Connie Bickman has been a writer and photographer since she can remember, and notes that she still has the old Brownie camera her parents gave her as a child.
Connie’s passion for travel has brought her to over 40, mostly third world, countries. She packed along her journals and camera as these photojournalist-based travels brought her to far corners of the earth in search of adventure and the opportunity to document native cultures, the environment, and humanitarian issues.
It was through these journeys that she realized misconceptions she had about the foundation of organized religion and how oftentimes people in other countries and cultures had much different perspectives on not only Christianity and conflicting biblical translations, but also on the original concept of the Christ story itself. This began years of research and scrutiny to satisfy her own uncertainties, which brought her to disclose her findings in “The Touchstone Diary,” a “fiction-based-on-historical-events” series.
Writing and photography are in her blood, referring to 15 years of owning a portrait studio, and a 30+ year newspaper career. This includes an eleven year period where she was the co-owner/publisher/editor of Turtle River Press, a publication of spiritual and creative energy.
Connie has been published internationally in books and magazines, and has won regional and international awards for her photography and writing. Her book, “Tribe of Women” (republished by New World Library) received a Jeanette Fair Tau State Minnesota Women’s Writer Award.
Mother of three daughters, six grandgirls and one great-grandgirl, Connie currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.