Candy Abbott, Head Gardener
Candy Abbott, owner (head gardener) 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 and her husband, Drew, have three children and four grandchildren, all near their 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; 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.
In order to help the members of Delmarva Christian Writers’ Fellowship learn how to submit their work to a publisher, she created guidelines, set a deadline, and encouraged them to submit their poems, short stories, devotionals, puzzles, and other tidbits: An Advent booklet, Christmas, Christmas Presence, and Christmas Faith & Fun.
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. Mostly, Candy is self-taught or, as her mentor likes to say, “home schooled by the Father.”
Personal Mission Statement:
My purpose is to walk so closely with God that I will demonstrate the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) in everything I say and do, teaching others to live right, that we may humbly, prayerfully, and eagerly await Christ’s return.
— Candy Abbott
Skype interview with Ric Bratton