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Welcome Persistent Dreamers!

I’m so glad you stopped by! Pull up a chair, soak up encouragement or a snippet of inspiration—or even, get kicked in the pants–to propel you one step closer to your dreams and goals.

Like you, I’m a Busy Woman with Big Dreams. Some of my dreams are shiny and new and exciting. Others I’ve been chasing for a long, long time. There are days I wonder if I’ll ever reach them. But I know the God of the universe has big plans for little ‘ole me and He didn’t put these dreams in my heart to frustrate me. But along the way, He is teaching me more patience than I ever thought I needed!

I am a writer, encourager, boat captain, determined dream chaser, recovering perfectionist, busy wife, mother and daughter, adventurer, Christ-follower, and hopefully, a friend to you.

My goal and passion is to walk beside you, to encourage you, and to share the tips and tools that help me. You are not alone on this journey. Let’s travel together.

My Dreams

From the time I penned “Susie’s Babies” in third grade—an epic tale about my hamster –I’ve been hooked on stories. I cried over Lassie, wanted to hang out with the Little Women and determined that I would BE Harriet the Spy. Sadly, my family got a little touchy about the whole spying thing.

My dream to write spent years buried under family responsibilities and a complete lack of faith in my ability to do such a thing. But finally, I put pen to paper. I wrote a novel, which was soundly rejected. So I wrote another one. And another one.

Finally, in 2004, I sold Angel Falls, a romantic suspense set inBrazil. But mere months before release, the publisher changed their mind. I was so discouraged, I became a boat captain—which I love! But the stories wouldn’t leave me alone, so I eventually went back to the keyboard.

In 2009, TRAPPED! was published. I’d love to hear what you think of Samantha, my tough-but-tender, gator-trapping heroine. You can order a copy of TRAPPED! through my online Bookstore or read an excerpt and reviews of TRAPPED! here.

But Angel Falls has always been the “book of my heart,” and I’m delighted that it will release in March from Abingdon Press. It’s gotten some wonderful reviews—including 4 stars from RT Book Reviews! (Click the link to read the reviews and an excerpt of Angel Falls.)

For the whole story-behind-the-story, I hope you’ll read my blog post: “When Stubborn is a Good Thing.”

I can’t wait for you to meet Regina, my switchblade-toting orphanage director and Brooks, my tough-but-tender Army Ranger, who risk everything to save one helpless baby.

Angel Falls is available from your local bookseller or through my online Bookstore.

I’m deep into a contemporary pirate story right now, and having a ball. See my News page for updates on my latest projects and adventures.

Along the way, I’ve also written a parenting book called, Parenting in the Home Stretch: 12 Ways to Prepare your Kids for Life on Their Own. I ghostwrote a book called, I Read You Loud and Clear…Say Again? for the amazing Gaye Martin, too. I’ve ghostwritten other books, written dozens of parenting articles and devotions, and was the editor of a parenting magazine.

I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network (CAN), Romance Writers of America, past president of Volusia County Romance Writers, and a member of Central Florida Romance Writers and Faith, Hope & Love, RWA’s inspirational romance chapter.

I hope you’ll use the Social buttons to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, or my newest distraction, Pinterest.

My Other Life

I’m also a USCG-licensed boat captain. As “Captain Connie,” I spent six years piloting glass bottom boats for Silver Springs – Nature’s Theme Park.  There is nothing quite like a first-timer’s “oh, wow!” when they see the springs for the first time.

These days I pilot a boat for the Silver River Museum, where we take local school children down the Silver River as part of their science curriculum. What fun to see their eyes light up at their first look at a gator! I get to share the awesomeness of this part of Florida with young and old—and get paid for it! What a great deal!

Captain Connie Mann

Captain Connie — Or as my daughter/photographer calls it, “Mom in a boat.”

When I’m not writing or out on the water, I love to kick back with family and friends, poke around Florida’s backwoods with my hubby, ignore housework, read, and plot my next story.


  1. I love your new website. What an interesting life! I’ll subscribe to your newsletter. :)

  2. Norma Pascuales


    Thanks so much for sharing the story of how you struggled and finally succeeded as a writer. I so needed this inspiration as a beginning writer, hopeful author. I can’t wait to read Angle Falls! God bless-

    Norma Pascuales

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