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Ginger Kolbaba and Christy Scannell

Author of A Matter of Wife and Death

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Ginger Kolbaba and Christy Scannell's Bio:

Ginger Kolbaba is Editor of Marriage Partnership magazine, a publication of Christianity Today International. She has also worked on the editorial staff of Leadership journal, a publication for pastors; as an associate editor of MP’s sister publication Today’s Christian Woman; and an assistant editor of Preaching Today. She has been a columnist for Let’s Worship and has published more than 150 articles. In addition, Ginger has appeared on national venues such as CNN's Nancy Grace and Family Life radio.

An accomplished book author, Ginger was co-author/collaborator of Refined by Fire (Tyndale), a 2005 Gold Medallion finalist that received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. She has written several other non-fiction books: Dazzled to Frazzled and Back Again:The Bride’s Survival Guide (Revell) and Surprised by Remarriage: A Guide to the Happily Even After (Revell). She has collaborated on several books including The Five Sex Needs of Men and Women (Tyndale) to be released fall 2006. And Ginger has recently finished her first novel, cowritten with her friend Christy Scannell, tentatively titled Secrets from Lulu’s Café (Howard/Simon & Schuster), to be released early 2007.

Before becoming an editor/writer, she worked as a professional actress/singer/speaker. “It’s amazing how God lets you realize one dream—acting—to show you your real passion—for me it’s helping, educating, and entertaining people through writing and editing.”

She’s a pastor’s kid (both her parents are ordained ministers), which she used as a loose basis for her novel. She lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband, Scott; her Doberman puppy, Bella; her book collection; her husband’s inventions; and her dusty, out-of-tune piano.

About Me (Christy Scannell):

I am a freelance writer and editor, and I teach journalism at Grossmont College. My first novel, Desperate Pastors' Wives, with co-author Ginger Kolbaba, debuted in March 2007 from Simon & Schuster as part of our three-book "Secrets from Lulu's Café" series. The second installment, A Matter of Wife and Death, will be out in March 2008. I am also a featured columnist for the magazine Catholic Couples. I love to teach, so in addition to Grossmont I've welcomed opportunities to be a workshop leader at many Christian writers' conferences, and I am a mentor for the Christian Writers Guild and a staff member of The Christian Communicator. I also taught writing for two years in the University of Phoenix Online program. Previously, I was associate editor of the San Diego Metropolitan, a monthly business magazine, and the North Park News, a quaint community newspaper. For ten years prior to that, I was editorial director at Rainbow Publishers/Legacy Press, where I oversaw the acquisition and publication of Christian non-fiction books for children and teachers. During my tenure, I developed and edited over a hundred books including the best-selling God and Me! and Gotta Have God devotional series and The Christian Girl's Guide to... series. In my early career, I was a public relations writer and event coordinator for a variety of businesses including a university and a bank. I have an MA in communication from San Diego State University and a BA in mass communication/journalism from Anderson University.

Visit Ginger's website at www.gingerkolbaba.com