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Once upon a time,

there was a little girl named Maggie who dreamed and made up stories all day long. When she started gobbling up all the books she could find, she began writing her stories down. Some of them were true and some of them were not. Maggie would stop writing sometimes, but her mother would always encourage her to go back to it. It wasn’t until Maggie married her prince, Brandon, and her world turned upside down that she realized what she wanted to do her whole life was write stories that would help people.

Renee Johnson launched the blog DevotionalDiva.com in 2008.

After Renee listened to her mentor, Marcia Ramsland, within 3 months of launching the site — her agent and publisher found her through Twitter. Then she wrote and published Faithbook of Jesus (NavPress, 2010) within the year (thanks Marcia)!

Under the name Renee Fisher, she wrote three more books: Not Another Dating Book (Harvest House, 2011), Loves Me Not (eBook, 2013), Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me (Harvest House, 2013), and Dream Devotional (eBook, 2014).

In 2014, Renee felt called to step down as Editor-in-Chief of Devotional Diva®, and hand over the reins to Maggie Winterton. Five years is a long time, and it was time to pass the baton to the next generation. 

You can read more about Renee’s decision here and here on her new website, ReneeFisher.com.

Maggie met Renee at the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild fall conference and guest posted on Devotional Diva in January 2014 – you can read that original post here.

After she saw Renee’s original decision to end Devotional Diva, Maggie felt God compelling her to email Renee and offer to help keep DD up. This is Maggie’s first “letter from the editor” where she explains the experience.

Maggie is so excited to finally be able to help people through her writing and guide others in sharing their stories on Devotional Diva as well.

Maggie Winterton strives to “inspire and inspirit” women through writing, speaking and editing Devotional Diva. She’s currently a nomadic military wife, but is originally from Iowa. Maggie is a self-asserted princess, Diet Pepsi addict and animal lover.

To be continued…