Meet the Author

NEW RELEASE! Menagerie: An Anthology of Christian Writingswirl cover is now available! Click HERE to read this free ebook online right now or download it to read later. This diverse collection of stories and poems includes writings from a variety of authors. Draw Near is pleased to introduce some of the talented writers who contributed their work to this ebook.

David Meade I live in Arlington Texas, married 31 years, three daughters, and one golden retriever.  I am a graduate of Valparaiso University, mechanical engineering and I earned a Master of Business Degree from University of Texas, Arlington.  Love to write, paint, run, bake, and ride my bike!  I currently work for Thrivent Financial as a certified financial planner – a faith based organization helping people be wise with money and live generously.

DT Richards is the writing name of a Canadian Christian writer currently living and working in Singapore. His work has been published in Edify Fiction, among others, and he maintains a blog at dtrichards.wordpress.com. He is deeply interested in how God works in people’s lives without them knowing it.

Judy K. Haught, Christian 48 years. She began with short stories, and poetry. She discovered her writings were always ending with Christ as Victorious, showing Him as the “Great I Am.”

Kim Rodrigues lives in Georgia and has served in the U.S. Navy. She currently works in the library. Kim loves spending time with her grandkids and all her family. Her current passion for poetry was ignited after taking some online classes. Kim’s greatest passion is for the Lord. She has earned a certificate in Christian Ministry through INSTE Bible College. She also loves to travel, dabbles in quilting, enjoys history.

Mercy Susanna is a 22-year-old girl from India who loves to minister through her writings. She is a compassionate indite poet, article writer, storyteller and works with the commentary on the Scripture. She is a firm Christian apologetic and is passionate to let the world know how the God Almighty is the only Creator of this universe and Jesus Christ the Son is the only Saviour of this world. Her recent writings ‘How I met Jesus’ and ’21st Century Church-Where is this going?’ are found online on her blog MercySusanna~orisonbardsuz.

Molly ~ wound dresser These are desperate days and people are losing hope in record numbers. “People need the LORD” just like the old Steve Green song said. My desire is to bring the gifts God has given me, of encouragement and teaching, to a world dying for hope and searching for the healing, I believe, only Jesus Christ can bring to the wounded heart.

Nicholas Froumis practices optometry in the Bay Area. His writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Gravel, Right Hand Pointing, The Penwood Review, WestWard Quarterly, and Ground Fresh Thursday.  He lives in San Jose, CA with his wife, novelist Stacy Froumis, and their daughter.

Rabbi Ben Avraham is originally from Queens, New York City, born in 1954. He was ordained as Messianic Rabbi in 2005 at Shema Yisrael Theological Seminary in Miami, FL and went to Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He is married with 6 grown kids and 9 grandkids.

Ruth Asch is a much-published poet and prose writer. After years of teaching she is venturing into a career editing and proof-reading in order to give more time to her husband and five children. Her writings can be found online, in many anthologies, and in her volume Reflections (2009 St Austin Press).

Saranya Sridharan is an Indian Software Engineer by profession and a passionate author by choice. She has been blogging for around 6 years and  has recently published a book titled “Poetic Medley”. She believes in motivating other people, inspiring them to be positive in their life.

Wanda J. Burnside is an author, poet, teacher and publisher/founder of The Lamp Newsletter. She is the founder and president of Write the Vision Ministries and Media Productions, Int’l. She has been married to Simmie Lee Burnside, Jr. since 1972. They reside in Detroit, MI.

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Unconditional Love (poem by me)

I am not in a
moral,
physical,
financial,
or spiritual
race with you.
I am just looking for a friend.
Will you accept my unconditional love?

I am not
criticizing,
judging,
condemning,
or despising you
in my head.
Will you accept my unconditional love?

I am only expressing the love
the Father has bestowed on me.
He taught me how to
love others unconditionally.
Will you accept His unconditional love?

“But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful.”—Romans 5:8

Poem to Santa from Me

Santa, if you are able—I have a big wish,
Please add maple cabinets for me to your list,
While you are at it—a pretty new floor,
And a modern backsplash, I would simply adore.

I have done the best I can without complaint,
Our old stuff has been fixed up with layers of paint,
But our cabinets are still just particle board,
And the linoleum floor could win an Ugly Award.

This year, I’ll admit I yelled at the kids a little,
Okay, maybe a lot or somewhere in the middle,
But one broke curfew; the other an end table,
They won’t change by the gentle retelling of a fable.

I won’t mind the elves banging and hammering away,
Just PLEASE give me a new kitchen on this Christmas Day!

*Only a little time left to submit your short story for Menagerie. Details here: https://drawneartochrist.com/call-for-submissions/.

For That Girl (poem by me)

I wish I was your mother
so I could caress your infant head,
tuck you in at night,
and read a story by your bed.

I wish I was your mother
so I could say it will be okay,
bandage your cut,
and send you back out to play.

I wish I was your mother
so I could tell you God’s plan,
take you to church,
and urge you to wait for a godly man.

*This poem was written in honor of National Adoption Day.

From an Iraqi Village (poem by me)

My words were like stillborn children,
My cries for help—all impotent,
Like lambs led to the slaughter,
I’m the only one left.

So hungry I felt like an animal
lusting after human flesh,
So thirsty I drank
my own vile sweat.

I grew immune to the smell
of slow-rotting flesh,
Stopped averting my eyes
when they sliced off their necks.
My lungs still have breath,
But my soul’s ironed flat.

*This poem was written to increase awareness of human suffering in Iraq and inspire prayer for its citizens.

Call for Submissions

Draw Near is currently accepting submissions for a new free ebook called Menagerie: An Anthology of Christian Writing. This publication will be a combination of exceptional fiction and poetry. Fiction shouswirl coverld be under 1,000 words. All genres will be considered. Narrative poetry will be shown preference. All forms (except shape poetry) will be considered. Please keep in mind that Draw Near is a Christian publisher. Everyone is welcome to submit. Quality submissions that reflect Christian values are the only ones that will be accepted.

Carefully read the following guidelines before submitting.

  1. Email your fiction or poem to songofsolomon8@outlook.com. Submit in the body of the email or as an attachment (.doc, .docx, .pdf). Avoid using special fonts and formats (such as centering, italics, etc). Include the title and “by” line in the email. (A pen name is okay.)
  2. You may include a short biography (optional). If your work is selected, Draw Near will share your bio in a blog. The bio must be in third person and consist of no more than three sentences. One link to your personal website or social media is acceptable.
  3. New or old poems will be accepted. Draw Near will accept work that you have published on the internet (on your website or a public forum). However, we are not interested in manuscripts that have already been accepted for publication by other publishers. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately if your writing is accepted elsewhere.
  4. Submit a maximum of one story and three poems in one email/attachment. Fiction and poetry with indecent words or subjects will be rejected without consideration.
  5. The deadline is December 15, 2017. 
  6. Unfortunately, you will not be paid for your submission. Please submit only if you wish to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ. All submissions will be considered and acknowledged. However, Draw Near will only accept quality writing that adheres to these guidelines for publication.
  7. PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT RIGHTS!!! By submitting a creative work:
  • you certify you are the author of the creative work.
  • you agree to give the publisher rights to publish your creative work in a single publication.
  • you authorize the publisher to make this publication available in print and electronic formats.
  • you agree to allow the publisher to post this publication on this website and other websites designed for hosting print and electronic formats.
  • you retain the copyright to your work.
  • you will be credited for your creative work (either as your real or pen name).

Still interested? Send in your poem to songofsolomon8@outlook.com today!