Monthly Meeting April, 2013: Writing For the Inspirational Market

At our April Writers Forum meeting, we’ll hear from Cindy (Martinusen) Coloma and Cathy Elliott, two authors who write for the inspirational market.

The inspirational market is no longer a genre—it’s a vast industry that includes every genre imaginable from Amish to thrillers, Christian living to Buddhist teaching and YA to picture books. Cindy (Martinusen) Coloma and Cathy Elliott will give an overview of the inspirational market, the opportunities, the boundaries, and reasons to explore this growing and diverse industry.

Cindy (Martinusen) Coloma is a best-selling author and has written 13 novels including: Beautiful (2010 Christy Award Finalist for YA and 2011 Revolve YA Tour Book of the Year), The Salt Garden (Library Journal’s Best Books 2004), Orchid House (2008 ECPA bestseller), and Winter Passing (2001 Christy Award Finalist and Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Finalist). Her novels have been translated into Afrikaans, Dutch, German and Norwegian. She is also currently ghostwriting a mystery with a Fox News TV personality.

Nonfiction works include: coauthor with former Congresswoman Linda Smith on Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children (self-published by Smith’s nonprofit organization), and My Life is a Zoo (tentative title) with Bud DeYoung from the Nat Geo Wild show, My Life is a Zoo.

Cindy and her husband live in Northern California. Her four children range in age from 1 year to 22 years old – there’s never a dull moment! She enjoys the outdoors, movies, good food and drink, storytelling and time with family and friends.

Cathy Elliott is the author of two cozy mysteries, including Medals in the Attic, the second book in the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series. She is also a contributor to various anthologies and has written for national publications. In addition, she is the author of ten educational books for children.

Now retired after thirty-one years of service at the Shasta College Library, Cathy is a full-time writer, easily distracted by the joys of grandparenthood. Often she can be found in her Northern California home, sipping tea and spinning tales on her trusty laptop into the wee hours. Currently, she is hard at work on a new quilting mystery for Abingdon Press, to be released in 2014.

We look forward to seeing you at the April meeting!

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