However, God knew that after being an avid romance reader I needed my own real romance for the future plans He had for me. My faith and love for God led me to a deep conviction that part of His plan for my life was to not only become a registered nurse but train for ministry. I did not dream that being a student at the Churches of Christ Bible College in Sydney would start me along an entirely different ministry journey from the missionary nurse one I had taken for granted God wanted me on.
At Bible College I met my own hero, Raymond. We are still being blessed with our own romance in a wonderful marriage. Although now officially retired from local church ministries and living on Australia's beautiful island state of Tasmania, we enjoyed many years in church ministry together throughout Australia, two years in England and short term mission trips to Africa. To this day we still work as a team. Between helping at our local church, speaking appointments, enjoying our grandchildren and family, we still both make time to continue our writing. Ray now has several devotional books published in his 31 Day Devotional Series. See more about him and his books on his own great blog where he posts every Monday.
|Ray and Me in College|
My first novel reached the bookshop shelves in 1993 and now, to my delight and amazement, I am a multi-published contemporary and historical romance author with well over 800,000 books sold around the world. I had five Harlequin Mills and Boon medicals published, and why I stopped writing them and continued writing romance with spiritual threads is part of my "Journey Story". Barbour Publishing in America first released them through their Heartsong Presents inspirational romance book club. In the year 2000 Barbour re-released my contemporary Search series in their best-seller, 4-in-1 volume, Australia. In 2003 my four Great Southland historical books were published in another volume, Australian Outback, which was a best seller. All of these books as well as Damaged Dreams are now e-books published by Barbour in their Truly Yours Digital Edition as e-books.
I am a member of several writing organisations including Romance Writers of Australia, Australian Romance Readers Association, Society Women Writers Tasmania, Tasmanian Writers Centre, Omega Writers Inc, Australian Christian Writers blog, American Christian Fiction Writersand their Beyond Borders and International Christian Fiction Writers chapter. See my blog for more details of other groups I have been a member of, including Romance Writers America and their Faith Hope Love chapter.
To keep up to date about my writing activities, future releases and speaking appointments, visit the News page on my blog. I'm also on Facebook and Goodreads.
You can also find my husband Ray's books at http://rayhawkinsauthor.blogspot.com.au.