Past Contributors and Guest Authors

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

Jennifer Slattery, author of Breaking Free and other titles, writes fiction for New Hope Publishers, Christian Living articles for, and devotions for the Internet Café and her personal blog JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.


Past Contributors

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Angela MeyerAngela Meyer

Angela D. Meyer lives in Omaha, NE with her husband and daughter, where she writes women’s contemporary Christian fiction. She enjoys the ocean, good stories, connecting with friends, taking pictures, quiet evenings and a good laugh.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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