About Ina

I’ve always enjoyed writing articles and short stories. Besides writing, my hobbies include interior decorating and painting. I’ve lived in California, Bermuda and New Jersey, but now reside in Florida with my Poodle/Schnauzer Micky who knows instinctively when to pester with unequaled doggedness for treats and walks.

My passion is to make theological truths more clearly understood in a fun and creative way for children and parents. Over the years, I have lead Bible studies for women and I have been a volunteer writing short letters of praise and hope (and ‘grandmotherly’ advice when asked) for incarcerated young adults both in California and in Florida. After much interest from friends, I decided to put together a family devotional, YRU, which presently is in preparation for publication.

My short story of one of my dogs, The Heart of Max, took a few boxes of tissues to finish, but is available now in print and eBook.  I also have a romance/mystery novel in the works, Of Ghosts and Gods,  and that gets pulled from the depths of a file drawer from time to time.

Meanwhile, I tap away writing short stories. Dah Dih Dah, (w/a Ina Thurmond) a humorous article for CQ Magazine, early 70’s; Where There’s Lightning, (w/a Ina L. Jones) a personal true love story, SHE magazine, 2008; One Man’s Legacy, a story of a prodigal, won 4th place in the 2011 Tom Howard contest; Christmas, Once Again, Evangel, Spring 2013; One Dog, One Woman, One Day, a short humorous story, The Saturday Evening Post, September 2014; and The Wait, a short story, The Florida Writer, April 2015.

I am a current member of the Vero Beach Chapter of Word Weavers International, the Palm City Chapter of the Florida Writers Association, the Morningside Writers Group, and the Cummings Library Writers’ Group.


One of my favorite quotes is, “If at first you do succeed…try to hide your astonishment.”