word and in my relationship with Him! I learn more as I go along, and He truly is my source of joy, peace and contentment. My hope is that in the reading of Faith Standing, the reader will find out how and why:
“Faith dances with great joy at planting… in great expectation of the harvest’s increase!”