Michelle Sutton 

Michelle Sutton is Editor in Chief of Christian Fiction Online magazine, Volunteer Officer on the ACFW board, an edgy fiction writer, book reviewer, avid blogger/alliance member, web designer, wife, marketing director, mother of two teens, social worker by trade, and follower of Jesus Christ. Best known for her numerous Edgy Author review sites and her Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers groups, she also gives away two books per week on her blog and posts numerous reviews on

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Coming up next month Christian Fiction Online Magazine offers more talented columnists and interesting topics. I’ll discuss the latest developments to CFOM.

Introducing December’s issue:

The “Editor’s Spotlight” is on Gina Holmes, creator of the Novel Journey and Novel Review blogs. Come and read how God inspired her to start this blog ministry and find out where it’s going.

In the "Publisher’s Choice" column, we’ve decided to introduce Rene Gutteridge, who will share about why comedy matters in fiction. Want to be inspired? Read this one.

Our cover author/model for the December issue is historical fiction author Allison Pittman. I recently discovered Allison’s novels and have enjoyed them thoroughly. Stop by to find out more about Allison and what inspires her as a novelist.

This month the “Flip Side” column of what not to do, written by Thomas Smith, is called “Because God Said So.” I’ll bet you can’t wait to find out what he means.

Once again Sara Mills rants in “Fiction Ramblings.” Make sure to stop by and read what she has to say this month.

Randy Ingermanson aka “Randy Rooney” consults with Sam, the plumber. No, he’s not related to Joe the plumber. December’s topic is titled, “Why aren’t you Famous?”.

Our not-so-humble fiction etiquette specialist, Jan Flanders, answers a another troubled author’s question. He wants to know, “Why doesn’t Christian fiction generate the kind of reader excitement and sales that Harry Potter does?” Stop by to get Ms. Flander’s twisted take on it.

In “Making a Scene,” Brandilyn Collins, our expert suspense writer, talks about hatching a plot. Now you know this is going to be interesting. How does she come up with these things?

“Real Life Is Stranger” columnist, Trish Perry, pens a humorous column based on another true life event. It’s titled, “Tell Santa Where it Hurts.” I’m already laughing just from the title. I can only imagine what humor she is going to cook up here.

Nora St. Laurent, our “Book Clubs” columnist, talks about the art of meetings and having an agenda. Do you have a book club? Planning to start one? Then stop by and get some sage wisdom from someone who knows the deal.

ACFW Publicity Officer, Cara Putman, interviews ACFW President Robin Miller who is completing her term this month. Find out what Robin has to say about the organization and her future plans!

Just because it sounds cool, does that mean you “Gotta Get It???” ACFW Agent of the year – 2008, Kelly Mortimer, brings up another buzz word - marketable. How do you know if something is marketable? What does that mean?

What’s going on in the world of Christian fiction? “Heard It Through Hartline” columnist, Tamela Hancock Murray, shares her perspective. Check it out.

Kristin Billerbeck, of “Ask Ashley” will no longer be with us. Due to her ever-increasing popularity, Ashley has simply become overwhelmed with her various commitments. She says it’s been fun sharing tips and advice with her readers.

Meredith Efken discusses fixing stilted dialogue from a “Fiction Fix-It” editor’s point of view. If you struggle with writing verbal exchanges between characters that flows, you’ll want to see what Meredith has to say.

David Meigs introduces another in depth perspective on how Christian fiction has changed lives. He interviews yours truly, the Editor In Chief of CFOM, about "Life Transforming Fiction". You won’t want to miss this!

Our “Write Real” columnist, Mary DeMuth, discusses the “Making of a Masterpiece” in two parts. December's issue introduces part 2, so if you want to know what she is talking about stop by and check this column out.

Nancy Moser continues to provide spiritual encouragement in the "Devotions" column. December’s topic is titled, “Getting Off My High Horse.” Now this is something that is food for thought, especially for writers who appreciate the chaos of Christmas.

In “Big Screen to Your Scene,” Susan May Warren takes a look at Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull and the role Judeo-Christian values play in the success of a story.

“Confession Corner” by DJ Mansker features more insane dialogue in “Eventual Confessions of a Procrastinator.” Does that behavior sound familiar? Read it and see.

Our illustrious “Dr. Jim” continues sharing his wisdom by introducing the “Six As of Addiction.” The fifth A stands for “Acute Obsessive Compulsive Adverb Disorder” or AOCAD. Dr. Jim says, “Clearly, many writers attempting to write in any number of styles (tragically, comically, romantically) can easily fall prey to this malady...and frequently aren't even aware of how cunningly it can happen. Interestingly, Dr. Jim might have the answer...and frankly shares his thoughts in his usual style: cleverly, humorously, and, most of all, humbly.”

Rachel Hauck shares another gem with her readers in "Rachel's Rubies". December’s gemstone is the diamond and the column is about finding the diamond in the rough.

Our December guest columnists should delight you as well:

Stacy Hawkins Adams is our “Multicultural Fiction” columnist. She has a lot of wisdom and experience to share with her readers. Make sure to stop by and see what she has to say.

Homicide detective Mark Mynheir works a slot but somehow finds the time to write fiction. Read about how he manages to do both in “Author by Night.”

Amy Wallace is the featured romantic suspense author in “Genre Happenings.” She talks about romantic suspense, what it is and isn’t, and about why she writes in that genre. Check it out.

Virginia Smith snags the guest spot in “For Writers Only”. I am a big fan of her Mayla series because it is so true-to-life and real. So check out the column this month titled, “Writing the book of your heart.” That’s what we all want to do, but aren’t always successful at achieving, so Ginny shares how she did just that.

“Reviewer’s Corner” features Love Inspired and Heartsong reviews.

Marion McNair has published through I Universe. She is a successful self-pubbed writer who is not hindered by the biases many self-published authors face from other authors. Stop by "POD and Self-Publishing" to find out more about Marion, her experiences as an author, and about her book, Bitter Roots.

CFOM introduced a new column titled “Book Videos” in November, and this month we have more exciting things to share. Ginger Garrett shares about her book video and how she crafted the one used for her latest release. Stop by this new column every month to see great examples of engaging book trailers and read the stories behind them.

“Publisher’s Corner” features Tyndale House. They have always done well selecting and promoting excellent Christian fiction. And like each publishing house shares, they all have unique visions for their company’s future. Find out more about what they have to say about their publishing house here.

Steve Laube is the featured agent in the “Agent Column” . Not only is Steve a highly sought after agent, he is also beloved by his clients for various reasons. Find out what he has to say about the business in December’s issue.

Kathleen Y'Barbo of Books N Such agency is the columnist for “Publicity: Everyone Needs It”. What does she do for an agenting agency to attract people to read more Christian fiction? Read this column to find out.

Bonnie Grove is our featured “Fiction International” columnist. She’s a cuddly Canadian writer working the mean streets of US publishing. Having acquired a US agent, and landed two US publishers, she ponders what it is to be a small Canadian fish in a gigantic US pond. And asks, what’s the difference?

The “Mad Marketing Genius” expert for December is Karen Wiesner. She shares part 2 of her small press column. Come hear what she has to say about the small press.

The CFBA Blog Tour reviewer winner for November is unveiled in December’s issue. Although there are many great reviews and blogs to choose from, each month the editor’s challenge is to find the best in the bunch. Also check out the great book tour selections for the month.

John Olsen is the “Spine Chiller Thriller” columnist. He wrote a psychological thriller called Shade. Want to know where he got the inspiration to write that story? Then you’ll definitely want to read this column.

Last, “Short Stories” features two different, yet amazing tales. Read the second installment of A Stinky Switcheroo by Christa Banister. If you enjoyed the first part of the story, I guarantee you’ll like this next section. The other short story this month is Star Wars and Beyond by Linda Rondeau. It’s sure to make you smile.

That’s it for December, but keep coming back. It’s a great experience, don’t you think?

Thought so. Now go ahead and tell your friends.