Rural Library Conference 2009 The Light & Dark of Christian Fiction Presented by Melanie Earley Adult Services Librarian Tecumseh District Library Light Christian Authors Janette Oke Beverly Lewis Wanda Brunsetter Jan Karon Gilbert Morris Edgy Christian Topics Sexual Orientation
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The Light & Dark of Christian Fiction
Presented by Melanie Earley
Adult Services Librarian
Tecumseh District Library
Nobody is a stand alone novel
A homeless man is murdered at a bus stop on Las Vegas Blvd. The reporter who finds him also finds a bank book worth $1 million. What will he do with it?
Topics include: murder, homelessness, corrupt police, pastors, domestic abuse, and the city of Las Vegas.Creston Mapeswww.crestonmapes.com
Full Tilt (2006) Multnomah
Dark Star: Confession of aRock Star and its sequel,Full Tilt, take place in the music industry.
Topics include: drug, sex, rock & roll, guns, psychics, murder, gambling, meth addiction, and alcoholism.
One of the main characters is Karen Bliss, a Christian who for years has tried to get singer Everett Lester to know the Lord.Creston Mapes
Lives in the Pacific Northwest near the Cascades Mountains.
Known for her “unsanitized” novels.
Besides her adult novels, she writes for all age groups.
Teen series include:True Colors, Notes from a Spinning Planet.
Tween series: Faithgirz
She also writes picture books.Melody Carlsonwww.melodycarlson.com
Shaken by her 19-year-old son's crystal-meth addiction, Glennis Harmon is further devastated by the discovery of her high-profile attorney husband's affair. Plunging into the role of rescuer, Glennis is determined to save Jacob at any cost. Will that high price include her relationship with her daughter, her marriage---and her own sanity?
Topics include: infidelity, drugs, trust, and unconditional love.Melody Carlson
Finding Alice is a modern day approach to the Alice inWonderland story. Alice Laxton is a college student who is suffering from schizophrenia. She sees others as characters from the Alice in Wonderland story.
Topics include: Negative church experience, attempted rape, homelessness, trust, and sexual orientation.
Soon to be a made-for-TV movie.Melody Carlson
Former youth pastor.
His parents smuggled Bibles into Communist countries.
Wrote the novelizations for the films Facing the Giants, Flywheel, and this past year’s Fireproof.Eric Wilsonhttp://www.wilsonwriter.com
A Shred of Truth (2007) Waterbrook
The Aramis Black mysteries are set in Nashville, Tenn. Aramis and his brother Johnny Ray are trying to find out who killed their mother, and find the Meriwether Lewis treasure while trying to stay alive themselves.
Topics include: murder, revenge, friendship, love, deceit, and the music industry.Eric Wilson
In Soul Hunter, Dylan is trying to solve a murder of a young woman who worked as stripper at a local club. (2006)
In My Soul to Keep, Dylan is trying to rescue a kidnapped little boy. (2008) Multnomah
The main theme through all three books is spiritual warfare.Melanie Wells
When a “lizard woman,” a self-mutilating preacher, a tattooed monk, and a sleazy lobbyist find themselves in the same North Carolina town one winter, their lives are edging precariously close to disaster . . . and improbably close to grace.
Topics include: body image, deceit, churches, physical handicaps, and friendship.Lisa Samsonhttp://lisasamson.typepad.com
Background in newspaper, magazine, radio and television
Was a television reporter
Has had 16 novels publishedReShonda Tate Billingsleywww.reshondatatebillingsley.com
Let the Church Say Amen was voted best Christian fiction in 2004 by Library Journal.
Reverend Simon Jackson has transformed his small Houston church into one of the most respected in the region. While tending his flock, his family has gone astray.
Topics include: unwed mothers, drug abuse, gossip, and sexual orientation.
Being made into a movie.Reshonda Tate Billingsley
Married and has two children
She is writing her sixth novel and her first non-fiction book.Stacy Hawkins Adamshttp://www.stacyhawkinsadams.com
Sheridan’s husband wanted to stop living a lie, but how was she going to live her life knowing the truth? “There’s no other way to say this. I’m in love with someone else.”
Topics include: sexual orientation, teen pregnancy, and forgiveness.Victoria Chritopher Murray
Background in advertising
Art director, writer, producer
Two music CDs
Co-hosted the Emmy-winning talk show, “Aspiring Women”
Known for “keeping it real”Michelle McKinney Hammondhttp://www.michellehammond.com/