Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Announcing a BG Contract
I’m pleased to make a contract announcement for a great writer whom many of you know. Mary DeMuth, author of the novels Watching the Tree Limbs and Wishing on Dandelions as well as numerous nonfiction titles including Building the Christian Family You Never Had, has signed a three-book fiction deal with Zondervan.
Here’s what Mary has to tell us about her Defiance, Texas series:
One mysterious tragedy. Three stories. Young Daisy Chance's abrupt disappearance spins three lives out of control--Jed Pepper, whose guilt over not protecting his friend Daisy strangles him; Emory Chance, who blames her own choices for her daughter's demise; and Ouisie Pepper, who is haunted by dreams of Daisy while pierced by the shattered pieces of a family in crisis. The dusty streets of Defiance, Texas provide a haunting yet hopeful backdrop for human depravity and beauty, for terrible secrets and God's surprising redemption.
Mary tells me the first manuscript is due in October, the second in April '08, and the third in October '08. The books will release six months apart.
Agent on the deal is Beth Jusino of Alive Communications. The acquiring editor is Andy Meisenheimer.
That Andy. He’s gettin' around.
Mary’s one busy girl. In the meantime she has other books in the works. She just finished a novel for Tyndale, currently untitled, co-written with a marriage author. It should release next year at this time. She also has a nonfiction proposal circulating right now titled Thin Places—"a spiritual memoir about those places in our lives where the veil between God and us seems thinner, more translucent." Third, Mary has a book releasing this summer at ICRS titled Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, published by Harvest House. “They're giving it their full media and publicity treatment, so I'm pumped about that,” she says.
Mary just got through teaching at Mount Hermon. She led a track called "Inner Guts," which focused on "the importance of getting our hearts right as we pour them out on the page."
Three cheers for Mary’s new contract! She’ll be a fellow Zondervanite!
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