Ava Pennington

Author, Ava Pennington

Hi, all. Ava Pennington here again!

Once upon a time I was the Vice President of Human Resources for an international insurance company. The corporate rat race consumed all my energies. Writing for publication was a vague dream that belonged to another life – a life far removed from my reality.


When I did begin to write for publication, I approached it from a lonely perspective. Just me and my computer. Yes, I read books on writing. But it wasn’t until I connected with other writers that I realized my dream could become reality. Activities such as attending writers’ conferences, participating in critique groups, and joining writers’ associations have helped me develop my technical and professional skills as a writer.

The result has been publication of three books in the past year, with additional contracts in the works. I say this with gratitude and humility, knowing I never would have reached this place without the help and encouragement of others in the writing community.

My goal is to continue growing as a writer, but I also want to “pay forward” the assistance that was invested in me by more experienced authors. Part of paying it forward is that I am now participating on the Board of the Christian Authors Network.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve this terrific group of writers as we all use our gifts to glorify the Giver!

How about you?
How has the writing community assisted you on your journey to publication?
How can you pay it forward?

4 thoughts on “Pay It Forward

Marti Pieper

March 17, 2011 - 11 : 32 : 22

I had a backwards journey because I had three ghostwritten books published before I paused long enough to connect with other writers. I homeschooled, I wrote, and the deadlines came so fast that I didn’t have time.
Until I did it. I attended at One-Day Intensive with four other writers at Cecil Murphey’s home(may as well start with the best, right?) and was hooked. Writers spoke my language. They cared about the same things I did. They “got” me–and I got them. I wanted to learn and grow and give back to them as I watched Cec do.
Since then, I’ve adopted my mentor’s two commitments (never stop learning about writing; do whatever I can to help other writers). I serve on the leadership team of Word Weavers Orlando (and you LOVE to hear about Word Weavers, don’t you, Ava?). I’ve attended and taught at writers’ conferences. I seek to serve other writers by serving as a resource, prayer partner, and encourager. And yes, when I’ve needed help, some of that “pay it forward” has come back around.
Think what we would have missed if we’d stayed in our offices glued to our computers, Ava. Thanks for sharing this. You prompted both my gratitude and my many words.


Ava Pennington

March 17, 2011 - 14 : 13 : 51

Marti, I love how our paths have continued to cross these past months.
And I appreciate your two commitments (never stop learning about writing; do whatever I can to help other writers). I have now adopted them as my own. 🙂



March 21, 2011 - 09 : 41 : 28

Wow Ava your story is very inspiring. I have also worked in Human Resources for an International organisation and when I left I thought about writing but never really got round to it. My sister who lives in London (I live in Zimbabwe – southern Africa)started writing and has since had two books published. Talking to her really encouraged me to get on with it. And I have recently had my book published. You are so right it’s all about giving back. When my book was published a friend of mine decided to get a book she wrote and abandoned years ago published too. One of the ways that I am going to pay back is by creating a reading culture among children in the various communities both urban and rural. I will start by setting up small libraries. I will also find other authors in the city and hook up with them. Thank you so much.


Ava Pennington

March 21, 2011 - 15 : 48 : 21

Love how you are giving back! Perhaps someday some of the children you will help will help others. And the chain of blessing others continues…


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