American Christian Fiction
Writers has two boards that work together
to run the organization. The advisory board has five members whose
positions are long-term (for a lifetime, or until they choose to leave
the position) to protect the intention of the corporation. The
operating board has eight members, each with a rotating two-year term.
Half of those positions come up for vote each year so that there will
always be veteran operating board members.
New officers are stepping into
their positions on January 1. They
will go through a month long training with the outgoing board members.
Special thanks to those people willing to sacrifice time and energy in
volunteerism to ACFW and its members.
Our new president is moving
from the position of volunteer officer.
Margaret Daley is an award-winning, multi-published author in the
romance genre, and she is the volunteer officer for ACFW. While she has
written for a number of secular publishers, Margaret felt compelled to
follow her faith and passion to the Christian romance market and
currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for
Steeple Hill’s Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense series. She has
authored sixty-four books to date and enjoys mentoring aspiring authors
through ACFW. Until her retirement last year, Margaret taught special
needs students. As an active member of the outreach committee at her
church, Margaret is involved in several community projects. For more
information, please visit www.margaretdaley.com.
Dr. Richard Mabry retired from
medicine after a distinguished career
as a respected clinician, teacher, writer,
and researcher. He entered
the field of nonmedical writing with the publication of his book The
Tender Scar: Life after the Death of a Spouse,
written after the death of his first wife. Richard is the author of the
Prescription for Trouble medical thrillers series. The third novel in
that series, Diagnosis Death, will be published in
of 2011. In addition to his “medical suspense with heart,” Richard’s
short pieces have appeared The Upper Room, In Touch,
and Christian Communicator.
He is honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve over 2000 writers
of Christian fiction as vice president of the American Christian
Fiction Writers. Visit his website at http://www.rmabry.com/
Our new membership officer, Eileen Key, taught
middle school for
thirty years and survived. She is now a freelance writer and editor.
She’s published a cozy mystery, Dog Gone, and a
novella, Door County Christmas, with Barbour
publishing. Her next mystery, Forget-Me-Not,
Avalon, releases in 2011. A lifelong reader, Eileen has owned a library
card from eight different cities. Eileen is an active member of Grace
Community Church. Keeping up with her three grown children and their
families is her delight. Visit her website at www.eileenkey.com.
Appointed to replace Margaret
Daley as volunteer officer, Kim Vogel
Sawyer is a former elementary school teacher who
loves C words, like
children, cats, and chocolate. Kim has become one of the most beloved
authors writing for the inspirational market today. Drawn to her gentle
stories and connecting with the spiritual truths in them, readers
continue to fall in love with Kim’s novels. Kim and her husband are
empty-nesters who make their home on the beautiful plains of central
Kansas, the setting for many of her books.Vist her website at http://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/
Our new publicity officer has previously served
on ACFW’s advisory
board. Kristin Billerbeck is a best-selling, Carol Award–winning author
of over thirty novels, novellas, and one nonfiction title. Credited
with helping to bring Chick Lit to the CBA, she appeared on the Today
Show to discuss the new genre and was written up in the New
York Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, World Magazine
and USA Today. Kristin’s novel What a
Girl Wants sold
over 100,000 copies and is currently being shopped as a movie. Many of
her novels have been translated into several languages. She holds a
degree in advertising from San Jose State University and is a proud
fourth-generation Californian. She lives in the Silicon Valley with her
family. Please visit Kristin’s website for more information:
Caring for the members and the
ACFW organization isn’t a simple
task. We appreciate the dedication and willing spirits of those who
give their time in this endeavor.
For more information on the
American Christian Fiction Writers and the continuing officer bios,
please see http://www.acfw.com.
It’s been my great joy to serve
on the operating board, and I look forward to the work this new board