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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22 comments:

Elaina M. Avalos said...

Congratulations, Mary! Exciting news!

Cindy Thomson said...

Congrats, Mary. I hope you are celebrating with that french chocolate that I told you could get in the US! (I hope I was right about that. If not come visit me in Ohio.)

Blessings.
Cindy Thomson

relevantgirl said...

Thanks, elaina! And Cindy, I have found some good chocolate here, thankfully. My life can go on...

andy said...

You sure it's not "Zondervanian"?

Tina said...

Hooray Mary!! Congratulations! Mary is warm, real, and a great writer. And I don't just mean a great writer either. Her books have a literary feel that I think will change the face of CF, giving us more reading options as Christians. I can't wait to read these new books!

Nicole said...

The continued Lord's blessings on your life, Mary.

relevantgirl said...

Zondervanian...sounds so thriller-ish. Something Brandilyn embodies. I feel a title coming . . .

Brandilyn and the Zondervanian Gorilla Takes Manhattan!

Jeanne Damoff said...

Mary is amazing. How could anyone not be thrilled about the good things God is doing with her gifts?

Thanks for sharing her happy news.

Love, Jeanne

Megan DiMaria said...

Congratulations, Mary. How thrilling!

A prisoner of hope,
Megan

~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Andy, Zondervanian sounds a little too close to Transylvanian. Next thing you know I'd be picturing Sue Brower with fangs.

Sally Bradley said...

How exciting, Mary! Congrats.

spaghettipie said...

Yay Mary! Now we do the dance of joy...

Ann V.@HolyExperience said...

God uses you, Mary.
Press on towards the High Calling!
More of Him, More of HIM!

Tearing up the floor for a Praise Dance for Mary!

All's grace,
Ann Voskamp

Kristy Dykes said...

Congrats, Mary! What great news!

christa said...

When someone shares with others as generously as you do, it's exciting to read such great news.

Jim Sanders said...

Congratulations, Mary!

Cara Putman said...

Congratulations, Mary! That is fantastic news! You're going to be one busy writer!

Jill said...

Awesome news, Mary! I'm so glad for you!! The series sounds super. Right up my alley.

Cyndy Salzmann said...

Fabulous news, Mary! But not surprising. Your writing is stellar. : ) Can't wait to read the first book.

Camy Tang said...

CONGRATULATIONS, MARY!!! I'm so jazzed we'll all be Z authors together!
Camy

Margo Carmichael said...

What an interesting story idea! Can't wait to read them, too.

Congratulations!

Heather said...

Congratulations, Mary! What exciting news!

--Heather Ivester