About the Owner
Candy Abbott, owner of Fruitbearer Publishing LLC, is also an author, inspirational speaker, and grandmom. Most of all, she sees herself as a "fruitbearer" as it is her life's goal to exhibit the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) in all that she does. She began writing in 1983, around the same time she co-founded Sisters in Christ, a women's prayer group, and founded Delmarva Christian Writers' Fellowship in 1993. In January 2014, Candy founded Mothers With a Mission, an organization devoted to strengthening the moral and spiritual foundation of our homes, families, and communities. She is a widow with three children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, all near her home in Georgetown, Delaware.
Fruitbearer's motto is "Small Seeds for a Great Harvest," and Candy sees every book her company publishes as a seed that will bear fruit. Her own personal titles are: Fruitbearer: What Can I Do for You, Lord; I've Never Loved Him More: A Husband's Alzheimer's, a Wife's Devotion; the sequel, And I'll Never Love Him Less: The Rest of the Story; Gavin Goodfellow and the Lure of Burnt Swamp (Book 1 of the Burnt Swamp Trilogy); Feelings: Prayers for Women in a Wacky World; Mourning Breakers; Spirit Fruit perpetual calendar; and My 30-Day Prayer Diary. She is a contributing author to numerous anthologies. You can find her short stories in: Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Volunteer’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul, God Answers Prayers, For Better, For Worse, The Heart of a Father, Touched by Angels of Mercy, Stories for a Teen’s Heart, Stories for a Woman’s Heart, and My Turn to Care.
As director of Delmarva Christian Writers Association, Candy invited the members to submit their work for the following anthologies: An Advent booklet, Christmas, Christmas Presence, and Christmas Faith & Fun.
Activities, Honors, and Education
In spite of her busy schedule, Candy's number one priority is her family. Candy is the founder and executive director of Mothers With a Mission; former president of the Delaware Association of American Mothers 2012; a charter member and former officer of Southern Delaware Toastmasters; elder and deacon at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church; a workshop and Bible study leader, and facilitator of an annual Fruitbearer women's conference.
Her honors and recognition include: Selected to be featured in Women of Distinction Magazine (2016); chosen as a pinnacle professional by Continental Who's Who (2016); identified as a top female executive by the International Women's Leadership Association (2016); Cambridge Who's Who 2010, induction into the Delaware Tech Employee Hall of Fame at the Owens Campus in 2009; received the Excellence in Christian Service award in 2004 by Friendship UMC; 2003 Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference "Writer of the Year"; and spiritual leadership recognition in 2001 by the Boys & Girls Club of Western Sussex.
Candy is a graduate of Caesar Rodney High School, the Institute of Children's Literature (Writing for Children and Teenagers), and CLASServices. She is a member of the Small Christian Publishers Association (CSPA); member of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and a lifelong member of ISN Works, a national speakers' bureau.
A Word from Candy about Overcoming Fear
Thinking back to my early days of writing Fruitbearer: What Can I Do For YOU, Lord?, I recall how timid I was to share my writing even with a friend (let alone go public), and again when God called me to write Gavin Goodfellow (I thought it would put a target on my back in the occult realm). But I prayed and searched my Bible that says God is not pleased with those who shrink back. In obedience to the call, as I inched forward, God has blessed me. My experience has been that the Lord protects those who trust in Him and being a published author is just another reason for us to depend on Him to take care of the things that concern us. Please know that I pray God’s grace and protection for all my authors.