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Penelope Rabin Fletcher

Profile Updated: January 10, 2014
Penelope Rabin
Residing In
Riverview, FL USA
Freelance writer, editor and coach
Stacey Lynn 1964 deceased
Joseph 1966
Cindy-Lou 1968
Richard 1969
Robby 1972 stepson
Penelope More…Mae "Ellie" Scott- adoped my granddaughter 1998
Sandy 1969 stepdaughter
Yes! Attending Reunion
Attending APHS 1963 Reunion 50 (05/04/13)



I was in the hotel business, managing both Holiday Inn and Ramada offices while my first husband was in the service. I lived in Germany three years and traveled to Holland and France and took classes on base and also through Writer's Digest Correspondance School. Moving around the country, I was divorced in 1978 and remarried Robert D. Fletcher, a three-generation native Floridian with a commercial fishing business in 1981. He died in 2003 of cancer. The whole time I was moving around and in the hotel (and other business) I was writing for magazines, mostly MacFadden Enterprises in NYC, (that own) True Confessions, True Love True Romance & True Story; but also Today's Christian Woman. When I moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1980 (I had lived in Bradenton before that with my first husband and returned there after the divorce) I began working as the photographer for the Outdoor Section of The Tampa Tribune and have now worked in news in this area for about 35 years, having been a reporter; columnist and the editor of The Sun City Sun, The South Shore News, and Bureau Chief for The Tampa Tribune before I quit in 2007 to freelance. I have a couple of books on Amazon- I also used to edit books for Amazon's Publishing division. Now I work mainly off a website, www.pennyfletcher.com teaching writer's and editing manuscripts as well as writing for The Current (Brandon/Tampa & Apollo Beach- Sun City area) and The Observer News (Ruskin/Riverview & South Hillsborough County.) I write both fiction and nonfiction and love both. I have raised "three batches of kids"- mine in the 60s-70s- stepkids in the 1980s and got my granddaughter Ellie in 1999. She is now 15. I have never remarried since my late husband's death but am finally in a new relationship that could change that in time. I live in Tampa Bay most of the time, in Riverview- which I love and was chosen in 2012 as one of the 100 best places in the US to live by CNN's Money magazine!) but also own a small (22-acre) farm in west Tennessee that my oldest son Joe runs. Maybe someday I will be able to retire from news and spend spring there just writing books and the rest of the year on the beach- again- just writing books! My new sweetie, Mark, is just starting a cutting-edge mobile marketing business and will soon be moving permanently to Tampa Bay from the recently ravaged section of Oklahoma. Funny how people meet.

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Jan 10, 2014 at 7:58 PM

My latest book," Trial by Fire" is due out in about three weeks. Check my Facebook page or website to see where it may be bought. I'd say the guy who took the back jacket photo was pretty darn good!
LOGLINE TEASER: : Earth and all its inhabitants are endangered as Trial by Fire’s three main characters are distracted by a romantic triangle while working at a leading
NASA research center.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Ronnie Monroe thought she’d gone through every kind of trial imaginable. She had lost everyone she’d ever loved including her child and husband and twin. Now, in the middle of the biggest government cover-up she had ever investigated, she found herself falling in love with the two men closest to the story. If the things NASA had recently found were released, they would affect every major religious belief in the world. For years, biblical stories had been at odds with science. But not now, with the knowledge that sprang from the pages of these ancient texts. Ronnie stared at the star projected on the screen. It looked so harmless. No one would guess it was aimed straight at the center of the Earth. Yet all she could think of was her passion for Blake and Rashid.

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