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On Writing: Meet One of our Authors

Jean Oathout

Jean Oathout

Jean Oathout writes from her heart. Her first recently released book, SO YOU PLAN TO MARRY A MAN, is as much a personal testimony of what she’s learned from God as a book of helps for wives and gals desiring to be married one day.

Jean was born in Tacoma Park, MA, in 1937. Her father died when Jean was six, her mother remarrying when Jean was eleven years old and moving the family to New York State.

In 1955, Jean married an Air Force man and had three sons. However, the marriage failed. Jean later remarried and had one more son. Her new husband relocated the family in Vermont in 1983, where they “homesteaded,” growing most of their food and living without electricity for most of seventeen years.

Unfortunately for Jean, the second marriage also had its problems, both she and her husband “having issues.” Jean found it hard to be a submissive wife and wanted to leave. However, at the Lord’s prompting, she stayed and learned how to deal with life according to the way her husband wished. Through these difficult years, Jean started to journal, putting her writings in poetic form with the thought that some day she would share them with other women.

Finally in 1999, Jean had to leave her married life and seek inward healing that only God could provide. Over the years, she’s come to realize that she needed to forgive and go on with her life. She has fellowship with a body of believers in a local church and has many friends in the Madrid, NY, community. She is presently working on two more poetic devotionals that are scheduled for publication with Lighthouse Publishing from the Carolinas.

It’s Jean’s desire that her efforts glorify the Lord and help women look to Him for guidance in their married lives. Her next book, WHEN A WOMAN MARRIES A MAN, will share more wisdom Jean had learned to find God’s help and peace in the trials of everyday life. Her third book, TO RAISE A CHILD CAN BE JOY, is an encouragement to parents who desire to rear their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

 Happy writing and if you’d like to be featured on this blog, please contact me at: marshahubler@wildblue.net


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On Writing: Meet One of our Authors

Linda Bonney Olin

Author Linda Bonney Olin

Linda Bonney Olin has had a variety of creative interests since experimenting with poetry and drawing as a kid. She completed a degree in psychology at Cornell University, where she met her husband, Bill. They purchased a dairy farm in upstate New York and started a family. Then an inherited Kodak Retina IV camera hooked Linda on photography. She snapped award-winning images while juggling the farm bookkeeping, outside professional employment, and rearing two children. She no longer exhibits her photos, but she enjoys using them in projects like the cover of her recently published Kindle book, Songs for the Lord.

Linda delights in crafting word images too, especially ones that convey a message of eternal significance. She doesn’t focus on one particular genre of writing. Instead, she focuses on daily direction from the Holy Spirit. This has led her along a frequently confusing, but never dull or unrewarding, path.

One example of her creative partnership with the Holy Spirit is her season as a songwriter. Songs for the Lord is the resulting collection of hymns and Christian songs. Thanks to her “Holy Ghostwriter,” all twenty-four pieces have original melodies as well as lyrics, in spite of Linda’s lack of musical training.

A certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church, Linda has written and presented Christian dramas, poems, devotions, songs, Bible studies, and sermons–even a standup comedy routine. Ten of the humorous scripts she wrote for her son, Jeff, and his puppet pal are featured in her current nonfiction book project, Personal Puppet Ministry with Jeff and Clyde. She also has a mystery/romance novel in progress.

Linda has been published in The Secret Place; UtmostChristianWriters.com; ChristianBibleStudies.com; Who Knew—Catskill Literary Journal; and other periodicals. She is scheduled to lead a focus group on electronic publishing at the 2012 Montrose Christian Writers Conference.

Way to go, Linda! You’ve certainly made your mark in several genres of the publishing world. Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself for our group’s enjoyment and information.

Next time, we’ll visit with Jean Oathout, the author of SO YOU PLAN TO MARRY A MAN.

Happy writing!



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