North Carolina native Kim Teague credits her love for writing to a creative composition course she took in high school. After years of creating characters in her head – “I dream up scenarios standing in line at the grocery store” – she put pen to paper and the result is her first novel.
“The Secret of Jenny’s Portrait” (Elk Lake Publishing) is a Christian suspense novel where a shocking discovery puts faith to the ultimate test.
“I have an imagination that just won’t quit,” she says. “My passion is to portray characters who, in the midst of life’s struggles, journey to a deeper trust in God and his amazing love.”
Teague and her husband, a pastor, live in New Bern.
▪ “Healing Maddie Brees!” (Light Messages Publishing) is the debut novel from Durham author Rebecca Brewster Stevenson. The book tells the story of Maddie Brees’ journey with a serious illness and the uncanny power of the body and the many shapes healing takes.
Stevenson will be reading from “Healing Maddie Brees!” and holding a book signing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 21C Hotel in Durham.
▪ In “The Last Road Home” (Kensington Publishing), local writer and Pushcart Prize nominee Danny Johnson explores race relations, first love and coming-of-age in Chatham County in the 1950s and ’60s. “The Last Road Home” delves deep into the gritty, violent realities of the South’s turbulent past, yet evokes the universal hunger for belonging.
▪ Durham’s Teresa B. Howell debuts with “That Church Life” (Walking in Victory International), which chronicles the lives of three childhood friends who reconnect through church and personal interaction as distinctly different women. Howell has found a wider audience than she expected for her book. “I thought my audience was women ages 20 to 45, but some African-American men have jumped on board and some Caucasian men have jumped on board,” she said. “I also find they don’t view it as Christian fiction. They just view it as fiction. So I’m writing for everybody.”
Triangle-area authors: We want to hear about your new book. Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org. As space permits, we will mention self-published books by local authors that are for sale on commercial sites.