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Penelope Childers

Writing came to me quite accidentally. Days after I retired from my full-time career, I was asked to do some volunteer work for nonprofit helping women coming out of jail and prison. Clients began to tell me their stories. I was shocked by the things I heard. After a year, I had the opportunity to make monthly visits to the world’s largest women’s prison located in Chowchilla, California. There I heard even more. My eyes and mind were opened to realities I had never dreamed existed. Eventually, I wrote down the stories with an eye to writing a book filled with some amazing testimonies.

But then I met Debra Rush, a victim of sex trafficking. Debra founded Breaking the Chains www.btcfresno.org an organization devoted to rescuing and restoring women from the bondage of sex traffickers. She needed her memoir written and asked me to write it. Her story, A Cry of the Heart, Human Trafficking, One Survivor's True Story, unfolded over the next five years. In the meantime, I wrote short stories that were published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, and Focus on the Family.


In 2022 My Promise to Alex, Through Pain Comes Passion was released. An amazing mother-daughter story I wrote with Jody Hudson. 


I am currently working, with my daughter, on our personal memoir of how we survived Covid-19. 

For the last 12 years, I have attended numerous writing conferences. In 2018, I won third place in a first-page writing contest at the West Coast Christian Writers Conference. In 2021, I won first place for my entry on Surviving COVID, which you can find on this website. 

I live in Fresno, California, with my husband, Larry. We have a married daughter and two grandchildren.