Deborah Anderson

In 2000, Deborah Anderson left the medical field to care for her elderly mother. Soon after, she began writing. She has written for Focus on the Family, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and numerous other publications. She is a member of TWV, ACFW, CWG, and FCW. Married 30 years, Deborah and her husband enjoy country living in the Midwest. She also spends her time rescuing cats, reading novels, and taking nature walks. Deborah recently completed her first novel. You can contact Deborah at: Visit her blog at

Diary of A Crazy Writer

Hidden Treasures

Are you looking for something new and exciting to read?

If you are, I have good news for you. I recently discovered some hidden treasures.

As I read on Twitter last night (yes, I finally joined; can you believe it?), I came across a post by a fellow Tweeter: “Best 20 Christian Fiction of 2011: African-American.” A link took me to a blog where the author spotlighted these particular books because most Christian media and Christian bookstore chains didn’t.

What’s up with that? If you ask me, folks are missing a good read because of this.

I scanned the list, thinking the blogger’s words couldn’t be true. As I studied each book, though, I recognized only one author.

Being the inquisitive individual that I am, I went to Amazon and searched for the books. The authors’ accolades astounded me. How could these talented writers have slipped under my radar?

Although I’m nobody famous, I do read a lot. I’m a member of numerous writing groups, where folks promote their work, as well as the works of others.

Maybe I should get out more.

Or perhaps it’s the cultural difference . . . but Amish novels are prevalent and their culture is different.

I’m including the list for your perusal, along with a few lines about each author, just so you can see for yourself. Although I haven’t read their works yet (remember, I just came across this last night), I will after this. I feel like an old woman in a candy store.

Sharon Ewell Foster, The Resurrection of Nat Turner: The Witness: You’ve heard of gospel music? Well, Sharon, a Christy Award−winning author, writes best-selling, award-winning gospel novels. Her books combine insight, faith, and literary style. Bishop T. D. Jakes says, “Sharon is the Picasso of the pen!”

Booker T. Mattison, Snitch: Booker is a filmmaker, author, and professor. Snitch received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and has been submitted for consideration for a 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Literary Work Fiction.

Vanessa Miller, A Promise of Forever Love: Vanessa is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. Her stage productions include Get You Some Business, Don’t Turn Your Back on God, and Can’t You Hear Them Crying.

Shana Burton, Catt Chasin’: In addition to Catt Chasin’, Shana has written Suddenly Single, First Comes Love, and Flaws and All. Cat Chasin’ was a Georgia Book of the Year Nominee and Double Day Book Club Pick.

Kim Cash Tate, Cherished: Kim writes to color a person’s life with the perspective of Christ. She is also the author of More Christian Than African American, Heavenly Places, and Faithful.

Patricia Haley, Broken: Patricia is an award-winning, national best-selling author. Her works include Nobody’s Perfect, Blind Faith, Still Waters, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, and No Regrets. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Chicago.

Serita Jakes, The Crossing: Serita serves alongside her husband, Bishop T. D. Jakes. Her first book, The Princess Within, has sold more than 200,000 copies to date. She is also the author of Beside Every Good Man: Loving Myself While Standing by Him.

Vanessa Davis Griggs, Redeeming Waters: Vanessa is the author of numerous novels. Some of her newer releases are Blessed Trinity, Strongholds, If Memory Serves, Practicing What You Preach, Goodness and Mercy, The Truth Is the Light, Ray of Hope, and Forever Soul Ties.

Tia McCollors, Steppin’ into the Good Life: Tia is a best-selling author who entices her readers with a blend of faith and fiction in her inspirational books: Zora’s Cry, The Last Woman Standing, The Truth about Love, and A Heart of Devotion. She’s also coauthored several anthologies.

Pat G’orge-Walker, No Ordinary Noel: Pat is in a league of her own. She’s an accomplished author and comedienne. Her works include Somebody’s Sinning in My Bed, Somewhat Saved, Cruisin’ on Desperation, and Sister Betty! God’s Calling You, Again!

Kendra Norman-Bellamy, Upon This Rock: Kendra is the national best-selling author of numerous faith-based titles. She is best known for her fiction writing but is also the author of one nonfiction title, I Shall Not Die, an empowerment book that was inspired by her own life experiences.

Michelle Simpson, Someone to Watch Over Me: Michelle is a wife, a mom, an educator, and the owner of one crazy dog. When Michelle is not busy procrastinating, she actually does write Christian books as well as insightful short stories for high school students.

Claudia Mair Burney, Exorsistah: X Restored: Claudia is the author of Murder, Mayhem & a Fine Man, Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz (both titles in the Amanda Bell Brown Mystery series), and her young adult novel, Exorsistah.

Sherryle Kiser Jackson, Taylor Made: Sherryle strives to be a fresh voice in Christian fiction. Her triumphant debut novel, Soon and Very Soon (2007), was followed up by her sophomore releases, The Manual (2009), Soon After (2010), and Taylor Made (2011) for Urban Christian Books.

Rhonda Bowen, Man Enough for Me: Rhonda is a writer and event planner based in Toronto. She enjoys spending time with her family, trying on shoes she can’t afford, and enjoying life’s unexpected twists and turns.

Victoria Christopher Murray, The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil: Victoria is the author of nine Essence best-selling novels, including The Ex Files; Too Little, Too Late; and Lady Jasmine. She is the winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction and Author of the Year (Female).

Reshonda Tate Billingsley, Say Amen Again: ReShonda is the #1 national best-selling author of eight previous novels for adults, as well as the Good Girlz teen series. She has won numerous awards for her journalism and fiction.

Kimberla Lawson Roby, Love, Honor, and Betray: Kimberla is the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of Love, Honor, and Betray, Be Careful What You Pray For, A Deep Dark Secret, The Best of Everything, One in a Million, Sin No More, Love & Lies, and numerous other novels.

Shelia M. Goss, Delilah: Shelia is the Dallas Morning News and Essence Magazine’s best-selling author of Ruthless, Delilah, Savannah’s Curse, My Invisible Husband, Roses are Thorns, Paige’s Web, Double Platinum, His Invisible Wife, and Hollywood Deception.

Cheryl Faye, Who Said It Would Be Easy: Cheryl is the author of six novels. Who Said It Would Be Easy is her most recent. She’s a proud mother, grandmother, and daughter. Her greatest loves are her family. Oh, and she likes good food, too.

As I said, these are some hidden treasures. Isn’t that awesome? I hope you enjoy them.

And just think, I didn’t want to Tweet, let alone Twitter, but I’m glad I fluttered on over and found these.


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