Beth Ann Ziarnik

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Curious? Well, come along then . . .

Writing first snagged me soon after I became a Christian at the age of twelve. My best friend Gwynne and I met in her family's screen porch every available hour that summer to pen our "great American novels."

Summer came to an end before we finished those stories, and not until high school and college did I experience my first opportunities to write for publication. As a reporter, I loved interviewing people and writing news stories.

About eighteen months before college graduation, I began dating Jim---my very own handsome hero. Marriage, setting up our home, and eventually raising two sons took center stage.

When I returned to writing, I decided to tackle a novel. What an eye-opener! Writing fiction required lots of learning and growing.

I steeped myself in classes at Christian writers conferences and struggled through correspondence courses, while I studied countless books and magazine articles on the craft and industry. All the while, I worked steadily toward my goal.

Along the way, I helped start Word & Pen Christian Writers Club which serves the Fox River area of Northeastern Wisconsin.

And I wrote, and wrote, and wrote.

While honing those fiction writing skills, I tackled articles and devotional manuscripts for Christian magazines, and kept up with two monthly columns. For ten years, Together In Faith published my devotionals in "Love With Shoes On." For five years, I researched and edited the "Market News" for American Christian Fiction Writers' e-zine.

Then in 1999, one of my profile articles took 6th Place in the Inspirational Category of Writer's Digest's Writing Competition. That piece became my first cover article, published in the May 2000 issue of The Christian Communicator.

Five years later, I suddenly found myself in a speaking ministry. This allowed me to teach the true nature of love to women's groups and how-to workshops for Christian writers.

About 450 of my nonfiction manuscripts have appeared in Christian newsletters, newspapers, magazines and anthologies.

Currently, I happily focus on my longtime dream of being the published author of Christian romantic suspense.

Thanks to the Lord and to my agent, Jim Hart of the Hartline Literary Agency, my first romantic suspense novel will release with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in 2016.



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