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Brother Wolf

Title: Brother Wolf

Author: Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

ISBNs:

978-1-941720-56-1 (print)
978-1-941720-57-8 (digital)

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The City Mother

Title: The City Mother

Author: Maya Sinha

ISBNs: 

978-1-941720-81-3 (paperback)
978-1-941720-82-0 (digital)

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In Pieces

Title: In Pieces

Series Title: Molly Chase

Author: Rhonda Ortiz

ISBNs: 

978-1-941720-43-1 (paperback)
978-1-941720-44-8 (digital)

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The Letters of Magdalen Montague

Title: The Letters of Magdalen Montague

Author: Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

ISBNs: 978-1-941720-50-9 (print); 978-1-941720-51-6 (digital)

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Markmaker

Title: Markmaker

Author: Mary Jessica Woods

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978-1-941720-95-0 (paperback)
978-1-941720-96-7 (eBook)

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Shadowed Loyalty

Title: Shadowed Loyalty

Author: Roseanna M. White

ISBNs: 

978-1-941720-79-0 (paperback)
978-1-941720-80-6 (digital)

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Shooting at Heaven's Gate

Title: Shooting at Heaven’s Gate

Author: Kaye Park Hinckley

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978-1-941720-91-2 (print)
978-1-941720-92-9 (digital)

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Title: Brother Wolf
Author: Eleanor Bourg Nicholson
Genre: Gothic horror, literary fiction
Audience: Adult
Publisher: Chrism Press, a division of WhiteFire Publishing
Publication Date: September 1, 2021

About the Book

For Athene Howard, the only child of renowned cultural anthropologist Charles Howard, life is an unexciting, disillusioned academic project. When she encounters a clairvoyant Dominican postulant, a stern nun, and a recusant English nobleman embarked on a quest for a feral Franciscan werewolf, the strange new world of enchantment and horror intoxicates and delights her—even as it brings to light her father’s complex past and his long-dormant relationship with the Church of Rome. Can Athene and her newfound compatriots battle against the ruthless forces of darkness that howl for the overthrow of civilization and the devouring of so many wounded souls? In this sister novel to A Bloody Habit, the incomparable Father Thomas Edmund Gilroy, O.P. returns to face occult demons, gypsy curses, possessed maidens, and tormented werewolves, accompanying a charming neo-pagan heroine in her earnest search for adventure and meaning.

AWARDS

Finalist, 2022 Catholic Media Association Book Awards, Fiction: Escapism

Editorial Review

Brother Wolf is a book you don’t just read—you live in it. It’s a splendid Gothic mystery and a convincing werewolf story with an endlessly intriguing cast of characters. —Tim Powers, bestselling author

Even though they love animals, modern Franciscans don’t admit werewolves to their Order. But if they did, they should be prepared in case Brother Wolf starts running amok. That is exactly what happens in this Catholic horror novel set at the beginning of the twentieth century. Add in an attempt to destroy the European economy, an apostate priest, an unlikely romance, and the shocking appearance of the demon known to the Romans as the goddess Diana. Thank goodness those friars were able to enlist the aid of the renowned vampire-hunting Dominican, Fr. Thomas Edmund Gilroy, O.P., first introduced to us in A Bloody Habit. Yes, be prepared for a wild ride when the fur starts to fly. — Augustine Thompson, O.P., author of Francis of Assisi: A New Biography

About Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

In addition to scholarly pursuits, Eleanor Bourg Nicholson occasionally strays into fiction, including her epistolary novella, The Letters of Magdalen Montague (Kauffmann Publishing, 2011; Chrism Press, 2021), and her Gothic novels, A Bloody Habit (Ignatius Press, 2018), and Brother Wolf (Chrism Press, 2021). A former assistant executive editor for Dappled Things, she is assistant editor for the Saint Austin Review (StAR), as well as the editor of several Ignatius Critical Editions of the classics. Her work has appeared in the National Catholic Register, Touchstone, First Things, The Catholic ThingThe Imaginative Conservative, and elsewhere.

By day, Eleanor is the resident Victorian literature instructor at Homeschool Connections and with her husband homeschools their five children. By night, she reads the Victorians, writes Gothic novels, and cares for feral offspring. Visit her at eleanorbourgnicholson.com.

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ISBNs:

978-1-941720-56-1 (print)
978-1-941720-57-8 (digital)

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Title: The City Mother
Author: Maya Sinha
Genre: Contemporary literary fiction with elements of family drama, psychological suspense, and humor
Audience: Adult
Publisher: Chrism Press, a division of WhiteFire Publishing
Publication Date: February 1, 2022

About the Book

Fresh out of college, small-town crime reporter Cara Nielsen sees disturbing things that suggest, for the first time in her life, that evil is real. But as the daughter of two secular academics, she pushes that notion aside. When her smart, ambitious boyfriend asks her to marry him and move to a faraway city, it’s a dream come true.

Four years later, confined to a city apartment with a toddler, Cara fears she is losing her mind. Sleeplessness, isolation, and postpartum hormones have altered her view of reality. Something is wrong in the lost, lonely world into which she’s brought a child. Visions hint at mysteries she can’t explain, and evil seems not only real—it’s creeping ever closer.

As her marriage falters and friends disappear, Cara seeks guidance from books, films, therapy, even the saintswhen she’s not scrubbing the diaper pail. Meanwhile, someone is crying out for help that only she can give. Cara must confront big questions about reality and illusion, health and illness, good and evil—and just how far she is willing to go to protect those she loves.

Editorial Reviews

“With The City Mother, Maya Sinha adds an electric new entry to the distinguished ledger of Catholic fiction. Hip and stylish, yet pulsing with mystic energy, her tale of a precarious young family illuminates the unseen operations of grace and evil in a secular age. Sinha’s hypnotic storytelling marks a thrilling literary debut.” — Mary Eberstadt, author of Primal Screams and Adam and Eve After the Pill

“I’ve been waiting for this novel a long time—a subtle, compelling mystery that brings to life the surreal world of postpartum motherhood and reveals its link to the numinous. I’m already anticipating Sinha’s next book.” — Abigail Favale, author of Into the Deep

About Maya Sinha

Maya Sinha grew up in New Mexico and was a staff writer for the Santa Fe Reporter before moving to California for law school. As a lawyer with school-aged kids, she wrote a regular humor column for the local newspaper. In 2019, she became a columnist for The Saturday Evening Post. Her work has appeared in The Lamp Magazine, Dappled Things, and Book & Film Globe. She lives near Sacramento, California with her family. Visit her online at mayasinhawriter.com.

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ISBNs: 

978-1-941720-81-3 (paperback)
978-1-941720-82-0 (digital)

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Title: In Pieces
Series Title: Molly Chase
Author: Rhonda Ortiz
Genre: Historical romance with elements of family drama, society drama, and political suspense
Audience: Adult
Publisher: Chrism Press, a division of WhiteFire Publishing
Publication Date: October 1, 2021

About the Book

Certain things ruin a girl’s reputation, and madness is one.

Boston, 1793—Beautiful and artistic, the only daughter of a prominent merchant, Molly Chase cannot help but attract the notice of Federalist Boston—especially its men. But she carries a painful secret: her father committed suicide and she found his body. Now nightmares plague her day and night, addling her mind and rendering her senseless. Molly needs a home, a nurse, and time to grieve and to find new purpose in life. But when she moves in with her friends the Robbs, spiteful society gossips assume the worst. And when an imprudent decision leads to public scandal, Molly is tempted to take the easy way out: a marriage of convenience.

Merchant sailor Josiah Robb is as familiar to Molly as a brother—as dear and as exasperating. Yet she is no sister to him. He hopes to marry her before anyone else does, but sailing the high seas leaves no time for convincing Molly that he is more than her teasing childhood friend. Josiah wants a new job and a fresh start, and when he agrees to carry a confidential letter to President Washington, his life is forever changed.

In the wake of tragedy, these longtime friends discover a new intimacy. But slander, confusion, absence, and a wealthy, conniving bully stand between them. And with French spies on the loose, they not only have to rescue their reputations—they have to protect their lives.

Awards

Winner, 2020 ACFW Genesis Award, Historical Romance
Winner, 2019 ACFW-VA Crown Award, Historical/Historical Romance
Finalist, 2022 Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Award, Published Historical Fiction
Finalist, 2022 Catholic Media Association Book Awards, Fiction: Inspirational
Recipient, Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Editorial Reviews

“This delightful historical romance is so refreshingly alive. It is not deadened by the supercilious contempt for the past that characterizes so much contemporary historical fiction, nor is it killed with the cynicism of pride or with hallmarked schmaltzy sweetness, the two extremes which are the death of true romance. It is as fresh and alive as Miss Austen in its treatment of really believable people in a believably real world. It breathes the life of realism, philosophically understood, into the reality it depicts.” Joseph Pearce, author of Catholic Literary Giants

“Rarely have I encountered a debut novel as well told as this one. In Pieces took me captive from the first scene and held me fast to the end. This seamless story is woven into a rich historical tapestry, threaded with intrigue, and shaped by characters who grow, change, and take their faith seriously. A winning blend of liveliness and deeper themes, this carefully crafted tale was a joy to read. I can’t wait to see the adventures Molly Chase and Josiah Robb have next.” – Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of A Refuge Assured and The Windy City Saga

“Readers of historical romance will find congenial company in this novel’s plucky, winsome lead duet who must thread their individual paths through spiritual crises, hostile social pressures, and the lingering effects of past trauma to find peace together. Ortiz particularly shines as an observer of courtship dynamics that, though shaped by the period’s expectations, will find echoes in many contemporary relationships.” – Katy Carl, author of As Earth Without Water and editor in chief of Dappled Things

“Unforgettable! With her sharp, sophisticated brand of writing, author Rhonda Ortiz has canvassed a remarkable breadth of history in this epic debut set during post-Revolutionary America. A time when New England’s shipping ports gave rise to international intrigue and the ever-present threat of an infant country being drawn back into war. Amid the cleverly colorful cast, Molly and Josiah are especially endearing as they explore what it means to become family while navigating their joys, sufferings, and the uncertainties in between. And at its core, love in its truest, purest form—that sacred bond between a man and a woman exemplified on the Cross by a love greater than ourselves—believing that only through sacrifice can we learn to give wholly and unconditionally to its cause. In Pieces is a novel that will remain on the heart long after the last page. Bravo!” Kate Breslin, bestselling author of Far Side of the Sea

“While engaging the reader in a delightful tale of romance, sewing, seamanship, and early American political intrigue, In Pieces also teaches us the importance of seeing well—of seeing with the heart. The essential questions of life—the nature of true love, finding meaning in suffering, how to make a good marriage, the primacy of faith and conscience, and the gift of family—make this spiritually satisfying historical fiction as rich in depth as it is fun to read.” – Sarah Bartel, moral theologian, founder of Cana Feast, and coeditor of A Catechism for Family Life

About Rhonda Ortiz

Rhonda Franklin Ortiz is award-winning novelist and nonfiction writer whose articles on spirituality, family life, and arts and culture have been published by a variety of popular media outlets. She was a contributor to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections, edited by bestselling authors Lisa Hendey and Sarah Reinhard. Additionally, she spent four years serving as Art Director for the literary magazine Dappled Things. Rhonda is also a founding editor of Chrism Press. Find her online at rhondaortiz.com.

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ISBNs: 

978-1-941720-43-1 (paperback)
978-1-941720-44-8 (digital)

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Title: The Letters of Magdalen Montague
Author: Eleanor Bourg Nicholson
Genre: Literary fiction
Audience: Adult
Publisher: Chrism Press, a division of WhiteFire Publishing
Publication Date: July 1, 2021

About the Book

When the amoral and cynical “J” takes up his pen to describe Magdalen Montague, he little realizes the dramatic changes that will soon be wrought in his life. His fascination for this mysterious woman catapults him into a harrowing encounter with Catholicism, conversion, and discipleship. Through the letters, intimate portraits of four souls appear: the loquacious letter-writer “J,” his virulently antireligious recipient, “R,” the weird, silent servant Domokos Juhász, and Magdalen Montague herself. Across the turbulence of the first four decades of the twentieth century, including two world wars, the mysterious correspondents in The Letters of Magdalen Montague present a profound portrait of humanity’s quest for God.

Editorial Reviews

“Eleanor Nicholson has written an old-fashioned epistolary novel of religious awakening and vocation. Set in the heady intellectual and hedonistic milieu of Edwardian England, it mixes elements of Waugh, Wilde, Bernardos, and even a touch of Francis Thompson to create an intimate account of one skeptic’s decisive encounter with the Hound of Heaven. In this short book, Nicholson recaptures the energy of a great Catholic literary tradition.”
Dana Gioia, poet and former Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts

Magdalen Montague exhales the same exuberant and exotic air as Baudelaire, Huysmans and Wilde; a delicious vignette that illumines the path from debauchery to the Divine.”
Joseph Pearce, author of The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde

About Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

In addition to scholarly pursuits, Eleanor Bourg Nicholson occasionally strays into fiction, including her epistolary novella, The Letters of Magdalen Montague (Kauffmann Publishing, 2011; Chrism Press, 2021), and her Gothic novels, A Bloody Habit (Ignatius Press, 2018), and Brother Wolf (Chrism Press, 2021). A former assistant executive editor for Dappled Things, she is assistant editor for the Saint Austin Review (StAR), as well as the editor of several Ignatius Critical Editions of the classics. Her work has appeared in the National Catholic Register, Touchstone, First Things, The Catholic ThingThe Imaginative Conservative, and elsewhere.

By day, Eleanor is the resident Victorian literature instructor at Homeschool Connections and with her husband homeschools their five children. By night, she reads the Victorians, writes Gothic novels, and cares for feral offspring. Visit her at eleanorbourgnicholson.com.

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978-1-941720-50-9 (print)
978-1-941720-51-6 (digital)

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Title: Markmaker
Author: Mary Jessica Woods
Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy
Audience: Adult
Publisher: Chrism Press, a division of WhiteFire Publishing
Publication Date: October 3, 2022

About the Book

He swore to paint the truth. Now he is living a lie.

For the Noxxiin people, tattoos define identity: they commemorate birth, ancestry, accomplishments—even crimes. As a tattoo artist living on an ancient generation ship, Mariikel Serix has sworn to record the truth. So when he becomes an unwilling accomplice in the banishment of an innocent man, he is horrified that he has broken his oath—and his eyes are opened to the misery of the Underbelly, the realm of the outcasts.

Despite the risk to himself, the young markmaker begins secretly helping the ship’s exiles. But more trouble is brewing. The Serix guild, which regulates the ceremonial tattoos, engages in a power struggle with the Ascendance, a domineering political faction—and the conflict threatens to destroy the fragile peace among the Noxxiin clans. Amidst this discord, an enigmatic artist named Haza’ruux singles out Mariikel to be his apprentice, for hidden reasons of his own. As Mariikel ventures deeper into a maze of political strife and ancient clan secrets, he realizes that his pursuit of justice may not only cost his reputation—it may cost him his life.

Mary Jessica Woods has built out an imaginative sci-fi world in which questions of identity, birth, and death cannot be ignored, as we so often do in ours. I read it start to finish, from the underbelly of the ship to the glowing marks of power, and was sad when it ended. Here, for those with eyes to see, the truth is traced out as surely as an invisible mark upon the heart. —Father Michael Rennier, Dappled Things Magazine

A mesmerizing debut! Markmaker explodes the highest potential of sci-fi, uniting a vivid and intricate alien world, full of poignantly real characters, with deep, lingering themes. Kaz’valiim, Mariikel. I hope we meet again. —Eleanor Bourg Nicholson, author of A Bloody Habit and Brother Wolf

Mary Woods weaves a riveting story of an unlikely alien hero who flaunts the restraints of his unusual culture, and while doing so, holds up a mirror to fallen humanity. I couldn’t put it down. Any true lover of science fiction has to read this book. —Ann Margaret Lewis, author of Murder in the Vatican: the Church Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes and Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Alien Species

About Mary Jessica Woods

Mary Jessica Woods was raised and homeschooled in the Chicago suburbs, where she read as many adventure stories as she could get her hands on. At the age of ten, she realized she was doomed to be a writer and has been following the muse ever since. Still seeking adventure, she headed out west to Wyoming Catholic College, where she climbed mountains, rappelled off cliffs, and studied the Great Books.

After graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in the Liberal Arts, she returned to the Midwest to work as an editor. Mary also volunteers as an editorial assistant for the literary magazine Dappled Things, and her nonfiction has appeared in America Magazine, Catholic World Report, and First Things. In her mind, she spends most of her time on distant planets or alien spaceships, but she actually lives in rural Michigan. Follow her work at maryjessicawoods.com.

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Available October 2022

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978-1-941720-95-0 (paperback)
978-1-941720-96-7 (eBook)

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Title: Shadowed Loyalty
Author: Roseanna M. White
Genre: Historical romance
Audience: Adult
Publisher: Chrism Press, a division of WhiteFire Publishing
Publication Date: May 1, 2022

About the Book

Sabina Mancari never questioned her life as the daughter of Chicago’s leading mob boss until bullets tear apart her world and the man she thought she loved turns out to be an undercover Prohibition agent. Ambushes, bribes, murder, prostitution—all her life, her father sheltered her from his crimes, but now she can no longer turn away from the truth. Maybe Lorenzo, the fiancé who barely paid her any attention in the last two years, has the right idea by planning to escape their world. But can she truly turn her back on her family?

All his life, Lorenzo’s family assumed he would become a priest, but he has different ideas—marrying Sabina and pursuing a career in the law. Despite his morals, he knows at the core he isn’t so unlike his mafiosi father and brothers. Has he, in trying to protect Sabina, forced her into the arms of the Prohibition agent bent on tearing her family apart? How can they rebuild what has so long been neglected and do it in the shadow of the dark empire of the Mafia?

Shadowed Loyalty, set amid the glitz and scandal of the Roaring Twenties, examines what love really means and how we draw lines between family and our own convictions, especially when following one could mean losing the other.

“In this remarkable body of work set amid the 1920s Chicago Prohibition, Shadowed Loyalty explores the depths of the soul in beautifully written prose, offering the correlation between love and suffering, belief and doubt, goodness and evil. As Sabina and Enzo undertake a tenuous journey toward reconciliation—which only leads them deeper into the world of temptation and darkness—their prayers eventually begin to illuminate the fullness and truth of real love, that Love on the Cross, having no conditions or exclusions, only forgiveness, and the light of hope. With her superb writing, author Roseanna M. White paints such wonderfully flawed yet endearing characters, into a story so poignant and riveting as to remain with this reader long after the last page. Truly a marvelous work!”

“With beautiful, and at times heart-wrenching prose, Shadowed Loyalty is a story that will stir the heart long after the last page.”

Kate Breslin, best-selling author of As Dawn Breaks

“With her trademark commitment to history and signature wordsmithing prowess, Roseanna M. White brings to life the turbulent world of Prohibition Era Chicago. Robust, fully-dimensional characters dash stereotypes and will have readers flipping pages far into the night to follow their paths through shadows of loyalty, faith, fear, and courage. Fans of historical romance will love untangling this web with Sabina, Enzo, and the Prohibition Agent bent on keeping them apart.”

Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of Drawn by the Current

About Roseanna M. White

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award–winning author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at RoseannaMWhite.com.

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978-1-941720-79-0 (paperback)
978-1-941720-80-6 (digital)

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Title: Shooting at Heaven’s Gate
Author: Kaye Park Hinckley
Genre: Contemporary literary fiction; Southern Gothic
Audience: Adult
Publisher: Chrism Press, a division of WhiteFire Publishing
Publication Date: August 15, 2022

About the Book

When Malcolm J. Hawkins, the Head of Psychology at Bethel University in Alabama, feels his position and his credibility threatened by up-and-coming English professor Ginnie Gillan, he decides to use her husband Edmund’s gullibility against her. Feeding Edmund a steady diet of drugs and manipulation, Mal lights the fuse of the greatest tragedy Bethel has ever known.

Eighteen-year-old Alma Broussard, her quirky mother Moline, and her feisty Aunt Pauline run a chicken farm in Bethel. Their lives seem wholly separate from the feuds of academia—but dark secrets lurk in Moline’s past that will bring the people she loves straight into the path of a murderous madman.

In the wake of death and destruction, the town that used to be called Heaven’s Gate will find no easy answers, but there may still be hope for redemption. Shooting at Heaven’s Gate is a Theology of the Cross novel in which genuine goodness, bona fide evil, and suffering truly live side by side.

Editorial Reviews

“Kaye Hinckley has more than earned her keep as a significant contender vying for a living Catholic literature.” —Joshua Hren, author of How to Read (and Write) Like a Catholic and co-founder of the MFA program at University of St. Thomas, Houston

“With a brisk narrative pace, Shooting at Heaven’s Gate by Kaye Park Hinckley invites readers to explore the complicated lives of characters suffering with loss, illness, addiction, and deception. The plot twists make this novel both entertaining and thought-provoking with the reassurance that good does win.” —Johnnie Bernhard, award-winning author of Sisters of the Undertow and Hannah and Ariela

“Faith and faithlessness do battle in Kaye Park Hinckley’s thought-provoking, unsparing new novel. She reveals the hellish torments…and heavenly convictions…of everyday people in a small Alabama town in an age of mass shootings. Bring faith as you enter Heaven’s Gate.” —Charles McNair, author of The Epicureans

“Family relations and lifelong secrets, human brokenness and the grace of transformation, mass shootings, deception, sin and forgiveness. These fundamental themes of the human search for meaning, of the challenge of faith, reconciliation and conversion, are woven throughout this story of a small town in rural Alabama. The complexities of each character, from university professors to farm hands, become the stage for an exploration of the human condition, in the style of C.S. Lewis, with echoes of T.S. Eliot, Geoffrey Chaucer, Macbeth and many others. The novel is followed by a list of themes, questions for book discussions and selected quotes, making it all the easier for study groups of any kind. —Fr. Christopher Viscardi, SJ, Chair and Professor of Theology, Spring Hill College

About Kaye Park Hinckley

Kaye Park Hinckley is a native of Dothan, Alabama. Writing awards include: the 2018 Independent Press Award Winner in Religion Fiction, the 2019 Independent Press Award Winner in Religion Fiction, the 2019 and 2021 NYC Big Book Award Winner in Religion Fiction, the 2020 Big Book Award, Distinguished Favorite in Religion Fiction; Poets & Writers Magazine Maureen Egen Award, First Runner-Up; Finalist in New Orleans’ William Faulkner/Words of Wisdom Competition, and others. Shooting at Heaven’s Gate is her tenth novel.

A Fine Arts graduate of Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama, she studied creative writing at the University of Alabama. After twenty years managing her own advertising agency, she began to write fiction full-time. She is married to George Hinckley and is the mother of five children and grandmother of thirteen. Visit her online at kayeparkhinckley.com.

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