In case you haven't heard yet, here are the winners of the 2008 Christy Awards:
Contemporary Stand Alone: Charles Martin, Chasing Firelies
Contemporary Series: Jan Karon, Home to Holly Springs
First Novel: Sibella Giorello, The Stones Cry Out
Historical: Lynn Austin, A Proper Pursuit
Lits: Shelly Beach, Hallie's Heart
Romance: Tamera Alexander, Remembered
Suspense: Athol Dickson, The Cure
Visionary: Stephen Lawhead, Scarlet
Young Adult: Lisa Samson, Hollywood Nobody
Today in Orlando ICRS, the International Christian Retail Show, begins. Since last Thursday I've been at a novelist's retreat, hanging out with some of the wonderful people who write fiction for the Christian market. We discuss the craft and the business, encourage each other and generally have a whole lot of fun. There were about 70 in attendance. Below are a few photos I was able to catch.
Tomorrow and the next day I'll be blogging about some news of the industry: (1) a brand new fiction line you'll want to hear about, and (2) a contest for unpublished authors with a wonderful grand prize.
Sarah Sumpolec, Sharon Ewell Foster
Robin Lee Hatcher, Tammy Alexander (Christy winner)
Nancy Rue, Randy Singer
Nancy Moser, Creston Mapes