Hope Writers

Hope Writer Mastermind Series: Caroline Collie

Writer, & Speaker, Homeschooling Momma

I can’t wait for you to meet my friend, Caroline Collie. A writer and speaker, this fabulous lady is a homeschool momma, wife, and writer. A lovely sense of humor, her blog posts gently infuse that humor while teaching you how to deepen your faith. 

Caroline Collie sends out weekly devotionals, provides annual 30 Days Deeper Bible Studies, and is a phenomenal speaker. One of the many things I love about Caroline is her ability to take a simple, everyday moment in life and point the way to deepening your walk with Jesus. When she speaks, I find myself mesmerized by her stories.

I aim to inspire everyone who encounters my words to find a deeper walk with Jesus.
Caroline Collie
Writer & Speaker

During our first in-person meeting in March 2020, I got the chance to hear Caroline talk about her son, Blake. She told the amazing story of when she had to rush her eight-year-old to the ER to be told her boy had a brain bleed. (It’s a beautiful story and I won’t go into detail because you should read it for yourself in her own words. Blake’s Story) I remember listening to this story and was awed by God’s goodness. It was a story of grace, love, and faith.

Flash forward to October 2020, I was waiting to meet a literary agent to see about possibly publishing my first mystery novel. I had rushed to finish the story in less than a month to be ready for this important meeting. I was nervous but truly believe my publishing dreams were finally going to come true. That it was God-ordained.

I had a breakfast of gluten-free cereal while sitting across the table from Caroline. She told me about writing a screenplay surrounding her son’s hospitalization and the miracle God performed. I remember her telling me that the whole ordeal read like a story.

It was easy to write because God is the original writer.
Caroline Collie
Writer & Speaker

She retold me the story at that breakfast and reminded me again of the song “Raise a Halleluiah” with its importance in Blake’s miracle. A constant reminder that God is in control and we should rejoice because he is a good God. No matter what happens.

I went to my interview, confident in the outcome, and let me tell you on seven minutes later, I left that meeting in tears. I felt rejected, mocked, betrayed, and completely alone. I rushed to my room, called my Mom, and told her how badly it went. She encouraged me and made sure I was going to be okay. I still felt my heart was broken but I turned on my worship playlist and laid down on the bed in my hotel room. The first song that play was “Raise a Halleluiah.” As I cried my eyes out, it was my own personal reminder from God via Caroline Collie that God was the ultimate author. I just needed to trust Him and the story He is writing for me.

Be sure to check out Caroline Collie’s website and sign up for her newsletter. You will be blessed and encouraged. Besides devotionals and a blog to strengthen your faith, she also has a free Crisis eBook along with parenting resources on her website.

I hope you enjoyed this small glimpse of Caroline Collie’s awesomeness. Be sure to find her on social media as well.

Until next time, may God’s grace surround you,

new beginnings
Hope Writers

Hope*Writer Mastermind Series: Pam DePuydt

Survivor & Bible Scholar


Last year, I joined Hope*Writers and a few months later, became a participant in a Mastermind for one year’s intense focus on writing goals. My goal was to focus on marketing my novels, but I gained so much more from the experience. I met a group of wonderful ladies and fellow writers. Each month, I am going to introduce you to one of these talented, amazing ladies.

The first lady I’m introducing you to is Pam DePuydt.

I first met Pam in Carlsbad, California at our first face-to-face cohort for the Hope*Writers Mastermind. Being at that conference was a big deal for me because I had only been sitting up for about a week.

I’m NOT exaggerating! SEVEN DAYS!

On October 24, 2019, I developed a debilitating migraine which would not go away. I went on medical leave from work on November 1 and spent four months




Doctors could not solve my problem, they had plans to start giving me shots in my skull.

In February of 2020, I began to attend our church’s prayer night and on Monday, February 24, God healed me of my migraine just in time for me to travel ACROSS THE COUNTRY to the first Hope*Writers Mastermind (more on this next week).

When Pam and I first met, we bonded over our love of Clive Cussler novels, murder mysteries, and especially our love of JB Fletcher. I was in a lot of pain from laying down for months and sweet Pam checked on me and gave me Tylenol because I didn’t have any with me.

The day I left Carlsbad; Pam gave me a little container with the last of her Tylenol for me to have on the plane ride. It was an unexpected, sweet gesture and it touched my heart. Pam asked me to return the container at our next meeting.

At home, I placed the little pink box on my dresser and every time I saw it, I prayed for her. We became friends, chatting back and forth. The next time we met for our next conference, we shared a room and spend many nights talking late.

Pam was born and raised in Western Montana. Married to Tim for 26+ years, he is a wildlife photographer and she travels with him in a motor home as admin help. Eight grandchildren keep her busy as well as being a writer. She loves to study the Bible and has been a leader in the Precept Ministries International Bible Study since 2007.

Six years ago, on February 15, 2014, she broke her neck which resulted in a spinal cord injury and mild traumatic brain injury. With prayer, surgery, and rehab, she is now a walking miracle instead of a quadriplegic.

She now writes to wives whose husbands have suffered from traumatic brain injuries about how to manage the stress and pain of their new normal. Her blog, Joy in the Moment helps spouses and survivors find joy after a brain injury. She even has beautiful daily devotions for you to enjoy.

I hope you enjoyed the introduction to Pam, a beautiful, talented woman I call a friend.  

Until next time, may God’s grace surround you,

new beginnings