From Bonnets to Bites

At the recent Christian Retail Show, the Associated Press discovered that the Amish and vampires are hot Christian fiction categories (From Amish Fiction to Vampire Lit).

Of the Amish craze, one literaray agent said, “If you want to sell it, put a bonnet on it.” Beverly Lewis is credited with starting the trend in 1997 with her book The Shunning, (Bethany House) and the many series she has published since. The second in her Seasons of Grace series is coming this fall:

Missing, The (Seasons of Grace)
Beverly Lewis
Retail Price: $13.99
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bethany House – (2009-10)
ISBN / EAN: 0764205722 / 9780764205729

Prolific author Wanda Brunstetter follows closely behind with several series for Barbour Books. Upcoming is a next title in her new Indiana Cousins series:

A Cousin’s Prayer (Indiana Cousins)
Wanda E. Brunstetter
Retail Price: $10.97
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Barbour Books – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 1602600619 / 9781602600614

In January, Mindy Starns Clark broke away from her Christian gothic mysteries, to publish the Amish-themed Shadows of Lancaster County (Harvest House).

This fall, Nelson introduces The Hearts of Middlefield series:

A Man of His Word
Kathleen Fuller
Retail Price: $14.99
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 1595548122 / 9781595548122

They will also issue a collection of stories for Christmas:

An Amish Christmas: December in Lancaster County
Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Barbara Cameron
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson – (2009-09-15)
ISBN / EAN: 1595548211 / 9781595548214

And the second in the Daughters of the Promise series:

Plain Promise (A Daughters of the Promise Novel)
Beth Wiseman
Retail Price: $14.99
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson – (2009-09-29)
ISBN / EAN: 1595547207 / 9781595547200

On the edgier side, the paranormal is making its way into Christian fiction. The AP mentions Eric Wilson’s Jerusalem’s Undead trilogy (Nelson). The second in the series comes out next month:

Haunt of Jackals (Jerusalem’s Undead Trilogy)
Eric Wilson
Retail Price: $14.99
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson – (2009-08-11)
ISBN / EAN: 1595544593 / 9781595544599

Coming up, Christian chick-lit author Tracey Bateman will take on vampires in Thirsty (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group).

Thirsty: A Novel
Tracey Bateman
Retail Price: $13.99
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press – (2009-10-06)
ISBN / EAN: 030745715X / 9780307457158

6 Responses to “From Bonnets to Bites”

  1. Giulia Relation Says:

    Wow, I would never have put these words, “Amish” and “Vampire”, in the same sentence… I figured that Vampire and religion go together somehow, but Amish and Vampire… I see no connection.

  2. Wendy A. Says:

    I think I will stick to the Amish fiction. I am not that big on vampires. People like to read about the Amish because of their simple lifestyles and the forgiveness they extend.

  3. jack f. Says:

    which book combines the two?

  4. Eric Wilson Says:

    Wendy, I agree that people like the simplicity and forgiveness of the Amish fiction. For me, life is not simple. I do not want an easy escape. I want to deal with the gritty issues and still find Jesus’ forgiveness in the midst of the darkness. That is the Good News. It’s what you’ll find in the Jerusalem’s Undead Trilogy.

  5. Tracey Bateman Says:

    I Love both if written well…for Amish I preferBeverly Lewis and Cindy Woodsmall, but haven’t read all the authors mentioned here. for Vampire, well, come on…Eric is Awesome!
    Thirsty is about redemption and finding peace for the heroine. The vampire is a metaphor for addiction as well as a character. But I recognize there will be those who simply don’t choose to go there. I completely respect that choice, Wendy. I’m just glad you’re reading Christian fiction!! :)

  6. Eric Wilson Says:

    Wendy, I believe forgiveness extends to even those in the darkest places. That’s why I wrote a vampire trilogy. I admire the Amish simplicity, but we need to show that the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice works in the real world too.