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Adina Senft


Adina Senft grew up in a plain house church, where she made her own clothes and perfected the art of the French braid. She'll graduate in June 2011 with an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty. Writing as Shelley Bates, she was the winner of RWA's RITA Award for Best Inspirational Novel in 2005, a finalist for that award in 2006, and, writing as Shelley Adina, was a Christy Award finalist in 2009. Three of her books have shortlisted for the American Christian Fiction Writers' Carol Award for book of the year. Of her fiction, publisher and industry blogger W. Terry Whalin has said, "Readers will be lost in the vivid world that [she] paints with incredible detail and masterful storytelling."

A transplanted Canadian, Adina returns there annually to have her accent calibrated. Between books, she enjoys traveling with her husband, playing the piano and Celtic harp, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens. These days, she makes period costumes and only puts up her hair for historical events and fun.

Genres: Inspirational
Smoke River
1. The Sound of Your Voice (2015)
     aka Grounds to Believe
2. Pocketful of Pearls (2015)
3. Over Her Head (2015)
Whinburg Township Amish
1. The Longest Road (2016)
2. The Highest Mountain (2017)