One of the things that surprises me the most when talking to some readers, especially Christian readers, is how little they know about Christian fiction. I've heard things like:
"I'm not into that Left Behind stuff."
"I don't read syrupy sweet unrealistic blather."
Or worse, some readers don't know that Christian fiction even exists:
"I just wish there was some good, clean suspense fiction. I love ****, but I hate that on every page I have to mentally bleep out words."
(Disclaimer to above: I'm not saying there's no clean secular suspense fiction out there, but I've heard voracious readers lament its scarcity.)
And on and on it goes. Well, readers, GET READY! From September 18-21, the BEST organization in Christian publishing, American Christian Fiction Writers will gather in Minneapolis for their annual conference.
On Saturday, September 20th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. over 1oo--that's ONE HUNDRED--authors will be doing a book signing at the Mall of America (126, to be exact). I'd like to say it's the largest book signing in America at the largest mall in America, but I'm probably wrong about that. Here's a list of the authors participating:
Janet Lee Barton
James Scott Bell
Patricia PacJac Carroll
Jeanie Smith Cash
Susan Page Davis
Lena Nelson Dooley
Sharon Ewell Foster
Tina Ann Forkner
Cathy Marie Hake
Jenny B. Jones
Golden Keyes Parsons
Jeanne Marie Leach
Sherri L. Lewis
Richard L. Mabry
Donita K. Paul
Kim Vogel Sawyer
Shelley Shephard Gray
Sarah Anne Sumpolec
Susan May Warren
Whew! So what do these people write? Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction, Chick Lit, Humor, Historical, Historical Romance, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult, Thriller. And I've probably left something out.
Join us! Bring your Christmas list! Bring your skeptics! I guarantee you there's something for everyone.