The 21st century woman wears
many hats, among them wife, mother, employee, sister, homemaker, ministry
leader, aunt, social coordinator, friend, and grandmother. Hardly an exhaustive
list–it’s good to know that the following writers are tailoring their stories
to specifically encourage and challenge the modern woman.

Fascinated by the secrets women keep and
why they keep them, Patti Lacy writes novels that delve into this hidden world.
Her debut novel, The Irishwoman’s Tale (Kregel) was inspired by a woman
in her book club sharing her heartbreaking story. Patti reflects the promise in
Romans 8:28 in each of her novels What the Bayou Saw, The Rhythm of
(Kregel), and Reclaiming Lily (Bethany).

Growing up on a sheep ranch and later pursuing
a career in the law, Kellie Coates Gilbert always dreamed of seeing her name on
a book but hardly thought it possible. Kellie’s debut novel, Mother of Pearl (Abingdon), garnered rave reviews and in 2014 she releases
A Woman of Fortune, the first in her Texas Gold Collection (Revell).

There is no doubt Christa Parrish is
qualified to write books that tap into issues women face. Wife, mother to a
blended family of four children, creative director of a “arts-based” worship
service, co-leader of youth ministry, and radio producer, Christa also finds
the time to write. Discover her latest, Stones for Bread (Thomas Nelson)
as a young woman’s carefully constructed life crumbles.


Cynthia Ruchti calls on her 33 years in radio ministry, speaking engagements, and her own life experience in
penning her award-winning novels. Writing “Hope that glows in the dark”
stories, Cynthia has seven books to her name beginning with They Almost
Always Come Home and her most recent When the Morning Glory Blooms
(Abingdon). Look for more from Cynthia in 2014.


With a long time career in the music
industry, involved with the Oak Ridge Boys gospel and country music group,
Kathy Harris first penned entertainer biographies before turning to fiction. Kathy’s
first novel, The Road to Mercy (Abingdon) combines Kathy’s music industry
knowledge and the heart rending topic of choosing between a mother’s health and
the life of her unborn baby.



This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of FamilyFiction. Subscribe for free today!

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