About Fruit in the Desert


Fruit in the Desert is a site that we created to spread the Good News in a digital format. Our focus is on Missions and Ministries, as well as Redemptive Media and Movies. It is a joint effort between journalist/actor /consultant Diane Howard and designer/illustrator David Ray Skinner. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on the faith and goodness that is reflected in various missions and ministries around the world, as well as the Gospel’s redemptive message that is currently being woven into the movies and entertainment being produced today.

Dr. Diane Howard is a frontline journalist of depth and breadth, known for live, exclusive interviews with leading figures in redemptive movies and other performance media. In her journalism for many publications, she focuses on the Good News for the best redemptive, inspirational, and hopeful movies, dramatic TV series, and live and filmed performance streaming. She is also a published scholar, author.

Further, she serves as talent and as a dialogue, dialect, voice-over coach. A former Professor of Performance, Media, and Film Studies with a Ph.D. in Performance Studies (College of Communication, University of Texas, Austin), she has been involved in all aspects of redemptive filmmaking, regionally to internationally. She is a journalist, performer, consultant and more for the following: feature films, television, radio, video conferences, web casts, educational organizations, performing arts facilities and more.

David Ray Skinner studied art and journalism at Carson-Newman College (now University) in Jefferson City, Tennessee and began his career as writer, reporter, and artist for The Sevier County Times, a weekly paper in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. In 1977, he landed in New York City, where he became the cartoonist and paste-up artist, and, eventually, the Art Director, for the international music trade magazine, Record World.  After five years at Record World, Skinner went to work for Doubleday, art directing their prestigious Literary Guild Magazine.

In 1984, Skinner relocated to Atlanta, where he co-founded Indelible Inc., a print, design and advertising agency, and he also became involved in various music projects, including Johnny Cash’s gospel video and CD, Return to the Promised Land, for which he designed the logo and co-wrote the title track with Cash and Cash’s manager, Hugh Waddell.

Since 2001, Skinner has produced an online literary magazine called SouthernReader and has recently started producing an online Christian magazine called FaithLines. In 2005, he founded Bridgital, an advertising and design agency for which he creates advertising, marketing, illustration and design.