Meet the Author

Childhood Remembrances CoverI am pleased to introduce the contributing authors from Draw Near’s upcoming free ebook entitled Childhood Remembrances. In it, each talented author listed below has shared a meaningful lesson from his or her youth for the glory of God and your reading pleasure.

Ben Fine is a mathematician and professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut in the United States. He is a graduate of the MFA program at Fairfield University and is the author of thirteen books (eleven in mathematics, one on chess, one a political thriller) as well over 130 research articles, twelve short stories and a novella about Pirates. His story August 18, 1969 published in the Green Silk Journal was nominated for a Pushcart prize. His latest novel Out of Granada was released in July. His author website is https://benfineauthor.com.

Deborah Hansen has been published in The Teacher Magazine, Florida Times-Union, First Coast Parent Magazine and most recently, Breathe Free Press, Runcible Spoon, and Burning House Press. She is the author of Character in Everything, a curriculum for school-aged children, and the author of two books: Broken Strings: Wisdom for Divorced and Separated Families and Nothing to Complain About: My 125-Day Journey to Become Complaint Free. Her third book, in progress, is a collection of her Haiku.

J. Ross Archer is a retired Colonel from the US Army where he served 23 years. He is an active Rotarian and a Gideon. He and his wife reside in Thomasville, Georgia and share five children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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.”

Leslie Anne Wood is a Christian motivational speaker and writer from the west Michigan area. Her ministry, Transforming Faith, helps non-believers to develop a personal relationship with Christ as their Savior and encourages believers to deepen their spiritual walk with the Lord. Learn more about her at www.TransformingFaithMinistries.com.

M. Liebchen grew up with dogs and cats, chickens and cows, and knows how they can impact our lives. She remembers her affection for them and theirs in return. Now she writes middle-grade novels that feature challenged characters and unusual animals, and short essays with a Christian slant.

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.

Rebecca D. Bruner is an inspirational speaker and the author of six books. The longing of her heart is to see people fall deeply in love with Jesus. Connect with her online at www.rebeccabrunerauthor.com.

Sandra Hickman is an Australian writer, poet and songwriter. A contributing author to five Christian publications, and The Lamp Newsletter located in Michigan USA. An Intercessory Prayer and Ministry Leader, Evangelist, Missionary and Bible School graduate, residing in Western Australia.

Sandy Loam is the pen name of a wife and mother from Los Baños and Bay, Laguna, Philippines. A researcher at heart, she occasionally writes as the Lord leads. She also loves to sing and play some instruments, making melody in her heart, as well as gardening and sketching for the Lord.

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. Her personal blog can be found here https://ani1dotme.wordpress.com/.

Sumeet Manohare writes a self-improvement blog with some photography and music. Visit the “Accidental Blogger” at www.writingmyheartout25.wordpress.com.

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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A Safe Bet (short story by me)

Eli Jeffrey, VI uploaded his clone profile to the dating website.  He was a sixth-generation clone looking for a female clone of the same generation.  The closest computer match was an eighth-generation clone named Savannah Gardner, VIII.  Although their bodies were both roughly 24 years old, he thought it could be weird dating a clone whose original human dated back to 2036.  After all, that was when cloning first began to get popular.

It was shortly after the United States federal government legalized physician-assisted suicide without limitation.  Terminally ill patients had undergone legal physician-assisted suicides for years, but then the right to die was extended to anyone who wants to die.  After some glorified media cases of celebrities exercising their right to die, thousands of healthy young people elected to receive physician-assisted suicides.

In response to the deaths, fearful parents starting cell banking their children’s DNA.  If their child committed suicide, they would order a clone from the cryogenically preserved cells.  And they did. They cloned loved ones by the thousands.  Then, companies were cloning people by the millions.  It eliminated the need to give birth.  In fact, babies being born were so rare that Eli had never met an original baby before in his lifetime.

Since the computer found no female sixth-generation matches, he removed his profile from the dating site.  He hung his head.  Inside, he knew who was going to marry all along.  It was the same clone as the last three generations had married.  Eli Jeffrey, IV had married Alyssa Dearing, IV.  Eli Jeffrey, V had married Alyssa Dearing, V.  Now, he would follow the tradition of marrying his clone’s compatible match—Alyssa Dearing, IV.  It was a safe bet.

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