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About Me

A few fun self portraits. . .I’m usually the one behind the camera, so I don’t have any glamorous shots of myself!

For anyone who stumbles across this site as a newcomer:

I actually have seven manuscripts available.

1. Full Circle
Gabby must find the courage to trust that God still knows what he’s doing, despite taking away everything she’s ever loved. . . . . .
A lifelong friendship turned something more.
He saves her from a kidnapper.
She saves him from himself.
And then his heart breaks as he watches her marry someone else.
When the death of one life and the birth of another bring their own full circle, will Clint finally get to keep the only girl he’s ever loved?
For Fun Visit My Pinterest Board for Full Circle:

2.  Chasing Amy
For Amy Shaw life revolved around her God, her Dad, and her five-year beau, Ty.  She lived content in the love of all three, confident in herself and her purpose in life.
Then Gregory Shaw unexpectedly passes away, giving Amy no time to say goodbye.
With her Dad gone, her faith is in tatters, floundering under an all-consuming rage at the God she once trusted with her life.  Still in love with Ty but knowing the woman she’s become isn’t the woman he needs, she sets him free.
She’s convinced her pain has no end and that no one can possibly understand what she’s going through.  Then she meets Ryan Parks.
Initially their shared misery offers her an unexpected friendship, a way to endure three-months of mission duties she committed to share with her church.  But as the weeks pass it becomes apparent that Ryan’s purpose may be much more divine.
God’s giving chase.  Can Amy outrun Him?
For Fun Visit My Pinterest Board for Chasing Amy:

3.  Broken Vows
Love, Betrayal. . . . and a chance at Redemption. But is the cost of forgiveness too high for Erin to pay?
When her husband Tyler broke his marriage vows, Erin filed for divorce and never looked back. She worked hard to build a life and a future for herself and her daughter. No man needed.
Then old friend Brody Morgan enters her life again and what was once off-limits is suddenly fair game. Shocked, she finds herself handing her heart right over.
She’s certain this is her second chance to get things right. Until her ex-husband declares he’s still in love with her and will stop at nothing to win her back.
When Erin’s new found faith calls her to forgive him, will it mean reconciliation?
Or will Brody keep her heart?
For Fun Visit My Pinterest Board for Broken Vows:

4.   All I Never Wanted –
What do you get when you take two former best friends, throw in a few years of silence and misunderstanding, and then force them to work as partners for a college project?
The sparks will fly!
But will Annie and Luke start a fire that burns them down. . . .or one that ignites something neither one imagined?
For fun you can visit my Pinterest page to dive deeper into the story of Luke and Annie:

5.   The Broken Road –
Tate has a tainted past, saved only by the grace of God and her best friend Alex.  After three years apart she’s ready to answer the what-ifs of their relationship.
Lev is a rebel, the black sheep of the family, carrying around twelve years worth of anger and resentment.  He doesn’t want or need anyone.
When Tate is forced into Lev’s life, will her chance to explore old feelings with Alex go as planned?  Or will God’s pursuit of Lev take Tate in an entirely different direction?
There’s nothing safe about love. . . .
For fun, and to dive deeper into Lev and Tate, visit my Pinterest page:

6.   Unbidden –
When the mysteries of marriage don’t turn out to be the fairy tale Robin always envisioned, she finds herself second guessing her decision to marry David.
When he dies suddenly at the hands of a drunk driver, the guilt fuels a grief that leaves her jaded about any future relationships.
She finds strength in her faith and the chance to become a person she couldn’t be with David.
But when this new life leads her straight towards love with someone new, will she have the courage to trust in second chances or will her fear keep her from embracing the dreams God has for her future?
For fun visit my Pinterest board for Robin and Todd:

7.  Forever Knight –
This short story is the product of a lost bet.  A friend challenged me to write it and we both enjoyed it enough that I wanted to share it.  It’s fun and frivolous and my first attempt at writing futuristic dystopian.
The United States and its Government have fallen apart and it’s up to the country’s citizens to find a way to carry on.  In a small, central Pennyslvania river town a group of people have carved out a stable existence under the leadership of their Governor and his volunteer militia – the Royal Order of Knights.
The only problem?
Governor Kramm’s daughter.
Charli grew up watching (and falling in love with) her best friend as he trained to become an honored Knight and her dream has always been to be one of them.  However, her father’s current laws won’t allow women to serve.
When their community falls under attack and she risks her own life to save her father’s, will it be her final sacrifice or her proving grounds?

To read any or all of these stories go to – http://www.wattpad.com/user/AbbyCraig

What’s to say?

  • I’ve been writing since the 6th grade, which means I was about 11 years old when I decided to write my first story.
  • I’ve been a wife since 2002.
  • I became a mom in 2008 and again in 2012 to two wonderful daughters.
  • I’ve loved books since I started reading Wacky Wednesday and other Dr. Seuss titles.
  • I graduated with a B.S. in Dietetics in 2001 from I.U.P  and an M.S. in Nutrition in 2007 from the University of Bridgeport.
  • I worked as a Nutritionist for 13 years for the Pennsylvania WIC Program.
  • Other things I dabble in include: Board Games, Reading, Watching Movies (especially Sci Fi stuff) and hanging out with my husband and kids.
  • I love cats and take care of 6 at my home – no, I’m not nuts.  I just have a soft spot for felines.

A wise woman recently posted on her Facebook page: “Worry ends where Faith begins.”  🙂  You know who you are. . .

She’s right.  And while I would like to think that over the past few years I have learned to exercise my faith muscles more than most – and more than I would have thought possible – I can’t say I am without worry.  Or maybe I should reclassify that – FEAR.

If you read the little About Me blurb you’ll have noted I’ve been writing since I was 11 and reading since I was old enough to memorize my bedtime stories.  I dabbled in poetry and even took a through-the-mail course (yes, I am that old) on writing short stories and magazine articles.  My first and lasting love, though, is novels.  I’ve completed countless “manuscripts” – most of which are immature and childish but show my progression as an author and a person.  Official, “grown-up” manuscripts number 2.  I LOVE writing – I can get lost for hours in the details and lives of the characters I create.  Few things excite me more than a crisp, blank piece of paper waiting for me to fill it up.  (Yes, I still use paper!)  I have numerous baby name books – not because I have numerous children but because I’ve created numerous characters.  I dream about story ideas.  I’ve created characters out of just about every person I’ve met.

Doesn’t sound much like fear, does it?  Let me throw out one word – PUBLISH.  Enter fear.  The thought of submitting my heart and soul (a.k.a. my manuscript) to a publisher to have it criticized and rejected multiple times leaves me gulping and gasping for breath.  And I can’t possibly imagine writing something so real and riveting that it would gather readers – other than me.  I AM AFRAID!

But such a spirit of fear throws faith back in God’s face.  And life is much too short to be afraid of something I love so much.  So, I’ve decided to do this: take the manuscripts I’ve finished, “blog” them, let one or two or 100 people read them and allow those who do to comment in the hopes of enhancing and polishing that which I have written.  A small step in the journey of conquering my fear and (gulp) getting published.

If you’re here – a big THANK YOU!  You’re either family, a good friend, or you owe me. 😉

As you read, please keep these things in mind:

* If you comment, be constructive NOT mean.

* If you check out my books on Watt Pad, I would love to hear your ideas:

What suprised you?

What bored you?

What did you expect to happen?

What do you think should happen?

*The more my blog gets read, the more my novels get read.  The more they’re read, the more comments I get, the better my stories.  The better my stories, the more likely I get published.  So PLEASE, pass this on!

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3 responses to “About Me

  1. Barbara Kalbach

    September 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Abby, what a lovely story. I read a couple of paragraphs and they made me smile. I can’t wait to read the rest of it! Bk

     
  2. john

    October 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    8 cats. Wow. My wife does not like the one I have.

     
  3. Linda

    July 19, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I was going through comments on my blog and noticed you left one months ago. Sorry I never replied because I really appreciate when people take the time to comment. Please accept my very late thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
    Linda
    http://www.lindastrawn.com

     

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