If you’re active on the FaithWriters message boards, you know Shari Armstrong, otherwise known as RedBaron. Shari is one of the most active moderators on the boards and she does a fabulous job keeping the forums running smoothly. I asked Shari to answer a few questions to help us get to know her a little better.
How long have you been a FaithWriters member? I joined May 27, 2005. I entered the challenge, and shortly after found the forum.
Thing you love most about FaithWriters: I love the fellowship, support and friendships I’ve gained here over the years. I would not be doing what I’m doing now without them.
Favorite Platinum 500 perk: I would have to say the amazing discounts we get. From editing by Finesse to the Christian Writers’ Market Guide and Glenn A. Hascall’s articles. They are pure gold.
How long have you been writing? I started writing stories in junior high, off and on as I had time. I didn’t start pursuing it seriously until finding FaithWriters.
Been published? Yes. Thanks to FaithWriters, I’ve gained the confidence to pursue various writing opportunities. I’ve been published in one of the FaithWriters’ anthologies, due to be in another, and have been published in both some on-line and print magazines. I’ve also had many ghost writing and editing opportunities as well. I wouldn’t have had any of these if it weren’t for FaithWriters.
Family facts: My husband Frank and I have been married for 10 1/2 years after meeting through an on-line Christian singles chat room. We have two amazing kids, Eileen (8 1/2) and Joshua (5) and a new little girl due in early June.
Biggest pet peeve: Stupid drivers.
What you do for fun: We love camping, Renaissance Fairs, making chain mail (mostly jewelry, Frank makes bigger pieces), calligraphy, reading, role playing games and other games.
Where do you live? We live in the Cleveland, Ohio area. I miss being in the country though.
Book on your nightstand: I don’t actually have a nightstand (it’s currently the home of the monitor for the desktop), but the books within arms reach of the couch are my Bible, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (a library sale rescue), The Muse by Fred Warren, Stephen Lawhead’s Scarlet and Tuck. Sue Dent’s Forever Richard had been here, but I think one of the kids put it in my room.
A favorite Bible verse and why: Isaiah 40:31 because I just have to rely on God’s strength because I can’t do it on my own.
Three goals for the future:
1. Finish and get published at least one of my novel ideas that have been floating in my head for years.
2. Traveling around to see so many friends that are scattered all over the world.
3. Move to our dream house that Frank’ll build in the country someday.
Watch for more Member Spotlight interviews to be posted soon!